Paper boats

What is Self Management and why do you need to get better at it?

There will be a time in your career where you start to think, I have been doing what I’m assigned really well. I would like to do more. Maybe this time, I should lead people. What do you think you need, in order to start working on leadership? Attend a leadership course? Read a book? That is a good start. Wouldn’t it be great if there was one place where you could go to find out what you needed to become a good leader?...

June 27, 2022 · 8 min · 1569 words

Coaching conversations using the GROW Model

Are you a people leader, someone whose role involves a lot of influencing others to work towards objectives? Are you a mentor to someone who is at your level or junior whom you are helping navigate their career? Anyone in either of these roles will have conversations that help their coachee/mentee identify goals that matter to them, realise what needs to be done to get there, reflect on what and how they have been doing so far and to encourage them to get to their goals consistently....

April 18, 2022 · 7 min · 1428 words

Leadership, trust and how not to ruin it

Featured image courtesy Are you a people leader in a company? What do I mean by a people leader? It is someone who is in charge of managing people and their development, ensuring those people in your care have the room to grow and get the recognition and opportunities they deserve. This is a very difficult role as it is not meant for the selfish. To lead is a unique responsibility where you take ownership of your team’s mistakes while giving credit and celebrating their wins....

March 26, 2022 · 18 min · 3749 words

Managing a team

Featured Image by Austin Distel on Unsplash The title of this post is a bit vague. I agree it doesn’t give away much. Having managed teams since 2015ish, I have finally come to realise that as managers, one must make sure that their team members have an environment to thrive. A place where they can grow, be stretched just enough to feel proud of their achievement and not too much where they feel, work is taking over their life....

March 3, 2021 · 5 min · 1009 words · eakangk
System Design

What did I learn as a software engineering manager

The opportunity You are at the peak of your software engineering career. Or at least that’s what you thought at the time. You have done it all. New development, maintaining legacy applications, refactoring code, performance improvements, different kinds of database technologies, from proprietary to mainstream distributed systems. You have even tried your hand at web development and improved web app load times, things that as a backend engineer you never knew about!...

December 22, 2020 · 10 min · 1953 words · eakangk