Category: Leadership

  • Investing time wisely

    Investing time wisely

    Thinking about time amazes me, memories of growing up seem so long ago but that is probably my age! Sometimes we wish time would go more quickly, other times we want to savour special moments. But time can also be frightening when you know you can’t get it back. This is why time is often…

  • The bane of filler words

    The bane of filler words

    How many times have you listened to someone talking and you hear “er”, “um”, “uh”, “ah”, or “like” every other sentence? These are ‘filler words’ and I want to declare war against them! They stand out to me now, whether it’s conversations with friends, live interviews on the TV or people giving public talks, it…

  • LeadDev – Motivating Engineering Teams

    LeadDev – Motivating Engineering Teams

    LeadDev recently hosted a panel discussion on ‘Creating and sustaining motivation in your engineering team’. I recommend listening as many topical points were covered that may spark ideas around motivation in your teams. My takeaways: Motivation can be considered on 3 levels: Individual, Team, and Organisational. Fairness – there should be an appearance of fairness.…

  • Burnout risk during this pandemic

    Burnout risk during this pandemic

    I miss my commute to work. That’s something I never thought I would say! Working from home continually seemed like a dream at the start, an extra lie in each morning followed by the first catch up online in my dressing gown. But over the months I realised that work and life have blended into…

  • Meetup talk: Building a Tech Culture at Medidata

    Meetup talk: Building a Tech Culture at Medidata

    As part of the TechHeads meetup on 30th July I gave talk titled – Building a Tech Culture at Medidata. It was followed by a YouTube Live Q&A. A tech culture can be hard to define and even harder to build. My talk covers some of the approaches used to build a tech culture at…

  • Video: Leadership – Remote Team Socialising

    Video: Leadership – Remote Team Socialising

    With the current coronavirus pandemic the majority of us are working from home. As leaders, it’s important that we maintain relationships with the people in our teams during this period so that no one is feeling isolated or lonely. This can be difficult though, in the video below I share some of things we are…

  • Video: Leadership – First Team Mindset

    Video: Leadership – First Team Mindset

    Having a First Team mindset is important for the success of an organisation. This mindset is a change in thinking and can go against the natural instinct to focus on the teams you lead. But, once understood, it’s easy to see the benefits this provides to the organisation and individual teams. I cover this First…

  • The results will take care of themselves

    The results will take care of themselves

    TL;DR – Bill Walsh, an ex-NFL coach, had a leadership approach that transformed the success of the San Francisco 49ers. His ‘Standard of Performance’ covers a wide range of leadership traits that apply across industries. Each point offers learning relevant to leading tech teams today. There’s no hiding from the fact that results are important.…

  • You don’t mistakenly become great

    You don’t mistakenly become great

    I don’t follow the NBA much but came across this short video from an interview with Draymond Green from Golden State Warriors that impressed me… To quote one part: You don’t just mistakenly become great at something. You probably at one time believed that you can be great at that and then you worked to…