Talent Is Overrated

“By understanding how a few become great, anyone can become better.”  Talent is Overrated, page 206 Geoff Colvin, senior editor at Forbes magazine, gives plenty of insight into the difference between top performers and average performers, and his answer isn’t exactly what you’d think it would be. One typical thought when viewing the work of a master […]

The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin

“We’re living in a moment of time, the first moment of time, when a billion people are connected, when your work is judged (more than ever before) based on what you do rather than who you are, and when credentials, access to capital, and raw power have been dwarfed by the simple question ‘Do I […]

Simple Rules For Smart Simplicity

Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Because today’s businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex — and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux. So, he says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit’s warren of inter-dependencies. In this energetic talk, Morieux offers six rules for “smart simplicity.” […]

Getting What You Want

Getting what you want in your career and in life isn’t as difficult as it may seem. I mean it. Put others first, be more likeable, and end up with what you want. Here are some tips on how you can be successful in everything you do: Listen First and Never Stop Listening Listening is the […]

Sundar Pichai – Invest In Talent

Google is celebrated for its rigorously data-focused management and hiring culture. But the secret of one of its most successful executives, Sundar Pichai, lies in good old-fashioned team building. Currently a senior vice president at Google in charge of Chrome, Android, and apps, Pichai’s methods were discussed on a recent Quora thread, asking “What did Sundar […]

Leaders Eat Last

Why do so few people get to say “I love my job”? It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning the lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel values by their organizations, to feel like they belong. Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to […]

Peopleware by Tom DeMarco

Few books in computing have had as profound an influence on software management as Peopleware . The unique insight of this longtime best seller is that the major issues of software development are human, not technical. They’re not easy issues; but solve them, and you’ll maximize your chances of success. I read this book when I first […]

How I killed the “Yes Man” Inside of Me

Could I Ever Say NO? Early in my career, I spent several years as your stereotypical “yes man”. I was eager to please and my particular personality type (ENFP, for Meyers-Briggs fans) leaves me constantly seeking approval with a real fear of rejection or letting someone down. Saying yes was easy. It made everyone happy. […]

4 Ways To Get Your Foot In The Door

Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of people sending me messages via LinkedIN and Twitter asking me how I could advise them towards a path of becoming a Producer or Product Manager. Some of them are very specifically interested in the company I currently work for and some are just generically interested. I found myself […]