Archive for November 23rd, 2009

Rhetorical Questions to Ask Yourself at Work


As alluded to in a previous post, this post repackages some of the thoughts which I put into a recent job application.

I’ve put this up as a separate post because I suspect that the grains of wisdom which are contained here could of user for others.

Question

Reasoning

What don’t I know about this?

The answer to this question frequently prompts me to conduct further research into a topic. My role as an Enterprise Architect frequently has me asking this question.

Do I need to know more about this?

I am the first to admit that my knowledge of a subject is not complete. The positive answer to the question frequently prompts me to conduct further research into a topic, request training in the topic, or seek advice from others (internal to the ASB or externally).

What could I have done better?

This form of self-assessment is something that I frequently apply to my own performance at work.

What need doing?

The capacity to determine what needs doing, and by whom, is one which I exercise frequently. This one is applied with only one eye on the project plan; the other eye is on the broader picture.

What are the broader consequences of this?

Working in an Enterprise Architect Practice, has me asking this type of question frequently. There is strong need to assess choices, and decisions in a broader, enterprise wide context. This perspective allows to one to see the strategic directions which should be taken, rather than the tactical (or point solutions) choices which are made.

 

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Writing Job Applications


This post is slightly different one.

I’ve been ruminating about why I dislike writing job applications. Something which I should be doing rather than writing this! But, I’ve a couple of insights into the process which are pertinent.

The first is a piece of poetry from which the Quote “the hand that rock the cradle rules the world”. The poem is a homage to motherhood, but also describes one of the aspects of my dislike of writing job applications.

The original poem by William Ross Wallace “What rules the world”:

Blessings on the hand of women!

Angels guard its strength and grace,

In the palace, cottage, hovel,

Oh, no matter where the place;

Would that never storms assailed it,

Rainbows ever gently curled;

For the hand that rocks the cradle

Is the hand that rules the world.
Infancy’s the tender fountain,

Power may with beauty flow,

Mother’s first to guide the streamlets,

From them souls unresting grow—

Grow on for the good or evil,

Sunshine streamed or evil hurled;

For the hand that rocks the cradle

Is the hand that rules the world.
Woman, how divine your mission

Here upon our natal sod!

Keep, oh, keep the young heart open

Always to the breath of God!

All true trophies of the ages

Are from mother-love impearled;

For the hand that rocks the cradle

Is the hand that rules the world.
Blessings on the hand of women!

Fathers, sons, and daughters cry,

And the sacred song is mingled

With the worship in the sky—

Mingles where no tempest darkens,

Rainbows evermore are hurled;

For the hand that rocks the cradle

Is the hand that rules the world.

 

Why does this resonate with my dislike of writing job applications? Well, I’ve an attitude that a “gentle hand” gets more mileage, than any other approach. This belief has its roots in year of experience of on the job training. Being a leader, and providing leadership, in the IT profession often requires one to teach.  I frequently have the occasion to explain new concepts, system designs, or systems architectures a process which is didactic

Writing a job application feels to me a bit like a bit of a “heavy handed” approach to stating ones worth.

Well, I’ve completed the application now, and submitted it. So, I’m free of that burden for now.

I’ve another couple of thought which I’ll blog in another post. These are reflections on the way I approach managing my performance at work. These condensed from the processes of answering one of the selection criteria in just completed application.

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