You don’t have to be the most technical person to lead a software team.
Why "Becoming a Geek Leader?"The problem
Most of us geeks tend to be really great at the technical stuff, but not so great at the "people" stuff. As a result, we struggle to communicate clearly, delegate effectively, manage conflict productively and plan well.
After years of frustration and struggle, I discovered that these critical skills are not magic - they are LEARNABLE, and when I learned them, my team got healthier. My projects got done faster and better. My customers were happier, and my boss gave me more team members and more work.
Why "Becoming a Geek Leader?"
When I moved from being the smartest technical person to being the leader of smart technical people, I struggled. I never learned these skills! In school I studied memory management, compilers, abstract math and data communications theory. I didn't learn about dealing with people.
As a geek, I'm on a mission to figure out better ways to lead others at work and at home. This podcast is all about lessons I learned, lessons I'm learning, and experiences that my clients are wrestling with in the real world.
Who is Tom?
My name is Tom Cooper and I spent more than 20 years working as a hands on technologist and leader in companies from startups to Fortune 500. I'm a geek who personally wrote code, installed equipment, managed development teams and oversaw new product design and launch leading to millions of dollars in sales.
Today I am an executive coach, public speaker and trainer who works with leaders and teams of highly technical experts to help them do a better job leading others.
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Text-based and “virtual communication” cuts out a ton of useful communication cues that we use to interpret what others mean.
People fill in the blanks with negativity.
While I’m not generally a fan of emoticons, experts say we should use these 7 emojis to help convey your emotions.
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I was blown away to learn of some great research by Dr. Nick Morgan who has written a book called “Can you Hear Me? How to Connect With People in a Virtual World.”
In this episode I share a few of the great ideas that Dr. Morgan has studied.
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PS – Who knew about how important emojis could be?
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We are “frozen” in our cocoon. We will emerge. Will we be transformed? That’s up to us!
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