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- About me
- Personal traits
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- Emoji Pet Peeve
My name is Angelo (pronounced like /ˈan.d͡ʒe.lo/). I am from Enna, Sicily, Italy. I have lived in Munich, Bavaria, Germany since 2015. Since June 2023, I am back to my hometown. I am the proud legal guardian of Tarta.
Here are some facts about me to give you an idea of who (I think) I am:
- I like to listen to everyone's point of view. When doing it, I tend to nod and smile: it means I am listening not that I agree
- I am open-minded. I prefer to give ideas careful evaluation before accepting them
- I don't like absolutness and rigidity. Therefore, even if I am stubborn – it is really hard to convince me – I gladly accept suggestions and I am always eager to try things out
- I usually play the devil's advocate: there is always an angle that has not been evaluated and is worth to explore. Especially for topics I deem important, I tend to put interlocutors on trial: it is not personal, the aim is to get the best out of the conversation and reach a common ground
- I don't like commands. If someone is not able to argue their position, it is not a worthy one
- I reason schematically, it helps me see the evolution of an idea (e.g., I ask quesitons to try and understand how something got from A to B)
- I believe in people and their abilities even, and especially, when they don't believe in themselves. Therefore, I often encourage them and try to help them out
Here are some things to take into account when collaborating with me:
- I am always eager to offer help. Ask me anything anytime. Although I might not show it, I appreciate people saying "Thanks"
- I struggle to say "No", it is emotionally distressing. If it happens, I could not have decided otherwise
- I rely heavily on slow-thinking to be effective in my decision making. Therefore, I have a bias for any style of communication that helps me with that (e.g., written, async, ecc)
- I promote my own ideas and solutions poorly. When I do, I appreciate recognition. When in difficulty, I appreciate support and guidance
- I have an innate propensity for problem solving. I find it hard to tell if someone is asking for help or just sharing frustration. Please, consider making it clear to me, even if it seems awkward
I'm a non-linear workday practitioner. My working hours are roughly
07:00 – 18:00 (it doesn't mean I work ~ 11 hours). To help understand what I am doing at a certain moment of the day, see this helpful list of emojis. Although I try to keep Slack and Goolge Calendar in sync, always refer to the latter as the source of truth.
🍝, I am having lunch, or a break from work (sometimes I skip meals). I don't read emails or pings; I check Slack from mobile
👧, I am taking care of my daughter. I don't read emails or pings; I check Slack from mobile
⌛️, 🚴, 🏋️, 🎹I am focusing on personal development (e.g., studying, learning, etc). I don't read emails, pings or Slack
🤗, I am taking care of my mental health with a professional advisor. I don't read emails, pings or Slack
🎧, I am focusing and will most likely not accept meetings invitations for this slot. I read emails, pings or Slack
⛔️, busy. I don't read emails, pings or Slack
Other meetings I participate in appear as busy slots. Whenever the calendar is fee, you can assume I am working. I gladly accept meetings, coffee chats, etc. I will reply to emails, pings, and Slack.
I appreciate any feedabck and suggestions on how to make my schedule more comprehensible for others.
There's one emoji that particularly annoys me, mainly because I have assigned it a personal meaning: