#162 - Scaling for Success: People Priorities for High-Growth Organizations - Andrew Bartlow

Tech Lead Journal

Feb 12 2024 • 59 mins

“The People Playbook: First, be clear about your goals and communicate with massive clarity to your team what you’re trying to accomplish. Second, be brilliant at the basics."

Andrew Bartlow is the co-founder of the People Leader Accelerator and the co-author of “Scaling for Success”. In this episode, Andrew discusses the common challenges faced by high-growth organizations and offers strategies for successful scaling.

He emphasizes the significance of organizations creating a unique people’s playbook and cautions against blindly adopting best practices from other companies. Andrew highlights 7 essential people practices organizations should prioritize, which includes organizational structure, learning & development, and culture & engagement.

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:03:55]
  • Writing “Scaling for Success” - [00:06:56]
  • High-Growth Organization Challenges - [00:08:52]
  • Goldilocks Zone - [00:11:11]
  • People Playbook - [00:12:52]
  • The Danger of Best Practices - [00:15:13]
  • Crisis of Leadership & Autonomy - [00:17:29]
  • Lack of Role Clarity - [00:21:34]
  • 7 Key People Practices - [00:25:45]
  • Key Practice: Organizational Structure - [00:30:44]
  • Politics & Power Dynamics - [00:37:49]
  • Key Practice: Learning & Development - [00:40:30]
  • Key Practice: Culture, Engagement & Communications - [00:46:22]
  • Sensing Employee Engagement - [00:52:17]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:55:14]

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Andrew Bartlow’s Bio
Andrew Bartlow has almost 25 years of experience as a thought leader in organizational effectiveness, and as a practical operator linking business strategy to HR priorities inside corporations. In addition to advisory and mentoring activities through Series B Consulting, Andrew serves as an Operating Partner & Senior Advisor for Altamont Capital Partners, the cofounder and Network Director for WiseGrowth Networks, the cofounder and Managing Partner of People Leader Accelerator, and an HR Venture Advisor for SemperVirens Venture Capital.

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