July 26, 2013
With all my raving on the automagic in salesforce.com, the title of this post may cause you to do a double-take. But I assure you, dear reader, that I am completely serious when I tell you not to go on autopilot. Perhaps a bit of an explanation is necessary.
As Salesforce admins, we have a bevy of tools at our disposal for making Salesforce appear to have that automagic. We can use workflow rules to make fields update, emails gets sent or tasks get assigned. We can leverage triggers to create new records, sum values of non-detail objects or update multiple records. We can use schedules to deliver reports & dashboards to an executives inbox. And with the new Chatter Actions, you can extend that automagic even further. And all of that is great & fantastic, and I am in no way advocating that you stop doing it. In fact, do LOTS of it!
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March 11, 2011
I was struggling to finish any of the several blog posts that I had queued up, none of which I loved, which left me with nothing to post this week. Such a letdown from last week (which has been my most popular post so far, yay!). I definitely feel the struggle to come up with good content, while at the same time posting regularly. Part of that struggle is I want this blog to be a place for answers, and not just a place where I reiterate opinions held by a lot of us force-natics.
So for the second time in three weeks, I’m slightly dodging the posting bullet. I want to focus on quality & not quantity, useful post rather than restating opinions over and over again.
I’m hoping to really get back into my groove next week. In the meantime, I’ll give a huge congrats to the newest class of Salesforce.com MVPs! You all earned it. Welcome to the club!
February 18, 2011
Although I have been pondering several topics for this week’s post, the reactions that I got from last week’s post (along with some shake-ups with a few people) got me thinking about the job that we do. By definition, all of us Salesforce fanatics* love the product & the company. But that’s certainly not the same thing as loving our jobs.
Yes, I am sure that a lot of us like our jobs. They are comfortable & safe, and you could probably describe everything about them as ‘nice.’ I don’t think that’s good enough. I think to really be a rockstar Salesforce Admin, you have to LOVE your job. You can’t just like your co-workers, you need to be stimulated and motivated by the people around you. You can’t be satisfied with get the task done, your work needs to be inspired. We should all have pride in the stuff that we do, and be thrilled about doing it. When you get to that point of truly loving what you do, I think that’s when the creativity & enthusiasm explodes. That is when you have the motivation not just to do the work, but to blow people away with the work that you do.
And as we all know & have experienced, there are hundreds of recruiters out there trolling LinkedIn, Twitter and the blogosphere for Salesforce talent. If you aren’t in a place where you feel crazy passion about what you do, if you don’t absolutely love your job — what the hell are you waiting for? (Cue “Own It” – “It’s your moment, baby, claim it.
Go out and own it, go out an own it”)
* Separate thought – why are we missing a clever nickname like Twihards, Beliebers, Parrot Heads or Little Monsters? Someone more creative needs to come up with one. Thoughts? Forcenatics?