A Geek Leader Podcast - inspiring technical and creative leaders around the world

A Geek Leader Podcast - inspiring technical and creative leaders around the world

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Your number one source for Technical and Creative Leadership information, tips, tricks, hacks and techniques
099: Learning Tech with Dr. Sharon Jones
Apr 19 • 48 min
About Dr. Sharon Jones Dr. Sharon Jones, Ed.D is the founder and CEO of thedot.consulting and The Dottie Rose Foundation, where she leads and implements technology focused education and innovation. Dr. Jones has found her passion in education and has…
098 : AI from Sergey Razin, CTO at Swampfox
Apr 12 • 45 min
About Sergey Razin CTO, Faculty Member @ USC and Serial Entrepreneur As CTO, Sergey is responsible for driving product strategy and innovation. As noted authority in advanced analytics and machine learning, Sergey pioneered and hold patents in the…
097: Jeff Ton on How to Amplify Your Value
Apr 5 • 50 min
About Jeff Jeff Ton is a sought-after Information Technology speaker, author and thought leader, having led powerful teams and built successful IT departments for thepast 30+ years. For over a decade, Jeff has served as Chief Information Officer with…
096 : Jay Karen on Leading a National Association
Mar 29 • 44 min
About Jay Jay Karen has been the CEO of National Golf Course Owners Association since 2015, where he leads the golf industry’s trade association and initiatives to support the success of the golf course business, a critical element of an $84B industry in…
095: Sergey Sundukovskiy, Co-Founder and CTO of Raken
Mar 22 • 43 min
About Sergey Sergey Sundukovskiy, Ph. D. – Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Product Officer, Raken Before Co-Founding Raken, Dr. Sergey Sundukovskiy served in capacities of Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Chief…
094: Beating Imposter Syndrome with Heather Downing
Mar 15 • 55 min
About Heather Heather is a passionate coder and entrepreneur. She has experience working with Fortune 500 companies building enterprise-level voice, mobile and C#/.Net applications. She focuses on external thought leadership, encouraging fellow…
093: Khalid Machchate on the Future and Digital Transformation
Mar 7 • 49 min
About Khalid Khalid Machchate is a Moroccan serial techpreneur, international consultant and speaker. As a Mobile and Embedded Systems engineer, consulting and capacity building for several EMEA multinational corporations and Governments in disruptive…
092: A.J. Jacobs – Thanks a Thousand
Mar 1 • 31 min
Today on the show we’ve got one of my favorite authors, A.J. Jacobs. I first learned about A.J. when reading an article he wrote that was reprinted in Tim Ferriss’s 4 Hour Work Week about outsourcing. The humor and information contained in that article…
091: Life of a Champion with Bas Rutten
Feb 22 • 53 min
About Bas Rutten Bas Rutten is the Former Heavy Weight Champion of the UFC and the three time King of Pancrase who has also made a name for himself outside the ring as an actor, host, inventor and television personality. Bas has been seen co-starring in…
090: Fight or Flight with Dr. Andy Young
Feb 15 • 39 min
About Andy Dr. Andy Young has been a Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Lubbock Christian University since 1996 and a negotiator and Psychological Consultant with the Lubbock Police Department’s SWAT team since 2000. He also heads LPD’s Victim…
089: Ethical Hacking with Patrick Barry
Jan 30 • 39 min
About Patrick Patrick Barry serves as the Chief Information Officer at Rebyc Security. In this role, he drives Rebyc Security’s strategic IT initiatives as well as help design and deliver offensive security offerings to Rebyc’s clients. Patrick has…
088: The 5th Why
Jan 24 • 12 min
Being that it is late January 2019 now, I’m sure most of you have already made and broken at least one new years resolution. There’s nothing wrong with that… we all do it. But let’s focus on why you created that resolution in the first place. Some common…
087: Giving Your First Talk with Justin James
Jan 18 • 46 min
