7 Soft Skills Every Technical CEO Needs

7 Soft Skills Every Technical CEO Needs

If you’re like most Technical CEOs I know, you are most comfortable when you are deep in the flow of problem solving. You enjoy the simultaneous elegance and complexity of algorithms and perfectly indexed code.

And…you most likely have a love/hate relationship with the parts of your job that actually require leadership: communicating your vision, having difficult conversations, managing conflict, etc.

How You Handle Stress is Half of Success

How You Handle Stress is Half of Success

As a younger man, I was such a pain in the ass. If someone or something crossed me, I would go off the deep end and stay there for a good while.

My inability to deal with stress made me impulsive. Like the time I got so fed up with a work situation in Colorado, I quit, packed up my stuff, and drove to California that same day to take a new job.

But that was 20 years ago. Today, after years of practice, my recovery time for having a cool head after getting stressed about something is normally measured in seconds or minutes, not hours. My goal is to make it nano-seconds.

10 Push-ups: Or How I Developed a Fitness Habit

10 Push-ups: Or How I Developed a Fitness Habit

Five years ago, I was weak and overweight. I had spent months getting over a bad breakup self-medicating with beer, oatmeal raisin cookies, and burgers. In a moment of especially delightful self-loathing, I read about this guy who did 100 push-ups a day as his only exercise. He was pretty ripped for not doing anything more than push-ups, and I thought, “Pfft…I could do that.”

No, I could not. But read on to find out what I did...

Empathy = Vulnerability + Mindfulness

Empathy = Vulnerability + Mindfulness

In recent years, empathy has been in style. Dozens of articles have been written about it, and TED talks of the subject have gone viral. With good reason. Empathy is one of the most important skills a person can have. It allows us to connect with and understand other people. It helps us build products and services that people love. It helps artists create works of art that move and inspire others. It helps us listen, connect, and grow.

Creating Gaps: How to Build Leaders and Problem Solvers on your Teams

Creating Gaps: How to Build Leaders and Problem Solvers on your Teams

At the leadership coaching and training firm I run with two partners, we coach our clients on “creating gaps” to give members of their teams spaces to fill in. In this way you develop problem solving skills within your teams, and make people feel valued for their ideas and insights, and not just their time. When we create gaps are also able to delegate decision-making more effectively, and we free up our own time for higher order activities.

The Wealth S-Curve: Why Billions Might Make You Miserable

The Wealth S-Curve: Why Billions Might Make You Miserable

A well-connected friend once told me that she’s never met anyone worth over $20M who wasn’t miserable. Knowing a few aimless, addicted and hopelessly depressed people with hundreds of millions of dollars, and having met others without $5 to their name who smile and dance in the street at the first sound of a samba beat, I can also attest that wealth and happiness are not necessarily linked.