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What do Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk have in common? Experts have suggested that these three men show borderline signs of being psychopaths. But they’re not the “murdery” kind of Phycopath. The definition of psychopathic behavior doesn’t in fact, cover much about killing people.
The CTO’s Golden Derrière: The misguided perception of rockstar tech leads.
Over the last couple of decades, the explosion of tech companies led to their leaders being idolized as people with superhuman capabilities; Gods of industry, savant business leaders with visionary missions to change the world. However, they’re simply not much better than you or me. People love to use…
Why I’ve not been writing
So I explained in, quite some detail, why I started writing this blog. It seemed like I was a good engineering manager, but I couldn’t work out why. I felt I needed to understand what I knew, what I believed in, and what made me a good leader. Writing…
The Rock is My Rock, Why Not Thinking is OK
Don’t let ‘side hustle pornstars’ intimidate you into feeling bad about being lazy and unproductive. It’s OK to sit on the sofa and turn your brain off for as long as you like. I was recently ‘Netflix shamed’ by a colleague. During a presentation, they mentioned that they liked to…
Build your own personal leadership manifesto.
Want to understand what defines you as a leader, use this step by step process to define your own leadership manifesto. Last year I went through the process of developing my leadership manifesto. It’s now how I attempt to lead my teams, and I mark myself against it every month.
The Highs and Lows, Emotions at Work: How to Avoid Burnout Through Emotional Labour.
It’s easier to burn someone out through emotional labour than physical labour. This isn’t something we can keep ignoring. I’ve been thinking a lot about emotions as works recently. Mainly because the fantastic Tech Point Charlie invited me to talk about the topic. But also because I have…
Are your values a motivational poster or a battle standard.
Are your company values a boring motivational poster stuck on the wall, or a battle standard that you lead your team under? Company values, we’ve all seen them, every company has them. Large companies spend significant amounts of money, defining a nice need set of principles and company morals. They…
Are you building straight, white, male, middle-class products for straight, white, male, middle-class people?
Quit worrying about what your git branch is called and hire for diversity already. The tech industry has a diversity problem. I think by now that we’re all in agreement on that. If you don’t agree then grab a notepad and draw two columns. Then throughout the day for every…
The Working From Home Killer Tip No One Is Talking About.
Everyone is talking about their great tips for ‘Working From Home’ but there is one killer tool we’re not talking about. I avoided for a long time jumping on the bandwagon and writing a post about working from home in the ‘new normal’. It’s been done to death, and I…
Stepping Down as a Dictator: Giving Great Teams Permission to Make Awesome Decisions.
At Klarna, we hire amazing people. This statement isn’t hyperbole. I’ve not met one person in the year that I’ve been at Klarna who didn’t impress me in some way. But one thing that I’ve learned this last year is that if you put a group of amazing people in…
10x Team Killers. A Single Point of Failure.
10x developers are a risk I’m not willing to take. They are not a sustainable rock to build your team on. We are still talking about 10x developers, rockstars, and ninjas. If you find one, you can keep them. Rockstars are notoriously well known for their egotistical diva-like expectations, throwing…
When I grow up, I want to be just like you!
Do you consider yourself to be a role model? Well, believe it or not, you are. Whatever stage of your career you are at, there is someone somewhere looking up to you and thinking, ‘I want to be just like them.’ When I grow up, I want to be Paul…