Conscious Testing…Your Personal Blockchain

Jeremy Epstein Blockchain, Leadership

Two of my direct reports were facing some challenging inter-personal situations recently.  We discussed it. I don’t have the answers and I am trying to move away from dictating them. Instead, I try to help people think through them. One suggestion I had was this:  “hopefully you are going to have a long career. If you look at this challenge …

Estonia: the E-residency killer app….

Jeremy Epstein Leadership

….hasn’t been invented yet. Estonia’s program is cutting-edge and innovative in its concept. But, to go from the 10,000 people who are very early adopters and innovators, the country has to find a “killer app.”  You need to be able to do something with it. I’ve had it for over a year and aside from logging on to the e-residency …

Government As A Service?

Jeremy Epstein Business, Leadership

The Estonian Tax Authority is recognized as THE most efficient (taxes collected per employee) and effective (most percentage of taxes collected)  tax authority in the world. Now, imagine this….what if a country that did a terrible job of tax collection (say Greece or any one of a 100 other countries) essentially outsourced their tax collection to the Estonians? It would …

How Estonia’s Government is Incentivized to be Effective

Jeremy Epstein Business, Leadership

One of the concerns that Estonians have is: how to stay nimble, agile, and hungry so they continue to create an environment for innovation. I think they have fully internalized the idea that big organizations are the anti-thesis of innovation. They aren’t designed for that function. This is of particular concern as it relates to government. The believe that bureaucracy …

How to be a Great People Manager

Jeremy Epstein Business, Leadership

One of my professional goals this year is to improve my skills as a people manager. One of my friends, Halelly Azulay, has been extremely supportive–and with good reason. She’s a leading professional coach for talent development. She’s the founder of Talent Grow and the author of Employee Development on a Shoestring. Recently, she interviewed me on my own efforts (scary, I …

Book recommendation: Sway–Stop being so irrational…yes, you.

Jeremy Epstein Business, Leadership, Marketing, Networking

Did you know that saying to your friend or colleague that “Jeremy is a smart and warm guy” that I am much more likely to be liked than simply by saying “Jeremy is a smart guy?” Even if the experience of meeting me is exactly the same in every other regard… That’s just one of 100+ examples that the Brafman …

Is a Boss Different Than a Friend? Should it be?

Jeremy Epstein Leadership

After receiving some pretty strong feedback about elements of my managerial/coaching/leadership style, I’ve spent the last 9 months focused specifically on becoming a better people manager. As part of that effort, I’ve interviewed nearly 10 people outside of Sprinklr recommended by the NSM community, hired coaches, engaged some HR experts within Sprinklr, and read a number of books all off …

Lessons from People Manager All-Stars, Part 3

Jeremy Epstein Leadership

Background I’ve taken on the professional goal in 2016 of becoming a better “people manager.”  One of the activities in my plan is to interview peer-nominated “People Manager All-Stars.” Thanks to Sheryl Tullis, I was introduced to Rick Zimmerman, who is our headliner for part 3 (see part 1 and part 2).   “Don’t ever think there’s a finish line.” …

Lessons from the People Manager All-Star Team, Part 2

Jeremy Epstein Business, Leadership, Networking

I’ve embarked on a journey to become a much better people manager. As part of that, I’m interviewing peer-recommended “best people managers”.  This is Part 2. If you missed Part 1, here it is. REQUEST: If you know of someone who is a great developer of talent, I’d love the referral and the chance to interview him/her. First off, let me recommend …