Allow Yourself To Fail In Public

Allow Yourself To Fail In Public

The advice is profound given the simplicity of the statement combined with the current backdrop of the criticisms of privacy issues that is currently engulfing much of Silicon Valley.  That being said, the advice is timeless in that true leaders should never hide their mistakes. Here are four reasons why true leaders are transparent about their mistakes and the resulting benefits to them and their organizations.

Read More

The Biggest Obstacle Faced By First Time Leaders

The Biggest Obstacle Faced By First Time Leaders

The fact is that if everything was perfect yesterday, you would not have been put in the position of leadership today.  So the challenges you are about to face are likely wide and deep.  And many of the things that have made you successful to this point are going to be obstacles to your future success. But one single obstacle, that you have perfected over many years as an individual contributor, is going to cause you to fail unless you quickly pivot hard.

Read More

Why Your Asshole Boss Might Be The Best Thing For Your Career

Why Your Asshole Boss Might Be The Best Thing For Your Career

“People don’t quit their company, people quit their boss” is as true today as ever before.  With an unemployment rate at record lows, employees have more options than ever for meaningful employment.  As a result, when the boss is an asshole, the first inclination of most employees is to find another job.  But is that the right thing to do? The short answer is maybe.

Read More

5 Questions to Ask Everyday To Become a Better Leader

5 Questions to Ask Everyday To Become a Better Leader

Great leaders ask great questions. Pure and simple. We often think that leaders are the ones who are supposed to have all the answers. Of course, leaders should act decisively but that doesn’t mean that they have all the answers. In order to act decisively a great leader needs to have buy in from the team. Having buy in from the team requires trust and trust building takes time. The notion that trust is instilled until proven otherwise is absolutely wrong. Trust is earned and until it is earned it is absent.

Read More

9 Secrets of a Successful Executive Sponsor

9 Secrets of a Successful Executive Sponsor

In conducting thousands of projects around the globe over 25 years, I have found 9 common secrets that all successful executive sponsors share in their daily routine that maximizes the probability of success. The executive sponsor role for a project is not a figure head role that simply collects and disperses information and successful executive sponsors recognize this in everything they do. Here are the 9 common secrets of a successful executive sponsor.

Read More

20 Things You Can Do In 15 Minutes Or Less To Set The Stage For A Positive Day

20 Things You Can Do In 15 Minutes Or Less To Set The Stage For A Positive Day

Just like a first impression is critical to the future of a relationship, the first 15 minutes of the workday sets the stage for the rest of the day.  It is critical that those first 15 minutes are productive and empowering to ensure that the rest of your day flows positively.  Unfortunately, all too often we hit the ground running and don’t create time to focus on developing a positive cadence of the day, instead allowing the urgent to overwhelm the important. Here is a list of 20 things that you can do in 15 minutes or less at the beginning of your work day to set the stage for a positive and productive day.

Read More

Balancing Leadership Ego and Humility

Balancing Leadership Ego and Humility

There is no shortage of egos in so-called leadership positions. I say so-called because humility is a necessary trait of a successful leader. Of course, egotism and humility are not antonyms as they can be two sides of the same coin and coexist within the leader – waiting dormant to be called upon when situations require. However, it takes a high degree of emotional intelligence to use ego and humility as tools of response as opposed to weapons of reaction.

Read More

It’s Time to Bury Net Promoter Score

It’s Time to Bury Net Promoter Score

The bastardization of Net Promoter Score has now reached fever pitch with even the Boy Scouts of America using the metric to predict future growth. This is not to say that NPS has no place in some selective companies. But for most, Net Promoter Score shouldn’t be used at all – especially small to mid-size B2B providers. 

Read More

7 Things Your Employees Really Want From You

7 Things Your Employees Really Want From You

So much has been written about employee engagement and office perks like candy walls, free lunches and bring your dog to work day. These investments in our employees have become staples of the engagement attempt for many companies, especially in tech.  However, In terms of employee engagement, it’s a complete waste of money. Such engagement vehicles start off with great fanfare and rapidly become an expectation, dare I say entitlement - their value depreciating quicker than a new car. If you are serious about increasing employee engagement, there are seven things that will work every time, cost no money and have an ROI that will last forever. 

Read More