Sharing best practices
- A strong connection with your peers can highlight alternative perspectives on the challenges their team(s) face while also surfacing fresh approaches to solving them.
- Those relationships can also help identify what’s going well within your team and a platform to share those best practices. When those opportunities are available, always seek to understand their priorities and challenges and then suggest solutions that have worked well for your team.
These aspects are critical for making your team more performant, effective and contributing to long-term impact within your team and across other teams.
Honing your influencing skills
Your ability to influence different people or groups will vary based on your relationship with them. For example, your impact on your peers is different than the one you hold over your direct team, as your manager has a vested interest in making you successful. Additionally, your team members know you closely—they may rely on you for decisions within the team, they also spend a lot of time with you. Naturally, you'll find it easier to influence them.
Because of the limited shared time with your peers, your impact is less substantial. And the same is true for their impact on you. It's worthwhile to plan your 1:1 and group interactions with your peers. Some of it will happen naturally, for example, a platform your team is adopting. Other opportunities can be based on common interests such as security, programming languages, or frameworks. Others may be around org-wide initiatives such as interviewing, mentoring, etc. Actively seek out opportunities that interest you, find individuals you respect & can learn from, and vice versa, and regularly catch up with them. You may need to step out of your comfort zone a bit, don't hesitate to take that first step. Trust me, there will be no looking back.
COVID-19 has redefined how so many people are working. And as a result, it's likely the number of people working in-office five days a week will continue to shrink. To acclimate to these changes, ICs and managers will need to make the extra effort of building rapport with peers, and at the same time, with fully remote levels—everyone is just a Zoom call away. Keep these aspects in mind as you plan your week and month.