Thriving in Tech's Fast-Paced Chaos

By Mark McNaughton

On this episode of Code Bytes, Stephen is joined by Mark McNaughton, who has a vast amount of experience in leading successful technology functions. 

In this episode, Mark shares his unconventional journey from biomedical science to leading high-tech teams, underscoring the significance of mentorship and diverse experiences in technology careers. 

The pair delve into the challenges of adapting to the fast-paced tech environment, the role of educational institutions in keeping pace with technological advancements, and the importance of fostering a culture that values employee contributions and growth. 

Mark advocates for flexibility in hiring, moving beyond the search for 'unicorns', and emphasizes the need for self-awareness and curiosity in tech professionals. He also discusses the balance between technical skills and personal attributes in building successful teams, and the critical role of workplace culture in talent retention.


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Code Bytes, hosted by Stephen Turkington, Co-Founder of Search 5.0, is your go-to source for exclusive insights into excelling in the software engineering space.

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