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Your Action Plan to DRI Your Career

Step 1: Review Being the DRI of Your Career Expecting More from Your Career (and Less from Your Job) The Rent Versus Buy of Career Growth How to DRI Your Professional Development Coachability++ DRI Your Support System 5 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job Step 2: Plan Assess if it’s time to quit (this […]

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5 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job

By now, we’ve all heard of the great resignation. Over the past 18 months or so, many people have had more time to think about what they want from their jobs, and the kind of conditions they are willing to accept. Of course, the great resignation often glosses over the number of people who died […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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Remote Meetings Panel

I was on a panel recently – well, we ran it like a meeting, which was fun – about remote meetings and making them suck less. It was fun and I got some nice ideas from my fellow panelists! Watch it here.

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The culture of process

My latest in LeadDev… One of the challenges we face as engineering managers is how people react to process differently. Sometimes it’s like we’re talking about entirely different things – we propose something we expect to be lightweight, and people react like we’re instituting TPS reports or time-tracking in six minute intervals (normal for lawyers, […]