Posts Tagged ‘Leadership’

Three Examples on How not to Lead by Example

April 14, 2012

Three stories that never happend and probably never will 🙂

Porsche and Outdoor Camping

Porsche and Outdoor Camping

CEO in a Tent

As a CEO Invite your top executive team,some over 50 years old,  to an outdoor seminar, sleeping in tents.

Explain to them that sleeping two in a tent would bond the team together and allow an early start in the next morning.

Drive home with your Porsche Jeep and personal driver to sleep with your spouse.

Arrive late the next morning because of traffic, while everyone is waiting for you to start the training.

VP Engineering and the Hacked Weekend

Following a major security vulnerability found in your department code you call all developers to look for more bugs on the weekend.

Explain that while you don’t expect a one ay effort to find bugs that were not found in year, it is a critical method to communicate  the importance of secure coding.

On the same weekend stay with your family at home. After all , you don’t even know how to check out the code from RCS, let alone find security bugs in it.

Banana Performance Review

Banana Performance Review

VP HR slow Performance (Review)

Force the entire organization to a methodical yearly performance review.

Force the managers to put the employees on a standard distribution curve.

Calculate the bonuses as a direct result of the performance review, with 1% flexibility.

Perform the performance review for your own direct reports three months behind the deadline, in a casual and quick manner.


HR should not Give Job Offers

March 3, 2012
Herzelia Beach

Herzelia Beach

  1. A Job offer is a beginning of a relationship. The relationship is with the hiring manager and the organization, not with the HR department. Starting a relationship by delegation is wrong.
  2. Money is not a “dirty” thing. Hiring managers should be able to negotiate and understand financial aspects of their work. On one position ,as a candidate, I got the final offer from a relatively junior HR associate. I felt uneasy negotiating with her as   “she did not have the power” and it was “unfair” to push her. A company is a for-profit organization.
  3. Hiring managers must be aware of equal opportunity, non discrimination laws and social benefits their employees are entitled to. These are important from ethics perspective and (in good companies) reflect the overall vision and culture of the company.
  4. A Job offer is a selling process. Selling and marketing are key managerial capabilities, in any role.The hiring manager has more credit as he describes his own professional and personal opinion, since he is “hands on”.
  5. This is a great,last opportunity, to set expectations before the commitment. The contract is a (good?) way to define minimum expectations in a legal document. But it is up to the manager to define his expectations for the specific role. “How many hours a day”, “How much travel?”, define “Work Hard”, define “Excellent”.
It is perfectly OK for the HR partner to be present during the offer. It is great if they join the selling process and add their views and authentic opinion. They can also help in training hiring managers on process and assit in the more administrative or professional details. However, the leadership and accountability has to be owned by the manager.

Bill Clinton and Leadership

January 5, 2011

I’m reading Bill Clinton’s biography with a lot of interest

(450 pages done,500 to go. Can probably do it on my flights home).

Despite his many personal “challenges” he is able to get across a very impressive leadership style, that combines ultra competitiveness with humility and compassion. And I  guess we willing to forgive amazing leaders even when their personal life is not up to standards.

Moreover, he openly admits his mistakes and is able to learn from them.

This is much needed in Hi-Tech as much as government.

In his first term as Arkansas Governor he raised taxes on new cars, which caused him to lose his second term.

As he was touring in a third attempt he met a person in the country side:

Bill: Did you vote for me the last time ?

P: No. Because of the stupid taxes.

Bill: will you vote for me this time ?

P: Yes . Because of the stupid taxes.

Bill: As much as  I hate losing another voter, you understand it does not make any sense.

P: It makes perfect sense. You are a smart person. You’re the only person I’m 100% sure would not raise these taxes ever again.