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What You See is Not Always What You Get

As many of you know I am in Costa Rica this week for work and will get to see the Pacific Ocean for the first time. Today, I stayed in an AirBnB close to the airport in Alajuela. Looking from the outside this dead-end street would appear to be a seedy underbelly to most U.S. eyes.

Last night was quiet, you could hear the children outside playing and the Abuela’s were all outside watching the street. A soccer ball got lost on a roof and the local cats, all looking very well fed and well groomed pranced the gated driveways harassing the local dogs. Safe, comfortable, and relaxed I am sitting here in air conditioning and writing a post.

In our lives there are always places, events, and people we avoid because of the outside appearances. A few years ago I coached a hiring manager who wanted to turn down a young data scientist? Why, the man was just too nerdy to fit in. The individual had brought in his laptop so he could demonstrate all of his projects and code to show off to shine. I asked the hiring manager I was coaching: “What is your objective? Are you looking to hire a realtor or someone that is passionate about what he is doing and will love every moment?”

Look past the surface. And not just at the rough surfaces. There are a lot of polished places and people you should avoid and relying just on what you see at first will not be enough!


Ennis Lynch

Ennis Lynch

Ennis Lynch is a Professional Coach Based in South Florida. His primary area of coaching focuses on coaching Software Engineering Leadership. On occasion he does Agile Transformation work as well but prefers coaching at the Team and Individual level vs. the organizational level.


If you have ever wondered: is professional coaching right for me and you are a Software Engineering Manager, Director of Engineering, Director of Software Engineering, VP of Engineering, or CTO reach out for a free initial coaching session. See if coaching is right for you. Initial coaching sessions are the real deal, no hard-sells, no "here is what you would get if you paid". Individuals that receive a free coaching session will get a normal private professional coaching session of 90 minutes (30 minute onboarding + 60 minute coaching) and it will be up to you to follow-up if you want to continue with help on your journey.


Ennis is always gathering research through a team building exercise called the Ball Point Game. If you are interested in a team-level exercise and want to participate in a research project to further the field reach out. The exercise is free in South Florida (and really fun)


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