The title of this blog is a quote from James Clear’s Atomic Habits book. The tl;dr of this book is a set of strategies to get 1% “better” each day.
If that’s the case (and I certainly agree), here are some of the recent votes I cast and why.
- Completed a higher ed management curriculum in strategy and innovation. I cast this vote so that I could learn new models for expressing existing or new ideas in a way that more effectively conveys the substance to stakeholders. I also met a ton of wildly successful business leaders and faculty that I otherwise would not have had access to.
- Worked with our engineering and management teams to re-plan a major project so that we can incorporate additional engineering resources and adjust to more aggressive timelines. I cast this vote because our existing plan would not meet business objectives and that’s not my style.
- Proposed structural changes for Red Hat engineering as a whole to set ourselves up for a more sustainable future (firm believer that structure dictates behavior). I cast this vote because our strategic goals were drifting out of alignment with incentives and goals for the IC levels.
- Met with Emerging Tech group to identify ways for them to support our managed services growth and technical strategy. I cast this vote because while our CTO office incubates fantastic new and innovative technologies, we have to leverage those skills in different ways in the future.
- Worked with an internal team on strategy documents to draft a position paper on “Open Services”. I cast this vote because I believe firmly in Red Hat’s business model and want to see its core ethos carried forward into the managed services world.
- Kept up my mentoring schedule. I cast this vote because I want to remember how my mentors affected me and pay it forward. Oliver Parker, here’s to you sir.
- Worked with a small group of folks to create a coloring book on Site Reliability Engineering called Reliability Nightmares. Red Hat has over the years delivered a number of coloring books for topics we care about. I cast this vote because “culture eats strategy for breakfast” and I felt this would be a fun tool in fostering a movement.
I’m still digesting the rest of this book, but wanted to get some basic thoughts about this particular quote written down.
What votes have you cast lately?
4 thoughts on “Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become”
Are there any votes you cast that you’re not proud of? What kind of person do those votes tell you that you wish to become?
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Thanks for commenting, yes, plenty and I agree that this post needs a complementary “voting regrets” type entry 🙂
So, which type of person will you become when your company’s strategic goals *do align* with incentives and goals for the IC levels?
Successful +healthy within that particular company, I think. At least that should be the intent.