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June 07, 2016



Great pic of Dave Mustaine who is a great example of leadership and knowing when to move on if a situation isn't working out.


Nice article.


Hey Chuck howdy
how can I resist to comment this post ? Right on track , bands and workplaces are indeed similar places, especially when it comes to people management. I had the fortune to play with several bands and stick with one for over 30 years, it all boils down to commitment and people, just like corporations (but sometimes with WAY LESS politics involved)
The people dynamics in the band , and in our job life, are marvelously described in my favorite quote from Cab Calloway :
"if you have good musicians you don't have to say anything, if you have bad musicians there's nothing you can say"
It's all about the capability of having both self and other's awareness coupled with sense of pride and humbleness - not really easy to find in the same person but probably manageable to "make it happen" in a team
all the best and , if you need a virtual bass player from Italy you always know where to find me !


Great post Chuck. When I am considering a band, or any music project, I think about it like a Gartner Magic Quadrant. In the upper right quadrant, you have great people and great music. In the lower left, you have bad music and arrogant or untalented people. If the project fits in the upper right, I take it. If if it at least has great music OR great people I consider it. At this point in my life, I'd rather play bad music with nice people than great music with jerks.

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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