The Leadership Garden Weekly – #33
Goodbye, Internet Explorer
Efficiency is highly overrated; Goofing off is highly underrated. Regularly scheduled sabbaths, sabbaticals, vacations, breaks, aimless walks and time off are essential for top performance of any kind. The best work ethic requires a good rest ethic.
The truth about bias in performance feedback
You’ll need to give your email address away to get the report based on 25,000+ responses, but it’s worth it. Some highlights:
Compared to men, women are 7x more likely to report being described as “opinionated,” and 11x more likely to report being described as “abrasive.”
Black and Latinx people receive 2.4x more feedback that’s not actionable compared to white and Asian people.
White men under 40 get the word “brilliant” in performance feedback 8.7x more than women over 40.
Software Engineering – The Soft Parts
Addy Osmani (an engineering manager at Google working on Chrome) shares what “soft skills” he finds essential. Not your usual “soft skill” content – a highly recommended reading.
On Hiring: Seven Principles
A short & sweet list of guidelines for hiring. I found myself nodding at each point.
What Makes a Great Developer Experience?
A collection of opinions on Developer Experience regarding frameworks, libraries, documentation and APIs.
Having Career Conversations
“What’s your 3-5 year plan? Where do you see yourself in a few years? What do you want to accomplish?” Unless you’re in a massively trusting setting (e.g. a spouse or best friend), who wants to answer these kinds of questions?
What is a 1x Engineer?
You might have already heard of a 10x engineer. Probably too often, actually. If there's such a thing as a 10x engineer, surely there must be a 1x engineer, too? We need more 1x engineers!
And finally, a piece of advice: