Helping People Quit

The biggest time-suck for my clients in the past few years certainly has to be hiring. It seems like every single company nowadays has dozens of open positions. That reality coupled with what is currently called “the great resignation” might make the concept of helping people quit crazy. However, I’ve seen companies spiral downwards when […]

Refactor: Extract Team

Growing organizations need to create new teams with time. This article covers some FAQs that I discuss in depth in The Tech Executive Operating System. Being aware of these questions and having answers ready will help you avoid some common pitfalls and set the new team up for success. Can you form a team before […]

Leveling the Bar

We all want to “raise the bar.” What does it actually mean, though? Assessing R&D organizations often shows a clear dichotomy: sometimes, we need to genuinely raise the bar. That means that a new capability or profession are lacking and require rapid injection. For example, the company suddenly realizes that it needs a mobile application […]

Yak Spotting

About 15 years ago, I first put a post-it note on my monitor with a prompt that I found incredibly useful. Over the years, I’ve used it a lot personally, to the point where I wrote scripts to randomly send notifications reminding me about it once my brain got used to the note and started […]

Startups on Hard Mode

We’ve all heard the advice to “do things that don’t scale” at the early stages of startups. I quite agree with it. Unfortunately, as with many pithy sayings, it can be overused or abused. When we fail to understand the logic that drives it and where the same approach doesn’t apply, we are bound to […]

The Founder vs. Hired Executive Gap

Miscommunication is an odd thing. When you are used to writing a lot every day—but in code, not prose—you get used to thinking that words are easy. You write something and the compiler understands precisely that (unless you have a bug, of course). If only things were as easy when we have to talk to […]


Here’s a nice story that I found out about as I was writing my book: Hermit crabs have to get new and larger shells as they grow. Moving to a new shell requires a leap of faith, as they are vulnerable while trying on the new shells. This danger is unavoidable: the other option is […]

The Origin of Innovation

When I talk about the concept of making innovation habitual in R&D organizations, many tech executives recoil at first. It might sound daunting or as if it would require even more time from their already-too-busy teams. Some think it might cause chaos where each engineer can do as she pleases. In this article, I will […]

Using Executive Leverage

Humans are sometimes very simple beings. We see a problem, and we rush to try and solve it. I’ve written in the past about the tendency to solve problems for our teams, instead of learning to provide them with guidelines, and it’s a big part in helping your organization gain autonomy, as I describe in […]

Foster Executives

When I first started thinking about this topic, I felt that I was exaggerating how common it is. However, with time, I realized that this is somewhat of a natural phenomenon. There are two typical scenarios where I notice executives that seem to be in limbo. They are not taking the initiative when it comes […]