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General Manager, AWS Outposts @awscloud Tweets mine unless we live in the Matrix (He/Him) #cloud #tech #diversity #inclusion
8 Oct 19
I hear a lot from leaders that they want to encourage “calculated #risktaking” in their orgs/companies. My perspective might surprise you, but I believe it's all about whether you build a culture of "Psychological Safety"... 1/n

#leadership #management #psychologicalsafety
I believe you get more risk taking when your organizational culture values and promotes psychological safety as compared to a focus on rewarding risk takers when things pan out. So what is psychological safety and how do you create it in your culture... 2/n

Wikipedia defines it as "a shared belief that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking." & evidence shows that people are more willing to take risks when they don't fear blowing up their careers for saying/doing one wrong thing... 3/n

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26 Sep 19
5am thoughts: One of the challenges for men in #leadership positions in #tech who want to increase #inclusion and #diversity in our orgs, is that first we need to first recognize our own #privilege before knowing what conscious actions to take in our orgs & company-wide... 1/14
First, credit to my colleague @bjohnso5y. Her post on how to be a better #ally for #womenintech emphasized the mechanism of #recognition (e.g. crediting women for their ideas in public spaces). The goal of better #allyship inspired this thread... 2/14…
In the sphere of political debate, you’ll often hear white people (especially men) arguing they don’t have privilege and don’t get special treatment. "Everything’s a meritocracy!" "Nobody 'gave' me anything!" - Nothing to see here, move along… 3/14
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26 Aug 19
My post on LinkedIn about my interview experience in 1996 @amazon blew up. But a bunch of people asked me why I left after 3 yrs and boomeranged 14 years later. So I thought I’d tell the story here #AWS #amazon #techjobs…
Everyone assumes that if you’re “successful” by some measure they seen you got there through a series of brilliant chess moves or you were an overnight #success. Occasionally that’s true, but far more often it looks like this
My first 3 years at amazon were amazing. We changed the world of #ecommerce, survived competitive threats that were supposed to kill us, invented lots of 😎 #tech that’s now commonplace in websites. But it was also exhausting. I worked 6-7 days a week, every week for 3 years 😓
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