Episode 26: Perfection

The idea of perfection is a tricky one for leaders especially. Leaders want to strive for perfection but not at all costs. There comes a point where goal of perfection can stand in the way of progress. Rather than perfection, I’d suggest great leaders recognize the pursuit of excellence….

Applied Technology

There are so many benefits provided by the advanced technology of today, but as I attend a conference in San Francisco this week I am reminded of a very real problem. Listening to session after session talk about the incredible advancements in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the power of a cloud, serverless architecture all...

The Art of Marketing

We’re all familiar with those catchy songs, you know, the songs you hear one to many times. The “ear worms” which tend to stick in your head and you can’t seem to escape their lyrical lasso no matter what store you enter or what elevator you ride. We also tend to recognize those brands who...

Episode 25: Celebrating

There’s a very fine line between celebrating and boasting. I can’t remember where I first saw the discussion, but the topic centered around one of the loudest mouths in history, the unmatched, unforgettable Mohammad Ali….

Blindfolded Marketing

“Have you tried our app?” This was the opening line I recently received from a local grocery store chain. Innocuous at first glance and if you didn’t know any better wouldn’t be given a second thought. A quick keystroke and the email was deleted forever, never to be thought about again. But I did give...

Top

Everyone loves cutting down the guy on top. I heard that originally in a country song, but it came to mind in recent news due to an article I read about Google and DuckDuckGo. Of course I’m not advocating for Google, in fact, there are many things they could do (and should do) differently, and...

Episode 24: Advocate

Great leaders care about others. They don’t focus only on solving their own problems or finding the solutions their business alone needs. Great leaders seek to raise other people up and draw attention to their needs and situations as well. Great leaders find ways to help solve their problems and issues. Sometimes this is through their business, but many times this is as simple as advocating for others and raising awareness to their needs. …

Light Patterns

We hear a lot of talk these days about dark patterns, on the web, in apps, in UI and design. If you’re not familiar with the concept, here’s a quick example: Dark patterns take a variety of forms and the example above is considered “Confirmshaming” – notice the “No thanks” option? There are several different...

Episode 23: Influence

Each week I undertake a bit of a historical deep dive into the life of someone I would consider a Thinker. These thinkers are often leaders as you might imagine. You will of course agree with me that not every great thinker is a leader, there are differences and the relationship is not a bi-directional equivalency. The reverse though I believe is quite often true. Great leaders are often thinkers. …