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 ...

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Crisis of Conscience

love notes

At some point, my doubts about whether it was the Right thing to do, to encourage high school girls to go into Computer Science crystallised, and I accepted - I just cannot do it anymore. I cannot tell them that it is a good idea, that they will be treated well, that there are plentiful ...

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

6 Things I Look For When Considering Projects and Teams

Just searching for something

Women in senior roles (I am ignoring the presence of new grad women as a metric - it's a meaningless measure of diversity). A manager with some kind of work life balance. Does he (sadly it's always a he) talk about his kids? Make an effort to moderate his travel for the sake of his wife? ...

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Brenda Chapman at GHC 2013

Brenda Chapman at GHC13

This talk - by the woman behind Brave (Amazon) was absolutely on of my favourite ever GHC talks. Warm, and funny, and inspiring. Talked about some difficult things, but overall positive. Scared to come to GHC, because she's a technological dinosaur. Pixar was full of smart people, but kids. She was in the kids group. It ...

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

So, You Finally Have a Woman on Your Team?

odd one out

Some unsolicited thoughts (OK, advice) for managers who finally have a woman reporting to them. 1. Meaningful Projects None of us got into the tech industry for the casual misogyny and the rampant sexual harassment, and we don't go into work excited for the possibility of someone mistaking us for the help. Same as the dudes, we ...

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

10 Ways to Develop Your Plan B

The Backup Plan

Following on from The Disillusionment of the Early Career Engineer, I could write a number of different things, but the thing that I find people having the biggest trouble with, that I am continually nudging people on, is the finding of other options and opportunities. I don't know why. Do people view this as disloyal? There's ...

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Presenting Gives Me Nightmares, but I Still Do It: Here’s How

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I get very nervous presenting, although it's something I do relatively often. This is not out of enthusiasm for getting up on stage, but rather because I find myself in the position of being the least unwilling engineer. After my last presentation I was told that I didn't need to be nervous, because I was good ...

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Walking The Line

tightrope walking-site

I've been thinking, and worrying, and talking with other women about the how hard it can be to walk the line between being a bitch, and being a pushover, for a long time. It took me a long time to realise, that this line isn't just a line we walk because it is there, isn't just ...

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Book: The Male Factor

The Male Factor

This book - The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions, and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace (Amazon) has to be one of the most depressing books I have ever read. Sometimes, surrounded by men, I think that I don't understand the rules of the game that is on. Having read this book, and had so ...

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