Sipping Coffee, Sharing Wisdom

Since early 2023, I've been conducting CTO-Intern catchup sessions where I meet with new interns in batches over coffee to get to know them individually. During these sessions, I typically inquire about their backgrounds, motivations, and hobbies. Towards the end of the catchup, I allow them to ask me anything, with each person having the opportunity to pose one question. Thus far, I've noticed many recurring questions, which I'll summarize in this post for future reference. 😁

CTO-Intern Catchup - Malang, Nov 2023

1. What's the biggest lesson you've learned in your career so far?

The most significant lesson I've learned in my career is the importance of adaptability and growth mindset. The business landscape is constantly evolving, and being able to adapt to change quickly and effectively is crucial for success. Growth mindset has enabled me to embrace challenges as opportunities for growth, view failures as learning experiences, and persist in the face of setbacks.

Source: Deepstash

2. How do you prioritize tasks and manage your time effectively?

Prioritizing tasks and managing time effectively is essential, particularly in a fast-paced environment like ours. I rely on planning, delegation, and time management techniques to stay organized and focused. This includes setting clear goals and priorities, breaking down larger tasks into smaller, manageable steps, and utilizing tools like Google Calendar and Google Tasks to track progress and deadlines. Additionally, I prioritize tasks based on their impact and urgency, focusing on those that will have the greatest positive outcome for the company.

Read: Efficient Productivity Matrix

3. What qualities do you look for in potential future leaders?

When identifying potential future leaders, I seek a combination of strong interpersonal skills, strategic thinking, and a growth mindset. Effective leaders not only inspire and motivate others but also possess the vision and strategic acumen to propel the company forward. They should demonstrate a willingness to continuously learn and grow, as well as the ability to navigate ambiguity and lead through uncertainty.

Source: LifeHack