This talk covers the work of Adam Grant and Malcom Gladwell and others in defining how a giving personality is actually a marker for successful leaders. Contrary to popular belief, underhanded tactics and back-stabbing behavior rarely leads to progress in the corporate setting. In addition once people get in positions of leadership they need to leverage trust relationships they have built over time to succeed in their new role. This can be difficult for leaders who have burnt relationships on the way up. Being a good public speaker is not enough to assume a leader will be able to motivate and direct a team. Instead whether the team is able to trust and sacrifice for the leader is paramount. This makes it important to look for the right kind of personality when selecting leaders. We often mistake agreeableness a giving attitude, disagreeable people can also be givers. Further disagreeable people are important in providing alternate perspectives, checking our blind spots and holding us accountable.
Usman Ismail Accounting Engineering Lead, Wealthsimple
Usman leads the accounting engineering team at Wealthsimple to build systems responsible for tracking billions of dollars of assets and process hundreds of millions of financial transactions. Prior to this, Usman has held various senior engineering positions at Amazon, EA and Kik. Prior to this Usman received his M.Math from the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. During this time he was a member of the Networks and Distributed Systems (NDS) research group specializing in Wireless Networks and Voice Over IP.
As with all teams, each team was placed together because at the initial conception of the team; it was assumed that the team element is within the excellent working order. However, the appreciation of the team model must be well-oiled, and if not, members of the team will individually lack the proper function that is necessitated for TEAMWORK and fail to produce. RESEARCH HAS PROVEN THAT THE KEY CATALYST REGARDING TEAM FAILURE IS COMMUNICATION AND THE LACK OF PROPER USAGE OF ONE’S COMMUNICATION SKILLS. By using ACTIVE LISTENING SKILLS (ALS), a method developed by the FBI, every team member will increase productivity regarding their specific missions, and when united, the team members will form successful finalization of their team-goal. By applying ALS, the team’s entire task will be the result of a collective productive representation of their work.
Stacey Jenkins Homicide Detective, Fort Wayne Police Department
As a Homicide Detective and Hostage Negotiator, Stacey not only uses ACTIVE LISTENING SKILLS (ALS) in situations of crisis involving expressive individuals, he also uses the skills to help resolve everyday life and business situations. This presentation will allow businesses to use the TEAM PROJECT MODEL to help their team members cooperate with each other, with the focus on utilizing distinctive intensities within individual elements among members of a team. Stacey’s presentation will illustrate that the above model is acceptable. However, a team will not communicate effectively if a team that has been taken apart and separated due to disconnection and lack of communication.
Other people: sometimes difficult to work with and often impossible to predict. In your technical or documentation project, how can you get the right people interested and involved? How can you keep those people happily engaged until the work is done? Is there anything you can do to prevent griefing… err, “interpersonal difficulties” from causing delays? And why do some people seem to thrive in an environment with poor documentation and how can you encourage them to participate in effectively documenting everything anyway? In this talk, I’ll explore ways to accomplish these aims, using strategies drawn from “Player Type Theory”. For 20 years, this theory has been employed by game designers to encourage stable long-term play communities in online multiplayer games. These are strategies that I have used successfully in my workplace and they can work for you too.
Kenzie Woodbridge Systems Analyst, BCIT
Kenzie works at BCIT, as a Systems Analyst, Web Developer, Knowledge Base Administrator and Technical Writer, and Community Manager. Kenzie has a passion for communication, continuous iterative improvement, and for systemic solutions to systemic problems. Kenzie has previously spoken at PSEWeb, BCNET, Write the Docs, the International Conference on Communication & Media Studies, the Association of Internet Research Conference, DevOpsDays, and STC InterChange, and recently completed a Master’s degree in Professional Communication, having written their thesis on prosocial community within Minecraft multiplayer servers. After long debate and discussion, it has been decided that Kenzie would, at the age of 11, likely have been sorted into Gryffindor, though there are arguments to made for every house.
All software eventually becomes legacy software. Maintenance lifespans may differ, but even if your new project uses serverless, machine learning and blockchain, it will shortly become legacy software. Developers often see legacy code only as a source of tech debt, and maintaining it as the least interesting part of the their jobs. Since the majority of development time is spent maintaining existing code, these preconceptions often lead to dissatisfaction and a lack of engagement. I’ve spent 20 years of my career working in legacy codebases, and learned to see system maintenance as a valuable opportunity for learning and improvement. In this talk we’ll explore how to help your team learn these lessons so they thrive, attracting and retaining top talent.
