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And The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth Robert Postill
Like all good ideas...
We whinged a little bit...
Then it grew at the library
So...
Most leaders are  terrible
Big Organisations
37 Signals can't do everything!
 
1. Geeks tend not to seek leadership
2. Geeks collaborate better
3.Geeks get risk
4. Geeks understand failure
5. Systems thinking comes naturally
6. Benevolent dictatorship
There are some exceptions
But also shining examples
How do we make a change?
Can I join in?
Thanks (for the photos and inspiration) Penelope – for letting me wreck our anniversary Woot – for the beer and talk title...
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A tongue in cheek and somewhat aspirational rant about leadership and geeks.

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  • Aspirational rant Tongue in cheek
  • The idea that geeks should rule us all started in the pub Power of the pub Politics, religion, unification of physics
  • The boss: Wasn't in touch with project Wanted to hurt other parts of the company
  • Books dealing with bad bosses We have names like: PHB Corporate Psychopath Bad bosses seem to be an epidemic
  • So why should the geeks inherit the earth? No one else is stepping into the void Talked to other geeks Because bad things happen when good people do nothing
  • Why is it that geeks would make better leaders? Teamicidal behaviours like: Excessive bureaucracy Destroying co-operation
  • If bosses are bad individually then collect them together in an organisation Yet many of us work for these orgs
  • Sadly there some things we can;t do as small organisaitions Gas or electricity supply
  • So if we're all in this together: We need to change our perception of ourselves We need to let the geeks help
  • Why geeks? Hate dealing with politics Refreshing openness Literal by nature
  • Geeks are used to dealing with non-geeks We love saving ourselves and others labour Computing is about collaborating with other people
  • Geeks can deal with the unknown In fact best determinant of programming aptitude is the ability to quantify and accept the unknown
  • We deal with failure at multiple levels We know humans are fallible We laud startups even though they fail in large numbers We like recovery from failure
  • Modern geeks are innately holistic The systems we depend on are layered There are ecosystems and communities which we bridge and participate in
  • We even have a well trodden leadership model! We understand how to get results without pissing people off.
  • Some no-geeks or even uber-geeks with nasty streaks run successful companies. But these are exceptions that merely prove the rule
  • The rise of the internet has allowed geeks to collaborate more regularly We've anointed benevolent dictators and had good things come out of them We've even founded orgs like the Apache Software Foundation run by and for geeks
  • Time to evangelise the geek Call out the bad behaviour Find and support your geeks for leadership roles
  • You too can be a geek ruler Collaborate Be open Don't try to shaft others
  • Geek rule is good for you and good for others Trapped 40+ hours per week together, might as well be pleasant You won't find a better class of person
  • Transcript of "Ignite Melbourne #3 talk - And the Geeks Shall inherit The Earth..."

    1. 1. And The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth Robert Postill
    2. 2. Like all good ideas...
    3. 3. We whinged a little bit...
    4. 4. Then it grew at the library
    5. 5. So...
    6. 6. Most leaders are terrible
    7. 7. Big Organisations
    8. 8. 37 Signals can't do everything!
    9. 10. 1. Geeks tend not to seek leadership
    10. 11. 2. Geeks collaborate better
    11. 12. 3.Geeks get risk
    12. 13. 4. Geeks understand failure
    13. 14. 5. Systems thinking comes naturally
    14. 15. 6. Benevolent dictatorship
    15. 16. There are some exceptions
    16. 17. But also shining examples
    17. 18. How do we make a change?
    18. 19. Can I join in?
    19. 20. Thanks (for the photos and inspiration) Penelope – for letting me wreck our anniversary Woot – for the beer and talk title Photos (in order from flickr) wurz - http://www.flickr.com/photos/wurz/2223706949/ ercwttmn - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ricoslounge/38351363/ Geoff Coupe - http://www.flickr.com/photos/gcoupe/20972113/ Libertine - http://www.flickr.com/photos/youthinexelcius/4392786154/ Image Editor - http://www.flickr.com/photos/11304375@N07/2744409333/ borkur.net - http://www.flickr.com/photos/borkurdotnet/363516757/ akosma - http://www.flickr.com/photos/akosma/5043426678/ jeffmcneil - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffmcneill/4252968654/ thorinside - http://www.flickr.com/photos/thorinside/136711476/ Jugglemeno - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jugglemeno/24619827/ airship - http://www.flickr.com/photos/airship/1641777101/ Chris Pirillo - http://www.flickr.com/photos/lockergnome/501700583/ Nick DeWolf Photo Archive - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dboo/186718341/ hyperion327 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmeimon/4972892088/ Oracle_Photos_Screenshots - http://www.flickr.com/photos/oracle_images/5015810231/ theducks - http://www.flickr.com/photos/theducks/2236111019/ jay d - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jayd/12581641 jereandreagan - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jereandreagan/427194663/
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