Choose to Lead
The Information Security
Profession Needs You!
Overview
• Start with Why
• Grow Yourself
• Lead a Tribe
• Inspire a Movement
• Change the World
• Leave a Legacy
About …
About Me
@pjbeyer
photo credit: vibramfivefingers.com
About Expectations
Not an Expert
Not Comprehensive
Not a Lecture
About Leadership
“If your actions inspire
others to dream more, learn
more, do more and become
more, you are a leader.”

- John Quincy Adams
It isn’t About
It isn’t About
• Your role
• Your thoughts
• The next great idea
It is About
It is About
• Your actions
• Taking initiative
• Our profession’s future
Lead In Place
Start with Why
“People don’t buy what
you do, they buy Why
you do it.”

- Simon Sinek
Sinek’s Golden Circle
WhatHowWhy
Here is Mine
What is Yours
Grow Yourself
Stop
Stop
• Most of us are heads down all the time
• Pick your head up and look around
Beyond Our
Profession
Beyond Our Profession
• You’ve probably figured out how to learn
InfoSec
• The people we work with are not in InfoSec
• The...
Be Habitual
Be Habitual
• Covey’s 7th Habit - “Sharpen the Saw”
• Continuously improve yourself
Be Productive
Get things done
Be Healthy
Be Healthy
• Knowledge work can consume us
• Balance and renew your resources, energy,
and health
• Create a sustainable, ...
Lead a Tribe
Seeking Motivated
Individuals
Seeking Motivated
Individuals
• Attendance is voluntary
• Motivation is what matters
• Identify an interesting problem to ...
Size Doesn’t Matter
Size Doesn’t Matter
• Tribes are big and small
• Everyone is a member of a tribe
Permission Not
Required
Permission Not
Required
• Are you waiting for permission?
• No one anoints you as leader
Hope Is Required
Hope Is Required
• Cynicism is a lousy strategy
• Without hope there is no future
“A big part of leadership is the
ability to stick with the dream long
enough that the critics realize
you're going to get ...
Why You
Why You
• It’s your choice
• Are there thousands of reasons why you’re not
the right person?
• YES … so what
Inspire a Movement
The Wrong Question
The Wrong Question
What is the risk-free way to insinuate myself into
the system so I get approval for change?
Combat Fear
“The secret to being wrong
isn't to avoid being wrong...
the secret is being willing to
be wrong.”

- Seth Godin
Combat Fear
• Fear keeps us creating boring and
unremarkable things
• Create something that critics will criticize
Serve Others
“What makes a good leader, is
that they eschew the spotlight in
favor of spending time and energy
to do what they need to ...
“The only thing our leaders ever
need to do is remember whom
they serve and it will be an honor
and a pleasure to serve th...
Here’s Your Checklist
Here’s Your Checklist
• Am I working to Influence rather than force?
• Am I working to Build Up rather than tear
down?
• Am...
Cast Your Vision
Cast Your Vision
• Begin with a vision
• Make that vision greater than scarcity
• All movements start simply but aspire gr...
Change the World
First
First
• Leaders go first
• All you need is to initiate
• If you wait for optimum conditions, you’ll never
start
• Here’s a ...
Last
Last
• Leaders eat last
• Serve others
• Covey’s 5th Habit - “Seek First to Understand,
Then to be Understood”
Everyday
Everyday
• Don’t make leadership about changing the
world
• Make it something you expect of yourself and
others everyday
You’re In Good
Company
You’re In Good
Company
• DevOps
• I am the Cavalry
• Security B-Sides
Leave a Legacy
Build It to Last
Build It to Last
• Measure a leader by what they leave behind
Give Back
Give Back
• Mentor others
• Coach your peers
• Encourage and support each other
Embrace the Vacuum
Embrace the Vacuum
• Sometimes you have to move on to make
progress
• Create opportunity for new leaders
Call to Action
Begin with Purpose
Establish a Habit of
Healthy Growth
Choose a
Compelling Vision
Include Others
Make It Happen
We Need You
to Lead Us
Leverage Resources
@pjbeyer
Grow Yourself
Grow Yourself
Resources
• Todd Henry
• “The Accidental Creative” / “Die Empty”
• @toddhenry http://www.toddhenry.com/
• Mi...
Lead a Tribe
Lead a Tribe
Resources
• Michael Hyatt
• “Intentional Leadership” (blog)
• @michaelhyatt http://michaelhyatt.com/
• Seth G...
Inspire a Movement
Inspire a Movement
Resources
• Robert Cialdini
• “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion”
• @robertcialdini 

