She stops by and says: "I need to talk to you."
It's exactly what you fear. She's quitting, leaving for a more meaningful job with less politics.
When this other offer came along, she jumped at it.
Blindsided, you have no idea how you'll get everything done.
Finding another developer is going to take forever, and the ramp-up time on the projects is going to take months.
Now you need to break the news to your boss. She'll ask, "What did you do to prevent this? Why were you blindsided?" As if your job wasn't tough enough, now you're worried they have lost confidence in you.
It doesn't have to be this way.
What if developers shared their frustrations so you could fix the problem?
What if they give you honest feedback so you could create the awesome environment they need?
What if you proactively help them achieve their goals?
What if they never consider leaving because they love working for you?
Learn how to have amazing 1:1 meetings!
The Grow Happy Developers Course
This video course will teach you how to...
Build trust and loyalty with your developers
Get the results you need from your team through corrective and guiding conversations with your developers
Reduce turn-over by giving your developers
Inspire your developers by showing them the WHY behind the WHAT that they do
Improve your own skills based on feedback from your developers
Lead by example and practice servant leadership
What motivates your developers, and what they really want in a boss.
One-on-One 101: Learn to conduct meetings that your developers will love, not dread.
Scheduling your first 1:1 meetings the RIGHT way.
An Agenda for your 1:1 meetings which benefits both you and your team.
The truth about feedback and correction (Hint: Your developers WANT it!)
To use the 1:1 meeting to provide continuous gentle corrections and feedback.
What NOT to do in your 1:1 meetings.
How to cancel 1:1 meetings gracefully (it's harder than you think!)
How to work with your boss to keep your developers happy.
How to deal with difficult developers.
Sample Lesson: The Truth about Correction and Feedback
Work at your pace, get help in Slack
This is a three-hour video workshop, which includes a three-month membership to my private Slack room.
- The course has twelve 15 minute lessons you may watch at your own pace
- In my Slack channel, I'll answer questions, help you debug your process, and offer additional insights and ideas to apply what you learned.
- We finish with a private, one-on-one mentoring session to debug your 1:1 meetings ($599 value!)
When you sign-up, you will also receive...
- One private, one-on-one mentoring session with me ($599 value!)
- A three-month subscription to my #SoftwareManagers slack room
- Video recordings of all sessions (priceless!)
- A copy of my book 7 Habits that Ruin your Technical Team
What people say about working with me...
I require every new manager that reports to me to sign up for Marcus's newsletter and often discuss it in staff meetings. Leadership with a capital "L" is a real part of the discipline I now bring to the coaching experience with my team.
I continue to work one-on-one with Marcus to this day, and I hope I will always be able to lean on him and dialog about challenges.
He is worth way more than you can ever pay him."
Andrew Coven, Director of Content Acquisition Engineering of Netflix
Oddly, I felt like I would be unable to put this new information and ideas into action, and would, therefore, feel worse about myself than before.
I found the opposite. Working with Marcus has been the best form of support I could ask for. He helps me question bad assumptions, brainstorm better solutions, and he's taught me how to manage people without screwing up.
I like the small group focus. I find that the focused attention helps dig deeper into troubling issues."
Jonathan Wold, CMO of XWP.com
Seems interesting, but...
It might seem like you’re too busy to take another class, another training, or implement another practice, but that’s short-sighted. It’s not difficult to imagine how busy you will be if your team can't deliver on time. If you’re already “too busy”, building a high-performance environment is one of your most important initiatives.
Nah! If you can learn to code (a completely foreign thing to humans!) you can learn to relate to another human being. This isn’t rocket science, and like any skill, it can be learned with a bit of practice.
I have never found an organization where these practices could not be implemented, from agencies, to start-ups, to enterprises. Like anything worth doing, it will require effort on your part, but you will not be alone.
Your boss doesn’t want to see turnover either, so he’s also motivated to keep your best people. We’ll explore how you can work with upper management to create the kind of environment your people need to be happy and productive.
That depends on you. Sessions are held via video weekly at 8:30 am Pacific USA time. If you can make that work, then we'd love to see you!
Why should you trust me?
My mission is to elevate the art of managing your development team.
For too long, we've made hero's of brilliant developers (e.g. Linus Torvalds, John Carmack), and mocked the idea of "brilliant managers".
I know great development managers who are doing the job because they agreed to "take one for the team". They left the development work they loved to do a job no one wanted.
Let's face it, the social icon most associated with technical management is the anti-role model named "The Pointy Haired Boss" from the cartoon Dilbert.
It's time for technical management to stop being a dirty word. It's time to stop believing that you need to just get out of the way of your brilliant developers.
It's time to create the next generation of great development managers. I hope you will join me.