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Jonathan Rozenblit
Jonathan Rozenblit
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Microsoft Canada
Wow! I can’t believe that it is finally June and that warm weather is actually here! With the winter that most of us across Canada experienced, it felt like the warm weather was simply not going to make an appearance this year. I love this time of year, though, as it is the time when the team and I here at Microsoft Canada sit down and plan the upcoming year (in case you’re confused, our year starts July 1). We plan the different programs we’ll be sharing with you all, our online shows, online and offline events, learning resources, and more (the list is pretty exhaustive, so I’ll spare you!). I can definitely say that I have the privilege of working with some really creative people that come up with really cool ideas, but at the end of the day, we all only know what we know and can only try out the things that we come up with.

I’d rather know what you’d like – what you’d like to read about, watch, participate in, etc. So this is my call out to YOU for YOUR input. What were some of the things that you enjoyed and/or thought you got value out of? What would you like to see us continue doing here in Canada? What would you like us to stop doing here in Canada? Last but not least, what would you like us to start doing here in Canada?

I’d love to hear what’s on your mind, though I can’t guarantee what we’ll be able to make happen. But, nonetheless, I invite you to share your thoughts with me in discussion on LinkedIn. Notice, this call for your input is not coming as a survey or anything structured like that. We’ll leave that for some other input that I’d like to ask of you in the near future. If you could please take as little as 5 minutes to give me an idea of how the team and I can make things better, more valuable, and (to me, most importantly) more enjoyable, I would really appreciate it.

Looking forward to reading your feedback,

JR
 
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