As engineers, we love solving problems. Anyone who has gotten deep in code knows ‘the zone’- that area where you are so deeply involved in a problem the email letting you know there is free pizza in the break room doesn’t come close to pulling you out of your seat. Seeing your code work successfully and making things happen fires off an endorphin rush that attending a planning meeting doesn’t match. If you perform your engineering duties at a high enough level, chances are you will be viewed as a go-to person on key matters and might even start mentoring others. Inevitably, your employer looks at you and brings up that magical word some careers careen towards – Leadership.
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Today I am reflecting on how difficult it is for individuals and organizations to deal effectively with uncertainty and ambiguity, and how the underlying belief in the possibility of certainty has such a strong hold on us. Examples of that desire for certainty that have appeared on my radar over the last few years include:
Welcome back to the Meet Our Team Q&A series. My name is Daniela Williams, Project Manager at ISE, and I’ll be asking ISE team members questions to help give insight into what makes us tick.
This month is ISE's 16th anniversary! Today I'm interviewing Mark Brown, Senior Software Developer, and one of the original ISE team members.