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September 4 · Issue #160 · 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.


Your one big improvement goal for the rest of 2022
The start of September just passed and at least where I’m based here in Europe, this is the time many are returning from summer holidays and getting back into “work mode.” If you do quarterly planning, you know what you need to finish as a team. You’re also likely preparing for Q4 planning. It’s easy to get caught up in the usual planning cadences, and while it’s important to work on business priorities, leaders also need to focus on improving their team’s work environment.
For most of you, there’s realistically one large improvement you can accomplish by the end of the year. Although five months might feel like a lot, there’s still more holidays (Nov for North America and Dec for many of the rest of the world), the “normal” product/team priorities, day-to-day activities and, of course, those unplannable emergencies. This doesn’t really leave a lot of time for you to accomplish a goal that’s not directly related to your product/business team.
Part of great leadership means delivering value that moves the business forward while also finding time to improve your team’s work environment, but you have to decide what that might be.
Your challenge for this week is to write down a list of things you want to improve. That list might include:
  • Technical topics - Such as a list of tech debt, developer productivity ideas, experimenting with new tools, etc
  • Organisational topics - Such as improving a part of the recruiting or onboarding process, or finding ways for two different teams to work better together.
  • Team topics - Such as activities to deepen the trust and team connections, or resolving conflict you’ve noticed others seem to step around.
Once you’ve written your list, pick the item you feel will have the most impact on your team/work environment as your personal goal to realise by the end of the year. It’s great to have lots of others ideas, but make sure you have at least one big improvement completed by the end of the year.
As the old saying goes, if you don’t know where you’re going, you’re not going to get to where you want. Decide where you want to go (your big improvement for 2022) and make it happen 🥳
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Make a list of improvements you want to achieve for 2022, but be sure to pick 1 top priority
Make a list of improvements you want to achieve for 2022, but be sure to pick 1 top priority
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