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This is the slide deck used at my presentation at JavaOne 2012. It's about investing in yourself and creating a true team.

This is the slide deck used at my presentation at JavaOne 2012. It's about investing in yourself and creating a true team.

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  • Foto van mezelf + boardgame + familie + RealDolmen
  • Drie vragen aan het publiek : Who here is a developer, please raise your hand. Who here is a manager, please raise your hand. Now, who here can honestly say he or she is happy? A social developer is a person who isn’t afraid to challenge himself and the people around him. What’s a Social Developer? A social developer is a person who :           - Wants to teach           - wants to learn           - wants to strive for mastery in his life           - wants to play           - wants to feel part of something bigger (wants to have a purpose)           - wants to be in the zone and go with the flow.       -
  • Don’t be afraid to try new things and to challenge the problems you see in this world. Life is to short to be afraid! Are you a social developer?           - Ask yourself these questions :                 - Why do I get up each morning?                 - Do I feel like I'm part of something bigger?                 - Am I still curious, do I still want to investigate new things and learn people new skills?                 - Can I still feel the joy and wonder I see on the face of a little child? (Why not?)           - You already are on route to become a social developer, but nobody will ever master it.           - It's like playing a game that has no boundaries, you can just keep on improving yourself and keep exploring new and interesting options.
  • Say hello to my wonderfull little boy Leander. For me this pictures says more than a thousand words, the joy and wonder it expresses makes me happy and glad to be alive. We all used to be like this little bundle of joy, when did we loose the wonder? When did we loose the joy in our live? We lost it at school, we lost it at work. Now let’s come together and find it anew. Don’t be afraid to search for you happiness and the happiness of those around you!
  • The road ahead : how to get there? The road isn’t set, it isn’t a paved 10-lane highway, it’s a road each and everyone of us will have to make for our own. My road will not be your road, your road will not be mine. They might cross but we will have to find the way ourselves. If you follow somebody else’s road you’ll run the risk of starting to living somebody elses life! Don’t be afraid… to create your own way in life!
  • There is an I in team! Don’t be afread to say so…
  • What isn’t a team? I always heare a team should consist of people who are all capable of replacing eachother, people should be interchangeable so a team will never lose some critical knowledge or so nobody will become a bottle-neck. In a team like that people will strive to be exactly alike, and not to excel in anything. In a team like that the best you can hope for is mediocrity. Don’t be afraid to have some real different personalities, with some real different skills in your team, I’ll give you 2 examples where very different personalities with very different skills come together and become more than the sum of their parts and skills.
  • The A-team is a prime example, 4 very different individuals who all have their own special skills : Murdock who’s the people and nut-job BA who’s the muscle Face who’s the pretty boy that can get you anything And ofcourse Hannibal who loves it when a plan comes together. 4 very different characters, who all are generaly trained as special forces, but have different capabilities that once combined make them excell as a team.
  • The avengers : a team of superhero’s in their own right who when placed together will become even better.
  • -working as a team       - What's a team? : A group of people working together with a common goal, a group of people who together can achieve more than they could separately.        - Is there an I in Team? : Yes there is, in a supporting role.       - What isn't a team? : A group of people thrown together without a common goal, a bigger purpose and without taking into account their differences, strengths and weaknesses        - How can you build and maintain a team? :           - Let your people choose their team.           - Let your people choose their goals (you might be surprised how high they will put their own goals)           - Work at building your team everyday, every hour and every minute. it's not something you do once a year on a forced happy joy-joy team building event!           - Give your team and it's people real decision power, explain them why they have certain goals, show them the bigger picture!       - Team dynamics  : see them, use them, don't try to control them teams will control themselves.
  • How can you build a great team? Work on it each and every day. Be honest. Talk, a team isn’t build by one manager, it’s build by the people that want to be part of it! Don’t be afraid to talk with other people, don’t be afraid to really listen to what they have to say, you might be suprised how much their is to learn! Some examples of companies that are trying to let their people do something different: Google 20% Atlassian ShipIt days Rowe at Best Buy Lean at Toyota This doesn’t mean that you should copy these examples exactly, you aren’t Google, you aren’t Atlassian. Let them inspire you to find something that suits your company and your people! Don’t be afraid to keep on working on a team. Don’t be afraid to listen to other people. Don’t be afraid to be inspired and to follow that inspiration.
  • investing in yourself       - Why are you worth it? : Why not?: You are an individual with rights and duties, you deserve recognition and investements.       - Why should you do it? : You'll become a better person, and it's the only kind of investment that will last a lifetime!        - Who benefits from it? : it will benifit your family, your work, your friends and yourself.       - How can you do this? : start small, start today! Make a list of things you are interested in on a personal level.           be honest with yourself, what is the meaning of your life?           how do you want to be remembered?            Make a list with small steps towards a better life and celebrate each step you take.           Wake up each morning and think about what you are going to do different today, don't be afraid of failure, it's just a lesson we haven't learned yet!
  • Why?
  • Who benefits?
  • How can you do it? Don’t be afraid of failure, its just a lesson we haven’t learned yet! How can you do this? : start small, start today! Make a list of things you are interested in on a personal level.           be honest with yourself, what is the meaning of your life?           how do you want to be remembered?            Make a list with small steps towards a better life and celebrate each step you take.           Wake up each morning and think about what you are going to do different today, don't be afraid of failure, it's just a lesson we haven't learned yet!
