Should I Speak Up?

Regular readers of Atomic Spin probably already know that Crucial Conversations is required reading for all new Atoms. The authors—Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMillan, and Switzler—didn’t stop there, however. They’ve written several books, including the one I’ve been reading lately, Crucial Accountability.

While reading one of the earlier chapters, I was struck by four simple questions to determine whether or not you should speak up at work. Imagine the very plausible situation where a manager walks into a meeting and presents the “plan” that he or she developed in isolation and expects everyone to follow. You may have some reservations, but should you say anything? The following questions can help you decide.
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Introducing Cell Zero, the Four Developers in Atomic’s First Accelerator Cohort

As part of our new Atomic Accelerator program, four developers were carefully selected to join our molecule in Grand Rapids. Together, they form “Cell Zero,” the first generation of an annual cohort of recently-graduated Atoms. I asked each to tell me a little about themselves and to share their favorite thing about Atomic Object so far.
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Respecting the Value of Face Time

The way we interact and work with others has changed drastically over the past few decades. Email, chat, and teleconferencing have bridged huge gaps of geography and facilitated us to work across boundaries.

This flexibility has allowed individuals to work from home so they can tend a sick child or deal with other real-life complications. Work/life balance is tough, but these advances in technology have helped bridge the gap. While all of today’s communication options come in handy, there’s still real value in face-to-face communication. In this post, I’ll suggest when in-person meetings are helpful and offer some tips about how to conduct them.
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Introducing ENIAC Six: Atomic’s Room Named for the Women who Programmed the ENIAC

The various meeting spaces in Atomic’s new building will be named after designers and developers we value for their contributions to their fields, and to our history as a company. As renovation on our building continued, we realized we had an additional room to name. Atomic’s last meeting room is named after the little-known group of women who programmed the ENIAC—the world’s first all-digital, Turing-complete, general-purpose computer. Read more on Introducing ENIAC Six: Atomic’s Room Named for the Women who Programmed the ENIAC…

The Grad’s Dilemma: How I Found a Software Job that Fits

As a student about to graduate from a large, highly competitive Computer Science program, I felt a great deal of pressure from the university and from my peers to follow one of two career paths: Join a start-up and become one of its heroic, high-risk/high-reward founders; or snag one of those coveted, high-paying positions at a Silicon Valley tech behemoth. 
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Your Success Is Our Success – On Symbiosis in Professional Services

We’d be lost without our clients. And I don’t mean that in the obvious way that any company needs revenue to survive. I mean it more figuratively, as in: We wouldn’t know where to go, or why to be together, or, really, why to even exist. Our mission is to pursue success for our clients as if it were our own. Our clients provide the goal that our project teams help reach. It’s a wonderful symbiosis.
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