Interviews Should be Two-Way

I struggle to think of anything more stressful than job interviews. Truly. And not just for the person being interviewed—there’s an enormous amount of stress on the interviewer. After all, they don’t want to screw up and hire the wrong person, and more than you, the interviewee, wants to screw up and not get the job! We […]

Build and maintain your brand

This is an excerpt from my recently published book, Own Your Tech Career. You can take 35% off Own Your Tech Careerby entering fccjones11 into the discount code box at checkout at manning.com. Ampere Club members enjoy weekly career-focused articles like this one, along with access to virtual events, book discounts, 1:1 career coaching, and more. When you think of a […]

Life is a Journey, so PDSA

W. Edwards Deming, industrial engineer and founder of the Total Quality Management movement, was a big believer in the PDSA: Plan, Do, Study, Act (originally Plan, Do, Check, Act, which he’d originally named the Shewart Cycle). He formulated the idea in the late 1940s, and practiced it throughout the 1950s and beyond—famously with Toyota in Japan. It […]

Own your career

This is an excerpt from my recently published book, Own Your Tech Career. It’s pretty representative of the book as a whole, including action items and more to help you put the book into immediate context and use. For a limited time, You can take 35% off Own Your Tech Career by entering fccjones11 into the discount code box at checkout […]

Leading: Not Just for Bosses

This is the title of an ebook I’ve been working on that’s designed to teach leadership skills—whether or not you have any intention of taking on a traditional leadership role. A big part of the book is understanding that the way we traditionally use the word leadership actually does a huge disservice to the concept. I’d like […]

Life Assessment

One of the big messages in Be the Master (a now-discontinued book that focused on achieving your success so that you could better help others achieve theirs) was about defining things. Defining your life, and defining your success. Over time, I’ve refined that message a bit, into something that’s more tightly scoped and perhaps more actionable. This week, I’d […]