Last week I had a fantastic chat with, who is VP of Engineering at Range, and writer of the popular newsletter Tech and Tea.
Jean has been an obvious inspiration for me, for a long time. Her focus on improving how people work in tech shows in everything she does:
She builds a product that improves the way teams communicate.
She writes a newsletter about—in her own words—leadership, teamwork, parenting, partnership, and creative self-expression.
Our conversation naturally gravitated towards those topics. Today’s article is a summary of our conversation, plus more ideas and resources to learn more. Here is what we will cover:
⚖️ Hardcore vs Calm work — an increasingly big divide in tech.
🏃♂️ Engineering productivity — it’s not about the hours.
💻 Remote productivity — getting things done vs building relationships.
🧠 Hustling and mindset — our need to feel productive, goal setting, and over-achieving.
🧘 The hierarchy of spaces — carving out space for living your life and, eventually, express yourself creatively.
Let’s dive in!