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Helping a CXO let go

National Cathedral Stained Glass

I’ve seen CEOs who are deeply involved in color schemes, CTOs who want to control every architecture decision and product leaders who are very particular about agile rituals.  I’ve written before about how to manage up. If you want to manage a CXO (CEO, CPO, CTO or one of the random other ones) and get […]

Getting things done Part 4: Manage the emotions

This is the third of a four part series, in Part 1   I introduced the framework, Part 2 was about understanding the people and situation and Part 3 was about preparation. In the final part we’ll talk about why and how to manage emotions. The number of people involved in a decision or change effort […]

Getting things done Part 3: Prepare Yourself

This is the third of a four part series, in Part 1 we introduced the framework, Part 2 was about understanding the people and situation. Let’s say you have a great idea for a solution to a problem that’s been plaguing your team and you can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t immediately say yes. Except when […]

Getting things done Part 2: Accept the weird and irrational

If you think saying something smart is all you need to make your idea a reality, you will have a career filled with disappointment and frustration. You need help, money, permission and support and getting it isn’t easy. In Part 1 of Getting Things Done I introduced a framework for driving change when all you […]

Protoyping for Approval

To get approval on an exhibit or software often takes some smoke and mirrors. Most senior stakeholders aren’t comfortable approval something they have to visualize internally. That’s where a prototype can be really helpful. It allows you or other people on the project to show the final product in a way the approver can understand […]