Framing Career Competition

The Competitive Landscape Despite that our corporate jargon borrows so heavily from the military and war (chief executive ____, sales forces, run up the flagpole, killing the competition, guerrilla marketing…) and despite that some of these metaphors apply, we sometimes forget that we aren’t actually at war. Limbs aren’t lost. Buildings aren’t exploded. People don’t die. Sometimes the success of our direct competitors brings us good tidings, more opportunities, and chances for new partnerships. So when we consider the landscape of our career competition in military terms, it’s important to keep that in mind. It’s also important to consider how to compete with the different …

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

This book spoke to me. I’m an optimist and I strongly believe in positive cultural and technical evolution (think Abundance by Diamandis). Things aren’t getting worse; things are getting better. I encourage you to challenge cliche statements that idealize the past at the expense of the present. “Things have gone to shit. In my time, we used to…” Cut it out. We’re happier. We live longer. We enjoy civil liberties, equal rights, and an overall more tolerant society. Sure we’ve got some ways to go, but if you are a gay black woman with special abilities, undoubtedly you would rather live today than at any previous …