There are so many good points in this article that it’s hard to determine what to pick. I picked a couple.

Identifying with a character in a movie: I never know which one, man or woman, main or minor character that I will identify with. In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it was the cat.

At work, I trained new programmers. I assumed that they could do everything until proven wrong. The best were women — they listened. I had to fire two men — one for arrogance and one that could not understand the “IF-Then-Else” concept.

One black woman we hired in the 80’s said that she was hired at her prior company because they needed her expertise on a project. She was there a short time. They put her in a room to read manuals. When she asked about that project, they told her that it was cancelled months ago. She increased the company’s black and female employee percentages.

I told her “That’s not why I recommended you. You are smart, can learn on your own, and I don’t have to send you to a bunch of classes for you to be productive (she didn’t know anything about our environment when she started).

Thinking back, I thought that I was kind of gruff, but that was probably one of the nicest complements she ever received.

William “Bill” Myers, Analyzes all, Programmer, retired. If you learn anything new, find enjoyment, have a new thought, then I’m successful. Photo: 1st article

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