Posts on Leadership

August 17, 2018
Arthur Doler

AGL 053: Arthur Doler – Technical Engineers and Mental Health

Today on the show we have Arthur Doler. Arthur (or Art, take your pick) has been a software engineer for 14 years and has worked on things as exciting as analysis software for casinos and things as boring as banking websites. He is an advocate for talking openly about mental health and psychology in the technical world, and he spends a lot of time thinking about how we program and why we program, and about the tools, structures, cultures, and mental processes that both help and hinder us from our ultimate goal of writing amazing things. In this episode we […]
August 14, 2018
Tom Cooper, Brighthill Group

AGL: 052 – Tom Cooper – The Four Levels of Thinking as a Geek Leader

Today on the show we have Tom Cooper.  I met Tom a few years ago while we were both speaking at a conference. Tom and I served on the board of advisors for the Interface Security Conference in Charlotte, NC last year.  During this chat, Tom and I discuss the 4 levels of thinking as a geek leader. Tom has put together some special resources, just for A Geek Leader listeners.  Check them out at brighthillgroup.com/ageekleader. There you will find a PDF describing the four levels of thinking we discussed on the show today, the eBook for finding budget dollars for […]
August 9, 2018
Daniel Argandona

AGL 051: Daniel Argandona, Managing Director for Fortalice Solutions, LLC.

Today on the show I have Daniel Argandona, Managing Director for Fortalice Solutions, LLC.  Fortalice is a boutique, white glove, cyber security services firm. In this episode we talk about Dan’s journey through his career and how he got started into the cyber security and eventually found himself as the managing director for a cyber security firm in Washington D.C. While talking today, we discussed his takes on leadership, ego and management.  Dan mentions that one of his favorite quotes is from General Colin Powell:   “Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your […]
August 3, 2018

AGL 050: Herding Tigers – Todd Henry

Today on the show we’re honored to have bestselling author Todd Henry on the show. Todd teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of four books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, and Herding Tigers) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work. His book Die Empty was named by Amazon.com as one of the best books of 2013. His latest book, Herding Tigers, is about what creative people need from […]
August 1, 2018
herding tigers

AGL 049: Herding Tigers Book Review

I read, well listen to, a lot of leadership books.  Most of the leadership books I read are either very theoretical, with little practical advise, but very good theory, or very practical, with steps you can take, but not much on the “why” those steps really work.  This book, Herding Tigers, by Todd Henry is the best of both worlds.  I was telling Todd the other day that his writing seems to follow my career.  His first book, Accidental Creative, is about what to do when you find that you’re accidentally in a creative field, when no one taught you […]
July 26, 2018
jim holmes

AGL 047: The Leadership Journey with Jim Holmes

The Leadership Journey is a book by Jim Holmes.  Jim joins me today for a great talk about his journey through leadership, his book, and some struggles and adversity he’s been through and how he’s working to overcome them. You can read about Jim and his writings on his blog Frazziled Dad. Jim’s beginnings start from a farming background, then a time in the Air Force learning technology and leadership while in the service.  While in the service, he met his wife, who was an officer at the time, while he was enlisted.  Having a relationship was against the rules, […]