Leading Smart

Leading Smart

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Managing in the Brainpower Age


Conversation with Tim Williams
Aug 6 • 52 min
Commercial building projects are one-off translations of ideas and creativity into incredibly complex creations that take years and cost millions. Leading the diverse teams that build them is the architect. This is my conversation with Tim Williams.
Not Just a Job
Jul 30 • 19 min
Many organizations struggle with the challenges of diversity and inclusion. In this episode we examine the many ways to make a lot of noise and not a lot of progress. Whether it’s on purpose is anyone’s guess, but one thing is sure: it’s not just a job.
Conversation with Brad Silverberg - Part III
Jul 23 • 28 min
The conversation with Brad Silverberg concludes with a discussion of his move into the world of venture capital. In this third and final episode, Brad shares his thoughts on leadership in a startup, and what the world looks like post COVID-19.
Conversation with Brad Silverberg Part II
Jul 16 • 47 min
The conversation with Brad Silverberg continues with a detailed discussion of leadership and vision. In this second of three episodes he shares his management journey and how his passion for personal computing morphed into a passion for the internet.
Conversation with Brad Silverberg - Part I
Jul 9 • 48 min
Brad Silverberg’s fascinating life in the tech world included leading the creation of Windows 95. In this first of three episodes, he shares the serendipity and persistent vision that built his amazing career. This part one of my conversation with Brad…
Mass Exit
Jul 2 • 21 min
In the fifth and final episode on firing we look at how to do a layoff. The pandemic has given us a number of great examples of how NOT to do it. We explore the right way to lay people off, prepare for a fresh start and avoid a mass exit.
Conversation with Matt Horvat
Jun 25 • 51 min
Leading Smart Season 2 begins with the first of my conversations with leaders. This inaugural is on leadership in education. All about managing and leading teachers as they work to improve in their craft. This is a conversation with Matt Horvat.
Pulling the Plug
Jun 16 • 21 min
The fourth episode on firing, this time for the hard part: actually firing someone. We explore the do’s and don’ts of firing an individual. How it’s so easy to do it badly, and what it takes to do it right. This time, we’re Pulling the Plug.
Season Two
Jun 9 • 4 min
A short announcement about the exciting changes and additional voices coming to Leading Smart with Season Two. It starts in just a couple of weeks, with a new look, new music, and lots of great conversations with smart leaders.
Trading Places
May 31 • 19 min
In this third episode on firing, we ask a lot of questions. When is performance bad enough to cut your losses? When is a superstar worth having around? What is it about attitude that answers the question? Time to explore Trading Places.
Bottom Feeder
May 15 • 21 min
The exploration into firing continues with a look at the low end. What is magical about the bottom ten percent? How does stack ranking cheat some people out of a good performance review? What exactly is poor performance? This is Bottom Feeder.
Superstar
Apr 30 • 22 min
This episode begins a multipart series on firing, on when and how to let go. The exploration starts with that special person, the amazing performer who appears to be the cornerstone of your project. The Superstar. What’s behind the magic?
Hocus Focus
Apr 15 • 21 min
In the final episode on visions, we take a look at how to use your well-crafted vision. And explore how overheard conversations provide a window into the impact a great vision can have on team effectiveness.
Remote Control
Mar 31 • 23 min
This is a special episode prompted by the Stay at Home orders due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In this episode we explore the movement from centralized headquarters to remote work. And offer several tips and best practices for managing teams at a distance.
Mark My Words
Mar 15 • 22 min
Why words matter, especially words you use for your mission and vision. We also explore how wasting words is an easy trap to fall into. In this third episode in the series on vision, we show how to craft a clear, crisp vision for your project.
Clear View
Feb 29 • 23 min
How the greatest business failure of the 20th Century was largely caused by the lack of a good vision. And how success lies in the framework of Mission, Vision, Strategy, and Tactics. This second episode on vision explores how what you say impacts what…
2020 Hindsight
Feb 15 • 20 min
A clear, crisp vision is the foundation for a successful project. And a project with a poor, or no, vision is almost guaranteed to flounder. This episode begins a series on the importance, development, and communication of visions.
Soft Landing
Jan 31 • 21 min
Once you’ve decided on that great candidate, the next challenge is convincing them to take the job. Brainpower workers want more than just a paycheck. In this episode we explore how to land that great brainpower hire.
Fits and Starts
Jan 15 • 22 min
One of the challenges of hiring brainpower workers is finding that “perfect fit”. But often when you do, that’s when you should start to worry. In this episode we explore why the perfect fit often isn’t and explore how to insure a great brainpower hire.
Wonder Why
Dec 31, 2019 • 20 min
Interviewing is the search for intelligence, passion, communication skills, and a thirst for learning. There are lots of ways to do these interviews, but a softer touch is usually the key. In this episode we explore how to get the most from a brainpower…
Testing Limits
Dec 15, 2019 • 20 min
Hiring junior level brainpower workers can be overwhelming. There are simultaneously too many candidates and not enough good ones. Many organizations result to testing and other filters to cope. But this just makes the problem worse. In this episode we…
Hunting Skills
Nov 30, 2019 • 21 min
Hiring senior level brainpower workers is much more than posting the job and sifting through the resumes. It’s beyond hiring, even beyond recruiting. It’s hunting. In this episode we look at two examples and see how to develop hunting skills. More…
Accentuate the Positive
Nov 15, 2019 • 21 min
A song from 1944 sets the tone for good employee feedback. Featuring an upbeat cover from 1972, and far too many sandwich metaphors, yet still offers hope for great performance reviews.
Annual Ritual
Oct 31, 2019 • 22 min
First episode of two looking into the annual ritual of performance reviews. This episode focuses on the process, and why it doesn’t have to be painful. If you’re willing to do it all the time.
Duck and Cover
Oct 14, 2019 • 19 min
How a brutal performance review meeting ended with me getting a stapler hurled at my head. And how that lead to one of my most steadfast rules: in the workplace, no surprises.
The Brainpower Age
Oct 14, 2019 • 20 min
How a simple question about failure of a single project lead to the most important research project of my life. And how that lead to the realization that everything about work has changed in the last few generations. We’ve entered the Brainpower Age.
The Hit Man
Oct 14, 2019 • 20 min
Introducing the Leading Smart podcast - How a job in the car stereo business ended up being mostly about firing people. And how that lead to a lifelong fascination with management, organizations, and team building.