Leadership

In the real world…

I’ve been receiving this sentiment frequently in entry level courses: “In the real world, how would we have the development team select the work?”, “In the real world, how would we stop having to provide velocity/hours to management?”, and/or “In…

Self-care as a leader

In my recent appreciation post for Sam, I mentioned self care. I thought I would share some of the self care approaches I’ve leveraged throughout the years. Exercise: You don’t have to become a marathon runner or enter a Spartan…

Circle of Concern

This concept has been written about quite a bit but I really value this concept when helping people focus within organizations. The concept of “Circle of Concern” is from the The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R.…

Continous contact

This may be a borderline appreciation post.  In the past few weeks, I have heard from several people in my past… Someone wanting to talk through some frustration he is facing at his new company. Someone excitedly highlighting being asked…

Recent Podcasts

Sometimes I believe that everything I know and think is already understood by everyone else – even with leadership topics (I know the irony of writing a leadership blog).  Then I get two more recent podcast interview requests and I…

Not always ready for feedback

There are many different articles and a range of ratios for how much positive impact versus negative impact should a person have to healthy live life. World renowned researcher Dr. Barbara Fredrickson gives you the lab-tested tools necessary to create…

Finding what’s next

A common challenge that I hear from managers falls along the lines of “I’ve been helping my direct report figure out what they want to do.  But now I don’t think staying at this company is best for them.” There…

Emotions

Sometimes numerous things happen around the same time that leave a person feeling overwhelmed.  Recently, I  have been processing the death of two extremely important people in my life (my Uncle Ray and David Hussman).  Then add in any additional…

Lifting Others

I’m almost ashamed at how long it took me to realize the enormous value and importance of lifting other people up as a leader.  Obviously, it was valuable and important but I didn’t embrace that this was the core until…