About Justin For over 20 years, Justin has been architecting software, leading teams and sharing his knowledge. Justin is the founder of Let Your Nerd Be Heard, creator of the Ultimate Presentation Formula for Nerds, an Award Winning Entrepreneur, an…
086: Leading Amazing Teams with Tricia Broderick
Jan 7 • 47 min
Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in software development and is passionately focused on facilitating high-performance software development environments. Her leadership at all levels of an organization helped lay the groundwork to shift…
085: 2018 Retrospective
Dec 20, 2018 • 9 min
2018 has been a great year. I rebooted the podcast with both solo shows and more interviews than ever before. The number of listeners and total downloads have blown my mind. The number of platforms where you can get A Geek Leader has grown remarkably as…
084: Michael Sarraille, Navy SEAL, EF Overwatch Co-Founder
Dec 17, 2018 • 38 min
Today on the show we’ve got Mike Sarraille, EF Overwatch Co-Founder, Managing Partner & CEO. Mike is one tough guy. Being a Marine wasn’t tough enough for this guy, so he became a Navy Seal. We talk about leadership and ownership in this interview. Its a…
083: Growing as a Leader with Carl Kinghorn from EFC Systems
Dec 10, 2018 • 40 min
About Carl Over the past decade Carl Kinghorn has had the opportunity to grow as a leader within EFC Systems. He has championed changes to culture, processes, and development techniques that has enabled scaling the company’s ability to deliver quality…
082: Mike Cohn – Agile Leadership
Nov 30, 2018 • 34 min
About Mike Mike Cohn is the author of three of best-selling books on agile (User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile). He is one of the world’s most sought-after and respected Certified…
081: Agendashift with Mike Burrows
Nov 26, 2018 • 38 min
Today on the show we’ve got Mike Burrows. Mike is a leader in the lean, agile and project management community. He’s a well known speaker and consultant. About Mike Agendashift founder Mike Burrows is the author of Kanban from the Inside (2014) and…
080 : Unbreakable with Thom Shea
Nov 19, 2018 • 41 min
About Thom: (Ret.) Navy SEAL Thom Shea is the founder and CEO of Adamantine Alliance, a Leadership training organization. Thom works directly with executives and high performance individuals who want to master the Five Pyramids of Human Performance® to…
079: John Allen – Navy Seal – Elite Meet
Nov 11, 2018 • 68 min
Just another #1 world ranked video game player turned philosopher turned Navy SEAL turned non-profit startup CEO. John Allen is the CEO of Elite Meet, a Non-Profit organization he co-founded along with Jordan Selleck that connects high performing,…
078: The Motivation Myth with Jeff Haden
Nov 7, 2018 • 49 min
Jeff Haden is speaker, ghostwriter, Inc. Magazine contributing editor, and author of the bestselling The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to WIn. Before changing careers he spent 20 years in manufacturing, starting as an…
077: The Motivation Trap with John Hittler
Nov 5, 2018 • 50 min
About John “How were you able to pull that off?” John has made a habit of creating seemingly impossible outcomes, whether transforming a struggling team to become the top performer, or engaging an audience with his playful, interactive, life-changing…
076: Bobby Allen, CTO for CloudGenera
Nov 2, 2018 • 42 min
Bobby Allen serves as Chief technology officer (CTO) for CloudGenera and as Stewardship Pastor for Wellspring Church. He brings the unique perspective of being a thought-leader in Cloud Computing while helping lead a Gospel-centered, multi-ethnic church…
075: Gary Hayslip, CISO at Webroot
Oct 29, 2018 • 37 min
As CISO for Webroot, Gary Hayslip advises executive leadership on protecting critical information resources and oversees enterprise cyber-security strategy. His mission includes creating a “risk aware” culture that places a high value on securing and…
074: Martin Wolfe – Distinguished Engineer, CTO – IBM
Oct 25, 2018 • 51 min
Today on the show I have Marin Wolfe (Marty). Marty is a systems engineer, creator of new solutions and innovations, a leader and motivator of the best and brightest, and focused on delivering solutions to the most complex challenges and supporting key…
