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Level Up - Issue #89


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April 25 · Issue #89 · 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.

In the online workshop, Shortcut to Tech Leadership, we cover how leadership is what you do (an action), not necessarily what someone gives you (a title/role). I’ve run this workshop both publicly and privately and each workshop is normally full of white males. I’ve honestly struggled with what I can do to influence this more, so drop me an email if you have suggestions!
One action I decided to take was to reach out to communities well-known for supporting diverse candidates. The result was a partnership with Women Who Code (Berlin) to host a dedicated course for their members, which I ran this week. It’s the first time I’ve ever run a course in my career with a cohort of women 🎉 (typically representation is max ~25%). I was really pleased to hear the excitement, the insights and I was encouraged by more women either in or seriously considering technical leadership roles.
Just like all acts of leadership, it’s not about what you say, but what you do that often matters. Reflect on this week what actions you can take to support underrepresented people in your team or organisation.
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We had a fantastic journey with this cohort this week! 🚀
We had a fantastic journey with this cohort this week! 🚀
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Tweets of the Week
This will be very interesting on our industry indeed…
Chris Broadfoot
Spoken to quite a few colleagues at Google that say they'll quit if forced to go back to the office in September.

Many have moved to more remote areas, settled down, built or building new houses...

Will execs take the gamble? Will return-to-work policy be applied evenly?🤔
Very cool. Worth watching the video!
Jan Kaiser 🛡️
This is what @Doom looks like on a holographic display. That’s right, you can peek around corners. #itrunsdoom
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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Want to level up your technical leadership skills? Watch out for future dates for the Shortcut to Tech Leadership online workshop, or check out self-paced courses at the Tech Lead Academy including “Time Management for Technical Leaders” and “Fundamentals of Systems Thinking”.
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