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Jim B. Johnson
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    Potential for great innovative velocity mitigated by unclear direction, poor executive alignment

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    Current Employee - Management (R&D)  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Management (R&D) in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Tripwire full-time for more than 3 years


    Poor leadership creates great pools of opportunity for self-starters who enjoy taking command. The culture is one part "beg for forgiveness" and one part "great individual empowerment," complicated by the fact this is the result of a senior management approach one night characterize as benign neglect, complicated further by poor alignment at senior level. But product is great, and these balkanized "pools of opportunity" are frequently capable of expressing brilliance.


    I have a son with inattentive ADD; he's not hyperactive. He's wicked creative, but lacks the ability to follow through. An individual coping mechanism on his part is to lather upon us with great passion and charisma his Newest Idea, the intention being to enlist us to help him get the idea completed. He secretly knows that if he doesn't infect someone else within a few days in the Newest Idea, he'll lose interest, and will move on. But he can SEE it, and wants it badly. This is his strength. His weakness is that he doesn't know how to get it done.

    Perversely, my wife and I have learned through bitter experience to actually slow him down. He will come to us with a lot of passion and energy, and we are inclined to erect roadblocks, because we're still left trying to clean up what he's left behind. He is disinterested in the byproduct of prior ideas, and doesn't seem to understand there's an aggregate cost associated with unfinished tasks, many of which literally cost us.

    Our job as parents is to guide him through the adoption of behavioral therapies designed to help him still capture these brilliant insights, but codify them into actionable components. A central tenet of this "behavioral" therapy is to get him to focus on doing three to five things extremely well, which means he will explicitly not do the other things. Indeed, he is often precluded logistically from starting a new project because resources are still allocated to the last unfinished idea, for example: the five lawn mower engines currently dominating my garage's workbench.

    This is an apt metaphor for both what's right and what's wrong about Tripwire, as well as what I'd recommend, top-down, for unlocking their velocity and execution problem.

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    Seek behavioral therapies as defined above, and execute with extreme prejudice, because you are overlooking a portfolio of brilliant intellectual capital codified both in tangible expressions of IP and inside the minds of your resources, and in current form you bleed this resource pool.

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