Diversity is a wide topic. I want to be treated for me, Karen Baker, the mum, the software engineer, the architect, the educated risk taker, the drinker, the friend and all in between. But don’t elevate or put me down. Don’t throw me on stage to get your numbers up, put me up there because I have something important to say.
Treat me the same as you treat your other colleagues, with respect, dignity and occasionally with banter. Bring me a nerf gun, I’ll knock your block off. Bring me a beer, I’ll prob drink you under the table. Bring me a software problem and I’ll solve it. Diversity. Let’s embrace it and not contain it.
I love the simplicity of the rule: I can see you today if you asked me yesterday, but I can’t fill up my schedule any further in advance. This way he can determine how he wants to spend his time within the context of the next 24 hours instead of booking things weeks or months in the future. Now his schedule is relevant instead of prescient.
Some employees aren’t aware of the impact they have on other team members and interrupt them frequently with one quick question or worse. Encourage your team to prefer communication in roughly the following order so that interruptions are minimized: e-mail, chat room (if your team isn’t using a chat room yet, they should be), instant message, phone call/dropping by in person.
The Wintel virtuous cycle was running at full speed when Steve Jobs made his visit to Intel. Despite Otellini’s gut feelings, the iPhone was an unproven product in a misunderstood market. It didn’t fit Intel’s financial model — which reminds us that a spreadsheet isn’t a window through which to view the future.