Article of the Week :
How to build trust with an inherited tech team
My last proper period of employment was a miserable experience. It was so miserable that I vowed there and then, to only ever work for myself.
I worked in legal management. Indeed, I'd achieved considerable previous success in the sector, was well paid and walked into this new role with a confidence in my ability to deliver.
What tripped me up, and I didn't properly explore before accepting, was that I inherited a toxic working environment.
My predecessor left behind tribal warfare, manipulative personal agendas and significant drug use, none of which was toned down for my arrival.
My communication skills were in over drive as we made fundamental changes to that organisation which ultimately, but thankfully, cost me my job.
So I know only too well how challenging it can be inheriting a team, particularly a dysfunctional one. An issue we covered more positively, in this weeks CTO Academy blog on 'How to build trust with an inherited tech team'