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Not Worthy of the Title

Not Worthy of the Title

Sixteen years ago today I received a title change that has forever impacted the course and direction of my life. Nothing had prepared me for all the responsibilities that would come with the title, but I knew I was the only one for this vital job. I think it is the...

A Bad First Date: Who Wins Product Leaders?

A Bad First Date: Who Wins Product Leaders?

The expected outcome of a bad first date is zero second dates. If (First Date) = BAD Then(Count(Second Date)) = 0 Else (Second Date) = YES In my career, I have become very attune to being able to spot when I'm not going to get a "second date" with a potential employer...

Leaders Leave: Now What?

Leaders Leave: Now What?

You've finally feel settled into your role within the organization. The team is working very well together, stuff is getting done, and there is this mutual level of trust between everyone. Then it happens. The leader that recruited you to the organization leaves...

Yes Man: Running Empty on Yeses

Yes Man: Running Empty on Yeses

I was recently in a meeting with our analyst, and they were giving me the play-by-play on an implementation call from the previous day. Apparently, on a call with a customer for their roll out this Fall the project manager and executive were handing out "Yes-we-cans"...

Be Brief, Be Bright & Be Gone: Version 2.0

Be Brief, Be Bright & Be Gone: Version 2.0

All eyes are on you. Whether it is an audience of one or millions of ones, you've accomplished something truly unique today--convinced individuals to trade their valuable time and attention for the clear signal you're broadcasting in a noisy world overstimulated by...

Take Notice: The Charismatic is NOT Static

Take Notice: The Charismatic is NOT Static

I don't like to waste words with definitions, but charisma is often confused with an individual's presence in front of a person or group. Charisma (from Dictionary.com) noun, plural charismata [kuh-riz-muh-tuh] 1. Theology. A divinely conferred gift or power. 2. A...