Category Archives for "Self-Management"

Finding Traction: Get Unstuck and Back to High Growth

Feeling Stuck in your IT Career? Remember the Three Truths About Being Stuck: It happens, and it’s ok, and it’s not permanent These three truths are not a prescription. They’re a mindset: a way of framing the issue and think of being stuck as just another phase in a cycle of growth. Recall the chart outlining […]

  • December 3, 2018

Three Truths About Being Stuck

In my last article, The Technical Interview Failure, I opened with the line, Imagine you are in a boring meeting and one of your coworkers suddenly yells, “I really don’t care!” and then I made the case that when you allow yourself to be distracted, you’re communicating “I don’t really care!” to those around you. […]

  • November 25, 2018

The Technical Interview Failure

Imagine you are in a boring meeting and one of your coworkers suddenly yells, “I really don’t care!” A few years ago, I was interviewed for an hour by three people for a key role on the tech team at a large corporation. Two of the three interviewers were totally engaged with me: making great […]

  • November 18, 2018

Three Essential Truths to get the Most Out of Conferences

Finally it is here, that conference you’ve been looking forward to for months. You’re excited to learn and stay connected with the latest and greatest thinking in your field. You arrive, quickly check-in, and step into the great hall. You instinctively try to swallow, but for some reason your throat won’t allow it. Your senses […]

  • October 30, 2018

Write It Down

One of the most common mistakes I see among technology professionals is the failure to write down the tasks they commit to complete. Consider this scenario:  “Your day is going well, and you arrive at your last meeting of the day, early enough to be the first one in the conference room. You’re daydreaming about […]

  • October 30, 2018

The Status Report Blues

It’s uncanny how many managers, particularly inexperienced ones, ask their staff to complete a status report on a regular basis. The intention of this report request is usually positive: the goal is to establish communication between the manager and team member to further discussion in one on one meetings. It can also serve as a […]

  • October 30, 2018


“The entire Internet is down”  the CFO’s admin assistant tells you as you walk past his office. You stop and turn towards him. “The entire Internet? What’s wrong?” “I can’t get to any websites and the phones are down and my email is disconnected.” Crisis mode – time to leap into action. As an IT […]

  • October 30, 2018