• You don’t mistakenly become great

    You don’t mistakenly become great

    I don’t follow the NBA much but came across this short video from an interview with Draymond Green from Golden State Warriors that impressed me… To quote one part: You don’t just mistakenly become great at something. You probably at one time believed that you can be great at that…

  • Welcome problems with open arms

    Welcome problems with open arms

    It’s Monday morning on your way into work, the weekend now over as you look at the day and week head. Do you hope that everything goes smoothly? No production incidents. Deployments run smoothly. Teams working well together steadily delivering features. We like an easy life, but does it really…

  • Write a blog as though you were presenting at a conference

    Write a blog as though you were presenting at a conference

    Does writing come naturally for you?  For me it doesn’t, I keep at it because I find it’s a good way to develop ideas and share information. One thing that has helped me is the mindset I take while writing, that is pretending I’m presenting this blog to a room…

  • Culture needs a foundation to build on

    Culture needs a foundation to build on

    We talk about culture a lot, in books, talks, meetings, it’s a major focus area for companies. We start initiatives to build our culture but, at the same time, we want to let the culture grow organically through the people. For this to happen there has to be a solid…

  • Recommended Reading – December 2018

    Recommended Reading – December 2018

    I’ve posted the recommended reading blogs for one year now. It was a little experiment and I’ve enjoyed putting my thoughts to a few blogs but this will be my last for now. Here are posts from December that I recommend: The Best Leaders Are Helpful Being helpful to teams…

  • Don’t be fooled, leadership is not about being in front

    Don’t be fooled, leadership is not about being in front

    If you regularly read books or blogs on leadership then you’re never far away from leadership quotes or graphics. They can be a powerful way to get a good point across and give useful reminders, however, they can also fool us into leading a certain way! Here are a few…

  • Recommended Reading – November 2018

    Recommended Reading – November 2018

    Here are a few blogs I recommend reading from this month… The Ultimate Workplace Praise Guide: How to be More Positive at Work and Give More Praise to Your Team “Positivity is a choice.” If a manager is always complaining and downbeat how do you think the team will feel?…

  • Video: the drastic effects of incivility

    Video: the drastic effects of incivility

    incivility – rude or unsociable speech or behaviour. This 15 minute TED talk by Christine Porath explains how incivility can have drastic effects on the teams and culture. She shares some powerful research showing the true cost incivility has but also simple steps on how we can avoid it by…

  • Radical Candor – Quotes and Thoughts

    Radical Candor – Quotes and Thoughts

    Radical Candor by Kim Scott is one of my top recommended reads for leaders. For any leader or those aspiring to be it’s packed with great advice around building relationships and should challenge or direct how we do things. This blog is simply to highlight some of the areas that…