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Leadership Under PressureLeadership Under Pressure

Leadership pressure: What are the causes and how do leaders cope, especially during a generational crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic?

In light of the story around AI ethics researcher Timnit Gebru, do you believe Google is committed to transparent and ethical AI practices?

Top Answer : I think google by nature always has some nefarious intent with anything they do.  It is all centered around making money and using data no matter how it is acquired as a means to do so.

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Return to the physical officeReturn to the physical office

How are leaders approaching the return to the physical workplace?

How much of your self-identity and self-worth are tied to your work performance?

Top Answer : Not sure I have ever heard this question phrased like this before - very thought provoking, thank you.

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Which of the following is the most annoying buzzword in tech?

Top Answer :  - I'm sure you'll have plenty thrown your way

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IT Hiring Q2 2021IT Hiring Q2 2021

What's the state of hiring for IT in Q2 2021?

What was your last non-work related project?

Top Answer : Building the ubiquitous treehouse for my children has required of American dads :-)

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What are folks doing re: covid vaccine requirements for employees? Any good standard policies for different sized companies? What do you do for a lone hold-out employee who is remote (but you're planning an all company on-site in a couple months)?

Top Answer : I think all we can do at the moment is encourage our staff to have vaccines and also perhaps voluntary survey them about their vaccination status and intentions to take the vaccine. It's not policy currently in NZ.

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Is diversity a significant consideration in your hiring practices?

Top Answer : I'm proud of the team and the culture that I've built at multiple companies. I don't know that it's absolutely required that everybody's best friends. I’ve found that as a leader you have to establish that culture in how you operate and your belief system. That's where it starts. You need to give people freedom, show them how you operate and really explain what you expect of them. When I join an organization brand new, I set the stage by saying, "I'm going to overshare and I trust that you won't share that with anybody else. I'll tell you things that you should know." And everywhere I've been, I've received thank yous and fewer questions. It's the added context of why we are working on something that helps us share the company's goals. If we pivot, sometimes the conversations have been, “We have to pivot because I don't have the budget,” or, “We won’t get headcount,” or, “The business changed their mind.” That establishes a lot of trust. And that trust is what builds a bridge between age, ethnicity, culture, all of that stuff. You don't have to be best friends, but trust builds friendship inherently in the end.

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What's the biggest benefit you see to working remotely?

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Has remote work impacted your team’s productivity?

Top Answer : Burnout is a common challenge that I've seen with developers. Because it is so easy to set up a meeting, you're continuously hopping from one to the other and before you know it, it's 5:00 PM. I conducted a survey of the developers in December of 2020, and because they're in meetings throughout the day, over 67% of them said they were working more than 10 hours a day, just to attend all the Zoom meetings. After 5:00PM, they were able to go in and code. So productivity took a big hit for us.

Which in-office practices have a hard time translating into a hybrid environment?

Top Answer : Whiteboards don’t work well in a hybrid environment. I'm a very visual person. I love to have a room with a big whiteboard to sketch and rework things on, and have a discussion with people there. You can't do that as easily. And I’ve tried a couple of electronic whiteboard tools, but it's just not the same. And I don't know why—I never came to grips with doing it on Teams or Zoom. It just didn't seem to work the same way.