Anne Hjortshoj (Cisco)
Episode 4 · July 5th, 2018 · 44 mins 14 secs
About this Episode
In this episode Kendall, rachel, and Anne Hjortshoj discuss:
- Let's get this out of the way: how does one spell and pronounce Anne's last name? :)
- What's it like getting acquired by a Very Large Company? How does communication change?
- Do you change how you communicate with your team when you get acquired? How do you provide the necessary context of the larger company?
- Just how Old are the hosts of this show? :)
- Strategy can be expensive, slow, costly, and not directly connected to getting a product out the door, so it is often perceived by leadership as an expensive luxury. How do you work around this perception and get useful things done?
- When a company is largely built from acquisitions, there are many cultures in place across the organization. How do you collaborate effectively?
- Don’t demand too much of other people until you understand what their goals are.
- Sometimes falling on your face is useful when you can show you're a good human in your acknowledgement of it.
- Is it possible to transition from introvert to extrovert, or the reverse?
- The Joy of Canceling Meetings :)
- Becoming a leader/manager means letting go of direct control, it can make you feel pretty messed up.
- How to mentor or manage people who are expert in a field or practice you're not really familiar with?
- When you're in a large org, you have more options to work with leadership above you.
- Executives are not just angry gods (most of the time). It's not productive to think of them simply as evil overlords.
- What sets 'senior' leaders apart from 'junior' ones?
- When you don't have time for social niceties...
- The skill of "when do I not get involved" is learned, not innate.
Special thanks to Mel Stanley for our theme music <3