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The Networking Meeting That Changed My Life; And It Can Change Yours Too!

The Networking Meeting That Changed My Life; And It Can Change Yours Too!

I remember when I was introduced to networking. It sucked! I was uncomfortable. I was actually shy and didn’t know what to say or do. Most people that know me wouldn’t believe it. But it’s true. Before I share with you what I consider the most important networking best-practice, I’m going to share the story […]

Silence is not agreement; Don't let others hold their breath

Silence is not agreement; Don’t let others hold their breath

It’s not often, but I believe we have all experienced the meeting that goes too smoothly. There’s anywhere from four to eight people, trapped with each other for an hour, around our favorite conference table.

The 3 Great Interrupters: Meetings, Management and Drive-Bys

The 3 Great Interrupters: Meetings, Management and Drive-Bys

Recently, we’ve introduced Commitment Based Estimation  to a couple of our software teams. Typically, this helps a team provide highly-accurate estimates. These teams go on to deliver successfully by meeting these estimates.

So You Want A Promotion? "What Problem Are You Solving?"

So You Want A Promotion? “What Problem Are You Solving?”

I had an “AHA” about a great way to eliminate the more painful conversations around career growth and how to focus on true opportunities. It centers around the question: “In a particular role, what problem are you trying to solve?”

10 Ways to Create a Culture Where People Feel Valued (part 2)

10 Ways to Create a Culture Where People Feel Valued (part 2)

A focus on employee autonomy goes a long way in building an engaging culture. While maintaining this kind of culture requires a commitment from the leadership, our efforts are rewarded with employees who enthusiastically find new ways to deliver value to our organization and customers.

10 Ways to Create a Culture Where People Feel Valued

10 Ways to Create a Culture Where People Feel Valued

I have always rankled at the much over-used corporate phase, “People are our greatest assets.” I’ve heard the words pass the lips of senior executives in both large and small companies, across industries and geographic boundaries, yet time and again I witness that quiet sigh of contempt and disbelief from the listeners.