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 Icarus Deception

“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…

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…

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…

Peopleware

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…

Goodbye “Yes Man”

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…

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…

The Multifaceted User

In a post by Stephanie Troeth she discusses some UX strategy that could help you clarify assumptions you are making about your users and prioritize the right design decisions for your projects. Original article: http://uxdesign.smashingmagazine.com/2013/03/12/design-multifaceted-user/