AoF 61: How Techies can Stand out at Work during a Pandemic w/ Lewis Temares

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Lewis Temares is a former Dean at the University of Miami, and though he’s retired now, he still has a lot to say and a lot of knowledge to contribute. As one of the most beloved leaders I’ve ever met, he has managed large and very successful teams in IT. Not only was he my first mentor in the technical industry, but his influence and continual guidance have been instrumental in my career path.

Given recent world events, I brought him on to discuss how techies can stand out at work during unusual circumstances like a pandemic, what advice he’d give to tech leaders, workers, and students, and how to deal with the obstacles that accompany being laid off or furloughed. Tune in to gain some real-world wisdom and practical steps you can take to ensure you are standing out even while working from home!

[On the current Pandemic] “The focus has to be on the future.” [14:24]



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3 Knowledge Bombs

  • Lewis on the Pandemic - When destruction and dissatisfaction happens, you can make benefits out of it.
  • Lewis on How to handle Zoom calls - You have to listen to other people to get a diverse opinion.
  • Lewis on techie pitfalls - You can’t be just a technology person. You have to be able to communicate, and you have to be able to communicate in plain English.

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • [02:39]  - User Expectations: A focused perspective on pandemics and economic turmoil
  • [09:49]  - How Lewis and Mico met
  • [13:17]  - Key Quote: I mean, there’s nothing comparable to this, but yes, we’ve seen other occurrences, we’ve seen economic depressions, we’ve seen a lot of things that have been negative and have negative effects on organizations, but nothing to this extent. –Lewis Temares
  • [13:53]  - Lewis’s perspective on where listeners should be focused right now
  • [14:38]  - How organizations and IT will be affected by the current situation
  • [19:50]  - The advice Lewis would give for listeners during the pandemic
  • [20:17]  - Key Quote: You gotta be aware and alert to the changes that are going on. –Lewis Temares
  • [20:32]  - Key Quote: You have to prepare for a short-range plan and a long-range plan. –Lewis Temares
  • [20:45]  - How to avoid getting buried
  • [24:01]  - Advice Lewis would give to IT students
  • [25:23]  - Key Quote: If you’re not getting the job because the job’s not available or you don’t get a job that you like, see what you can do to advance yourself. –Lewis Temares
  • [29:52]  - Obstacles facing people who have been laid off or furloughed
  • [32:30]   - Being technical as it relates to what’s going on in the world
  • [41:47]  - How to behave like you’re in the position that you want to be in
  • [50:09]  - Dealing with rejections
  • [52:59]  - What advice Lewis would give his younger self if he could go back in time
  • [01:02:11]  - Who inspires Lewis
  • [01:05:18]  - What’s next for Lewis
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[On Job Security] “You will find also that being a nice guy really makes people feel bad about firing you.” [33:33]

Links and Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • Lewis recommends reading:

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