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Name: Nooshin Pourkamali
Title: Creative Director - Back-end/AI Engineer
Organisation: Fairview Realty Group
I am Nooshin Pourkamali, 22 y/o.
I was first a Localization lead and project manager and then shitted my role more into the product design and creative aspects and have operated the same role in the field of Art and design as well; Currently, I work as a global creative director and junior back-end and ai engineer.
Additionally, almost a year ago, I founded Volunty, the platform for people to change their specialty more easily, provided by its innovative features. I participated in all aspects of business development, from software engineering to marketing, design, globalization, and partnership plans.
I aim to become an NLP language engineer, computational linguist, and tech lead or CTO.
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
--Being able to see things from various perspectives of my teammates.
-Controlling my personal emotions not to impact my behaviors with team members.
-Different communication styles, cultural differences, and diverse backgrounds in conveying information and maintaining open lines of communication.
-Maintaining your previous decision or discarding it.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
When I joined the very first company as my first ever experience, the company was amidst a significant challenge because of the employees the company had during that time ( a couple of months later, they all got laid off), and those employees made my initial days quite tough; but somehow I could manage the situation and avoid being bullied; Additionally, the company faced numerous challenges related to the demanding task at hand during that period, and I found a solution to solve them all; so I got my first lead role within a span of six to seven months.; Initially, I struggled as a leader, and I hated myself at first because of that, but time passed, and I learned how to learn from my mistakes and took baby steps to become a better version.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Not all the days are the same, but my most recent routine has been like the following; Between 7 to 7:30, I wake up, spend one hour on my laptop finishing the open projects and works from the night before, leave some notes and wrap my mind together; around 8:30, I get ready to go to work; from morning to afternoon, I work as a back-end and AI engineer and from afternoon to almost midnight I work as a design and creative lead; 3 days of my week looks like this, extra tough and crazy! But I only do one shift for the other four days and try to improve my skills and learn new things.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
The most charming leader always keeps it kind and calm, no matter how hard and complex the situation hits.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager by Michael Lopp It is filled with hilarious stories with profound lessons that Michael Lopp extracts from his varied and sometimes bizarre experiences as a manager at Apple, Pinterest, Palantir, Netscape, Symantec, Slack, and Borland. He tells stories that he probably shouldn’t tell. Still, they are magically instructive and yield his insights on leadership that cut to the heart of the matter―whether it’s dealing with your boss, handling a slacker, hiring top guns, or seeing a knotty project through to completion. You will learn how to lead engineers, handle conflict, hire well, motivate employees, manage your boss, discover how to say no, understand different engineering personalities, build effective teams, run a meeting well, and scale teams.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Take a deep breath and let it go; you cannot always keep it all perfect; keep it calm and wise like nothing can break through that calmness. Rule No.1 is that employees should enjoy their time; Work shouldn't always be the sole focus; As a leader, your role extends beyond simply delivering technical tasks but to keep the spirits and motivations up which is a far more challenging and demanding responsibility.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
The very first months were so tough; my seniors and managers reminded me of the gaps within the environment; The moments of feeling ashamed stroke so hard every time I was reminded of my neglections. It was really weird to start monitoring the situation from various perspectives and, as someone so introverted and antisocial, to be the center of an environment and make the atmosphere positive and helpful.