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Leadership Hierarchy - CTO Academy

Time To Let It Go …

So here is the scenario … I’m running as fast as I can alongside my 5 year old son’s bike, initially holding onto his seat to make sure he does not fall. I’ve made sure we are on a quiet road and there are no cars or obstacles for him to seriously hurt himself.  Now […]

Accidental CTO, Reflections on Before and Since

I have tried to detail in this blog specific changes in my role as I took on this new status as CTO and the challenges I personally faced. This week I've been reflecting on how my life looked before and since.
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No-One Ever Told Me …. It Gets Lonely At The Top

What is your expectation of an effective leader? Confident. Knowledgeable. Charismatic. Good Orator. Natural Leader. Inspiring. Expert. But in addition, how about lonely and/or isolated?

Forget Tech Change, It’s Culture Change That Matters Now

Managing change has always been at the core of a technology leader's job description but whereas 10-15 years ago the focus was on tech change, today it’s more likely to be people and culture change that a tech leader has to deal with.

Build Yourself A Personal Firewall

It’s not only computer systems that need a firewall but anyone in a tech leadership position needs to build one for themselves.
Focus on What Matters - CTO Academy

Diary of an Accidental CTO: The Art of Context Switching

As a CTO there's multiple projects to juggle with on a day-to-day basis so you need to master the art of context switching.
Are You a Thermometer or a Thermostat? - CTO Academy

Are you a Thermostat or a Thermometer?

An article exploring the difference between thermostats and thermometers and how it applies to leadership and the teams we lead
Business Startup - CTO Academy

What does a Startup CTO do anyway?

CTO jobs are pretty nebulous at best, what a CTO does is ill defined and never well understood, we're lots of different things to lots of different people.

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