Will "the Mighty" Strohl

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My name is Will Strohl. I'm a former employee of DNN Corp., a leader, personal branding expert, technologist, gamer, and more...


The Grass Is Never Greener On The Other Side

The Grass is Never Greener on the Other Side

We all have that “thing” that everyone around you knows you for.  For whatever reason, I’ve been the person my entire life that everyone I know goes to for advice.  It’s always flattering to be trusted in that way, but it also means that I continue to do my best to keep myself fed with information.  Probably the most common piece of advice I get asked is, “I have this great job offer. Do you think I should take it?”  That’s never an easy question to answer, but here’s what I tell my friends…


5 Easy Ways to Build Your Personal Brand

Personal Branding: YOU!

Personal branding is very important.  More and more, you’ll realize this.  If you’ve ever known or been a hiring manager, you know all too well how hard it is for a single applicant to stand out in that tall stack of résumés when a job is open.  You’re the proverbial needle in the haystack.  Here are a few easy ways to get out of the haystack and in front of that next great opportunity.


Why You Need to Be the CEO of You

Self-reflection

There is an overwhelming truth that you need to realize… No one is looking out for you.  No one.  From the moment that you took your first job, you and your career have been in your hands.  Even in the best companies in the world, your boss isn’t looking out for you.  They probably already know this secret.  That’s how they became your boss.  Here’s a few tips on why you need to be thinking about your future every day.


Leaders Speak Last

Leaders Speak Last

We’ve all been there.  It’s a group setting – most likely a meeting at work.  Several of our colleagues are there, including our boss and maybe even the boss' boss.  The topic.  Anything.  It might be something seemingly trivial, or a new direction for the business to follow. The inevitable question is asked by someone in the room, “What do we think we should do about X?”  The ominous letter X.  It’s used in math and everywhere else as a placeholder.  Similarly, this could be any decision and it’s often made before the group realizes it.


How Leadership is Like Scalding Hot Water

Pouring hot water into a french press

Have you ever boiled water?  Sure you have.  It’s easy.  First, you get a saucepan (preferably a clean one).  Next, you turn on the water and fill the sauce pan about 3/4 of the way.  Now you turn a burner on your stovetop between medium and high heat.  Finally, you wait.  Easy.  But that’s not what this article is about.  It’s about the pouring of hot water, and how it’s related to being a great leader.


DNN Hangout - May 2015 - Mandeeps Presents the New Live Forms Module

Mandeeps Presents: The New Live Forms Module

In this episode, we have the pleasure to speak with another veteran of the DNN community, Mandeep Singh.  Mandeep is the CEO and founder of Mandeeps, one of the most successful and seasoned vendors in the DNN ecosystem.  Like some of our previous guests, Mandeep has been using DNN since the beginning – and it shows.  He and his team have been extremely successful in building up a large following of customers due to their focus on usability and support.  As you’ll soon find out, they are raising the bar with the latest Live Forms release.


DNN Hangout - May 2015 - Managing Pull Requests with GitHub

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Practice makes perfect, right?  At least that’s what “they” say.  In this case, we attempted to do a special edition DNN Hangout about DNN and GitHub.  Unfortunately, the first time we did it, we only showed a single screen.  So we did it again!  In this hangout, we focus on the process and steps that are performed when you contribute to the DNN GitHub project.  This will be helpful to not only understand the process, but also get some ideas for process in your own projects.


The New WillStrohl.com - Now Responsive With Acceptable Page Load Times

WillStrohl.com on a mobile device

It’s been several years since I last updated the skin on my site.  Thanks to Ralph Williams, the site is looking really good again and it’s responsive.  If you need a new design for your site, I highly recommend him.  However, the process to get to this blog post was quite tumultuous – chock full of hours troubleshooting and continuous frustration spread over the past week.  Simply put, my site “appeared” to be loading okay whenever I came to it, but I rarely browsed my own site.  The process of rolling out my new design had revealed to me that this couldn’t be further from the truth. 


How Evaluating Software Can Build or Destroy a Company

Frustrated Developer

I’ve been in the software industry for much longer than I’d care to admit at this point.  That’s another blog post though.  Much of it has been centered around building products.  One of the things that seems to not go away is the expectation that a software trial is infinite, or free.  Regardless to whether you pay a single penny, trials aren’t free.  They cost companies money - even if you’re evaluating it on your own computer.  The moment you move from evaluation to development, you’re hurting the company that builds the software.  Here’s how…


DNN Hangout - April 2015 - Meet the DNN-Connect Association

DNN-Connect: Peter Donker, Philipp Becker, Vicenc Masanas

We’ve been doing the DNN Hangout for almost a year now.  The primary focus for each hangout is to help the community know what’s going on in the community and the overall ecosystem.  This hangout seems to have captured that focus far better than any prior.  We invited the founding members of the DNN-Connect Association: Peter Donker, Philipp Becker, and Vicenç Masanas.  In this hangout, we learn more about the founders, what DNN-Connect is, and about the very near DNN-Connect 2015 event.