Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading – July 2018

Some blogs I recommend reading from this month…

How to Manage an Employee Who’s Having a Personal Crisis
Whether we like it or not people in our teams will go through difficult times, this covers good points for supporting those people in the right way.

The 4 questions you should stop asking during your one-on-one meetings
I ask the “How’s it going?” quite often, even “How’s life?” too, these are questions people expect when starting a 1:1, particularly the first. They are a good way to start, but then be open how the person responds and flow from there. You will have questions prepared and variation is important, where this blog can help. Questions that are specific helps to avoid those vague answers.

8 Tips for Being a Good Tech Lead
You may not be hands-on coding anymore but there are still helpful points in this blog. I like the Venn diagram! An area I need to do better in is to “Accept imperfection and the messiness of teams”.

These are the six things the best mentors never do
Mentoring is a skill that needs to be worked on, it doesn’t come naturally to all. The mentor-mentee relationship can make or break a successful program. I’m sure we can relate to some of the things in this blog even if they are done with good intentions.

3 Differences Between Managers and Leaders
There are many blogs comparing managers against leaders (even I have one!), but it’s always good to read a different perspective even as a reminder. This article covers doing the right thing, focusing on creating value, and leading by example.

7 Tips for Creating a Positive Workplace Culture
Having a work environment that people enjoy can be difficult to achieve. The suggestions in this blog can encourage your creativity. I can relate to all 7 points, if I were to pick one it would be “Begin with gratitude” as I always think there can be more done in appreciating the work the team does.

Feedback Equation
Here Lara describes an alternative to the common Situation – Behaviour – Impact feedback tool (SBI) that I think can work well. Finishing with a question can help understand their reasoning and also get them thinking of improvements. Definitely a tool to try!

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