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Working location and hours

I work from Israel, 10 hours ahead of PDT time zone. This is the current time in Israel right now. I work Sundays to Thursdays and split my days between Israel business hours and Redmond business hours. I generally have a morning working session between 10am-4pm Israel time (Midnight-6am PDT) and an evening session that overlaps with Redmond time. My availability during PDT business hours:

  • Mondays, 10am-12pm PDT
  • Wednesdays, 10am-1pm PDT
  • Thursdays, 10am-1pm PDT

The time between 4pm and 8pm Israel time (6am-10am PDT) is reserved for my family: My wife, 8 years old twins and a 5 years old.

Meetings with me

  • Am I required for the meeting? Please schedule to a time that I can attend.
  • Due to limited availability for meetings my default is to schedule 30-minutes meetings. Pre-reads are welcome to make short meetings more efficient.

Communicating with me

  • I prefer emails over IM. Emails allow me to read them offline and respond properly. IM’s are for quick and immediate updates or questions.
  • When you start an IM conversation with me, please let me know how I can help. Don’t ‘Hi’ me and wait for me response. Instead, please let me know how I can help you.
  • Emails I send are not expected to be answered outside of your normal working hours just because I work in a different time zone. Same goes the other way – I may respond to emails during my working hours that might not align with yours.

My management style

  • I try to mentor, provide guidance, and help with prioritization as much as I can. While I’d like to be in the details, I leave the actual work to you.
  • I’ll keep you as the front person in conversations with your stakeholders. I may share feedback and guidance with you privately, but will do my best to keep you in the front.
  • I will always support you and be your safety net. Feel free to use me as the bad guy in difficult conversations or escalations.
  • Your success is top-of-mind for me. I always think about your workload, your visibility and look for opportunities for you to grow.
  • I am open and transparent about my thoughts, my feelings, my ideas and when I have feedback. I expect the same way from everyone I work with.

1:1’s

Weekly 1:1’s are time slots reserved for you where you get my full attention. Make sure you spend this time efficiently by coming with an agenda:

  • Things you’d like me to know
  • Things you’d like to ask me for help / guidance
  • Things you’d like me to share more about
  • Things you’d like me to provide feedback about

How to be successful working on my team

Be remote friendly

  • Every meeting should have a Teams link and inclusive to folks working remotely.
  • Turn on your camera during meetings with < 8 participants.
  • Be inclusive to folks who work in different time zones and try to find a time that works for them as well.

Communicate asynchronously

  • Share your ideas and plans as documents, stored in a shared folder. Invite other folks to review, collaborate and contribute.
  • Send an end of day email and share any updates you have with the team, so everyone has visibility to what you are working on. Include links to useful resources, meeting notes or documents for others to provide feedback on.
  • Review other team member’s end-of-day emails and provide your feedback. This is how you can contribute to someone elses success.

Communicate broadly on a regular basis

  • Announce releases, upcoming changes to design, processes and schedules in time for others to plan ahead and don’t get surprised.
  • Communicate status updates frequently with your stakeholders. People prefer updates pushed to them rather than asking for an update.

Prioritize ruthlessly and drive for efficiency

  • Your time is the most expensive resource we have and we must use it efficiently.
  • We will always have less time and people for the work we’re expected to do.
  • Prioritization should be done on an ongoing basis to accommodate frequent changes given the pace in which our business evolves.
  • Manage expectations with your stakeholders, peers and your manager about what, when an how things are going to get done and why. It is OK to say “No” or “Yes, but not now”.
  • Identify what isn’t efficient as it can be and work to address it. Some ideas include documentation, automation and process changes.

Manage your time wisely

  • Your time is the most expensive resource you have and you should spend it wisely.
  • Spend time arranging your calendar, making sure that the upcoming meetings are aligned with your highest priority projects.
  • Make sure you have enough focus time during the day. Block time if needed. If you spend all your day in meetings, you’ll end up doing your actual work off hours. This is not sustainable.

Manage your career and growth

  • I take your career very seriously and continue look for opportunities for your visibility and growth.
  • I generally say what’s on my mind and if I have any feedback. If you don’t get enough feedback for me – ask.
  • Connect meetings shouldn’t be a surprise and should mainly summarize our conversations from the last period.
  • Use your 1:1 agenda items and your end of day emails as a log for what you’ve done. Come Connect time, it will be easy for you go reflect.

Take time off

  • Time off always comes first. I will never say no to someone wanting to take some time off, regardless of the reason.
  • Plan to use all your PTO. We work hard, we need to set time to recharge.
  • When you’re out – disconnect. We need you to come back fully recharged.
  • Plan ahead and make sure projects won’t be blocked when you’re out. Arrange a backup for business continuity when needed.
  • Leave a OOF message to share information about your time off and your backup contacts.
  • For planned PTO in advance, consider adding a note in your email signature announcing your time off so your peers and stakeholders have a change to close things before your go.

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