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The Tech Exec Podcast with Aviv Ben-Yosef

A short discussion of leadership improvements you can start using in your startup today as a technical executive, whether you are a CTO, CIO, VP Engineering, VP R&D, and so on.

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Growth Excuses
I don't care how much budget or time you've got, you can find ways to invest in yourself and grow if you want to. No one can prevent you from learning and honing your skills but yourself. Are you standing in your way? Check out this week's podcast episode to stop making growth excuses.🖼️ Me reading the daily Il Messaggero in RomeGrab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
05:15 5/21/24
Progress
I routinely speak to over a hundred leaders from all over the world to get a "vibe check." Sometimes, I realize some of them are stuck in a high-tech version of Groundhog Day. Are you as well? Check out this week's short episode about making progress.Last chance to register to my free live session: Sparing the midnight oil!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
05:29 5/14/24
Operating System
Your personal system is crucial to being an effective leader and getting things done. As a geek, I like viewing our routines and habits from this point of view, and it helps me find areas where executives can make considerable upgrades in their day-to-day. This week's podcast episode discusses a few such "modules" you might want to upgrade and how to embark on the path to continuous improvement.Join my free live session: Sparing the Midnight OilGrab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com 
09:18 5/7/24
Who, What, Why
Don't go off creating or filling positions by cargo-culting what you see in other companies, assuming that's the right path forward. Similarly, if you're a tech executive, don't charge ahead going for a title or role that's not the right one for you or the company. Cultivating an effective executive team requires us to consider these three basic questions to set up the company and ourselves for success.    Join my free 30-minute live session: Sparing the Midnight Oil!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
09:13 4/30/24
Tango
It takes two to tango, and you have to know how to lead or you're both going to end up on your behinds. This week's short podcast episode is about realizing your agency to unleash effective and rapid coaching. Stop waiting for spontaneous human improvement. Create it.Check out my free live session: Sparing the Midnight Oil!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
05:55 4/23/24
Non Binary
If you want to genuinely become an executive and be viewed as a peer to business partners, you're going to have to stop it with the binary options. The world's not black and white, and those who leverage and create a continuum of options are worth their weight in gold.Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
04:38 4/16/24
Making Mistakes
Making mistakes is an essential part of growing as a leader. Letting your people is something you have to live with to accelerate their growth. Nevertheless, that doesn't mean you're going to be in ostrich mode and ignore it all. Check out this week's short episode for three pitfalls to avoid.Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
07:40 4/9/24
Non Choices
Sometimes, when you procrastinate or reject making a choice, that can open up new opportunities. Other times, that's a sign of weak leadership. How do you make the choice to choose? Check out this week's short podcast episode for some meta-thinking on upgrading your own decision-making. Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
04:36 4/2/24
Tech Team Growth
Hiring has changed dramatically. I for one am happy most people aren't spending 50% of their time interviewing and onboarding new hires. Nevertheless, it means that we need a different set of guidelines to handle growth correctly. Check out this week's episode to ensure you're on track to create a profitable product-engineering team as you grow it.Join my free live session: Profitable Engineering 101!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
04:40 3/26/24
80/20
The 10x engineer, the 10x leader, and the 10x strategy exist. However, they are often not easy to spot. Realizing that you don't need to come up with something that feels like someone from the future told you can actually increase your odds of achieving 10x work. For more on doing just that, check out this week's episode!Join my free live session: Profitable Engineering 101!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com 
04:16 3/19/24
No Return
There are probably right now different issues that you're aware of that are allowed to fester and deteriorate. As you're busy putting out fires, the next wildfire is creeping up. That's what we get when we trade actual leadership for a simplistic greedy algorithm that only addresses things that have gone past the point of no return and must be solved. If you'd like to transition to genuine leadership and be less managed by the events, check out this week's episode.Sign up to attend my free live session: Profitable Engineering 101!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
06:20 3/12/24
Moving Targets
Boy, the last 4 years have been one hectic decade, am I right? The worst thing you can do is give your team the sense that whatever last crisis you had was the last one. It wasn't. Leadership is about handling these moving targets. Learn more in this week's episode.Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com 
05:55 3/5/24
Cleverness
Especially when teams have waited too long to redo certain parts of their technology, they are way more prone to overshoot and over-engineer the new solution. That's the classic second-system syndrome at play. However, you're only likely to succeed if you know how to keep your team's cleverness at bay. Check out this week's episode about managing cleverness and how to tell whether you're over-doing something.Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
05:25 2/27/24
Highly Profitable R&D
How can you create a product-engineering organization that's profitable? Where growth is aligned with business needs; where engineers don't do tech for tech's sake; where value is the first… value? This week's podcast episode is a quick recap of topics from my four-part series about such organizations. Tune in to create a team worth leading.The articles in the series:Highly Profitable Engineering TeamsMaking Profitable SoftwareProfitable R&D Structure and GrowthR&D Innovation for Fun and ProfitGrab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
14:48 2/20/24
Parallel Realities
How is your team branching out daily, just like in code, and how might you suffer from merge conflicts? Let's peel back the layers of how our individual perceptions shape our professional interactions and decisions. Discover the power of external perspectives and the surprising impact of communication nuances within tech teams. In this episode, we delve into a journey of understanding and connecting our divergent views to foster stronger, more cohesive teams.Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
09:06 2/13/24
Theory
When you first consider it, you might not realize what "theory" has to do with leading product engineering. However, there is quite a bit you can and should be aware of in order to help your team thrive and operate faster. In this week's 9-minute episode, I share the two levels of thinking required in order to leverage theory and share it across your team.Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
