2017 has been quite a year. Looking back at my 2016 in Review post, here were my two biggest goals for 2017 and a mini retrospective:
- Give away my Legos so that I can work with new ones.
- Despite having the same title, I had a very different job at the end of 2017 than at the beginning. Sometimes it feels like I went from this to this.
- Keep learning…
- About my slice of the industry by hosting more meetups.
- This didn’t happen at all.
- About management via the Rands Leadership slack.
- This was a triumph, and my network is stronger than ever.
- About parenting and my kid by using my parental leave.
- I spent a lot of time with my kiddo, using 26 days in 2017, up from 16 in 2016.
What follows are the stories behind these snippets, and a few other things that happened. Continue reading “2017 in Review”
UPDATE: check out my follow-up post Avoiding Mistakes with your Manager README
As a manager, on-boarding is both tough and really important whether you’re joining a team or they’re joining yours. My very short list for on-boarding in either direction is:
- Share expectations
- Build trust
Continue reading “Share your Manager README”
“Ever Present” by JD Hancock is licensed under CC BY 2.0
I’ve heard that a lot this year and it’s changed me in two pretty fundamental ways.
First, I’ve started seeking it out.
Continue reading “Feedback is a gift”
I just read Quinn Norton‘s excellent piece, Ahimsa Online and it got me thinking about arguing on the internet, and in my day-to-day. Continue reading “Speak to Be Heard (Not to Win)”
I’ve been watching Sex and the City with my wife. I’d gotten her to watch a lot of other shows of my choosing: Breaking Bad, The Wire, Justified, and I thought I’d try something from her corner of the television universe. We blasted through all six seasons, alternating between HBO Go and the (very large) pink album of the complete series sitting on our shelf when our internet crapped out. We watched the first movie last night. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from that show, and most of them are of the “What not to do” sort.
Last night, Carrie and Big were arguing about the size and impact of their nuptials.
Big angrily shouted “200 people! Page 6! Do you know how that makes me look?”
I shouted back at the TV (I do that): “No, because you don’t communicate your feelings with Carrie!”
In fairness, Carrie isn’t good at that either, but that brings me to my point: communication is key. Continue reading “Expectations Should Not be Kept to Yourself”