What makes a good manager?

A project at Google spent time researching what defines a great manager at Google, and through that identified the top 10 traits to grow. As listed they are: Is a good coach Empowers team and does not micromanage Creates an inclusive team environment, showing concern for success and well-being Is Continue reading What makes a good manager?

Personal Branding – Presentation and Links

I am a believer in personal branding and the value it provides. If you don’t manage the perception of yourself and your value in the industry, it is managed for you, and not always in a flattering manner. Personal branding is about owning that perception and shaping it to reflect Continue reading Personal Branding – Presentation and Links

GDPR compliance steps, and impacts on MDM thinking

The impacts of the General Data Privacy Regulations are tremendous and cannot be overstated for any business that deals in personal or private data. In large enterprises, the subject of Master Data Management is often a 3rd rail, or considered a sure path to career death due to the complexity Continue reading GDPR compliance steps, and impacts on MDM thinking

Scrum Roles vs Job Titles – Learning in a Digital / Agile Transformation

As we have been taking our organization through an Agile Transformation as a part of an overall Digital Transformation, we have been leading extensive training across our business lines and technology teams. One of the most common questions as we discuss Scrum, is around job titles and role. In scrum, Continue reading Scrum Roles vs Job Titles – Learning in a Digital / Agile Transformation

Imposter Syndrome – Channeling the noise for growth

An article in Harvard Business Review titled “Mentoring Someone with Imposter Syndrome” resonated with me. The article covers the topic well and offers the following main points for guidance in mentoring: Empirically challenge negative self-talk Affirm, affirm, and affirm some more Deliberately counteract stereotype threat Share your own imposter stories Continue reading Imposter Syndrome – Channeling the noise for growth

Data Privacy – coming to a state near you….?

Actions in California this past year led by a real estate developer named Alastair Mactaggart have the potential to change the privacy game in the United States as a whole. I have included the legislation as an embedded pdf below, and you can link to the California government site here Continue reading Data Privacy – coming to a state near you….?

TED: Draw Toast! (Creative Problem Solving)

Tom Wujec has a TED talk on creative problem solving using a technique he calls “drawing toast”. The idea is not new, but the packaging and approach is solid and builds on innovation thinking. I posted a video from another TED talk about empowering the team, and ensuring all voices Continue reading TED: Draw Toast! (Creative Problem Solving)

TED: Manage for collective creativity

While looking through TED for innovative thinking and approaches I can learn from, I came across this talk by Linda Hill. I encourage you to watch the full video if you have an interest in the topic and want to be challenged. The ideas come from a significant amount of Continue reading TED: Manage for collective creativity

Books to read: Sticky Wisdom: How to Start a Creative Revolution at Work

I got this book while working at Pfizer, and helping lead an innovation transformation in the consumer health division. We were looking to reboot out approach to product development and creativity in general, and as a part of that we invested in a great set of programs that I still Continue reading Books to read: Sticky Wisdom: How to Start a Creative Revolution at Work