The People Stack Podcast

The People Stack Podcast

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What happens at the intersection of People, Work and Technology? Join us at the People Stack to see.


150: Coping with extraordinary career struggles
Aug 5 • 35 min
More than ever, we’ve been talking with tech managers who are coping with extraordinary career struggles. Out of work for months on end and if they haven’t declared bankruptcy yet, they’ll have to. Stuck in a dead-end job and, every day, it feels like a…
149: Are you ready to compete?
Aug 3 • 16 min
Let’s be real for a moment: Right now, there is more competition for tech leadership jobs than ever. There is more competition for raises and bonuses than ever. We are sailing through a massive storm together and the only tech leaders who are going to win…
148: Wasting your time with experts
Jul 29 • 16 min
Are you sick of wasting your time trying to learn from the so-called experts? You spend hours reading their books, watching their TED talks, doing your best to apply their information… But you’re not seeing measurable results. You still haven’t gotten…
147: Experts who can’t help you
Jul 27 • 32 min
How do you achieve your dreams? Work with an expert! But what do we mean by “expert”? And can all experts REALLY help you? In this episode, I help you find the exact expert help that YOU need - so you can reach your career goals faster than you thought…
146: How much is your time worth?
Jul 22 • 26 min
Have you ever considered how much your time is worth? You could do the standard [what I get paid] / [# of hours]. This will give you your hourly rate. But there’s more to it than that. Because in order to feel like all of the challenges of upgrading your…
145: Is all this hard work worth it?
Jul 20 • 29 min
“It’s not worth it!” We hear this a lot from people who reach out to us for help. They’re working their butts off, they’re committed to excellence, they’re making valuable contributions… And yet - it doesn’t feel worth it. Because they’re not getting…
144: Dreaming is irresponsible & selfish
Jul 15 • 24 min
Is dreaming irresponsible and selfish? If can sometimes feel that way… Especially now, when we know that so many people in the world are suffering through the fear and the hate. Some days, dreaming feels wrong. And simply getting out of bed and taking a…
143: Escape the negativity vortex, build your dream
Jul 13 • 25 min
There is a lot of negativity going around right now. A lot of fear, doubt, uncertainty, hatred, anger, and blame. How do you ensure that this doesn’t affect your ability to make an impact? The only way to escape such a powerful negative vortex is to focus…
142: The 5 silent, insidious diseases that plague tech managers (Part 2)
Jul 8 • 21 min
This week, we’re talking about the identity diseases that plague the careers of tech managers. In this episode, I reveal 3 more diseases that could be destroying your tech career right now. These diseases are subtle yet harmful. It’s extremely important…
141: The 5 silent, insidious diseases that plague tech managers (Part 1)
Jul 6 • 30 min
After serving thousands of tech managers for over 5 years, what patterns have we noticed? There are many of them - and I want to point out a pattern that lurks beneath the surface. Hardly anyone talks about it but we know it’s there. It’s hard to talk…
140: Fired for all the wrong reasons
Jul 1 • 21 min
Were you ever laid off - or fired - from a job for all the wrong reasons? The good reasons would be: you weren’t performing up to par or you severely breached ethical standards. Unfortunately, though, a lot of good people are fired for some really bad…
139: “You’re the best boss we ever had.” You’re fired.
Jun 29 • 24 min
Over the past several months, we’ve had a string of clients who were fired or laid off from their jobs. This wasn’t because they were poor performers. In fact, one of them got glowing performance reviews and his team reported, “You’re the best boss we…
138: What 3 qualities are necessary to upgrade your tech career?
Jun 24 • 27 min
Will this work for you? Will you be able to advance in your tech career just like our clients have? The answer is: I don’t know. I can tell you this though - if you tap into just 3 qualities, you will set yourself up for success. What are these 3…
137: 3 clients. 3 stories of tech career transformation.
