Today I got 13 emails from recruiters at IDC Technologies for the same position. That seems like a blind shotgun approach, very likely to leave folks to think of IDC in not a very positive light. What incentives drive this sort of thing?

At least most of the emails didn’t boast with the usual “one of the fastest growing staffing companies according to xyz”, which is completely irrelevant and nobody believes or cares about anyway.

Sorry for the rant, but it needed to go somewhere.

Originally posted on 2021-01-22 at 00:40 via

I’m pretty sure that you’re meant to remove the placeholder lines in these recruiting email templates… It’s almost like there’s no effort put into these at all. Couldn’t that be automated somehow, filling in that template? Then again, how do I know it wasn’t? Maybe this was intentional…

Originally posted on 2021-01-14 at 17:04 via

You know why displaying vulnerability is more powerful that displaying force? Because vulnerability resonates with the “oldest” (speaking from the point of evolution) embodied part of our nervous system, which seeks safety and security. That trumps the “newer” parts which seek connection and respect.

Originally posted on 2021-01-12 at 05:45 via

Thinking a bit about job searching in general terms: A lot of advice out there tells you to figure out how you’re different from all the other candidates. That seems to me to be a close-to-impossible task. How can you know everyone else’s “profiles”? It’s a bit like trying to “prove a negative”. You can certainly figure out what you care about, what you’re passionate about, what you’ve learned, studied in-depth, been exposed to – but to have to figure out how exactly you’re different from everyone else…?

Originally posted on 2021-01-12 at 02:50 via

I think my New Year’s resolution is 1920 x 1080. Same as last year… Even if, according to, the term is actually a misnomer. What I should be saying is that my New Year’s resolution is 85 ppi or thereabouts. I’ll show myself out, thank you.

Originally posted on 2021-01-11 at 05:41 via

I so appreciate the self-awareness of this book, and the way these last six pages are framed. It is difficult to integrate the wealth of ideas that are in this book. I can almost feel my grey cells struggling to create and reinforce new connections. #AgileTransformation by Michele Madore, Author, ICE-EC and Michael Spayd.

Originally posted on 2021-01-11 at 01:14 via

My copy of “Agile Transformation” by Michael Spayd and Michele Madore, Author, ICE-EC arrived yesterday (yay!), and I’m about halfway through. What a great read! One thing I am glad about is that I’ve had the chance to read a few of the authors that make a prominent appearance: Kegan (/Lahey) – Immunity to Change, Laloux – Reinventing Organizations, Adams/Anderson – Mastering Leadership / Scaling Leadership. That gave me a lot of context for some terms that show up relatively bare and suddenly, and get expanded on later. I suspect this might be a test of the reader’s capability to “sit with” not knowing. #AgileTransformation #CollectiveEdge #Trans4mation

Originally posted on 2021-01-04 at 05:42 via