Saturday, 17 December 2022

Bit of light reading ahead for the holidays! 😁

I’ve recently joined the Australian Institute of Company Directors and will undertake the Foundations of Directorship course in April.


Friday, 2 December 2022

2022 Recap

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Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash 

The first thing to note is - the New Challenge was (a) successful and (b) completed. 

At the start of this year I set out to test myself. I lacked some confidence and was overly focussed on my perceived "gaps" in knowledge and what I'd missed. It took a very short amount of time to work out those thoughts were misguided. Others knew this too and I was rapidly promoted, twice, in a matter of months. 

In the last couple of months I embarked on a full application process for the vacant Head of IT role, which included screening more than 100 people over several rounds. I made it to the final two but ultimately lost out to another candidate who is currently a CIO. Given my application was realistic and not overly aspirational as I've done similar roles previously and run a business, I've chosen to move on to find a role at the right level for me. 

I’ve recently joined the Australian Institute of Company Directors and will undertake the Foundations of Directorship course in April, and I’m also planning to start an MBA in 2023. While I’ve run a business and also bought/sold a startup and I have a lot of experience, this is an opportunity for me to formalise some of that experience.


Thursday, 24 November 2022

This quote...

This quote comes up in my memories every year. I wish I could remember it better the other 364 days... 


Friday, 28 October 2022

NetThing 2022

This week I attended NetThing 2022, the Australian Internet Governance Forum, an event I've attended several times before and always get a lot out of.

From the About page:

NetThing is Australia’s Internet Governance Forum, an annual event for the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the internet in Australia. It is a multidisciplinary community, forged by the common will to increase understanding of Internet related issues but, most importantly, increase understanding of a diverse range of stakeholders’ views on these issues.

NetThing aims to provide a diverse and inclusive platform for the exploration of Australian technology policy issues, to mobilise Australians to collaborate on solutions, and to connect Australia to the regional and global Internet Governance Forums.


Tuesday, 18 October 2022

Women in the Workplace 2022 report


Women in the Workplace 2022: report shows leadership disparity.

Today, Lean In released the 8th annual #WomenInTheWorkplace report, the largest study of its kind, and a joint effort with McKinsey & Company. This year’s report makes it very clear: We’re in the midst of a “Great Breakup.”

Women are demanding more from work, and they’re leaving their companies in unprecedented numbers to get it. Women leaders are switching jobs at the highest rate we’ve ever seen—and at a higher rate than men in leadership. The reasons women leaders are switching jobs are telling.

There are three reasons driving #TheGreatBreakup2022:

1. Women leaders are ambitious, but they experience microaggressions that signal that it will be harder for them to advance.

2. Women leaders are overworked and under-recognized—they're doing more to support employees and foster inclusion, but this important work is going mostly unrewarded.

3. Women leaders want to work for companies that are committed to flexibility, employee well-being, and #DEI.

If companies don’t take action, they’re at risk of losing their women leaders—and this has serious implications. To learn more about what’s driving the Great Breakup: #WomenInTheWorkplace2022


Thursday, 13 October 2022

Tech suffers from lack of humanities, says Mozilla head

This article comes up in my memories every year, and is as relevant today as it was 4 years ago, and also the last 20 years. It's the primary reason I decided to study a humanities degree, to add to my STEM skillset, a decision I've never regretted.


Thursday, 6 October 2022

Atlassian targets tree-changers in flexible working recruitment drive

My first focus reading this was all about Scott Farquhar of Atlassian working from a motorhome last year and I was already mentally dusting off my van cover - but actually the interesting line is this:

“We’re already at record low unemployment, so there’s not people sitting there, twiddling their thumbs, waiting to join the tech industry. We’re going to have to retrain people from other industries to do that.”


Friday, 23 September 2022

Brooks Law

A great way to demonstrate how lines of communication become more complicated when teams get larger.