Leadership Chats are monthly calls for people leaders at GitLab. All people leaders at GitLab are invited to join these calls. The sessions will not be recorded or shared. The goals of these synchronous sessions include:
Some topics that managers can expect to discuss during these sessions include:
Lean Manager Coffee Chats have historically been a place for managers at GitLab to get together and talk about crucial conversations, challenges, and joys of being a people leader. These conversations were held using a lean coffee structure with topics generated by team members on the manager lean coffee chat issue board.
In the last quarter of FY21, the Learning and Development team began to brainstorm ideas for how these calls can continue to serve managers at GitLab, especially upon completion of the manager challenge program. You can read more about the planning and collaboration with managers in this issue
Leadership Chats are hosted 1x per month, with 2-3 sessions each time to accommodate multiple time zones. 2x per quarter, these calls are lead by managers attending the call. 1x per quarter, the Learning and Development team will facilitate the conversation.
These calls will kick off starting in February 2021. The first session will be facilitated by the Learning and Development team. From this kick off, the rotation of 1x L&D lead, followed by 2x manager lead, will begin. The meetings rotate on multiple days of the week to better accommote attendance.
We hope that managers can find a day or time at least 1x per quarter to attend!
|Month||Week and Day||Meeting Times||Conversation Type|
|1st month of the quarter||Third Wednesday||2pm UTC Wednesday and 11pm UTC Wednesday||L&D led conversation|
|2nd month of the quarter||Third Tuesday||12pm UTC Tuesday, 9pm UTC Tuesday, 4am UTC Wednesday||independent manager conversation|
|3rd month of the quarter||Third Thursday||12pm UTC Thursday, 9pm UTC Thursday, 4am UTC Friday||independent manager conversation|
Note: Due to a planned commitment by the L&D team, the first session will be held on the last Wednesday of February 2021. In future quarters, the call will be hosted based on the cadence above.
Leadership Chats are on the GitLab Team calendar. If you're having trouble finding the meeting, reach out to the L&D team in the learning and development Slack channel for support. Team members can also submit an access request to be added to the
email@example.com email group so you can attend the Leadership Chats.
Since the meetings are not recorded, you can review the meeting agenda to catch up on missed conversations.
If you have an idea or topic you'd like to discuss during these conversations, please open an issue on the
management-leancoffee-topics issue board and add the
new-topics label to your issue.
Please review current issues on this board to avoid duplication. If you find an existing topic that interests you, vote on the issue using the
Before each Leadership Chat session, the L&D team will populate the agenda with 3-5 topics for discussion. If your group of managers feels strongly about one of these topics, run with it! If you'd rather discuss something else, that's okay, too! These topics are meant to help get discussion going and are not required.
If you have an idea you feel strongly about that you'd like to discuss, please add it to the meeting agenda for the session you plan to attend.
If time allows, take the following action before each Leadership Chat you plan to attend:
If time, take the following action after each Leadership Chat you attend:
discussed-topicslist on the issue board
The following steps are outlined for the logistics purposes for the L&D team to effectively organize and host these meetings.
The meeting agenda can be found in the L&D Google Drive. Before each session, the L&D team should:
new-topicslist. Pull 3-5 topics for discussion and add them to the top of the agenda. Link the corresponding issues from the issue board to the agenda.