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Leadership and PERMA – Part 1

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PERMA – an acronym that was devised by Martin Seligman (Wiki entry on Martin), a published psychologist who has spent much of his life determining the tools required for a ‘good life’ as he describes. During a lecture given to the Royal Society of Arts, he presented a positive psychology model based under the acronym of PERMA. This idea has since been adopted across many management teams as well as many other disciplines as a model for building positive, productive and people oriented teams. My three favourite Ps!

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My most hated phrase – “It’s not my job’ and how to challenge it

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Have you been discussing something that needs to be done; whether a full project, parts of the project or voicing a change that needs to happen and heard the immortal words: ‘It’s not my job’? The last person who said that to me got a very short sharp response about how his job was to ensure the success of the project, company and team… Once the initial disappointment fades, However; it always makes me think about the reasons why we hear that phrase and what to do about it… The largest factor that leads to this attitude in team members in my experience is a lack of motivation. Read More

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The importance of your USP

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What is a USP? It stands for ‘Unique Selling Point’. It’s what makes you, you. Everyone has at least one, and so does every successful venture. Mine is being able to sing word for word every Meat Loaf song since 1975 :)

There comes at times opportunities for success that will accelerate quickly and become viral in a short amount of time. These times will sound like this: ‘WOW we’re doing so well, this is amazing! I can’t believe it, we’ve accumulated a million users! Oh my goodness we’ve just sold out of our best sellers! You will never guess who I’m talking to for funding now!’. Initial successes will always drive interest and possibly buy-in and investment from influential third parties and the most important factors, consumers. That being said, there can but be two eventual outcomes from an initial peak of interest: Crash and burn or a sustainable growth pattern. Read More

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Culture driven strategy for your workplace: ideal or essential?

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I have been reading a few articles/blog posts around the subject of culture in the workplace. I’m incredibly encouraged that there is a good volume of people within technology on all levels who appreciate the importance of a workable and enjoyable work culture along with the increasing importance of work/life balance. That being said, I do believe that there is more to add on this subject with regards to just how much a company should invest as best practice in the culture of their workplace and teams and how essential it is to get this right. It’s also important to look at the balance of this focus and what can happen with too much focus on the culture aspects of a company as a whole. Read More

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Good API Etiquette

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APIs are great! Every developer you talk to will usually say that an API is the preferred way to go when you want to talk to other systems. Now ask that developer if they like working with APIs. Specifically, other peoples’ APIs. They will normally answer ‘if….’ otherwise – no! I’ve both built and integrated with 3rd party APIs and I have to say, it’s actually one of my favourite elements of software development.  However, some APIs drive me very close to a whole load of crazy induced by what can only be described as a whole parade of stupid. Error codes that say the same thing for every error – *scream*! Language or library specific integration – *scream*! Terrible or non existent documentation – *scream*!

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