Importance of Mentorship Article by Yujin Kim, CTO of WorkMarket

In his recent article about the importance of mentorship, Yujin Kim, Chief Technology Officer at WorkMarket (an ADP company) talks about what he learned from his mentors and how they helped shape his career and life.

My New Job at News Corp (Parent Company of The Wall Street Journal)

Dear Family and Friends, I’m moving into an exciting new job at News Corp, the parent company of my current employer, The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones. Below are the announcements from Matt Murray, Editor-In-Chief of The Wall Street Journal & Dow Jones Newswires; and from Ramin Beheshti, Group Chief Product & Technology Officer… Continue reading My New Job at News Corp (Parent Company of The Wall Street Journal)

Leadership B.S. by Stanford University Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer (Book Review)

Many books on leadership are like fairy tales: Inspiring, but misleading about leadership that is actually effective in our real world. Real leadership — i.e. leadership based on evidence and science, and thus statistically more likely be effective in practice — is less commonly found in leadership teachings. Instead, what we often hear is “feel good… Continue reading Leadership B.S. by Stanford University Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer (Book Review)

Management & Technical Career Growth Tracks (v3)

In follow-up to earlier work on a) versions one and two of these technical and related career tracks, b) pathways for career development in product engineering, c) job titles, and d)  employee evaluation & career development, here is an updated version three of the career growth tracks. This version 3 includes software engineering & architecture,… Continue reading Management & Technical Career Growth Tracks (v3)

My next chapter

This isn’t something I thought I’d be writing – if you read my recent piece on Thrive Journal, you’d know how excited I was to join Thrive Global. I’d long admired Arianna, and when we met it was immediately clear that we share so much: mission, values, a dedication to science-based approaches – along with… Continue reading My next chapter

Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. Chairman & Publisher, The New York Times

Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. CHAIRMAN The New York Times Company PUBLISHER The New York Times 620 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10018 [phone and email redacted] July 27, 2015 Mr. Rajiv Pant [address redacted] New York, NY 10019 Dear Rajiv: I am writing to extend to you my congratulations on your position at Some Spider… Continue reading Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. Chairman & Publisher, The New York Times

A career is like a garden (farewell memo to nytimes colleagues)

  The following is the farewell memo I wrote to my colleagues at The New York Times. Subject: A career is like a garden Dear Colleagues, As you may know, I have accepted an offer to join a startup on June 1st, and therefore have made the difficult decision to leave The New York Times,… Continue reading A career is like a garden (farewell memo to nytimes colleagues)

Management & Technical Career Growth Tracks (v2)

This second version of the diagram illustrating technical career tracks reflects the following updates since version one: A product management track is now included. (Future updates may include other tracks like design, editorial and marketing.) There is no longer a contributor-level position on the people-management track. This is because most organizations do not have an… Continue reading Management & Technical Career Growth Tracks (v2)

Some Pathways for Career Development in a Product Engineering Organization

The diagram below illustrates some pathways for career development in an engineering-focussed product development organization. It shows an organization where software engineering is a major discipline. The pathways shown here map out career paths that we have seen work well in a number of organizations. (There are also other pathways that work well that are not… Continue reading Some Pathways for Career Development in a Product Engineering Organization