TTOL: Constructive Contention in Tech Enterprises

Ten Tenets of Leadership: Demanding Constructive Contention

People naturally have disagreements in the workplace. How the senior manager handles conflict, and what happens when it is not managed properly is the subject of the discussion for the episode.

Ten Tenets host Larry Pendergrass brings in two guests with deep experience in senior management in worldwide technology enterprises, and engages them in a discussion of how this tenet of leadership is an essential part of managing a team, particularly in technology oriented industries.


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team discussed in the episode may be found here. 

Steve Fossi

Steve Fossi has been at Symmetricom since 2007 and is the Director of Business Development for Symmetricom’s OEM Clocks, which includes the Quantum™ Chip Scale Atomic Clock.

Prior to joining Symmetricom, Steve worked for Hewlett-Packard and its spinoff Agilent Technologies, for 27 years.  While at HP/Agilent, he served in management roles in Marketing, R&D, and General Management.  Steve’s technical background is in RF and microwave measurements, time and frequency measurements, and semiconductor test.









Paul Zygielbaum

Paul Zygielbaum is a former chief executive, manufacturing, marketing and sales executive and consultant with extensive experience in advanced engineering, R&D and production management, sales, marketing, international consulting and strategic business development.

meMost recently, he served as a co-founder and CEO of C8 MediSensors, Inc., a Silicon Valley medical device startup.

He began his career in aerospace engineering, participating in advanced spacecraft power generation research at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  After the 1973 oil crisis, he joined the Electric Power Research Institute as a project manager on various advanced electric power generation concepts and was recognized internationally as an expert in magnetohydrodynamic technology and power plant development.

He joined Hewlett Packard’s Microwave Communications Group in the early 1980s, where he gained expertise in electronic manufacturing and rose to senior factory management through his ability to implement lean manufacturing techniques.  He later employed this knowledge for HP as an executive consultant to customers, focusing on improving integration and testing of communications satellites, military missiles, and other aerospace systems.

He eventually ran the worldwide consulting group of Agilent Technologies.  He holds a BS in Engineering and Applied Science (Jet Propulsion Specialty) and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and a MBA from Golden Gate University.  He has been an active community volunteer.







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