Tag: career

"Blink" and Technical Hiring

Malcom Gladwell's book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is a really interesting study in decision making and how the availability of information impacts the accuracy of those decisions. Over the last couple of years, I've occasionally mulled over how this could be applied to technical hiring. From my…
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A Keystone of Success

I've recently found myself discussing what it means to be an experienced or senior engineer with a number of different groups. What's interesting about those two terms is that I don't think they connote what the speaker usually intends. Being experienced is neither necessary nor sufficient to be good, or…
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Workplace Sabotage

I recently stumbled across a declassified field manual first published by the Office of Strategic Services (the precursor to the CIA) in 1944. The manual describes simple methods that everyday citizens can use to sabotage and demoralize the enemy's war effort. It's a relatively short field manual, and you can…
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