This week, I had lunch with a senior level architect/consultant and he seems to occasionally get questioned about his lack of certifications prior to joining a project, which annoys him.
For him, certifications are not his focus, but rather these concepts:
– when sh%* hits the fan, they call him to fix it and he drops what he’s doing to take action
– they ask him for his valued opinion and validation
– he provides honesty and integrity every step along the way
– clients can throw most anything his way as they know he’ll have an idea as to what to do next
– he has passion, works from his heart and builds working relationships
– he thinks logically about the downstream impacts that a decision will have
– he counsels and assists others around him for the sake of the team success
With this, he continuously stays employed as a high billing consultant.
This is not to downplay those highly credentialed Salesforce professionals, but it is to up-play those senior level practitioners who have been in the trenches for years, with a track record of success and have felt friction with the certification phenomenon getting in their way.
Great job! Keep leading the field!