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Do Job Titles Matter?

August 1, 2016

After 37 years in the tech industry, I have become cynical of job titles and companies who have an abundance of lofty job titles and minimal revenue. I often meet early stage software companies with a few dozen employees, yet their executive ranks are filled with a CEO, COO, EVP of Sales, CMO and CTO. My first question to them is what are they going to do when they reach a few hundred employees and the requirements of these “C” level positions have outstripped the experience and capacity of the current employees who hold these titles.

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Why I think I am a 61-year-old Millennial

May 2, 2016

While driving this morning, I listened to a radio interview focused on the news headline that Millennials now outnumber Boomers and the impact that is having and will have on the workplace. The speaker was espousing that like their Boomer parents, Millennials have the same goals of getting married, having a family and owning a home, but have very different expectations on how to achieve these goals. Millennials value capability over experience and tenure. As a result, they have aggressive expectations of advancement and promotion.  They also demand a career that they will enjoy and will provide them with a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, they value flexibility and have integrated technology in the all aspects of their life. Therefore, they demand flexibility to do their jobs outside of the traditional construct of “9 to 5 in-the-office”.

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How do you know if your recruiting strategy is about to fail?

February 1, 2016

A collaborative blog post with Kim Benedict.

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Do product features really matter?

May 29, 2015

An on-going discussion in most software companies is the value of the next release of software. In some companies, these discussions often take on the dimensions of a holy war and can be quite disruptive and distracting. On one hand, a number of sales deals will be relying on the features planned for the next or future releases. On the other side of the argument will be implemented clients, who have just stabilized on a current release and are reluctant to incur the cost of migrating to the next release. In addition, the product strategy team will be focused on what competitors are doing and analyst are saying. Unfortunately in most of these discussions, there is a preponderance of opinion and rarely substantive data to support one view over the other.

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Five Lessons learned from starting a consulting business

April 18, 2015

Somehow in the past few years, I have become a go-to-person for people looking for advice on starting their own consulting business. This became obvious to me when I realized that my advice now rolls off my tongue as effortlessly as a rehearsed presentation. My advice isn’t rocket science, in fact some of it is counter-intuitive and is the summation of mistakes, lessons learnt and epiphanies that I have had over the past nine years of running my own business. That said, it resonates with the people to whom I speak. Later, feedback from them reinforces that my advice holds true beyond my personal experience.

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Backing a Winner

February 5, 2014

As some of you may know, I am an avid skier and ski & teach at the Georgian Peaks Club. It is a private ski club (a phenomena known only to Ontario). The club has about 750 families and has a reputation for strong competitive ski and snowboard development programs that have produced a number of Alpine Canada National Team Members.

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