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Tressie McMillan Cottom on Twitter: "I’m watching Booksmart because Roxane recommended. I’m fifteen minutes in and if these girls don’t discover social reproduction By the end to resolve this narrative tension I’m going to be disappointed" / Twitt
I’m watching Booksmart because Roxane recommended. I’m fifteen minutes in and if these girls don’t discover social reproduction By the end to resolve this narrative tension I’m going to be disappointed

The slackers all got into good colleges because they are white and middle class and from same school as you, Molly.

See, it never mattered what you did in high school, Molly. You were all going to go to college. So you don’t have to wild out because there’s no conflict, Molly. None of your choices mattered.
twitterthread  film  by:tressiemcmillancottom  film:booksmart  highered 
8 days ago by dirtystylus
Gabrielle Blair on Twitter: "When I hear men worshipping guns and talking about how there’s nothing that will stop them from defending their family, my mind goes to Naaman in the Bible. Do you remember Naaman? He was a great military leader, and he also
When I hear men worshipping guns and talking about how there’s nothing that will stop them from defending their family, my mind goes to Naaman in the Bible. Do you remember Naaman? He was a great military leader, and he also had leprosy.
The prophet told him to bathe in the Jordan River 7 times to be cured. He refused. In fact he was pissed off the cure was so simple. So his servants said: If he’d asked you to do some great thing, you would have done it, but you’re not willing to go bathe in the water?
That’s like men bragging about how they’re ready and willing to protect their family. They're picturing doing *some great thing*, but protecting your family is almost always much more mundane.

A few conversations with God to illustrate:
Conversation #1:

Man: Hey God, I just want you to know I am committed to protecting my family at all costs.

God: Gosh, that’s great to hear.

One of the main things I need you to do to protect your family is laundry. Tons of laundry. You know kids...
— they’re so susceptible to infections and viruses. Pinworms, athlete’s foot, lice, strep throat, colds and flues. Pneumonia and diarrhea are *serious killers* of children under five. The list is endless. So you’re going to need to do laundry pretty much daily.
Launder their socks & underwear, their sheets. Put their sneakers through the wash. I can’t emphasize this enough: protecting your family involves a lot of laundry.

Man: Oh. Um.

I was thinking more along the lines of a masked intruder with a gun at 2 AM raping my family.
God: First of all, stop fantasizing about your family being raped.

Second, do you know the stats on break-ins? The vast majority happen when no one is home, and only a small percentage are armed. Home alarms and dogs reduce the risk even more.
Even if you do end up being the rare house with an armed-break-in-while-home, you want to shoot someone for over your TV? Isn't that a ridiculous overreaction?

You’re not in the mob. I assure you there’s a slim-to-none chance you’ll need to defend your family at gun point.
If you really want to protect your family, laundry is where I need you to focus.

Man: But. But.

I bought all these guns. And ammunition. And I’m telling you, if anyone threatens my family, I’ll be ready.
God: Is there anything you’re willing to do to protect your family that’s not the plot of an action/thriller?

Man:

God:

Man:

God: Sigh.

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Conversation #2:

God: I’d like you to protect your family.

Man: You bet. I’m ready. If anyone touches my kids, they are dead meat.

God. Okay. Well, to protect your family, the thing I need you to do is teach thorough hand-washing.

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Basically, you’ll need to carefully wash your kids’ hands several times a day until they’re old enough to do it themselves. At that point you’ll need to supervise the hand-washing for several years until you know they’ve mastered it.

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And from then on, you just need to spend another ten years asking them to wash their hands multiple times a day — before school, after school, before meals, after potty breaks, etc.. Cool?

Man: Well. Um.

Is there an assignment that’s more related to guns?

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God: Nope. The main thing is hand-washing.

Having guns in the house actually puts your kids in harm’s way. Surely, as a protective parent, you’ve read about the dangers of keeping and storing guns at home?

Man:

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God: Let me guess. If I need someone to dig a hole on an asteroid, plant a bomb in the hole to blow up the asteroid, in order to save the Earth, you’ll be first in line.

Man: HECK YES

God:

Man:

God: Helpful.

