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When Capturing Lightning is the
Easy Part!
How to Lead Technical People, Build Highly-
Functional Teams, and Make A Differ...
How hard can it be?
http://drmegavolt.com
Our Agenda
• A little bit about me
• A conversation about the state of Biz/Tech
Leadership
• Solutions, ideas, and stories...
4 Primary Topics
The Leadership Dilemma
The Leadership Solution
The Leadership Reality
The Leadership Vision
A little about me…
But we had no idea was was to come…
Warning: Educational Content
• Let’s stroll through the history of modern
technology…
Tech History , Part 1
• Click to add text
Tech History , Part II
2000
1990
For business - we live in crazy times…
Thesis Point 1:
The Leadership Dilemma
Business Leaders of today
are ill equipped to lead
technical people
Traditional business leaders…
Traditional workers…
The technical gangstas…
Houston…we have a problem
Business
Acumen
Technology
Acumen
The pace of change is blistering…
(64 Years) From This
To This
(30 Years) From This
To This
Or This
(and which is the concept?)
(8 Years) From This
…
To This
We are the simplifiers…
We are the translators…
We are the magicians…
Don’t get cocky
Thesis Point 2:
The Leadership Solution
Businesses need us (the
technical leaders) and
those we lead (the
technical braint...
It is important to think holistically:
As leaders of technical people, we need to be:
• Technically excellent
• Business s...
There is simply not a connection (yet)
See any “Business” reference here?
Need Technology
Companies that need technology:
Need Revenue
Companies that need revenue:
33%
64%
3%
Technology Savvy
Revenue Savvy
Purple Dinosaurs
Typical company breakdown by ability:
But great leaders always do one thing well:
They
Inspire
Others
To
Achieve
Great
Things
Thesis Point 3:
The Leadership Reality
Technical cats are not like
other cats
Technical cats are different…
You need to understand them…
And then you can lead them
What motivates technical people?
• The Challenge
• The Opportunity
• The Environment
• The Team
• The Mission
LTP: The Challenge
LTP: The Opportunity
LTP: The Opportunity
It’s a GREAT time to be in technology.
Aw crap – this makes life for us leaders even
harder…
LTP: The Environment
LTP: The Environment
LTP: The Environment
LTP: The Environment
LTP: The Team
MTP: The Mission
CIOs, CTOs, and Tech Leads have a
huge opportunity:
Thesis Point 4:
The Leadership Vision
The effective leader of
technical people must be
different (and must be
capable) to ...
The Effective Leader has 3 Roles
Alpha Wolf
Psychologist
Sensei
The Alpha Wolf
You must know their world
IT Manager
Development Manager
CIO
Network Admin
Help Desk
Hold Back Your Fangs
What if this is your
CMO???
The Psychologist
The Sensei
http://smg.photobucket.com/user/MrDelicious/media/Splinter_Dave_Rapoza_TMNT_2.jpg.html
Let’s bring it all together
We Covered 4 Primary Topics
The Leadership Dilemma
The Leadership Solution
The Leadership Reality
The Leadership Vision
Thesis Point 1:
The Leadership Dilemma
Business Leaders of today
are ill equipped to lead
technical people
Thesis Point 2:
The Leadership Solution
Businesses need us (the
technical leaders) and
those we lead (the
technical braint...
Thesis Point 3:
The Leadership Reality
Technical cats are not like
other cats
Thesis Point 4:
The Leadership Vision
The effective leader of
technical people must be
different (and must be
capable) to ...
3 Primary Roles
Alpha Wolf
Psychologist
Sensei
And finally, remember what’s
important
Thank You!
Brett Eddy
www.bretteddy.com
@brettseattle
Archive
• Credits for visuals and topics are in the notes.
• Sincere apologies for those I missed.
When Capturing Lightning is the Easy Part:   How to Lead Technical People, Build Highly Functional Teams, and Make a Diffe...
When Capturing Lightning is the Easy Part:   How to Lead Technical People, Build Highly Functional Teams, and Make a Diffe...
When Capturing Lightning is the Easy Part:   How to Lead Technical People, Build Highly Functional Teams, and Make a Diffe...
When Capturing Lightning is the Easy Part:   How to Lead Technical People, Build Highly Functional Teams, and Make a Diffe...
When Capturing Lightning is the Easy Part:   How to Lead Technical People, Build Highly Functional Teams, and Make a Diffe...
When Capturing Lightning is the Easy Part:   How to Lead Technical People, Build Highly Functional Teams, and Make a Diffe...
When Capturing Lightning is the Easy Part:   How to Lead Technical People, Build Highly Functional Teams, and Make a Diffe...
When Capturing Lightning is the Easy Part:   How to Lead Technical People, Build Highly Functional Teams, and Make a Diffe...
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When Capturing Lightning is the Easy Part: How to Lead Technical People, Build Highly Functional Teams, and Make a Difference

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There is no doubt that technology is transforming every facet of every industry on the globe. Business demands that there is seamless integration of technology driving real-time market results resulting in never-seen revenue gains. The expectations of the modern business leader are daunting- Social, Mobile, Enterprise, Analytics, SaaS, Profits? At the same time, the small armies of technology professionals that are being called upon to deliver heroics, build transformational value, and lead companies to greater profit margins, are themselves often leaderless. That is, the business leaders of today are ill-equipped to be the technology leaders of tomorrow.

