Level 5 leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company. It's not that Level 5 leaders have no ego or self-interest. Indeed, they are incredibly ambitious -- but their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves.

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Jul 21, 2005

Got Me Thinking...Microsoft's Interviewing Practices

I just wanted to give you a heads-up that I'm pregnant with a new post.  I'll briefly describe the idea here until it's ready for a full blog post...

ASP.NET bloggers have been arguing recently about Microsoft's interviewing practices.  In particular, they are wondering whether it is good that Microsoft asks preposterous questions simply to observe how an interviewee approaches problem solving.

TwentySomethingMom has been watching her 6 year old son read adult-level hint books while playing the Legend Of Zelda video game for hours upon hours.

(Correction:  He's 7 years old...)

And we can't forget our Level 5 rule to leadership:  Get the right people on the bus, decide where they should sit, and then decide which direction the bus is headed.

There are correlations here that should help identify what characteristics define "the right person".  I have a feeling that we'll discover that TwentySomethingMom's son B will be the right kind of person for any bus.

See you soon!

posted at 02:24 PM by Chris Chew in Education, Leadership, Technology | Comments (0)

Jul 08, 2005

I'm Back Blogging

I apologize for the quarter-year hiatus and appreciate your emails and comments in the meantime.

What have I been doing?

Well, I left the consulting world, played a lot of music, moved a new girlfriend from Albuquerque to Denver, and began working with an entirely new Web Programming Language, ASP.NET.

The New Job:  Working for a technology provider for three of the ten largest credit unions in the US.  Basically, I am developing online banking tools. More specifically, I work on a team that is developing a completely integrated and automated auto loan processing and funding system for credit unions.  In Colorado, our market, car dealers can use our website to apply-for and fund loans through almost any Colorado credit union.  The job is very challenging!

Music:  I'm still playing 50's rock-n-roll, although my original band has re-formed playing "alternative country" music -- a pleasantly vague term.  I also bought a vintage electric bass, a mid 60's Vox Cougar (similar to the one in the pictures here.

The Girlfriend:  Holly.  I have known her for a couple of years through a mutual friend.  I got to know her a little more in January when my band traveled through Albuquerque while on tour.  After that, we started chatting via MySpace, and met up in Las Vegas in March for a big Rockabilly music festival.  We hit it off in Vegas, and one month later she moved to Denver.  It's going well so far.

I'm also starting an ASP.NET blog here

posted at 04:01 PM by Chris Chew in Weblogs | Comments (0)