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The Founder’s Paradox: How to Promote for Achievement and Not Tenure
June 13, 2018
The Founder’s Paradox: How to Promote for Achievement and Not Tenure

The word “promote” is interesting in a subtle way. It can mean different things depending on the context. Advancing in rank or placement. Contributing to growth or…

The Founder’s Paradox: How to Sell When You Have No Salespeople
June 7, 2018
The Founder’s Paradox: How to Sell When You Have No Salespeople

“Hi there, this is Fred from X!7ZO…” So glad I answered the phone because I cannot wait to be sold to, thought no one ever. But when you walk into a store, browse a…

5 Signs a Product Manager Is Operating in the Dark
June 4, 2018
5 Signs a Product Manager Is Operating in the Dark

Do you like scavenger hunts? Searching all over can be a fun game for kids. But when it comes to product management — well, hunting for clues to understand what is…

How This CEO Prioritizes Employee Joy
May 30, 2018
How This CEO Prioritizes Employee Joy

Last December, I met up with a group of awesome people in Laguna Beach, CA. We ran along the beach together. Shared personal stories that made us laugh and cry. Ate some…

Aha! Named One of the Best Places to Work by Inc.
May 23, 2018
Aha! Named One of the Best Places to Work by Inc.

I recently shared some good news with you — Aha! was named Company of the Year in the Stevie Awards’ 2018 American Business Awards. I also shared that this recognition…

Why You Need a Strategic IT Roadmap
May 22, 2018
Why You Need a Strategic IT Roadmap

“IT manages technology and projects — not customer experiences.” Have you heard this before? Not lately, I hope. Most companies are taking on major initiatives to focus…

How Office Workers Are (Accidentally) Bullying Remote Workers
May 21, 2018
How Office Workers Are (Accidentally) Bullying Remote Workers

Bullies are easy to despise. Loud. Blustering. Obnoxious. Willing to do or say anything to get their way. Especially in movies, these heels are easy to root against and…

The Founder’s Paradox: How to Start a Company When the Time Never Seems Right
May 15, 2018
The Founder’s Paradox: How to Start a Company When the Time Never Seems Right

“What is holding you back?” That is the question I asked a job candidate who shared that they wanted to eventually start their own company. Their response was that “the…

The Chief Product Officer vs. the Chief Technology Officer
May 14, 2018
The Chief Product Officer vs. the Chief Technology Officer

Products matter. And that is why more and more companies are adding executives who are specifically focused on those products and the technology needed to ensure customer…

How to Build a Digital Transformation Roadmap
May 10, 2018
How to Build a Digital Transformation Roadmap

There is a specific type of person who gets excited about looking ahead — far ahead. The type of person who enjoys challenging what is known to be true today. Big…

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