High-Density Conversations

Some of the most precious moments in our work are those we spend communicating with others in meetings. They’ve become even more valuable, given the increased rarity in the hybrid/remote age. That’s why it’s mind-boggling to watch how many teams have a conversation culture that essentially wastes these moments with lots of fluff and a […]

Gilding Guilds

Things always operate in trends, and if my clients are any indication, it seems like “guilds” are back in vogue. Nevertheless, many teams waste countless hours on guilds that provide little value or even turn out to be detrimental. Therefore, one has to be mindful of the common pitfalls and best practices for setting up […]

Pathological Anxiety

Anxiety, like an uninvited guest, often overstays its welcome in the minds of leaders. It whispers in our ears everything that could go wrong. Some executives go through years bracing for an incoming storm, even when the skies are clear. When anxiety becomes your default viewpoint, it’s like trying to lead while carrying a weight […]

Evaluating Leadership: Beyond the Basics

In the high-speed tech world, hiring senior talent often feels like trying to assemble a puzzle while riding a horse-drawn carriage on cobblestones. We tend to focus on the familiar pieces – experience, technical acumen, and perhaps even charisma. Yet, as our industry continually reshapes itself in response to new trends, regulations, and societal shifts, […]

Startup Rollercoasters: Communication for Leaders

We’ve all heard about the “rollercoaster” of startups, and it seems like these rides were upgraded to be a bit more… loopy in the past couple of years. For some leaders, this is a constant point of worry and discomfort with their teams. How much should they say? How direct should they be? But what […]

Treating Lowered Expectations

Too many years ago, I used to get a real laugh out of watching Mad TV’s “lowered expectations.” And while it’s funny, I don’t agree the same attitude should be used in our work as leaders. After all, we’re supposed to be sources of positivity and optimism, not the “downers.” Nevertheless, I repeatedly see in […]

Communication Strength

You know the old adage, “You’re only as strong as your weakest link?” When it comes to leaders who think they are great communicators, a similar rule applies: Your communication is only as good as the worst bit of feedback you’re currently keeping to yourself. It sometimes surprises me how some people can barely speak […]

Individual Growth Plans

Is your company halting hiring? Perhaps you even had to let some good people go. No matter the case, surely you’ve seen LinkedIn posts suggesting that you learn how to “do more with less.” I’m not into that game. It can too quickly turn into a trap that gets good people working ridiculous hours, trying […]

Perpetual Leadership Motion

Hundreds of years ago, it was already clear to the likes of Da Vinci that the search for a Perpetuum Mobile was futile. More energy is always necessary to keep the movement going. However, that cannot be the case when it comes to yourself as a leader. No amount of extrinsic factors trumps intrinsic motivation. […]

Plagues of Mediocrity

It’s Passover this week, which has always been a favorite of mine (perhaps partly because it coincides with my birthday). Speaking about the story of Passover with my kids, and especially my son, who seems fascinated by the “magic” happening, I decided to write a fun article about the problem I routinely see when working […]