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Challenging times offer hidden potential for innovative avenues for growth and efficiency

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Leadership is not an easy skill to master, by any means - but leading through 'the bad times' is a whole new ball game.  Suddenly, you're the anchor amidst uncertainty, balancing the demands of managers, the company's bottom line, and your team's needs. But let's face it, you can't have all the answers, and that's okay. As you grapple with unanswered questions, conflicting objectives, and the call for 'sustainable growth,' how can you balance expectations and deliver results while also protecting your own well-being?

In this panel, engineering leaders will share how they strive to be the best leaders they can be during a downturn and the skills necessary to do so. We will discuss how to build and maintain trust in uncertainty and how to communicate effectively when you don’t have all the answers. We’ll even share how to take advantage of the unique opportunities these times present for new approaches to growth and efficiency, even though it might not always feel like it!

Key takeaways

  • Discover which skills are essential when leading through an economic downturn
  • Provide direction and motivation for your team through uncertainty
  • Learn where to find your own support when you need it 
  • Understand which projects to prioritize for the long-term success of the org, and the most efficient use of resources 



Julien Veneziano

Senior Engineering Manager at Squarespace

Sangeeta Narayanan