Leadership

Managers vs Leaders

A recent article about Zappos going flat and getting rid of managers caused me all sorts of conflicting feelings.  So let’s break it down. What I love: The concept of leaders over managers.  The article points out “its not leaderless”.…

Creating Energy: Go Big

My recent blog post on creating energy gave an example of small ideas that a leader can support.  This post is about going big. Recently, Matt Heusser (@mheusser) was able to attend and write about TechSmith’s Internal Developer Conference.  I…

Creating energy

One of the areas that I most enjoy but have the most difficult time creatively with is creating events that energize a team.  The easy answers are picnics or bowling, etc.  However, when I have pushed myself to spend time…

Agile Killed My Resume

At the first Agile conference I attended back in 2007, I sat in a session by Lyssa Adkins.  I don’t remember what the session title was but I clearly remember this moment: She held up a blank piece of paper and…

The value of Ignite

To piggyback from last week’s topic, most of the options I listed can seem overwhelming.  Don’t stress, I have a great suggestion that I was lucky to learn from an energetic developer, Jared. One day, Jared approached me asking if…

Rethinking mistakes

As I started my career, I would often say “if I didn’t think that was dumb at least once a day, I wasn’t pushing myself and learning”.  This was essentially my way of shrugging off the embarrassment from a mistake…

Unlearning Delegation

I realize that there is plenty of value in delegating but I really wish I had never learned how to delegate. Delegation came into my world as a manager.  Suddenly, I felt overwhelmed by how much needed to get done…