One of the most interesting and amusing experiences I had at DEFCON was while we were waiting in line to register and pay our conference fee. If you’re not familiar with DEFCON, there’s no pre-registration or credit card payments accepted so everyone waits in line and pay cash to register for the conference. The line can be long at times, but it’s a great way to meet new people and

Our first official action as a company was to attend DEFCON 22 in Las Vegas, NV and I can’t think of a better way to kick things off! This was my first DEFCON and it was astounding and a little bit overwhelming to see all of the brilliant minds at work giving the talks, demonstrating new ideas and participating in the competitions. Rob Fitzpatrick from Server Theory was kind enough

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Mar 2014

Ethics

  Ethics in leadership seems to be a topic that comes up frequently. Unfortunately, the topic usually comes up when there has been a serious breach in ethics and a very senior individual has been removed from their position, or sometimes even ends up in jail. We often ask, “How did we get to the point where this happened?” Like many of the things we have discussed, you can help

Every leader needs a good right hand man (or woman). I know we all think that we’ve got it under control and that we’ll do what we need to do to make the team succeed, but the truth is we simply cannot be there all the time and we can’t allow progress to grind to a halt if we have to travel for business, go on vacation, or get sick.

This weekend I finished reading Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. Friends and colleagues had recommended the book to me for years, and I bought an e-book version of it about 2 years ago, but just started reading it recently. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it; and if you have read it, pick it up again. It will be worth it! In the book

Recently I was having a discussion with a colleague on developing a way forward on a problem we were working on together. As he was outlining his proposed solution, I mentioned that I believed that we needed to engage in some critical thinking before we proposed any solutions.  My colleague took exception to my comment and was slightly offended that I would suggest he was not a critical thinker. After

Every now and then a member of our team will come to us with an idea of a new process, method or procedure to implement that they feel will get the job done better, or will be easier, or, in the best of cases, both. As leaders we often feel an internal conflict in this situation. We want to foster innovation, but also are concern the risks and resistance that

Sometimes as a leader you come into an organization or team that has already been established for a long period of time and you see a need to make some changes in order to better achieve your strategic objectives. Often these teams have their own processes and personalities that may or may not be responsible for (or a detriment to) the success of the team. Depending on how large your

These are two things that sound like they don’t go together; after all, we’re told to set a good example, don’t be sarcastic, set and maintain standards, etc. What I’m talking about here is “improvisational comedy”, specifically one particular aspect called “Yes, and…” Hopefully you’re still reading and haven’t decided that I’ve gone off the deep end. “Yes, and…” is a rule in improv that encourages each individual participant to

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Jan 2014

Work and Fun

We’ve all had a boss who wants everyone on the team to be a tight knit group of friends, enjoying each others’ company and hanging out outside of work.  He’s the boss who is always talking about “making work fun” and is always coming up with another “Mandatory Fun” event outside of work that he expects everyone to attend. And there are some leaders who don’t want to see any