Jun 22 • 25 min
We get asked all the time: Who are your clients? Are they anything like me? What kinds of help do you give them? Really what you’re asking is: Will this work for me? Will the help you give help me to transform MY tech career? To show you that our clients…
136: Hiring a resume writer is a terrible idea
Jun 17 • 12 min
I’m just gonna come out and say it: People put way, way, way too much emphasis on resumes! There’s so much focus and pressure and worries around having the perfect resume. That’s why people spend hundreds - sometimes thousands! - of dollars to have…
135: Your resume doesn’t matter as much as you think it does
Jun 15 • 18 min
We get asked ALL the time: How do I write an amazing resume? How do I make sure my LInkedIn profile looks awesome? Here’s the truth: What you say on your resume and LinkedIn doesn’t matter as much as you think it does! It’s not nearly as important as what…
134: Rolling the dice on your tech career
Jun 10 • 29 min
Do you sometimes feel like navigating your tech career is like rolling the dice? Will today be the day your boss finally recognizes your efforts? Will this be the quarter that you finally get that raise you’ve been promised? Will this be the year that you…
133: War-gaming through your tech career
Jun 8 • 20 min
Remember the movie War Games? Where the computer was playing an “innocent” game of global thermonuclear war? The computer kept guessing at the missile launch codes. Slowly bringing the world closer to World War 3… Are you war-gaming your way through your…
131: Over-achievement is NOT a sustainable career-upgrading strategy
Jun 1 • 19 min
If you want to upgrade your career and land that raise, promotion, or new job… You just have to keep working hard, right? You just have to keep achieving - and over-achieving, and you’ll win? The truth is, this is a terrible strategy. Ready to implement a…
132: Your career is a marathon, not a sprint.
May 31 • 23 min
When you run a sprint, you go fast and you go at 100% When you run a marathon, you can’t keep going at 100%. You’ll burn out within the first few miles, or sooner. Your career is a marathon. And the reason so many of you aren’t reaching your goals is that…
130: If not now, then when?
May 27 • 17 min
I know you want to level-up in your tech career. The question is: When are you going to do it? If not now, then when? And remember, “someday” is not on the calendar. I understand that desire to wait. To think about it. But how long do you want to do that?…
129: NOW is the time to take charge of your tech career
May 25 • 15 min
Right now, the smoke is lifting. Right now, your competition is positioning themselves for that job you want. Do not lose this opportunity! Ready to get geared up to take intelligent action to upgrade your tech career? Do not miss this episode!
128: “No action is better than a wrong decision” and other career myths that desperately need busting
May 20 • 24 min
“I’d rather not take any action than make the wrong decision.” Have you ever heard someone say this? And be honest - have you ever said or thought this yourself? It’s understandable - especially in times of uncertainty and global panic. But is it really…
127: Now’s the time for conservatism and staying the course, right?
May 18 • 16 min
When we’re surrounded by chaos and fear, our tendency may be to stay the course. Don’t make drastic changes. Keep on keepin’ on. Show up for work the same way you have in the past. Don’t start any new projects. Don’t have that conversation with the CEO.…
126: Do you want to survive as a tech leader? Or do you want to thrive?
May 13 • 20 min
People have been talking a lot lately about survival. Just getting by. Making sure we have roofs over our heads and food on the table. And, yes, be grateful for ALL of that! It’s an honor and a privilege to be alive right now. AND ask yourself: Was I born…
125: Times are tough right now. Are you melting or molting?
May 11 • 21 min
Make no mistake about it - we’re living in challenging times. Uncertain times. It’s an evolving New Normal. Are you melting through this challenge? As in: “Oh no! I’m melting! I’m melting! I can’t take the heat! Please save me!!!” Or are you molting…
124: Complaining is easy. Getting resourceful to make change? That’s the hard work of leaders.
May 6 • 19 min
I’ve noticed that a lot of people are addicted to complaining. Not just in my professional life, but in my personal life too. Perhaps you’ve noticed it, too. Complaining about what’s going wrong - about what’s out of our control - can feel good when…
123: “I don’t need career help because the thing in my way is out of my control.”
