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An early May batch of links
Since the most recent batch of links went out, paying subscribers have received an essay about money and maturity, then a reflection on nostalgia. This coming weekend, they’ll read a lengthy Q&A with a fractional executive about what that means and why someone would choose to go down that path instead of a traditional one.
Below, you’ll find a batch of links that echo the themes of this newsletter: professional development, community building, and self care.
How to achieve hypergrowth in your business and career | Carilu Dietrich (Atlassian). I found a lot of the advice in the first half of this interview to be right on. Everyone should be trying to get themselves closer to connecting their work to revenue.
Vibe Check: Big Tech Is Losing Its ‘Luster’ For The Class Of 2023 Amid Mounting Layoffs And An Uncertain Economy. I helped the reporter source the lede anecdote for this story. She’s not someone I’ve met, but I know someone who knows her. Glad to see this story came together as it did. An important topic to address, as there’s a generation of grads who will be traumatized by these years for a long while ahead.
“You’re kind of, like: Is this me? Is this about me?” says Chris Smith, once one of seven Chris Smiths at a media company where he worked as a software engineer. There, the Chris Smiths formed an instant-message group to swap mysterious calendar invites. Who was actually supposed to go to this week’s Lunch and Learn?
How retirement looks different for Gen Z than it does for boomers. I liked the point counteracting the common talking point that we, as a next generation, shouldn’t expect Social Security to be around and available. And that would signify much larger problems for the economy. I like podcast guests who can debunk these things people just seem to say because those people don’t know what else to say on the subject.
Women in Science Are Doing All Right. A promising study, though not everything reported sounds as equitable as you would like to hear.
Pity City, Andi Owen, Bonuses and Post-Covid Workplaces. Some good insights here about how video has changed the way we communicate - and how we on the other end of it receive those messages. An adjustment is required on the part of management, if it hasn’t taken place already. Perhaps even a different set of managers and executives will emerge, those who show already the capacity to understand what’s being asked of them five days a week, wherever they are.
As companies attempt to cut costs but increase gains during the global economic slowdown, he believes that employers would be better off asking department managers to clearly communicate what productivity tangibly looks like, than just asking for more productivity from their workforce in a company-wide memo.
Generative AI's Looming Job Title Conundrum. Interesting item to consider, how the titles of roles indicate what the responsibilities are, and also how embedded the managers and teams are in this evolving way of work. It’s different to treat these engineering roles as brand new, and to launch a program within, than to join a company that has already been using the technology toward enhancements. The language they choose externally will mirror the language they use internally.