2020: I don’t think anyone will say that was quite the year they expected during December 2019. I live in New Zealand so I specifically remember sitting outside on my lawn with the family, in the sun, talking about all we’d achieve over the course of a year and none of them included:
Here is a scenario familiar to many us, from engineer to CTO.
A shiny new and exciting concept has emerged. Might be a new idea for your startup, an internal application for your company or a new customer offer.
What’s the first thought that whizzes across your mind … well, it used to whizz across mine! How about …… “Let’s build this baby from scratch. Then I can be in full control”.
Hold on a moment, are you sure?
This is the article I wish I’d read once or twice in the past.
Friday afternoon and we conducted a less than rigorous survey amongst the CTO Academy tribe in an effort to decipher the mysterious relationship between healthy eating habits and great leadership, loosely titled, “Wot’s your work diet?’ Before you quasi-academics dig deep into our findings, some advance caveats; It was a very small sample size that … Read more
“When you say yes to others, make sure you are not saying no to yourself” – Paolo Coelho Why, despite a mountain of work and deadlines, despite knowing you have to leave at 6pm to watch the Avengers movie with your pals and despite dropping very large hints like “I’m under quite a bit of … Read more
Despite some progress, lack of diversity in tech recruitment remains an issue.
Here in the UK, the number of women working in technology is significantly lower than most other work sectors, with just 17% of those working in technology being female.
Story in the US appears to be better but the overall tech industry remains overwhelmingly white and male. The bro culture still writ large across most tech companies, large and small.
Managing a team is not only about managing people, but understanding that some reactions in work, are all to do with pressures away from work.
This article looks at our experience of some unusual external factors and why it’s important to manage with empathy
Board meetings can be an intimidating environment for the novice or poorly prepared but, if managed well, they can provide the CTO with a great opportunity to provide updates, generate ideas and get the backing and input from other key people in the company.
What they’re not, is the place to discuss day to day operational matters.
What they should be, is a lively and open forum to review strategic issues affecting performance, growth, revenue and profit.