"Leadership in Uncertain Times, Part II: Advice From the Chicago Tech Scene"
Below is part of an article originally written by Quinten Dol at Built In Chicago, and published on March 24, 2020. This part of the article is about PowerToFly Partner Relativity. Go to Relativity's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
While Chicago techies are busy setting up home offices, completing work projects, wrangling stuck-at-home children, washing hands and surfaces, and checking in on loved ones, we're also watching the news — and lately, it hasn't been great.
There's no workshop, book or TED Talk that teaches the skills needed to lead in the time of a pandemic. Chicago's tech leaders have been figuring things out as they go, relying on their teams, professional networks and families for support — and trusting their gut when tough calls need to be made.
In Part II of our ongoing series on corporate leadership during trying times, we spoke with executives and team heads at five local tech companies about how they're preparing themselves and their teams for whatever awaits us.
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Chicago is a strong tech community. How do you think we can help each other in times of uncertainty? What specific advice do you have for the tech community — not just to other leaders or your team, but to our industry at large?
Generally, I think the tech industry is setting an excellent precedent for how companies can band together to provide creative solutions to help manage work and business continuity during crises. We've recently seen some of the major players in tech work jointly on COVID-19 response efforts to combat fraud and misinformation. It's important that the tech community continues to collaborate on how we can amass our resources and ideas to help manage global crises like COVID-19.
This is unchartered territory for everyone, and it's especially important for people in leadership positions to understand and acknowledge they may not always have an immediate, concrete answer to some questions — and that's okay. This is a time where we all need to lean on each other for support and come together collectively to navigate adjusting to this new (hopefully temporary) norm.
Here's what they're doing, in their own words:
Empowering authenticity - LogMeIn
Learn more about LogMeIn here.
Educating on current events — Raytheon Technologies
Learn more about Raytheon Technologies here.
Encouraging awareness, growth, and learning — Moody's
- Weekly newsletters featuring AAPI employee profiles and cultural resources
- Video screening and small-group discussions supporting #StopAsianHate
- Cultural panel discussion featuring employee stories
- Professional development activities
- External speakers speaking about Asian leadership"
Supporting professional development — Freddie Mac
"Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Freddie Mac – Together, We Are Stronger
- Personal development session on empowerment led by a coach from our Employee Assistance Program.
- "Stop Asian Hate" lunch and learn geared toward discussing the hurdles facing the AAPI community.
Fostering inclusion, learning, and belonging – Nestlé USA
Learn more about Nestlé USA here.
Promoting cultural literacy – Relativity
The Community Resource Group at Relativity
Learn more about Relativity here.
Creating transformative experiences – Facebook
- Bystander Training/self Defense Workshop"
Learn more about Facebook here.
Extensive and exciting programming — 2U
Learn more about 2U here.
Amplifying voices and educating others – Smartsheet
Learn more about Smartsheet here.
Rising together in sports and culture – NBA
Learn more about the NBA here.
Creating courageous conversations – Commvault
Learn more about Commvault here.
Honoring history through virtual events – Collins Aerospace
Learn more about Collins Aerospace here.
Highlighting new perspectives – MongoDB
Learn more about MongoDB here.
Spotlighting diverse communities – Bumble
- BuzzWord DEI Discussion Series with featured guest speakers: This conversation will focus on the Asian community within the context of larger cultural issues such as dating app experiences, fetishization, masculinity, and representation.
Engaging in daring conversations – Procore
Learn more about Procore here.
Taking action to foster change – SeatGeek
Learn more about SeatGeek here.
Uplifting and inspiring the community – Okta
Learn more about Okta here.
Empowering cultural diversity and leadership – Quip
Learn more about Quip here.
Focusing on lived experiences – Mindbody
Learn more about Mindbody here.
Promoting harmony and unity – T. Rowe Price
Learn more about T. Rowe Price here.
Celebrating Asians globally
Learn more about AutoDesk here.
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