GOOD 
ENOUGH 
ISN’T 
Keith Fuller
?
Make wildly 
inflammatory 
statement 
Did 
entire audience 
huffily storm 
out? 
Leave early for 
dinner with 
wife! 
Fini...
Spectrum of Responses 
So? 
How do 
YOU 
know? 
You’re full 
of crap 
and I’m 
leaving 
You may 
be right 
We’re 
not 
per...
COMMON 
MISTAKES 
COMMON 
MISTAKES
Common Mistakes in Creating Leaders 
1. Promoting them
Select leaders based on these 
Programming 
skills 
Leadership 
skills 
Not these
Common Mistakes in Creating Leaders 
1. Promoting them 
2. Default career path = leadership 
3. Assuming all leaders know ...
MISCONCEPTIONS
Misconceptions about the Need for 
Excellence in Leadership 
1. Ours are good enough
Dunning 
Kruger 
effect
Misconceptions about the Need for 
Excellence in Leadership 
1. Ours are good enough 
2. Experienced leaders are good lead...
Misconceptions about the Need for 
Excellence in Leadership 
1. Ours are good enough 
2. Experienced leaders are good lead...
Misconceptions about the Need for 
Excellence in Leadership 
1. Ours are good enough 
2. Experienced leaders are good lead...
WHAT CAN YOU DO 
ABOUT IT
What Can You Do About It? 
1. Objectively assess employee engagement
What Can You Do About It? 
1. Objectively assess employee engagement 
2. Accept your responsibility as leaders 
3. Make th...
What Can You Do About It? 
1. Objectively assess employee engagement 
2. Accept your responsibility as leaders 
3. Make th...
THANK YOU 
keith@fullergameproduction.com 
www.fullergameproduction.com 
@someproducer 
keithfuller.tumblr.com 
• Resource...
Good enough isn’t your studio needs better leaders   keith fuller
Good enough isn’t your studio needs better leaders   keith fuller
Good enough isn’t your studio needs better leaders   keith fuller
Good enough isn’t your studio needs better leaders   keith fuller
Good enough isn’t your studio needs better leaders   keith fuller
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From longtime CEO to first time lead programmer, most leaders in the games industry arrived at their current role with little or no preparation or training. As a result, nine out of ten studios have a need to improve aspects of people leadership. Few companies will admit it for fear of appearing less than perfect. Instead, the typical response is that they have no need for training or mentoring because the leadership at their studio is “good enough”. No it isn’t, and here’s why.

Intended audience & prerequisites: Anyone responsible for the performance, behavior, or emotional or physical well-being of one or more game developers. Don’t let your experience level or the length of your career stop you from attending. The only prerequisite is an interest in seeing people led well.

Session Takeaway: Attendees will learn the common mistakes that studios make in creating leaders, popular misconceptions about the need for superior leadership, why your company needs to improve in this area, and what you can do about it.

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  • Good enough isn’t your studio needs better leaders keith fuller

    1. 1. GOOD ENOUGH ISN’T Keith Fuller
    2. 2. ?
    3. 3. Make wildly inflammatory statement Did entire audience huffily storm out? Leave early for dinner with wife! Finish the talk. You did your best. Yes! No
    4. 4. Spectrum of Responses So? How do YOU know? You’re full of crap and I’m leaving You may be right We’re not perfect. WIP Disagree, but I’m listening
    5. 5. COMMON MISTAKES COMMON MISTAKES
    6. 6. Common Mistakes in Creating Leaders 1. Promoting them
    7. 7. Select leaders based on these Programming skills Leadership skills Not these
    8. 8. Common Mistakes in Creating Leaders 1. Promoting them 2. Default career path = leadership 3. Assuming all leaders know what they’re doing 4. Leaders require no accountability 5. Leaders require less feedback 6. No exit strategy for a bad leader
    9. 9. MISCONCEPTIONS
    10. 10. Misconceptions about the Need for Excellence in Leadership 1. Ours are good enough
    11. 11. Dunning Kruger effect
    12. 12. Misconceptions about the Need for Excellence in Leadership 1. Ours are good enough 2. Experienced leaders are good leaders 3. Past success = No need for improvement
    13. 13. Misconceptions about the Need for Excellence in Leadership 1. Ours are good enough 2. Experienced leaders are good leaders 3. Past success = No need for improvement 4. Neither time nor money for training
    14. 14. Misconceptions about the Need for Excellence in Leadership 1. Ours are good enough 2. Experienced leaders are good leaders 3. Past success = No need for improvement 4. Neither time nor money for training
    15. 15. WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT
    16. 16. What Can You Do About It? 1. Objectively assess employee engagement
    17. 17. What Can You Do About It? 1. Objectively assess employee engagement 2. Accept your responsibility as leaders 3. Make the time
    18. 18. What Can You Do About It? 1. Objectively assess employee engagement 2. Accept your responsibility as leaders 3. Make the time 4. Mentor and teach internally 5. Hire a coach 6. Examine employee retention trends 7. Be active, not passive 8. Be explicit 9. Company values
    19. 19. THANK YOU keith@fullergameproduction.com www.fullergameproduction.com @someproducer keithfuller.tumblr.com • Resources – Gallup Study of Employee Engagement and Business Outcomes by Harter, Schmidt, & Hayes – First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman – Dunning-Kruger white paper by David Dunning & Justin Kruger – Think Like a Startup by Josh Nilson

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