Growing vs Hiring

How many times have you seen this job listing? Hiring: Expert in Floobabig Version 56.3b. Must have 5+ years of experience. Must be able to hit the ground running. I’ve talked with hiring managers in scenarios like this, and their answer usually is some variation of, “I need someone to be doing the Floobabig Version […]

Play to Your Strengths, but Don’t Ignore Your Weaknesses

I always thought it was interesting when, from a people management perspective, there’s all this focus on finding your weaknesses and fixing them. For example, let’s say I took an ability assessment and scored super-way-high 10-out-of-10 on Coding, but super low 1-out-of-10 on Giving PowerPoint Presentations. What do you think a typical manager’s response would […]

Giving Direction and Guidance to Your Team, Effectively

When you’re in a leadership or management position, being “nice” and being pleasant to work with can be an interesting balancing act. When I have studied management theory and leadership in a formal training or classroom setting, it seems like most modern education leans towards “Beta” leadership, i.e. influence and consensus building, instead of the […]

Making Mistakes and Missing Due Dates

So as I mentioned a few months ago, I’d made a concerted effort to regularly author blog posts. But, all excuses aside, I was impacted by the hurricane last week and didn’t get a blog post written. Now, to be honest, I’m always a couple of blog posts ahead and I’ve authored a couple of […]

How to Solve Unsolvable Problems

In the past, I’ve studied and attended training specifically for systems engineering and project management, and in both cases, I was struck by an interesting concept, which is that many of the challenges faced by these two roles and disciplines don’t really have good solutions. This ended up being something I encountered again and again in my roles […]

The Art of Being Single-Threaded

I heard a term fairly recently, and I love it. That term is single-threaded. If you search for this term on the Internet you’ll mostly hear about it in the context of software process execution or CPU execution, where only one task or command is worked on at a time. But I’m not talking about computer […]