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Conversation #3:

Man: I’m ready to defend my family!! My guns and ammunition are stocked.

God: So glad to hear you’re ready to defend your family. Here’s the key thing I need you to do: Never drink alcohol again.

Man: Wait. What?

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God: Well I’m sure you know motor vehicle accidents and gun accidents are top killers of children. And mixing alcohol with driving or guns makes them far riskier. If you’ve been drinking, there’s a higher likelihood you’ll drive drunk, lose your temper and hurt the kids...

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... or just be irresponsible with your gun. So if you want to protect your family, I would recommend giving up alcohol as a good way to start.

Man:

God:

Man: Can’t I just shoot some bad guys?

God: So then, NOT actually interested in protecting your family.

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Conversation #4:

God: Are you ready and willing to protect your family?

Man: YES. Come at me. My house is fully armed and I keep a handgun under the passenger seat. I am READY.

God: Oh. Well. The thing I need you to do is feed your kids plenty of healthy food.

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Do the grocery shopping. Plans the meals. Stock the fridge. Cook dinner. And of course, do the dishes and keep the kitchen clean because you don’t want harmful bacteria taking over.

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Man: But. I mean. I don’t even know how to cook.

God: How did you learn about your weapons?

Man: Youtube.

God: Are there cooking videos on Youtube?

Man:

[End of conversations]

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I'm often told that men have instincts to protect their family and how Protector is their natural role.

I think the case can be more easily made that men have zero natural instincts to protect their family.

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If such an instinct had evolved, why wouldn't men check back with any woman they’d had sex with, to see if they'd caused a pregnancy?

How can we say men have an instinct to protect their family when there are children the world over with fathers who have no idea they exist?

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It’s much easier to argue that mothers have a strong instinct to protect their families. Mothers still do the bulk (by far the bulk) of the parenting. Which means mothers do the real things that actually protect their kids every day all day long.

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Men demanding guns for their role as protector-of-the-family are full of it. They are only willing to protect in make-believe instances that are never likely to happen. When asked to *actually* protect their family, by doing something like laundry, they can’t be bothered.

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guns  religion  toxicmasculinity  genderroles  twitterthread  by:gabrielleblair 
13 days ago by dirtystylus
Courtney Jane Walker on Twitter: "@VMIpod @Duanaelise @jennyowenyoungs I could actually do a full twenty minutes on the arc of the Veronica/Logan romance and how the reboot was a savvy exploration and subversion of “bad boy” teen romance tropes." / Tw
I could actually do a full twenty minutes on the arc of the Veronica/Logan romance and how the reboot was a savvy exploration and subversion of “bad boy” teen romance tropes.

VMIPod: yes! He had really worked on himself and she…hadn’t? HZ

Yes! There was that part of her that wanted him to be jealous and angry because she 1) thinks it’s hot and 2) can’t stand being disappointed by people, so better to expect the worst.
twitterthread  tv  tv:veronicamars 
14 days ago by dirtystylus
Grant Macaskill on Twitter: "I’ve been thinking a little about this recently. Christians often say “The Bible teaches ...” or “Scripture teaches...” but this is not an idiom that is used in the Bible itself, when authors or characters refer back
I’ve been thinking a little about this recently. Christians often say “The Bible teaches ...” or “Scripture teaches...” but this is not an idiom that is used in the Bible itself, when authors or characters refer back to prior Scriptures.

We encounter expressions like “It is written” (gegraptai), or “As *insert author* says” but these are formulae that introduce quotations. In rabbinic texts, they often introduce texts that appear to support different viewpoints and set up or develop interpretative debates.

I wonder if the “Bible teaches” idiom dangerously truncates the modality with which biblical authority or normativity operates to the concept of the moral handbook (also a popular image in some traditions: the “handbook for life.”

The problem with this is that it does not accommodate the material form of Scripture and how this determines its role within Christian thought and practice. Handbooks give instructions and little else. But the Bible contains only a little material that can be labelled instruction

Torah, certainly, is essentially “instruction,” but the word Torah is not identical in scope to Bible or Scripture.

Mostly, the Bible contains things that are generally not found in handbooks (such as the one I have for recording software). Handbooks generally don’t guide us using a mixture of story, poetry, proverb and philosophy.

