Career

Friday, April 25th, 2014

5 Strategies For Making Progress on Side Projects

cress keyboard

I get asked on a regular basis how I manage to maintain a blog (and other side projects) on top of my job, especially since I almost never write anything specifically about my job. I actually wish I was better at and more productive on my side-projects, but that might be step zero - to let ...


Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

The Burnout Equation

pink flames

I wrote about burning out, and the aftermath, and my post-burnout-phase. But the other day a friend and I were talking about burnout in general terms, and seeing other people burn out, why that is, what it looks like. It's interesting, because we know it when we see it, but we don't talk about what it ...


Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Sponsors, Mentors and Allies

Credit: Wikipedia

I don't think we talk enough about sponsors in general, whereas at every woman in tech event, oh, another mentoring opportunity. I'm all set for mentors, and have enough women who I offer support too that I can't actively look for more. They are super helpful, but as I observed to the fabulous Jo Miller recently, "mentors ...


Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

5 Undervalued Skills in Tech… And Why You Should Master Them Anyway

white flower with five petals

Prioritising There is a tendency amongst engineers to try and scope out the whole problem, and understand it all, and then work on fixing... all of it. Being able to say this is the most important thing, and then doing that first - even when it is not the most interesting thing, is a super-power. Do this, and when ...


Monday, April 7th, 2014

Things To Say Yes To

volcano errupting

I got invited to something really cool - KiwiFoo. It's in New Zealand, and my schedule for April is hectic but when have I let little things like long flights and jetlag stop me? So I did what I usually do, booked a flight and told myself I would figure it out. That I could get ...


Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The Bubble in The Swamp

Wolf-River-swamp-North-Mississippi

I watched the GitHub fallout the other week, and was particularly stuck by this tweet, apologising for defending the culture to feminists. Don't we all do that? Say that where we are is fine, but there are these general problems. I think there are two main reasons for that. 1) It's politically infeasible not to, 2) we ...


Monday, March 31st, 2014

Life After Burnout

PhotonQ-When the Phoenix Rises

I'm currently in what I would describe as a post-burnout-phase. The memory of being burnt out is vivid, and I fear going back there, but I'm doing OK and even cautiously optimistic about the future. Sometimes I resent the cost, and sometimes I just feel so grateful to be in this better place.. and usually, ...


Friday, March 28th, 2014

Why Are We Still Geeks – Panel at GHC

Fortune Most Powerful Women Dinner With Marissa Mayer

Marie Klawe Been worried about image in the media for 20 years. Been working on it, but no progress. But "if you don't even try, you definitely won't succeed". Had many failures, but getting closer to success. There used to be very few female lawyers and doctors, now it's 50%. Still not reaching power - see the ...


Friday, March 21st, 2014

Advancing Your Career With Leadership Presence, GHC 2013

Signature pose of "Power"

Workshop by Pat Kirkland. Panel of CEOs, woman waited 17 minutes for the first laugh. She has to work hard to show she can do the job, men know they have arrived. Presence is the social power granted to you by virtue of how you show up. Leaders are always looking for leaders. Confident. Capable. Adaptable. Approachable. How you ...




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