A developer, coach, and guide for mindfulness and meditation students, Alex brings warmth & compassion to technology. By teaching and coaching from a place of mindfulness and empathy, Alex helps disempower fear, strengthen communication, and build connection, so that tech teams learn together and thrive. Author of The Little Guide to Empathetic Technical Leadership, host of The Geek Joy Podcast, and coach at Maitria.
You've heard empathy is a learned skill. Let's really talk about it. What does it mean to have empathy? Why does it matter, anyway? And if empathy is useful (I hope to show you how it is), how do you get better at it?
In this session, you'll learn real stuff about what's in your own heart, and how to connect to the people you encounter. Less feeling shitty, more enjoying projects!
View Learning to Empathy on YouTube.
We want to create organizations and systems where people thrive. We want an environment where we can create valuable software people love, make money, and have fun together while doing it. For a team to be healthy in this way, we need to be able to talk about difficult subjects. If only it weren't so awkward!
In this session, you learn how to give effective feedback, both positive and negative. You also learn how you can approach difficult conversations, and use them to move your team forward.
View Feedback and Challenging Conversations on YouTube.
Effective pairing can increase creativity, energy, speed & quality. But on some teams, pairing is shunned, avoided, or just faked. Why do some thrive with pairing while others want nothing to do with it? How does coach-enforced pairing turn into something dry, distracted, imbalanced & ineffective? Join in an honest discussion & learn about which pairing styles drag teams down & what sort of pairing helps teams rock.
View Does Pair Programming Have to Suck (Alex was Angela) on YouTube.
Here are a few of our favorite episodes of Maitria's Geek Joy Podcast:
Here's where you can learn more about The Geek Joy Podcast.