The classic image of the canon in Christian tradition is that of the library. The one who lives in this library is moulded and shaped by it, and morally different as a result, but only part of that reflects direct instruction of the command sort.

A number of writers (notably Stanley Hauerwas) have picked up on the problem of giving a dominant role to the notion of command-obedience in our accounts of Christian doctrine and ethics. My point here is that it is an approach that neglects the material form of Scripture.

Interestingly, we don’t see it in Jewish interpretation (e.g., in the Gemara), which acknowledges the diversity of voices and genres and more obviously “lives in the library”.
I can’t help but feel that it this kind of simplification of the notion of biblical authority (a particularly modern problem) is dangerous, particularly when we try to advocate moral positions as “biblical” and alternatives as “unbiblical”.

Up to a point, we recognise the issue. Few people will quote Qohelet (Ecclesiastes) 1:2 and say that the bible clearly teaches that life in meaningless. At that point, we invoke context and genre because it suits us to do so.

But we need to be intentional about recognising the complex character of Scripture when it DOESN’T suit our (possibly) simplistic opinions.
twitterthread  by:grantmacaskill  via:wildagafney  theology  bible  scripture 
23 days ago by dirtystylus
Rachel Fields on Twitter: "What near-perfect movies are corrupted by a single scene that is terrible or makes no sense? I submit: Cady falling into a trash can in Mean Girls, which is wildly tonally inconsistent and almost seems to exist outside the narra
What near-perfect movies are corrupted by a single scene that is terrible or makes no sense? I submit: Cady falling into a trash can in Mean Girls, which is wildly tonally inconsistent and almost seems to exist outside the narrative of the movie.
twitterthread  film  list 
25 days ago by dirtystylus
Zito on Twitter: "Man, if you're going to mention the rape case, don't just sprinkle it in there out of obligation. Using jargon like "complicated" is an easy way to glide past it. You can just write why someone who was so heroic to millions of people als
Man, if you're going to mention the rape case, don't just sprinkle it in there out of obligation. Using jargon like "complicated" is an easy way to glide past it. You can just write why someone who was so heroic to millions of people also represented rape culture at its fullest.
It's not that hard to see that your heroes can be seen in a different light by others, especially when they did do terrible things. And the fact that you wouldn't have to say "now's not the time" if the time to talk about it ever actually existed.
So many people, including the media, helped him rehabilitate after the case without ever reckoning with what he did. Because great athletes are heroes and we need them to be flattened as good. The entire "Black Mamba" idea was transforming that case into a positive.
What happened was what always happens, a powerful man was accused and people shamed the accuser and then went past the issue as quickly as possible. It's not unfair that some are still bitter about that and what it says about our world and how we value women.
Every great thing Kobe did afterwards, his support for women's sports, his love for his children and the youth, his new adventure into other ventures, was wonderful. But it's not up to fans to grant him a redemption for that rape case. Redemption starts at the people you hurt.
If he's never forgiven for that, then that's just it. That's the problem with hurting someone, you can't go and erase it and the power to fix it is not in your hands. But being mad at him not being forgiven for it, is being mad that the victim won't let you be comfortable.
It's not an impossible thing to reckon with, nor does it have to take away from grief and how important he was to so many people. But you can't use "flawed" as an escape. That's too cowardly.
sexualassault  law  kobebryant  twitterthread  via:soniagupta 
4 weeks ago by dirtystylus
Dr. Steven W. Thrasher on Twitter: "I find it wildly confusing that 18-year-olds—who can vote, who can be sentenced to death if they commit certain crimes, who can be sent off to war to die—are legally tied to their parents in an infantilizing manner
I find it wildly confusing that 18-year-olds—who can vote, who can be sentenced to death if they commit certain crimes, who can be sent off to war to die—are legally tied to their parents in an infantilizing manner to get health insurance or qualify for student aid. It’s—weird.
The family functions in neoliberal society as a site for the state to offset economic liabilities onto. An 18 yr old who can be conscripted as a soldier deserves Medicare. What neoliberalism grants is private insurance from parents (IF they have parents (if THEY have insurance))

An unfortunate turn in Gay Inc politics was a move from desiring healthcare for all (to free all from hetero/sexism), which was replaced by the “targeted” (@pocojump) goal of expanded health insurance thru same sex marriage. David Eng calls this a kind of trickle down economics.
Adrianne Rich wrote of “compulsory heterosexuality.” When Mayor Pete calls for access to higher ed to be determined for *legal adults* by their parents, I think this is a kind of compulsory heterosexism as well, and a kind of compulsory infantilization.

