CTO Craft has two Bytes events this week - tomorrow (Tuesday) we'll be joined by three people with very relevant, recent experience of the CTO job market during the COVID-19 lockdown, and on Friday we'll be talking about some practical ways of dealing with uncertainty with an expert in organisational design. Both will be recorded, so don't worry if you miss either of them!
On top of those (!) we'll also be running some Group Discussion events, including one on Wednesday morning on Motivation. Keep your eye on our events page for more info
We'll also be announcing all new events in the CTO Craft Slack group, so be sure to join if you'd like to hear about them first!
Until next week
Andy @ CTO Craft
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Culture & People
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Leadership & Self-management
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