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Michael Lopp, Managing Humans, 10.1007/978-1-4842-2158-7_19

19. Tear It Down

There are three leadership roles

Michael Lopp

(1)Los Gatos, California, USA

When I do speaking gigs, I open with a few questions to get to know the audience. I’m looking for a couple of key demographic numbers to gauge how much to focus on and tune different themes in any given talk. I ask:

  • How many are self-identified Apple people? (Typography jokes = ok.)

  • How many are engineers? (Programming jokes = ok.)

  • How many MBAs are in the audience? (Spreadsheet ridicule = ok.)

Lastly, if the talk has anything to do with leadership, I ask, “How many of you are managers?” <hands raised> Then I ask, “How many of you are leaders?” Confused looks . . . and some of the ...

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