073: Heather Wilde is the CTO of ROCeteer
Oct 22, 2018 • 42 min
Today on the show we have Heather Wilde. She was the eighth employee of Evernote, where she oversaw the company’s growth from thousands to 100 million customers. She’s published popular video games, trained Fortune 500 brands, advised hundreds of…
072: The Power of “Saying No”
Oct 19, 2018 • 5 min
I heard a story on the Accidental Creative Podcast once about pruning grapes in a vineyard. Todd said that many times healthy vines that are bearing good fruit need to be pruned off. The reason is that the vine cannot grow new, more productive branches…
071: Rebel Talent with Francesca Gino
Oct 15, 2018 • 43 min
Francesca Gino is an award-winning researcher and the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. She is also affiliated with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law…
070: Patricia Hatter
Oct 8, 2018 • 50 min
About Patty Patty Hatter is a multiple award-winning technology, business and operations leader who drives digital transformation and growth for global companies. Patty currently advises early stage technology companies, focused on key technologies such…
069: Leading Through Failures
Oct 4, 2018 • 9 min
No matter how good you are, at some point in time, you will fail. It’s inevitable. Failure is not a problem, its promise. How we respond to failure is crucial to how we is the most important part of failing. It’s not the failure that stops us, it’s the…
068: Michelle Dennedy – VP and Chief Privacy Officer at Cisco
Oct 1, 2018 • 41 min
Today on the show I’m honored to have Michelle Dennedy, VP and Chief Privacy Officer at Cisco Systems. About Michelle Dennedy Michelle Finneran Dennedy is Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer at Cisco, where she works to raise awareness and create…
067: Lessons Learned from Tom Rath’s Books
Sep 28, 2018 • 12 min
Last week I was honored to have Tom Rath on the show to talk about some of his books and how they impact leaders. Today I want talk about some of the take aways that I had from Tom’s books and how they have impacted my life. Eat Move Sleep * Walking…
066: Teach Everything you Know – Kevin Griffin
Sep 26, 2018 • 45 min
Today on the show we have Kevin Griffin, owner, trainer and consultant at Swift Kick. Kevin was gracious enough to have me on his show, the Swift Kick Show a few months back. Here’s a link to that episode. As a software professional with over ten years of…
065: Tom Rath
Sep 21, 2018 • 47 min
I’m honored to have multiple time #1 New York Times best selling author Tom Rath on the show today. At one point, prior to writing best selling non-fiction books, Tom was a technical project manager. He offers great insight into his life and work during…
064: Khalia Braswell of INTech Camps for Girls
Sep 20, 2018 • 41 min
Today on the show we’ve got Kahlia Braswell, executive director of INTech Camps for girls. We talked mostly about INTech Camps and diversity in the technology fields. Kahlia mentioned the NC WIT as a resource for writing job descriptions and more. About…
063: Dave Bittner from the CyberWire Podcast
Sep 18, 2018 • 45 min
About Dave Dave Bittner is the producer and host of the CyberWire podcast, a top-rated daily cyber security news program produced in Baltimore. He’s been tinkering with electronics practically his whole life, cobbling together a computer system to dial in…
062: H. Alan Stevens on Getting Fired
Sep 14, 2018 • 57 min
Today on the show we have Alan Stevens. I heard Alan speak at a local conference on leadership many years ago and he is one of the people that first sparked my interest in leadership. I was honored to have him on the show. Alan is an advocate of open…
061: Joe Topinka, SnapAV – CIO, Charlotte, CIO of the Year, Mentor, Author, Coach
Sep 11, 2018 • 34 min
Joe Topinka, a career CIO, is a dynamic author, speaker, and coach and a three-time CIO-of-the-year award winner. He has over 35 years of success leading IT organizations and driving meaningful business results in the process. His game-changing IT…
60: What’s Your Plan For___?
