NYC CTO Summit 2015

Yesterday I attended the CTO Summit here in NYC. I learned that a lot of really smart, motivated, capable people struggle with the same day-to-day questions that I do:
how your team can bring value to a whole organization, how to build and nurture a team, how to take a measure of individuals' successes/failures, what kind of traits/actions to encourage in your team members, and more.

I had a couple of ideas crystallized/reinforced:

  • Success goes to the individual team members, failure goes to the manager.
  • Hire people for what they'll become, not for what they've done.
  • Manage upward as frequently as you manage downward.
  • Don't let tech be a vestigial appendage at your company. Don't aim to merely be benign.
  • Good tech leadership doesn't just focus on managing downward, but can help your org surface great ideas.

I also came away with a little bit of good reading:

Be a Manager - https://medium.com/servant-leadership/be-a-manager-3b0e39d87179
Servant Leadership - http://www.zingtrain.com/content/servant-leadership

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