021 — Meri Williams: A CTO's advice on teams, culture, and becoming an empowering leader

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Meri Williams is the CTO of Pleo, and ex-CTO of influential challenger bank, Monzo. Meri has held technical leadership roles for the last 10 years, and over that time has developed a deep understanding of what it takes to build high-performing teams with a foundation of exceptional culture. They are also the Chair and Host of The Lead Developer conference — a conference for technical leadership centred around “Team, Tech, and Tools”.

In this fantastic episode, Jack and Meri take a look at the nuances of culture and leadership. Meri gives their take on how you know you’re ready for that next step in your career as a people leader, or not, as the case may be... They also discuss the importance of reframing the feeling that doing great work only means more work to your detriment.

Meri is also a DEI leader, and has spent time understanding what’s important in creating an accepting, inclusive environment to work. It hinges on three things that you should consider as an employee or prospective employee in your organisation. Tune in to hear what they are!

Learn more:

- How to improve team collaboration: https://grst.co/41PGgUj

- How to create a successful Salesforce team culture: https://grst.co/3RFyM1z

- How to document your Salesforce DevOps processes: https://grst.co/3H24mBx

- How to unite distributed Salesforce teams: https://grst.co/4aU5Lbp

- Tips to assess your Salesforce teams training needs: https://grst.co/3tEBKeF

About DevOps Diaries: Salesforce DevOps Advocate Jack McCurdy chats to members of the Salesforce community about their experience in the Salesforce ecosystem. Expect to hear and learn from inspirational stories of personal growth and business success, whilst discovering all the trials, tribulations, and joy that comes with delivering Salesforce for companies of all shapes and sizes. New episodes bi-weekly on YouTube as well as on your preferred podcast platform.

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