http://www.i...
Change the World
Leave a Legacy
Change the World
Resources
• Jim Collins
• “Built to Last” / “Good to Great”
• http://www.jimcollins.com/
• John Maxwell
•...
Change the World
Resources
• Gene Kim
• “The Phoenix Project”
• @realgenekim http://www.realgenekim.me/
• Eliyahu Goldratt...
Questions?
!
Discussion!
@pjbeyer
http://www.slideshare.net/pjbeyer/choose-to-lead
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Choose to Lead: The Information Security Profession Needs You!
Choose to Lead: The Information Security Profession Needs You!
Choose to Lead: The Information Security Profession Needs You!
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Security BSides Austin - March 31, 2014
Security BSides San Antonio - May 10, 2014
SecureWorld Houston - May 21, 2014

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The Information Security profession is what we choose to make of it. Start with why; grow yourself; lead a tribe; inspire a movement; change the world.

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Choose to Lead: The Information Security Profession Needs You!

  1. 1. Choose to Lead The Information Security Profession Needs You!
  2. 2. Overview • Start with Why • Grow Yourself • Lead a Tribe • Inspire a Movement • Change the World • Leave a Legacy
  3. 3. About …
  4. 4. About Me
  5. 5. @pjbeyer
  6. 6. photo credit: vibramfivefingers.com
  7. 7. About Expectations
  8. 8. Not an Expert
  9. 9. Not Comprehensive
  10. 10. Not a Lecture
  11. 11. About Leadership
  12. 12. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
 - John Quincy Adams
  13. 13. It isn’t About
  14. 14. It isn’t About • Your role • Your thoughts • The next great idea
  15. 15. It is About
  16. 16. It is About • Your actions • Taking initiative • Our profession’s future
  17. 17. Lead In Place
  18. 18. Start with Why
  19. 19. “People don’t buy what you do, they buy Why you do it.”
 - Simon Sinek
  20. 20. Sinek’s Golden Circle
  21. 21. WhatHowWhy
  22. 22. Here is Mine
  23. 23. What is Yours
  24. 24. Grow Yourself
  25. 25. Stop
  26. 26. Stop • Most of us are heads down all the time • Pick your head up and look around
  27. 27. Beyond Our Profession
  28. 28. Beyond Our Profession • You’ve probably figured out how to learn InfoSec • The people we work with are not in InfoSec • The world is a bigger place
  29. 29. Be Habitual
  30. 30. Be Habitual • Covey’s 7th Habit - “Sharpen the Saw” • Continuously improve yourself
  31. 31. Be Productive
  32. 32. Get things done
  33. 33. Be Healthy
  34. 34. Be Healthy • Knowledge work can consume us • Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health • Create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle
  35. 35. Lead a Tribe
  36. 36. Seeking Motivated Individuals
  37. 37. Seeking Motivated Individuals • Attendance is voluntary • Motivation is what matters • Identify an interesting problem to solve • Passion will follow action
  38. 38. Size Doesn’t Matter
  39. 39. Size Doesn’t Matter • Tribes are big and small • Everyone is a member of a tribe
  40. 40. Permission Not Required
  41. 41. Permission Not Required • Are you waiting for permission? • No one anoints you as leader
  42. 42. Hope Is Required
  43. 43. Hope Is Required • Cynicism is a lousy strategy • Without hope there is no future
  44. 44. “A big part of leadership is the ability to stick with the dream long enough that the critics realize you're going to get there one way or another... so they follow.”
 - Seth Godin
  45. 45. Why You
  46. 46. Why You • It’s your choice • Are there thousands of reasons why you’re not the right person? • YES … so what
  47. 47. Inspire a Movement
  48. 48. The Wrong Question
  49. 49. The Wrong Question What is the risk-free way to insinuate myself into the system so I get approval for change?
  50. 50. Combat Fear
  51. 51. “The secret to being wrong isn't to avoid being wrong... the secret is being willing to be wrong.”
 - Seth Godin
