Oracle University Leadership Circle 2015

I’m in the Leadership Circle again 🙂 That is a quarterly Corporate Award for the best instructors worldwide according to customer feedback.

Oracle University has generally high quality standards, so it is hard to stand out individually. The more I am proud to be listed together with these great colleagues:

Oracle University Leadership Circle 2015

  1. #1 by johnnyq72 on January 8, 2015 - 13:10

    Of course you are!! Congratulations.

  2. #2 by gjilevski on January 8, 2015 - 13:11

    Congratulations! Hard work, talent, dedication, and knowledge does not get unnoticed.

  3. #3 by Kai Yu on January 8, 2015 - 18:11


  4. #4 by Arno Disser on January 8, 2015 - 21:32


    Only, I am surely missing our Dutch pride Harald van Breederode in this list. Any way to promote his candidacy?

  5. #5 by Uwe Hesse on January 9, 2015 - 11:20

    Thank you guys 🙂

    Arno, Harald did win this award multiple times, but you can’t make it every quarter because the requirements are very high and the competition is tough. It is based on the evaluations that we take after our classes. So every time you give Harald a good evaluation, his chances increase 🙂

  6. #6 by johnboyle2014 on October 24, 2015 - 03:02

    It should be noted that to achieve invitation to the leadership circle at the moment is a lot easier than a few years ago due to a significant numbers of trainers employed by Oracle having been reduced.
    I can confirm this for the UK statistics and the attendee.
    Also in the good old competitive days when I qualified, the Leadership Circle trainers actually went to HQ IN San Francisco – has this been restarted ?

  7. #7 by Uwe Hesse on October 24, 2015 - 15:55

    John, yes, we have seen a reduction of instructors over the years and sadly many good colleagues and friends had to go. Still, Oracle University has hundreds of instructors worldwide – should be the largest number of instructors on the planet that a software vendor has employed. Also, the conditions are now harder to fulfill compared to your time: Now we need more than 97% delivery score to qualify e.g. So it is for sure not easy to get this award now, neither for me nor for my team colleagues – can’t tell whether it is “easier” than in the old days. To save travel expenses, the nominees are no longer invited to visit the headquarter anymore.

    Allow me to add a personal remark: Your two comments make you come across as a nitpicking, bitter guy who begrudges the success of others. I suppose that you are actually (like the very most people I encounter) nice and decent, but you may want to review your social media appearance. And congratulations for being in the Leadership Circle once 🙂

  8. #8 by John Boyle on October 26, 2015 - 14:52

    Uwe – your opinion of “begrudging the success of others” could not be further from the truth. Take for example the two best instructors on the planet – Joel Goodman & Harald Van Breederode. That is from my part not begrudging, just a total admiration for their outstanding knowledge & talents. However I am certainly aware that a significant level of current Oracle instructors lack the vital “real world” experience.

  9. #9 by Joth Boyle on October 29, 2015 - 00:24

    Uwe – just to respond to your “personal remark” – this does not bother me – have, after all, been described by a UK National newspaper , as Imperturbable,

    In my book “Management, Mismanagement & the curse Self-Deprecation” – part management, part Autobiography – I was struggling with the penultimate chapter.

    Thank you – your evident Self-Aggrandizement has given me the inspiration and material that I can use.
    Looking forward to your session on RMAN in December.

    Kindest Regards


  10. #10 by Uwe Hesse on October 29, 2015 - 14:57

    so we learn from your comments that
    – you know much better what goes on in the real world than I do
    – you were in the leadership circle when it was much harder
    – you were mentioned in a newspaper ‘as Imperturbable’
    – you are the author of a book
    – and I do Self-Aggrandizement 🙂

    Couldn’t you brag on your own blog like I do?

    At least I don’t need to attack and diminish others in order to advertise me.

  11. #11 by John Boyle on October 29, 2015 - 20:42

    Uwe – calm down –

    I wouldn’t communicate with you if there wasn’t a certain amount of respect for your skills and achievements.

    To address your latest comments :

    Your Comment : “you know much better what goes on in the real world than I do”

    My response – I am in the privileged position of having spent > 11 years as an IT manager – ie the end-user – and yes it has been a measurable advantage.

    Your Comment ” you were in the leadership circle when it was much harder”

    My response – My view evidently differs from yours – so ? – we are both entitled to our opinions.

    Your Comment ” you were mentioned in a newspaper ‘as Imperturbable’ ”

    My response – Yes. It was in the Guardian Newspaper.

    Your Comment ” you are the author of a book”

    My response – No – I am not – but yes I am writing a book, I have to finish it – and then get it published !

    Your Comment “and I do Self-Aggrandizement ”

    My response – Yes – I’m inclined to think that – But it’s not illegal and it is meant as a perspective, not criticising you.

    Your Comment “Couldn’t you brag on your own blog like I do? ”

    My response – I don’t have a blog (but isn’t your comment evidence of you “bragging” – aggrandizement” )

    Your Comment : “At least I don’t need to attack and diminish others in order to advertise me.”

    My response – I am neither “attacking” , nor “diminishing” you

    Conclusion :

    Hopefully now gone full circle , would like you to know that I have merely been trying to enhance even more your obvious capability and expertise.

    This is in no way condescending , but if would like any of my input before your rman presentation – I would be feel privileged to be involved.


  12. #12 by Uwe Hesse on October 30, 2015 - 11:12

    Making hostile remarks may look like a good way to start a cooperation in your world – not so in the real world.

    This conversation took already too much of my time and attention. Now I understand why many of my fellow bloggers have turned on moderation. Otherwise it’s just too easy for spammers and people with mental problems to pollute the blog with their comments, I suppose.

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