Sep 10, 2018 • 5 min
What’s your Plan for______? I decided to do another short solo show for those of you that might have missed the earlier format of A Geek Leader shows. This is a quick tip that I picked up from a parenting course. Now before you rule out using parenting…
059: Kent C. Dodds
Sep 6, 2018 • 45 min
Today we have Kent C. Dodds on the show. He and I talked about lots of things including how he got started developing software and some of his early work in automation. We talked about some of his mistakes and why its important to share your mistakes so…
058: Celebrating Our Expertise – Jay Harris from Arana Software
Sep 4, 2018 • 51 min
Today on the podcast we’ve go Jay Harris. I met jay a few years back at a conference. I’ve heard Jay speak several times and thought he would be a good guest for the show and he did not disappoint. He came with good topics and the ideas of celebrating our…
057: Learning Leadership with Scott Drake
Aug 29, 2018 • 43 min
Scott Drake - VP of Technology Scott Drake is on a mission to help great technologists become great leaders. His 20-year career includes stops at Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., at startups in Silicon Valley, and he is currently the Vice President of…
056: Willpower with Derek Doepker
Aug 27, 2018 • 52 min
Derek Doepker is a 7 time bestselling author and consultant on leadership, personal development, and entrepreneurship. His team at Influencing Millions helps companies improve their sales, increase employee retention, and improve performance by teaching…
055: Andrew May and Brad Miller – CodeTank Labs and CodeStock
Aug 24, 2018 • 48 min
Today on the show have Andrew May with a cameo from the one and only Brad Miller. Andrew May, originally from Phoenix, AZ, started in computing when he was twelve years old, writing windows applications to assist in quick email responses. Throughout his…
054: Jeff Roberts – Chief Information Officer at HFF
Aug 22, 2018 • 48 min
Today on the show we’ve got Jeff Roberts. Jeff has more than 20 years of experience leading Information Technology for top financial services and real estate firms. Since 2015 he has served as the first-ever Chief Information Officer of HFF (NYSE: HF), a…
053: Arthur Doler – Technical Engineers and Mental Health
Aug 17, 2018 • 55 min
Today on the show we have Arthur Doler. Arthur (or Art, take your pick) has been a software engineer for 14 years and has worked on things as exciting as analysis software for casinos and things as boring as banking websites. He is an advocate for talking…
AGL: 052 – Tom Cooper – The Four Levels of Thinking as a Geek Leader
Aug 14, 2018 • 36 min
Today on the show we have Tom Cooper. I met Tom a few years ago while we were both speaking at a conference. Tom and I served on the board of advisors for the Interface Security Conference in Charlotte, NC last year. During this chat, Tom and I discuss…
051: Daniel Argandona, Managing Director for Fortalice Solutions, LLC.
Aug 9, 2018 • 43 min
Today on the show I have Daniel Argandona, Managing Director for Fortalice Solutions, LLC. Fortalice is a boutique, white glove, cyber security services firm. In this episode we talk about Dan’s journey through his career and how he got started into the…
050: Herding Tigers – Todd Henry
Aug 3, 2018 • 28 min
Today on the show we’re honored to have bestselling author Todd Henry on the show. Todd teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of four books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty,…
049: Herding Tigers Book Review
Aug 1, 2018 • 7 min
I read, well listen to, a lot of leadership books. Most of the leadership books I read are either very theoretical, with little practical advise, but very good theory, or very practical, with steps you can take, but not much on the “why” those steps…
048: Leadership Chat with Richard Taylor
Jul 30, 2018 • 38 min
Today I had the opportunity to talk to Microsoft MVP, Richard Taylor. He’s a super cool guy, with great leadership stories and an epic beard. We talked about his journey into leadership and the values from working on building your team for the longterm…
047: The Leadership Journey with Jim Holmes
Jul 26, 2018 • 59 min
The Leadership Journey is a book by Jim Holmes. Jim joins me today for a great talk about his journey through leadership, his book, and some struggles and adversity he’s been through and how he’s working to overcome them. You can read about Jim and his…
046: Positive Leadership with General John E. Michel – USAF
Jul 23, 2018 • 43 min
General John E. Michel I’m really stoked about our guest today. Retired General John E. Michel, from the US Air Force is joining us to talk about the power of Positive Leadership. Now that he’s retired from the US Air Force, John serves as the Executive…
