2015

The Critical First Step For Great Leadership: The Journey From “I” to “We”

Terry Starbucker

There comes a time in a more human leadership journey where something radically changes. The focus of our effort makes a major progression forward that, once accomplished, propels us to greatness.

Write Your Leadership Legacy in 6 Words

N2Growth Blog

By Grant Wattie. President, N2Growth Australia. While having lunch with a number of writers, Ernest Hemingway claimed he could write a short story that was only six words long.

Black Box Machine Learning in the Cloud

Erik Bernhardsson

There’s a bunch of companies working on machine learning as a service. Some old companies like Google , but now also Amazon and Microsoft. Then there’s a ton of startups: PredictionIO ($2.7M funding), BigML ($1.6M funding), Clarifai , etc, etc. Here’s a nice map from Bloomberg showing some of the landscape. As much as I love ML, I’m not super bullish on these companies. I wrote a pretty cynical tweet the other day.

Coach K: Mike Krzyzewski on Teamwork

Nathan Magnuson

As a University of Kansas basketball fan, I’ve never rooted for Duke. But there is a Duke moment that stands out in my memory. It occurred probably 10 or 15 years ago. Duke was in the process of getting upset in the NCAA Tournament. They were playing hard that day but not well.

Your Post-Launch Toolkit for Understanding Your Users

Speaker: Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product, Simple Health

If you've launched an MVP, you know that the journey has just begun. But what do you do after the launch? How do you figure out what to do next? After you launch, it's important to be able to look at how different segments of your users react and quickly uncover signal vs. noise so you can iterate and improve. Join Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product at Simple Health, as she explains how you can use early customer feedback, usage data, and continuous experimentation to optimize your way to product-market fit. Whether you're at a brand-new company, or looking to innovate within a more mature organization, or anywhere in between, you'll come away with a skill set to make the most of your launches.

4 Reasons Your Feedback is Being Ignored

Let's Grow Leaders

The number one frustration I hear from team leaders is that their feedback falls on deaf ears. The employee seems to get it– for a minute, and then they go right back to their old habits.

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There Will Be Cyberwar: How The Move To Network-Centric War Fighting Has Set The Stage by Richard Stiennon

CTOvision

With new technology, come new problems. Oft times, with the increasing demand for the latest and greatest tech, security is more of an after thought. What has been a consistent theme is developing the next best technology, and then figuring out how to protect it.

Greater Than Yourself: A Success Approach Whose Time Has Come

Steve Farber

When my third book, Greater Than Yourself , was published in 2009, it seemed to many that the world was going to hell in the proverbial hand basket. Wall Street had melted down, the market had crashed, and folks were losing their homes and getting laid off in the process.

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Confident Communication

Strategy Driven

In a professional setting, projecting confidence can make or break an interaction and have a significant impact on how others perceive your character and professional abilities. Those who appear confident are often assumed to be more capable in their jobs and more worthy of trust and respect.

Mindful Mondays: Pope Francis’ Nine Rules for Happy Living

Next Level Blog

In case you haven’t been paying attention, it turns out that Pope Francis is one of the most popular people in the world. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that he has a 90% favorability rating among U.S. Catholics and a 70% favorability rating among all Americans.

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Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

Why Accessibility Is A CIO’s New Responsibility

The Accidental Successful CIO

CIOs need to start to consider the needs of disabled workers Image Credit: Leo Reynolds. CIOs need to understand that the environment in which their company operates is changing. Two important things are happening at the same time. The first is that a lot of us are becoming older.

The 5 Best Pieces Of Advice Any New Leader Will Ever Get

Terry Starbucker

Jack Kent Cooke, my boss back in 1987, when I had my first leadership job. “Terry, my boy… ” When I heard those words from Jack Kent Cooke back in 1987, I knew he was about to teach me something.

Get Off The Strategy Merry-Go-Round

N2Growth Blog

By Mark Hefner. Global Practice Chair, Strategy N2Growth. Most organizations, and even most strategy consultants, are using strategic planning frameworks built for business models that were designed during the industrial age. These methods are antiquated in both efficiency and effectiveness.

