J.R. Jasperson

J.R. Jasperson, Chief Technology Officer, Twilio SendGrid

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“My thoughts on leadership have been shaped by many leaders and experiences I have had through the years, but perhaps none more so than Kurt Lewin.

Kurt was a pioneer in the field of Social Psychology in the first half of the 20th century. He developed a framework known as force field analysis that considers the driving and hindering factors (forces) that influence situations and their outcomes. In this framework, a given individual or team’s work output can be thought of as the equilibrium between the driving and restraining forces.

Continued application of either tends to lead to diminishing returns- consider the increasing force required to compress a spring a set distance. Thus, as a leader I foster an individual’s intrinsic motivations (driving forces), but will predominantly focus on reducing or eliminating hindering forces to maximize their growth and efficacy.

In short, with intrinsically motivated people it is usually more effective to metaphorically remove roadblocks than crack whips. As a leader your two main responsibilities toward your people can be distilled into two principles- make expectations clear and put people in a position to be successful- this is one of my primary tools for the latter.”

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company LeaderBits.io. Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of BeasleyFoundation.org a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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