May 4 • 22 min
I’ve talked with several potential clients who wonder if they even need career help. They’re open to help…however… They believe that what’s stopping them from reaching the next level in their careers is an external factor outside of their control - a…
122: Do I stay or do I go? Why leaving a job can be hard.
Apr 29 • 22 min
One of the hardest career decisions you’ll ever make is: Do I stay at my current job or do I go on the job market to find something better? The default is to stay. Keep what you have. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, right? Not always. Ready…
121: It’s safer to stay at my current job than to look elsewhere
Apr 27 • 20 min
I’ve been hearing a lot lately about tech managers who are thinking about going on the job market to find a better job… But they ultimately decide that it’s safer to stay. It’s just not worth the risk, the time, the effort to leave. But is it? Do you want…
120: Are you constantly trying to convince others that you’re right? Here’s why this doesn’t work.
Apr 22 • 21 min
There’s an art and a science to influencing others. Here’s how NOT to do it: “I’m right. You’re wrong. Let’s change the strategy.” Unfortunately, because a lot of us never learned how to influence in school (last I heard, it’s not part of common core,…
119: Having a hard time dealing with OTHER people’s uncertainty, fear, and doubt?
Apr 20 • 27 min
I’ve been talking a lot lately about your own negative thoughts and feelings. But what about dealing with OTHER people’s negative thoughts and feelings? Like when other people have no clue how to use Zoom or other WFH tech? Or when you want to convince…
118: Isolation, fear, and doubt. If this becomes your new normal, you can say good-bye to upgrading your career
Apr 15 • 19 min
You’re feeling isolated right now. I know you are. And that isolation leads to fear. And doubt. It leads to decisions based on scarcity. Decisions based on “all I wanna do is survive.” If this becomes your new normal, you’re never going to upgrade your…
117: Feeling on your own right now? Here’s how to get support even when we’re social distancing.
Apr 13 • 28 min
I know that a lot of you feel on your own right now. You’re stuck at home and are feeling isolated from your support network. If this keeps up, it’s going to have a drastic negative impact on your career and your earning potential. How do you get support…
116: How to become the best tech leader who can tackle ANY challenge - even when life feels like chaos
Apr 8 • 23 min
The best leaders are able to rise up no matter what’s happening externally. They develop rock-solid identities of being world-class leaders who deliver amazing results even when the world around them is absolute chaos. Want to learn how to do this right…
115: WFH? OMG!!! It’s Chaos.
Apr 6 • 24 min
You’re working from home right now. Maybe you’re used to it, maybe you’re not. Even if you’re used to it, you’re encountering new levels of chaos amid the global pandemic. How do you stay sane, organized, productive, and happy during times like this? Do…
114: Ready to stand up as a badass tech leader?
Apr 1 • 16 min
Who are you? I understand this can be a tricky question to answer. But let me make this easy for you (b/c I know life is hard right now): You’re a badass tech leader!!! Now that you know who you are, what are you gonna do with that information? Ready to…
113: Leaders Rise Up During Times of Challenge
Mar 30 • 18 min
These are challenging times to say the least. What defines you is not what happens in the world. It’s what you choose to do! What actions will YOU take in the face of these challenges? What decisions will YOU make that will show your power as a leader…
112: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
Mar 25 • 21 min
Hellen Keller said that. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” It’s always true. We feel the truth of it now more than ever. How can you embrace the adventure - w/out letting fear take over - so that you can be there for your team, your loved…
111: Your Career (and your life) In Uncertain Times
Mar 23 • 20 min
We’re living in times of uncertainty. A light has been shined on the things that we cannot control. How do we shift our focus so that we can empower ourselves - and others - to continue to make an impact and be the leaders we know we’re meant to be?…
110: Why intelligent, motivated tech managers have a hard time earning career wins
Mar 18 • 18 min
Did you ever notice that your intelligence is holding you back? Do you overthink things to the point of analysis paralysis? If so, this is exactly why you’re stuck in your tech career right now. And the way to get unstuck is to continue to make…
109: Your Intelligence is the Biggest Barrier to Upgrading Your Tech Career
Mar 16 • 20 min
You’re intelligent. I know you are. You wouldn’t have made it this far in your tech career if you weren’t. But what if I told you that your intelligence is the biggest barrier holding you back from commanding a $200k+ salary as a tech manager? What if…
108: The Curse of Under-Recognition
Mar 11 • 22 min
If you’re feeling under-recognized at work, it can feel like a curse. It keeps happening over and over again and you can’t break the cycle. Who do you need to kiss up to so that you can earn the praise you deserve? What magic words do you have to chant to…
107: Why did he get a promotion and I didn’t?!
