My first day at DrupalCon Dublin 2016

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With the DrupalCon Dublin conference now underway, I thought I would share a few of the tidbits I’m picking up along the way. 

Day one was all that I expected - full to the brim with interesting presentations and fascinating conversations. But one of the things that really resonated with me was the Leading Healthy Teams talk from Steve Parks at Convivio http://weareconvivio.com. This talk was delivered as part of the new Being Human track.

Last year at DrupalCon Barcelona I came away impressed with how other Drupal teams are stepping away from traditional management structures and applying self-management principles amongst their teams. This is something that we’ve also started to apply amongst our own team and so we are always on the lookout for new ideas that will help us improve working relationships. Steve’s session provided valuable insight into collaborative approaches, creative thinking and greater job satisfaction.

One aspect that Steve spoke about was Personal Mapping which grabbed my attention. The idea is that colleagues take the time to understand each other on a more personal level. This can involve the idea of mapping out a kind of introduction (in the shape of a map, if you like) about yourself to be shared with your fellow workers. You might tell them about your personal background, your ambitions, your hobbies and your personal values. It builds friendship and this can positively impact on working relationships. For managers it offers a starting point for all forms of communication.

The fact is that we are more than our working lives and managers ignore this at their peril. Good managers have empathy, are great communicators and they know how to listen. It makes sense that good managers should also encourage their teams to adopt techniques such as personal mapping in order to help their teams connect and communicate more successfully.

To find out more on Personal Mapping this great blog highlights how it works:
http://www.happymelly.com/personal-maps-connecting-teams-improving-team-collaboration/

You can read more about Drupal and Steve’s talk here: https://events.drupal.org/dublin2016/sessions/leading-healthy-teams?utm_content=buffer5b6a4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

About Sharon:

I help identify and develop ideas and approaches to ensure that Five Mile continues to grow as a strong and ambitious digital agency passionate about user experience, open-source technology, community and culture. At Five Mile I take pride in ensuring that our talented and expert team deliver great digital experiences, create happy users and ultimately help businesses thrive.

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