Gabe Perez Principal Software Developer, Intuit
I am a software developer with 20 years of experience. Over this time I’ve worked with languages such as Delphi (yes, I’m old), Ruby, .NET, NodeJS and Java. I’ve also done my share of people management and found that really wasn’t for me. Writing and designing software is my true calling. I was lucky enough to have great mentors early on in my career and these days, sharing my passion and hopefully inspiring the next generation of developers is one of the top goals.
Leadership and coalition building were never part of the plan. Then one day my manager suggested I take a class and that changed my path forward. Hear about the skills and perspectives that lead me to grow and transition from an engineer into a leader and how I apply those to my team.
Patrick Pena Engineering Manager,
Patrick has spent his career applying his engineering talents to the healthcare industry. In that time he’s focused on learning and growing as an engineer, a teammate, team lead, and more recently as an engineering manager. He considers himself a people gardener and coalition builder and believes in people-first leadership. Patrick loves tackling people and process opportunities to helping teams and individuals grow.
Onboarding someone with reflexive coping-skills for dealing with a hostile work-environment is a challenge when your environment isn’t abusive. This talk will give you the techniques needed to detune those coping-skills and get the person helpfully engaged.
Jamie Riedesel DevOps Engineer, HelloSign
Jamie Riedesel is a DevOps Engineer at HelloSign and has been performing acts of systems administration and engineering since 1997. She moved from corporate IT to the startup space in 2010 and experienced the good kind of culture shock. Jamie has been blogging as sysadmin1138 since 2004, a community elected moderator on ServerFault since 2010, and awarded the Chuck Yerkes community award by LOPSA in 2015.
THE MANAGEMENT MODEL IS BROKEN! There are over 40 years of behavioral science research that shows how people are motivated and most business leaders use none of it. Learn how to tap into people’s “discretionary effort”, driven by intrinsic motivation, trust and Flow State (being in “the zone”). After this talk, you will know how our brains react to stressful environments and enjoyable activities. Learn how you, as a business leader, can take immediate, effective action based what matters to us, biologically as human beings. Learn about how to apply the interdisciplinary framework Beaconforce has created, based on positive psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, and world-class game design. Framework includes 7 pillars of intrinsic motivation (clear goals, continuous feedback, attitude towards risk, balanced challenges, sense of control, sense of improvement, social connection), Trust, and Flow State (our brain’s most productive and enjoyable state).
Anthony Morra ,
Anthony Morra is a Toronto-based entrepreneur and practitioner of positive psychology in the workplace. He has years of experience in change-management consulting and coaching high-performance athletes. He has been part of Beaconforce since the start of the company and hopes to make people’s lives better by creating more enjoyable environments, based on applications of the most relevant science. Anthony grew up in Scarborough, holds an BBA from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Hult International Business School.
Excuses, excuses, how many of us have them? Breaking The Excuse Barriers In Leadership addresses how to overcome barriers that hamper creativity and clog our ability to positively influence others in leadership contexts. We will explore in depth how to cast aside unproductive habits that hinder our full leadership potential. In particular, the talk will focus on how to: Overcome the fear of something new Recognize that leadership is a continuous stretch – Tension is Good Be intentional about achieving growth Choose a different path: stop running into dead ends Reshape your character to facilitate personal growth Acknowledge that capacity is predicated on growth
Dr. Rochelle Carr Founder and CEO, Path Forward Empowerment
Dr. Rochelle Carr is a dynamic leadership and development consultant who brings to the table a veritable salt shaker of expertise as a minister, business leader, certified coach, teacher, trainer and speaker, fundraiser, and all-round motivator. As Founder and CEO of Path Forward Empowerment, Dr. Carr’s mission is to deliver a passport to self-leadership for her clients through positive thinking, spirituality, and shaking off unproductive habits that get in the way of achieving goals. She works closely with small businesses and students on leadership modeling, as well as helping faith-based organizations whose members reside in high-needs and limited resource areas to revamp their ministries to fit the needs of changing communities. In addition to presenting at influential ideological platforms such as TEDX and at educational and spiritual proceedings, Dr. Carr has been thrilled to present with or introduce several notable public figures including Hillary Clinton, civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, and social activist Dr. Cornel West. Dr. Carr is the author of, How to Overcome a Malnourished Soul 30-day Meditational Journey to Reconnect and Rejuvenate. Although we are not all born to be leaders, Dr. Carr believes that everyone has the ability to take charge and be the leader of their own story. By drawing on her extensive academic, ministerial, business, and coaching expertise, Dr. Carr delivers heartfelt consulting services that are empathetic, invigorating, and highly-effective.