At Shield AI, we pride ourselves on taking on challenges and embracing the obstacles that come with them. We speak often about working through these obstacles, either by creatively bypassing them, or innovating in a way that allows us to power through them.
Given recent developments, many around the country are working remotely for the moment. During this time, companies like Shield AI, which are continuing to interview, hire, and on-board talent, have needed to quickly adapt our practices. Our team is working to transition touch-points that have traditionally been done in-person to remain effective when conducted remotely.
At Shield AI, we strongly believe that effective communication is a cornerstone of success. This includes running effective and efficient meetings.
Given recent developments related to COVID-19, the majority of Shield AI’s workforce -- like many around the country -- is temporarily working remotely. To support our team’s transition to this new work style, we shared a few of the following remote work best practices with our teammates this week.
Effective communication is a cornerstone of success. Think of any long term success and I bet it involves great communication. That’s true of an AI company, a football team, a band, a professional kitchen, a marriage, a friendship and everything and anything else that requires people to succeed. If you’re not communicating well, you will experience setbacks. It’s that simple.
Leadership styles are as varied as individual leaders themselves; different styles suit different people and different situations. The leadership style that resonates most with me is inspirational leadership.
What brought you to Shield AI? I was drawn to Shield AI because of its fast growth and my belief that this is a company that wants to continue to grow and transform. I felt like my background of transforming other companies might be something Shield AI would be interested in.
You’ve spent 20 years working at some of the biggest names in tech: Dell, Microsoft, Ericsson and TiVo. Why did you choose to join Shield AI? I immediately recognized the company focus on the mission driving Shield AI, and I was interested in applying my expertise to help Shield AI realize its goals.
Before joining Shield AI, you were an officer in the US Army. What does it mean to be part of the infantry? To put it succinctly, the infantry is composed of the soldiers that fight on foot. It’s the running back of the football team that is the Army, and it shares the Army’s mission: to impose the nation’s political will on its enemies.
Why did you choose to become a software engineer? What was it about software engineering that drew you in? I think it chose me, actually. I played around with computers when I was younger and wrote small programs in basic and simple assembly. But I wasn’t the kid who “lived” on his computer at home: it was just something fun to do.