By demanding LGBTQ young adults specifically (& young adults in general) be bound to their parents’ earnings WHICH THEY DON’T CONTROL to receive public education past age 18, Mayor Pete is using the family as a locus of social control in the most cynical, conservative way.

To say young legal adults must go through their parents to access healthcare or education allows their parents to hold biopower over the lives of adults. Medicare for all or free college for all would grant much more freedom to 18 year olds. But when they must go to their folks->
as legal adults who are basically hostages for the means of life itself, their parents can wield homophobia over them. Demand their trans “adult children” not get hormones or gender affirming surgery. Deny birth control. Wield stigma.

It’s not good, and it makes no legal sense.
No wonder old Dems like the youngest candidate (Pete) & young Dems like the oldest (Bernie):

Pete is trying to reinforce the existing, conservative social order.

Bernie is offering something akin to queer liberation by way of liberated access to learning & health.
politics  berniesanders  healthcare  children  neoliberalism  marriage  twitterthread  by:stevenwthrasher  via:rogre 
12 weeks ago by dirtystylus
Ryan Florence on Twitter: "There’s a chance I believe client side routing on the web is usually not preferred. Which is ironic. Might be best for screens where the majority of the UI persists, which is the edge case. Browsers handle page transitions rea
I’ve personally had ambitious goals, and but the SPA’s I use that are written in react+react router and similar client routed frameworks are delivering a worse experience than if they had just server rendered + mounted a single feature app at that route.
twitterthread  motiondesign  animation  reactjs  webvsnative  transitions 
october 2019 by dirtystylus
Marco Rogers on Twitter: "The javascript community fought hard for the fat arrow syntax, () => {}. It’s shorter for sure. But way more annoying to type on a regular basis than function() {}. And that is the folly of programmer culture IMO. Constantly op
The javascript community fought hard for the fat arrow syntax, () => {}.

It’s shorter for sure. But way more annoying to type on a regular basis than function() {}.

And that is the folly of programmer culture IMO. Constantly optimizing the wrong things for the wrong reasons.
complexity  codestyle  programming  by:marcorogers  twitterthread 
october 2019 by dirtystylus
Marco Rogers on Twitter: "Humans are conditioned to operate from a place of scarcity and fear. Under a capitalistic society, the amount of money you can personally lay claim to translates directly to your ability to meet basic needs for yourself and your
Humans are conditioned to operate from a place of scarcity and fear. Under a capitalistic society, the amount of money you can personally lay claim to translates directly to your ability to meet basic needs for yourself and your family. Money is life.
twitterthread  by:marcorogers  via:marcdrummond  capitalism  wealth  taxes  unitedstates  whiteness 
september 2019 by dirtystylus
stacy-marie ishmael on Twitter: "I’ve spent a lot of time — in fact my entire career and the whole of undergrad — in spaces dominated by people so wealthy that they have never had to check a bank balance for any reason. This perspective, or lack of
I’ve spent a lot of time — in fact my entire career and the whole of undergrad — in spaces dominated by people so wealthy that they have never had to check a bank balance for any reason. This perspective, or lack of it, determines how you think about people who “need money”.
wealth  privilege  career  techculture  twitterthread  by:stacymarieishmael 
september 2019 by dirtystylus
Mekka Okereke on Twitter: "If you: 1. Work at a company that has written performance reviews 2. Care about making that review process as equitable as possible 3. Manage people Here's a free tip for you, in the area of language used in reviews..."
If you:
1. Work at a company that has written performance reviews
2. Care about making that review process as equitable as possible
3. Manage people

Here's a free tip for you, in the area of language used in reviews...
Imagine collecting all of the text used in upcoming performance reviews, for everyone on your team. All peer feedback, your assessment, everything.

