I had the pleasure of speaking with the VP of product and engineering at Cox Automotive, Ebenezer Ikonne. Ebenezer helps teams develop and deliver software solutions that are transforming the automotive industry. He has held a wide range of senior leadership positions and is a champion of Agile and Lean practices that solve the challenges of a dynamic business landscape. He is passionate about evolving how work gets done and wants people to experience “Joy At Work”.
Let’s jump into Eb’s story as we talk about the auto industry, technology, and leading software engineering teams amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
Things you will learn in this episode:
[00:01 - 02:10] Opening Segment
[02:11 - 09:38] How Auto Industry, and Engineering Teams Adapt to the “New Normal”
[09:39 - 14:57] Opportunities That We Can Take Advantage of During Crisis
[14:58 - 21:25] Eb’s New Content Called “Joy At Work”
“As a leader, it’s really being about adjusting my approach, so your values and principles stay consistent through these times. But how you act upon them and work through them is what’s different.” - Ebenezer Ikonne
“This (crisis) gives all of us the opportunity to hit the pause or maybe stop or reset and rethink things. What’s your purpose, what are you after, and what brings you that satisfaction in life?” - Ebenezer Ikonne
“Find the opportunities for joy right now! Understand that you’re in charge of your attitude, your feelings, your emotions, own them, and let’s get through this together.” - Ebenezer Ikonne
“Every good crisis provides a set of opportunities as well” - Ebenezer Ikonne
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