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About half a year ago, I wrote a little article about things that software engineers don’t make public so often. Little did I know that article would show me how much I enjoy writing, but that’s a story for another day. I wrote that article out of emotion, but because of my low confidence at the time, I took the approach of writing an informative article, rather than a story.

Often, you will have feelings about something. Like when you’re really angry at that customer service rep that you just talked to over the phone, and you vow to make them lose their job. …


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As a kid, you go to school, and your government, your school or your teacher decides how they want to teach you. Even though modern methods of education put more emphasis on engaging students, it is ultimately down to what material needs to be covered.

But no one ever teaches you how to learn. Looking back, I realised that I was never fully engaged, nor do I remember most of the content.

Luckily, I did relatively well at school, thanks to an excellent memory and my ability to translate exam patterns into strategies. It isn’t like that for everyone.

A few years later, I learned more about myself. Why did I never listen in class? Why did I not find interest in the material? Why did I rebel against the teacher? It all started to make sense. …


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For the past year or so, I’ve grown further and further from the company I work for. The natural and most logical thing to do is to look for a new job, sign the offer, then give notice to your current employer. Easy right?

So I set off on my job hunting journey. Thanks to the nature of my industry, it wasn’t hard for me to score a few interviews quickly. I even heard back from larger tech companies with roles based in Australia and the US.

At this point, all was going well. Offers were starting to come in, with figures hitting almost double my current salary. All I could think about at the time was how exciting it would be moving to a new city and starting a new role while earning so much more money. …


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Over the last few years, I have watched a sales manager drive the sales of a thriving tech company into the ground. I took quite a few notes on what not to do whenever I come around to building my own company.

Recently, the time has come and I’m working on something that I’m proud of. Though I have an excellent track record in SaaS sales, I was keen to do some research before diving straight into emails and phone calls.

I thought I’d be finding ideas that I have never tried, but as I looked into the processes of more companies, I quickly found that those things on my list are happening everywhere. …


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Every time I open the LinkedIn app on my phone, my feed contains the usual suspects — corporates promoting the good things they did, recruiters posting job listing and people sharing interesting business articles.

But there are a few other things that are becoming increasingly common, and it makes me question: what is this platform for?

Let’s start by talking about what I’ve seen on LinkedIn, and why it matters for LinkedIn but not any other platform.

Motivational Quotes and Stories

When did LinkedIn become a motivation quotes Instagram account? It’s one thing to have a positive mindset when working, but it’s gotten to the point where half the posts I’m seeing are just common quotes, aiming to provide motivation. …


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I work in a tech company, but as with any tech company, there are people running customer support, sales and business functions. There’s a common phrase that comes from a few of them all the time:

“I want to learn to code.”

Now there’s a lot of arguments on the topic of whether or not people should learn to code, but there’s definitely no shortage of people wanting to learn. There are now so many resources on the internet, paid and unpaid, with guides that can teach you to build almost anything you want.

So why do so many people get stuck when learning? …


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Let’s start by talking about a regular individual contributor at a sizeable company.

You have worked at the company for a few years and your manager has just left the company. You’re now the most senior person in the team and while the manager was away, you have assumed many of the decision making responsibilities in the interim. Your colleagues are now coming to you for advice and approvals.

It’s almost in the pocket, isn’t it?

Then, one day, he arrived. He’s the new line manager. The big boss is asking you to introduce your team, and to start passing on the things you’ve been doing on the interim. …


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On the first day of one of my jobs, the GM said this to me as we walked to get a drink.

It’s hard to approach this story without sounding like an “entitled millenial”, but here goes:

I was relatively green at the time, and at the time I had no idea how raises or promotions worked. This was my second serious job after university and when you’re at that point, you’re still thinking if you’re doing the right things for your career to head in the right direction.

It wasn’t until more recently that I understood where he was coming from. That GM left the company, and soon after, we had new management. …


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As restrictions are easing and cities are opening up again, the damage to the economy is slowly surfacing. We see people lining up outside stores, a facade of booming sales, but at the same time, I’m sure you’ve heard that someone close to you has lost their job. If you frequent LinkedIn, there's definitely no shortage of emotional redundancy posts.

While some are scrambling to make ends meet, I’ve also heard something else pop up more often than usual.

“I haven’t be able to find another job anyway, so I might as well pursue [insert idea here].”

And this is coming from people who are steadily climbing their respective corporate ladder. What that’s telling me is a couple of things. …


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It’s hard to approach this story without sounding entitled, but human nature dictates how we feel. Sometimes it just takes a few words of encouragement to motivate someone, but on the flip side, the smallest of actions can cause someone to not want to work for you anymore.

Here are a few sure-fire ways to make sure your staff isn’t doing more than the bare minimum.

“I’m not a micromanager.”

I don’t think anyone would argue for micromanagement. It’s not good for employees, nor is it good for your business. It’s also a large topic, so we’re not going to go too deep into it. …

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