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New Teams are always fun – and when I say fun I mean that cues up two immediate emotions. “Yes, let’s do this.” – ready to jump on a call and meet. “Yes, let’s do this.” – teeth chattering, worried about what that first call will be. Both are excited, one a little more nervous than the other which is key to identifying as a leader as this helps to develop your approach to the…

When what you are working on gets stale, uninspired, and never changing, it’s easy to get discouraged that “nothing” will get better and the only way to break out of the monotony of it all is to start looking elsewhere. Generally, when we do this we are racing somewhere else for a quick fix to get that change and break the cycle as quickly as possible, before monotony sets in again. It’s why starting new…

You can create a new job in your current job. You can show up differently. You can take on different tasks and tweak the process to get them done. You can automate your most mundane work to focus on the value-enriching work. You can cancel that update meeting and work through whatever you were going to talk about it and send out the update in an easy-to-read update or post to the team. You can’t…

My favourite part of Remotely Prepared was the Cold Opens.  I saw them almost as these little microblogs that got the idea out to everyone as to what we were to discuss and had them interested to stay for the rest of the show. It’s why they are used so heavily in TV, if you can grab the audience in 30 seconds, they’ll stay for the remaining hour to see what happens.  If we apply…

The learning moments happen when something goes wrong, but they aren’t about the “whole” thing. The release might be late, but there was a moment when a developer jumped in and wrote some missing test cases for QA that helped them out. Or when a QA resource went in and grabbed all the extra bugs ready to be invalidated and ran through them. Or when someone started commenting on their code better. Within everything, there…