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Another approach that you should adopt as a tech executive is taking the lead. Continuing the sneak peeks series to my upcoming book, The Tech Executive Operating System, I discuss the importance of being proactive and making plans—even if they might change—for yourself and your team. Do you want to be a leader, or are you content to continue being…
 
Your executive toolkit should comprise a few specific approaches, processes, and models. In today's episode, I'm sharing one from my upcoming book, The Tech Executive Operating System: how to let go. To do your best work, you should aim to outgrow the pace your company is growing, or the company will outgrow you. Tune in to find out more. Developer…
 
Sometimes, all we need in order to have a breakthrough is not to have the ability to do whatever we'd like. Surprisingly, having or settings constraints on the possible solutions can induce a big spur of creativity. In this episode, I discuss the art of setting boundaries to accelerate your organization's Speed of Change: if Intel could pivot the b…
 
An epidemic for managers and leaders all around is busywork. If your default answer to "what's up?" is "busy busy busy,"—this episode's for you. We delve into reluctant delegation, the lazy tradeoff that you're making right now to the dismay of your future self, and how to make time to think. Stop serving the calendar. The Calendar Reset episode Su…
 
You want to amass technical assets rather than be consumed with handling your tech debt. One key element in achieving that is fostering a culture of Coders Without Borders—one of the axioms of leadership from my upcoming book, The Tech Executive Operating System. In this episode, I break down what this means, provide you with real examples from my …
 
Are your views and ideas constantly challenged, or are you surrounded by people who cannot help but think the same or are afraid of speaking up? Burst out of your bubble. Learn how bubbles are formed, how it hurts your organization in the long run, and how to fix it. Plus, I've got a very exciting announcement! Tune in to this week's episode. Subsc…
 
What can you do to increase the chances of serendipity happening and increase your executive leverage? If you sit in your room thinking, "I wish they would have consulted me about that,"—nothing will change. Create the basis for luck and opportunities by using the meeting you already have on your calendar correctly. The Calendar Reset…
 
What voids are being formed around you, why your team is sometimes like sponges, why your management team is on the catwalk, and what's the law of culture accumulation? All that in this week's spiffy and short episode. Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives. For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.co…
 
No one would argue against innovation, novelty, and creativity being employed in your team. Nevertheless, it can be used in a way that provides no value or even hurts your customers. Sometimes, we're just being clever because it strokes our ego. In some situations, you're better off being boring. That is the topic of this week's episode. Sign up fo…
 
If you've been following me, surely you've noticed a recurring motif: tech executives do not hold enough sway. This episode's about shuffling things a bit. Sometimes, R&D holds too much power in the organization, even without realizing it. And that power, if not used properly, can burden every planning discussion and stifle any attempt at innovatin…
 
What can a group of strangers who speak different languages teach us about collaboratively accelerating learning? We all know the saying about standing on the shoulders of giants. However, we can improve and learn together as a team, no giants required. This week's episode uses a tale from a long-forgotten universe to teach a lesson you can use wit…
 
If you're taking ownership over an existing organization or want to find the right areas to spend your leadership attention on during 2021, organizational smells help uncover underlying issues. In this episode, I discuss my "org chart debugging" to assess your team's health quickly. Cowardly management and shying away No Perfect Reorg Sign up for t…
 
My definition of seniority for engineers sometimes surprises people. To build a highly capable team that stays effective as it grows, your senior people can not focus solely on their technical proficiency. Seniority means that they should become force multipliers. More on that on this week's episode. Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech execut…
 
Executives, especially the best ones who genuinely care about their companies and are involved in many decisions, often have to live with all kinds of decisions being made around them. Frequently, some decisions will not be the right ones in their mind. How do you know where you should stand your ground? How do you pick your battles? This episode i…
 
There's a big difference between risk management and a pessimistic "expect the worst" overview. One is the responsible thing to do, while the other will set your team up to fail. More on the importance of your Executive Mindset in this episode. Executive Mindset Subscribe to the best online newsletter for tech executives. For any questions or comme…
 
Coaching your people vital for your team's growth and long term success. Doing it properly also has a cascading effect that helps you establish what I call a Feedback Culture. In this episode, I discuss a common pitfall to coaching that many executives have. Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives. For any questions or remarks, email m…
 
