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Griffin Leadership

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March 22, 2016

Griffin Leadership

Management is not leadership. People Leadership in technology is hard to find yet it is the backbone of being able to successfully execute on ideas. This talk will briefly outline problems in technology and explain how they are symptoms of poor leadership, elaborate in detail on tactics that make for great technology leadership, and what can be accomplished in technology when you have Griffin Leadership. In short, this is a case study of Griffin Caprio (currently Director of Engineering at Enova) and his phenomenal leadership.

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Alison

March 22, 2016
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  1. Griffin Leadership Alison Stanton Personal Pronouns: She/Her/Hers @alison985 me@alisonstanton.com

  2. Why Should I Care About Griffin Leadership?

  3. Why Should I Care About Griffin Leadership? You have problems.

  4. Low morale Releases are late Major bugs in production High

    turnover Lack of responsibility Poor work/life balance Hard to recruit Tech debt Distrust Poor communication Changes need a long lead time You have problems.
  5. Low morale Releases are late Major bugs in production High

    turnover Lack of responsibility Poor work/life balance Hard to recruit Tech debt Distrust Poor communication Changes need a long lead time
  6. Low morale Releases are late Major bugs in production High

    turnover Lack of responsibility Poor work/life balance Hard to recruit Tech debt Distrust Poor communication Changes need a long lead time
  7. Low morale Releases are late Major bugs in production High

    turnover Lack of responsibility Poor work/life balance Hard to recruit Tech debt Distrust Poor communication Changes need a long lead time
  8. Low morale Releases are late Major bugs in production High

    turnover Lack of responsibility Poor work/life balance Hard to recruit Tech debt Distrust Poor communication Changes need a long lead time
  9. Low morale Releases are late Major bugs in production High

    turnover Lack of responsibility Poor work/life balance Hard to recruit Tech debt Distrust Poor communication Changes need a long lead time
  10. You have problems.

  11. You have problems. And you choose band-aids over root issues.

  12. And you choose band-aids over root issues. Low morale Lack

    of responsibility More managers New project management system Lack of responsibility
  13. What is Griffin Leadership?

  14. Griffin Leadership is: • Managing with integrity • Acknowledging reality

    • Confronting Problems • Communicating with clarity • Valuing individuals • Having broad expertise and deep experience • Executing against a vision
  15. You might think I mean this: • A Manager •

    Who is Knowledgeable • And deals well with crisis • Is a Clear communicator (i.e. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.) • Gets along well with others • Has experience • Talks about a vision Griffin Leadership is: • Managing with integrity • Acknowledging reality • Confronting Problems • Communicating with clarity • Valuing individuals • Having broad expertise and deep experience • Executing against a vision
  16. • A Manager • Who is Knowledgeable • And deals

    well with crisis • Is a Clear communicator (i.e. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.) • Gets along well with others • Has experience • Talks about a vision is not a leader Leaders work to avoid crisis. Leadership is lonely. Subject matter experience does not equal leadership. Talking does not equal doing. Standard. An easy bar. Knowledge does not equal truth or perspective.
  17. Griffin Leadership is: • Managing with integrity • Acknowledging reality

    • Confronting Problems • Communicating with clarity • Valuing individuals • Having broad expertise and deep experience • Executing against a vision Not Traditional
  18. Griffin Leadership is: • Managing with integrity • Acknowledging reality

    • Confronting Problems • Communicating with clarity • Valuing individuals • Having broad expertise and deep experience • Executing against a vision First, action.
  19. Griffin Leadership is: • Managing with integrity • Acknowledging reality

    • Confronting Problems • Communicating with clarity • Valuing individuals • Having broad expertise and deep experience • Executing against a vision Second, no title.
  20. What Does Griffin Leadership Look Like?

  21. Career Ladder https://github.com/enova/career_ladders/

  22. Promotes

  23. Deals with people where they are

  24. Gives feedback people need to hear • Positive feedback publicly

    in front of peers • Feedback on ways to improve in one-on-ones ◦ Encouraging un-learning coping mechanisms
  25. Seeks feedback and is thankful for it

  26. Active supporter of professional development

  27. Trains people • Direct reports • Peers • Superiors •

    Clients • Investors • Advisors
  28. Fires people

  29. Deals with issues swiftly

  30. Re-acts proportionally

  31. Backs up decisions of others

  32. Pro under-represented people and firmly against discriminatory behaviors • Sometimes

    100% of technical position candidates are women • Codes of Conduct • Not relying on under-represented groups to teach inclusivity • Speaking with organizational authorities about sexist doodles on white boards
  33. Strong belief in and support for work-life balance

  34. Does not harass and does not allow others to harass

  35. Doesn’t hire or promote when not qualified

  36. Builds teams

  37. No Heroes

  38. None
  39. How do you be a Griffin Leader?

  40. Action Supported by Thought

  41. If you do it right, you work yourself out of

    a job.
  42. What are the results of Griffin Leadership?

  43. Technical

  44. Personal • Work 40 hours a week. • Feel good

    about your accomplishments. ◦ You’re a mentor. ◦ You’re a learner. • Can go on vacation or go to another job without worry and stress. • Build sustainably. • People have heard positive stories about you before you come into a room.
  45. Why is Griffin Leadership Important to Alison?

  46. Why is Griffin Leadership Important to Alison? It solves MY

    problems.
  47. Why is this the most important talk I’m going to

    give all year? It solves MY problems. I need male allies and I need leaders.
  48. Why is this the most important talk I’m going to

    give all year? Why isn’t Griffin giving this talk? It solves MY problems. This is all no-brainer, basic stuff for him. I need male allies and I need leaders.
  49. Why is this the most important talk I’m going to

    give all year? Why isn’t Griffin giving this talk? Why isn’t this talk titled “How to Recruit, Support, and Retain Women in Tech”? It solves MY problems. This is all no-brainer, basic stuff for him. I need male allies and I need leaders. Because then I’d be preaching to the choir. I want to talk to the men who are the problem.
  50. What are the results of Griffin Leadership? Retention Cohesive Teams

    Recruitment On Time Releases (Dependability) Sustainable Code (Maintainability) Efficiency Improvements (Speed) Turn on a dime (Agility)
  51. How do you be a Griffin Leader? Value People

  52. What Does Griffin Leadership Look Like? All the things you

    claim to want People being upset with you
  53. What is Griffin Leadership? Speaking Up & Taking Action

  54. Why Should I Care About Griffin Leadership? Personal Life True

    Accomplishments Prepares you for the next challenge Positive Recognition
  55. Alison Stanton Personal Pronouns - She/Her/Hers Twitter - @alison985 Data

    Engineering, Architecture, and Advice - me@alisonstanton.com Intro to Data Analytics March 28 - http://ga.co/1T3fUX8 4 Themes of Optimizing Metric Usage March 30 - http://bit.ly/1LyUyzl Ally Skills Workshop April 8th - http://bit.ly/1OOJUid