Success as a Leader, Without the Ego (or, As Long as the Project is Successful, Do I Really Need to Take Credit For It?)

One interesting thing about being a leader is dealing with different types of conflicts. I’ve talked a lot about when there are various aspects or different goals that directly contradict each other. How do you deal with that healthy tension between different competing priorities? The reality is that we all have our personal goals. But […]

Help! I’ve Painted Myself Into a Corner!

I’m sure everyone here has heard the expression, “Painted myself into a corner.” The idea is supposed to be that you are in a place where you have no choice but to make a specific decision or perform a specific action, whether you want to or not. Well, as you’ve no doubt figured out by […]

Does the Process Matter? Or, More About Process vs Results.

After posting last week’s blog post, I realized I have more I want to say about effort versus results. Or more accurately, about process versus results. I heard a saying one time, it went along the lines of: “A sub-par team will produce sub-par results no matter what process is used. Conversely, a good team […]

Be Productive By Not Being Productive

I’ll be honest, I had to force myself to write this blog post today. But I already skipped writing for almost two weeks, and I told myself that I could not have another sandwich today until I wrote and posted a blog post. And I have to learn to be disciplined and keep my promises […]

How Do We Clone This Person?

In most places I’ve worked, there’s always those two or three people that are superstars, that seem to know everything and get everything done. As a result, those people also tend to be the most overworked. And at these places, it seems like management always makes the same joke, “We need to figure out how […]