Newsletter #90 : Active Listening, Cat Lawyer

Andrew Weaver
February 16, 2021
How was the week for you?

Welcome everyone to another marvellous “5 Minute Tech Break”.

This week we explore a fantastic range of topics – from Active Listening to Leadership Curiosity to Irish Pubs and Cat Lawyers. 

If you haven’t seen the Cat Lawyer video that went viral this week, then you are in for a treat.

As ever, take care of yourselves and your family this weekend and remember to rest up.

Enjoy the read and have a great weekend.

Andrew Weaver
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Active Listening When Managing A Team

Why is active listening so important in the workplace?

Active listening is very different to hearing and it is what differentiates an effective leader from an average manager. While the first is always present in the moment, the other is usually not. 

Our Zoe Fragou examines the anatomy of one of the most underrated skills for successful managers.

You can read the article here

Other Articles Catching Our Eye This Week

Ping Pong Pair Programming – Technical Agile Coach, Anthony Sciamanna, says: “I find Ping Pong Pair Programming so effective that I prefer not to pair at all if I cannot ping pong program, and as developers become better at Ping Pong Pair Programming it can begin to look like a game… “

Google Cloud Workflows Now Generally Available – Google recently announced that Google Cloud Workflows, the service to orchestrate Google Cloud and HTTP-based API services with serverless workflows, is now generally available. The highly efficacious service is one of those things that ‘should be easy’ but in reality, takes a lot of time and effort.

Why leaders must cultivate curiosity in 2021 – Curiosity can play a key role in your digital transformation success. As leaders, curiosity isn’t something we can teach; it’s something we must nurture. This happens through the environment we create, the behaviours we encourage and the personality types of the leaders on our team.

How to flame up, not out – ”Leadership begins with you but always ends with influencing others”. A leaders has to learn to manage his energy and to teach others the principles of energy management. Time can’t be managed, but you can manage work-rest rations.

IaaS vs. CaaS vs. PaaS vs. FaaS vs. SaaS — What’s the difference? – IaaS, CaaS, PaaS, FaaS and SaaS are all different categories of cloud computing services.

Cloud computing services help you offload/outsource management of your networking, storage, HVAC, Virtualization, Runtimes, Container tech etc.

Which are the differences, respective use cases and payment structures? 


Jaime Creixems, UX Designer & Product Manager

This week it’s a hello from Madrid and our favourite Venezuelan, Jaime Creixems.

Whilst we are a remote first team, Jaime shares the same city as co-founder Andrew and we understand they’ve been spotted together at the Irish Rover in Madrid enjoying a pint of Guinness or two.

Reminds us of that famous saying …”when in Rome, do whatever you want” … or something like that

Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation

Do you feel like your life is an endless to-do list?
Do you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through Instagram because you’re too exhausted to pick up a book? 
Welcome to burnout culture. 

While burnout may seem like the default setting for the modern era, in Can’t Evenculture writer and former academic Anne Helen Petersen argues that burnout is a definitional condition for the millennial generation, born out of distrust in the institutions that have failed us, the unrealistic expectations of the modern workplace, and a sharp uptick in anxiety and hopelessness exacerbated by the constant pressure to “perform” our lives online.

She goes beyond and examines the phenomenon through a variety of lenses, including how burnout affects the way we work, parent, and socialize. Utilizing a combination of sociohistorical framework, original interviews, and detailed analysis,

The book offers a galvanizing, intimate, and ultimately redemptive look at the lives of this generation, and will be required reading for the parents and employers trying to understand them.

“An analytically precise, deeply empathic book about the psychic toll modern capitalism has taken on those shaped by it. 
Can’t Even
 is essential to understanding our age, and ourselves.”

Ezra Klein, Vox co-founder and New York Times bestselling author of Why We’re Polarized
Start With Why – How Great Leaders Inspire Action | Simon Sinek 


We know this is completely unrelated to anything else in the newsletter, but it’s very funny as US court hearing went viral.

If you haven’t seen it yet, enjoy. 

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