Today on the show I have Marin Wolfe (Marty). Marty is a systems engineer, creator of new solutions and innovations, a leader and motivator of the best and brightest, and focused on delivering solutions to the most complex challenges and supporting key goals.

Marty is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO, a technical executive of which there are only 600 across IBM’s entire global enterprise. Marty’s combination of technical depth, business acumen and delivery expertise has resulted in over $500M in direct revenue helping to shape technical strategy and fixing the most challenging problems at all sizes of organizations and enterprises.

Marty creates and leads incredibly resourceful, compassionate, innovative, and profitable teams in areas including Cloud, complex systems integration, data science, and infrastructure modernization. His technical acumen has resulted in nearly a dozen patents, several books and publications, and a broad network of business leaders who continue to leverage and depend on Marty for technical counsel and guidance.

Focus areas of expertise include infrastructure transformation using Cloud computing, moving to the use of microservices, and using Blockchain to increase visibility across the global supply chain

Today we talked about Servant Leadership, Gut Instinct, Confidence, Cohesion, Loyalty, and Trust.  All of these are important characteristics of good technical Leadership.  We also talked about the differences between efficiency and effectiveness and that there needs to be a balance between the two.

Your job is not to be the smartest person in the room…But to take barriers our their way.

We got into some concepts of good communication skills for leadership and the need to be able to explain technical concepts to non-technical leaders.

We got off the leadership topic for a bit and talked about machine learning and AI and the things that are happening with IBM’s Watson.

We talked about the importance of a leader to understand what people are bringing from their past experiences and how to use that as an asset for those folks.


Top take aways for new leaders:

  • Servant Leader
  • Work-life integration
  • Facilitate the collaboration on your team
  • Spend time with each person

Please note that all ideas and opinions expressed are not that of IBM


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October 25, 2018
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AGL 074: Martin Wolfe – Distinguished Engineer, CTO – IBM

Today on the show I have Marin Wolfe (Marty). Marty is a systems engineer, creator of new solutions and innovations, a leader and motivator of the best and brightest, and focused on delivering solutions to the most complex challenges and supporting key goals. Marty is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO, a technical executive of which there are only 600 across IBM’s entire global enterprise. Marty’s combination of technical depth, business acumen and delivery expertise has resulted in over $500M in direct revenue helping to shape technical strategy and fixing the most challenging problems at all sizes of organizations and enterprises. […]
October 22, 2018
Heather Wilde

AGL 073: Heather Wilde is the CTO of ROCeteer

Today on the show we have Heather Wilde.  She was the eighth employee of Evernote, where she oversaw the company’s growth from thousands to 100 million customers. She’s published popular video games, trained Fortune 500 brands, advised hundreds of startups, and managed some major nonprofit programs. Now, as a fractional CTO through her own company ROCeteer, her award-winning work keeps the “Unicorn Whisperer” constantly traveling across the globe to find the next unicorn. About Heather Heather Wilde is a multiple award-winning, 6-time CTO, and 5x-certified Executive Coach. She is an Author, Speaker, Nonprofit Director, and Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering […]
October 19, 2018
Saying No

AGL 072: The Power of “Saying No”

I heard a story on the Accidental Creative Podcast once about pruning grapes in a vineyard.  Todd said that many times healthy vines that are bearing good fruit need to be pruned off.  The reason is that the vine cannot grow new, more productive branches until some of the other branches are pruned.  So cutting out good and fruit-bearing branches may be necessary in order for the vine to increase in capacity overall.  This holds with us at work and in life.  Sometimes we have to shutdown old dreams or projects, or stop doing old tasks that no longer provide […]
October 15, 2018
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AGL 071: Rebel Talent with Francesca Gino

Francesca Gino is an award-winning researcher and the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. She is also affiliated with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, the Mind, Brain, Behavior Initiative at Harvard, and the Behavioral Insight Group at Harvard Kennedy School. Her consulting and speaking clients include Bacardi, Akamai, Disney, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Novartis, P&G, and the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy. She has been honored as one of the world’s Top 40 Business Professors under 40 by Poets & Quants and one of the world’s 50 most influential management thinkers by […]
October 8, 2018
Patricia Hatter

AGL 070: Patricia Hatter

About Patty Patty Hatter is a multiple award-winning technology, business and operations leader who drives digital transformation and growth for global companies. Patty currently advises early stage technology companies, focused on key technologies such as cybersecurity, cloud infrastructure, and blockchain-enabled enterprise applications. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX). Prior to this, Patty was SVP of the McAfee Services organization, where she drove 50% growth. Previous to her role at McAfee Services, she served as general manager and CIO for Intel Security as well as CIO and SVP of Operations for McAfee. There she orchestrated […]
October 4, 2018
Leading Through Failure

AGL 069: Leading Through Failures

No matter how good you are, at some point in time, you will fail.  It’s inevitable. Failure is not a problem, its promise.  How we respond to failure is crucial to how we is the most important part of failing.  It’s not the failure that stops us, it’s the inability to learn and move forward that stops us. I’ve failed at many projects, on tests in school, at sports and about in every area of my life.  We all fail and we should not fear failure.  I once had a boss that made my team fear failure.  He threatened to […]