Blog: Forward Thinking

Often snarky, sometimes funny, thoughts and musings from Glen Hellman about Executive Development, Leadership, Startups, Washington DC Business and more.
redskins toxic culture

Redskins Culture… a dog’s breakfast

When it comes to the front office the term Redskins Culture is right up there with the world's great oxymorons like: Jumbo Shrimp Seriously Funny Found Missing Washington Mass Transit Authority Trustify President Trump Peter Drucker famously said, "Culture eats strategy for breakfast." If this is true than the worst NFL teams...

Trustify

Dis-Trustify: Is #DCTech’s Trustify Trustworthy?

  What the heck's happening at DC Tech Darling Trustify? Now Trustify, previously and more aptly named Flim Flam is run by local DC Flim Flam man Danny Boice. According to Danny, he's a Harvard man without quote marks, but Harvard would say different. You'd think a "Harvard" man would have all the right stuff to right the Flim Flam ship? Glassdoor reviews say otherwise. As our President of these here United States would say...

Dumb Money

Mr Cranky Dumb Money Venture Crapital

Dumb Money is someone willing to invest in a Venture Fund run by a Tech.co technology rag full of "journalists" who never saw a bad idea they didn't think would make a great company. I just got this email from Tech.co founder Frank Gruber: From: Frank Gruber Date: Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 2:20 PM Subject: Re: Timely: Opportunity To Get Involved To: Glen Hellman Cc: Jen Consalvo, Jon Spinney Hi Glen, I hope you're doing well. We haven't heard from you in a bit so I wanted to circle back one last time to see if you're interested in getting involved in TechCo...

LearnMetrics

LearnMetrics Learns Nothing Fast

Chicago-based startup LearnMetrics and Julian Miller are the definition of the Startup Professional Class (SPC) What do I mean by that? The Startup Professional class are components of the Startup Industrial Complex. Julian and his SPC colleagues, like DC-based Danny Boice and Evan Burfield are not in the business of creating companies of any value...

Former Vistage Coach

Vistage Coach… Why I Quit

Vistage Coach - why I'm no longer that Ten years ago, when I first started as a Vistage Coach. It was a new world for me. I fell in love with my new profession. The screening process was grueling, the training process challenging. Everyday I learned something new about myself, people and leadership. I loved the science and the art of coaching. At the end of that process I was deemed a Vistage Coach...

English

Mr Cranky the Evolution of English

When you're a Cranky Old Fart speaking with millennials, you start to notice these new-fangled words or old-fangled words used in a new-fangled way. More accurately in a mangled way. As a public service and in order to promote more harmony between the english-speaking human race and millinneals, I've decided to document some of those words: Alternative Facts - As in, "That wasn't a lie. It was an Alternative Facts." Alternate facts refer to facts that exist in an alternative universe. A fact-free universe.  Conwaying - As in, "Stop conwaying me." Which in effect means answering every question by blaming someone else...

StarEast Listing

Mr Cranky Exclusive $200 Discount Code For StarEast Attendees

Are you going to StarEast? Here are 3 more reasons you should be at StarEast this May: To see Mr Cranky (that's me again speaking about me again in the 3rd person again) present Intentional Leadership $200 Discount by using this code: SE17GHS3 at this link: https://well.tc/wwcr Learn how to count because there are only 2 additional reasons and I would have known that had I been to StarEast. What is StarEast say you? The Premier Event for Software Testing and QA Professionals STAREAST—one of the longest-running and most respected conferences on software testing and quality assurance. The event week features over 100 learning and networking opportunities...