Focus and Saying No

Focusing means choosing with intention what you aren’t going to do, how you are going to fail, and who you will disappoint. Yes, it’s also about choosing when, how, and with whom you are going to succeed, but that success isn’t possible without first saying no. The best teams are comprised of people who focus … Continue reading Focus and Saying No

Turning down business for ethics

A friend of mine works for a company that refuses business with clients who have low Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) scores, Corporate Environmental Responsibility (CER) Scores, or that operate in vice industries (tobacco, gambling, and firearms). There is enough business to be had with clients with similar social values: they don’t need to take everything … Continue reading Turning down business for ethics

Anchoring Culture and Attitude

Amazon (I'm told) anchors their culture with a metaphor. Every employee uses a cheap wooden door for a desk. It's the key to getting a $107B company to act like a start up. Baseball players anchor a culture of winning and mutual support by growing playoff beards. Personal Culture Attitude is a kind of personal … Continue reading Anchoring Culture and Attitude

Technology Debt

Code Debt is the result of borrowing against future effort to speed short term delivery of code-  the cost inevitably being paid back with interest when it must be fixed to be upgraded or changed. Ben Horowitz points out that the concept applies elsewhere- like managerial debt, which is often paid back with politics and … Continue reading Technology Debt

Turnover

The onslaught of Linkedin recruiters, changing norms with the younger generation (Of which I am a proud member), and a hundred other factors have had their toll, and as a consequence the average tenure of an employee has decreased to as little as 1 year in highly technical companies. Even if internal recruiters can fill … Continue reading Turnover