Psychological safety is the shared belief that a team is safe for interpersonal risk taking. It can be defined as saying what you believe without fear of negative consequences of self-image, status or career. In psychologically safe teams, team members feel accepted and respected.

So do you feel psychologically safe?

I ask this question because I had an awesome experience of company-wide psychologically safety at work yesterday. Our larger leadership team met for the day and really dug into lingering issues and new opportunities, and spoke truth to the CEO, our company leaders, and ourselves.

This happens at other firms too, of course, but I’ve found it very rare. Usually, I’m one of the few people brave enough to speak my mind, and I’ve won and lost in doing so.

Love your job if you have psychologically safety

In talking about that session at my work with my colleagues, we were all in agreement that it was an impressive display of psychologically safety for the whole company and that feeling of safety to speak our minds made us really enjoy working here.

If you are also lucky enough to work at an organization with psychologically safety, enjoy it and be proud of such a positive work culture.

And if not… well, that’s the list below is for.



Why? Do you only have one outfit? No, you have outfits for work, for fun, for play. Have the same mindset with your CV.

I personally have 3 CVs:

  • The LinkedIn CV that shows off what I want others to know about me.
  • The tailored CV that I would adjust for each job I applied for.
  • The detailed CV for HR when they want to know all my work history

For that second CV, do take your time to adjust your CV to each job you apply for. Think about what the employer says in their job description, what you know about the company in general.

The goal is to make sure your CV speaks to their needs and aspirations, as much as your experience and ability.


What Skills Do You Need for ICT4D?

The most common question I receive is, “What skills do I need to succeed in ICT4D?”

Emergent digital development professionals want to know if they should take more formal education courses, improve their technology skills, or volunteer to improve their chances for a dream job in ICT4D.

Here’s My Thoughts

Nick Martin of TechChange interviewed me on the ICT skills that would help people get project manager, technology advisor, and software developer type of jobs.

We had fun making this video, and I hope you enjoy watching it.

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Work With Me!

Do you know JavaScript (Node.js) or PHP; and at least one other programming language, like Java, Python, C, C++, Go? Do you have experience with SQL and NoSQL databases?

Then apply now to be a software developer consultant for my Digital Health team at IntraHealth International!

We are looking for a developer to support our portfolio for nine months beginning in January, with the possibility of extending. The exact scope and deliverables will be tailored to the individual identified, depending on their mix of skills, focusing on three activities:

  • iHRIS is our Human Resources Information System that is written in PHP and MySQL. We are updating the software to utilize a JavaScript framework for the front end and update the backend with new web services.
  • mCSD is a new profile published by Integrating the Health Enterprise (IHE) that is currently in Trial Implementation. We are developing a reference implementation of this profile using Node.JS and MongoDB to support the required FHIR resources and interactions.
  • GOFR will be a deduplication tool built on mCSD that uses advanced entity matching with a user interface to reconcile facilities lists.

In addition to being on the cutting edge of global health, Open Source, Open Standards, and health system interoperability, you’ll get to work with my team from anywhere in the world.

What are you waiting for? Apply today!

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Join Me at Fail Festival!

Fail Festival is a celebration of failure as a mark of leadership, innovation, and risk-taking in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in scaling ideas from pilots to global programs.

Every year, a dozen intrepid presenters share their remarkable failures with over 300 cheering peers at the best open bar fail event in Washington, DC.

Join us for Fail Festival DC on December 7th, where I’ll share the intimate details of how I lost my dream job in the Philippines, among other tales of disappointment and rebirth.

Don’t miss out! Tickets are going fast and we’ll sell out this week.

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