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Level Up - Issue #76


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January 24 · Issue #76 · 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.

Teams are not families
Many engineering leaders use the “team is a family” metaphor. Some have good intentions and try to build a close-knit group with good relationships. Others abuse this metaphor, using guilt to motivate team members with words like “obligation” and “loyalty.”
Teams aren’t families, so avoid using this metaphor.
If you’re an engineering manager, you have the right to hire and fire team members. With this authority comes the responsibility to hire good team members and ensure the team performs. When someone is not performing, you give direct and timely feedback, so they have an opportunity to improve. Where they don’t improve over time, you also have a responsibility to the rest of your team to either remove or replace them so the team can reach its goals. Families do not (or at least, should not) function like this.
Do not expect team members to have the same level of obligation and loyalty you might expect from a family. Remind yourself that ultimately you agreed on a work contract, exchanging their experience and time for money. These contracts always have boundaries. When you acknowledge and respect these boundaries, your team members will return your respect, leading to a stronger working relationship.
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Teams work together for the same goal, but they're not families
Teams work together for the same goal, but they're not families
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A super fun thread to read the responses to. Click the tweet below to read more.
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There was a thread "what is the craziest thing you have ever done for a coworker"

I had one many years ago in London who was a bit homesick etc. He and his wife were Indian. I ordered him curry from his local curry house (in India) and put on a plane then delivered to his house.
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