AuthorJoe Khoury

My name is Joe Khoury; I’ve been working in the software engineering field for about 20 years. I worked as a software engineer for 15 years, loving every minute of it. But I never enjoyed my job as much as these last five years when I became a people manager and technology leader at my company. I started this career because I loved technology, I now love my career because of the people.

How to better run virtual meetings

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Virtual meetings are here to stay. How you participate in or run them can boost or sabotage the meeting, your team’s productivity and morale, and, ultimately, your career growth. Research by Yale shows virtual meetings are often less engaging and more challenging than face-to-face interactions. We must bring the same focus and reactions from in-person meetings to our virtual ones. Lean in...

Three Powerful Leadership Lessons from Ted Lasso You Need to Know

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A couple of months ago, my wife and I reluctantly started watching Ted Lasso. Last week, we started watching it all over again! Ted Lasso is a football coach who becomes a soccer coach. I won’t say more; please watch the show. I genuinely love everything about this show, especially Ted’s character. His energy, thoughtfulness, leadership style, team building, flaws, vulnerabilities...

9 Ways to Embrace Intrapreneurship and Love Your 9-to-5

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I just learned the term “intrapreneurship,” so I thought I’d write a blog post around it 😁. We often hear stories of daring individuals who quit their day jobs to pursue their passions, leaving the rest of us wondering if we’re doomed to a life of unfulfilling work and missed opportunities. In a world where entrepreneurship is often seen as the ultimate path to success and...

Adaptability: Humanity’s amazing blessing and scary curse

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Adaptability: One of humanity’s incredible blessings. Adaptability has saved us and helped us for thousands of years.  This NYU publication explains how early humans survived and spread from Africa to Eurasia because of their adaptability. This adaptability allowed them to change and diversify, ultimately enabling them to thrive. These findings suggest that the ability to adapt was a...

The boy who kept waiting for next year to be happy

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(This story came to me during a conversation with a family member. As we talked, I noticed that this person tended to focus on what they hadn’t yet achieved rather than recognizing their successes. It inspired me to create a story about the importance of appreciating the journey, celebrating current accomplishments, embracing challenges and discomfort, and living in the present moment. I...

The ultimate Guide to building a working out habit

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Let me clarify the title of this post: This guide is not the "ultimate guide" to building a working out habit because it's the best, but because it's as good as any. Do you find yourself reading many “ultimate guides” to habit formation, but still waiting for that magic moment to start working out? Time to stop spending time researching and watching videos on how to build habits. The...

Courage To Lead: How to Empower Your Leadership

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Do you really need courage to lead? Is bravery the most under-appreciated quality in leadership? When discussing leading teams, we often focus on skills like communication, leading meetings, check-ins, and technical expertise. However, the backbone of effective leadership is more primal and potent: courage. Let’s start with my favorite book and one of the most compelling stories of courage...

7 easy ways product and engineering collaboration can be amazing

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As Software Engineering Managers Through Leadership, our full-time job at a high level is learning about and understanding every single member of our team: their strength, weaknesses, and personality. And then coach them to improve their weaknesses, help them leverage their strengths, and shield them from the unnecessary stress from upstream politics. This approach will pave the way for each...

Fit for Life: Experts’ Tips for Physical and Mental Fitness

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More than a decade ago, I faced digestive system problems and IBS issues, running to the ER at 3am kind of issues. Traditional medical approaches didn’t seem to work for me. Even when I asked my GI doctor if I should make any dietary changes, I was told it wasn’t necessary. Unfortunately, the antibiotics didn’t solve my problems, either. They actually made them worse...

One of The Secrets to Raising Happy Kids: Calm Bedtimes and Mornings

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This post is part of Principle 5: Grow your foundation. While Management Through Leadership emphasizes caring for others, prioritizing self-care is equally important. This category encompasses various topics related to personal development, including but not limited to health, fitness, parenting, finances, education, career growth, stress management, and relationships. Picture this: it’s...