Mar 9 • 18 min
“That guy can’t even manage his way out of a paper bag, why did he get the promotion?” “That gal has way less experience and skills than I do. Why does she get to be part of the boss’s in-crowd?” It’s frustrating, I get it. I’ve been there too. Actually,…
106: “Selling and self-promotion are evil.” Is that REALLY true?
Mar 4 • 22 min
One of the main blockers most of our clients encounter to effectively and consistently evangelizing their excellence is their beliefs about sales. Because evangelizing is, after all, selling. Beliefs like: Selling is evil. To sell is to be selfish.…
105: I’m scared to evangelize my excellence. Help!
Mar 2 • 28 min
You know intellectually that you need to evangelize your excellence in order to get recognized. And yet..you’re not doing it. Because you’re scared. Want to learn how to get over the fear of self-promotion & owning your worth so that you can FINALLY earn…
104: Why delusional optimism is AWESOME for your tech career!
Feb 26 • 25 min
Change is the only constant. Whether you like it or not, the world around us is changing. You can complain and whine about it… Or you can go with the flow and embrace the change so that you can build a career and a LIFE that right now may seem…
103: ” Work Smarter & Not Harder” is No Longer Enough
Feb 24 • 24 min
I know you’ve heard this hundreds of times and you may even be following this principle in your life. It’s not entirely wrong - but it’s not enough anymore. Here’s the truth: Because the tech world is changing so quickly, if you don’t change your…
102: Why workplace politics are the invisible barrier keeping you from making more of an impact as a tech leader
Feb 19 • 20 min
Workplace politics can be tricky. Thorny. Nebulous. They’re like this invisible barrier constantly surrounding you at work - and it often creeps into your home life too. Personality clashes, people trying to get access to limited resources, coworkers not…
101: Are workplace politics getting in the way of your tech career growth?
Feb 17 • 22 min
Do you want to grow in your tech career, but workplace politics are getting in the way? You feel like you could make more of an impact, and get recognized more for your wins, but the climate at work is so hostile and toxic (or both), that there’s no way…
100: Feeling overwhelmed because of your tech career? It’s selfish to not fix it! Here’s why.
Feb 12 • 22 min
Feeling stressed or overwhelmed can be a very private experience. We all feel it in different ways and it can be hard for others to relate. But the reality is, if you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed because of your job or your career… I guarantee it’s…
99: Stress, Burnout, Overwhelm: The Silent Killers of Your Tech Career
Feb 10 • 27 min
We don’t see stress, burnout, or overwhelm. But oh boy do we FEEL them. But what are they exactly and how do you know when it’s the usual “I can deal with this” stress of being a leader vs. TOO much. Are you TOO overwhelmed and you don’t even know it? And…
98: When you run away from fear, you’re running away from more money, impact, balance, joy, and freedom
Feb 5 • 18 min
When most people feel fear, they run away. This is true in all areas of life - including in your work and career. Scared about asking for a raise? So you don’t ask for it. Scared about firing that team member? So you don’t fire him. Scared about leaving…
97: What Fear REALLY Means (and why it’s keeping you from building your dream tech career)
Feb 3 • 20 min
What does fear mean to you? When you feel fear, what do you do? In this episode, I’m going to talk about fear b/c it’s the #1 emotion that our clients feel. It’s also the #1 factor that was keeping them from building their dream careers. Wanna find out…
96: You’re a tech manager who wants more out of your career. Do you have trouble describing the pain this creates?
