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Book: Machiavelli for Women

I’m unsure what I think about Machiavelli for Women (Amazon). There were things that I appreciated, and things that were infuriating. To be fair, the things I found infuriating were mostly also things the author herself notes as infuriating, saying her goal with the book is to articulate what works as things are, not what […]

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Career

Dimensions of Engineering Growth

One of my coaching clients and I developed this framework to help him think about the kind of impact he wanted to have as a Staff+ engineer, and since then I’ve taken it to other clients and direct reports in a way to think about engineering growth outside of any particular job ladder. The four […]

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Career

Tracking When It’s Time to Quit

The wonderful Tanya put together this spreadsheet that helps you track where you are on the 5 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job. I love this idea, because it pushes us out of the moment into the long term, which makes it easier to be rational. There’s the risk in the short term decision, […]

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management

Energy Management Exercise

My Energy Management for Newer Managers post has been turned into an exercise on Yerbo. You can find it here.

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Book: The Alchemy of Us

I heard about The Alchemy of Us (Amazon) when the author (Ainissa Ramirez) was on the Broad Experience podcast, talking about her work in Science Communications and the challenges of being a Black woman in science (great episode). I immediately bought the book, and then took… 8 months to get to reading it. It’s a […]

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Book: Coach the Person, Not the Problem

I really got a lot out of Coach the Person, Not the Problem [Amazon]. Whilst the content was covered in the courses I took, it approached it in a different way – deconstruction versus experiential – and that was really helpful for solidifying my learning. At it’s core, it’s about switching your focus to the […]

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management

Business Insider piece on Remote Work

I’m in Business Insider talking about remote work, the article is paywalled [link].

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management

Escaping The House Elf Management Trap

I would love to find a new name for this, now that JK Rowling is cancelled, but in the Harry Potter books, house elves are powerful magical beings, who are condemned to (mostly invisible) servitude, largely of people who would uphold harmful power structures (much like JK Rowling herself). The tragedy of the house elf […]

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Career management

7 Suggestions for Writing a Good Self Review

Originnally shared internally and lightly edited for external readability. Note that this comes from a context where the self review is not part of the promotion packet so focuses on it as a tool to help the manager put together the review. Goal of a self review: Time to reflect and clarify what you’ve achieved […]

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Meta Problems and Where to Find Them

Meta-problem (n): root cause issues of a collection of symptom problems. One of the things I do as an engineering director, is live in the realm of the meta problem. The thing that is behind the problems that people are talking about. For instance, a meta problem of an individualistic mindset on the team might […]