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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, […]

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The Being and Doing Brainstorm

A tool in balance coaching is the being and doing brainstorm. You brainstorm in two lists: How am I being? What am I doing? The combination of the two feeds each other. E.g. you might say I’m “being proactive”, and then in doing you could list some ways to be proactive (e.g. “make a todo […]

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On Being “Strategic”

Ages ago, a work colleague / friend offered me the following piece of advice: “We need to make sure you’re seen as strategic”. I’ve thought about it a lot ever since. It was the first time I realised I was on the edge of (perhaps in?) the trap of “she’s just not that strategic”. Because, […]

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1 Year @ DuckDuckGo

A bit over a year ago (14 months ago) I joined DuckDuckGo as an Engineering Director on the Mobile – now Native Apps – team. The biggest thing driving a change was getting back on a positive learning curve. Two big realizations pushed me to start responding to recruiter messages (around a year before I […]