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The more you grow, the more you realize that individual contribution is less important! Great article Addy and Jordan!

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Thank you, Gregor! You're the best :)

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Feb 18Liked by Jordan Cutler

This is a lot to take in, but the levels above Senior Software Engineer, without a doubt, need far more skills than just being really good at coding and problem-solving.

Thanks for this guest post for both of you! 🀝

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Agreed, a lot in this post but hopefully some things that simmer over time :D.

Thank you, Akos. Always love your perspective

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Feb 13Liked by Jordan Cutler

Great write-up with a lot of valuable takeaways. Seniority is a lot more than technical knowhow!

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Thank you, Roy!

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Feb 13Liked by Jordan Cutler

this was a fantastic article to read. It resonated a lot with me.

Thanks β€οΈπŸ’―

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Thank you, Alejandro! So glad to hear you enjoyed it

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Loved this! Thanks to both Jordan and Addy for the collaboration.

Checking the mental models of Addy is useful for any level. In particular, I took 2 action items I can apply:

- [Action item]: Audit meetings after they happen against core soft skills.

- [Action item]: Protect blocks of time for the work that moves the needle at your level (e.g. early morning)

I loved the emphasis on setting up a system that enables your growth. You won't achieve much if you are just reacting to new fires.

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Thanks, Fran for the kind words.

Loved the action items you took from it. I like the "Audit meetings" one as well. Especially when working remote, it's where we are seen the most and where people form opinions of us and our work. If we can audit and keep improving from how those go, it will likely have ripple effects in a bunch of other areas.

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Very nice ideas. I like the emphasise on leadership impact and learning from mistakes instead of looking for perfection.

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Thank you, Basma.

Right! It was nice to see from Addy that perspective--it took a lot of pressure off for me personally

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Truth

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Thank you, Daniel!

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"architecting the broader systems and platform to help the team deliver faster as a whole" - 🎯 🎯 🎯

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Great quote callout, Petar

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What particularly resonated with me is the importance of influence over authority. This is something many people overlook as they advance in their roles. Authority often creates friction, whereas the ability to influence people is truly effective. Great article Jordan and Addy!

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Thanks so much, Nicola.

Great callout and point on influence > authority

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Feb 11Β·edited Feb 11Liked by Jordan Cutler

Transitioning from a tactical role to a leadership role needs a different skill set. I appreciate your perspectives on the skills you need for a leadership role in high tech. I hope to see more joint articles from you, Jordan and Addy!

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Thank you, Amy!

It was a great time learning from Addy as we collab'd. Hoping to have the chance to do it again

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Mid level to senior, senior to staff, and staff to principle are some of the hardest transitions to make.

I think we forget that it’s not about doing more of what we currently do in order to get to the next level. It often requires learning new communication, leadership, influence, empathy, and other soft skills to effectively hit that next level.

Thanks for sharing, Addy and Jordan. Great read.

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> It often requires learning new communication, leadership, influence, empathy, and other soft skills

Great takeaway, Caleb. It's part of what led me on this newsletter writing journey, reading a lot more non-software books on those types of soft skills, etc.

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