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Taking Stock

Looking back on what you've already achieved isn't navel gazing or patting yourself on the back. It's needed to ensure that you leverage your strengths, motivate yours...

Holding Your Horses

We like to think we're logical leaders and can make decisions with rationality. However, sometimes things make our lizard brains trigger and get all stressed about act...

Curiosity

Curiosity may have killed that cat, but for leaders it's an unconventional weapon. In an age when people focus more on what they're going to be saying than on listenin...

Growth Excuses

I don't care how much budget or time you've got, you can find ways to invest in yourself and grow if you want to. No one can prevent you from learning and honing your ...

Progress

I routinely speak to over a hundred leaders from all over the world to get a "vibe check." Sometimes, I realize some of them are stuck in a high-tech version of Ground...

Operating System

Your personal system is crucial to being an effective leader and getting things done. As a geek, I like viewing our routines and habits from this point of view, and it...

Who, What, Why

Don't go off creating or filling positions by cargo-culting what you see in other companies, assuming that's the right path forward. Similarly, if you're a tech execut...

Tango

It takes two to tango, and you have to know how to lead or you're both going to end up on your behinds. This week's short podcast episode is about realizing your agenc...

Non Binary

If you want to genuinely become an executive and be viewed as a peer to business partners, you're going to have to stop it with the binary options. The world's not bla...

Making Mistakes

Making mistakes is an essential part of growing as a leader. Letting your people is something you have to live with to accelerate their growth. Nevertheless, that does...

Non Choices

Sometimes, when you procrastinate or reject making a choice, that can open up new opportunities. Other times, that's a sign of weak leadership. How do you make the cho...

Tech Team Growth

Hiring has changed dramatically. I for one am happy most people aren't spending 50% of their time interviewing and onboarding new hires. Nevertheless, it means that we...

80/20

The 10x engineer, the 10x leader, and the 10x strategy exist. However, they are often not easy to spot. Realizing that you don't need to come up with something that fe...

No Return

There are probably right now different issues that you're aware of that are allowed to fester and deteriorate. As you're busy putting out fires, the next wildfire is c...

Moving Targets

Boy, the last 4 years have been one hectic decade, am I right? The worst thing you can do is give your team the sense that whatever last crisis you had was the last on...

Cleverness

Especially when teams have waited too long to redo certain parts of their technology, they are way more prone to overshoot and over-engineer the new solution. That's t...

Highly Profitable R&D

How can you create a product-engineering organization that's profitable? Where growth is aligned with business needs; where engineers don't do tech for tech's sake; wh...

Parallel Realities

How is your team branching out daily, just like in code, and how might you suffer from merge conflicts? Let's peel back the layers of how our individual perceptions sh...

Theory

When you first consider it, you might not realize what "theory" has to do with leading product engineering. However, there is quite a bit you can and should be aware o...

Non Linearity

Some teams punch above their weight. You can see that many organizations are still suffering from too much bloat, and defocused work. This week's episode shares more i...

Mousetraps

Sometimes, what might seem initially like a needle-in-a-haystack problem is a lot simpler. And when you realize that, you can leverage it so your efforts are more effe...

Squeaky Wheels

Stop focusing your attention on those who are problematic. Handle those situations quickly and move on. Your focus should be on your top performers. Squeaky wheels, no...

Insanity

Are you going to let another year pass by more or less the same? Are you prone to what Albert Einstein described as "insanity"? Life's too short for that. Listen to th...

Repetitive Strain Injury

I'm sure you've got some big goals, plans, and hopes for 2024. However, you're not likely to reach them by just promising yourself you'll work harder this time. Repeat...

Board Games

Every executive needs to know how to talk to the company's board and handle it effectively. Don't appease it, don't be subservient, and don't surprise it. In this week...

Wandering

Being a tech executive means that things sometimes change. You might be unsure about where you're headed to provide more impact. However, as Tolkien has taught us geek...

Non-Linear Growth

Someone quit? A long vacation? A friggin' war? Learn how to embrace disruptions, create shorter and more focused roadmaps, and empower your team to thrive in times of ...

Bad Decisions

Did you make a mistake recently? To err is human, and to futilely try and avoid all possible mistakes is being an engineer. Executives with a tech background seem more...

Friends

Freddy Mercury famously sang that friends will be friends. That's right. But they shouldn't be your employees. Check out this week's episode for unpopular opinions abo...

Leadership Procrastination

You're constantly busy. I mean, you're overwhelmed! No one can blame you for procrastination… or can they? This week's podcast is about the leadership equivalent of cl...

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