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A journey of sharing reflections and insights from 25+ years of running large scale programs, building happy teams and mentoring leaders.
“Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination”
Each year, I’ve been doing what many of you have done at the end of the year: tally the learnings, sum up the goals, and do a personal retrospective. Once reviewed and tallied, eagerly march long on to next year’s journey, with all that is entails: a repeated cycle of goals, personal and professional dares, experiments and risks.
However, 2020 has been different for all of us.
Personally, it taught me to slow down, be comfortable with pressing a “pause” on the list of goals, re-assess values, relationships and my conversations with family, friends, and peers. Early in pandemic, I created a series of weekly resilience and effectiveness tips, which went to my colleagues, my fellow analytical thinkers and technology movers and shakers. At the time my thoughts were that something was needed at the start of the week: perhaps another dimension, a tip on effectiveness, or amplify the voice that it’s a different reality and different tools are needed to adjust to it. Or maybe, just another human sharing something tried and found true. A thought, or a message without false promises to fix anything right away, because anything worth fixing does need our sustained interest, will and attention.
My aim at the time was to keep building relationships in the nurturing way, at scale. This ought to be done without fancy templates or so well-intended “advice column, know-everything” tone. I feared that my technical skills scaling systems would not help at the mere task of scaling trust, bringing my friends and peers closer; We all had been apart and locked down in our homes. A long journey of edits and re-writes followed, each done after a short walk in the neighborhood, having a conversation with myself. And that’s what I did. I embraced the simple conversation approach: each post is starting a dialogue, and I’d know what worked, what didn’t, and what advice stuck by what the readers told me.
This approach worked. For three months, each Monday, I embraced the cycle of thinking, writing, walking, and re-writing. It helped me find purpose. Gave me clarity and closeness. My colleagues appreciated a fresh take on things, removed from a business style. A year later, I still get questions about continuing the series, and I think it could be beneficial to publish it broadly.
So, what has changed in 2021?
We have been through a difficult year, and while we want things to go back to pre-pandemic normal, there will be no shortcuts to it. Humans, together, around the globe, both analytical and creative kind, will shape another new normal. In that new normal, one topic will dominate — resilience. And that topic is pretty much summing up my 25+ years of professional and personal experience. I’ve helped building resilience teams and culture, helped shape resilient software architecture, and helped shape human responses to failures.
Today, I am starting a journey of sharing the stories and moments — from running large projects to mentoring and growing others — and sprinkle it with tech zest where needed. As always, my virtual door is yours to knock on. Let me know what works, what does not, and what you want to hear more about. We will start with the topic of resilience. Stay tuned and stay in touch!