Learn to be a great engineering leader. This week I speak with Swapna Savant Director of Engineering at Headspace Health and founder of adaptUp. We talk about presenting to executives, lessons learned, the necessity of inclusive job descriptions in hiring, self-awareness, setting realistic goals rather than aiming for the stars, plus networking ideas, and more!
Transcript at https://managersclub.com/leadership-lessons-swapna-director-engineering
0:47 What’s your background, and how did you get into management?
2:55 What are the biggest challenges you face as an engineering leader?
5:01 Could you share with us a lesson you learned as an engineering leader?
8:12 Hiring is an important function of management. What is your approach to hiring?
11:55 What’s your advice for managers who are just starting?
14:59 What’s your workday like, and how do you manage your time, emails, calendar, etc.?
17:45 What’s a personal habit contributing to your success as an engineering leader?
19:22 Can you share an internet resource, app, or tool that helps you as a manager?
20:56 If you could recommend one book to managers, what would it be and why?
24:05 As a manager, what is your approach to developing & leveling up members of your team?
26:10 What does it take to be a great engineering leader?
27:39 Where can we go to learn more about you?
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