2024 Week 22

June. WTF.

⚙️ Work

Existential crises are fun.



  • Jeffrey Zeldman: The gift of a three-month sabbatical. Automattic has a staff benefit that encourages staff members to take 3 months off work - paid - every 5 years. I’ve been thinking a lot about sabbaticals, research leaves, etc., and how only one staff group on campus gets them. I know that a sabbatical would be transformative. I also know that it’s not an option.

  • Robert Winter: How to Think Better: A Shallow Dive into a Deep Topic

  • Suzanne Lucas @ Inc.: Your Managers Think They’re Doing Great. Employees Disagree

  • Bangaly Kaba @ Reforge: Impact = Environment x Skills: How to Make Career Decisions - The whole thing is useful, but especially the “Impact = Environment x Skills Framework”.

    Reading this, I realized why I’ve been struggling so much with my annual review self-reflection this year - the personal component is only part of describing/shaping the impact, and the environment component is outside of my direct control. It’s not a personal failure for not being able to change the environment at an institution (despite the fact that it sure feels like one, after trying for so many years). And, I need to be reflecting on the environment component as well - in a way, making an annual performance review on the institution rather than just on myself.


📚 Reading

  • ★★★☆☆ The Valley of Horses (1982). Book 2 of Jean M. Auel’s Earth’s Children series. It was good, but I am not the audience for explicit caveman romance porn.
  • Started reading book 3: The Mammoth Hunters

🧺 Other

The cold that’s been going around campus finally hit me like a tonne of bricks Thursday evening. Having a garbage immune system makes that extra fun. I took a few days off the bike while my lungs clear. Thankfully, I was well enough on Friday afternoon to go for the CT scan. 🎉

🗓️ Focus for next week

  • Meetings - 1:1, team, TI, institutional. Meetings.
  • My niece is graduating from UCalgary, so attending her convocation ceremony.
  • Finishing. My. Annual. Performance. Review. Self-reflection.
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