November 09, 2017

Showing initiative

It worries me when I hear "[person] is coming straight from university" as an argument for someone's lack initiative. Isn't that when you normally are full of new ideas and feel you can change the world, before you've gotten stuck in structures and old ideas?

Maybe it also depends where you study, as I meet a lot of amazing people who recently finished university and are extremely innovative and looking for challenges and solutions.
Those of us with more / longer experience  have to watch that we stay on top on what's happening in and make an active effort to not get stuck in old habits - especially true for those of us in tech. Stand still and you'll begin ti lose competitiveness and edge.  
A diverse, a mixed environnement will help us with that and be beneficial for all, not the least the business. We all benefit from diversity - however it requires,just like everything else, initiative and drive from all.
Things rarely just land in anyone's lap without effort.
The ability to show initiative is possibly the most important ability and quite frankly skill that I am looking for in a person.

Am I unreasonable?

And how do you support someone lacking initiative the best way, to get them to show more initiative? They need challenging tasks where they get to take the lead, of course, they need mentoring, but it's also tough when work needs to be done. 

Too easy to fall into the trap of giving them tasks where it matters less if they fail - but my opinion is that it rarely helps, boredom is a lousy motivator, I'm speaking from experience. That's why standard language training isn't for me, I cannot learn from a nonsense text book, I need an environment where I can see a use of what I'm learning - send me to a food market, let me end up in a situation where I have to grow with the task. Personally I think that is the best way of getting people to really learn: Give them a challenge that they can grow with - just keep an eye on them so they seek support if they need to.

September 09, 2017

On the road again

It's been a very long time since I wrote anything on this blog. 

The reasons are many, in a way it feels like blogging is old school and no longer so interesting, but maybe the biggest reason is lack of time.

Blogging simply hasn't been my priority.

On the other hand I'm travelling a lot so you'd think there would be a lot to write about, but sadly that's not really the case - much of my time the last 5-6 months I've been on the road for work, with a very hectic schedule.

Much of my time is spent in Czech Republic right now, and fact is I'm typing this from a craft beer pub in Prague.

However there are things I want to share, so hopefully I'll get back to that. The blog is not dead, it's just in very deep sleep... But let's see what we can do about that!

April 07, 2017

Devfest Düsseldorf in the making

A Developer Conference

Some of you who stop by here from time to time may know/remember that I am part of the organiser team for #GDGDUS - GDG Düsseldorf (more about it here) and Women Techmakers Düsseldorf. 

We are a part of a bigger community, Google Developers across the globe. While GDG != Google we do have a connection to Google and we are supported by Google - but most of all, GDG across the globe and across the DACH region cooperate in various formats. We could not do this without the members and we wouldn't be so strong if we didn't cooperate with GDG:s in the rest of the DACH region - sharing ideas, discussing approaches, speaking at each others event, meeting up on a regular basis, online or face to face - at the Firebase Devsummit, for example. 

Many GDG:s run events at the same time, the next big one coming up is Google I/O Extended which we of course do here in Düsseldorf as well. 

But the really big thing coming up is coming up in the autumn - Devfest season! Devfest - Developer Fest - is a conference series and GDG:s across the globe organise developer conferences across the globe, developer conferences covering different topics in the tech field - from Cloud to Android, from hardcore code to design, usability, accessibility.  

April 04, 2017

What happened to all the travel posts?

Where are the photos and everything else from travel?

There was a time when I posted much more, and there was a time when  there were a lot more travel posts.

There was also a time when there was another blog, more anonymous,  with quite a  bit of travel tips - that blog is long gone, I deactivated it and stopped writing when I had started to move to Taiwan.

There used to be an artblog as well but that has been gone even longer, and it wasn't up and running very long either - took a lot of time to do all the research I felt it needed.

With the travel tips and ideas: Well, the blog turned more into a blog about tech, sustainability, events and so on.

However there is another forum, a little blog where I post very little text but I post photos now and then - the photoblog. Feel free to visit me there! With the photos there are little stories as well so it might be interesting.

Today I was dreaming about San Jose in California and I posted a photo from there.