Link to article: http://www.kalzumeus.com/2011/10/28/dont-call-yourself-a-programmer/
Producing beautiful software is not a goal. Solving complex technical problems is not a goal. Writing bug-free code is not a goal. Using sexy programming languages is not a goal. Add revenue. Reduce costs. Those are your only goals.
Don’t call yourself a programmer: “Programmer’ sounds like ‘anomalously high-cost peon who types some mumbo-jumbo into some other mumbo-jumbo.’ If you call yourself a programmer, someone is already working on a way to get you fired.
Co-workers and bosses are not usually your friends: You will spend a lot of time with co-workers. You may eventually become close friends with some of them, but in general, you will move on in three years and aside from maintaining cordial relations you will not go out of your way to invite them over to dinner. They will treat you in exactly the same way. You should be a good person to everyone you meet — it is the moral thing to do, and as a side note will really help your networking — but do not be under the delusion that everyone is your friend.
Speaking ill of other people, especially in public or a work setting, is reprehensible behaviour. When this is done by someone of perceived authority (such as a Manager or Project Manager) and the object of derision is someone you haven’t even met yet, the damage is detrimental for that person.
First impressions count.
Irrespective of how much you might tell yourself you’ll discount such bad reviews which truly are nothing more than opinionated gossip, that person will have a higher hurdle to overcome in your mind.
When someone you know does this, be it a friend, a colleague or your partner, you have to wonder: what do they say about you behind your back?
- Ignore the bad press
- Form your own opinion
- Recognise and handle the toxic personalities
Equating the length of time that something has been done as the sole means by which to qualify expertise is a proposition fraught with danger. Those with the need to explicitly tell, rather than show is an indication they may not be quite as clever as they make out.
After all, it’s quite possible for someone to do the wrong thing for a long time without realising their ineptitude.
Gold Coin Donations. Primarily referring to the act of funding (for charity or otherwise) through voluntary collections from employees by any company, corporate or government institution – and specifically referring to collections that have not originated independently from employees and subsequently garnered organisational support.
Institutions are in a far better financial position than their Employees, and should they [the institution] wish to donate, they should do so from their profits, not from their employee’s salaries.
Not only do they collect from their employees, they seek the recognition for the act of donating. It’s a win-win scenario for them, and not a behaviour to be proud of.
Because there is no need to re-invent the wheel, a little something from someone else who shares our sentiments on those who are unable to professionally resolve issues with others.
[Original link removed due to dead link – Ed]
Subject: An open letter to employees who habitually CC bosses and managers on emails
From: Dudley B. Dawson
Dear employees who CC managers and bosses on their emails:
Ask yourselves this: are you capable of getting something done on your own?
When you were a child, did you make sure your parents were aware of all conversations you had with friends? When you were at school, did you make sure the teacher was aware of all playground issues you dealt with? Did your Daddy help you with all your homework?
Did you go home every weekend during college? Did your parents come to visit you every weekend at the dorms? Did you move back in with your parents after college and you still live in their basement?
Have you ever accomplished anything at the office without letting your boss know about it? When was the last time you did something at work without expecting a pat on the back? Have you ever made a decision based on your own good judgment?
More importantly, did you ever wipe your a** without Mom and Dad telling you how great you are?
There is a reason the CC (carbon copy for you technotards out there) functionality exists in email. Let me assure you, CC’ing your boss or my boss on every exchange we have is not one of those reasons. But you’ve decided to take it one step further, haven’t you? You’ve decided that elevating the CC to three levels of management will ensure this issue gets the spotlight it so richly deserves, haven’t you?
You may think your intentions are good. You may even think you’re a real go-getter. It’s highly likely you think you’re on the fast track to corporate riches.
That’s where you’re wrong. You’re a complete a**hole. Everyone at the office hates you. Your only goal is to throw every single person you work with under the bus, because you’ve got nothing to bring to the table. Did you know that even your boss finds you annoying? And why wouldn’t they? Their email inbox is bombarded with your pathetic attempts at passing the buck to someone else. This doesn’t stop you though, does it? You think I’m going to act on your email because you’ve CC’d three levels of management, don’t you? Heck, you’re probably right.
But, please note: when the timing is right, I WILL throw you under the bus. And not like you throw everyone else under the bus. No, no, no. When you get thrown under the bus, I’m going to make sure the tires hit you. No, strike that. The entire office is going to make sure the tire hits you. So good luck to you Mr or Mrs CC’er. I hope you enjoy your time at this company while it lasts.
Your colleague and friend,
Dudley B. Dawson