Do you have a social radar?

Are you aware of how other’s interpret your behaviors? Do you know when you’re causing angst? Developing a social radar is critical as you grow in seniority.

Why your fear is making matters worse

Do you let your imagination define your relationships? Do you build up animosity by assuming intent, making judgements and allowing issues to fester? More often than not, disconnects between people are fueled by assumptions and allowed to fester due to a lack of direct communication.

Executives are responsible for everything.

Those who know me well have heard me say that “focus is what we say no to“. I believe, whole heartily that we move the needle the most when we are intensely focused on one, and only one thing. This is true on both a tactical and a more strategic level. If you want to…

Diversity: How we built a 50% female leadership team

Several months ago my daughter, Catherine, decided to play dodgeball during lunch with several students from her seventh grade class. Knowing she was a stellar athlete, one of the boys in her class chose her to be on his team with his second selection. She beamed with confidence and dominated the game. How do I…

How my bad habit sabotaged productivity for my team

Over the past 12 years of my career, I have ruined vacations for nearly an entire generation of my employees. Like it or not, as leaders, people watch, and emulate, what we do.  To say the least, my vacation habits have not been the best example.  A Journey to Self Awareness Three years ago, my…

Is the Shared Economy furthering the wealth divide?

I spent this a good part of last week at one of my favorite conferences of the year — Fortune’s BrainstormTech conference. The conference brings together executives from the Media, Technology and Information Services sectors to discuss the state of the industry and various tech trends. Every year I feel like I come away with…

Engineering Cultures Suck at Product

I laughed out loud this morning as I read a blog from High Scalability that noted “Engineering Cultures Suck at Product.” The author couldn’t be more right and it’s about time that this message becomes mainstream. The reason I decided to build 3Pillar from an independent consultancy into a product development specialist in 2009 is…

3 Ways to Act, and Act Now

Leadership styles vary greatly when it come to initiating action. Some leaders are quick to move while others deliberate and process. The latter are more analytical and often find themselves in the trap of lettering perfect be the enemy of the good. Given that building momentum and getting a team to move is essential to…

3 Principles for Prioritizing and Building Relational Capital

A Chief Executive holds many responsibilities. Chief among them is the responsibility to set clear expectations and ensure that the team has the resources needed to deliver on them. Once these elements are provided, great CEOs orchestrate — they get out of the day-to-day and allow their teams to execute while facilitating the dynamics between…

The Problem of Ubiquitous Information

In a world where information is readily available and easily accessible, knowledge itself might just be the problem. Patrick Lencioni, one of my favorite authors, speakers and thought leaders, preaches the importance being a “healthy” organization. In doing so, he explains that organizations, by default, tend focus on being “smart”. He argues that the “decision…