Filters on Hiring

Inevitably, all my clients and I converge on one topic. Hiring. Because hiring is hard. It’s such a crapshoot. 🎲 In addition to traditional questions, there are filters that my clients resonate with well. These questions improve: – How we interview candidates – Alignment on candidates assessment – onboarding experience Filter 1: “When you are… Continue reading Filters on Hiring

A Director Dragged Me Out Of The Room

We were setting up the quarterly trade show, where hundreds of buyers would come and review the newest sneakers and apparel. We rented a convention centre, littered the rooms with life size posters of Marion Jones and Roger Federer running, swinging. Sneakers were displayed on beige panels. Mannequins that had 6 pack abs wore tight… Continue reading A Director Dragged Me Out Of The Room

How Bruce Lee’s Correct Posture Help Me Lead

As a Bruce Lee worshiper, I use his teachings to approach my work life. 1st, Bruce Lee on “correct posture🥋:” Correct posture 1 = To be “mechanically favorable for the next move:” What does “favourable” mean in the people, systems, and processes of my business? How agile are they? Which of those can I afford… Continue reading How Bruce Lee’s Correct Posture Help Me Lead

Are You Distracting Your Teams?

Boss, what is your “signal to noise” ratio? Do you tend to focus or distract your team? We are all familiar with the typical distractions …– Boss’ rants– Drawing attention to ourselves– Derailing the agenda with poorly timed statements – “Let me jump in.”– Asking your team if they have liked your #bossbetter LinkedIn posts There are… Continue reading Are You Distracting Your Teams?

What Kills Our Team’s Creativity?

Our opinions. Including our “just a thought” “just my 2 cent” opinions. According to science, the “information gap theory of curiosity” discovers that in order for humans to want to search for more, to push forward, we need a little gap between what we know and what we don’t know. Because this special gap invites… Continue reading What Kills Our Team’s Creativity?

The Discipline of 1-on-1s

Here is a hack that improved my approachability (as a boss) 🤨 “Monthly 30 minutes 1-on-1s with every one of your direct reports” During these 1-on-1s, talk about these 3 things: What each other did this last month What’s important to them this upcoming month and anything they need to accomplish them? “Here is something… Continue reading The Discipline of 1-on-1s

Raise The Bar?

Let’s talk about the “bar.” You know, the “raise the bar,” “set high bars,” the “definition of excellence” bar. We have been told we need to set the bars high. While this is true, frankly, it is as useless as telling a smoker “you have to be healthy!” Here are 2 techniques to raise the… Continue reading Raise The Bar?

How You Make Them Feel

“I love you?” He asked.  “I guess not.”  He was respected by many. I found him manipulative.  He was the kind of bosses who would go full-on “Maya Angelou” and preach, “It’s how you make people feel!” Yet somehow, I would always feel good after chatting with him, after being in meetings with him, even… Continue reading How You Make Them Feel

Run Agile Meetings

So much has been written about meetings.  There is 1 goal from having meetings – reduce confusion.  Yea, some calls it alignment or whatever but I prefer the word confusion. It is precise. Specifically, confusion stems from these questions:DOES EVERYONE KNOW…  – What the goals are?– Why the goals are the way they are? –… Continue reading Run Agile Meetings

Why You Should Sell Over-prized iPhone Cases

One of the more difficult things to convince the team to sell was official Apple iPhone cases.  They were well crafted, did great in drop tests, but were 4-5 times more expensive than other cases in the market.  Apart from selling to fan people, or telling customers “these are made by Apple and have the… Continue reading Why You Should Sell Over-prized iPhone Cases