It’s hard to believe that it’s time for the Exceptional DBA awards once again. It was just a few months ago that I watched the presentation of the award to Jeff Moden in Seattle. However time flies, especially as I get older, and the nominations are once again open for the 2012 award. You can enter yourself or someone else between now and June 29th, so take a chance and enter if you think you’re doing a great job as a DBA for your company.
The previous winners have been ordinary people, just like most of you out there, that go to work, do their job, and are relatively unknown. They are exceptional, however, and their applications have shown that. These are people that go above and beyond what others do. They under-promise, over-deliver, and they help others. Those are the types of traits and characteristics that I get from their nomination forms. It’s interesting to see that many of our past finalists not only entered the contest, but were entered by a co-worker. That in and of itself says something about their work when a friend is willing to nominate them.
I’m judging again this year, along with Brad McGehee, Grant Fritchey, and Rodney Landrum. We’ve all down this before, and we all have lots of experience with people that stand out, and do not stand out, at work and in the community. We each have a slightly different take on the award, but we all get together and debate and decide who the finalists will be.
From my perspective, I want to see someone that does two main things. First, they’re effective. I have always been very successful at different jobs because I get things done. I ensure the systems work, and I solve problems, without getting bogged down in arguments, religious wars, or personal conflicts. My job first and foremost is to ensure that things work as people expect. I’m looking for those traits in an Exceptional DBA. Second, I want to see someone that makes others better, that helps the community. It doesn’t have to be by speaking, or blogging, or any one particular thing, but there are lots of smart people out there that get things done. I think the exceptional ones also make others better, either inside their company, in their area, or throughout the world. They share what they know and help lift up everyone else’s skills.
If you think you qualify, take some time and put together a nomination. If you think there’s someone that’s helped you and does a great job, nominate them. Make sure you spend a little time drafting, and proofing what you write. Good communication is essential here, and we all are writers for a living, so make sure you send us your best effort.
Enter today, and you may be the Exceptional DBA of 2012.