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January 3, 2014

Let’s Get It Started

New year, new you!

At least, that’s how the saying goes. We often like to start a new year with a list of things we will do more, or less, or better. (I know that I have.) And while I can certainly think of many things I’d like to do better, I also just love the idea of a clean slate. And while every day is a new beginning, there is something special about a new year that gives us all a chance to start over.

I mentioned my Passion Planner before, and even though I’m less than a week into using it, I have become obsessed. Using it passion plannerhas really helped me to find my focus for the upcoming weeks and months. It is really helping me to train my focus in order to help me achieve the goals that I’ve laid out for the year. In our very digital world, this certainly is not the tool for everyone, but the idea behind it is. State your intentions, and then design a plan to work toward those goals.

One of the things that I love most about the Passion Planner is that it help you to organize both personal and professional goals. It allows me to plan out both my runs for the week, as well as meetings with co-workers to insure that we meet deadlines.

And yes, my Passion Planner is already filled with Salesforce goodies – reminders to take release exams (you have until February 28th to get Summer 13 done), dates for Dreamforce 2014, calls with Salesforce friends. And all of these are tasks on my plate to achieve my goals for 2014. It all boils down to something I heard a co-worker say at my very first job – “Plan your work & then work your plan.”

Have you picked your passions for 2014?

November 2, 2012

Pay it forward

I’ve noticed that I tend to write a lot about the Salesforce.com Community here on my blog. It was never intentional, but I think that it’s really telling in what using this product so rewarding. Even many of my more product-focus posts have been either suggestions from other Salesforce junkies, or were produced with their assistance. While this isn’t what I meant to start my post off this week, it is a nice segue…

At Dreamforce this year, I was lucky enough to present in two sessions that dealt with being a Salesforce admin and how to make that your career, not just your job. One of the questions I got in both sessions (and very glad that people asked), was about how to develop skills that you may not be using in your current role. For example, using service cloud if all your company cares about is SFA functionality.

While the Salesforce Workbooks are phenomenal resources and I recommend them to everyone, nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to something like Salesforce. So what do you do? Volunteer! It’s something that I do (and got a fancy press release one time), and is rewarding for both parties.

“But Salesforce.com volunteering? How would I even find a place to volunteer?”

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July 20, 2012

Hello…is it me you’re looking for?

Yowzah! It’s been two months since I’ve blogged. I have never gone that long without posting. Maybe a week here or there, but two months – unacceptable!

I have to say I’ve been pretty busy. Between a trip to Tahoe to ride 100 miles for cancer research, planning a Salesforce User Group meeting, having a friend come to town for a visit, a national holiday, prepping six sessions for Dreamforce – oh, and starting a new job & getting ready for their sales kickoff – yeah, the plate has been a bit full. Not that I’m complaining – the past few weeks have been great. Just that blogging isn’t the top of my list. (To be fair, I had 3 guest posts line up and all three flaked on me – you know who you are!)

So while this isn’t a content-rich post, I just want to say that I’m here, I’m still doing Salesforce stuff and there will be an honest to goodness real post next week. Thanks for sticking around & keeping me company!

January 6, 2012

2011 In Review

What an incredible year 2011 was for Force Behind the Force. The blog was in its infancy when the year began, and we finished the year with over 7000 views! And not surprisingly, the majority of those view came from Twitter. So to all my readers & especially to all of you who re-tweet links to my blog, I have to say a huge thank you for making 2011 such a successful year in blogging for me.

If you’re curious, The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,400 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the complete report.

Looking back to the Admin Resolutions post from a year ago, I’m pretty psyched so say that I was, for the most part, successful. And the more exciting part is that I rolled out Chatter once, and in just about two weeks, I get to do it again! Still contemplating my admin resolutions for 2012. Do you have any to share?

And finally, the icing on the cake – I was once again honored to be named a Salesforce MVP, so I’ll be nerding out for at least one more year. Thank you again to this community for inspring me to do more & be better, and please say congrats to all the other new MVPs!

December 16, 2011

It’s about time

The title of this post really refers to two things. First, the fact that I’ve taken a few weeks off from blogging (mental holiday), and it’s about time that I get back into my weekly posts. And secondly, the actual content for today’s post, which is one of my most tactical posts; this one deals with time stamping. And really, the idea for this post came about when a co-worker was looking at some a timestamp function that I had created & assumed it was done via a trigger, and asked if I could re-create it for him on another object. But in reality, all I did was use formulas and workflow rules creatively – just another lesson learned on the path to dabbling dev.

What this co-worker wanted to do was timestamp when a case was taken out of a queue. Seems pretty simple, and it is with just one formula field,  one date/time field, one workflow rule and one field update.

First, the formula field:

The date/time field is just a standard one.

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