A turning point isn’t just about the thing that changes everything, it is about the direction we take afterwards. Our responses. Good and bad. While some will always blame others and the events, there is a growing number of people who are making deliberate decisions about their life and work. About how they show up on a day to day basis.
Remembering the Montreal Massacre
30 years ago today I was a young developer on an engineering team. Though in no way close to the trauma experienced by those involved in the massacre of 14 women and injury of 14 more people at École Polytechnique in Montreal…. I do remember the disbelief and horror at the thought that someone would purposely target women just because they were engineering students. It was a shock at the time to everyone. A loss of innocence.
When did compare become contrast?
I think that we have often lost the art of compare. Compare seems to have morphed into another form of contrast. We compare and find something lacking. We compare ourselves to people and decide they are the other. Or we decide we have something lacking and it erodes our self-esteem.
Why women in technology should mentor men as well as other women
There are a number of things that have come together recently to inspire me to write this personal leadership post. I think that it is important for strong woman in leadership roles to act as mentor to boys as well as girls. This is an AND statement, not a BUT statement. I really do believe in the work that women these days are doing to encourage girls to enter into the technology field and for woman to embrace technology leadership roles. I believe in ADDITION to that it’s important for us to do things to change the mindset of young men so that they accept us in these positions in order to prepare them for the future date when they are business owners, hiring managers, customers and staff.
Looking at one of my favorite players, Maria Sharapova, in my favorite sport, Tennis, for inspiration on what it takes to be a winner.
Modern Day Heroes with Purpose and Passion
Most of what I follow on Twitter and LinkedIn are companies, news sources and industry info. Mixed in with this lot are a few of my modern day heroes. People I admire because of their successes and because they make a difference in the world they live in. The commonalities seem to be that they have a passion for their work, for sharing this passion with other people and positively impact the people around them.