Welcome to the GitLab Learning & Development (L&D) newsletter! The purpose of the L&D newsletter is to enable a culture of curiosity and continuous learning that prioritizes learning with a growth mindset for team members. The quarterly newsletter will raise awareness of what learning initiatives took place in the past quarter, insight into what's coming next, learning tips, and encourage participation. We will also feature leadership and learner profiles that highlight what our community has done to learn new skills. Consider this a forum to hear from others across GitLab on what learning has done for them.
This quarter we are learning from Robin Schulman.
Q: What has your career journey looked like to date?
Q: What’s the biggest career risk you’ve ever taken?
Q: What’s the best book you’ve read in the past year or favorite book in general?
Q: What is your preferred learning style? (Different learning styles - Visual: You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding. Auditory: You prefer using sound and music. Kinesthetic: You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch. Reading/Writing: You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.)
Q: Why do you think learning is important?
Q: What is one thing you wish you would have learned sooner in your career?
Q: Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Maybe someone who has been a mentor to you. Why and how did this person impact your life.
Q: What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
Q: Is there anything else you would like to tell us about Leadership at GitLab?
Fun Facts about Robin
Is there a leader at GitLab that you want to learn more about? To nominate someone for our Learn from Leadership section in our next newsletter, use this nomination form.
Do you know a team member that places an emphasis on learning? To nominate someone for our Learner Spotlight for our next newsletter, use this nomination form.
This quarter's team spotlight is on the Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DIB) Team. The DIB Team has two team members that focus on building an environment where all team members feel they belong. They do this by making sure team members feel: they are recognized, allowed to express their thoughts, have the ability to make contributions and are able to bring their best selves to work every day.
The DIB Team has worked on many projects to date, including, but not limited to:
Is there a team at GitLab you want to learn more about? Each quarter we will feature a different team and what they do here at GitLab. Leave a comment on the dicussion issue if there is a team you would like to see featured or if you would like your team to be featured!
Our L&D team will have a variety of learning initiatives throughout the quarter to help reinforce our culture of learning.
Note: More learning activities may be added throughout the quarter. To stay up to date, please join our #learninganddevelopment Slack Channel and follow the GitLab Learning & Development channel in GitLab Learn.
FY21-Q4 was full of Learning Initiatives by the Learning & Development Team. If you missed them or want to go back and review anything, here is an outline of what took place:
The L&D Team has been adding more content to the leadership handbook pages and doing CEO Handbook Learning Sessions. You can see an outline of the leadership pages below.
The following video is an example of the CEO Handbook Learning Sessions the L&D Team is doing to uplevel the Leadership handbook pages.
More ways you can continue to learn throughout the quarter:
We want to remind you to take time out to learn! Focus Fridays have been extended to 2021-04-30 and are a great time to focus on learning. Consider blocking off a few hours each week on Fridays to learn new skills for your role at GitLab.
There are plenty of courses on GitLab Learn as well as LinkedIn Learning that you can access. Check out our recommended LinkedIn Learning courses! If you find a course that you think should be on the recommendation list, make an MR to the list and ask a L&D Team member in the
#learninganddevelopment Slack Channel to merge.
DIB - Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Quarterly Newsletter.
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