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Level Up - Issue #67


Level Up

November 22 · Issue #67 · 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.

Taking time to celebrate
Most technical leaders I have spoken to are busy planning for 2021. At least as best as anyone can given higher levels of uncertainty. While it’s important to prepare for the future, it’s also important to reflect on the past and the now to see what your team has achieved.
All the best high-performing teams I have worked on aren’t just about relentlessly improving or moving on to the next goal. They really take the time out to celebrate what they accomplished, how they have grown or what they have learned. I find it’s particularly useful to also focus on what the team accomplished together.
You might consider using a specially adapted retrospective to look back at the year, build a timeline, and reflect on the ups and downs and focus the conversation on celebrating what the team has overcome and how they have done it. Perhaps you consider running an appreciations or kudos workshop to create a space for team members to recognise each others’ contributions.
What are you going to do before the end of the year to enable your team to celebrate? Drop me an email and let me know.
I hope you enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward it to someone else. Stay safe and healthy 🙏
The online guided workshop, “Shortcut to Tech Leadership” is all sold out for 2020. Watch out for announcement for future dates for 2021 🎉!

Take time to celebrate as a team
Take time to celebrate as a team
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Some wise words
Agile Otter Tim
I keep (re)learning this:

Long, dark spells erode trust.
Low trust demands high governance.
High transparency builds trust (communicate! demo!).
Trust drives down micromanagement and governance.

Autonomy comes from trust.
Totally agreed!
Kishau Smith Rogers
Listening and asking questions are underrated leadership skills. The best leaders aren't experts in every damn thing.

1. Know what you know and what you don't know
2. Admit when you don't know a thing
3. Find a person that knows
3. Ask questions
4. Shut up & listen

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