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MinneAMA: Leadership Skills for the New Manager

Each month, we host a virtual AMA (or Ask Me Anything) session on a different topic with subject matter experts from our community. You can ask questions and learn directly from industry leaders who know it best (all from the comfort of your home or office).

This month, we were lucky to be joined by Justin Porter (VP of Operations at Kipsu) and Eryn O’Neil (Director of Engineering at Cloudburst) to talk about leadership skills for the new manager.

Weren’t able to make it? Be sure to check out the video below:

You have the “Engineering” part of “Engineering Manager” figured out… but how about the “Manager” part?

Many first time managers got the job because of their skill as a developer, despite the fact that programming and managing are two different jobs. To be effective, new managers must develop the leadership skills to guide their teams to success.

In this session, you will start to develop your own leadership style as we break down the squishier parts of the job: building a cohesive and high-performing team; motivating and retaining talented engineers; giving effective feedback; having difficult conversations; and more.

Book and blog writer recommendations from Eryn and Justin:

Don’t forget to join us next time (May 20th) when we talk to local experts about Mental Health in #MNtech (get tickets here).

Can join us, but want to get your questions answered? Submit them ahead of time to support@minnestar.org and we will try and include them in the session.