We live on the. Emails. Social Media. Music. News feeds. Sports. Movies. Everything we do is connected to the web.
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web (sorry Al Gore...) feels the web has taken off in a wrong direction as he states in his interview with The Guardian 'I Invented the Web. Here's what we need to change to save it.'
Mr. Berners-Lee is correct.
Who knows who is accessing our data. Guccifer 2.0 the alleged Russian backed hacker? No online data is safe.
People are too busy to bother to educate themselves and challenge the 'experts' on the internet. Fake news is a huge problem.
When I read how Trump's team used facebook. It was so elementary and effective. But it needs to be transparent. Creating 50,000 bot accounts to echo someone is not legit.
What do you think about changing the internet?
In my IT career, the larger companies I worked in were made up of close to 50% women, from all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Royal Bank of Canada, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers. In all situations, women were in their positions due to their competence. Whether they were VP's, partners, project managers or architects or developers. They all added value to the team.
Not once did I hear of discrimination based on gender, race or religion.
Being a son, brother, husband and father, discrimination would not be tolerated from me personally, or from the ethics of the companies I worked for.
I doubt it's because I'm from Canada, as I've worked for extended periods in the United States at many client sites across many industries in many States.
So it is shocking that a culture that existed in the 1960's and before, has still not evolved to accept women as people. The recent spate of sexual harassment news from the US President, colleges across the US and Canada and IT and communications is unnerving. Where are these people learning that sexual harassment is OK? It's not.
It takes a lot of self confidence to stand up for what is right.
Gretchen Carlson and Juliette Huddy, from Fox for reporting a culture of sexual harrasment that went right to the top at Fox News. Roger Ailes, former CEO. Bill O'Rielly and Jack Abernathy, star talk show and Fox News Co-President.
Part of knowing that harassment is wrong is for ALL men to read this Victim Impact Statement from the Stanford Rape victim. It is a powerful 12 pages long. Take the time to read this. This should be mandatory reading so men understand the impact of rape.
Elen Pao went through hell in her Reddit law suit.
The high profile Uber harassment allegations are part of a misguided culture that needs to be righted before the 'wild west' culture destroys the company. It may be too late...
This report from Silicon Valley: The Elephant in the Valley outlines how women are discriminated against. You can still share your story. Guys - you can learn what not to do from this!
Here are some excerpts:
"Missed a bonus round for an entire year's work as I was out in December when it was assessed"
"The women at my firm didn't talk nearly as much about their families as the men did. We felt the need to appear more professional and 'all about business'"
Everybody contributes regardless of gender, race or religion.
Women need to stand up for themselves. Hire a lawyer if HR doesn't back you.
Men need to be aware of their actions and treat people with respect.
Cool side track from the Toronto Star.
Who takes the last piece of candy? Now you know....
Here's an article from the New York Times about hiring the right person.
I like the ideas, having used some of them myself, such as walking a person through the company. But generally don't do that until the 2nd interview. I usually have potential coworkers sit in the interview and get them involved. That approach works well.
I have asked people "if you were an animal, what animal would you be?". But I use that mainly for workshops, to get a feel for the people and the group.
Taking people out for lunch, that I would leave for a higher level hire.
It's a good read: https://www.nytimes.com/guides/business/how-to-hire-the-right-person
That's the advice some researchers are promoting.
They say if you help others, you're at risk for burning out. However they also say that people who help their teammates are the most valuable to the organization.
My advice is to help others... within limits.
If someone is on your case, constantly requiring support, then coaching is required. Either from you, if the person is one of your delegates. Or from whoever the person reports to.
If the person is new to the team, expectations need to be set. Training may also be required.
Helping others achieve their goals is of prime importance for a leader.
The full,short read is here: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/you-should-never-help-anyone-else-at-work-and-just-focus-on-yourself-researchers-say-101649018.html
I was skimming through YouTube and came across Magnus Walker on a TED talk. Even before I opened the video, I knew this guy had his own drum.
What do I mean by having your own drum? It means being true to yourself.
Magnus knew he didn't fit into traditional schools. He knew he liked his hair long. He knew what worked for him and what didn't.
When opportunity knocked, he answered, in his own way. As a result, he has been successful by any scale. Most importantly, by his own scale. He didn't let society define success for him.
Everything about Magnus says he is self-confident and highly adaptable. Two great qualities for a leader.
The TED talk video is here: https://youtu.be/KDQrMoksJ4Q
The best way to succeed is to build. You build people up with coaching. You build a team by setting clear expectations. You build a company with values true to your heart.
If something doesn't go your way, don't jump in with a sledgehammer and break it.
If someone has a opinions different than yours, don't rudely shut them up.
Be diplomatic. Step back, take a breath and evaluate the situation.
See all sides of the story. Encourage people to talk to you. There is never one side to the story and rarely two sides to a story. The more information you have, the better decisions you will be able to make.
Pissing people off is not a good strategy in the short term or the long term. People have pride. You never know when the person is off today maybe an ally to you tomorrow.
Build those bridges, don't break them. It will help your career.
The other day we saw with happens when you want to change a leg of the three legged stool. Today we'll look at what happens when the client wants to increase or decrease time, budget or quality.
These conversations are much easier as It's the client requesting the change. It's much more difficult when you, the development team, are initiating the changes.
I've had occasions when a client has come to me wanting to get a project out faster or the budget has been cut. Never have I had a client come to me saying they want to decrease the quality of the project.
What does happen is we remove some of the features of the product so we can get it out faster for under budget or under the new timeline. The removed features are put off to a version to be released at a later date.
Or if the client wants all the features, then we need to scramble to gather additional resources to put on the project. Failing to get additional resources, it's all hands on deck and prioritizing the features. This can be stressful on the team so be sure to celebrate your milestones to keep the team energy high.
Every project succeeds or fails on the three legged stool of time, budget and quality. But what happens when a leg needs an extension? The following are some techniques to make you a super star project manager.
Once you've submitted your bid, you can't change any of those three legs unless you go back to your client with a change request. We've all been in that situation where we look at the project and see that we need more time or we need more money to deliver the quality that we want to deliver to our client. But we also know that the client is generally not very agreeable to a delay in the project delivery over an increase in the project. So what we tend to do is work our people hard, putting in overtime, which we can't bill to the client. So when you're not feeling too, your profitability decreases. In this case you're getting squeezed from your company to keep private. So you're caught in a bit of a problem.
This is where client management skills come into play. If you've been taking steps to build a strong relationship with your client, you can have a very honest discussion with them to explain your situation as diplomatically as you can. It will not be an easy discussion, but it's also not the end of the world. If you've built a strong bridge with the client, they will see your perspective.
So what steps do you need to take to build a strong relationship with your client?
What are the outcomes of the meeting?
Next time we'll look at what happens when a client wants to extend a leg of the three legged stool.