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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…
 
Yuval Feldman, professor of law at Bar-Ilan University and a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, utilizes behavioral analysis of regulation, enforcement and compliance to discuss how trust in the state has affected the response to the Covid pandemic, in Israel and beyond. This episode is made possible by the Israel Democracy Institute,…
 
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…
 
Social media has corrupted the truth, spawned fake news and contributed to the collapse of polite political norms – right or wrong? A systematic, in-depth study of American news media before and after Trump takes a deeper plunge into the right-wing ecosystem at large, with surprising findings. Yochai Benkler of Harvard University, co-author of Netw…
 
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…
 
Dr. Moran Zaga was studying the Persian Gulf countries long before it became fashionable for Israel to make peace with them. She explains the historic and political background to a series of unlikely diplomatic deals between Israel and certain Arab states, what’s in it for them, and why the United Arab Emirates seeks to position itself as the moder…
 
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…
 
Ksenia Svetlova’s story is gripping: she moved to Israel as a teen, grew up to become a journalist, and eventually served as a Member of Knesset. In her book: “Reporting the Middle East on High Heels,” Ksenia brings her story to her beat, giving readers an over-her-shoulder view of the Middle East from Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, to the …
 
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…
 
In The Management of Hate: Nation, Affect, and the Governance of Right-Wing Extremism in Germany, Dr. Nitzan Shoshan travels with the marginalized, outcasts and left-behind members of German society today to find out what drives some to the far-right – and how the state tries to contain them. This episode is made possible by the Israel office of Ko…
 
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 …
 
Prof. Havi Dreifuss of the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University and the International Institute of Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, discusses her book Relations Between Jews and Poles during the Holocaust: The Jewish Perspective, laying out the myriad views and feelings Polish Jews harbored for their country and their non-Jewish com…
 
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…
 
Dr. Scott Ury, the outgoing director of Tel Aviv University’s Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism, and Guy Meron, Prof. of Jewish History at the Open University of Israel, discuss their collected issue entitled Antisemitism: Historical Concept, Public Discourse. This episode is made possible by Tel Aviv Univ…
 
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 …
 
Prof. Bashir Bashir of the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication at the Open University of Israel, and Prof. Amos Goldberg of the Department of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discuss their edited volume The Holocaust and the Nakba: A New Grammar of Trauma and History. This episode is made possible by th…
 
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…
 
The Israeli Palestinian conflict is among the most prominent and complex foreign policy challenges for the European Union. Anders Persson looks at the evolution of EU policy towards the conflict through the EU’s own documentation, from 1967 to the present. This episode is part of a series made possible by the German Government which examines Israel…
 
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…
 
In The Sword is Not Enough: Arabs, Israelis, and the Limits of Military Force Jeremy Pressman challenges the notion that violence is the best way to win concessions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or in the Israeli-Arab context more broadly. His research shows that diplomacy, negotiations, and shared interests are no less important for making …
 
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…
 
Michal Ben Naftali’s novel The Teacher examines memories of those who can never forget. People die, but their collective trauma lives on. This episode is part of a series made possible by the German Government which examines Israel’s relationship with the EU and European countries. This season is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, w…
 
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…
 
Prof. Amir Teicher, a historian at Tel Aviv University, discusses his book Social Mendelism: Genetics and the Politics of Race in Germany, 1900-1948, exploring the cooptation of a seminal, 19th-century genetic theory by a climate of racial categorization several decades on. This episode is supported by The Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Co…
 
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. …
 
As part of our special series sponsored by the German government, the Tel Aviv Review hosts Germany’s Ambassador to Israel, Dr. Susanne Wasum-Rainer. The Ambassador discusses Germany’s vision at the start of its Presidency of the Council of the EU, challenges to the post-war global order, German-Israel relations, and her long professional connectio…
 
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…
 
If healthy democracies depend on a well-informed citizen body, does disinformation destroy them? Can the average person know when to trust science, or spot bad information causing political and social mayhem? In Calling Bullshit: The Art of Scepticism in a Data-Driven World, co-authors Carl Bergstrom and Jevin D. West argue that people have the pow…
 
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 …
 
Menny Mautner, Professor Emeritus of Law at Tel Aviv University, discusses his book Liberalism in Israel: History, Problems and Contingencies, analyzing the onset of the liberal agenda in Israel’s political history, up to its precarious state at present. This season is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, de…
 
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…
 
After decades of diplomacy, Oded Eran, former Ambassador to the EU and Jordan, now at the Institute for National Security Studies, provides a comprehensive checkup of Israeli foreign policy. He examines Israel’s relations with the Middle East, India and China, the EU, the Palestinians and the US, and we consider what impact annexation – or COVID – …
 
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…
 
The Kishinev Pogrom of 1903 was among the seminal events of modern Jewish history. The violence was memorialized in ways that shaped Jewish identity, from the early Zionist national narrative to Jewish American social activism. Prof. Steven Zipperstein examines the history, memory and myth of the violence in Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History…
 
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…
 
A politician you don’t like might be running child prostitutes from a pizzeria. Election results you don’t like were rigged. In their new book A Lot of People are Saying, Professors Nancy Rosenblum and Russell Muirhead argue that new conspiracists in Donald Trump’s America have no evidence and no argument – in essence, no theory at all. Rosenberg e…
 
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: …
 
In his authoritative book on the subject, Prof. Jan Werner Muller asked What is Populism; in other works, he considers “militant democracy,” when constitutions protect countries from populist injury, Christian democracy, conservatives and populism, and how communities of democratic countries can deal with members who stray. This episode is made pos…
 
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…
 
Dr Gili Hammer, an anthropologist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discusses her book Blindness through the Looking Glass: The Performance of Blindness, Gender, and the Sensory Body, exploring how visually impaired Israeli women grasp and perform the interface between blindness and gender. This season is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusale…
 
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 …
 
In his new biography, Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent, Paul Mendes-Flohr explores the journey of the Jewish philosopher, from his early years as a polyglot cosmopolitan intellectual under the waning Habsburg empire, to a voice of political dissent in the new state of Israel. This season is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute…
 
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…
 
How can the EU cope with recent or ongoing ruinous wars in Syria, Yemen and Libya, in a field full of foreign powers, and still tow a clear line on the Israeli Palestinian conflict? Muriel Asseburg of the German foreign policy think tank SWP makes sense of the quagmire and offers policy ideas for a mission that can look impossible. This episode is …
 
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…
 
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