Finding Mastery is a podcast that explores how the best in the world master their craft.

Host and high performance psychologist, Dr. Michael Gervais, interviews people excelling in the most hostile environments to discover the mental skills used to push the boundaries.

Each episode features inspiring stories from the world’s best athletes, brilliant business minds, and the musicians and artists changing our perspective of what’s possible. Thoughtful, spontaneous, and engaging, Dr. Michael Gervais provides insights to help listeners live connected to their potential and pursue their very best.

Dr. Gervais’ unique perspective and expertise are relevant to many different industries and audiences.

This past week’s episode was Episode 120, “Satya Nadella”:

imageSatya Nadella needs no introduction. He and his team are guiding one the world’s most significant high-tech companies. He’s the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, and one of only three in their history.

The first time I met him (in 2014, when he was just a handful of weeks in as CEO) I was struck by how deeply he listened, his authentic curiosity to learn, and the clarity of how he organized his thoughts.

It was apparent that he deeply valued, and was going to thoughtfully design, a culture at Microsoft for people to find and connect to their purpose — to experience their life efforts with deep meaning — while at the same time, holding true to their mission of empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

That is so rich. It’s what we all want. To live a life of purpose and meaning — and to really make a difference with what we do, and how we do it.

This conversation explores where that comes from for him.

As this conversation unfolds, it became amazingly apparent that at the center of his approach is: empathy — the ability to experience what another person is experiencing, from their perspective.

As most of you know, Pete Carroll and I formed the company Compete to Create to share the insights that he and I have come to understand about how to train the mind to amplify culture and performance — and it’s been a privilege to work inside the organization with the people at Microsoft who have in turn taught us so much about what it means to be great.

I’m excited to introduce Satya to this community; one of the brightest minds our world has to offer. I hope you soak it up…

  • The importance of creating a shared purpose at Microsoft
  • How he shaped his vision for what Microsoft should be
  • The most critical relationship for Microsoft: from concept to capability to culture
  • His biggest strength: acknowledging his weaknesses
  • How he creates space for himself
  • Why having a deep sense of empathy is critical to meet customer needs
  • The impact having his child Zane had on him and the way he looks at life
  • The meaning behind “hit refresh”
  • Why he’s such a big believer in having a growth mindset
  • Striving for balance between confidence and humility
  • His thoughts on mastery

Download this episode of Dr. Gervais’ podcast here:

At Microsoft, we have executive broadcasts regularly, including “Employee Q&A/Fireside chat” meetings led by our CEO Satya Nadella that are broadcast to all our employees worldwide.

The video/audio broadcast is powered using our highly scalable Skype Meetings Broadcast technology – a service that Office 365 E3/E5 customers have access to. 

The service, by default, scales to 10,000 people simultaneously & works worldwide.  It also provides:

  • imageCLOSED CAPTIONING: Provides automatic closed captioning for the broadcast directly within the video
  • ATTENDANCE: Generates a report of attendees post broadcast
  • RECORDING: Records the meeting & makes it available for post-broadcast viewing
  • ANY CLIENT: Supported on IE 11, Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Mac OS Safari, iOS, Android
  • …and more.

Your Skype Meeting Broadcasts can gather real time sentiment from your audience through “Microsoft Pulse”. 

  • How do they feel about the topic being discussed? 
  • Do they strongly agree?  Somewhat disagree?

Users can click their sentiment throughout the broadcast so that broadcasters can get a sense of the audience’s opinions.  And you can get correlation reports of this feedback.

To integrate sentiment capture into your Skype Meeting Broadcast, visit this page:

Skype Meeting Broadcasts can also have a running discussion displayed on the same page as the video.  This discussion can enable people to ask questions or have conversations about the topic being discussed in real time, driven by Yammer.

To integrate Yammer into your Skype Meeting Broadcast, visit this page:

Per haps you’d like to empower viewers to ask questions during the broadcast privately.  Q&A capabilities can be added that allow users to submit their questions and wait for answers either via a meeting coordinator or answered during the broadcast.

To add a Q&A feature,

For more information on using Skype Meetings Broadcast with all these capabilities, go to:

Posted by: kurtsh | May 10, 2018

BETA: Azure Confidential Compute Platform

Microsoft’s Azure Confidential Computing platform is uniquely designed to protect data while in use.

imageAzure Confidential Computing is aimed at protecting data while it’s processed in the cloud. It is the cornerstone of our ‘Confidential Cloud’ vision, which includes the following principles:

  • Top data breach threats are mitigated
  • Data is fully in the control of the customer regardless of whether in rest, transit, or use and even though the infrastructure is not
  • Code running in the cloud is protected and verifiable by the customer
  • Data and code are opaque to the cloud platform, or put another way the cloud platform is outside of the trusted computing base

While today this technology may be applied to a subset of data processing scenarios, we expect as it matures that it will become the new norm for all data processing, both in the cloud and on the edge.