  52. 52. Combat Fear • Fear keeps us creating boring and unremarkable things • Create something that critics will criticize
  53. 53. Serve Others
  54. 54. “What makes a good leader, is that they eschew the spotlight in favor of spending time and energy to do what they need to do to support and protect their people.”
 - Simon Sinek
  55. 55. “The only thing our leaders ever need to do is remember whom they serve and it will be an honor and a pleasure to serve them back.”
 - Simon Sinek
  56. 56. Here’s Your Checklist
  57. 57. Here’s Your Checklist • Am I working to Influence rather than force? • Am I working to Build Up rather than tear down? • Am I building Trust? • Do I regularly Sacrifice?
  58. 58. Cast Your Vision
  59. 59. Cast Your Vision • Begin with a vision • Make that vision greater than scarcity • All movements start simply but aspire greatly • Paint a picture of the future… Go there… People will follow
  60. 60. Change the World
  61. 61. First
  62. 62. First • Leaders go first • All you need is to initiate • If you wait for optimum conditions, you’ll never start • Here’s a starting point… • Find leaders, and then amplify their work
  63. 63. Last
  64. 64. Last • Leaders eat last • Serve others • Covey’s 5th Habit - “Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood”
  65. 65. Everyday
  66. 66. Everyday • Don’t make leadership about changing the world • Make it something you expect of yourself and others everyday
  67. 67. You’re In Good Company
  68. 68. You’re In Good Company • DevOps • I am the Cavalry • Security B-Sides
  69. 69. Leave a Legacy
  70. 70. Build It to Last
  71. 71. Build It to Last • Measure a leader by what they leave behind
  72. 72. Give Back
  73. 73. Give Back • Mentor others • Coach your peers • Encourage and support each other
  74. 74. Embrace the Vacuum
  75. 75. Embrace the Vacuum • Sometimes you have to move on to make progress • Create opportunity for new leaders
  76. 76. Call to Action
  77. 77. Begin with Purpose
  78. 78. Establish a Habit of Healthy Growth
  79. 79. Choose a Compelling Vision
  80. 80. Include Others
  81. 81. Make It Happen
  82. 82. We Need You to Lead Us
  83. 83. Leverage Resources
  84. 84. @pjbeyer
  85. 85. Grow Yourself
  86. 86. Grow Yourself Resources • Todd Henry • “The Accidental Creative” / “Die Empty” • @toddhenry http://www.toddhenry.com/ • Michael Bungay Stanier • “Do More Great Work” • @boxofcrayons http://www.boxofcrayons.biz/ • David Allen • “Getting Things Done” • @gtdguy http://gettingthingsdone.com/
  87. 87. Lead a Tribe
  88. 88. Lead a Tribe Resources • Michael Hyatt • “Intentional Leadership” (blog) • @michaelhyatt http://michaelhyatt.com/ • Seth Godin • “Tribes” • @thisissethsblog http://www.sethgodin.com/ • Mark Horstman & Mike Auzenne • “Manager Tools” (podcast with detailed notes) • @mahorstman @mauzenne http://www.manager-tools.com/
  89. 89. Inspire a Movement
  90. 90. Inspire a Movement Resources • Robert Cialdini • “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion” • @robertcialdini 
 http://www.influenceatwork.com/robert-cialdini-phd/ biography/ • Simon Sinek • “Start with Why” / “Leaders Eat Last” • @simonsinek https://www.startwithwhy.com/
  91. 91. Change the World Leave a Legacy
  92. 92. Change the World Resources • Jim Collins • “Built to Last” / “Good to Great” • http://www.jimcollins.com/ • John Maxwell • “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” • @johnmaxwellco http://www.johnmaxwell.com/ • Peter Drucker • “The Effective Executive” • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Drucker
  93. 93. Change the World Resources • Gene Kim • “The Phoenix Project” • @realgenekim http://www.realgenekim.me/ • Eliyahu Goldratt • “The Goal” • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliyahu_M._Goldratt
  94. 94. Questions? ! Discussion! @pjbeyer http://www.slideshare.net/pjbeyer/choose-to-lead
  95. 95. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

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