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Level Up - Issue #27

This week I had a great conversation with a Founder of a company, exploring how to level up their sof

Level Up

February 16 · Issue #27 · View online
Level Up delivers a curated newsletter for leaders in tech. A project by Ideal for busy people such as Tech Leads, Engineering Managers, VPs of Engineering, CTOs and more.

This week I had a great conversation with a Founder of a company, exploring how to level up their software engineers as better leaders. I shared my experiences that one key area I often (not always) need to work with budding leaders is growing their Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ). A higher EQ makes engineers better engineers. They collaborate better with their team. They collaborate better with their peers. However I see it as an essential foundation element for high performing leaders.
The good news is EQ is like a skill. People can learn about it. Deliberately practice it and it can be improved. I’ve also seen firsthand the positive difference it can make on those leaders who invest in their EQ.
I hope you enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward to someone else and send me feedback.

The Divergent Tech Lead
On Drafting an Engineering Strategy
Defining a Tech Strategy
2020 State of Software Engineers - Hired
(A few) Ops Lessons We All Learn The Hard Way
Korny's Blog
Organisation & Processes
The Wall of Technical Debt
Inside Google's Efforts to Engineer Its Food for Healthiness
Meet the Guy Selling Wireless Tech to Steal Luxury Cars in Seconds
Interesting tweets
Although I’m not the target audience, this is such a great act of leadership from @AdrianCJax - creating a support community for people. You may benefit this, or someone you know may benefit so please share more widely. 🙌 to
Adrian C. Jackson
Dear fellow Black software engineers

Humans are social creatures, but shit can get lonely when coding

So I made a Slack group to keep each other company: We All We Got

I will be online everyday while coding; if you need company & affirmation, come join
I totally agree with @cv below that it’s management’s responsibility to keep enough slack in the slack. ❤️ the analogy here too.
Management should know to keep an adequate amount of slack in the system. A road with 100% utilisation is a parking lot.
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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