Communications habit

Last week at work, I learned that an executive has been working on a diversity and inclusion effort monthly. They really care about moving the needed to increase the gender and under represented diversity in our engineering ranks.

I was pleasantly surprised that they are so active in this area. I personally have not heard it from my direct chain of command. I have not heard individual contributors mention that they felt the leadership care deeply enough. We do hear it from our company’s top leaders. We see it in our campaigns. Now that our division leader also express their deep engagement, this is very positive news.

This brings me to my point. If you are a leader, and there is something you are actively working on and you care about it, please communicate! Communicate directly via email. Communicate directly in a blog post.

After you communicated once, next month, communicate again.

Tony Tam (Li Zhi)

Senior Principal Engineer @ Splunk, ImpactfulEngineer.org & SFBadminton.org