045: Andy Davis – Venturi’s Voice – Tech Leadership and Career Podcast
Jul 18, 2018 • 42 min
Today we have Andy Davis from Venturi Group on the podcast. Andy is the host of Venturi’s Voice podcast (itunes) and currently the Director of Marketing at Venturi Group, an IT Recruitment agency based in the UK, New York & Berlin. Andy has an interesting…
044: Nicole Greer – SHINE for Leadership
Jul 16, 2018 • 46 min
Today we have one of my favorite people, Nicole Greer, with us from Vibrant Coaching. Nicole Greer works with leaders in organizations who want to develop their talent, increase the bottom line, and coach individuals to engage with the vision. As the…
043: Energy
Jul 13, 2018 • 10 min
Energy If you’re like me, you wish you had more energy to tackle the things you want to tackle in a day. I hope that this episode (last in our 5 day blitz) will help you discover a few ways to manage the finite amounts of energy that we have a little…
042: Time
Jul 12, 2018 • 15 min
Time I get asked about time management more than I do any other question. People ask, how is it that you have time with your family, work a full-time job, teach part-time, build apps, host a podcast, and do side hustles regularly? Well, its all about time…
041: Assets
Jul 11, 2018 • 13 min
Assets What’s your biggest asset? Could it be your programming skills? Your education? Your experience? For me its the people I surround myself with. At home and in life its my wife. She’s my biggest asset. At the office, its my team. I have a great team…
040: Focus
Jul 10, 2018 • 10 min
Focus We all have a finite amount of focus. We may think of focus as something you do, but I think it is something you have. You either have focus for something, or you don’t. And focusing on something is like contracting a muscle. It uses energy and…
039: Your F.A.T.E Equals Your Productivity
Jul 9, 2018 • 5 min
Today I’m going to do something totally different. I’m going to do a blitz week. 5 episodes in 5 days. These will be on the topic of managing your F.A.T.E. The acronym F.A.T.E stands for your finite resources, your Focus, Assets, Time and Energy. I first…
038: Velocity & Inertia
Jul 6, 2018 • 11 min
It’s easy to stop a train that’s not moving…But its hard to stop one that has already started. Velocity is defined as the speed of something in a given direction. Have you ever started on a project, task, program, or something and got into the “flow”…
037: The Power of a Field Trip
Jul 3, 2018 • 11 min
The Power of a Field Trip One way to inspire creativity and to motivate yourself or your team is to take a field trip. This will work if wherever you work for a nonprofit organization or a traditional office. Take a field trip. I’m going to tell you two…
AGL: 036 – Respond, Don’t React
Jun 26, 2018 • 22 min
When we react to situations, we’re on defense. You rarely score on defense. Its much easier to score when you’re on offense. On offense, you’re responding to the situation, not reacting. There is a difference. Responses are thought-out, planned and not…
035: The Reluctant Leader with David Neal
Jun 20, 2018 • 38 min
This is a special treat for all the listeners to A Geek Leader Podcast. My guest today is David Neal. Like me, he’s from the south and I’m sure you couldn’t tell that by either of our accents. He’s a well known keynote speaker, software developer,…
034: Trust Doesn’t Come from a Title
Jun 13, 2018 • 19 min
Your team doesn’t just “trust” you because of your title. When I started at my most recent position where I head up the IT group at a mid-sized company just south of Charlotte, NC, I wasn’t granted full trust of my team. Just like, when you get a new…
033: Dealing With Vendors
Jun 1, 2018 • 19 min
Being an IT leader you get lots of opportunities to work with vendors. Sometimes you welcome the calls, most of the times you don’t. This episode I’ll go over some tips to help you work with vendors and make the best choice when deciding which vendor go…
032: The Engagement Epidemic
May 18, 2018 • 18 min
I recently gave a talk on Employee Engagement for millennials. Here are my thoughts on the subject: Engagement Stats https://www.themuse.com/advice/10-shocking-stats-about-employee-engagement * 70% of employees not engaged at work * 89% of companies think…
031: Put your oxygen mask on first
Apr 11, 2018 • 13 min
If you’ve every flown on an airplane then you’ve heard the flight attendant say: In the event of the cabin loose pressure, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly…
030: How to Quit Your Job… The Right Way
Apr 6, 2018 • 8 min
So you got a new job and now you have to deliver the bad news that you’re putting in your 2 week notice. How do you do it without burning bridges, saving face, and leave the position better for you having been there. Below are some tips that might help…
