Last month, William Hockey announced that he is taking a step back at the end of the quarter from the company he helped to build, handing over the reins to others. Together with Zach Perret, he co-founded Plaid, a Fintech platform that connects various applications with users’ bank accounts. William also served as the company’s president and Chief Technology Officer, and he refers to his announcement as “transitioning from my day-to-day role… to a solely board position”.
William shared on Medium the internal message he sent his team, as well as his thoughts on his transition, and we’re keen to share them with you given the self-insight and emotional maturity they demonstrate, while highlighting the importance of succession planning.
Read more to see excerpts from William’s post, as well as suggestions from Lolly Daskal (executive leadership coach and author) on succession planning.
Another compelling TED talk that prompted me to reflect on my own experiences of the value of debate, and share them (and the video) with you in this post. I particularly love the alliteration Julia Dhar uses, which gives her talk a lyrical quality. One of the YouTube commenters described it as a “well structured, rehearsed and delivered speech”, and I completely agree – you can tell that she is a practised debater herself given how she constructs and conveys her ideas.
As Julia says: “There is so much that the practice of debate has to offer us for how to disagree productively. We should bring it to our workplaces, our conferences, our city council meetings – the principles of debate can transform the way that we talk to one another. To empower us to stop talking and to start listening. To stop dismissing and to start persuading. To stop shutting down and to start opening our minds.”
Read more to uncover two personal anecdotes about debates – my own real-life experience at high school, and how I used debates to strengthen the culture in a team I was building. This post also shares the techniques Julia offers to reshape how we talk with each other so we can disagree constructively, and provides a link to her talk.