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I want to tell you a story about and micro-sponsorship.
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Kempy Feb 18
Replying to @mekkaokereke
I only recently started following on here even though I've been a fan of his for a couple of years after I saw a talk he gave on building inclusive teams. I didn't think I had ever personally interacted with him until I came across an old email.
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Kempy Feb 18
Replying to @kempy_
I was digging through some old emails at work (it's perf season) and I saw an email from 2015 from Mekka. I didn't remember getting this email at all and I had no idea who he even was in 2015.
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Kempy Feb 18
Replying to @kempy_
Someone on his team had filed a bug against my project. I looked into the bug, submitted a fix, and pushed the fix to production within the same day. It was a pretty easy fix, but they were stoked that it had been fixed so quickly.
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Kempy Feb 18
Replying to @kempy_
The email from 2015 was sent to me and my manager. It said: "Hi Kevin, Check the timestamps on the bug filed, bug fixed, and fix deployed by Elizabeth. :) Thanks from the Play Team and have a great weekend! Mekka"
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Kempy Feb 18
Replying to @kempy_
Mekka isn't the one who filed the bug. He had little investment in the bug being fixed and no investment in my career. My name wasn't in the email thread he saw. He took the time to look at the bug report, see who fixed it (me!), and make my work visible to my manager.
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Kempy Feb 18
Replying to @kempy_
"Look how fast I fixed this bug" is the type of thing I never would have bragged about to my manager. My manager never would have known about the impact of my work on this other team if not for Mekka and his act of micro-sponsorship.
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Kempy Feb 18
Replying to @kempy_
So, be like Mekka. If you see that someone has done good work, no matter how small, highlight it to the people that matter.
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Kempy Feb 18
Replying to @mekkaokereke
P.S. If you don't follow on here, you should - he's the real deal!
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Mekka Okereke Feb 18
Replying to @kempy_
Woah, flashbacks! And thank _you_ for being awesome at your job! You gotta admit, that fix hit production (and safely!) blazing fast!
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Camille François Feb 18
Replying to @kempy_ @mekkaokereke
What a wonderful thing to read about in my feed today. Thanks for sharing!
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Cocky Britches Feb 18
Replying to @kempy_ @mekkaokereke
The thing that's sad is that Mekka stands out for having integrity. This is old school stuff that's almost been lost since the all-about-me baby boomers took over. There was a time when Mekkas were the rule, not the exception.
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Dr. Donna Malayeri Feb 19
Replying to @kempy_ @mekkaokereke
Thank you for this awesome story! I joined Google a few months ago and I'm seeing lots of these examples. It warms my heart.
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Dr. Donna Malayeri Feb 19
Replying to @kempy_ @mekkaokereke
p.s. did you go to CMU? You look familiar.
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Kempy Feb 19
Replying to @lindydonna
I did! We met when you were moving out of the apartment you shared with William when 8 was moving in. I think I still have some of the jewelry making stuff you off-loaded to me 😂
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Dr. Donna Malayeri Feb 19
Replying to @kempy_
Omg that's awesome. Did you ever use it?
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Kempy Feb 19
Replying to @lindydonna
Yeah! I definitely still have some of the organizers and I’m sure I used all the ear wires and findings. I haven’t made any jewelry in a while... maybe I’ll do that tonight
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Dr. Donna Malayeri Feb 20
Replying to @kempy_
(happy dance)
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Dr. Donna Malayeri Feb 20
Replying to @kempy_
Here's a thing I made a little while back, that I really love.
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Kempy Feb 20
Replying to @lindydonna
🧐😍 Woah that’s wild! That looks totally amazing
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