029: Some Things Are More Important Than Work
Jul 5, 2017 • 8 min
I’ve been noticeably absent from the podcast for the past couple of months, so where have I been? I planned to take 2-3 weeks off from the podcast and take my family on a much needed vacation to Turks and Caicos. On our 3rd day of the trip I got the call…
028: Leadership is about Progress, not Perfection
May 19, 2016 • 7 min
Whenever I talk about leadership at an event, I usually get a several people that either email me or talk to me afterwards to tell me how great that it all sounds, but that they can’t do those things. For some reason, something won’t let them. It’s…
027: Unqualified by Pastor Steven Furtick | Book Review
Apr 27, 2016 • 10 min
We all have feelings of inadequacy. Many times I have this fear, that someone is going to show up at my door and shut it all down. They will tell me that I’m not qualified to write about leadership, or to host a podcast, or to build websites or mobile…
026: Communication for Geeks
Apr 7, 2016 • 20 min
Most people in Technology struggle with communication… better yet, most people in business struggle with communication. I’m no exception to that, but I’m working on it. Here are some of the things that I’ve learned and implemented to help me with…
025: Anthony Roldan from HubSpot – Culture Code
Mar 4, 2016 • 43 min
In this episode I interview Anthony Roldan from HubSpot about the companies culture code. I was pretty much blown away with the autonomy and freedom that HubSpot offer’s their employees. Their growth is amazing and there is no doubt that they are a leader…
024: You need to stretch yourself
Mar 1, 2016 • 6 min
You can’t grow if you don’t stretch If you’re looking for advice on yoga, flexibility or getting shape, then you’re in the wrong place. This is going to be a short episode about getting better. Ever had a rubber band, and stretched? If you stretch it too…
023: Learning as a Leader
Feb 8, 2016 • 11 min
Part of being a great leader is being a great learner. If you decide to be leader, either in a leadership/managerial role, or just leading those to your left and to your right, you must also decide to never stop learning. When you stop learning, you stop…
022: The Biology of Leadership – inside the brain of a tech leader
Feb 1, 2016 • 21 min
When most people talk about Leadership they talk about the psychology side of it, but I believe that it goes much deeper that than. In this episode I’m going to talk a lot about brain chemicals and I’m going to get a little deep into the biology of…
021: The Pain of Progress
Jan 15, 2016 • 10 min
A few months ago I read the Jesse Itzler book, “Living with a Seal.” I heard it was really funny, and I knew a little about Jesse through some podcast interviews that I heard him on. I also thought it might motivate me to get in serious shape, however, it…
020: Richard Branson’s ‘The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership’ Book Summary and Review
Jan 6, 2016 • 15 min
I loved this book (click here to pick it up for yourself). It took me a few weeks to read through it all, but I really enjoyed the wonderful stories that Richard Branson tells about his experiences in Entrepreneurship and leading the Virgin Group. He…
019: 2016 Goals – SMART Goals
Jan 5, 2016 • 11 min
SMART Goals.. Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Realistic. Time Bound. * Specific – The Goal must be specific in nature. Which of these is better? Improve on customer service. Or Increase our customer service survey rating by 10% over the 2015 numbers by…
018: The Hour of Code, visit Code.org for more information
Dec 9, 2015 • 7 min
Yesterday I gave a talk for the South Carolina iSTEM group at Saluda Trail Middle School. It was exciting to speak to teachers. Teachers that are working towards bettering the education experience. If you don’t know what STEM is, its an acronym for…
017: Being Brave, leading in spite of fear and anxiety.
Nov 24, 2015 • 11 min
In order to be a leader, you must be brave. I’ve focused on leadership for many years now, and my wife even says I focus on it too much sometimes J. I see countless people that have so much potential for leadership, but have never stepped out and gave it…
016: Hiring the right people; 3 tips from Richard Branson, and some from me.
Nov 18, 2015 • 8 min
As I’ve said before, I’m reading Richard Branson’s book, The Virgin Way. This book is full of amazing nuggets of greatness. There’s a whole section on hiring the right people, which, is where these three rules come from. I’ll be adding in some of my own…
015: How to get Lucky. Improve your luck with daily work.
