Our evaluation mechanisms of our fellow human beings are gender hard coded. The infamous Heidi/Howard study remains a good example specifically of our leadership gender mindset. Heidi Roizen is a successful venture capitalist and a former entrepreneur. Her extensive business achievements were presented to study groups with her actual name and under the name Howard. ...more

Extraordinary Bosses as Explorers

“What if” is a great way to find the newest and best way to sell a product. “What if” is how the best and the brightest get things done in a unique way.Are you an explorer? Are you willing to stand at the edge of the cliff and find a way to get across that has never been done before?...more

On Leadership

Note from Issa: This is a reblog of a post I published roughly two years ago, with reference to a very difficult work environment I was tangled up in at the time. Today I post this piece en homage to my marvelous current manager, who hired me into my lovely current company just over a year and a half ago. He’s just let me know that he’ll be leaving in four months to explore other climes. He’s one of the best I’ve ever known, and I’ll miss him. Here’s to you, MG....more

Collaboration - Two Heads are Better than One

Working alone can sometimes be easier, but working collaboratively can bring out the best in you and others around you.  Be sure to start off on the right foot and the sky's the limit!•    •    •    •    •There are many mornings when the phone rings and the voice on the other end  says, "Help!...more

How to be an Effective Program Manager

 A program with a bad Program Manager is like a ship without a captain. The crew can’t see where they are going, the ship spends a lot of time going around in circles, and there is mutiny afoot.So, what exactly does it take to be an EFFECTIVE Program Manager? Lead by example...more

Should You Become A Manager?

Image courtesy of Ambro It’s remarkable how many people are accidental managers. These are people who became managers because they happened to be around when there was a need to put a manager in place. There just as many others who choose to become managers because of dreams of how it “should” be or pressure from family and friends. Whether the opportunity is accidental or intentional, take a moment and ask yourself: “Should I become a manager?”...more

10 Ways to Instill Inspiration In Your Team!

As a leader you wear many hats but one of the most important is keeping your team inspired. Inspiration keeps them motivated and growing. Let me share the top ten ways to keep your team inspired:1. Honesty & Integrity...more

Listening: The Key To Leading And Teamwork

Photo credit: Melvin Gaal ( / / CC BY-NCHave you ever worked with a manager who was a poor listener? Or have you worked with a team that has trouble listening to each other? If so, then you know how frustrating it can be when the people around you don’t seem to be listening. Teamwork is dysfunctional. Debates occur even when people are talking about the same thing. Relationships break down. When we fail to listen to each other, we not only miss important information but we also lose the opportunity to build respect and trust between each other. Would you trust someone who rarely seems to listen to you?...more