Leading Through A Crisis with GitHub’s CTO Jason Warner


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At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies around the world were asking the same question: How do I mobilize my workforce and give them the tools and skills they need to work from home? GitHub employs more than 1,000 employees, all of whom work remotely. So we invited their CTO, Jason Warner, back to the program to discuss how he advised companies on adapting to their new normal. And he gave some best practices he’s learned about leading through a crisis, and explained why GitHub is one step closer to achieving its mission.

Key Takeaways

  • In many cases, once a company and its leaders became comfortable with remote environments, they begin to embrace it
  • It’s important to be transparent and honest with your employees during a crisis — they are struggling and need to be given the truth of the situation in order to realistically set expectations
  • GitHub’s mission is to make sure every developer has access to its software, and as the company continues to expand its reach, it is getting closer and closer to achieving that goal


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