  • Management is People Too!
  • Manager is a terrible word, it makes us think of people who will tell us what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Without taking our wishes, insights, experience into consideration. For most of us to manage means to micro manage, to think that those who you are supposed to manage wouldn't do anything if you don't continuously controlled them and punished them if they did something wrong. (The carrot and the stick approach) Daniel Pink explains this wonderful in his book 'Drive', he tells us that this type of management has been invented in the late 19th century and hasn't changed much since then. But our work has changed massively. From doing simple repetitive tasks we've gone to doing creative problem solving tasks without an easy step-to-step solution. Why hasn't management kept up? Why do we still need to explain each and every thing we do?  Pink tells us that management can also be about creating environments where people can work without control, where people can become more creative in their search for solutions. It can supporting instead of controlling. Who would want to have a manager who asks what you want, how you want to do it and how he can help you accomplish that goal? Most good things come in threes and so does this one. To motivate people we have to help them achieve :       - Autonomy        - Mastery       - Purpose
  • How to get there? First off : as a manager it's not your job to control, punish and reward people. It's your job to motivate and support them, to listen to them. To explain them why something has to be done and what the bigger purpose of it is. It's your job to talk with your people, find out what their motivations are, what they expect from their work, in which skills do they want  strive for mastery. How can you as a manager help them achieve their goals? Those are the things a manager should do, not only crunching numbers and setting deadlines. As a person you should see your manager not as a role, not as somebody who doesn't like you and who doesn't want to help you.  You should see him as a person who gets up in the morning and puts on his pants one leg at a time, he also has family and friends, he isn't only Manager, but also parent, friend and partner. If you want to talk to your manager, just talk to the person not the role. Be honest and you'll probably get great results! If you don't get the results you want you can still try something else, but at least you've given it everything you've got!
  • When you've got a problem at work you've got several easy options : Don't say anything about it, just keep on doing your work as best as you can. But in time this problem will continue to grow and you'll loose your focus and your enthusiasm. Eventually it will become a loose-loose situation for both you and your company. Leave your company and go do the same job at a different company. This might work, but you will eventually run into the same problem. Remember : the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Leave your company and go do a totally different kind of job. This might be the solution for all your problems and is actually not such a bad option if you really hate your current job. Just be sure to watch out that the problem you've run away from isn't coming back in another form in your new job. And you've got one harder, but eventual more satisfying option:           Talk about it with your manager and your team. Be open about it, try thinking about solutions and not just search for blame. Don't go running from the problem, face it! You might be surprised about the results, it could be that others share the problem. Or that they had no idea about it but want to help you fix it. And in the event that you can't fix the problem, you can still choose one of the 3 earlier options. But at least you'll know that you've tried.
  • Be Assertive not Aggresive Assertiveness :  All of the previous isn't possible if you don't start doing things. Just do it Nike would say :)  How can you start making these changes?  Learn how to be assertive, learn how to express your opinion and believe in the value of your own opinion.  Don't become somebody who only listens to himself, listen to other people's opinions and share your own with them.  Believe in your own worth and in the worth of others. Be assertive not aggressive, watch out for any signs you're become aggressive, because that would undo all the good that you have done. These are signs that you are too aggressive :       - You start raising your voice in a discussion.       - You feel like everybody is always wrong and you are the only one who's right       - People start ignoring you, and when you ask why they will answer evasively        - You feel anger and even rage when something doesn't go right.
  • Don't be afraid, life is to short! : life every day as if it where your last, someday you'll be right! Or if you don't like this saying : life every day as if it was your first in this world, what would you do and where would you go? Don't be afraid of failure, failure doesn't exist, it's just a lesson we haven't learned yet. Have faith in yourself and your ability, find your purpose and search for Mastery. Don't be afraid of your manager, he's just a person like you!
  • Go forth and multiply Now it's up to you. Will you start being even more of a social developer? Will you be assertive and try to find meaning in your job and your life? Will you try to create a true team of I's, will you be part of such a team? Will you give your people the space and support they need to strive for mastery, to be a master of their own tasks, time and team? You can start doing all this by starting to :       - talk with people (online and offline)       - find people who share your vision and ambitions, share your stories (failures and succeses)       - not be afraid!       - go out and spend time with your family, they are the most important part of your life!       - be the best you can be every day, challenge yourself to something new every day!       - try to inspire people in any way you can!       - be yourself, you're already on the road to mastery! Remember : it's the journey that's important, not the destination.
  • Talk
  • Invest
  • Inspire
  • TODO : tekst groter maken! References and shout-outs
  • I hope I’ve planted a little seed into your hearts and minds that one day might grow into a mighty tree. I can only give you one more advice : Don’t be afraid!
  • Say hello to my wonderfull little boy Leander. For me this pictures says more than a thousand words, the joy and wonder it expresses makes me happy and glad to be alive. We all used to be like this little bundle of joy, when did we loose the wonder? When did we loose the joy in our live? We lost it at school, we lost it at work. Now let’s come together and find it anew. Don’t be afraid to search for you happiness and the happiness of those around you!
  • Let’s go grab a drink and have some fun 

The Social Developer The Social Developer Presentation Transcript

  • The Social Developer
  • Peter Van de Voorde Schoonaarde, Belgium Technical Project Lead www.petervandevoorde.com @pvdevoor
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