Radical Candor, Meaningful Conversations

Radical Candor is an overlooked asset in creating high-performance teams when that candor is built upon a foundation of trust. 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,… 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

Talent Code Applied

Talent Code is where Daniel Coyle describes deep learning through short repetitions and feedback loops. I have applied this approach in coaching sports and in business. An interview with Tim Ferriss is included at the end of The Art of Learning – An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance by chess and Tai Chi world champion… 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

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