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Years ago, I was building a new deck, and there was a curve in the wood. It wasn’t perfect, it was pretty obvious and in my inexperience, I thought we could cover it up with deck boards. I was wrong, it would have looked horrible. Thankfully I had my father-in-law to set me straight. We then proceeded the next 2 hours unscrewing it, hammering, jacking it, doing whatever we could to gain leverage and bend…

Your team deserves to know what the plan is for the next year. They deserve to know what is coming next and what the plans are. They should know when the unknowns are coming at them and they are going to have to pivot and figure the rest out. They should know what the goals are and where you want to take them. Your team is an engine (huge difference from a factory) and if…

I don’t mind the no code movement. But code will never go away. That’s not some kind of die-hard statement on the future of no-code – it will succeed and bring its platform to the masses. But someone is going to have to write all that code. And that’s going to be a lot of fun.

It can be hard to read the room when you can’t see everyone, you can’t see how they are sitting, if they are slouching, what they are doing, are they listening, did they lean forward for that last comment, are they staring up at the sky. The kneejerk reaction is to tell everyone to turn on the video. The reaction of the leader is to figure out why everyone isn’t in engaged in what they…

If you’re on a call and it’s going nowhere, it’s okay to leave. Actually, it’s great to leave. If you aren’t contributing, if you aren’t participating, if you aren’t part of what is being discussed – your time is worth more spent elsewhere. Sometimes you get invited to the wrong call, it doesn’t mean you have to sit through it.