Just like the dramatic temperature difference between being in the sun and in the shade, you can see the difference between someone engaged and disengaged with their work. A person’s disengagement throws shade on a their attitude, performance, and ability to be creative. And most importantly their ability to empathize. They get stuck in their… Continue reading Disengaged
Often here people saying this statement at many of the places I’ve worked. Have definitely heard myself utter this many times to anyone who would listen. But the flaw in this statement is that it seeks outside validation to a question only we can answer. Actually, let me back up, it is a statement to… Continue reading I’m Worth More Than This.
Talking with a friend today about my days at Amazon, reminded me of a difficult dilemma I faced when thinking about my career path. Did I want to level up as an Individual Contributor or as a Manager. Managers, manage team or team members. Individual Contributors (IC) don’t manage and are more focused on doing… Continue reading Individual Contributor vs Manager
This is one of Amazon’s Leadership Principles. It’s also one of the leadership principles that I didn’t connect with when I was at Amazon. I think it had to do with my desire to bring about consensus. To bring about a compromise that would make multiple parties happy. But “Disagree and Commit” is definitely alive… Continue reading Disagree and Commit
You are more than your job. But you are the way you do your job. Even if you’re in a job you don’t like. Whether you like that job or not, the way you do the job speaks to who you are. And the way you do your job, is what helps you get the… Continue reading You Are More Than Your Job
I’ve often wondered why the people who are the most productive tend to be those who carry around notepads and take notes. I would say it isn’t necessarily the fact that they take notes and can refer back to them later. Or that they have an easy to follow checklist to keep them on track.… Continue reading The Power of Taking Notes
The way you make an impression isn’t by doing things that are expected, it’s by do things that are unexpected. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be hard or extremely difficult. Or that you have to solve big complicated problems or travel to uncharted territories. It means that you have to do something… Continue reading Making an Impression
As a job applicant, we usually know why we want a particular job. Even if we can’t articulate it to other people, inside we know. It could be status, money, respect, stability, furthering our career, work/life balance, or a myriad of other reasons. And so we build our resumes, interviews, and overall focus on that.… Continue reading Why Should I Hire You?
Many people want to do more at work. They have ideas of what they would do if they had more time, control or authority. And when changes happen at work that disrupt their norm, when they are asked to do more, they get frustrated and upset that they aren’t getting paid for the extra effort.… Continue reading More than Your Job Description