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🕹 Influence, Communities of Practice, Resigning, Uncertainty, Learning Culture, DevEx, Platforms, Active Listening: TMW #335

Hello there!

A huge, huge thank you to everyone who pre-registered for the Campus Alpha Launch - we're very nearly ready, and we'll be reaching out to each of you to get you enrolled and start gathering your feedback in the next few weeks.

Something new that we're adding to Campus is a library of CTO Stories, very quick insights from successful technology leaders about a lesson they've learned and a mistake they've made:

The plan is to keep adding to the library of Stories - if you have a lesson or a mistake you'd like to talk about, drop us a line!

The next major step in the implementation of Campus is the creation of some courses. We have a handful of subject areas in mind, including Building Executive Presence, Budget Management and Vendor Management, but we'd really like to hear from you - what topics would you like to see us create courses around? Drop me a reply with your ideas!

Pre-register for the Campus Alpha Launch here

On Friday, I'll be hosting a town hall Q&A on Slack, which will cover Campus progress, events, the community itself and more. If you're a Slack member (and if not, why not?) please do jump in and ask me some questions!

See you next week!

Andy @ CTO Craft

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Leadership, Strategy & Business

How To Avoid Fire-Drill Leadership To Build Your Leadership Effectiveness – Scott Cochrane
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They are responsible for proactively monitoring the early-warning risk radar… and avoiding the impacts from when a risk becomes a crisis.
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Culture, People & Teams

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Technology, Operations & Delivery

Coaching in Times of Deep Organizational Change · Illustrated Agile
When an organization makes an announcement that they are letting people go, how should an organizational change coach respond?
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Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

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Within a year and a half of starting my first job, I had burned out. It was a crisis of self-care, as much as anything: I’d been working…

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