A cartoon manager gives review to employee
A cartoon manager gives review to employee
Image credit: Randy Glasbergen

Note: I co-wrote this article with Adriana Colina. An original version was published February 2019 on LinkedIn. In this new version we add new discussions, references and format changes.

Aaaah that time of year when office workers around the world dust off the old thesaurus to find words that will convince management that “I am a team player” and “my effort resulted in millions of dollars of revenue”: Performance review time.

And. We. All. Hate. It.

You know this already, right? Searching for the phrase “performance reviews are the worst” returns quite a few resources, many of them recent. In discussing a 2018 article that surveys the history of performance management, a BBC article quotes its author saying something that feels very cathartic for some of…


A 4 panel comic strip shows an introvert in a group, with a friend, alone and with dog
A 4 panel comic strip shows an introvert in a group, with a friend, alone and with dog
“Introvert Problems”​ by nuk3lyr

Note: I originally published this article on September 2019 on LinkedIn

Last month I got an invitation to an event, the kick-off for a community I joined at work. I knew the event was happening on Microsoft’s campus, so I put it in my calendar without checking where specifically it was going to be. When the day came and I checked the invitation a couple of hours earlier to plan transportation, I noticed it was happening at a restaurant. Only at that moment it dawned on me: Oh no. This is a networking event.

A simple web search shows there are tons of networking advice for introverts. I found many of them can be summarized like this: You must do it, and step-by-step you will become an extrovert networker. This was what I believed when I started my career and felt a lot of pressure to attend many of these events, walk-the-room and collect as many business cards as possible. Throughout the years I learned this “truism” is actually not true, and that practicing introvert networking has made me successful. …

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Software Engineer with a professional background focused on interactive 3D applications, mixed reality, virtual reality and related middleware.

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