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Keeping the Fire Alive: Maintaining Client Relationships From a DBA Perspective

In my seven years at Command Prompt I've helped many clients, often several of them at the same time. After a project is completed, I know that it was a job well done when that client calls on Command Prompt months and maybe years later for additional help. Often, they call for me by name, creating long lasting and mutually beneficial relationships, which are key to Command Prompt's success. How …

Building Community in the Age of Remote… Everything

Here we are in the beginning of 2021, and it’s been almost a year since we’ve been able to gather safely. While there are a handful of core value propositions to events - namely, increased brand awareness and increased market share - I would argue that one of those most often overlooked is community building. When a common interest brings people to a singular space, community is bound to build …

Meet Amanda Nystrom: Command Prompt's Compassionate Commander in Chief

Welcome to our blog series: Meet the Team, where we will introduce you to the minds behind Command Prompt. This month we are talking with Amanda Nystrom, Owner & Senior Project and Operations Manager.

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How long have you been with Command Prompt?

Six and a half years. I originally joined the team as a consultant in 2009 for about a year, and when the stars aligned I ended up back …

Are We Working from Home or Living at Work?

The general sentiment among my loved ones - those lucky enough to still have jobs - is that working from home has transformed their jobs on even the most basic levels. Meetings are on Zoom, group tasks get completed at a different pace, and communication styles have rapidly evolved to account for the lack of face-to-face interaction (how many “virtual happy hours” have you been on since March?).

For the past year …

Meet Lindsay Rae Hooper: Command Prompt's fun-loving haystack

Welcome to our blog series: Meet the Team, where we will introduce you to the minds behind Command Prompt. This month we are talking with Lindsay Rae Hooper, Director of Marketing and Events

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How long have you been with Command Prompt?

I started with Command Prompt in September 2019, so I’ve been here a little over a year. I knew JD and Amanda through Postgres Conference so when I …

Professionalism Matters - Even When Working Remote

Today we are working from home, from the road, or from family’s homes. Article after article has been written about how to work productively outside of our normal work environment. What they tend to leave out is that professionalism isn’t just for the cubicle; it extends to all matters of the office including working remotely.

That means being purposeful and professional every day. That includes being respectful, dressing …

Pay it Forward

Where were you the first time you were told to “pay it forward?” Were you the recipient of someone else’s good deed, or did a friend or mentor help you out of a pickle? Paying it forward is a fascinating concept with far reaching effects. According to Dictionary.com’s Pop Culture Dictionary, Paying it Forward is defined as “an expression for when the recipient of an act of …

The COVID-19 Pivot: An Opportunity for Reflection

As we get more immersed in our careers and lifestyles, we get comfortable. And when we’re comfortable, we avoid tasks outside of our wheelhouse like the plague (or pandemic). Yes, we grow and we learn, but we love to stay in our field; our realm of comfort, our box. Generally speaking, we can stay where we want, but with the changes of 2020, the question for many people has …

Recognizing and Developing Emotional Intelligence

There are many ways to define intelligence, and the most commonly accepted definition being in relation to facts, figures, and reasoning. This leaves out the emotional, interpersonal, or social aspects of intelligence, known as the Emotional Intelligence Quotient, or EQ. According to Merriam-Webster, intelligence is defined as:

  1. the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations : REASON also: the skilled use of reason
  2. the ability …

Keys to moving forward in your life and career - making the leap to uncomfortable

Finding the right path when trying to move forward with your career can be challenging. From the difficult subject of compensation increases, to knowing when you are ready to move up in a role, to refining the skill set you have; there are many stepping stones that have to be put in place in order to successfully move forward in your career. In this article series I provide tips as …