Always tell stories

My ninth mantra may be the one most of my staff hear, even years after they’ve started working for me. Of the #40mantras, it may be one of my favorite five.

Smart people double check their work.

For number 8 of my #40mantras I move into what are called habits of mind. These are techniques that can be learned, and double checking your work is the first of them.

All management is People Management

My fourth mantra is debatable. I know that. But the essence of it has proven true over so many years that I have come to rely on it like all the other #40mantras.

Hope is not a strategy

Of all the mantras I use to build high performance cultures and to coach my engineering teams, this is one of the first things they have to learn.