Welcome to Rands Leadership Slack

(Want an invite? Drop me a note.)

We’re glad you are here. For a gig as important as Leadership, there is a shocking lack of required training on the topic. Combined with a tremendous collection of impenetrable literature, Leadership exists as an essential learnable skill that is, unfortunately, usually learned on the job.

This Slack team exists to help longtime, new, and aspiring leaders to learn through conversation and sharing of ideas. With almost 5,000 participants on over 300 public channels, this place can feel initially overwhelming. The following suggestions and guidelines are intended to make your first days of Slack more digestible:

  1. Go and introduce yourself on #intros. Say as little or as much as you like.
  2. Make yourself human. Upload a photo to your profile and land some essential facts.
  3. Explore the channels. There are a lot of them and, chances are, there is already a rich conversation on your favorite leadership topic. If you’re looking for a place to start, we recommend:
    • #help-and-advice
    • #comenpensation
    • #1-1s
    • #hiring-and-interviews
    • #jobs
    • #daily-challenge
    • There are also a bunch of regional meetup channels for Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and other regions around the world.
  4. If your favorite topic isn’t being discussed, create it. Channels are free. Announce your newly created channel on #general.
  5. All are welcome to contribute regardless of whether you’re a past, current or aspiring leader. If you want to hang back and lurk, that’s cool.
  6. We expect that we’ll treat others with respect. We encourage debate; we ask for patience, and we remind you that you’re here to learn and that means being open a diverse set of ideas.
  7. This Slack is not a place for commercial activity (e.g. recruiting, or marketing your product/conference) except in channels dedicated to that purpose (e.g. #jobs, #consulting-gigs, #conferences, or #services). If you are just here to sell things and not contribute and learn, the community will notice quickly. If you see commercial behavior going down, direct message me, and I’ll fix it.
  8. Just about all the administration control is available to all users. With great power comes great responsibility. Understand what the knobs and dials do before you start flipping and twisting them.
  9. If you know someone who should be here, drop me a line, and we’ll invite them.
  10. There’s a Code of Conduct. You should read it.
  11. Legal Footnotes:
    • If you want to use ideas found on this Slack, we ask that you ask the originator of the idea for permission. If said person is no longer available, we ask that you credit the “Rands Leadership Slack.”
    • No one has signed an NDA to participate in this Slack, and you should not presume anything you say here will remain private, so act accordingly. Protect IP and legally-protected information.
    • If you want to publicly disclose anything discussed here, use Chatham House Rule as the guideline (“participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed”).

This Slack team is a living breathing creature. As such, we expect it to evolve.

Happy learning.