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(2019 - 4 of 10) How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Grow High-Performance Teams

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September 27, 2019

(2019 - 4 of 10) How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Grow High-Performance Teams

Calibrate 2019 (4 of 10) -

“How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Grow High-Performance Teams“ - Tara Ellis, Netflix, Engineering Manager

In my career, I’ve learned that effective leadership requires authenticity - in the leader, the leadership style, and the team. In order to lead with authenticity, you need to know yourself, your team, and put in the work to build trust. In this talk, I’ll explain what Authentic Leadership means, strategies to put it into practice, and why this style helps build high performing teams.

About Tara:

Tara Ellis is an avid tinkerer and has been since the early days of the world wide web. As a critical and creative thinker, she is a relentless problem-solver skilled at applying critical thinking, analysis, and technical skills. Tara is a strong believer in “Peopleware” and because of that has a keen understanding of building and managing engineering teams that deliver. Tara currently has the privilege of leading a team of engineers at Netflix where she has focused on continuously improving the sign-up and non-member experience to bring in the next 100 million Netflix members globally. Prior to joining Netflix, she lead engineering teams at Disney; if you’ve been to Disneyland or Disneyworld in the last decade, you’ve interacted with some of her teams’ software. She honed her engineering skills in the fast-paced, ever-changing environment at Amazon, learning lessons she still uses today. Outside of work, Tara loves to spend time with her family, cooking, and travelling. When not performing bedtime stories for her daughter, she is a passionate collector and player of board games and an aficionado of American bourbon.

About Calibrate:

Calibrate was a conference for new engineering leaders hosted by seasoned engineering leaders. Organized and hosted by Sharethrough, it was conducted yearly in September, from 2015-2019 in San Francisco, California.



September 27, 2019


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  6. How I learned to stop worrying and enjoy growing high

    performance teams
  7. Tara Ellis PRESENTATION TITLE / YOUR NAME Dickinson College Amazon

    Netflix Disney
  8. What is Authentic Leadership?

  9. PRESENTATION TITLE / YOUR NAME Genuine, Self-Aware, and Transparent

  10. PRESENTATION TITLE / YOUR NAME Authentic Leadership Terminology My Terminology

    Self-Awareness “Know Thyself” Relational Transparency "Be Genuine/Know your team” Balanced Processing “Be Fair Minded” Internalized Moral View “Do the Right Thing”

  12. “ PRESENTATION TITLE / YOUR NAME "It's funny that something

    so basic as being yourself starts to become harder as you gain responsibility and scope. But the truth is, being authentic as a leader has to be consciously worked at." - Meghan Keaney Anderson, HubSpot's VP of Marketing
  13. PRESENTATION TITLE / YOUR NAME 1. Seek Feedback Know Thyself

    2. Focused Reflection
  14. Example Questions for Reflection PRESENTATION TITLE / YOUR NAME •

    Which people and experiences in your early life 
 had the most impact on you? • Who are the leaders that you admire? • What are your most deeply held values? • Are you the same person outside of work as you in work? Know Thyself


  17. Be Genuine Especially with Your Team PRESENTATION TITLE / YOUR

    NAME Be Genuine
  18. Authenticity Transparency Trust

  19. Understand that your title affects communication with your team PRESENTATION

    TITLE / YOUR NAME Be Genuine

  21. Listen Strengthens Relationships Builds Trust Improves Teamwork Enhances credibility Increases

    loyalty Shows employees you care Be Genuine
  22. Tara’s Opinionated guide to the 1 on 1 2. NO

    Status Updates! 4. DO spend some time on Growth 5. Find out how they’re REALLY doing 6. Share your thoughts and seek their input 1. Set Expectations 3. DON’T avoid them
  23. Be Genuine PRESENTATION TITLE / YOUR NAME In Summary Invest

    the time to seek feedback and reflect on your self and leadership Build trust with your team through: • Transparency • Listening(Getting to know them) • Communicating effectively “Know Thyself” “Know Your Team”
  24. THANKS!

  25. References PRESENTATION TITLE / YOUR NAME • Forsey, Caroline. What’s

    Authentic Leadership & How Do You Practice It • George, William. Authentic Leadership. • George, William. True North: Discover your Authentic Leadership. • Sax, Cindi. Listening is the Secret Weapon of Good Leaders - good-leaders.
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