Nov 12, 2015 • 7 min
Below are some things you can do to improve your luck. I hope you enjoy this episode and please leave me a review in iTunes to help spread the word. 1. Go to where the luck is. - People get lucky when they are in the right place at the right time. The…
014: Public Speaking, 7 tips to get you started
Nov 9, 2015 • 7 min
A lot of time people confuse being a good speaker with being a good leader. They aren’t related, but usually, with a little practice, you can become a good speaker, just like with practice you can become a good leader. It does help your influence if…
013: Leading through a crisis – 10 takeaways
Nov 3, 2015 • 8 min
Things aren’t always going to be good as a leader. As a leader we must learn to lead in the good times and in the bad. Leading through a crisis is just a fact that will come along with being a technical leader. I recently was able to both witness a good…
012: Being Successful in College, 14 tips for Students
Oct 29, 2015 • 13 min
As a Professor and a leader, I’m passionate about college student’s success both in and out of the classroom. I should be an expert at this, seeing as I’ve been either in college or working for a college (I’m a professor) for more than 15 years. Here are…
011: The Art of Negotiation, get a better deal, better salary and more.
Oct 27, 2015 • 13 min
You’ll never have more opportunity for salary negotiation than you do just before you accept you job. If you already have a job and you’re happy where you work and the idea of looking for something else scares the crap out of you, there’s still hope. You…
010: Book Review: Daniel Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Oct 21, 2015 • 10 min
Dan Pink gave what might be one of my favorite TED talks of all time as he explained the puzzle of motivation (It’s also one of the most viewed with over 14 million views at the time of this posting). This talk made me want to read his book Drive: The…
009: Creative Rhythm – Focus, Relationships, Energy, Stimuli, Hours
Oct 18, 2015 • 18 min
In Todd Henry’s book “The Accidental Creative” he talks about five elements of Creative Rhythm. As an IT Leader you’re called to make creative decisions and come up with brilliant solutions at a moment’s notice. In a future episode I’ll do a full book…
008: The Leadership Process, Leadership Training
Oct 14, 2015 • 6 min
If you do want to be a leader, you have to train. You have to work hard at it. It’s not just something that you can just try to do without work. Have you ever run a marathon? It’s not something that you can just go out and try. You have to put in a lot of…
007: Overcoming Fear, Anxiety, and the Impostor Syndrome
Oct 6, 2015 • 11 min
We all are afraid of something. Being a leader demands bravery. In this episode I talk about getting over FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real). I list and explain these 4 steps for dealing with fear: Play it out. What’s the worse that can happen? What’s…
006: Likability, Soft Skills and why likability is so important for career advancement
Oct 4, 2015 • 9 min
In this episode I talk about likability. Being liked at work is actually pretty important. A lot of people believe that being good at their job, or having some special skill will help them get ahead. But the truth is that likability plays a huge role in…
005: Book Review: Simon Sinek – Leaders Eat Last
Sep 30, 2015 • 10 min
I listen to a lot of audiobooks. About a year ago, I listened to Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last audiobook. I loved this book. In my opinion its better than his first best seller, Start With Why. In this book, Simon Sinek tells the story of Johnny Bravo, a…
004: Having the Difficult Conversation
Sep 29, 2015 • 6 min
Having Difficult conversations is really important. I don’t think anyone would argue that. Many times we feel awkward and don’t want to have the conversation and things go from bad to worse… or they just never get resolved. This podcast is to give you 3…
003: Dealing with Distractons
Sep 24, 2015 • 10 min
Distractions overwhelm us everyday… They overwhelm me every hour. This podcast episode is a short talk about how to deal with distractions. I hope that it helps you handle daily distractions that you encounter. Please leave me a comment below and…
002: Motivating Creatives – TEDxHickory 2015 – My TED Talk
Sep 24, 2015 • 16 min
I’m super excited to share the TEDx Talk I gave back in March of 2015 at TEDxHickory. I gave this talk on motivation and leadership. In this talk I mentioned other talks and books by Simon Sinek, who taught us to “Start With Why” and Dan Pink who…
001: Louder than Words with Todd Henry
Sep 24, 2015 • 35 min
I was so pumped to talk to Todd Henry. He’s one of my favorite authors and speakers. He’s the founder of Accidental Creative and the author of The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, and his newest book, Louder than Words. I’m such a fan of his work, I…
000: My Why - A Geek Leader Introduction
Sep 24, 2015 • 5 min
This is the beginning of my new Podcast on Technical and Creative Leadership. In this episode, I introduce myself to all you podcast fans and explain my why for doing this podcast. Please subscribe and review in iTunes and stay in touch for future…