Tinker. Driver. Designer. Why.

As technology makes science of an art and jobs become increasingly technology-enabled, all roles seem to fall into one of three types.

How to demo an app to an executive

In the digital era, we are frequently making demos of apps to executives. Building a app that solves an important problem for the company is a uber-cool! Making an effective demo to an executive is equally important. Use these three tips to leave an impression!

Less spoken-about presentation tips

Chicks dig good presenters. There’s a lot of great material out there posted by folks who gave their first public presentation at age two. For the rest of us, here are three practical tips culled from years of experience and experimentation. I learned these the hard way and now you don’t have to.

The Why, What and How

Great leaders provide a compelling “Why?”. And set the stage for the “What?” and the “How?” to be debated. Leaders and organizations that fail to do this end up on the dustbin of history.

A tale of two cities.

There’s the New York style of feedback. Impudent and confrontational. There’s also the Alabama style of feedback. Nice to a fault. Only one saves your @$$ in business.

Hang on to your Unicorns

Unicorns are so rare, they are almost mythical. And they are invisible to managers, visible only to leaders. Hang on your Unicorns. You need as many of them as possible.

Start from the end

Use the fail first method to succeed.

Wrong Turn

East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet. Today, enough leaders on each side want to embrace the opportunity over by the the other. However, few leaders on either side are ready to embrace the values of the other. The future belongs to those who can absorb seemingly contrary impulses into their value-system without feeling overwhelmed or insecure.

Coach for behaviors, not attitudes.

As a leader, do you find yourself chafing at people’s inability to change in their own interest? Rookie leaders confuse attitude and behaviors. Wise leaders know that while attitudes do not change, or take longer to change, behaviors can be molded. They drive outcomes by isolating attitudes and working out specific, step-by-step changes in behavioral patterns.

How to be fair as a leader  

New leaders must demonstrate fairness in dealings with people. People are unhappy when they perceive unfair treatment. Such unhappiness can lead to disengagement with the team’s mission. Yet, fairness is not about pleasing people.