This is a place where we can share our experiences. To be heard, with or without an agenda, and so readers can learn from the authors' journeys.

The Relational-est One

October 8, 2023

When my graduate advisor “found me out” as “the dumbest one”, I experienced a mental health crisis that shifted the course of my life. Fortunately, time has given me perspective and appreciation for my struggles. I now see not only what a toxic culture I was in, but also how I can help my current organization to do better.

Adventures in Value Creation: The Case of the Vanishing Project

July 15, 2023

Adventures in Value Creation is a series of case studies in technology innovation and business. This article describes a project that initially appeared ripe with opportunity. However, after a year of hard work, various realizations combined to strip it clean of any business value overnight. The learnings from this mishap shine a light on imperatives for tech innovation: identify the real business problem, understand your criteria of success, and target failure modes.

Leadership Stories: The Bully Executive

June 9, 2023

Leadership stories is a collection of case studies in leadership, each one followed by a behavioral analysis and coaching perspective. In this story, we hear one employee’s experience with an abusive executive. Management below this executive regarded his behavior as “average”, reminding us that the fish rots from the head down.