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  • Respect. Support. Connect. The Manager’s Role in Building a Great Remote Team

    As managers, we face challenges in terms of needs, accessibility, gender, nationalities, and other conditions that influence our teams and working environments. We cannot build projects based on Excel sheets only, not considering peoples’ preferences and options for personal growth. We need to see real people – even if we meet them in a virtual working environment only.

  • The Journey from Underrepresented IC to CTO: How Open Source Helped

    This article tells the story of a minority woman's journey from DBA to co-founder & CTO, using open source to overcome gender disparity. It provides insights on career shifting, open-source monetization, and the distinction between IC and CTO. The author shares advice and insights that may be helpful for others.

  • How Visual Thinking Can Help Teams Get Clarity, Be More Creative, and Have More Inclusive Meetings

    Visual thinking is a way of making sense of the world through images, putting thoughts into pictures. This article is here to help you understand about visual thinking, and how you could use it to support yourself and your teams to create a more inclusive, creative and collaborative culture at work.

  • How to Rebuild Tech Culture for Those Who Survived the Layoffs

    A wave of layoffs hit the software industry and changed the definition of tech culture. This article explores the situation across multiple tech companies, and the diverse choices made to support employees who survived, and those they had to say good-bye to. It provides suggestions for those of us who have stayed behind, and how to rebuild culture in our tech teams.

  • Leading with Empathy

    Empathy has emerged as a panacea to combat the anguish and suffering of the global pandemic of COVID-19 and its impact. Leading with empathy is needed. As organizations embrace a hybrid working model, they have to rethink and reimagine four critical areas: execution, collaboration, communication, and enablement. Empathy should be a core tenet of organizational culture.

  • Leveraging Diversity to Enhance Cybersecurity

    How can we ensure there is a diverse mindset applied to cybersecurity? By including non-technical people, those from non-traditional backgrounds, and being intentional about avoiding herd mentality. If we as an industry proclaim security as a best practice, we must equally ensure diversity to ensure we have most effectively mitigated the risks that abound.

  • How to Work Better Together: Building DEI Awareness in Tech

    We have a diversity problem in technology. Many of our visions and standards of success are centered around one group of people, even though there are many groups contributing to global advancement and growth. The main reason for this is legacy, similar to legacy code. We can overcome this inherited debt by educating ourselves and planning time to do work to rebuild and replace our “legacy code”.

  • DEI Is Rooted in Justice: Stop Making it about Profit

    Diversity, equity, and inclusion practices exist for the betterment of every single person within a company from the ground floor to the glass ceilings. Don't build a case for diversity, equity, and inclusion. You are an establishment that depends on other humans to operate your business and bring success. Their sense of belonging, inclusion, and psychological safety is your direct responsibility.

  • Inclusion Has to Be Continuous

    To create a truly diverse culture, we need to have inclusion throughout the whole lifecycle of an employee’s career journey. Leaders need to foster a psychologically safe inclusive environment to allow diversity and diversity of thought to exist. They need to grow people to move them out and continuously get new people in to shake things up, to maintain diversity and inclusion.

  • Q&A on the Book Virtual Teams Across Cultures

    The book Virtual Teams Across Cultures, by Theresa Sigillito Hollema, examines what makes multicultural virtual teams tick – why they’re different and how to unlock their potential. This book is a comprehensive guide for reflective leaders who want to bring out the best in distributed, culturally diverse teams.

  • Q&A on the Book Good Guys

    In the book Good Guys, David Smith and Brad Johnson describe how men can support women in the workplace by becoming their allies. It explains why men are the missing ingredient for creating gender equity in the workplace and provides solutions to increase inclusion and diversity.

  • Q&A on the Book Leading with Uncommon Sense

    The book Leading with Uncommon Sense by Wiley Davi and Duncan Spelman questions typical- and for many leaders familiar- approaches to leadership. It challenges "common sense” mainstream thinking about leadership and provides alternatives that require slowing down, engaging with our emotions, paying close attention to social identities, and embracing complexity.