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Does being an executive necessarily mean that you have to manage a sizable organization in your company? In this episode, I share examples of the LEAP responsibilities that define tech executives and how a different mixture of them can help you go down the right career path. And that's all in six minutes! Grab a copy of my new book, The Tech Execut…
 
Too often, we're treating work planning the wrong way around. Rather than letting the effort estimates control the conversation, we should use time to our advantage. Check out the concept of value boxing and how it can improve your R&D ROI in this week's episode. Grab a copy of my new book, The Tech Executive Operating System. Subscribe to the best…
 
At different points in time, every engineer tends more towards the tech or the product ends of the spectrum. In this episode, I cover this concept from The Tech Executive Operating System and talk about the healthy composition for your organization. Product Mastery Growing Growth Mindsets Grab a copy of The Tech Executive Operating System. Subscrib…
 
Summer's here. Let's use it to flesh out some patches and hacks in your organization. In this episode, I discuss the vacation test and the hall test, which I regularly use with my clients to evaluate whether they are operating as genuine executives. Two tests in seven minutes. Let's get to it! Default responses and guidelines Grab a copy of my book…
 
I say at the beginning of episodes that I'm helping you triple impact-per-engineer. What does it mean, actually? Let's break down the holy grail of the 10x engineer and picture together what you should be after. Grab a copy of my book, The Tech Executive Operating System. Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives. For any questions or co…
 
Sprucing up your organization's innovation quotient and lubricating your serendipity by introducing some entropy. This week on the Tech Exec Podcast, we cover a hiring crutch that you might not be aware of and the adverse effects it can have on your team in the long term. Grab a free sample chapter of my book, The Tech Executive Operating System. S…
 
Here's an impactful tactic with an incredible ROI to make your management team better: Let's take what works well for other professions and do it for management as well! This week, I share an example of "leveling the bar" across your leadership staff. Get my book, The Tech Executive Operating System. Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech execut…
 
Let's talk about your personal role in what is going on around you. Our gut instinct is to distance ourselves from issues and problems. "The CEO is capricious," "Product is unprofessional," and "the team is burned out." I pity people who go through entire careers like this, sitting there and pointing fingers. In pretty much every company I've worke…
 
Celebrating the 100th episode with 100 lessons picked from the previous episodes. Thank you to the tens of thousands of listeners worldwide for your support. Let me know which of these lessons is your favorite! A lot of these lessons are covered at length in my book, The Tech Executive Operating System. Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech exe…
 
Join me to hear the story about the VP that knew it all, except for how to use his knowledge. This short episode is about researching ourselves out needlessly. I believe it's the first episode where I ask you to unsubscribe! Get my book: The Tech Executive Operating System. Subscribe to my newsletter, the best one for tech executives. Reach out to …
 
Wondering what an algorithm I read about as a teenager has to do with your day-to-day as an executive? This week I enlighten you with how feedback might get lost in the way and how that can lead to chafing away at the trust that is core to the work relationships in your organization. Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives and get a fr…
 
Are you making your team's creativity muscles slow atrophy? Are you genuinely proud of the fact you had a two-day hackathon this year? In this week's episode, I talk about what my clients call "the bonanza"—the concept of regular intermissions that turn creativity from buzzword to habit. Sign up for my free webinar: Did You Just Waste a Good Crisis…
 
Let's take someone with no experience and put them in charge of mission-critical systems. Did I make you cringe? Then this episode's the one for you. The experience pressure cooker allows us to accelerate the team's growth dramatically, and it just so happens that you likely have all that it takes to implement it. Check out my free webinar: Did You…
 
Do you have a team of managers focusing on success, or do you have a zoo exhibiting all different types of management possible? Successfully bringing your team to the next level requires a management team that you can rely on. That rarely happens without the effort to define the role of management in your company or with the typical hodgepodge type…
 
Is your organization just one big happy family? You know it isn't. Unfortunately, however, more and more leaders are using this false language, which ends up being treated as lip service and eroding trust or making people misaligned. In this episode, I talk about establishing organizational debt and trying to work around it. Grab a copy of The Tech…
 
Are you playing find the loophole whenever you are presented with a new idea? Executives often default to the patterns of thinking that served them well in their hands-on days but have become a burden. How should you adjust your thinking to enable an abundance mindset? Check out this week's short episode. Get the book: The Tech Executive Operating …
 
Life's too short for average. Yet, it seems like we're letting ourselves get out of bed every day to lead an average team and get average results. Let's stop it. Unlock the keys to a team that's an impact powerhouse with my book, The Tech Executive Operating System. Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives. For any questions or comments…
 
Principal and staff engineers are so 2020. Are you cultivating product engineers? To forge a world-class engineering team, you should help your best people become attuned with what really matters. In this quick episode, I share three tips to set you off on the right path. Product Mastery episode Grab a copy of The Tech Executive Operating System Su…
 
Are you idly waiting for little issues to become emergencies, or are you striking preemptively where needed? Leadership involves the art of assessing and taking the right sorts of risks. Nevertheless, effective risk management sometimes involves ensuring the risk doesn't manifest. In this episode, I cover the art of counterstrikes. Grab a copy of m…
 
Let's make a bias we're all suffering from more explicit. We tend to hold others to different standards. That can cause some work relationships to suffer needlessly, and it can also harm personal growth. By understanding the theory of relativity (no equations in this episode), you can unlock better accountability and cooperation. All that in a shor…
 
What lessons can you learn from the onboarding Best Buy's CEO arranged for himself? And how does that connect your personal operating system when leading an engineering org to excellence? That's what this week's episode is all about. Grab a copy of The Tech Executive Operating System or a free sample chapter here. Subscribe to the best newsletter f…
 
Time is a crucial part of making fine wine. But also in running your organization. The theory of relativity has taught us that we can experience time differently. That can happen in your org even without approaching the speed of light, and you should be aware of its effect. That and more in this week's episode! Grab copies of The Tech Executive Ope…
 
🎉 A special celebratory episode: The Tech Executive Operating System is coming out this week! In this quick episode, I answer a frequently asked question: why did I write it?? Also, I share how you can get free videos, webinars, workshops, and even coaching with me by purchasing the book. The Tech Executive Operating System early purchase benefits …
 
What 20% of your default knee-jerk reactions are in charge of 80% of the day-to-day issues you're seeing? How can you improve yourself in a manner that helps those around you become better as well? Hear about that and more in less than 10 minutes in this week's episode! Why Didn't the Dogs Bark? episode The Tech Executive Operating System—coming in…
 
Because I have to learn the ropes with new teams regularly, understand their machinations, and discern where are the problematic areas, I have developed my own heuristics. One of those is finding too many "slam dunks" as an organizational smell. In this episode, I talk about feeling less warm, fuzzy, and comfortable and actually failing the shot on…
 
Learning from past mistakes and continuously improving is a prerequisite for a high-performing team. However, even if you hold effective post-mortems and find the root causes, you might be stopping yourself short of all the issues. Do you regularly consider why weren't the dogs barking, and who are the dogs here anyway? That's what we're talking ab…
 
Are you walking the walk or merely talking the talk? How have you invested in your personal growth in the last three months? Today's podcast episode is about the huge ROI from self-improvement and ideas to do that today. Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives. For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.…
 
Are you sitting on your hands, waiting for the perfect moment to appear? No one is going to knock on your day and say, "Hey, this looks like a perfect day for a reorg!" This week's episode is all about holding your breath for too long. Speed of Change episode The Tech Executive Operating System coming in April! Subscribe to the best newsletter for …
 
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…
 
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