All posts by Scott McLellan

Husband, father, and co-worker just trying to inspire others to be better through my own actions. Or something like that. And apparently my views are my own.

Data priorities

Is data the thing that the business cares about, or is it processes and decisions that the business is trying to enable that is important? If you start with the processes and decisions that are most critical to your organization, and then identify the data that is feeding those processes, you’re going to do a lot better job of scoping, prioritizing and building a value-driven business case for your data management investment.

Mark Brunelli

From an article on

Being a professional

Article title: “12 Non-Negotiable Traits to Work on My Team”

Good post on how to act and be a professional.
These are all ways that I personally try to behave in my work efforts. Maybe that’s just my parent’s work effort coming through. Maybe it’s that I realize that you need all these elements to not only personally succeed, but to have your team succeed as well. That and I’m open and willing to change and adapt to make sure that these traits are displayed by myself on the team to lead by example. The problem is that not everyone is willing to change, adapt, and be flexible as that is their personality type. Unfortunately, those are some of the key traits on this list…

Frankly, I wouldn’t care how much anyone on my team did or didn’t like their job or the work they are doing on a regular basis. Just show up with these characteristics and everyone will succeed. My goals do not include to hold you back as an employee. I’d rather lift you up. Without demonstrating these traits, it’s kinda hard to do that a lot of times. Positive feedback is tough to come across to deliver to those members of your team. You have to find something, though!

Being human…

  • Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man – CSLewis
Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy. – CS Lewis

  • You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body. – CSLewis
”Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person.” – James
”Earn a reputation for living well in God’s eyes and the eyes of the people.” –

  • “Better to be poor and honest than a rich person no one can trust.”
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Testosterone and business deals

I have no idea how true this is. Just thought it was interesting…

Negotiating a deal? Check out your opponent’s right hand for some clues on how vengeful they might be (no joke).
 Here are the final three paragraphs of the article (

Good stuff…
”Testosterone is a hormone associated with status-seeking and a need to save face,” notes Adam Galinsky, the Kellogg professor who co-wrote the study. “It makes a powerful difference in how people respond to situations.

“People with low testosterone — that is, with a noticeable difference in the length of their second and fourth digits — may perceive that they’re being treated unfairly, but they’re likely to go sulk in a corner.”

However, Galinsky says, “If you’re looking across a bargaining table at someone who has a slight difference, or no difference, between the second and fourth digits, be careful.” Make an extra effort to mollify that person and stroke his ego, because doing otherwise is “like slapping a sleeping tiger.”

Time management

This was an interesting article ( I saw a while ago: Can Franklin Covey transform a stressed editor who eats too many lunches at her desk into an efficient time manager?

I’ve been working at implementing GTD for about a year and a half now. I finally updated my work email box this past week with AMAZING results. I was trying to manage email this year by keeping the info from 2010 and before always on my screen – making sure it didn’t fall completely off the bottom of the page. By mid-February, I was failing miserably.

This week, I took the plunge. I took everything from 2010 (and before) and put it in an “older email” folder to go through at a later time. I then set up three folders: “A tasks”, “B tasks”, and “C tasks”. It’s a modification of what Allen and Covey do, but so far it works for me. A tasks are ones that help accomplish my work goals for the year – the ones I’m measured on. The B tasks are tasks I need to get done, but they aren’t as important as the A tasks. And the C tasks are the emails that I’d just like to read or peruse deeper when I have time.

I only process email a couple times a day. I either file the ones I have no action to take into the appropriate project folders or I put them into one of the A-B-C folders. Then I work mostly from the A tasks folder. So far, I have been able to keep that folder down to a minimum of emails in it.

The BEST part of this system is that when I open up my inbox, it’s usually empty. While that would make others envious if they saw it empty, it’s more for me than anyone else. I have a great sense of accomplishment by having an empty inbox 3-4 times per day. It’s a great feeling and makes you motivated to get those other folders empty, too! I’ll keep reporting back over the months to say how it’s worked out so far.