Powerful Must-Read for IT Leadership

Relatively speaking, I read a lot of books. I probably average about 2 books a month and have a healthy backlog of books I still want to read. You can take a look at my reading list to get a better idea of what interests me. That said, there are only a handful of books […]

Power through Quarantine with these Resources and Tips

The last few weeks have been interesting, to say the least. Three weeks ago I recall reading the news about China and this virus oddly named after a beer, or so I thought. Two weeks ago we were advised to begin working remote until further notice, and this week we have an executive order in […]

Dealing with Difficult People

My kids are pretty good kids. I didn’t say perfect, but they at least want to do right more than half of the time. That said, multiple times a day there are arguments, frustrations, power-moves, and sometimes a show of small forces between them. It’s called, “contention”. If you’ve been in the workforce for any […]

Spoiler Alert: Leadership is a Trait, not a Trade

Over the last two decades I have known several people who were promoted into a management position and then decided to step down.  I want to describe some of the reasons people leave management positions, and then share some ideas if you find yourself in a similar situation. Leadership is not a Trade I described […]

Oops! I Did it Again, How to Avoid Bad Counsel

In my recent post, You Aren’t Smart Enough, I shared a list of counselor types a leader should surround themselves with in order to make great decisions. As important as good counsel is, it is just as important, perhaps more-so, to know how to avoid bad counsel.  Below are a list of bad counselor types […]

You Aren’t Smart Enough

Jim Rohn said, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”  That is a little more in-your-face than the “birds of a feather flock together” mantra, but there is definitely some truth to it.  So take a moment and think about who you spend time with at work, because […]

Make a Decision

There were 30-ish doctoral candidates standing on a street corner just outside of Washington DC.  For all of us, except one, this was the first time in our lives that we’ve been at this location.  I’m being generous with the “one”, as you’ll see in a minute.  We were there for a weekend seminar and […]

How to Move Up

When was the last time you thought about, or had a discussion with a spouse, co-worker, or friend about how to move up.  Sometimes the conversation is about someone who moved up too quickly, or someone who didn’t move up fast enough.  Sometimes it’s just a colleague or friend wanting to vent about why they […]

Leadership is Not Management

Leadership Truth Being in management, does not make you a leader. Being a leader does not require a formal title. Being in management does not make you a leader My team and I were all in data engineering-type roles, and had been for quite some time.  All of the development teams, including ours were transitioning […]

Finding Leadership – Series Introduction

Over the past 10 years or so I have had the incredible experience of finding leadership.  I have led people through both mundane and extraordinary circumstances.  I have learned from and been inspired by other great leaders either through their books or through personal interactions (Check out my reading list).  And I have observed regular […]