124. What type of developer you need to make friends with
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To lead in the Digital Age, you need a network of developer friends. They can help you understand the latest tech trends and decipher jargon. But to build the right network, you need to act intentionally. Don’t just hunt down anybody who has ever taken a python course. There are two types of developers: managers and specialists. All developers start off as coders, but as they progress in their careers, they come to a fork in the road. Some decide to specialise deeper in a particular aspect of technology, whereas others go the management route. Engineering managers lead teams of engineers, and rarely write code themselves. In fact, a Chief Technology Officer is unlikely to have written any code for quite some time. Their task is to manage the team, and to work with non-technical teams to align technology strategy to business needs. Engineers on the management route must take business courses to progress in their careers. Just as the non-techies need to speak tech, the techies need to speak business. Because engineers who want to get to the C Suite also need to learn from the business side, your relationships are an equal value exchange. Build these relationships with mutual respect, and the confidence that you are both bringing something to the table. Join our next FREE Masterclass on 30 November 2022, 12 pm EST / 5 pm GMT How to Become a Digital Leader You will learn: The top mistake non-technical leaders make when it comes to tech Leadership case studies from Netflix & Microsoft How to go from traditional business manager to Digital Leader SIGN UP HERE   Listen here on Apple Podcasts Listen here on Spotify ----- If you like learning about how tech products and profits get made, you'll like our newsletter. It's funny too. Sign up here. -----  Tech for Non-Techies clients  Reach senior leadership positions in Big Tech firms Lead digital transformation in established businesses Create tech businesses as non-technical founders Pivot into careers in venture capital If you want to have a great career in the Digital Age, then APPLY FOR A CONSULTATION CALL.   What happens when you apply for a consultation call: Sophia and her team will look through your application. If they genuinely think Sophia could help you, you will get a link to her calendar.. You will have a 20 – 30 minute call to discuss your goals and see if you are a good fit for each other.  If we establish that Tech for Non-Techies courses + coaching could help you and believe we would enjoy working together, we will discuss a relevant approach to suit you. The aim of the call is not to sell you on anything that is not right for you. We both win if you get results, but we both lose if you don’t. We love hearing from our readers and listeners. So if you have questions about the content or working with us, just get in touch on [email protected]   Say hi to Sophia on Twitter and follow her on LinkedIn. Following us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok will make you smarter.
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