IDG Contributor Network: An ode to embrace your calling: for the love of phones, not 'exits' September 27, 2017
In 2014, shortly after I’d accepted the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Engineering at Polycom, a man came to see me in my San Jose office. He was in my org chart but didn’t report to me directly. Thankfully, the handlebar mustache and half-frame circular glasses betrayed what would have otherwise been an anonymous face.
His name is Jeff Rodman, Polycom’s co-founder. And he had come to find out if I was worthy. Jeff was not overt or confrontational about it. I am not even sure he was aware of it, but from the tenor of our conversation, I could tell he was measuring me, trying to discern if I was worthy of something so close to him.
IDG Contributor Network: How GitLab built a worldwide enterprise even when everybody stopped showing up August 25, 2017
Can a worldwide enterprise succeed when only one out of 170 employees actually shows up? Can it thrive over time? Can it innovate, expand, and grow?
Those are the questions Sid Sijbrandij — CEO of GitLab — faced in the early days of what is now one of the most well-known development platforms in the world. They’re the same questions he faced as the company grew.
Given the rise of remote working at large, they’re the very same questions leaders are facing today. It’s obvious employees want flexible working options untethered from geographical constraints, but from the team level to the C-suite what leaders want is to know if that kind of workforce can succeed.