Things I Swear I Will Never Do To Someone Else

September 7, 2010

Career, Leadership

Back in 1999, when I started my new job with my customer in California, I took a couple of hours and wrote a list of everything I learned while I was on the supplier side of the desk so I wouldn’t forget now that I was on the customer side.  The list had both the things I swore I would never do to someone else as well as some of the best practices I swore I would never forget.  By making that list I started to define for myself who I wanted to be in my new role.  Although I had only intended that list to be for myself, I did eventually pass it on and from there it took on a life of its own.

Over the past  couple of years I have been developing a few new managers.  We were having a philosophical conversation about how we learn from our experiences – both good and bad – and I mentioned what I had done so many years ago.  After a few requests to see the list, which I no longer have, I thought it was a good time to create version 2.0 and the idea for this talk was born.

This talk was originally presented at the Montreal International Game Summit in November 2009.  I have modified it from its original format to publish it on  Eventually, I plan on either presenting or publishing the Best Practices part of the list.

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About Liza Wood

After a dozen years leading video game development projects in a variety of roles, I decided to pursue a Master of Data Science at the University of British Columbia. Studying data science doesn’t mean I’m moving away from leading people. Growing data science teams need collaborative, pragmatic, Agile leadership to connect data to all areas of the business. I would like to share that point of view, along with my experiences, on this blog.

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2 Comments on “Things I Swear I Will Never Do To Someone Else”

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