What are your credentials and past experience for working in your position?
I have spent over a decade working with engineering teams as a member, player-coach, manager, and leader. As a result, I have a deep expertise of agile delivery processes and cross-functional collaboration from my time as a consultant, showing by example and explaining the reasons and impacts of the various practices.
I also play the game of go, from which I’ve learned that every action makes some future actions possible and future actions impossible – and that it’s worth thinking ahead a little bit when faced with an important decision.
I also study martial arts, from which I’ve learned that it’s important to train when it’s easy to, and it only requires a little bit of discipline because when times are hard, we need discipline and training. It has also taught me that once you’re in a given position, you have to work from that position and find a way forward, trusting your training to make split-second decisions.
What’s your background?
I grew up in France and came to the US when I was 15. I worked recently at Stash, a fintech startup that seems destined for success. There have been three significant mentors that have inspired me throughout my life.
Firstly, my Father taught me how to formulate questions and how to seek out the answers.
My Sensai taught me discipline, dedication, and the importance of determination.
And last, but by no means least, Frank Herbert’s Dune. I found that this book alone packs an unbelievable amount of wisdom for philosophy and personal growth in its pages.
What are the values that drive you?
I believe that leaders should lead by example and do all that they can to make sure that they elevate their teams. That’s why I believe in Servant Leadership and use this to underpin all that I do.
Part of being human is continuous improvement. We are naturally curious and learn all the time. When you give this natural occurrence a direction, it leads to ensuring improvement and innovation.
I care deeply about mental health and wellbeing, and one of my passions is ensuring the psychological safety of both myself and those around me.
“Muad'Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn. It's shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Muad'Dib knew that every experience carries its lesson.” – Frank Herbert, Dune.
Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
Dune – Frank Herbert
Art of Agile Development – James Shore et al.
Thinking in Systems – Donnella H. Meadows