WANT AN INVITE? Send an email with your name, occupation, and the briefest of explanations of why you want to join the Slack. If you want, I’d be interested how you heard about the Slack. It’s just that easy.
For a role 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 often learned on the job. The Rands Leadership Slack exists to help longtime, new, and aspiring leaders to learn through conversation and sharing of ideas.
With almost 5000 participants on over 300 public channels, this Slack can be initially overwhelming. Once you’re onboard, the following suggestions and guidelines are intended to make your first days of Slack more useful and educational:
- Go and introduce yourself on #intros. Tell us about yourself.
- Update your profile with a photo. Land other essential facts. Make yourself a human.
- There’s a Code of Conduct. You should read it.
- Explore the channels. There are a lot of them and, chances are, there is already a rich conversation in progress on your favorite leadership topic. If you’re looking for a place to start, we recommend:
- There are also a bunch of regional meetup channels for Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and other regions around the world.
- If your favorite topic isn’t being discussed, create it. Channels are free. Announce your newly created channel on #general.
- 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.
- 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 to a diverse set of ideas.
- 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 @rands, and I’ll fix it.
- Many administration controls are available to all users. With great power comes great responsibility. Understand what the knobs and dials do before you start flipping and twisting them. Have a question before you start twisting knobs? Ask #rands-tech-support.
- If you know someone who should be here, same protocol as above, just drop Rands a line, and he’ll invite them.
- Rands currently serves as the VP of Engineering at Slack; however, this Slack has no affiliation with Slack. Rands’ words on this Slack are his own.
- Really, read the Code of Conduct.
This Slack team is a living breathing creature. As such, we expect it to evolve.