Skill Level Intermediate
- [Nishant Bhajaria] Welcome to inclusive tech, part one of a two part series on building an inclusive technology team. My name is Nishant Bhajaria, and i've led teams, organizations and product launches at several american corporations. Over my career, i have been a hands on individual contributor, a people manager, as well as an external facing leader. I have seen a lot of evolution over my two decades in academia and in the workforce. As a people manager, i've seen a remarkable transition in how companies relate to their employees when it comes to inclusivity. For the first half of my career, it seemed like the burden of inclusivity was on the employees, they had to assimilate into the consensus culture of the company. The concept of inclusivity was not foremost and how the leadership of the company connected to the rank and file. Over the last few years, however, there has been a significant shift on linkedin, social media, everywhere it seems. Companies cannot seem to stop talking about what they are doing to build an inclusive culture. This shift has occurred partly because of cultural changes, but also because of how changes and employees work. The decentralized bottom up style that we have seen emerge in the last few years, employees have more of a voice than they did before. And that makes the role of a manager more challenging than it has been before. This course is part one of a two core series, aimed at helping managers and other leaders build a truly inclusive culture in their teams, a culture that has room for everyone, a culture that truly represents the aspirations of all your employees, while helping them focus on the collective goals of the team. In this part of the course, We will focus on what it means to be a manager or a people leader today and why inclusivity is important in tech teams.