Proper Blog Posts

Oops. Shouldn’t Have Told You Not to Work

I try to be results oriented as a manager. Well. Results AND values oriented. Focus on the results, and as long as you’re behaving consistent with TAGFEE, then we’re cool. I want to manage the work and not the people. I don’t care when/how/where you do your work so long as it is done on(…)


File this one under Peeves. And maybe under Startup Life. I bristle inside when someone says that they didn’t fix a problem or offer a solution because they “didn’t feel like they had the authority to make that decision.”  I’ve heard this a lot over the years. “If I was the Director of x,y,z, then(…)

Matt Blumberg’s Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business

Here’s a quick book review for Matt Blumberg’s new book, Startup CEO. Some of my favorite things about this book: It’s written in a pragmatic and engaging style, without jargon or filler. It includes actionable tips and frameworks for all aspects of managing a company. It has soul. It’s not just about increasing wealth. It’s(…)

Accidental Entrepreneurship

Chris Devore wrote a post about a month ago that generated a lot of great discussion. In particular, this part: But as an investor, there’s only one kind of entrepreneur I want to back: the relentless, hungry, flawed, brilliant, monomaniacal freaks who actually believe they can do it better, smarter and bigger than anyone else(…)

Leading Starts With Listening

Leading starts with listening. Here are some phrases that may help you get to the bottom of things: “Tell me more.” “Is there anything else?” “What should I have asked you that I didn’t ask you?” “How do you know you know that?” What do you expect of me?” “How do you see this? “What(…)

Culture Does Not Equal Perks

This slide is from the presentation I gave at MozCon on Finding Your Company Culture and Why It Matters. I’m peeved by the way ‘Company Culture” is covered in journalism and talked about colloquially by the tech community. It’s conflated with perks. Can we agree that Culture ≠ Perks please? I love perks, don’t get(…)

Solutions Please.

One of my pet peeves is negativity in the office. I’m not talking about a good, powerful discussions about meaty topics. I’m not even talking about suggestions for small ways to improve processes. Nope. What frustrates me is complaining. Big or small, I have low tolerance for complaints. It saps the creative energy right out(…)

Finding My Subconscious Leadership Style

I’ve been trying to be intentional about my personal leadership style. How do I operate in a team? What do I bring to the table? There are many different kinds of leaders, and many different ways to be successful–I’m not looking to fit into some pop leadership coaching ideal. I want to be myself, just(…)

End of Year Goals

It’s the end of the year. I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on what I’ve learned, mistakes I’ve made, and things that went really well. I also set up a lot of goals for the coming year. Without further ado… Train and delegate a significant chunk of my current workload each month. I started(…)