10 Tips For Becoming A Better Teammate

Kate Heddleston is an Engineering Manager at Shift.

When I was first learning to play water polo, a coach told me something I’ve never forgotten. He said, “Great players make everyone around them look like great players.” A great player can catch any pass, anticipating imperfect throws and getting into position. When they make a return pass, they throw the ball so that the other person can make the catch easily.

Here at Shift HQ, software engineering is a team sport. Like water polo, you can’t build incredible software systems alone. So when I first heard the concept of the 10x engineer, I was confused. How could someone be so talented that it overshadows the power of teamwork? In my experience, individual excellence is necessary, but not sufficient, for greatness. Focusing purely on individual achievement misses the larger picture that teams are required to build great software. So I decided to change the definition of a 10x engineer to this:

A 10x engineer isn’t someone who is 10x better than those around them, but someone who makes those around them 10x better.

Over the years I’ve combined my personal experience with research about building and growing effective teams and turned that into a list of 10 ways to be a better teammate, regardless of position or experience level. While many things on this list are general pieces of advice for how to be a good teammate, there is an emphasis on how to be a good teammate to people from diverse backgrounds. Read on, and pass this along to the people you work and collaborate with on the daily!

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Meet The Trailblazing Women Behind The Shift Team

Here at Shift, we’re committed to empowering the women in our team through opportunities in leadership and professional development. As disruptors in an industry that is predominantly full of men, we are committed to building a team where everyone can feel welcomed, connected, and engaged as equal partners.

In honor of International Women’s Day and the hashtag #PressForProgress, we asked some of the trailblazing women in our team to share their thoughts and insights about women in the workplace, and how their work impacts the lives of our customers and in shaping our company culture. Read on and get inspired!

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How To Prepare Your Kids For Daylight Saving Time

Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 11 — Daylight Saving Time (DST) is almost upon us! Ready to “spring” forward? This Sunday, you’ll need to advance your clocks with one hour. Later in the autumn, you’ll have to re-adjust the time back to the standard time, and “fall” back. It’s not that complicated, but when it comes to your kids, DST comes with its own set of issues. A new way to experience time can be a difficult adjustment for them.

Here at Shift, we have a lot of customers with kids, and some of us even have kids of our own. So we’ve collected some handy tips that will ease the transition for your children, and make the time change as natural for them as possible. Read on—and if you have some tips of your own, share them with us in the comments!

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Where To Go This Weekend In San Francisco (March 3-4, 2018)

In this series on Shift, we round up all the must-see places and events happening every weekend in San Francisco. Scroll down, so you don’t miss out!

With the 90th Academy Awards (a.k.a. the Oscars!) airing this Sunday, you might want to sit this weekend out and stay glued to your TV. But not so fast! We’re looking at an awesome agenda for you in the weekend ahead. To get you pumped up for the first weekend of March, read on for a few exciting events to entice you to get out, hop in your car, and have a blast.

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Staff Picks: 3 Best Used Cars For 2018

It’s time-consuming and it can sap the life out of you. With so many considerations — everything from checking under hood to deciding on a color — across a range of many options, shopping for a used car can overwhelm you and you may just end up settling on the first decent one you spot. Thanks to our Shift team of drivers and buyers across San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego — the process just got a whole lot easier for you! Read on for our picks of the best used family, commuter, and luxury cars for the year ahead. Then, hop on to the comments and tell us what you think!

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6 Romantic California Getaways To Take This Weekend

Valentine’s Day may be over, but you can keep the romance going all weekend long with a last-minute getaway for you and your significant other. And if you happen to live in California, count yourself lucky! From national parks to wineries to beaches, you’re surrounded by a myriad of options for romantic escapes that are easily accessible by car. Recently, we expanded our coverage area to add even more places in Northern and Southern California. So we collected some of our favorite picks for the most swoon-worthy getaways to add to your long weekend agenda. Scroll down, and cue the wanderlust!

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#IHeartShift: 5 Things People Love About Shift

When it comes to finding your perfect car, we at Shift love playing Cupid! During Valentine’s Day, we featured some of our very own happy customers who met their dream cars on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. In case you missed it, we rounded them all up for you here in one post.

Curious about what it’s like to buy or sell a car with us? Just read on and get the scoop straight from the folks who went through the easy-peasy experience!

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Shift Pizza Club’s Top Ten SF Pizza Rankings

We run our Pizza Club the way we run our business – customer-centric, data-driven, and review-based.

Fridays at Shift are known for Pizza Club. Once the smell of fresh pizza hits, Pizza Club members come together to enjoy slices from a chosen pizzeria around San Francisco. Lively debate centers around life and pizza – what people think about the pizza, whether calzones count as pizzas (unclear), or whether we’ll ever gain enough consensus  to order a Hawaiian pizza again (unlikely).

Today was our 34th meeting since our first gathering on 4/21/2017. In honor of National Pizza Day, we wanted to share our journey across 27 different pizzerias and counting.

Shift National Pizza Day

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We Expanded our Coverage Area

We know that selling a car is a big decision, which is why we emphasize a great seller experience. At Shift, there are no shady deals and no negotiation hassle. We take care of the legwork and get you a better price, which frees you up to live your best life. We’re excited to announce that we are bringing our delightful seller experience to even more areas in Northern and Southern California.

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7 Unforgettable Super Bowl Commercials Over The Years

Over at Shift HQ, we’re getting our gameface on for the Super Bowl on Sunday. Football fan or not, it’s easy to get caught up in all the frenzy—from the Puppy Bowl to the halftime show to all the commercials. Whether they’re a hit or miss, Super Bowl commercials always get people talking for many days (even years!) after the big game. In fact, last year, Ad Age reported that a total of $4.5 billion has been spent on advertising within the first 50 years of the Superbowl. Let’s take a look back at some of its most memorable commercials over the years! Which ones do you still remember?


1979: Coke
This commercial for Coke, starring “Mean” Joe Greene and a young fan, made us feel all the feelings.
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