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🥯 Executive Presence, Skills Gaps, Data Teams, Negativity, Fractional CxOs, Distributed Systems, Refactoring: TMW #317

Hello again, welcome to the week!

You'll have noticed that we've now formally announced our first in-person CTO Craft Con, which will be held on May 23rd and 24th in London - this is a massive first step into larger-format live events for us after being completely focused on virtual conferences since the start of the pandemic. To make sure it's an amazing experience for everyone who's come along, we've built a team of seasoned pros including our Head of Conference, Rachel Thomas - welcome to the team, Rach!

There'll be the usual keynotes and panels, as well as a Call for Papers - more on that soon - but since it's our first time bringing so many people together in the same space, we'll also be adding some great networking activities, as well as some great food and drink. It's going to be amazing.

We haven't launched ticket sales quite yet, but you can pre-register to be the first to hear about it here: CTO Craft Con London 2023

As always, CTO Craft Community members will get a massive discount on conference tickets, so if you're thinking of coming, that's the place to be. It's free to join, so don't miss out. You can apply for membership here.

That's it! On with the show - have a great week

Andy @ CTO Craft

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Leadership & Self Management

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#2, Do the hard stuff
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My typical tactics for influencing leaders at different levels
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Skills that make a big difference — Empathy
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Agile & Engineering

The Inevitable - Failures in Distributed Systems
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