Norvig’s claim that programming competitions correlate negatively with being good on the job

Erik Bernhardsson

I saw a bunch of tweets over the weekend about Peter Norvig claiming there’s a negative correlation between being good at programming competitions and being good at the job. There were some decent Hacker News comments on it. Norvig’s statement is obviously not true if we’re drawing samples from the general population – most people can’t code.

What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

How to Influence When You’re Not in Charge

Nathan Magnuson

How do you lead when you’re not the boss? It’s hard enough to lead when you are in charge. What are the other options? If you’ve wondered this, I’ve got good news for you. It’s a lot easier than it sounds. And you can get started today. Here’s a game plan for you.

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What Happens When We Really Listen

Let's Grow Leaders

Have you ever noticed that sometimes life rhymes? Something happens to you that fits together so well with what happens next that (as my editor would say of another one of my other rhyming days) “That story is so tight no one is going to believe it.”

Top 10 States for Women-Owned Small Businesses

Women on Business

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List of Cyber Threat “Wake-Up Calls” Growing: Policy makers have been hitting the snooze button since 1970

CTOvision

The list below is an update to our reference of "Cyber Security Wake-Up Calls." What does it take to be on the list? Generally each of the events below was so significant policy makers were loudly proclaiming to all who would listen that they were a wake-up call.

Embedded BI and Analytics: Best Practices to Monetize Your Data

Speaker: Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst

By creating innovative analytics products and expanding into new markets, more and more companies are discovering new potential revenue streams. Join Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst, as he walks you through how data that you're likely already collecting can be transformed into revenue!

A Stunning, New Leadership Lens

Steve Farber

As a 21st century Extreme Leader and life-long learner, you are constantly looking for ways to improve yourself, not just for your own advancement, but also for the greater good.

5 Things All Entrepreneurs Can Learn About Success from Donald Trump

Strategy Driven

Love him or hate him, one thing’s for sure: all entrepreneurs can all learn a few things about success and leadership from Donald Trump.

Mindful Mondays: How to Live a Life That’s “Beyond Happy”

Next Level Blog

Being happy is a fundamental life goal for most people. But is it possible that by setting the bar at “being happy,” that we’re aiming too low? In her new book, Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being, Beth Cabrera makes a compelling case for striving for more.

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The One Thing A Great Leader Has To Give Up (After Working Hard To Get It)

Terry Starbucker

I remember the first time I got it at age 22, a mere 4 months after I graduated from college, as a staff accountant at a public accounting firm. It was given to me reluctantly, out of sheer necessity, and it terrified me. But on the other hand, it was what I wanted.

A Simple Framework for Complex User Goals

Speaker: Hannah Stegen

How can you measure and affect your users' behavior if they're not doing something that's easily measurable? You can monitor usage, activation, retention, and more, but those metrics don't always align with every one of your goals for your users. Hope is not lost, however: with the right framework, you can still make sure your users are on track. Join Hannah Stegen (she/her), Customer Success Manager at Crescendo as she explains how you can monitor even the most complex user journeys by breaking them up into Attitude, Intention, and Behavior.

The Power of Story: 12 Inspiring Lessons from 12 Entrepreneurs

Terry Starbucker

Last month we published our first issue of Built Oregon , a new digital magazine that is conducting what I call a “grand entrepreneurial experiment”: Can the power of story move the economic dial?

How Many of Your Organization’s Strategic Initiatives Succeed?

N2Growth Blog

My guess is that your answer is less than half or at least “not enough of them.”. Delivering on strategic initiatives on time, every time, is the hallmark of organizations that are best in the world at executing strategy, and they’re rewarded with a premium put on the value of their company. Organizations that can’t deliver on their strategic initiatives fail at executing their strategy, and organizations that fail at executing strategy will not survive. It is just that simple.

The relationship between commit size and commit message size

Erik Bernhardsson

Wow I guess it was more than a year ago that I tweeted this. Crazy how time flies by. Anyway, here’s my rationale: When I update one line of code I feel like I have to put in a long explanation about its side effects, why it’s fully backwards compatible, and why it fixes some issue #xyz. When I refactor 500 lines of code, I get too lazy to write anything sensible, so I just put “refactoring FooBarController”. Note: don’t do at home!

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You’re Never Too Big to Serve

Nathan Magnuson

My first job in high school was working at a small grocery store in town. I remember there were only eight aisles, so it wasn’t long before I had most of the place figured out.

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The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.