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 Medidata. These include a common mission, core principles, and other initiatives to encourage making decisions and learning together.
Here is the talk:
The live recording that includes Q&A is also available here.
Does writing come naturally for you? For me it doesn’t, I keep at it because I find it’s a good way to develop ideas and share information. One thing that has helped me is the mindset I take while writing, that is pretending I’m presenting this blog to a room full of people at a conference or meetup. This helps to picture the flow and identify the key sections or points I want to make.
Titles are a big deal and people make decisions based on the title alone. When you’re at a conference scanning the agenda, do you select “must see” talks solely based on the title? Imagine your blog listed in search results, why would someone click the link for yours over others?
Start with knowing what you are covering in your blog, then let title ideas flow from there. I’m rarely happy with the… Continue reading
incivility – rude or unsociable speech or behaviour.
This 15 minute TED talk by Christine Porath explains how incivility can have drastic effects on the teams and culture. She shares some powerful research showing the true cost incivility has but also simple steps on how we can avoid it by thanking people, sharing credit, listening attentively, humbly asking questions, acknowledging others, and smiling. I recommend watching…
Here are a few blogs I recommend reading from this month…
Maslow on Management
Challenging blog looking into Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Motivation. “The famous Golden Rule, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you, is a failure of empathy.” Leaders of a team have the responsibility to meeting each person where they are and challenge them from there.
5 Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed by Your Workload
We all feel overwhelmed at times this covers a few pointers that may help. Checking your assumptions against other people’s priorities is worth doing. Also, I feel writing down a to-do list with notes is important so you don’t have to remember details, there is also satisfaction is crossing them off when done!
Research: To Be a Good Leader, Start By Being a Good Follower
Being a leader is being part of the group, sharing the… Continue reading
The slides are here.
Below are links mentioned during the talk:
References, Handbooks, and Cheat Sheets
All of the talks at this meetup can be watched here.