As a leader in my field, I get job descriptions sent to me daily. Some of them use some pretty regrettable language. One of my personal holy wars is to create more inclusive work environments that give equitable opportunities to people to do their best work.
“So, Magnus, when did you decide you want to focus your career on being a DevOps Coaching Manager?” I haven’t been asked this exact question yet, but I get something like it every time I go through a job interview process. The interviewer seems to be feeling around for some pediatric-rooted need in my bones to fill… More For polymaths, career paths may look more like tendrils
Meetings. They are an easy trap for leaders to fall into. Our daily calendars seem to be a highly compressed stack of commitments, often without any breaks to opportunities to be alone with our thoughts. Sometimes the day’s agenda may have multiple columns of overlapping commitments to fulfill. Is there any time blocked off in… More You cannot lead those you won’t see.
“Audentes Fortuna Iuvat” – Latin proverb. Translation: “Fortune favors the bold.” Fear is one of our most powerful survival instincts. It warns us of impending danger. It triggers physiological processes to dump performance hormones into our bloodstream to help get us out of dangerous situations. And, left to its own devices, it reduces us to… More Be Afraid. And then do something about it.
We’ve all been there. You’re in a conference room, and there are people all around the table with laptops in front of them and eyes on the screen. If you ask them a question, there might be a 50/50 chance that they look up and say “hmmm?” Meetings are expensive propositions for any business. You… More This meeting is the only thing I’m engaged with right now.
I’m an Account Manager with Bland People Technologies and I wanted to connect with you and discuss an opportunity that I’ve been working on that I thought could be a good match with your skill sets. The name has been changed to protect the guilty, but this kind of lead-in dominates the emails I get day in… More I know what you did last Summer!
For those of you who are active on Twitter, you may have witnessed an uprising of tweets from actually autistic people over the last week with three very poignant hashtags: #LowFunctioningMeans #HighFunctioningMeans #FunctioningLabelsMean The gist of this movement was to express the damage that functioning labels have done to many autistic people in setting certain expectations of ability… More Patterns for Success: #HighFunctioningMeans Career Challenges
We’ve talked a bit about how to land a job, how to get settled in, and some of the things that might trip you up along the way (and how to avoid tripping in the first place). The Internet is full of advice for parents of autistic children (some valuable, others, well, I’ll save that… More Patterns for Success: Find Your Own Way
The boss comes in and asks you to stop what you’re working on. He’s got something very important for you, and the more you hear, the dumber it sounds. “No. That’s stupid.” For many of us, that’s the gut reaction. It’s the first thing on our lips, and because we’re good, honest people, we say… More Patterns for Success: Playing it Loose
This week I’d like to share with you an area with which I still struggle, and I suspect that a lot of you might, also: restful sleep.