Hamza Mabrook

  • @elhamza
  • Head of Software Development
  • Bristol
Senior Management Professional, Manager, Team Lead, Product Manager, Product Owner, Project Lead, Dev...  
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Head of Development

  • CareDocs
  • Mar 2020 - Present

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2021

Nov 20, 2021
Nov 20, 2021
Joined Polywork - Hello World :)
Nov 15, 2021
Nov 15, 2021
Wrote a Blog Post
Shared an article
Here is a brilliant and refreshing article on what makes an incredible team culture and how millennials are rocking it!

Kudos to all millennial managers, leaders, and enablers out there for redefining team culture, the way we work and for empowering and inspiring people around them!

What astounds me the most is the common old-age belief that team culture is defined by an organisation when it's not. It’s defined by you and me, people!

A team is more than just a group of people who work together; it is also a group of people who trust one another, collaborate towards a common goal, and share responsibility, purpose, and vision.

Recognise and provide intrinsic and extrinsic rewards to deserving individuals as often as you can. Never ever tolerate toxicity or poor work ethic. There will be no motivation when there are no consequences for poor work ethic and no reward for good work ethic.

Always be the reason others feel welcomed, seen, heard, valued, and supported.

I strongly believe that your greatness does not come from what you have. It's all about what you give!

Trust, Enable, Allow.

#kudos #millennials #trustbasedleadership #enablers #leaders #leadershipmatters #valuepeople

https://hbr.org/2021/10/millennial-managers-can-change-company-culture-for-the-better
Oct 15, 2021
Oct 15, 2021
Wrote a Blog Post
Shared a Research Report
Shared an article
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I'm Made by Dyslexia

Did you know I am dyslexic? It is dyslexia awareness month (October) and I want to raise awareness to help more people feel confident in being able to discuss dyslexia.

As a young boy I remember being made to feel stupid and was ridiculed by people around me (colleagues, teachers) because I had certain difficulties that even I did not understand then. It's only when I moved to Singapore for my higher studies that I became aware of dyslexia and began to understand and learn to appreciate being dyslexic. I was insecure about my differences for years until I recognised that the key to overcoming my insecurity was to embrace it!

In the recent years, there has been a lot more awareness (Dyslexia DecodEd by Microsoft) especially for employers to educate everyone on traits and even more on skills of dyslexia, such as problem-solving, the ability to do complex things and find solutions.

Yes, I'm terrible at spelling and writing because I see letters and numbers very differently. Over the years I learnt to embrace it, and more importantly to educate those around me to establish that difficulties with spelling or language does not determine an individual's intellectual capacity. Let's focus on what I'm writing and not how I'm spelling it.

While dyslexia can make certain things a bit difficult, it also has great advantages. Learning to embrace dyslexia made me become more creative, flexible, competitive and determined.

Some of the strengths dyslexia brings to the world and procurement are highlighted within this remarkable article by Made By Dyslexia: The Value of Dyslexia.

  • Creativity
  • Empathy
  • Making Connections
  • Big-Picture Thinkers
  • Problem-Solving
If you're interested in learning more on this, I highly recommend This is Dyslexia by Kate Griggs.
Sep 27, 2021
Sep 27, 2021
Wrote a Blog Post
Shared an article
National Inclusion Week

Celebrated National Inclusion Week between 27 Sep 2021 - 03 Oct 2021 by sharing short stories during daily huddles to celebrate our authenticity to promote inclusion within the team.

In the simplest of terms, inclusion refers to a cultural and environmental feeling of belonging, while diversity focuses on the makeup of your workforce. Both inclusion and diversity go hand and in hand, and it brings together unique individuals from varying backgrounds and diversities to integrate and work together.

Inclusivity Checklist:
  • Value differences, let's create and maintain an environment where people can feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work.
  • Ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard, opinions are considered and value to the team is evident.
  • Provide workers with a safe space to voice their concerns.
  • Ensuring that everyone’s voice is accommodated, without any conditions or forced-choices. Keep in mind that more often a solution, although seemingly simple to some, will not suit everyone!
  • Daily interactions are the most telling sign of whether your company has an inclusive culture.
  • Respect others, despite their looks, the skill they bring in, what they eat, etc.
  • Respect Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Benchmark key aspects of your organization’s culture, and understand the employee experience before making changes to promote inclusivity.
  • Ensure inclusivity as a core competency for senior members and managers.

