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Tech Leadership Weekly

Issue 91, November 22, 2017

Claire Lew
How to Have an Honest One-on-One with an Employee

Honesty happens when focusing on empathy. Use your 1:1 time to understand how the other person is feeling. Delve into areas of tensions (feelings of anger, frustration, or boredom) and energy (feelings uplifted, excited, or motivated). Ask questions to understand how the person would have wanted a situation to transpire. Provide context for the questions and listen. Knowing how your people are feeling is important to keep them happy and productive.

Reading Time: 7 minutes

Tom Sommer
Working On The Right Thing

Finding the right task for a team member to work on is never a simple. Start by understanding the ability, affinity, and ambition of each team member. Products move through phases: explore, expand, and extract, as the project solidifies in vision and execution. People usually excel in one of these phases. Identify where a task falls within a project's phase, and where a person's abilities and ambitions are, to identify the best person for a task.

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Marta Ludovico
How we made our team retros more effective

If your team retrospectives aren't as effective as they could be, it may be from a lack of action. Document a retro's actions in a visible place. Choose a reasonable number of actions to tackle in the upcoming sprint. Begin each retro by reviewing the previous retro's action items. Dig into and understanding why action items were not completed.  Rotate the person running the retro to promote team ownership and mix things up. Well run retros that move a team forward are key to effective teams.

Reading Time: 6 minutes

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