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Leadership as an Individual Contributor

Or: How to lead if you're not a manager. In the time of empowered (and hopefully self-organizing) teams it feels like a given, that not only people in management positions should be the ones taking on leadership. Heck, some teams and organizations even require their teams and senior developers to 'be leaders' without any kind of formal authority. At the same time, it feels very difficult to nail down what leading means for people who are not enabled by an organization's authority as managers usually are.

On the Structure of One on Ones

Over the course of those last two years, I found a structure for having 1on1 meetings that helps me a lot to get the most of these meetings, and which also helped to make 1on1s a deeply ingrained part of vaamo's tech team culture.

On the Purpose of One on Ones

Since I started working at my current role two years ago, I started to give the purpose and structure of the 1on1 meetings I had with my team members more thought.
And I want to share what I think is the purpose of having 1on1s.

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Episode 11 - About Being a Generalist with April Matias

For this episode I spoke with April Matias, a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer from Berlin. April has a background in arts and humanities, worked in quality assurance for several years and has recently taken a developer bootcamp to expand her knowledge and skills.

Episode 10 - Building Team Trust with Daniel Jilg

For episode 10 I spoke to Daniel Jilg, a freelance CTO and developer. The main theme of our conversation was building team trust. Daniel shares his learnings and mistakes as a leader and CTO. We learn about his background of how he has grown from these learnings and used them to become a better leader.

Episode 09 - Being Intentional with Stephen Lewis

In this episode, I spoke with Stephen Lewis, CTO at Palatinate Tech at the time of the recording. While we touch on a lot of topics, I think the main themes of our conversation are being intentional in your leadership, failing and the multiple benefits you get by building a trusted network of peers.

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