links for 2008-09-05

05 Sep
  • Positive indicators:
    * Passionate about technology
    * Programs as a hobby
    * Will talk your ear off on a technical subject if encouraged
    * Significant (and often numerous) personal side-projects over the years
    * Learns new technologies on his/her own
    * Opinionated about which technologies are better for various usages
    * Very uncomfortable about the idea of working with a technology he doesn’t believe to be “right”
    * Clearly smart, can have great conversations on a variety of topics
    * Started programming long before university/work
    * Has some hidden “icebergs”, large personal projects under the CV radar
    * Knowledge of a large variety of unrelated technologies (may not be on CV)
  • “And he wants us to pay for his wife to accompany him on the trip.”
    This was fairly astounding. Was it possible that I had stumbled on a potential CEO? Who wants such people around, even in prototype?
  • I know it's not cool to tell people how to parent. I know it's not cool because every day someone asks me how I run my company when I have two young kids and what they are really saying is "you suck as a parent." It's hard to hear every day, so I have empathy for the idea that everyone should shut up about how other people parent.
    But it's absurd how extreme these presidential-wanna-be cases are. I don't want someone in the White House who has kids at home who desperately need them. I don't want to watch that scenario unfold on national TV. So at some point, it must be okay to speak up. At some point we have to say that we have standards for parenting and we want the community to uphold them.
  • There is still a prevailing sense–at least in the U.S. workplace–that the human male's experience is the normative one and women's the pesky exception. Even as men take on more responsibility for family obligations, survey after survey reveals that women shoulder the larger burden, and not just for child care. Women bear most of the responsibility for elder care, even when the elder in question is an in-law.
    Do such "obligations" somehow make women less suited for certain professions or roles?
    The vice presidency is obviously a job with a potentially immense impact on others, compared with the typical executive position. Yet high-level positions usually affect many others. So when do someone's family commitments rule them out as a strong candidate for a highly responsible position?
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