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The Founding Month Edition 🎉
Rocketium is now 8 years strong! Read to know about a few learning initiatives we kicked-off in our founding month.
Building High Performance Teams: Managers Roundtable 🤝
The power of peer-learning among managers is a territory less explored. Every team has its own micro-culture and different managers approach solutions differently. By collaborating with the fellow managers, they can gain a better understanding of varied perspectives, cultural nuances, and alternative approaches to problem-solving. Additionally, it also fosters a sense of community among them.
For our first ever manager roundtable session, we brought together 12 of our line managers for a discussion about 'Delivering High Performance Teams’. The highlight of the session was the presence of T.N. Hari who comes with more than two decades of experience of being an author, advisor, entrepreneur, and a seasoned HR Leader. Hari also shared real-life case studies and insights from his experience of building and managing teams over years.
Below is a sneak-peek into the key take aways for managers from the session -
Invest time in understanding and mapping the behaviour of your team members. All outputs are influenced by certain behaviours.
There are 5 critical traits/qualities that all managers can look up to while building a high performing team: Entrepreneurial, Uncluttered Thinking, Customer Centricity, Team Building, Communication & Influence.
Educate your teams about how salaries are determined and adopt a balanced approach that is a mix of merit-based and market-correction methods. This ensures avoiding disparity conflicts.
Build the team with members who are self aware. While it may not come naturally to all on your team, it is important to think of ways to mentor them towards building it. The question of SKILL v/s WILL should be at the surface of evaluating someone’s performance.
In a high-growth startup, an ideal team member would be someone who is smart and lazy. While this may sound counterintuitive, such folks are often focussed on thinking of the most strategic ways to achieve outcomes for the top three priorities. They do not waste time on things that do not support maximum productivity.
Building Better: An expert chat with Arpit Bhayani 🧱
We kicked-off a fresh series of #ExpertChats that focus on bringing an opportunity for individual functions at Rocketium to learn from experts and thought leaders in the industry.
The first of many was a chat with Arpit Bhayani, Staff Software Engineer at Google and an engineering leader with the experience of working at companies like Amazon, Unacademy, and Practo. During the session, Arpit shared insights on the aspects of his journey towards becoming an engineering leader, working at young and large organisations, transition from IC to managerial roles, coding best practises, building better tech products and teams.
Here are a handful of key learnings from the session -
Companies have different approaches and ways of functioning. It is crucial to quickly understand and adapt to the company's DNA when staring a new position.
Being a good engineer is not just about coding skills. It is also essential to have good communication skills and the ability to talk about the impact of your work.
Extreme ownership is a critical trait while working in a team. It is important to make the life of your manager simple and earning their trust.
Business always comes first. Engineers should align themselves with the business objectives and prioritise outcomes over outputs.
A good engineer always wears three hats: that of an engineer, an architect, and a product manager.
For an engineering team, observability and documentation are crucial for troubleshooting and quick resolution of issues. This transparency and easy accessibility to information can be a game-changer.
Rocketium at the E-Commerce Conclave 2023 📺
Karan Rao (SVP Business, Rocketium) shared the stage with fellow leaders from the retail media space for a panel discussion at E-Commerce Conclave 2023, in collaboration with HiveMinds.
The event drove a stimulating conversation about how retail brands can enhance their creative capabilities to fully leverage data & AI tools for truly powerful developments.
Sneak-peek into the highlights from the panel discussion -
The power of data for creating an impact on consumer’s experience is that it gives you a gift of time. Having access to it validates a lot of hypothesis for eventually marrying it with the brand strategy.
Brands need to move on from dash-boarding data and turn into something truly actionable.
Agile CreativeOps infrastructure is becoming an inevitable need for e-commerce platforms to effectively communicate with their audience.
Although personalisation as a concept has been there for a long time, it has become a necessity for brands now. Given the scale of personalisation efforts by names like Swiggy, Amazon, Flipkart (..and more), customers now expect the same from all brands.
Watch the complete discussion below in the video.
Rocketium turned 8 on 1st April 2023! 🎉
The team celebrated an adventure day out, with activities that were reminiscent of the enthusiasm of an 8-year-old. From human foosball to paintball to giant swing, it was a treat to watch everyone enjoy with childlike joy.
Here's to many more years of adventure, growth, and overcoming challenges! 🚀
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