Hot Take: Trust in the Rings of Power
There is an interesting element of trust displayed in last week's Episode of The Rings of Power. Let's explore it!
September 28, 2022
Conversational Bids for High Performing Teams
What could a marriage book possibly have to say that might help build a high-performance team!? Let's discuss how 'Conversational Bids' just might be the key to unlock greater trust and productivity on your team!
September 20, 2022
Identity Precedes Behavior
To get the best results, organizations need a 'high-performance culture'. But you cannot simply wish one into existence. You need consistent behaviors to build such a culture. But before those behaviors can take root, something must first change: the Identity of those who participate...
September 13, 2022
Extra: A Book in Review - The Effective Executive
For today's experiment, I'd like to share my impressions and thoughts on Drucker's The Effective Executive. Per Drucker, every Knowledge Worker is an Executive if in the course of their daily duties they can make decisions that materially impact the ability of their organization to deliver results. In short: just about every software developer you know is this kind of executive. Let's explore some more of his concepts as we look at a Book in Review.
September 08, 2022
Behaviors Build Culture
What distinguishes a 'good' team culture from a 'bad' one? And why is it that taking people from a good culture and adding them to a new team doesn't make that team good too? What tangibles are these cultures even based on? Well, as you read the title, culture is built by behaviors. Let's explore how.
September 06, 2022
Mercy in Leadership
In the second Avengers Movie, it's pretty clear that most of the plot is the direct result of Tony's actions and mistakes. What is more, he keeps making it worse while trying to fix it. Yet, Captain America never completely removes Tony from the work. Why is that? And what could be learn from reflecting on how Captain deals with the failure of one of his team's high performers?
August 30, 2022
Extra: The Man in the Arena
This episode is a bit of an experiment, so I'd love to hear your feedback. As always, I endeavor to share something worth considering. And this is no exception. Give it a listen, and let me know what you think.
August 25, 2022
How Rest Produces Excellence
What defined 'Excellent Work'? Is it to deliver at an extreme rate for a short time? Or is a sustained delivery more desirable? I favor the idea of a high level of sustained delivery. But to maintain such a pace, we must look at our work differently. We must train like a Marathoner, and carefully consider the maintenance of our chief tools: Our hands, and our minds.
August 23, 2022
On Thought Leadership
What exactly does it mean to be a 'Thought Leader'? Does it need a title? Or maybe you have to go on the conference circuit? Let's discuss the meaning of the phrase, and explore how it might just be simpler than we thought.
August 16, 2022
Humility in Leadership, and the Council of Elrond
Gandalf and Elrond knew how to destroy the Ring. Yet, instead of dictating the path, they held a discussion. What might we learn from the leadership approach about selling bitter-pill solutions?
August 10, 2022