Useful if your significant other is tough to shop for.
If you’re not making progress on your lofty goals, make them less lofty. That way there are fewer places to hide.
On any given week, I have a few hours of double booked meeting recordings and trainings. In the past, I’d listen to those at a computer, meaning I’d be distracted by Slack and email. So I’ve started listening to them on my phone while running or working out. There’s no distraction so I get more … Continue reading The working workout
Fun with survivorship bias and the replication crisis.
It’s another cliched Brené Brown instagram-meme-ish topic, but the core is simple and useful.
Plain text for life!
There’s a lot to unpack, and I can’t decide how I feel yet.
It doesn’t mean I don’t like you, it just means you’re not on my square squad and I’m probably not on yours either.
If you want to be heard, listen. But that’s easier said than done.
Why should we feel anger at the world? As if the world would notice.
I’m a big fan of life goals but I’d never heard this framing of it.
There’s a sticky gray area between liking something and liking the reputation it brings. How do I separate that?
It’s not a perfect comparison but it can help a Scrum newbie understand the basics.
Here’s why: You both need to leave on time, so there’s never any “ah, we’re at time, do you need to run?” funny business. I’m very guilty of that. Butting a meeting up against another meeting is better for the maker’s schedule than lots of choppy meetings spread throughout the day, killing any hope of … Continue reading Schedule 1-1s right before standup
On the power of “let me think about that.”
But the problem is that sponsorship is both harder and riskier than mentorship.
Mobbing is some silver bullet insanity, so why aren’t more teams doing it?
After all, a thought is little more than nothing.
Mark is a butthead.
I see this a lot, and it fills me with grumpies.
If you feel vaguely stressed and you can’t figure out why, try making a stress list.
Your three room apartment needs its walls painted so you get (i.e., beg) two friends to come help.
“A race?” The child laughed again, obviously wary of being teased. “But where are your opponents?” He said it oh-po-nuts.
I became an engineering manager about eight months ago and immediately had no idea what I should be doing.
And don’t even get me started on “should have”
“You weren’t allowed to hide behind your own illusions because Brady did not hide behind his.”
If someone gave you a perfect simulation of today’s world to play in and told you that it’s all fake with no actual consequences…
If your company does post mortems well, then that outage is a gift.
There’s some top secret training course out there called How to Speak Professionally Without Ever Saying Anything. I’m sure of it. And senior leaders of medium to large companies are legally required to take it.
Every “how to present” guide in the history of slide decks has said this. So how is it still a thing?
What a beautiful mindset.
Since you’re improving in your job overall, you can’t tell that you’ve stagnated in the stuff that really matters
A short ode to a tweet that touched me.
I once read an article somewhere that said fear is the determining factor in the average person’s career path.
If you’re bad at something, you can work on fixing it or you can work on living with it. But it shouldn’t be socially acceptable to brag about it.
I spend each day wondering how I’m really doing (and worrying that the answer is “not great, dude”) and it’s exhausting.
There’s something about writing it down that makes it real.
Microsoft did some research about what back to back meetings do to your brain. It thoroughly freaked me out.
Why do companies do this?
Severe clear: an aviation term airline pilots use to describe a bright blue sky with seemingly unlimited visibility. Severe clear conditions usually occur following a storm.
Lots of well-meaning leaders are diminishing their people instead of multiplying them.
This is number 260. That’s 52 weeks of blog posts every weekday.
I like knowing that I’m not going to come back to a bajillion DMs and thread replies to catch up on.
Summary of my goals for March 29 – June 20, 2021.
When they’re written out, they’re obviously toxic. But most of us spend our entire lives following them.
The other day, I realized that the more-often-but-smaller principle applies to me with speaking in meetings.
I want to find ways to do that more often.
Great rule to live by, because it works in two ways.
And the more interesting question: how can you take two or more of those talents and combine them?
Nobody wants to say “stop helping me, I’m just venting.” But it’s easy for them to say “so what should I do?”
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