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Scaling your leadership 10x in 6 years and leading outside your technical depth

with Claus Moberg

November 15, 2022
Scaling your leadership 10x in 6 years and leading outside your technical depth
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ABOUT CLAUS MOBERG

Claus Moberg leads engineering for the Roblox User Group. His teams are responsible for the applications and experiences through which over 58.5 million users explore and experience the Roblox Metaverse every day. Claus has worked at Roblox since the summer of 2016, leading teams across multiple engineering and product disciplines (VR, Consoles, Mobile, Social, Personalization) and geographies (San Mateo, CA and Shenzhen, CN).

“The key mistake to avoid is to think that a lack of domain experience is an excuse to not engage at that level of depth, right? It's not.

It's actually an obligation to engage at the maximum level of depth that's necessary to solve the problem, but it's an opportunity to engage, avoiding buzz words, and using plain English, and sort of doing it in a way that makes communication more clear as opposed to less clear throughout the organization.”

- Claus Moberg   


SHOW NOTES:

  • How Claus transitioned from meteorology student to VP of Eng at Roblox (2:17)
  • Utilizing a maximization function for career strategy & decision-making (6:25)
  • Claus’s early days at Roblox (9:03)
  • Looking to the team & product space when facing uncertainties (12:56)
  • Strategies for scaling leadership & building eng teams (14:52)
  • The correlation between an amazing team & an amazing product (17:48)
  • Techniques for building technical depth within eng leadership (19:09)
  • Frameworks for effective communication between eng teams & business functions (21:24)
  • Best practices for navigating complex conversations (25:37)
  • Learn to delegate & let go of responsibilities (26:45)
  • How Roblox recruits/attracts talent outside of typical hiring patterns (29:24)
  • Claus’s advice on identifying competitive advantages in order to attract talent (34:46)
  • Why you should take measured risks while building out eng teams (36:33)
  • How to weigh trade-offs/concessions during the start-up phase (38:57)
  • Lean into asking “stupid” questions & aim to participate in conversations at the deepest level possible (41:33)
  • Rapid fire questions (42:44)

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