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Career

DRI Your Support System

As the DRI of your career, you need to build your support system – this is so you get the support you need even as things change around you (or don’t go the way you want). Build your support system. I firmly believe that we should get different things from different people – from our […]

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Career

How to DRI Your Professional Development

If you’re the DRI of your career, obviously that also makes you – not your manager – the DRI of your professional development. Own your professional development. Your professional development budget is what your employer gives you to invest in your career – take advantage of it. What you decide to invest on top of […]

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Books

Book: Wonder Women

Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection (Amazon) is… a brief history of feminism intermingled with an exhausting amount of cis-het-normatism with a side of biological essentialism. In this universe, race and sexuality are an afterthought, “transgendered” is an adjective, and women who don’t want children don’t exist at all. Most of the […]

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Career

Co-Active: Process

Continuing my Co-Active coaching training with course 3/4, Process. Earlier this year I took Balance (2/4), and Fulfillment (1/4), after taking Fundamentals last year. Once again, I took the 5 days. This time it coincided with moving, which was a bit of a nightmare organizationally – especially as our apartment wasn’t ready on schedule and […]

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management Presentation

Talk: The Culture of Process

I recorded this talk for the previous round of LeadDev Together. You can access it here (requires signup). All the penguin imagery in this talk are photos my mom took in Antarctica.

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Career

Expecting More from Your Career (and Less from Your Job)

The first point in the mentality of Being the DRI of your Career is expecting more from your career and less from your job. Your current work situation – good, bad, or fine – is just a moment in your career. Expect less from your job and more from your career. Your life is more […]

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Career

The Rent Versus Buy of Career Growth

The topic that got the most attention in my previous post about being the DRI of your career is the concept of rent versus buy when it comes to managing your career. Distinguish what your employer rents versus what they buy. I find this particularly relevant when it comes to things like “personal brand”. My […]

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life Reflections

The Habit of Adequacy

I think about habits a lot. That my word for 2021 is habit is a product of this, and a useful lens to cycle back on it. I think about habits, how to intentionally build and maintain them, and then I remind myself that I set it as a priority for the year for a […]

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Books

Book: No Rules Rules

I read this on a recommendation, I was a little skeptical about the whole Netflix culture thing. Like most people I knew about the “fire the people who you wouldn’t fight to keep” and it seemed a little too cut-throat. In the end, I found the book fascinating – there was a level of nuance […]

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Career

Being the DRI of Your Career

At DuckDuckGo, there’s an expression: “You are the DRI of your career” (DRI: Directly Responsible Individual). I like this, both as an individual who has always felt like the DRI of my own career, and I like it as a manager because I think it makes the boundaries of what you can and can’t do […]