Come hear some stories, learn some tips, and enjoy the journey of one seasoned technology executive who has navigated the corridors of the some of the great technology companies, transformed that learning into business acumen in the executive wings, and lived to tell about it.

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When Capturing Lightning is the Easy Part: How to Lead Technical People, Build Highly Functional Teams, and Make a Difference

  1. 1. When Capturing Lightning is the Easy Part! How to Lead Technical People, Build Highly- Functional Teams, and Make A Difference
  2. 2. How hard can it be? http://drmegavolt.com
  3. 3. Our Agenda • A little bit about me • A conversation about the state of Biz/Tech Leadership • Solutions, ideas, and stories that will entertain, intrigue, and equip you
  4. 4. 4 Primary Topics The Leadership Dilemma The Leadership Solution The Leadership Reality The Leadership Vision
  5. 5. A little about me…
  6. 6. But we had no idea was was to come…
  7. 7. Warning: Educational Content • Let’s stroll through the history of modern technology…
  8. 8. Tech History , Part 1 • Click to add text
  9. 9. Tech History , Part II 2000 1990
  10. 10. For business - we live in crazy times…
  11. 11. Thesis Point 1: The Leadership Dilemma Business Leaders of today are ill equipped to lead technical people
  12. 12. Traditional business leaders…
  13. 13. Traditional workers…
  14. 14. The technical gangstas…
  15. 15. Houston…we have a problem Business Acumen Technology Acumen
  16. 16. The pace of change is blistering…
  17. 17. (64 Years) From This
  18. 18. To This
  19. 19. (30 Years) From This
  20. 20. To This
  21. 21. Or This (and which is the concept?)
  22. 22. (8 Years) From This …
  23. 23. To This
  24. 24. We are the simplifiers…
  25. 25. We are the translators…
  26. 26. We are the magicians…
  27. 27. Don’t get cocky
  28. 28. Thesis Point 2: The Leadership Solution Businesses need us (the technical leaders) and those we lead (the technical braintrust) to be more relevant than ever
  29. 29. It is important to think holistically: As leaders of technical people, we need to be: • Technically excellent • Business savvy • Socially responsible • Champions of complex humans • Drivers of dreams
  30. 30. There is simply not a connection (yet) See any “Business” reference here?
  31. 31. Need Technology Companies that need technology:
  32. 32. Need Revenue Companies that need revenue:
  33. 33. 33% 64% 3% Technology Savvy Revenue Savvy Purple Dinosaurs Typical company breakdown by ability:
  34. 34. But great leaders always do one thing well: They Inspire Others To Achieve Great Things
  35. 35. Thesis Point 3: The Leadership Reality Technical cats are not like other cats
  36. 36. Technical cats are different…
  37. 37. You need to understand them…
  38. 38. And then you can lead them
  39. 39. What motivates technical people? • The Challenge • The Opportunity • The Environment • The Team • The Mission
  40. 40. LTP: The Challenge
  41. 41. LTP: The Opportunity
  42. 42. LTP: The Opportunity It’s a GREAT time to be in technology. Aw crap – this makes life for us leaders even harder…
  43. 43. LTP: The Environment
  44. 44. LTP: The Environment
  45. 45. LTP: The Environment
  46. 46. LTP: The Environment
  47. 47. LTP: The Team
  48. 48. MTP: The Mission
  49. 49. CIOs, CTOs, and Tech Leads have a huge opportunity:
  50. 50. Thesis Point 4: The Leadership Vision The effective leader of technical people must be different (and must be capable) to be successful
  51. 51. The Effective Leader has 3 Roles Alpha Wolf Psychologist Sensei
  52. 52. The Alpha Wolf
  53. 53. You must know their world IT Manager Development Manager CIO Network Admin Help Desk
  54. 54. Hold Back Your Fangs What if this is your CMO???
  55. 55. The Psychologist
  56. 56. The Sensei http://smg.photobucket.com/user/MrDelicious/media/Splinter_Dave_Rapoza_TMNT_2.jpg.html
  57. 57. Let’s bring it all together
  58. 58. We Covered 4 Primary Topics The Leadership Dilemma The Leadership Solution The Leadership Reality The Leadership Vision
  59. 59. Thesis Point 1: The Leadership Dilemma Business Leaders of today are ill equipped to lead technical people
  60. 60. Thesis Point 2: The Leadership Solution Businesses need us (the technical leaders) and those we lead (the technical braintrust) to be more relevant than ever
  61. 61. Thesis Point 3: The Leadership Reality Technical cats are not like other cats
  62. 62. Thesis Point 4: The Leadership Vision The effective leader of technical people must be different (and must be capable) to be successful
  63. 63. 3 Primary Roles Alpha Wolf Psychologist Sensei
  64. 64. And finally, remember what’s important
  65. 65. Thank You! Brett Eddy www.bretteddy.com @brettseattle
  66. 66. Archive • Credits for visuals and topics are in the notes. • Sincere apologies for those I missed.

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