Jan 29 • 16 min
What’s not working in your tech career right now? Can you describe the pain you’re feeling? Is it frustration, anger, guilt, shame, stress…or something - more? It’s okay if you have trouble finding the words. For a long time, we couldn’t describe it…
95: The Silent, Insidious Diseases That Plague Tech Managers
Jan 27 • 23 min
Deep down, does work feel like death by 1,000 paper cuts? Are you secretly terrified that you’ll vanish into irrelevance? Are you suffering from lack of recognition and loss of self-respect? Are you worried that you’re settling for a comfortable,…
94: The Busyness Trap and How to Escape It
Jan 22 • 19 min
Are you addicted to checking email, checking Slack, reading a bunch of articles, checking in on your team (when they really don’t need to be checked on)…and in general doing the small, weedy, tactical things that don’t really make an impact? If you…
93: Being Busy is Not Going to Help You Upgrade Your Tech Career
Jan 20 • 21 min
When someone asks you how things are going at work, is your immediate response often: “Yeah, great! Really busy!” Is being busy a good thing? Do you want to be busy - or - do you want to be productive? Not understanding the difference could cost you your…
92: The truth about getting more letters after your name (MBA, Phd, etc.)
Jan 15 • 23 min
MBA, Ph.D, M.A./M.S. Then there’s all the certifications as well: PMP, CAPM, PMI-ACP ABCDEFG Why work so hard getting advanced degrees and certifications? Will they guarantee you’ll be a better technical leader and advance in your career?
91: Do you really need an MBA to be a successful technical leader?
Jan 13 • 22 min
One of the beliefs that we hear all the time at The People Stack goes something like: “I want to become a VP. So I need to get my MBA first.” Is this REALLY true? Is it worth it to spend valuable time and money to get those letters after your name? Don’t…
90: Taking Ownership of Your Tech Career: What it REALLY Means
Jan 8 • 20 min
When I say “take ownership of your career,” most people get what I mean. At least, they get it intellectually. They get it at a surface level. But what does it REALLY mean to take ownership of your career - both from the 30,000-foot-strategic view and the…
89: Are you looking for permission to upgrade your tech career?
Jan 6 • 25 min
I’ve talked with hundreds of tech leaders about what’s next in your careers. And most of you know - at least generally - what you want. What’s secretly holding your back? You’re looking for permission to take the next step. Find out how to overcome this…
88: How much longer are you going to use the “hope it’ll get better” strategy to build your tech career?
Jan 1 • 18 min
Here’s the truth: Hope is a terrible strategy. The problem is, when it comes to career upgrading, so many tech managers are in the dark about what to do instead. Want to ditch “I hope it’ll get better” with proven strategies that’ll help you reach higher…
87: Will your tech career fix itself? Next month? Next year?
Dec 30, 2019 • 23 min
As a committed tech professional, you put a lot of care into planning for your projects at work. You never assume that bugs are going to fix themselves. You get your team together and fix it! But… When it comes to your careers, a lot of your are just…
86: Do you REALLY want to create change in your tech career? Then you HAVE to do what feels uncomfortable.
Dec 25, 2019 • 20 min
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again - and expecting different results. And yet…so many of us keeping doing the same things because they’re familiar. They’re comfortable. And we wonder why change isn’t happening. If…
85: “I’m doing okay. I’m comfortable.” Why is this is the WORST place to be career-wise?