Read more about what it entails & how to participate in the preview program for Azure Confidential Compute here:

image_thumb1While migrating to the cloud offers your business greater scalability, cost-efficiency, and improved performance, it can require careful IT planning and strategy.

Fortunately, there are resources and tools that can make your cloud migration less daunting and help simplify your path to the cloud—while minimizing risk and impact to your business.

Download this Azure migration e-book for guidance throughout the entire process, from initial considerations to the tools required. You’ll learn how to:

  • Approach your cloud migration.
  • Discover and assess your servers, virtual machines, and applications.
  • Confidently execute your migration.
  • Optimize and adjust your cloud services and resources.

Grab the book here:

image_thumb2Keep cyberthreats at bay and ensure your technology stays ahead of any entity that would compromise the security of the Department of Defense (DoD). A cloud or hybrid-cloud security environment learns and adapts to evolving cybersecurity threats. Partner with a cloud service provider to get a cybersecurity framework, build a stronghold for your data, and meet the objectives of the new DoD Cloud computing policy.

Read this e-book to learn how Microsoft Azure Government brings you specialized security features, such as:

  • Visibility into user behavior—monitor how users access your systems and behave while they’re logged in. 
  • Advanced threat analytics—uncover suspicious activity and identify threats and security breaches with behavioral analytics powered by machine learning. 
  • Data loss prevention—keep your critical information where it belongs with a cloud-based solution that isolates agency and individual data.

Grab the book here:

Posted by: kurtsh | May 10, 2018

HOWTO: Enable Office Intelligent Services

Intelligent services bring the power of the cloud to Office apps to help save you time and produce better results. These features help you improve your writing in Word and Outlook, analyze your data in Excel, and deliver dynamic presentations in PowerPoint.

Here’s a list of some of the features that are enabled through Office Intelligent Services:

To provide these services, Microsoft needs to be able to securely collect your written or visual content.  (This is only available if you have an Office 365 subscription)

These services are disabled by default.

To enable or disable these features go to File > Options and look for Office intelligent services on the General tab.


(If you’re concerned about your privacy, read the following: Microsoft Privacy Statement)

Read more:

imageOne of the biggest challenges in digital transformation is ensuring security, privacy, and compliance, especially with the rising number of cybersecurity attacks. Microsoft technology secures your digital transformation with unique intelligence, partnerships and a comprehensive platform for a holistic security strategy.  

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How Microsoft centers its security, compliance, and privacy around identity and access management
  • How to implement and administrate multi-layer threat protection
  • How the Microsoft platform allows security administrators and IT Managers to manage and protect sensitive information with built-in intelligence
  • How to use the vast array of controls to manage a secure, compliant, and privacy sensitive environme

June 7, 2018 — 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM 

Microsoft Technology Center – Irvine
3 Park Plaza, Suite 1600
Irvine, California 92614


imageOffice 365 Multi-Geo Data Location provides enterprise-grade global data location controls, allowing administrators to control where each user’s Office 365 data is stored.

It enables a single tenant to span multiple geographic locations (Geos). For example, when Multi-Geo is enabled, customers can select the location of Exchange Online mailbox content (data at rest) on a per-user basis.

The service currently supports Exchange Online & OneDrive for Business.  It is an add-on service to select Office 365 subscriptions and costs USD $2/user/month for users in Satellite Geos.

imageWhile it’s clear what the potentials of cloud computing are for your organization, it may be unclear the adjustments your IT organization will need to make in transitioning to the cloud.

This guide is designed to help your IT team more effectively implement and integrate cloud technologies. You’ll explore key cloud concepts as well as Azure-specific tips and tactics around: 

  • General architectures that incorporate security, identity, and cloud design principles.
  • DevOps and how it fits with cloud technologies. 
  • Integrating, planning, and managing cloud resources. 
  • Microsoft Azure governance.


Grab the guide here:

imageIf you are a .NET developer or architect who wants to get started with Microsoft Azure, this book is for you!

Written by developers for developers in the .NET ecosystem, this guide will show you how to get started with Azure and which services you can use to run your .NET applications and store your data in a more efficient and secure way.

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