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The ExecCatalyst blog covers topics related to leadership, career advancement, hiring, finding the right job, company cultures and office politics, and general management. The authors have extensive experience in high-tech in Silicon Valley and elsewhere and have gained experience at small, fast-moving startups as well as large, global technology firms.

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Create (Positive) Tension in Your Executive Interviews

I was interviewing with a tech startup a few years ago for a CMO position. I met the company’s head of Products at a coffee shop in San Francisco. We already had a few conversations and were fairly comfortable with each other. We were smiling and sharing stories in a very warm, conversational interview. Until he asked me one question. Continue Reading ...

How to Cross the Technical-Managerial Divide

Top 10 Reasons Why I Want to Be a Manager: Drum roll please… I can do a better job than that loser before me I’ll have more power over people I have the longest tenure in my group I’ll get more stock and a bigger pay day when my company exits I need a raise to help pay my over Continue Reading ...

Find Your Leadership Voice – Silence is NOT Golden!

“Showing Up” Back in the day when Oracle was a tiny 20,000 person company, I remember attending quarterly all-hands meetings held by our EVP, Randy Baker. Our President, Ray Lane, would attend as a guest speaker at least once a year. These meetings were held at Hotel Sofitel so we could cram 600+ people into the Grand Ballroom and would Continue Reading ...
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