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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?

How will your team's headcount change in 2020?

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I have been grateful for the success I have had with my career and I have recently applied for a CTO position with a small business in the trucking and trade industries. I have never had an interview for a C-level position before and I'd like to hear what questions you were asked and how best to prepare for the interviews. I have done a lot of research both on the company and what type of questions to expect but I'd like to hear from you.

Top Answer : For a small company, as a CTO, you will probably be expected to have good project management skills, specially related to Scrum and Agile, and you will be also expected to have excellent technical skills, to set the scalable architecture while also giving life to the product code and setting the code standards. But you must be able to know the difference and do that up to a point. You need to delegate, create your team and set milestones and tasks. In summary: - Excel on software management, being able to divide the product in chunks and have a good idea of the time, effort and skills required. - Be a good leader, inspiring candidates to the company and working on their production metrics, motivation and retention - Provide deliverables on the product and team metrics - Mentor your team, technically - Have a clear understanding of the architecture, cloud, clusters and each piece of software needed on the stack. You might have never been there, but you need to be able you have these skills, and think like an entrepreneur, an owner.

Return to the physical officeReturn to the physical office

How are leaders approaching the return to the physical workplace?

Is your organization investing in satellite offices?

Top Answer : We actually have a site consolidation effort underway to reduce the number off physical locations by 75% over 5 years.   We do not allow remote work either.  Employees at a site that is being closed has the choice to move, do a longer commute, or accept a severance package.   About 10% people move, 1-5% commute depending on distance.  The rest quit before the deadline or accept the severance on the closure of the site.

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What would you rather have MBA or CISSP? Why?

Top Answer : I did the management route with my Masters.  I would be happy to be a technical individual contributor now

Remote Employee EngagementRemote Employee Engagement

What strategies have IT leaders been implementing to foster and track remote employee engagement?

Should IT leaders focus more on team enablement or team leadership?

Top Answer : If you ever tell somebody in an interview, "I'm a big teams person," they just laugh at you like, "Oh, everybody's a team person." As if that's why teams fail all the time because everyone's a team person. Teams are really vital at a number of levels, however, you look at them. Enabling teams to be successful is critical. It should be obvious that it's critical to the success of almost any company.

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Teams are becoming increasingly more global. Do you have any advice on how to manage the day-to-day of a increasingly global team?

Top Answer : Go back to the basics. Be very clear what their job descriptions are, how they contribute to the team larger team, and how they affect your larger strategy. That helps set up cohesive and well-oiled teams across the globe.

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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.

How do you approach performance reviews at your organization?

Top Answer : What we have done in the last few years is almost like the lean continuous improvement approach: don't boil the ocean—don't create tons of metrics that you’ll drown in. We decided to do continuous improvement in two areas. First, we identify one thing that has been working well and then two other areas of improvement from a leadership perspective: If I am managing my business applications or cybersecurity, what is it that I would want to improve in the next three months? The second one is from a team perspective: What is one initiative involving the team that can be improved? That way, you create an improvement that you can measure in smaller chunks. And you come together as a team, once a quarter, to share those ideas. The leader will present: "This is what we're going to do next in my organization. And these are the areas of improvement that we want to embark on." One of the reasons we do this is that silos form. And then the application team, for example, takes a look at something and says, "I'm going to work only in the boundaries of my application. If something is happening, it's not my problem. It has to be a database on the network," etc. As a team building exercise it breaks down those silos so that you don't shy away from sharing information. You're open when resolving a problem and focused on how we can operate better as a whole, rather than try to be a hero within our siloed department. The process has been very effective so far. People come up with ideas because it enables their creativity. You don't have guardrails, you are listening to others’ ideas and people can give constructive criticism.

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What are your thoughts on SaaS management platforms (SMP)?

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