building products that matter

A skilled leader, thinker, educator, and full-time game changer, I’ve charted a successful career developing digital products across multiple industries. Remaining constant is my passion for building thriving businesses by developing and delivering products that matter — the ones that solve meaningful customer problems. As an advisor and educator, I’m dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners unlock the potential of their products and their business.

building products that matter

A skilled leader, thinker, educator, and full-time game changer, I’ve charted a successful career developing digital products across multiple industries. Remaining constant is my passion for building thriving businesses by developing and delivering products that matter — the ones that solve meaningful customer problems. As an advisor and educator, I’m dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners unlock the potential of their products and their business.

GOSPA

From Goal to Strategy to Results with GOSPA

Reading Time: 7 minutes I’ve always felt the biggest challenge in strategic planning isn’t coming up with an excellent strategy. The real challenge is bridging the gap between strategy and execution. The GOSPA planning framework solves that problem.

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Get On Board

Get On (a) Board

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s that time of year again. Time for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville Board Matching program. This program combines training with a

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Hiring Decision

Interviewing 5: Making the Decision

Reading Time: 7 minutes The interviews are over. Now you have to decide. Who do you hire? Do you hire anyone? How do you combine the feedback of the many people who took part in the process? How do you compare the performance of the candidates across all the dimensions you are considering and identify the best hire? Over the years, I’ve developed a simple and flexible framework that lets me identify the distinctions between the candidates that make a difference and focuses discussion where it needs to be to build consensus.

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Juggler

Interviewing 4: Can You Juggle? — Why Auditions are Better than Questions

Reading Time: 9 minutes “Tell me about a time….” You know those questions. They are the signature of the behavioral interview, which is a key component of most job interviews. But is the behavioral interview the best approach? Many years ago, I read a passage in a book that changed the way I hired developers and has profoundly influenced how I interview today. In this article, part of a series on interviewing knowledge workers, I share that insight and give some guidance on how to apply the technique in the 21st century.

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Interview Questions

Interviewing 3: Asking The Right Questions

Reading Time: 9 minutes You have a great job description that articulates both the functional and non-functional requirements for the job you are filling. You’ve narrowed down the 250 resumes to the half-dozen you want to interview. Now you have a candidate in front of you and you get to ask questions to determine if this is the one person you want to hire. What questions should you ask? A Google search will give you many “good” questions to ask in any interview. And yes, those are good questions. But are they the right questions for your job? No. Unfortunately, getting to those questions takes some work. Fortunately, you have that amazing job description to work from. In this article, I give you some tools to make it easier

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Resumes

Interviewing 2: On the Problem of Resumes

Reading Time: 11 minutes Resumes. You’ll see a lot of them when hiring. You’ll see good ones. You’ll see bad ones. I can’t tell you how many resumes I’ve looked at over the years. In this article, the second in a series, I tell you how I approach resumes and what I look for to separate the wheat from the chaff.

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Coaching

Coaching helps unlock your leadership potential. It is a partnership between you and your coach. This dynamic process inspires you to unlock your personal and professional potential through a thought-provoking and creative process in which goals are identified, plans developed, and milestones achieved.

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Educating

In each class, workshop or presentation, I fuse my knowledge with personal experiences working in a variety of industries and humor to create an engaging experience that provides valuable knowledge you can put into action right away. You’ll come away with deep business insights, knowledge and skills you can apply, strategies you can implement, and tips to overcome challenges.

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Speaking

Using humor, storytelling, and energy, I engage the audience and makes complex topics feel relatable and digestible. You can be confident knowing that I  will be 100 percent present and ready to liven even the toughest of crowds with applicable wisdom, tools, and knowledge that they can begin using the second they leave the room.

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