Tech Leadership Weekly
Issue 90, November 15, 2017
Do You Manage Like a Gatekeeper or a Gardener?
A gatekeeper controls the flow of information in an attempt to focus and avoid surprise. A gardener trusts, encourages autonomy, and exposes their team to higher level challenges. Team members require different levels of involvement and oversight based on their experience. Work with individuals to provide the right level of direction and autonomy to help them grow. Gardner is the ideal, but gatekeeper can provide the path.
Reading Time: 6 minutes
First Round Review
Veteran CTO (with Multiple Successful Exits) Answers Your Top Startup-Building Questions
A great AMA with Adil Ajmal, CTO of LendingHome covering a wide range of topics, including measuring engineering performance, prioritization, interviewing, managing technical debt, and hiring more experienced engineers.
Reading Time: 14 minutes
Meeting Agreements for High Performing Teams
A meeting is most productive with psychological safety, where everyone feels safe and heard. Encourage everyone to contribute, creating space if a single person dominates the conversation. Listen to each other. Repeat and review a person's points to show you're listening. Avoid dominating the conversation. Wait until everyone has spoken before offering your opinion. Finally, be open minded and curious. Try to understand why someone feels as they do.
Reading Time: 5 minutes
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