About Me, Good Reads, Relationship Advice, Technical, Technology

I, Wallace

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2011/06/02/i-wallace/

Last week I enjoyed a great story by Rands, who, as a team lead, had a total communication disconnect with one of his team members. While he enjoyed an easy rapport with Harold and Stan, he just wasn’t clicking with Wallace. At first he accepted things as they were, but soon learned that the disconnect with Wallace was a genuine problem in need of improvement. Rands concluded that the only thing to do with Wallace was to completely unwind his normal assumptions about rapport and “clicking” with a colleague and just get down to making basic communication work. This can be pain-stakingly frustrating, but this is what you need to do when you’re not getting the easy, intuitive connection you want with someone you rely on.

One of the comments (Harry) chided Rands: “Here’s the deal: if your boss asks you to lead, he either gives you the power to sack people, or you don’t accept his job offer. In your case, Wallace is obviously not compatible with you. So you sack him.”

I thought “No–Good engineers are expensive, and it is preferable to learn to steer an existing engineer in the right direction rather than finding and training a replacement.” Other comments pointed out that Wallace wasn’t incompetent or incapable, just that he needed clear expectations with management. Someone named Dave chimed in:

“I’ve been a Wallace, and I’ve also been a Harold, and from my standpoint it has less to do with personality than with context. You can have a poor team dynamic, with no clear leadership and constantly-shifting goals, where everybody ends up isolated in their corner and becoming Wallace, at least in part. Or you can have a good team, where even the most Wallace-y engineer becomes Harold for at least a few hours each day.”

Amen. We each have in us both a Wallace and a Harold. They are Yin and Yang. The Wallace side of my personality wants to get heads down in to the work, but needs to know what to work on. The Harold side takes some time to chat up his manager and coworkers to find work and set priorities, then steps aside and lets Wallace get back to work. Tech workers tend to be more innately introverted, they tend to want a good manager to play the part of Harold, and come back and set clear work objectives and priorities. When things are not going well, unhappy people will tend to revert to their base personalities. For engineers this often means getting stuck in Wallace mode.

Sometimes employees are happy and eager, and sometimes they are curmudgeons. It depends on the context of work and life morale, mediated by an employee’s emotional intelligence. These are variables that can be influenced, allowing for change over time. Management needs to provide a positive work environment with clear goals. Employees need to do our part in building a positive home environment, with positive life aspirations, while also cultivating a greater degree of self awareness. An employee who learns to steer their own craft and deliver what management wants will create a more positive work environment for their colleagues.

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Clouds over Hangar One

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2011/06/02/clouds-over-hangar-one/

Moffett Field's Hangar One as seen from the VTA Light Rail. Those clouds are unusual for Mountain View, where Hangar One looms as a distinctive landmark.

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Waiting for Breakfast

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2011/06/03/waiting-for-breakfast/

The automatic feeders don't open but once a day. When Maggie gets hungry, its time to wait, vigilantly . . .

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Sleeping In

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2011/06/04/sleeping-in/

Maggie crawled in to bed and preferred to nap, rather than seeing what I might be up to. So, I tucked her in.

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Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2011/06/07/fatpony-vs-ghidorah/

No, I can not explain this work of brilliance spied upon a coworker's white board.

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Linux, Technical

isatapd: IPv6 on Ubuntu

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2011/06/08/can-haz-ipv6/

Yes, it looks like you're using IPv6 already.

SysAdmins, check with Tom.

My employer (Cisco) makes IPv6 available internally on a test basis. Once I configured the isatap hostname on my system, all I had to do to get my Ubuntu laptop on IPv6 was:

sudo apt-get install isatapd

I look forward to trying this on a few more systems:

sudo apt-get install isatapd && ping6 -c 1 www.ipv6.cisco.com && figlet -c 'I CAN HAZ IPv6!!'

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One Tree

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2011/06/09/one-tree/

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About Me, Photo-a-Day

Mixed Fish Head

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2011/06/12/mixed-fish-head/

Eat them up! Cheap!

Sometimes I like to wander around in 99 Ranch and have my mind blown.

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Cisco Wants YOU!

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2011/06/13/cisco-wants-you/

This amusing slide hopefully doesn't reveal any proprietary mojo, other than that some parts of Cisco may or may not possess a sense of humor.

That is Cisco CEO John Chambers as Uncle Sam, in case you are wondering.

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Bird Watchin’

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2011/06/18/bird-watchin/

Maggie hops up on the porch railing, to get a better view of the bird feeder.

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Photo-a-Day, Sundry


Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2011/06/19/pie/

Mei's folks were in town for Father's Day, so she made him an Apple Pie, and a pork roast, and other delicious things for dinner.

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Photo-a-Day, Sundry

Tire Failure

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2011/06/20/tire-failure/

You don't see a bike tire do that very often.

For some time I had noticed and been avoiding the weird bulge in my rear bicycle tire. Finally it gave way on my commute. The threads inside the tire appear to have been separating, and I guess I hit something sharp at a weak spot.

I put on my spare tube and made it home. I have since replaced this tire with a knobby road tire, paired with a puncture-resistant inner tube and a puncture-resistant liner. If I never have to change a bicycle tire again it will be too soon!



Pretty Caltrain

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2011/06/21/pretty-caltrain/

Sometimes, the tail end of the newer trains look to me like a tugboat.

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To Change a Lightbulb

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2011/06/22/to-change-a-lightbulb/

How many municipal employes does it take to change a light bulb? In Mountain View, CA, it apparently takes two.

This seems reasonable to me.

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Hello, My Name is . . .

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2011/06/24/hello-my-name-is/

This printer is in the big leagues now!

“My friends call me Figaro.”

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