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Everything Is Awesome - The LEGOⓇ approach to being an awesome coworker

Everything Is Awesome - The LEGOⓇ approach to being an awesome coworker

Paul Verbeek-Mast

May 10, 2018
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  1. Everything Is Awesome
    The LEGOⓇ approach to being an awesome coworker

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  2. Paul Verbeek-Mast

    (@paul_v_m)
    Front-end developer @

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  3. “The great enemy of communication, we find, is the illusion of it.”
    William H. Whyte

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  4. “We have talked enough; but we have not listened.”
    William H. Whyte

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  5. “many leaders assume they are better at valuing diversity than
    they actually are”
    Havard Business Review – Leaders Aren’t Great at Judging How Inclusive They Are
    https://hbr.org/2017/10/leaders-arent-great-at-judging-how-inclusive-they-are

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  6. “The great enemy of inclusivity, we find, is the illusion of it.”
    Paul Verbeek-Mast

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  7. It’s about building a climate of trust, appreciation, and
    openness to differences in thoughts, styles and backgrounds

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  8. The early days
    of tech

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  9. The early
    days of tech

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  10. The early
    days of tech
    ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer)

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  11. The early
    days of tech

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  12. The early
    days of tech

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  13. The early
    days of tech

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  14. The rise of men

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  15. The rise
    of men
    In 1967 alone,
    700,000 people took the
    IBM Aptitude test

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  16. The rise
    of men
    Of those 1378,
    only 186 were women

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  17. The rise
    of men
    “[Programmers] dislike activities
    involving close personal interaction.”
    A vocational interest scale for computer programmers

    - William M. Cannon & Dallis K. Perry

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  18. The rise
    of men • Antisocial personality disorder favours men
    by 3:1 ratio;
    • Autism and Asperger’s is seen as high as
    7:1;
    • Antisocial women are seen as “not liking
    people”, while men are seen as a “lone
    wolf”

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  19. The rise
    of men “[The] industry selected for antisocial,
    mathematically inclined males, and
    therefore antisocial and mathematically
    inclined males were overrepresented in
    the programmer population”
    The Computer Boys Take Over

    - Nathan Ensmenger

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  20. The rise
    of men “This in turn reinforced the popular
    perception that programmers ought
    to be antisocial and mathematically
    inclined (and therefore male).“
    The Computer Boys Take Over

    - Nathan Ensmenger

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  21. The rise
    of men

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  22. The rise
    of men

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  23. The bro culture

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  24. The bro
    culture
    Joe Liemandt — Founder of Trilogy Software

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  25. The bro
    culture
    “We’re elite talent; and it’s potential and
    talent, not experience, that has merit.”
    “only the best”

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  26. The bro
    culture • How many piano tuners are there in the
    world?;
    • How many golf balls fit in standard double
    decker bus?;
    • How much would you charge to wash all
    the windows in San Francisco?

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  27. The bro
    culture
    Holidays were called competitive
    advantage days, because no one
    else was working.

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  28. The bro
    culture
    Insane work hours, drinking,
    gambling and Vegas. Plus valuing
    potential over experience, made the
    culture male dominated.

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  29. The bro
    culture

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  30. The bro
    culture • Susan Fowler;
    • Niniane Wang;
    • Susan Ho;
    • Leiti Hsu;
    • Sarah Kunst;
    • Cheryl Yeoh.

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  31. The bro
    culture • Women;
    • People of colour;
    • LGBTQIA+;
    • People with a disability;
    • People in economic or social
    hardships.

