In this series, Justin Browder and featured guests discuss aspects of organizational, program, project and team leadership… in 5 minutes or less.

The REMOTE Method to Personal Development

Personal Development…with a twist!

Brought to you by AXIA’s Brittany Marcellino and Justin Browder

R.E.M.O.T.E. – How you can take control of your personal development with the REMOTE Acronym

R – Realistic goals – Important when working remotely, really take the time to think about the goals you want to accomplish for yourself. Goal should be SMARTER (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound, Evaluate, Re-assess) to make sure you’re at the right spot.

E – Exercise your Brain – How can we exercise our brains to meet our goals that we set? Read new books because they introduce new ideas, new ways of thinking, different perspectives. Search the internet, think about the goals you set for yourself, and the people that can help you achieve it, for example, you can find people you’re interested in and see what they are doing, what they are posting, etc.

M – Mentorship – It’s not always what you think, it doesn’t always have to be in person and it can be many people. Look to people who can offer you guidance, advice, insight you many not have thought of before. Reach out to people you trust and admire to get their perspectives, it can be formal or informal, whatever you want it to be

O – Openness – This is a weird time so just be open to how all strange this may feel even if it’s not natural to you. Acknowledge the different ways you can be open to achieving your goals.

T – Training – Virtual training can be really effective, for flexibility purposes. For example, some universities have free courses you can take online.

E – Empower – Empower yourself to get out of your comfort zone! Try something new and different. It’s not all going to feel natural, really utilize this time to make the most of the time you have to accomplish the goals you’ve always wanted to.

Summer Reading Recommendations for Leaders

Looking for some great leadership books? Check out this video with AXIA’s David Lim and Justin Browder for some reading recommendations.

  1. Book which had Taught you the Most: Rise, by Patty Azzarello
    – Great series of reminders on how to do better, look better, connect better, lessons on working showing up and networking better
  1. Important Book for Leaders: Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute
    – Leadership It isn’t necessarily what you think it is, there is a level of authenticity that we all strive for and leadership is personal
  1. Most Recently Read Book: Move: by Patty Azzarello
    – Focuses on leading through the Middle of execution, Organization to make things happen, Valor required to push through and communicating with Everyone (MOVE)
  1. Next Book on your Reading List: The Ride of Lifetime by Robert Iger
    – Mentorship can be found in books
  1. Fun Book Recommendation: All our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
    – Has a little bit of everything in it, time travel, adventure, alternate realities, technology, life philosophy, family, relationships, love all wrapped up into a great story

Putting Positive Intent into Action

In this video, AXIA’s Justin Browder and Dan Piening will discuss tactics to take the idea of positive intent and make it actionable in your day to day interactions. These include:

  1. Take that (metaphorical) drink of water – Assume positive intent before responding
  2. Check your correspondence bias – Even if you know their situation you tend to assign people traits based on how they treat you without thinking of the entirety of their situation
  3. Use W.I.Q.s, aka Well Intentioned Questions – These are not gotcha questions, but questions to unearth more information, such as “Help me understand what’s going on behind the scenes…”
  4. Treat your employees as you would treat your manager – It’s human nature to act differently toward the person you report to so if you can bring that to your interactions with others it’s very beneficial so start with trust and fight to maintain it
  5. Create positive intent ground rules within your organization and your team – Then continue to hold each other accountable

The Importance of a Product Roadmap

What is the ideal state for your product?

This short video highlights the importance of focusing on that future state and why having a product roadmap is so important.

Successfully Working Remotely

This short video provides some quick insights about how to run successful meetings and keep teams connected while working virtually.

Project Premortems

This video will explore how you can pull your team together, gather feedback and create a discussion based on the assumption that a project failed.

The key focus questions will be:

1. What does it mean for the project to fail?

2. What caused the project to fail?

3. How can we prevent these failures?

The purpose of this style of discussion is figuring out how to prevent these failures from happening so that you can work to prevent such issues today.

3 Ways to Pull Best of Agile into Waterfall

Did you know that you can pull aspects of Agile into your Waterfall Project?

Watch this video to learn more as we dive into:

1. Embracing the idea of transparency

2. Embracing the of shortening feedback loops

3. Including a continuous improvement approach process into your project

By understanding these three aspects, you will then be able to use them correctly in your project.

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