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14: Amy Hodler: context and connections

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14: Amy Hodler: context and connections

Amy Hodler works for Neo4j. Here’s her Linked in profile.

Neo4j specialise in graph analytics and the connections between data. I met Amy Hodler through the website Givitas

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Things we mentioned

We’re human. We cannot parallel process.  Take the time to sharpen your own skills and give yourself a rest.  There’s always more to learn.  There are always things you don’t know. 

I mention Givitas, which is related to Adam Grant’s Givers and Takers research and Generosity Burnout. Here are some of the things Amy and I speak about.

  • Amy Hodler’s background in Conflict resolution 
  • Why she took on projects she wasn’t quite ready for
  • The worst thing you can do for your brain
  • The all-important “to don’t” list
  • What she looks for in a new recruit: Curiosity balanced with ability to concentrate, variety of things they’re interested in
  • Why she asks potential recruits to describe a process
  • Going beyond the problem the client thinks they have to the actual problem that needs solving
  • We have a scarcity of good language to describe machine learning or AI so how do we get analogies and visuals to help flesh that out: e.g. the difficulties Amy had in explaining machine learning to her mother
  • Amy’s Favourite Charity is a local community charity: the importance of making yourself available to help: the community finds you.
  • How everybody “lies”.  People don’t even know what they want.
  • Why feedback and criticism is like training a dog
  • Working ourselves “stupid”: Importance of sleep, The endless torrent of reading

Books and ideas Amy Hodler and I discuss

Amy Hodler
Everybody lies
  • The Information by James Gleick
  • Black Swan the impact of the highly improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Working on what you do well: the Strengthsfinder 2.0 and ViaStrengths will take you through a series of different questions to help you highlight your own strengths in the bigger picture. I prefer Strengthsfinder, it costs a little (just get your top 5). Viastrengths is more values than attributes, but you can get an initial report for free.
  • Insight research and some practical things you can do to make your brain processes work for you.
  • Why you should take notes by hand here and here
  • I say in the podcast that negative feedback doesn’t work, and apparently I’m wrong, according to this study.  But the same link will tell you that people ignore negative feedback 70% of the time, so in fact it is true that it’s a waste of our breath much of the time!

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