My Recent Slideshare: 5 Keys to Leading with Intent

“Lead with Intent” is at the core of most modern leadership philosophies. However most managers are still confused on exactly how to do it. There are a few keys to leading with intent that can illuminate the concept, improve your chances, and help you avoid costly mistakes.

The environment we are in is filled with complexity and change. If we lead with intent we abandon plan driven management, embrace uncertainty, communicate strategy, and trust people to carry it out.

A lot of managers, seeking to “lead with intent” simply communicate intent.  Communicating intent is like gasoline. But like gasoline, by itself all you have is a high-potential for fire. This presentation is about is the car, and some of what it takes to build it, so the fuel can help you get from A to Z.

Hope you like it. Comments welcome!



Words cannot express my gratitude to the amazing people I’ve worked with over the last 3 and a half years at Pixafy and Net@Work. Wish i had more pictures but I’ll always have great memories.


My 21 Favorite Fantasy Series

Fantasy appreciates the limitations of normal perception and re-imagines the human condition. It tests our belief in things that are impossible or improbable. … Plus magic is awesome.

So, here is my 21 favorite fantasy series:

  1. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
  2. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
  3. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  4. Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
  5. The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
  6. The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
  7. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  8. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
  9. The Reconners by Brandon Sanderson
  10. Manazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
  11. Iron Druid by Kevin Herne
  12. Riyria Chronicles by Michael J. Sullivan
  13. The Cycle of Arawn by Edward W. Robertson
  14. The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
  15. Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch
  16. Raven’s Shadow by Anthony Ryan
  17. Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett
  18. The First Law by Joe Abercrombie
  19. The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks
  20. The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind
  21. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

What I Learned Day 2: Magento Imagine 2016

So day 2 was a lot of fun. My goal leading into the conference was to focus my attention on learning as much as I could on three topics I thought would be interesting and helpful to my practice:

  1. Magento 2 vs Shopify+ – how Magento and other Solutions Providers were thinking about the benefits of each platform, what their sales positioning was, and what the long term competitive strategy might be. Also interested in listening to merchants too.
  2. Tools and Extensions to take a Magento 2 Implementation to the next level, particularly on the Marketing side but also performance.
  3. Agile practices – learn who is leading in this space in the Magento arena and what tools and practices they’re promoting

Magento 2 Enterprise Cloud Solution

We knew an announcement was coming but didn’t know precisely what it would be. During Day 2 Magento dropped the bomb that Magento would be releasing a new product called “Magento 2 Enterprise Cloud Edition”.

Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition is an optional add on package to the EE 2.0 license that includes DevOps tools, support for common services like New Relic, and a Magento supported Cloud Hosting on AWS. It will not be made available without an Enterprise 2.0 license.

Magento was quick to clarify that Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition is a PaaS not a SaaS solution. What this mean is that Magento Cloud Edition remains open and fully customizable to distinguish itself from Shopify+ which is closed proprietary system that limits developers freedom to write custom code.

I think this is a good strategy for Magento. It will help put Magento on more even footing with Shopify+ when it comes to rapid development, all-inclusive packaging of the solution, and may even help solve the upgrades and patches (although I’m still a little fuzzy on how that will work).

The question that remains is how well can Magento support this product and I think most people at the conference recognized that.