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Past Presentations

Empathy: A Keystone Habit

Do you struggle to build trust, influence others, give effective feedback, and enable collaboration? This session will explore how empathy – the ability to understand others' needs and ensure that they know that you understand them – is what Charles Duhigg calls a "keystone...

Paul Tevis People Development Manager @AppFolio
Finding Purpose Through the Things We Build

Note: The Closing Keynote is Open to QCon Attendees, their partners, and invited guests. While the closing keynote is free, anyone without a QCon badge will need to register to attend the keynote. What is YOUR Why? We all have different moments in life that serve as a catalyst for why we do the...

Kortney Ziegler Co-Founder/ Head of Product & Design @useAerial | Creative Director @Appolition
Baby Got Feedback: How to Give and Take Feedback Like A Boss

Giving--and receiving--feedback is hard, especially when we perceive the feedback to be negative. We put it off, and then make the feedback conversation a bigger deal than originally intended. How can you avoid this pitfall and learn to be more comfortable with feedback? This talk uses empirical...

Sarah Hagan Research Manager & Data Scientist, People Analytics @gatesfoundation

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Sarah Hagan Research Manager & Data Scientist, People Analytics @gatesfoundation

Baby Got Feedback: How to Give and Take Feedback Like A Boss

What is the motivation for your talk?

People suck at giving feedback. People suck at taking it, and they suck even more at giving it. There seems to be, across every domain--not just technology or software--this reticence to have a vulnerable conversation about performance, behavior, or attitude. Welcoming that feedback actually makes you a better person, as well as a...

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