Then imagine creating a map of word frequencies used, for each person on your team.
If N counts make sense, and you have folks' permission, imagine inspecting frequency maps sliced by different interesting dimensions.

What are the dude-iest words?

What are the blackest words?

Is the language used to describe the work of various cohorts... different?
More importantly, do you want the same language to be used to describe the same work?

This isn't about trying to change your worldview. This is about *you* confirming to *yourself* that the world on your team really is as you want it to be.
One level deeper...

Imagine making a similar map for feedback that *you* have given to your peers.

Do you describe the work of your peers differently based on their cohort? Again, more importantly, do you want to? Or do you want to use the same language to describe work?
What if, for example, you noticed that you were much more likely to use the words, "communication" or "presence" when you were giving feedback about non-US born co-workers?

How would you convince yourself (or disprove!) that in your specific context, that this is OK?
Even deeper. N-grams.

"assertive" vs "too assertive"

"ready" vs "not ready for"

"launched" vs "helped launch"

"works really hard"

"needs to"

"not approachable"

"not helpful"

"show initiative"

"lacks complexity"

"she didn't"
management  leadership  workculture  twitterthread  inclusion  bias  sexism 
september 2019 by dirtystylus
Myleik Teele on Twitter: "ATTENTION TO DETAIL. Here are some things I've done over the years to become super thorough and incredibly detail oriented. A THREAD (I think)."
ATTENTION TO DETAIL. Here are some things I've done over the years to become super thorough and incredibly detail oriented. A THREAD (I think).

1. PICK UP THE PHONE: Too many of us rely on email and text to communicate. I use that as the starting point. If we've got business and you send an email, I'm scheduling a call. This cuts down on 80% of the misunderstandings.
1a. Scheduling phone calls gives you a sense of the person's style and tone. By speaking to them you'll instantly know what they mean when they email. You'll also find out what preferences work for them AND people ALWAYS FORGET to say SOMETHING in the email. THIS IS A FACT.
2. DOUBLE CHECK EVERYTHING: You can do this super quick. If there's an address, give it a quick Google and make sure the company hasn't moved. If you're unsure about the location, call and ask for what you need. No silly questions. You're in it to win it.
3. ASSUME THE WORST: I know. I hate doing this but you have to assume everything is going to fall apart. Start running some back up plans in the back of your mind so that you can move quickly. If you finish the task quickly, spend a few minutes on a back up plan.
4. CONFIRM EVERYTHING: If you schedule something for next week, CONFIRM it the day before. PEOPLE FORGET.
5. KEEP A LIST OF THINGS YOU MAY NEED SOME DAY: I keep an excessive amount of notes on my phone for all kinds of things and I type up a couple of key words so that I can quickly search them.
6. GET ORGANIZED + STAY ORGANIZED: Make a LIST. DATE the list. Use the LIST. Cross off the LIST. KEEP THE LIST. I used to always look back on old lists. I'd go back to the month and there it was.
7. GET GANGSTER WITH YOUR CALENDAR: The calendar is by far my best friend. I LIVE by the calendar. If it's not on the calendar, it's not happening.
8. IMMEDIATELY APOLOGIZE: If you mess up. Admit it. Correct it. Do your BEST not to let it happen again.
9. UNDERSTAND THE ORDER: Too many of us have our egos tied up in the work. When I'm working for a client, my JOB is to ensure the client is happy vs. trying to convince them that I'm right.
10. KEEP LEARNING: Most of being intimidated is about not KNOWING. Read. Take classes. Take courses. Ask around.
11. KEEP A DIVERSE NETWORK: I can get to and find out ANYTHING because of my network. Don't get obsessed with trying to hang around the same type of people. You win when you can make a phone call and things happen.
twitterthread  organization  communication  career  by:myleikteele 
september 2019 by dirtystylus
Amber Weinberg Jones on Twitter: "About to have some FUN recreating this layout in Grid. The original uses floats and tons of negative margins and isn't responsive.… https://t.co/1p001FDEjU"
.grid {
grid-gap: 32px;
grid-template-columns: repeat(4,1fr);
}