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  32. Piece of Resistance

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  33. A rant about "Inclusivity
    and the LEGO Movie”

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  34. If you let everyone be their unique selves, and value each other,
    you can achieve great things

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  35. Equality =
    uniformity

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  36. Equality =
    uniformity

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  37. Equality =
    uniformity
    Equality !=
    uniformity

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  38. Make everyone
    feel welcome
    and included

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  39. Reach out to new colleagues
    Make everyone
    feel welcome
    and included

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  40. On-boarding buddy
    Make everyone
    feel welcome
    and included

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  41. Your whole team changes
    Make everyone
    feel welcome
    and included

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  42. Don’t assume that they will
    eventually learn
    Make everyone
    feel welcome
    and included

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  43. Use inclusive language
    Make everyone
    feel welcome
    and included

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  44. • Put people first;
    Use inclusive language
    Make everyone
    feel welcome
    and included
    Blind man vs. A man who is blind

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  45. Use inclusive language
    Make everyone
    feel welcome
    and included
    • Put people first;
    • Avoid jargons and abbreviations;
    “The key test for an acronym is to ask whether it helps or
    hurts communication. An acronym that most engineers
    outside of SpaceX already know, such as GUI, is fine to
    use. It is also ok to make up a few acronyms/
    contractions every now and again, […] but those need to
    be kept to a minimum.”

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  46. Use inclusive language
    Make everyone
    feel welcome
    and included
    • Put people first;
    • Avoid jargons and abbreviations;
    • “Guys” is not gender neutral;
    Instead of “guys”, use “people",
    “folk”, “everyone" or “y’all”.
    Instead of “he” or “she”, use “they”.

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  47. Use inclusive language
    Make everyone
    feel welcome
    and included
    • Put people first;
    • Avoid jargons and abbreviations;
    • “Guys” is not gender neutral;
    • Don’t underplay the impact of mental
    disabilities;

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  48. Use inclusive language
    Make everyone
    feel welcome
    and included
    • Put people first;
    • Avoid jargons and abbreviations;
    • “Guys” is not gender neutral;
    • Don’t underplay the impact of mental
    disabilities;
    • Coding is also communication;

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  49. Accept your limitations
    Be humble

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  50. Listen
    Be humble

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  51. How many times do you
    bring your phone or laptop
    to a meeting?
    Be humble

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  52. Talk less, listen more
    Be humble

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  53. If someone needs to
    vent, lend them an ear
    Be humble

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  54. Let people be heard
    Be humble

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  55. “When you have a contribution to make in a
    meeting, how often are you able to do so?”
    Be humble Let people be heard
    Only 35% felt they were always able to make
    a contribution, when they had something to add

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  56. • Introverts;
    • Remote workers;
    • Women;
    • People of colour;
    Be humble Let people be heard

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  57. • Share the purpose of the meeting;
    • Include remote workers;
    • No talking over each other;
    • Keep it central;
    • Email a summary;
    Be humble Let people be heard

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  58. • Interrupt long discussions;
    • Ask for opinions;
    • Give credit where it is due;
    • Feedback round;
    Be humble Let people be heard

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  59. Be humble Be an ally
    Someone who supports equal rights
    for others, and acts when people
    face exclusion and discrimination

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  60. Be humble
    • Speak their name when they aren't around;
    • Share their career goals with influencers;
    • Invite them to high-profile meetings;
    • Endorse them publicly;
    Be an ally
    56% of leaders don’t value ideas they don’t
    personally see a need for

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  61. Be humble Be an ally
    • Speak their name when they aren't around;
    • Share their career goals with influencers;
    • Invite them to high-profile meetings;
    • Endorse them publicly;
    • Stop with mansplaining and manterrupting.


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  62. Be humble
    Mansplaining – the act of explaining something in a
    condescending and overconfident way;
    Manterrupting – when a man unnecessary interrupts a
    women.

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  63. @betterallies
    Be humble

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  64. Encourage
    creativity

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  65. Get everyone’s input
    Encourage
    creativity

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  66. Create a safe
    environment
    Encourage
    creativity

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  67. Utilise diversity

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  68. Know your colleagues
    Utilise
    diversity

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  69. Learn from each other
    Utilise
    diversity

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  70. You are
    awesome too!

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  71. Find people who
    believe in you
    You are
    awesome too!

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  72. Stand up for what you
    believe in
    You are
    awesome too!

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  73. Be yourself
    You are
    awesome too!

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  74. A little bit of kindness
    goes a long way
    You are
    awesome too!

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  75. Read this book!
    Paul Verbeek-Mast

    (@paul_v_m)
    Front-end developer @

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