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A million-dollar question —

As a leader how do you empower your team?

I was recently asked this question. The person asked this question with genuine curiosity. In this write-up, I want to put down my thoughts about empowering the team.

Before we start, please understand that it is not a simple answer OR a black or white solution. It rather is grey most of the time. The shades could/would change :) With whatever I have learned, experienced and applied — I can tell you a few things I do for empowering the team. …


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This is the third post in the series of creating high performing teams [HPTs]. Just to recap a little bit, in the first post I wrote about the most important 3Ps ( people, process and product) and prioritisation for engineering managers. The second post was about people. I wrote about how important it is to be kind, respectful, building trust and recognising the great contributions. These are not mandatory to read but would be good to get the full context.

In this post, I am writing about the rest of the two Ps- Process and Product. As the title goes…


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“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

“Kind”, Said the boy

What a profound statement made in the book “The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse”!!

I recently read the book and like many other great statements, the above line made a deep impression on me. It also came in timely as I was thinking about this blog too.

This is the second post I am writing in the continuation of talking about building a high performing team— Creating and Nurturing High Performing Team- 3Ps For Engineering Managers.


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“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” -John Dewey

This blog is an attempt to reflect on my time in the team Advanced (the last 8 months or so). I hope and wish this reflection might help a few. I have added tips for the folks who can relate and can benefit (take it with a grain of salt).

The “Advanced” in the title is a product edition and my team name. Till last few years at Intuit (my employer), we have only catered to small business segment in QuickBooks Online(QBO) edition. Two years ago, the team started working on solving for the mid-market segment. This version of QBO…


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In this post, I am going to unfold what I have learnt in the last few years about the role of an engineering manager in creating and nurturing a high performing team [HPT].

Actually, this is the first time I am writing about high performing teams, leadership and the role of the manager. This is a sincere attempt to put across my two cents on the basics of creating a high performing team.

Success for an engineering manager is to create an HPT which strives to improve every day. A manager wanting to create an HPT has to critically focus…

Mandar Kale

Senior Development Manager at Intuit.

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