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🍇 Campus, Executive Presence, Micromanagement, Confident Leaders, Smart Teams, DEI, Trunk-Based Development, Holistic Testing: TMW #334

Hello again, welcome to the week

Yet more huge news for you this week, after the massive success of CTO Craft Con at the end of May..

We're thrilled to announce the upcoming launch of CTO Craft Campus: an innovative learning platform designed exclusively for CTOs and senior technology executives. Fuel your career growth and embrace lifelong learning with comprehensive resources, including videos, courses, workshops, webinars, assessments and articles.

You'll also be able to connect with a global network of experienced professionals, engage in enriching discussions and exchange invaluable insights, and collaborate with peers to shape the future of technology leadership. Here's a sneak peek....

You can pre-register for the alpha launch of CTO Craft Campus today and be the first to hear about the Campus roll-out over the summer. The alpha launch will have limited spaces available, so take the first step towards career advancement and enrol now.

Pre-register here: https://ctocraft.typeform.com/campus-prereg

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Until next week

Andy @ CTO Craft

How pairing DORA with additional metrics can help teams achieve peak performance | CTO Craft
DORA metrics give engineering leaders insights into the performance of the software delivery lifecycle, but how can other metrics help?

Reads of the Week

5 Reasons Your High-Performance Employees Are Struggling
One management dilemma is when a high-performance person who ought to be getting better every day isn’t. I’ve seen this happen for 5 reasons.
A Practical Guide to Executive Presence
Let’s talk about an important and somewhat controversial topic: What it means to have executive presence, and how you can build it.

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Leadership, Strategy & Business

Micromanaging the Right Way
Micromanaging has gotten a bad rap that maybe it doesn’t deserve. Consider two of the most successful technology CEOs—Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.
Barriers to Change: Misalignment - NOBL Academy
If you can’t get your most experienced leaders aligned on a change, what hope does the rest of the organization have?
“Listen, Learn Then Lead”
What the US Army Can Teach Us About Leadership
8 Subtle Signs Someone Is a Genuine, Confident Leader
And not just another faker
Suzi McAlpine | The Art of Leadership | Why coaching can help you retain your people
Maybe it won’t surprise you, but studies show that 50% of people would fire their boss if they could. On top of that, 40% of employees between the ages of 24 and 35 are thinking about quitting their job.

Culture, People & Teams

TBM 224: The Black Box
Your team is burnt out. They are not getting anything done. Work is “low quality”. You can see and feel those things. But what you are seeing is an output of something—the downstream effects of other things happening. In some companies this is a black box:
What Makes A Team Smarter? | David Burkus
In this article, we’ll outline what makes a team smarter through five evidence-based actions.
When Blind Hiring Advances DEI — and When It Doesn’t
As a decision-making strategy, “blind hiring” involves blocking evaluators from receiving potentially biasing information about a job candidate until after an evaluation of their application materials are complete. Most famously, the tactic was used to boost the hiring of women in orchestras by havi…
Master How to Give Constructive Feedback: Lighthouse Method
Learn how to give constructive feedback your team will act on. Use the Lighthouse Method to master giving constructive feedback to bring out your team’s best.

Technology, Operations & Delivery

Why I prefer trunk-based development - Trisha Gee
Trisha summarizes the advantages of trunk-based development (as opposed to branch-based development) in this blog post.
The Definition of Ready and Its Dangers
Although not as popular as a Definition of Done, some Scrum teams use a Definition of Ready to control what product backlog items can enter an iteration.
Embracing change with system-driven design
To embrace change, you have to make it easy and cheap. System-driven design is one way to do just that.
Learn how to apply the Holistic Testing Model - Agile Testing with Lisa Crispin
Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin explain the motivation behind and purpose of their mini-ebook on the Holistic Testing Model

Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

The Feynman Learning Technique
Richard Feynman was one of the great scientists of the 20th century, making significant contributions to physics and other related fields. Part of what made him stand out was his gift for teaching. He had a remarkable knack for explaining some of the most complex things in ways anyone could understa…
Insights Into Stress Anxiety And Depression For Team Leaders
Stress, anxiety and depression are complex mental health conditions that can have significant impacts on individuals’ lives
My role was made redundant. Here’s 5 helpful things I did about it
‘Oh shit!’ That, among other words (most of which LinkedIn would ban me for), flashed through my mind when it was finally confirmed. The roles of myself and many fellow IBMers were being made redundant across #employerbranding, #talentacquisition, and #talentmarketing.
Decoding The 12 Stages Of Burnout For A Healthy Life
Are you burnt out? You may be experiencing the 12 stages of burnout which can have serious consequences for your physical and mental health.

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