The Confidence Villains

As leaders seeking to succeed in business,sports or the classroom it is key to find, inspire and develop people to be confident with a mindset to persevere in the face of uncertainty and adversity and ultimately derive energy from the challenge. After completing Katty Kay’s and Claire Shipman’s  inspirational book The Confidence Code, I was… Read More

Radical Candor, Meaningful Conversations

The Harvard Business Review artcile One Out of Every Two Managers Is Terrible at Accountability starts with: “Out of all the things we expect of leaders — taking charge, setting strategy, empowering people, driving execution, you name it — what one single behavior would you guess is most often neglected or avoided among executives? Seeing… Read More

New Hires

The three most impactful people in determining the joy, success and fulfillment an employee finds in their job… I have discovered that typically none of the these three people fully appreciates the honor and responsibility that is bestowed upon them to have this impact on another human. These three people are crucial not only in… Read More

Where to Begin the Journey?

When a new person joins your team, the first impression you make on them sets the foundation for the rest of your journey together. Before you impress upon them your intentions and objectives as a leader, you should first establish with yourself what you believe to be the foundation of such as relationship. See also… Read More

Applying the Talent Code

In Daniel Coyle’s book The Talent Code, he explains how deep learning can occur through doing multiple short repetitions with immediate feedback to build myelin along the neural pathways as we learn and I realized that I have applied this approach in coaching sports as well as in business for years. An interview with Tim Ferriss… Read More

The Root Cause of a 10x Engineer

There has been much discussion about the “10x engineer” and whether they exist in this galaxy or are illusive unicorns – creatures of our imagination and fairy tales. People who have been in the industry for a while, especially in high growth and highly successful companies swear they have seen them. Having worked at various… Read More

So, you want to be a manager

In developing talent within an organization, there are times where an individual contributor , often one that has excelled as an engineer, may be interested in becoming a manager. Naturally, we want our employees to develop and grow and explore unknowns in their careers, and we want them to set them up for success in… Read More

The Room Where it Happens

As leaders, much of the magic happens in the one-on-one conversations either in the privacy of a physical of virtual room (think Skype or Zoom) or on a walk-about as a more neutral setting and where you also benefit from the energy of being in Motion. These conversations should sometimes be as non-threatening as a… Read More

Handling Interrupts

For any team that is responsible for existing systems that are already in use while also iterating on those systems to enhance and/or improve them there is also typically the burden of interrupts from the existing system. Forward progress is best made with concentrated effort that is focused and uninterrupted. How does one balance these… Read More

The Dark Side of Agile

Along with the virtues of Agile Software Development also can come some destructive downsides that can erode trust and effectiveness within your company culture. I recently attended a 3-day Scrum certification class where the founder of the particular methodology was the instructor. He insisted that managers not participate in standup meetings, planning meetings, grooming sessions,… Read More

Lean Staffing – It’s about the People

In his insightful book The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, Eric Ries speaks of his startup lessons learned at IMVU and from many other companies he came to know afterwards including Intuit. In The Lean Startup and also his more recent book, The Leader’s Guide, Eric focuses… Read More

Different Stokes for Different Folks

My high school history teacher Mr. Hupert always used to say “different strokes fo different folks” in explaining how under different circumstances in different times with different people, different forms of government were effective. So, too, I discovered, it is with effective software development methodologies. When I joined IMVU, we were continuously deploying to our… Read More

Energy

When I think back to 1979 – my first year at U.Va., I always remember walking between classes and turning the corner onto the lawn and being face to face with this fellow. I will always remember the complete and uplifting peace I felt as he paused, and we looked deep into each others’ eyes.… Read More