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January 16 · Issue #127 · View online

Level Up delivers a curated newsletter for leaders in tech. A project by https://patkua.com. Ideal for busy people such as Tech Leads, Engineering Managers, VPs of Engineering, CTOs and more.


Positive feedback loops
If you’re like some of the leaders that I’m working with or you took action from last week’s newsletter, you’re probably trying something new. How are you getting on with it? Existing habits and routines make it more difficult to adopt new behaviour. This is also something to keep in mind if you’re a leader instigating change in your organisation. People might revert to old language, behaviour and habits. But reacting with punishment or ridicule doesn’t help with behavioural change. Instead, look to add positive feedback loops to reinforce desired behaviour.
For your personal change, it might be about rewarding yourself when you hit a small goal (like a 7-day streak of the new behaviour). In your organisations, this might be about giving recognition (positive reinforcement) to people in your team who are demonstrating the desired behaviour and encouraging others to do the same.
If you have trouble changing old behaviours, think about removing the trigger (or cue), such as when Google experimented to keep unhealthier snacks harder to access or put sweetened drinks behind healthier alternatives (medium paywall warning). Try using the “out of sight, out of mind” in a positive way by making the trigger harder or impossible to reach.
Your challenge this week is to forgive yourself if you are already breaking your new year resolution. Try adding in a reward or removing the cue for unwanted behaviour. Reflect on how this might apply to your teams.
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Giving yourself a small reward in place for desirable behaviour can help turn these into a habit
Giving yourself a small reward in place for desirable behaviour can help turn these into a habit
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True, true 👇
Will Iverson
Updating & deploying a logging dependency for a security fix is a good test case for a decently managed development team.

If it’s hard, need to have a big sit down to talk about why.

Because there are security patches for everything. All the time.
You’d be amazed at how many engineers I’ve had to coach to do so 👇
aubrey blanche (she/her)
80% of management is just regulating your own emotions.
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