A good leader knows when to gear up. They know when there is work to do. If they don’t know what it is going to take, they know how to figure it out. They don’t have their finger on the pulse, their team is the pulse and they live and breath it. They know when it’s time to drop a gear and go faster and they know when it’s time to hit the higher ones.…

At some point in a remote meeting, depending on the complexity of the topic, not everyone is going to get it. That’s life, it’s going to happen. You can sit there trying to explain it for the fifth time or you can pull up the crappiest, most basic Paint program and draw it out for them. I swear, I have pulled up Visio, Figma, different drawing programs, UML diagrams, etc, etc – sometimes they work,…

Team Meetings are tricky to run because invariably it interrupts someone’s day when they are deep into a problem. I’ve been on all sides of a team meeting and know this to be the case. But it’s a necessity when you have more than one person on your team (that means you). It’s a check-in to make sure everyone is on the right thing, everyone is pushing forward and if people need help, they are…

I don’t like have meetings for the sake meetings. But I do like getting people in a room to discuss a problem, always ensuring it’s the right people. If it’s two developers working in the same area across one problem, let’s have a quick fifteen to talk about it. I like this, because inevitably, once we get into it, the magic starts and they begin to feed off of each other. Their ideas, their designs,…

If you aren’t challenging your team, you aren’t helping them grow. One of my most memorable performance reviews was one I was giving where I told the developer he was doing a great job, I wish I had ten of him, I’m learning from him, etc, etc. It was all true. His response – “That’s great to hear, now how do I get better?” The question threw me for a loop because I hadn’t thought…