IT Professionals VS Lumberjacks
He related IT Professionals to Lumberjacks. Now, nothing against lumberjacks. They do fine work, and they’re extremely good at it, and I think that’s the key point of it. Lumberjacks have a different career path and its very much set on a routine that will remain the same for life with the freedoms of not having to constantly move and remain current with technology at a pace as such in the IT realm.
IT Professionals, are paid to do a job professionally. IT constantly evolves and we pay our professionals to learn new things. If a person is unwilling to learn the skills required to keep current as an IT professional, that person might as well be a lumberjack. Lumberjacks are fantastic at their jobs, and rightfully so, there hasn’t been a new tree in many, many years – so they’ve got it pretty much figured out. The thing a manager has to figure out is, well, is a lumberjack worth it, or is there a better way out there to do IT.
Now, if you’re an IT Professional – make sure you’re engaging if you’re going to stay in this space. Find the people, social spaces, twitter, blogs. Make this a part of your career, make it part of your routine. Contribute back – remember, there’s always someone that knows less than you – there is, really… how do I know – It’s called the birthrate.
Now, if you’re in this space and you’re still feeling pretty comfortable, well – after sharpening that axe to go after me, consider taking a few practice swings at a tree.