.grid li:nth-of-type(6n+3) {
grid-column: 3 / span 2;
grid-row: span 2;
}

.grid li:nth-of-type(6n+4) {
grid-column: 1 / span 2;
grid-row: span 2;
}
twitterthread  css  css:grid  grid  images 
august 2019 by dirtystylus
bletchley punk on Twitter: "*attends event with 100+ women* ME: ugh I want to shave my head *sits in meeting where everyone is called "guys"* ME: ugh I want to paint my nails"
*attends event with 100+ women*
ME: ugh I want to shave my head
*sits in meeting where everyone is called "guys"*
ME: ugh I want to paint my nails
for people saying "both," yes of course

it's not that I can't do both, it's that both are efforts to be properly Seen
there's this Thing I keep running into, at the intersection of the tech industry and gender

I think it's mostly impactful in cultures where your job is a big part of who you are
I go to women in tech events and, invariably, I'm either the only woman or possibly one of two women who works in the infra space

most other women work in frontend or management or (sometimes) backend services
the number of women I know, in my local community, who do what I do? that is, infra and systems engineering and C and assembly and security and networking?

zero
I know a few from the Internet and some I've met in person!

but still, very very few
and because What We Do is so entwined with Who We Are, there's this odd...gendering that happens

tech roles have been gendered by history (a whole other discussion) but in turn I'm seeing/feeling Gender Defined By Tech Role
I attend events for women and none of them do what I do

and so I feel like I don't belong

and I wonder...am I not a woman?
because all these women write JS or manage teams and have career paths that look similar

and mine doesn't
and WHY aren't there more women like me? because they're not wanted! there's no in-roads. no retention. no encouragement. if you make it in, you're either held at arm's length or pushed out altogether.

I know this

and yet
it's far easier to feel awkward at WIT events and think "I feel awkward because I'm not a woman" than it is to think "I feel awkward because women like me are systematically culled"
because the latter part is far lonelier
because the latter part acknowledges that I will always be a bit lonely and a bit behind, compared to my WIT friends
gender  womenintech  techculture  misogyny  career  infrastructure  by:alicegoldfuss  twitterthread 
june 2019 by dirtystylus
Siva Vaidhyanathan🗽🤘🏽 on Twitter: "Once again @CaseyNewton did remarkable reporting and vivid writing about the plight and futility of Facebook content moderators. Once again he ignored the vital work that a woman did long before his. Even the
“Once again @CaseyNewton did remarkable reporting and vivid writing about the plight and futility of Facebook content moderators. Once again he ignored the vital work that a woman did long before his. Even the “further reading” list omits @ubiquity75 and her Behind the Screen.”
contentmoderation  twitterthread  facebook  womenintech  attribution  research 
june 2019 by dirtystylus
Kelly Wickham Hurst on Twitter: "”POC working and living in primarily white environments take home way more daily indignities and slights and microaggressions than they bother talking to us about because their experience consistently is that it’s not
In every room I’m in we create these guidelines.

And every single time a white person will try to add “assume good intentions” to that list.

We don’t let them. We CANNOT assume every white person has done the identity work for that to make it in the guidelines.
whiteness  whitefragility  robindangelo  twitterthread  microaggressions  PoC  by:kellywickhamhurst 
may 2019 by dirtystylus
(6) Someone’s daughter on Twitter: "One thing I love about The Last Jedi was how much the symbolic imagery told its own story. The writing/direction/set design were all so carefully curated and layered. Especially how they handled Rey’s coming-of-age
One thing I love about The Last Jedi was how much the symbolic imagery told its own story. The writing/direction/set design were all so carefully curated and layered. Especially how they handled Rey’s coming-of-age and her journey of self discovery/exploring her own sexuality.
twitterthread  starwars  starwars:thelastjedi  symbolism  screenwriting  filmmaking  rey  desire  sexuality  sex 
may 2019 by dirtystylus
Matt Klein on Twitter: "Last week I sat for an internal interview about my career progression to high level IC engineer, with a focus on how I've never felt I needed to become a manager to gain influence. I thought I would share some of my career advice f
Last week I sat for an internal interview about my career progression to high level IC engineer, with a focus on how I've never felt I needed to become a manager to gain influence. I thought I would share some of my career advice for aspiring IC "lifers." Thread!