It might be Covid taking its toll on me, but I'm through with seeing executives going into personal lockdown and quarantining themselves from the rest of their organization. You can be involved without being a micro-manager—that and more on this week's episode. Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives. For any questions or remarks, emai…
 
Are you content with your once a quarter hackathon that you post on social media? You shouldn't be. Hackathons too often end up stifling innovation, exactly the opposite of what we are trying to do. In this week's episode, I describe the power of better, more frequent innovation practices, so that you can start creating Tech Capital regularly. For …
 
If your team eventually learns that whatever you've committed to might change, like commits in your Git history, you'll lose their commitment as well. In this week's episode, we tackle the issue of nagging questions looping in the back of your head, and the ability to complete actions in a way that builds momentum and trust. Fixing Your Decision Wa…
 
You cannot keep waiting and equivocating till the thing that's "just right" falls in your lap. Great leaders create their reality and don't twiddle their thumbs, hoping the right opportunity will present itself. That and more in this week's episode! Subscribe to the best newsletter online for tech executives. For any questions or remarks, email me …
 
Surely you have a definition of done for your team's objectives. What about yourself? Don't sell yourself short and make sure that you use your leverage. All that in this week's super-short episode. Peter Pan Count Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives. For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com…
 
Do you ever find yourself saying, "our engineers just don't care about the users" or other things along those lines? In this episode, I tackle the engineering-business connection and help you see your part in fostering the right kind of attitude. Sign up to get the best newsletter for tech executives. For any notes/remarks, reach out to me directly…
 
With great responsibility should come great power. Too often, though, tech executives clam up rather than speak and leverage their position to the fullest. If you want to an effective leader, you have to learn to talk well among your peers. More on this week's episode. Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives. For any questions or remar…
 
A question I routinely get is what defines the best executives I work with. The trick is that each executive is different, and still, the best tend to start thinking about the result first—more on that on this week's episode. Subscribe to the best newsletter online for tech executives. For any questions or remarks, contact me directly: aviv@avivben…
 
Right now, too many engineers are slowly drifting more towards Tech on the Tech-Product Continuum. You might think that's a good thing to do, due to COVID and all. You'd be wrong. Don't ruin your team. Listen to this week's episode to hear why. Intermissions Company Generations episode Sign up for the best newsletter online for tech executives. For…
 
Following a question on twitter, I am expanding on why motivation is one of the most important things to look for when hiring or selecting people to invest in. Intrinsic motivation acts as a catalyst that those gifted individuals then use to propel the company forward. More on this week's episode! Relevant tweet Subscribe to the best newsletter onl…
 
What are the actual differences between managers and executives? Is there anything more to it than the title? What differentiates the best tech executives from the rest? Tune in to this week's episode to find out. Moving Upstream Managing Non-Feature Work—Part 1 Floating Leaders episode Subscribe for the best online newsletter for tech executives. …
 
Companies have internal generations that change every 18-36 months. Each generation comes with its own mindset and beliefs. Some companies have to face the generational gap or a lost generation. In this episode, we delve into these definitions and how they can help you lead your team better. Getting Rid of Heroes episode Subscribe to the best newsl…
 
Creating and cultivating the right culture in your company is an active and purposeful endeavor. It is also not a one-off activity. In this episode, we'll cover the importance of cultivating culture, and the first steps you can make to start creating a resilient culture that will keep serving you as the company matures and changes. Sign up for the …
 
Leaving your comfort zones, and pushing your team out of them occasionally, is key for the success and growth of a remarkable team. In this episode, we cover some simple examples to start stretching yourself and the rest of the team. Product Mastery episode Calendar Reset episode Subscribe to the best newsletter online for tech executives. For ques…
 
A floating leader is a leader that's going along aimlessly, wherever the tides go. In this episode, I start with a real story and move on to provide the principles and a self-assessment to help you realize whether you are enough of a driving force in your organization—and how to fix it if you're not. Moving Upstream Product Mastery Subscribe to the…
 
As a leader, it is worthwhile to consciously realize where your pick-a-fight dial is located by default and decide where it should be. Fighting too much—what I often am brought to help with—is not as problematic as the real issue: they gave up and no longer fight. More about picking your fight in this week's episode! Sign up for the best newsletter…
 
Deadlines have burnt many leaders in the past. Then, they give up the use of one of the best tools available to them to propel their teams forward. In this episode, we cover the mistakes on using deadlines, why they are important, and how you can incorporate them today to cultivate growth and push people out of their comfort zones. Subscribe to the…
 
