Tech People Leadership
Tech People Leadership is an ongoing project to bring the best Tech Leadership experience and insight from Silicon Valley to you. Our courses, webinars and conversations will show you what works, and what doesn’t, in building high-growth, high-stakes organizations.
Our goal is to develop brilliant leaders in tech. To build front-line managers into department leads, directors to execs, founders to mature CEOs. We are here to help you grow, now.
WHO I AM
My experience covers everything from being one of “three guys in a room” to an officer of a public company. And a traveling surf bum, barely capable yoga student, skilled improv performer, and twenty-five year student of meditation.
I coach leaders of all kinds (CEOs, CTOs, Engineers, Sales, Marketing) in rapidly-growing tech companies in San Francisco and the Bay Area, from seed-size to “unicorns”.
WHAT I DO
I work one on one with tech leaders of engineering, product, sales, marketing from Product Manager to CEO and C-Suite levels.
My intention is to build mastery in both management (the business of time, money and organization), and leadership – the deeper work of human behavior.
Radical Candor is a set of tools and techniques for giving and getting feedback.
More than that, it is a way of building an organization that works. An organization based on reality, caring and trust.
I teach Radical Candor workshops, and lead coaching groups for teams who want to go deeper into implementing the model.
I write regularly on leadership, curate articles in a weekly newsletter, and publish a podcast focused on tech leadership in the Bay Area.
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WHY I DO IT
When people are working above the best they could imagine. When a vision suddenly becomes attainable.
I want to help you get there.
Some Feedback ON MY WORK
Joe always brings his instinctive curiosity, sharp wit, and creativity to any new problem – whether it is organizational or a personal blind spot I am working on. Tom Hale
His background aligns perfectly with the challenges many Silicon Valley execs face. When combined with his philosophies, he is able to provide powerful perspective and forced me to look at challenges in a new light. Greg Fulton
I’d definitely recommend anybody going through extreme company growth to consider him — he’ll just make it that much easier! Larry Gadea
Joe continually delivers indispensable creativity, strategic focus and deep product insights. He is a phenomenal secret weapon to have in your back pocket Chad Richard
Dumb Ideas Look Dumb Early On. So Do Great Ones. Watching a Future Billionaire (or, Very Wealthy Person) I once watched a future billionaire (or, at least, very wealthy person), put together his company booth at a show. It was modest, maybe enough room for a couple of...
(This post is about time and overwhelm. To risk paraphrasing an old Buddhist saying: if you don’t have time to read it, you should really read it). The Bathroom Problem When I was VP Engineering at Macromedia, I used to time my routes between meetings so I could fit...
I once asked an engineer who I greatly admired, how he started building the system that he (successfully) submitted for his PhD. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but probably something about careful structural design, some deep thinking about architecture, maybe...
HR Debt — Like Technical Debt, But For Organizations We all know, at some level, there’s a cost to dysfunctional teams, “problem employees”, broken relationships at work. There’s the super-brilliant engineer who nobody wants to work with, but nobody will confront....
The Last 10% Is Hard “The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 90 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time” — Tom Cargill, Bell Labs (ancient software wisdom — if you...
Liberate Your Team with Clearer Processes www.strategy-business.com Love this. “At their heart, effective processes are not about adding red tape — they are about enabling ‘flow’” Yes. Exactly. The Subtle Art Of Delegating Work – The Startup – Medium medium.com A good...
Get In TouchI’m based on San Francisco and work with companies downtown, in SOMA and the Mission. I also have clients across the US and internationally.
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