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Can you grow your team remotely? And I’m not talking physically – I’m talking about leadership, development skills, scale, empathy, learning. Did you grow your team remotely? Did they develop over the past year when they were all separate? They probably weren’t attending any conferences this year so what did you offer them instead? It’s good not to have answers to these questions, it’s bad to now not do anything about it. Set the goals…

When you are small, everyone and everything is within reach – you are all close together, all next to each other. You can smell the excitement and fear as you push code into production. It’s not one person doing it, it’s everyone, waiting, with bated breath to see what happens. When a customer calls in with an issue, everyone is watching the chat conversation or listening to the speaker. Everyone is there, everyone is involved…

In any process, whether it’s code, leadership, team development, building, whichever, there is a part where it gets awkward. Perhaps it’s a hypothesis that failed. Maybe your design fell on its face. Maybe the presentation on team growth fell flat. Whatever it is, there is that awkward moment of silence where you can either look it in the eye and figure out how to fix or you can let it sit there, stare at it,…

Your team will have new ideas. They will tweak processes. They will come up with new designs, patterns, and practices. They will have a thought and want to run with it. And through it all, they will look to you to trust them. They will start with you, their manager, looking for that trust. And if they can get that trust from you, whatever they will implement will be that much better than if they…

It’s yours. If you called the meeting, all eyes are on you. And they are waiting. For what you are going to say and what you are going to do. The first ten minutes are yours to set the direction and set the tone. If you are discussing numbers and dates, come with numbers and dates – don’t spend the first ten minutes searching for them. If you are discussing problems, come with the problem…