It's that magical time of year when Tableau opens up Zen Master nominations. What are the criteria? Check out the image below which I snapped from Tableau.
I'm encouraging everyone to nominate folks. The deciders may not know how awesome someone is unless they see the nomination. I've got three tips that I wanted to share when nominating someone. This is my advice/opinion only (not Tableau's).
Is there some other relevant consideration that you think should be included? I say, add it. I *think* it helps the deciders have sufficient, relevant information. Only think the person meets three of four questions, but rocks the F out of those three? Make the case.
Use data (whaaaaaatt!!). Provide evidence that the person you are nominating has demonstrated their zen-ness. Blog all the time? Tell them. Present all the time? Provide links. I think you get the idea.
This one is actually just a pet peeve of mine. Make sure your message is not distracted by poor spelling and grammar.
Now, my biggest piece of advice!
One reason why I hosts events like The Vizzies or the Tableau Fringe Festival is that we have a kickass community and I want to highlight the people in it. Zens have a platform others don't (Zens on Tour, the Zen track at conference). All of the really awesome folks can't be Zen Masters. And that's okay. Being a Zen Master doesn't mean you are the best person. Some Zen Masters demonstrate better leadership qualities than others. It doesn't define how nice you are, whether you are smart, a good family member, or a fantastic data storyteller. So for all the people out there who are hoping to attain or retain their Zen Master status, my message to you is this:
If you want to be a Zen Master and you've demonstrated those qualities, I hope you get it. But if you don't, don't fret.
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