Us techies tend to be opinionated. It gets interesting, though, when we have to make a decision in an area where we do not know a lot and have to solicit input from people around us. That's where you should actively be thinking about the firmness of the opinion you are forming. Subscribe to the best newsletter online for effective tech executives: …
 
Coaching clients often describe a sensation of overwhelm or drowning: they walk down a corridor and get bombarded with questions. This short episode provides tactics to take control of your day and lead. The Calendar Reset/Refresh episode Getting Rid of Heroes episode Get the best newsletter for tech executives on the web. For any comments or quest…
 
When we need to make a decision regarding tech, too often, we just go into basic research mode. Checking the latest Medium posts or looking at what's topping Hacker News is not the way to go. Get advice tailored to your needs. My system for choosing tech Subscribe to the best tech exec newsletter online: https://avivbenyosef.com/newsletter For any …
 
Hiring your first engineer or manager is easier if you have experience as an engineer or a manager. However, no one is an expert at every position they will eventually need to hire for. The default for many executives is to go on a month-long research expedition to learn how to interview. Here's a better way. Sign up for the best newsletter for hig…
 
Many teams might have a "strategy," but it is never something that has a practical effect on the work. By working to create such strategic alignment, you can enable rapid growth and improvement. In this episode, we discuss the steps to create strategic alignment and your responsibility as the leader to create it. Sign up to my newsletter for tech e…
 
Having heroes in your team might feel nice but it is an unhealthy crutch. It harms ownership and autonomy of other people around and can be a cover for a lack of coaching skills. In this episode, we cover these issues and lay out the path to change things up. Engineering Force Multipliers episode. Sign up for Aviv Ben-Yosef's Change Catalyst™—a wee…
 
Two months later, are you still sitting on your hands? Seeing a drop in performance due to remote work, but hoping "it will blow off soon"? Now is not the time to be dilatory. Here's the evidence you needed to understand remote works, now let's move on and fast. My previous episode about hybrid organizations is available here. Sign up for The Chang…
 
Every effective leader has to be able to execute change initiatives quickly. That requires talking about the issue from the right perspective, gathering strategic alignment, and doing your homework. All that and more on this week's episode! Join me and hear my talk on the Dev First Tech Leadership Conference! Subscribe to The Change Catalyst newsle…
 
A product vacuum means that R&D might be stepping up to compensate for an issue and trying to fill the void. Since many engineers have their product gauges not calibrated in alignment with business needs, you need to learn how to spot these and provide them with the right framework to work with. That and more in this week's episode! Product Mastery…
 
When the crisis shelter-in-place situation started, you might have been worried about effectively working from home. Right now, companies globally are transitioning into a hybrid model which is tougher to manage. Start planning now. Subscribe to the Change Catalyst™ newsletter for tech executives. Contact me at aviv@avivbenyosef.com…
 
When I hear someone claim their team is doing great and needs no help, I ask these questions to quickly realize whether that's truly the case or whether leadership has stopped pushing for better. Follow along. Engineering Force Multipliers episode Product Mastery episode Sign up for The Change Catalyst™ newsletter with three exclusive insights for …
 
Engineering force multipliers exist on several levels: you, as the executive, your management team, and the individual contributors. Cultivating these requires different measures for each group, which we delve into in this episode. Notes: Failing Spectacularly episode Peter Pan Employees Product Mastery episode Subscribe to my Change Catalyst newsl…
 
Managing up is the big kids game, where you get to have sway that will allow you to gain leverage and have a more impactful organization. How do you position yourself to get there? Replay of my Creating Leverage webinar from last week Managing Politics episode Sign up for The Change Catalyst newsletter If you have any questions, reach me at aviv@av…
 
Failure is a necessity if you are trying to do anything novel. Learn how to cultivate a culture where placing bets is safe and a learning opportunity. Free webinar: Creating Leverage: Leadership Operating System for Growth in Crisis and Instilling Lasting Productivity Through Focus Sign up here: https://bit.ly/aviv-leverage-webinar You will get a l…
 
Tough conversations are a vehicle to drive progress in your organization. Without exercising your candor muscle, you'll cultivate a culture of stagnation and low standards. This episode covers how to do these well. This podcast was selected on top ten lists for CTOs: https://blog.feedspot.com/cto_podcasts/ https://leocode.com/development/our-favori…
 
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