Dec 23, 2019 • 23 min
We talk with a lot of clients who are “doing okay” in their tech careers. They say things like, “I’m not desperate.” “I’m coping.” “I’m managing.” “Things could be better but they’re not terrible.” “I’m tolerating my work life.” “I’m comfortable Believe…
84: Why even the most over-analytic, analysis-paralysis-prone humans can and MUST be decisive to upgrade their tech careers
Dec 18, 2019 • 21 min
Would you consider yourself systematic? Methodical? Careful? What about over-analytical? Prone to analysis paralysis? If so, no worries. These are qualities that make you great at tech. But, if you don’t learn how to tap into your decisiveness - which is…
83: “I need to think about it” and other lies you’re telling yourself about your tech career
Dec 16, 2019 • 29 min
If there’s a phrase we hear more than any other when we’re coaching our clients it’s… “I need to think about it.” I understand this need. Trust me, I do. But the truth it’s, when it comes to career decisions, it’s a lie. Want to learn why this lie is…
82: How to show up as a confident tech leader (without being cocky or self-deprecating)
Dec 11, 2019 • 19 min
What’s the difference between cocky, confident, and self-deprecating? And how do you show up as a confident tech leader who adds value and gets recognized for the value - without coming off as extremely full-of-yourself OR extremely down-on-yourself?…
81: Let’s eradicate self-deprecating behaviors from the tech world!
Dec 9, 2019 • 24 min
Have you noticed that, in the tech community, certain people love to make fun of themselves? They’re self-deprecating to a fault. Where did this come from??? And how do we eradicate these behaviors so we can create a culture where it’s accepted and…
80: Senior Software Engineer and Server Necromancer at Slack, Randall Koutnik talks about the importance of trust, feedback, managing teams while scaling and more!
Sep 8, 2019 • 52 min
Senior Software Engineer and Server Necromancer at Slack, Randall Koutnik talks about the importance of trust, feedback, managing teams while scaling and more! Intro music is "I'm Going for a Coffee" by Lee Rosevere, which is licensed under CC BY…
79: Startup Advisor Mawulom Nenonene talks about building and evaluating your hiring process, training for team to interview, how to set reasonable salaries and more
Aug 18, 2019 • 53 min
Startup Advisor Mawulom Nenonene talks about building and evaluating your hiring process, training for your team to interview, how to set reasonable salaries and more. Recruiting tool Goodtime.io…
78: VP of Engineering for Sharethrough, Rob Slifka talks about how to have a rewarding and impactful career, how to get fulfillment in management, his top learnings from running the Calibrate conference for new Engineering Managers, and more
Jul 21, 2019 • 47 min
VP of Engineering for Sharethrough (https://sharethrough.com), Rob Slifka (https://www.linkedin.com/in/robslifka/) talks about how to have a rewarding and impactful career, how to get fulfillment in days work as management, his top learnings from running…
77: Author and Head of Foundation Engineering at Stripe, Will Larson talks about the best career advice he ever received, why Inclusion must precede Diversity, sizing teams, career ladders and much more
Jul 7, 2019 • 48 min
Author and Head of Foundation Engineering at Stripe (https://stripe.com), Will Larson (https://www.linkedin.com/in/will-larson-a44b543/) stops by the People Stack to talk about what the Foundation Engineering team does, the best career advice he ever…
76: Founder, author, and speaker Ronald Cummings-John talks about the meaning of quality, selling the concept and need for quality in your software, the people challenges of communication and more
Jun 23, 2019 • 48 min
Founder, author, and speaker Ronald Cummings-John stops by the People Stack to talk about the meaning of quality, selling the concept and need for quality in your software, the need to convince people all of the time, the people challenges of…
75: Founder, Marketer and Author Sarah E. Brown talks about her book “Power to the Startup People,” how you can contribute to a startup when you aren’t a founder, the challenges of transitioning between phases of a company and the power of…
Jun 9, 2019 • 41 min
Founder, Marketer and Author Sarah E. Brown talks about her book "Power to the Startup People," how you can contribute to a startup when you aren't a founder, the challenges of transitioning between phases of a company and the power of mindset and more…
