Values and Personality
- I aspire to be self-reflexive, to have and model humility.
- I place a high value on self-accountability and follow-through.
- Facilitating the growth of other technologists is very important to me.
Please provide feedback if and when you feel I could do better in holding these values.
Me Being Me
- I’m very confident, often to a fault. Sometimes I sound more confident than I am or feel. Feel free to probe if you perceive me as being overly confident—I’m working on this.
- I can be quite frank, especially when I’m lost in the idea being discussed.
- I come from a very large, vocal family—I can sometimes worry about feeling heard.
- I’ve been known to be verbose, e.g. this document, and can sometimes get caught up in the details.
Receiving Feedback & Recognition
Airbnb colleagues: Reflektive is a great place for appreciation/recognition. You can also submit feedback (compliments, suggestions, criticisms, and advice) to my manager at air/feedback-for-adam-bloomston.
- I prefer when others ask permission before giving feedback. This helps me to prepare for potential criticism, and gives me the choice to defer it if I’m not in a good place to receive it.
- I prefer to receive criticism in private and with concrete examples of where I could have done better—these help anchor me in the facts, rather than my emotions. I appreciate and value this feedback, and can’t get enough of it.
- I appreciate recognition for my positive impact.
Areas for Development
High-level areas for development
- Facilitating technical growth, working with colleagues in and outside Airbnb
- I’m a 2019 First Round Fast Track Mentor.
- Departing from the standard mentor-mentee dynamic, I prefer a collaborative relationship where both of us teach, learn, challenge, and are challenged.
- Systems Thinking, Software Development, and Organizations: everything written by Gerald Weinberg 🤓
Concrete areas for development
Based on feedback from my colleagues, here are three concrete aspects of communication and leadership I’m focusing on growing in 2019:
Feedback is always appreciated, especially in the areas above.
- I work as an engineer on the Anti-discrimination team at Airbnb.
- In the mornings (9am-12pm) I tend to focus on solo (🎧) work.
- I prefer meetings, including 1:1s, after lunch (1pm-5pm).
- I follow and work from home on No Meeting Wednesdays.
- I keep my Slack status and calendar very up to date.
- I bring my dog, Baby Doctor, to work with me every day. If he’s bothering you at all, please let me know—no offense will be taken, I promise!
- I aim to respond to emails the same business day.
- I aim to respond in Slack within an hour.
- I take distraction seriously and am very sensitive to work-life-balance; for example phones are left by the door, on vibrate (exception is if I’m on-call), in my home.
How To Know I’ve Gone To The Dark Side
- I’m quick to judge or make large generalizations such as “I hate postgres.”
- I focus on minor points of logical error, losing the forest for the trees in a discussion.
- I mention that I’m “hangry” (hungry + angry)—this means I haven’t eaten in a few hours.
How to help
- Ask me if it would be helpful to table the conversation until later.
- Ask me what my goal is in the conversation.
- Offer me food, such as a 🍌
I don’t expect this list to change your actions—but it might help you better understand and empathize with my reactions.
- Tardiness—I’m a New Yorker, after all.
- Meetings without a clear agenda or an explicit facilitator.
- A (perceived) lack of follow-through.
Ask Me About
- Why I love to travel (hint).
- My uninformed obsession with birds.
- My dog, Baby Doctor.