Bringing Humanity Back to Work

  For most of my career, I have been on a somewhat spiritual search.  I was looking for an organization that harnessed the wisdom of the employee and where everyone was valued, respected, and treated as a whole person.  I knew in my core that if you felt valued and respected, you would do fabulous … Continue reading Bringing Humanity Back to Work

An Ode to Courage

As Brene Brown so eloquently states, “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage.” When you ask someone to describe what is courage, they usually describe someone who is vulnerable.  Vulnerability and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness. It’s our vulnerabilities and courage that make us who we are and drive our passions. … Continue reading An Ode to Courage

Not All Teams are Productive Teams

If we put smart people together as a team, they will perform.  They will innovate.  They will create breakthrough ideas.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  As our experience and academic research tell us, teams consistently underperform, despite the many resources they are given.  Human nature challenges such as power struggles, competition, coordination, and differing … Continue reading Not All Teams are Productive Teams

Don’t Be a Sheldon

As we approach performance review cycles, the question for leaders to consider is “have you been a good listener?”  Have you truly listened to what your employees needed?  Have you, as their leader, considered both what they were saying, how they said it, and what they meant?  To effectively provide feedback, it’s paramount that you … Continue reading Don’t Be a Sheldon

Think Big, Start Small, Go Fast…and Embrace Mistakes as Learning

We have all been there.  We work on a project for years, roll it out, and there are significant problems.  In fact, I was once on a project where we had to go ‘dark’ for six months and pull the product from the market.  This week, we heard about Samsung pulling their mobile phone from … Continue reading Think Big, Start Small, Go Fast…and Embrace Mistakes as Learning

Is Failure Good or Bad? It Depends.

As my children head off to college, I know they will start to compare themselves to other students.  Who is smarter?  Who is going to succeed?  However, is a person's intelligence a fixed quantity they're born with? Or is it something malleable, something that can change throughout the lifespan?  Can a person change careers, even … Continue reading Is Failure Good or Bad? It Depends.

Teams can be Nasty!

A client of mine works as a product manager. She has two primary product leadership teams.  Let’s say team A and team B.  Each team is composed of a product manager, architect, and senior developer and herself.  The goal of each team is to determine high-level design, user flow, and architecture.  A concept called psychological … Continue reading Teams can be Nasty!