09:49 2/6/24
Non Linearity
Some teams punch above their weight. You can see that many organizations are still suffering from too much bloat, and defocused work. This week's episode shares more insights from my recent conversations with over 100 tech leaders globally about leveraging the concept of non-linearity to create profitable eng teams.New offering: I’ve talked to 100+ tech leaders recently about their 2024 plans and got repeating requests to offer help with this. The way you kick off the year has the potential to set you up for remarkable success and propel you forward. To help you achieve just that, I’m creating a Launchpad Propellent package. For $366 (2024 is a leap year!), you’ll get prep work to consider, a planning session with me to come up with personal and team goals for the next ~3 months, and weekly accountability support for the first month. That’s easily 70% cheaper than I usually charge for similar stuff. Write to me to book!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
08:33 1/30/24
Mousetraps
Sometimes, what might seem initially like a needle-in-a-haystack problem is a lot simpler. And when you realize that, you can leverage it so your efforts are more effective. This week's episode is about the connection between mousetraps and making people handle their cheese being moved.New offering: I’ve talked to 100+ tech leaders recently about their 2024 plans and got repeating requests to offer help with this. The way you kick off the year has the potential to set you up for remarkable success and propel you forward. To help you achieve just that, I’m creating a Launchpad Propellent package. For $366 (2024 is a leap year!), you’ll get prep work to consider, a planning session with me to come up with personal and team goals for the next ~3 months, and weekly accountability support for the first month. That’s easily 70% cheaper than I usually charge for similar stuff. Write to me to book!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
09:26 1/23/24
Squeaky Wheels
Stop focusing your attention on those who are problematic. Handle those situations quickly and move on. Your focus should be on your top performers. Squeaky wheels, no matter how greased, are not likely to get you past the finish line. Check out this week's episode for more on creating effective rapid coaching.Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
09:41 1/16/24
Insanity
Are you going to let another year pass by more or less the same? Are you prone to what Albert Einstein described as "insanity"? Life's too short for that. Listen to this week's short episode to get out of the meager loop you've been in and start your path toward a bigger future. And, you just might win the raffle!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com   
07:02 1/9/24
Repetitive Strain Injury
I'm sure you've got some big goals, plans, and hopes for 2024. However, you're not likely to reach them by just promising yourself you'll work harder this time. Repeating the same methods and applying more and more force will just result in RSI. This week's five-minute podcast episode is about how you can get better results without burning the midnight oil.Wishing you a fantastic 2024!Join the Leading Edge Club!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com  
05:09 1/2/24
Board Games
Every executive needs to know how to talk to the company's board and handle it effectively. Don't appease it, don't be subservient, and don't surprise it. In this week's episode, I'm sharing common problems and some guidelines to improve your communication and decrease the odds of you making the board become too tactical.Join the Leading Edge Club!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com   
10:05 12/26/23
Wandering
Being a tech executive means that things sometimes change. You might be unsure about where you're headed to provide more impact. However, as Tolkien has taught us geeks, not all those who wander are lost. Let's talk about finding your new direction.Join the Leading Edge Club!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com 
07:00 12/19/23
Non-Linear Growth
Someone quit? A long vacation? A friggin' war? Learn how to embrace disruptions, create shorter and more focused roadmaps, and empower your team to thrive in times of change. Discover how unexpected challenges can be opportunities for exponential improvement. Whether you're leading a tech team or looking for ways to drive innovation, this episode will inspire you to harness the power of non-linear growth.Join my annual wrap-up / yearly kickoff free session: 2024 Launchpad.Join the Leading Edge Club!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
12:04 12/12/23
Bad Decisions
Did you make a mistake recently? To err is human, and to futilely try and avoid all possible mistakes is being an engineer. Executives with a tech background seem more afraid than their peers to operate in uncertainty, thus capping their teams. Set out to make some good mistakes next year.Join my annual wrap-up / yearly kickoff free session: 2024 Launchpad.Join the Leading Edge Club!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
09:23 12/5/23
Friends
Freddy Mercury famously sang that friends will be friends. That's right. But they shouldn't be your employees. Check out this week's episode for unpopular opinions about hiring and promoting people.Join my year-end/yearly-kickoff free webinar! 2024 Launchpad: Velocity MasteryJoin the Leading Edge Club!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
08:54 11/28/23
Leadership Procrastination
You're constantly busy. I mean, you're overwhelmed! No one can blame you for procrastination… or can they? This week's podcast is about the leadership equivalent of cleaning up the house when you've got a deadline.Claim your seat at my year-end/year-kickoff free webinar. 2024 Launchpad: Velocity Mastery.Join the Leading Edge Club!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
07:25 11/21/23
Winning
What good is amazing innovation and creativity if it doesn't align with a clear path toward winning? What does aiming for a win mean for tech executives? Another quick episode where I draw the line from Israel's strategic failure on October 7, and startup leadership. Because, yeah, those are the two things I'm thinking of right now and it's melding in my brain.Join the Leading Edge Club!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com 
11:03 11/14/23
Waste
In life, shit happens. Just in the past three years, we've been through COVID-19, saw the startup economy almost grind to a halt, and now there's war here in Israel. Good leaders always work to avoid waste. This week's episode is about not wasting the most precious thing you've got.Join the Leading Edge Club!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
06:11 11/7/23
Cowardice
Leaders cannot be cowards. I don't care if you think you're prioritizing your efforts or being politically correct. And, of course, it's related to the war. This week's podcast shares five examples of cowardly leadership and how to avoid it.Join the Leading Edge Club!Grab a copy of my books, Capitalizing Your Technology and  The Tech Executive Operating System.Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives.For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.com
08:26 10/31/23