Newsletter #56 : Infrastructure Jockeys vs Business Strategists

Jason
February 15, 2021
Hey there,Welcome back to the 5-minute tech break. Hold up… It’s Friday already? Where did this week even go? We know you feel the same way, but hope you’ve had a great week so far! When techies become tech leaders, they go from sitting at their desks all day, punching in code on their ergonomic keyboards with one hand and the 8th cup of coffee in the other, to liaising with the Board and conceptualising strategies in line with the company’s vision and mission.Have you felt that drastic change yet, or is that a position you aspire to get to? If your answer is a yes to either of those questions, then our blog this week is for you!We have a couple of interesting articles that you can read up on the topic and a few bits of what’s hot in the industry.Hope you enjoy the read and have a wonderful weekend!
 Apira Giriharan
Marketing Manager
apira@cto.academy
 
 Further Reading How do you as a tech leader ensure you have a seat at the strategy table? Here’s a concrete step-by-step plan that dictates the way you as leader should act, think and respond in the enterprise.
Hint: It’s all about how you brand yourself!How do you factor in your team members’ work life-balance while keeping your clients happy?Learn to factor in motivation into your strategies with this article that highlights the tips tech leaders should remember when planning their team’s vacation schedules. 
 In Other NewsGyana, a London-based startup that is revolutionising decision making with its no-code approach to data science, just raised $3.9 million. Facebook’s CEO warned Europe to “regulate social media or ‘authoritarian’ China will set the rules”.
 
 Book of the week Even though everyone is talking about it, there is no concept in business today more muddled than ‘strategy’. Rumelt dispels popular misconceptions about strategy – such as confusing it with ambitions, visions or financial goals – by very practically showing that a good strategy focuses on the challenges a business faces, and providing an insightful new approach for overcoming them. Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters
 
 Quote of the week  “A vision without a strategy remains an illusion.”
 – Lee Bolman
 
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