This is part 2 of my series on learning at SQLBits.
Today I had the pleasure to learn from Adam Jorgensen what it’s like to be a leader and how you can thrive being one. My personal motivation for this ist that I have been doing work as a BI engineer for over a decade now and am currently evaluating how to move on.#
The session was truly worthwile…Adam kept it very interactive and Victoria Holt made sure that the virtual participant’s voice got heard as well in a great way. SQLBits truly rocks!
Adam’s session was really packed with a lot of great things…here are my top 6 takeaways…these are the things which are most relevant to me at the moment in my stage of development….and who says that there need to be five or ten of them :-).
- Understand what gives you energy and what takes your engery…aim for 70% energy giving activities
- Strive to ask questions as much as possible while communicating. Ask at least one question before switching into problem-solving-mode.
- Understand the shifts leaders need to make (for example Soloist to Conductor in terms of focus)
- Build your plan and track the progress weekly…reserve time in your calendar with recurring events and include a list of the desired outcome in the invite
- Read about Emotional Intelligence and Crucial Accountability
- Curate your network
- List the people who are most important to you. Also think about learning from others…don’t just list people who do the same you are doing.
- Reserve time for actively maintain your network. Send out a message to the people on your curated list once a week. Adam mentioned, that he sends a text message to roughly 100 people once a week which takes him one hour.
- My thoughts: This is absolutely something I would love to do more intentionally. I am still overwhelmed about the positive resonance I got from my network as I asked for an appearance in the Code First Girls course.
Impressive quotes from Adam I will think more about:
If you have a plan, things will go better than if you don’t.
Comfort is the enemy of growth.
Any problem can be broken down in smaller pieces and attacked.
Great leaders act be´fore others and do more than others.
Look for others that are different and learn from them.
Give yourself a little bit of grace as a leader and says “It’s OK that I am not perfect….I am not gonna be perfect”
All conversations should have a goal.
Stop replying to e-mails to which you have already received the fourth answer…Reach out to the sender personally instead with a phone call