Category Archives: Leadership

Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

There are many “leadership strategies” out there and many books or articles (like this one) about this topic. Personally, I like to read as many of them as I can because I think there is something to be learned from all of them. There is one leadership strategy, however, which I have heard many times before, including by from some of the most admired leaders of this time, yet I remained perplexed on how it actually represents good leadership. I have seen leaders implement this strategy and brag about it but in reality not really practice good leadership. What is this mysterious strategy? “Hire good people, and get out of their way.”
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Self Reflection and How to be a Dot Connector

In the third part of my six part series, I am reviewing what it means to be a “dot connector” and why I think it is foundational to leading and being a part of an effective team. As I did in my previous posts, I will first go through the part of the email I sent my team and then I will self-reflect on what I think now that it is six months later. Note, items in brackets have been generalized with specific vendor names and tools removed.

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Words of Wisdom and a Customer Focus

Six months ago I made a big life decision – I left a job that I had worked really hard to get to. I left a company were I spent years to build my reputation and develop a network that enabled my success. I left for two reasons, but most people were only aware of one of those reasons. The driving factor behind my departure, and the one that I told everyone about, was I wanted to try out the world of cybersecurity. I had just completed my graduate degree specializing in this topic which is something I have been interested since the first time I heard the term “honeypot” in 2004.

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The Middle Level Leader

I recently came across the article “An Email From Elon Musk Reveals Why Managers are Always a Bad Idea” and it hit on some things that I am very passionate about, but I think it left out a different, but important, way of looking at the problem. The good news is that this article  did what it was intended to do and that is, get me thinking. I hope my approach makes you think too, so please let me know what you think.

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