Promotion, a raise and new opportunities if you master this one skill.

Be Promotable, Get a Higer Salary and Be in Demand

There is one single function you can perform to insure your promotability, increase your compensation and endear yourself to the Board of Directors. Skeptical? Don’t be. Continue reading

How to say NO to your boss

HOW TO SAY NO TO YOUR BOSS AND RETAIN HER/HIS RESPECT.

Every executive and technology professional faces this dilemma at some point. You and your team are already pushed to the max and your boss asks you to take on another very important task. How do you refuse without raising their ire or losing your ‘team player’ status?  Continue reading

What is your corporate culture?

pingpong copyPing Pong or empowerment?

So you want to know about corporate culture? What do you think it is? Is it all the trash and treasures you offer your teams? Is is the informality and dog friendly environment?  Is it the long maternity leave and open ended vacation days? Bet not! Continue reading

Are 20 somethings forcing a workplace revolution?

Screen shot 2013-02-03 at 4.45.36 PMIf you want to hire and keep the most talented 20 somethings, know who they are.

You can have the most remarkable product and the most clearly defined target market, but if you don’t have employees truly engaged in your corporate mission, you have a path to mediocrity and probably, failure. I have seen my clients struggle with HR issues when product and customer acquisition should be their top priorities.

A recent client had grand strategies for building a business that just couldn’t miss. Instead of working with alliance partners and product groups, he spent most of his time trying to resolve issues with his 20 something or Millennial Generation, team. He didn’t understand why management techniques that always worked before created more problems. He was baffled when employees had no regard for commonly accepted protocol (One individual contributor felt it was his right to update the Board of his demands, others openly criticized management and rejected the review process). Since then, I discovered the manager was at the front line of a battle he could not win with traditional means, a battle being fought by many hiring authorities and managers. Continue reading

Don’t tell me there is a problem, tell me there is a solution

Robots and ark building.

“At a certain point in the process, no credit will be given for predicting rain. The only credit will be for helping to build an ark.” Ben Horowitz

Last night I spent 45 minutes talking a client down from a rant about how negative his team had become. They were demoralized from all the customer complaints and additional workload that entailed. The Q/A team complained the developers showed them no respect and the Product Managers continued to give the developers poor stories for the sprints; all common complaints for a VP development of a small Agile/SaaS company. Continue reading