Last Day at Fastly

After a second 2 year tour as a Sales Engineer at Fastly, I am sad to announce that today is my last day.  When Fastly invited me back, I was injured and looking for a safe place to confirm my recovery.  Looking back, the amount of gratitude I feel to…

No, I Don’t Want to “Put time on (your) calendar”

Growing or evolving companies will undoubtedly have undocumented and non-standard processes.  Teams often share these processes as tribal knowledge of sorts.  The key issue with this methodology is that they aren’t shared  consistently and deviations will appear over time.  This also doesn’t scale well. It is a sign of inexperienced…

Inclusive Leadership – What Will I Do?

Even as an IC (Individual Contributor),  a good understanding of inclusive leadership is of value.  A solid grasp here helps you better follow and support your leaders.  As such I am completing a course in Becoming a Successful Leader.  This is one of three courses in the  Inclusive Leadership professional…

Is That Partner Hurting You?

Modern business is complex.  Firms depend on other firms for a portion of the goods or services they sell.  Over the years I’ve seen several very powerful examples of firms harming their brand/reputation with the firms partner with.  Penny wise and pound foolish doesn’t begin to describe self inflicting damage. …

Why Now Is the Time for Toastmasters

The work world is changing.  Communication is even more important now as so many of us adapt to remote work, or remotely searching for employment.  Imagine an hour a week where you could work on your communication and leadership skills.  One where you were surrounded by other individuals looking to…

“Working From Home”? No Thank You.

My time as a remote worker began in late 2010.  It’s only been with the “shelter in place” and “office closings” that I’ve gotten to understand how fortunate I am.  The key item is that I don’t “work from home” – I have been  a “remote worker” for years.  My…

Do you have enough UMI to protect Blue Shield?

Under-insured Motorist Insurance, or UMI, is important to have.  And it also is inexpensive, since the odds are low you’ll ever use it.  Basic economics there.  Are you aware that if you are in an accident, your health insurance might step in and demand half of any settlement?  That it…