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Focus, Passion and Protecting Your Brand

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If you know us, or you’ve read this blog before – or, heck, even read our tagline – you know we’re big into three things:

  1. Focus
  2. Passion
  3. Doing what’s right, even when it’s hard

We’ve grown MIPRO by relentlessly following these guiding principles, and it’s been incredibly rewarding. Challenging at times, but nonetheless very rewarding.

Because sometimes, to achieve a culture that actually reflects your values and doesnt just end up cute marketing copy, you have to make some tough decisions.

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PeopleSoft Passion – Not Merely a Motto

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I was sitting at my son’s hockey game a few weekends ago thinking what makes a group of guys go out there and give it 110% game after game, week in and week out? Win, lose (because there are always going to be losses) or tie, to go out there and give it your all, to put your heart and soul into every game? And to do this year after year? To experience the ups and downs of the game and stay focused on the end result? To be able to pull on your experience from past games and alter your game plan to meet this game’s new challenges? To know that your teammates each bring their own set of skills to the game and that everyone is working for the good of the team? To travel and give up time with friends and family; to miss out on parties, special events and holidays – time you won’t get back and memories you won’t make? To go into that rink against players that are sometimes bigger than you and face them with the confidence, that even though you are smaller, you are just as qualified, just as skilled to be in the game?

What is it? What makes him do this?

PASSION.

He is passionate about what he is doing. You can’t teach that kind of passion, that love for something. And MIPRO team members are passionate about PeopleSoft. They are out there giving it 110%, win, lose or tie. They are staying focused on the end result and pulling on past experience to help them on the current project. They are counting on their teammates to bring their own skill set to the project. They are travelling and giving up time with friends and family. And, yes, sometimes MIPRO is stepping into the rink with the big guys but doing it with confidence that they are just as skilled as their opponent to be in the game. At MIPRO, “limitless passion” isn’t a clever marketing strategy, it personifies who we are.

 

QUOTE: On Passion vs. Security

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“Don’t worry too much about security. You will eventually have a deep security when you begin to do what you want.”

— Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones

(Via Merlin)

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MIPRO Consulting is a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing inPeopleSoft Enterprise (particularly Enterprise Asset Management) andBusiness Intelligence. You’re reading MIPRO Unfiltered, its blog. If you’d like to contact MIPRO, email is a great place to start, or you can easily jump over to its main website. If you’d like to see what MIPRO offers via Twitteror Facebook, we’d love to have you.

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‘Days Are Getting Shorter’

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“You do get to a certain point in life where you have to realistically, I think, understand that the days are getting shorter, and you can’t put things off thinking you’ll get to them someday. If you really want to do them, you better do them. There are simply too many people getting sick, and sooner or later you will. So I’m very much a believer in knowing what it is that you love doing so you can do a great deal of it.”

Nora Ephron
Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Novelist

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The Best Thing I Ever Done

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Short and powerful documentary around Dom DeMarco, the artisan owner/operator of Di Fara pizza in NYC.  Some say this is the best pizza in the city; others say it’s the best pizza in the world; still others say it’s the best thing they have eaten, period.

This is worth the 16 mins or so it takes to watch.  I recommend viewing it just before lunch for best results.

The power of work borne from passion instead of obligation.  Amazing.

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MIPRO Consulting is a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing in PeopleSoft Enterprise (particularly Enterprise Asset Management) and Business Intelligence. You’re reading MIPRO Unfiltered, its blog. If you’d like to contact MIPRO, email is a great place to start, or you can easily jump over to its main website. If you’d like to see what MIPRO offers via Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to have you.

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Climbing the Wrong Hill

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People early in their career should learn from computer science:  meander some in your walk (especially early on), randomly drop yourself into new parts of the terrain, and when you find the highest hill, don’t waste any more time on the current hill no matter how much better the next step up might appear.

Great article by Chris Dixon about how people say they want another career but remain, even years later, doing something they aren’t passionate about.  And these are smart, talented people, in most cases.  We’re not talking about aimless folks who don’t care to know better.

As humans, we tend to put greater value on short-term rewards than long-term.  I’ve often argued that the reversal of this thinking is what wisdom is all about.  Regardless, psychologist and behavioral economists have explored this phenomenon through the ages, and it remains as true as ever.  (I know because I was a victim of it for a good, long time.)

Worth reading the whole article, if only for some good career perspective.

Summer’s Over: Fine Friday Links for 9/18/09

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But first, a story about a cat.cat_oscar

I grew up with four cats, which I cleverly named in matching pairs: Sugar, Spice, Thunder and Lightning. Back then, when I was nine years old, this with the national criteria for genius and the most reliable harbinger for future success (that and creating small musical instruments out of soap). It’s because of my extensive experience with cats that I am allowed (and qualified) to say this: cats can be spooky.

Many of you who are mysteriously drawn to cats will argue this, and that’s fine.  You might need more than my deep, intuitive knowledge that cats will eventually spiral you into a haze of depression and regret. If so, no worries.

Meet Oscar, the Death Cat. Oscar is a cat who is preternaturally attuned to the onset of human death.  Oscar resides within the dementia unit at Rhode Island’s Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he makes his rounds, quietly selecting victims and sending them off into the nether.

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