Andrew Weaver
February 15, 2021

Newsletter #30 : Let them all talk, The art of managing small talk, Managing your pals

Hey Everyone

One of my favourite artists is Elvis Costello.

One of my favourite Costello songs is ‘Let Them All Talk’ and as communication is proving to be one of the most popular topics we cover, that’s the title I’m using as we focus on Small Talk, Listening Skills and a tricky subject, How to manage the team you’ve just left.

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Enjoy the read.

Andrew and the CTO Academy Team

Article : Managing transition from team player to tech leader

We looked at challenges faced by someone who is promoted into a position where they find themselves managing former colleagues.

One of our clients found themselves struggling with the changed dynamic, with issues about trust and how to manage old relationships, within the new structure.

Catch up with the article here


An Introverts Guide To Small Talk
Hands up who likes networking?

OK, apart from a couple of masochists at the front, there is always a predictable raspberry blown in response to that question.

And traditionally techies were able to hide away in the tech department and not have to care too much but increasingly, we’re working on customer facing initiatives and this inevitably leads to the challenge, of making polite conversation.

In tribute to those of us who struggle with these scenarios, a Forbes article with an introverts guide to small talk.


Listening Skills are important part of effective communication

Where introverts definitely lead (versus those of us extroverts) is the ability to listen and observe. Jason and I are very much Yin and Yang when it comes to communicating style but what we’re both fairly good at (though I will probably acknowledge he is better) is the art of listening.

It’s such a crucial element of being an effective communicator, but overlooked by many who believe it’s all about the talking.

Here’s a collection of article on the topic.

The Future Of Work Is Here : Podcast is a really interesting site looking into topics based on ‘the future of work is here’

With their podcast Matt Mullenweg, cofounder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic, embarks on a journey to understand the future of work. Having built his own 900-person company with no offices and employees scattered across 68 countries, he examines the benefits and challenges of distributed work and recruiting talented people around the globe.

Interesting stuff.

Quote of the Day

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” 
Stephen R. Covey

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