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Career Identity Planning

managementNovember 05, 2018

It's 1:1 time, someone is sitting across from you asking for career advice, and you're stuck. They don't know what they want to do and it's hard for you to find an anchor. You don't want to do a cliche "where do you see yourself in 5 years" because to be honest, that's precisely what they're asking your help for. If this sounds like a familiar scenario, I'd like to equip you with a very useful tool that I like to call 'Career Identity Planning…


Engineering Leveling

managementApril 16, 2018

I’ve been around enough startups recently (especially Australian ones) to have noticed a pattern of confusing titles, stunted career opportunities and early promotions stunting the healthy growth of engineering orgs. A few of the most egregious mistakes (and one I made myself) is the premature titling of CTO to the technical founder. A startup of 5, 10 or even 20 engineers doesn’t need a CTO and in all honestly, it’s unlikely that the technical…