When asked for IC career advice the first thing I always say is: YOU grow your career and influence. Not management, not the company, YOU. This means constantly advocating for ways to grow: subjects to learn, projects with increased scope, and sometimes new teams or companies.

This also means "managing up" is critical. Don't assume your manager is acting in your best interest. Hopefully they are (when your interests *and theirs* align), but sometimes they aren't, and it's important to recognize that early and correct it, or eject if it's not fixable.

The job market for engineers has never been better. DO stay in a job if you are growing, learning, increasing your scope, and generally happy.

Do NOT stay in a job solely to get a promotion or more money, or if you are hungry for more growth, but finding it difficult to carve out opportunities. In these cases, consider switching jobs as a way to fast track your growth with less politics.

Speaking of promotions, the last time I got one was back in my early 20s. I have never seen a promotion process that is not subjective, political, and biased (I say this as a privileged white male, I shudder to think how others fare).

If you are growing in your abilities and generally happy at a job, and a promotion is a side effect, that's great. If your growth is stalled, consider switching jobs, and you will very likely get a promotion and more money, with less political heartache.

I recognize that not everyone can easily move jobs whether due to finances, visas, health, family, etc. and that it's a privilege to be able to do so. If you do have the ability, it provides a significant amount of flexibility and leverage to keep your career growing.

At higher IC levels, you will generally need to choose between focusing on "breadth" versus "depth." Breadth means having wide influence over the technical direction of a business. This typically requires staying at a company for a long time to build context/relationships.

Depth means working towards becoming an industry expert in a specialized field. I have chosen to become a depth IC. It's what I enjoy and I also think it allows for more job flexibility and leverage per above.

Finally, I will reiterate how critical networking and building relationships on the job is. Every job I have moved to (save 1) has been via previous colleagues. Finding people you like working with and for, and moving through the industry with them can be a great growth tactic.

Let's come back to the original subject of the interview which was influence as an IC vs manager. Influence is poorly defined, and situationally dependent, but to me it boils down to scope of impact.

At the highest levels, having large impact as an IC universally requires excellent technical and communication skills. Breadth ICs achieve large impact via cross org relationship building and technical leadership based on intimate knowledge of a business.

Depth ICs achieve large impact via company or industry leadership in a specialized field, therein advancing the state of the art, and having wide impact via novel technological outcomes.

^ requires finding the right opportunity that lets you visibly demonstrate your technical prowess to a wide audience. Determination and job switching if necessary helps, but luck is also a factor (i.e. I was in the right place at the right time with Envoy and executed well).

One last thing: don't let anyone tell you that the tech/engineering is the easy part. It's not. It's hard. Soft skills are also hard. It's ALL hard, and both are required to succeed.

In summary: focus on personal growth, learning, and relationships. Advocate for yourself relentlessly. Think about impact via breadth versus depth. Stay an IC If you like it. If switching teams or jobs helps realize your goals, and you have the ability to do so, make the leap.

P.S. It seems that "IC" is not a common term everywhere. It means individual contributor. Someone who has no direct reports and is not a people manager.
career  techculture  management  leadership  interview  via:polotek  by:mattklein  twitterthread 
may 2019 by dirtystylus
thirstorian 💦 📜 on Twitter: "I welcome @Cambridge_Uni's decision to investigate how it has profited from slavery. As a word of warning, let me share what happened when I got involved in a similar process at an Oxford college: a thread 1/10"
I welcome @Cambridge_Uni's decision to investigate how it has profited from slavery. As a word of warning, let me share what happened when I got involved in a similar process at an Oxford college: a thread 1/10
highered  england  history  colonialism  twitterthread 
may 2019 by dirtystylus
Article Group on running an agency
(8) Didn’t invest enough in project management at the beginning

I know, I know, I know! What a goof. We fixed this quickly. Still embarrassing to admit! 😬 😬 😬
twitterthread  management  agency  leadership  projectmanagement  teambuilding  articlegroup 
april 2019 by dirtystylus
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