Organizations with inclusive cultures are:
  • Two times more likely to exceed financial targets
  • Three times more likely to be high-performing
  • Six times more likely to be innovative and agile
  • Eight times more likely to achieve business outcomes

Reasons why someone might feel comfortable:
  • Personal Preferences 
    • Food (Vegetarian, Vegan, etc) 🥙🥘🥐🥑 🐟🍖🍔
    • Looks (Clothing, Style, etc) 👕👖🥻👗👙👘👚👔👓🎩👟👠📿👱🏾‍♂️👱‍♂️👱🏽‍♂️👱🏻‍♂️👱🏻‍♀️👱🏾‍♀️
    • Social Life 📚🥳👯‍♂️
  • Religious and Cultural beliefs
    • Religious Practices \ Events (Xmas, Eid, Holi, Shiwarti, etc) ☸🕉☪✝✡✡☯☦[⛩🕋🕍🕌
  • Other
    • Proficiencies (Subject, Tech, etc)
    • Language (Having an accent, etc)

Few examples from the references of why some may feel excluded or uncomfortable:

  • The religious practices and restrictions on Saturdays or Sundays followed by some employees made them feel like they had to choose between “being part of the team” and their faith.
  • Those who were differently abled or unable to swim well felt excluded from the relay race in the pool.
  • Vegetarians would have to excuse themselves from the “taste-test” part of the barbecue competition.
Aug 20, 2021
Aug 20, 2021
Delivered a Brown Bag

Imposter Syndrome is a Bit**

🤐🔇🔕😖

Have you ever felt that you are not good enough, haven't earned your accomplishments, have lack of trust and confidence in yourself or have moments where you start doubting you are capabilities despite a proven track record ?

Well, you are not alone! Even Albert Einstein experienced something similar!

This is why he referred to him as an "Involuntary Swindler".  He believed his work did not deserve as much recognition and attention as it has received.

So by definition, imposter syndrome is when a person doubts their abilities, has a persistent fear of failure or being exposed as a fraud, yes as a fraud.

What is it?
"Impostor syndrome (IS) refers to an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be. While this definition is usually narrowly applied to intelligence and achievement, it has links to perfectionism and the social context."

  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Imposter Phenomena
  • Imposter Experience
  • Pluralistic Ignorance

However, it's more to do with an individual's personal traits and certain phycological patterns that often get reflected in many ways.

I am my own biggest critic. Before anyone else has criticized me, I have already criticized myself.  

I listed some characteristics of someone experiencing Imposter Syndrome. While there are many, during the session we primarily focused on "self-doubt" as this is highlighted as the biggest contributing factor of Imposter Syndrome in those working in tech.   
 
Characteristics:
  • Self Doubt
  • Doubting and Criticizing Own Performance
  • Constantly Comparing Yourself 
  • Perfectionism
  • Fear of Failure 
  • Feeling like a fraud (undeserving or not capable)

We also highlighted that Imposter syndrome is very common when you are trying something new or when you enter a new environment; we had grown 🚀 4x in 2020.

Causes:
  • New Environments or Challenges
  • Personality Traits
  • Cultural Expectations
  • Family and Team Dynamics

How to overcome?
  • Self-Awareness
  • Promote Recognition
    • Celebrate Achievements
    • Express Gratitude
    • Affirm Confidence

Recognition is an easy and quick way to reinforce confidence in yourself or on others! And there is absolutely no reason why someone cannot do this for themselves.

Appreciate what you already have and what you have achieved, and believe in yourself. If you are working on something difficult, keep reminding yourself that you are capable.

References:
Aug 13, 2021
Aug 13, 2021
Wrote a Blog Post
Wrote A Poem

It's Ok to...


have a dodge wifi
stand, sit or lie down for meetings
switch off your camera to stretch or eat an apple

have your pets (Kalu is the best!), partner, housemates, or children gatecrash your video feed...

attend a call while taking a stroll in the park
not check emails or IMs outside of
your working hours

take a break between meetings and work to think or rest...
put your family before work...


not know everything...

to be confused...


to say "I don't know"...
ask for help...


talk to someone about life in general...


talk about an issue...

not
talk about it...

challenge things you are not comfortable with...


have a crappy day...
have a great day...


share your victories...


smile...

cry...



to say you are not OK!


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