74: Innovator, Author, and Speaker Tania Katan talks about how to bring more of yourself to your work, how creativity can inspire those around you, the power of walks to unlock hidden ideas and more
May 26, 2019 • 45 min
Innovator, Author, and Speaker Tania Katan visits the People Stack to talk about her book "Creative Trespassing" (https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Trespassing-Spark-Back-into-ebook/dp/B07D22GYDT), her many methods of sparking more creativity in everyday…
73: Rob May, Managing Director of the IT support company Ramsac talks about your organization’s human firewall, interviewing to see who people really are, the importance of your team members to feel they are growing and more
May 13, 2019 • 47 min
Rob May (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rpvmay), Managing Director of the IT support company Ramsac (https://www.ramsac.com) talks about your organization's human firewall, interviewing to see who people really are, the importance of your team members to…
72: Bryan Helmig, founder and CEO of Zapier talks about the behaviors Zapier looks for in their employees, when to raise the bandwidth of your comms, starting out remote, and more
Apr 28, 2019 • 49 min
Bryan Helmig (https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryanhelmig/), founder and CEO of Zapier (http://zapier.com) talks about the behaviors Zapier looks for in their employees, when to raise the bandwidth of your comms, the different tools Zapier uses for their…
71: Founder, CEO and Investor Adrian Enache talks about the differences in the startup environments of eastern and western Europe, how his company Angels Den Funding maintains a high number of successful businesses years on and more
Apr 15, 2019 • 44 min
Founder, CEO and Investor Adrian Enache (https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrianenache87) talks about the differences in the startup environments of eastern and western Europe, how his company, Angels Den Funding (https://www.angelsden.com/), maintains a great…
70: Speaker, Advisor and Export Champion Russell Dalgleish talks about his work with the Scottish Business Network like connecting Scots across the globe, the differences between a diaspora organization and a networking group, how you…
Mar 31, 2019 • 46 min
Russell Dalgleish (https://www.linkedin.com/in/russelldalgleish) is on a mission to create the largest network of people with a common interest in the country of Scotland through the Scottish Business Network (https://www.sbn.scot/). Russell talks with us…
69: Leadership coach, speaker, author, and passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity Karen Catlin talks about how to be a better ally, how her career grew in this direction, her reluctance to be on video and more
Mar 17, 2019 • 48 min
Leadership coach, speaker, author, and passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity Karen Catlin talks about how to be a better ally, ways to improve inclusion in meetings, meeting more people at conferences, how her career grew in this direction, her…
68: Author and Technology Leadership Expert R. Michael Anderson talks about the difference between a job, a career, a calling and a legacy, finding your purpose, where love comes from and more
Mar 3, 2019 • 48 min
Author and Technology Leadership Expert R. Michael Anderson (https://www.rmichaelanderson.com) stops by the People Stack to talk about the difference between a job, a career, a calling, and a legacy, finding your purpose, where love comes from and more…
67: Katie Womersley, the VP of Engineering at Buffer.com talks about the manager ReadMe, game face, being 100% remote and more
Feb 17, 2019 • 44 min
Katie Womersley, the VP of Engineering at Buffer.com stop by the People Stack to talk about her career journey, having never worked in an office, the value of a manager ReadMe, avoiding manager game face, the challenges of being 100% remote, the needs of…
66: Sexual Harassment Researcher Vicki Magley talks about the life of an IO Psych professor, the myths around harassment, how far we’ve come, how far we’ve yet to go and more
Jan 27, 2019 • 51 min
Sexual Harassment Researcher Vicki Magley talks about the life of an IO Psych professor, the myths around harassment, how far we've come, how far we've yet to go and more Intro music is "I'm Going for a Coffee" by Lee Rosevere, which is licensed under CC…
65: CEO and Leadership expert Claire Lew talks about the 3 things needed to be a better leader, how teaching makes her run her business more effectively, and the limitation of software in making better leaders
Jan 13, 2019 • 46 min
CEO and Leadership expert Claire Lew from https://knowyourteam.com/ talks about the recent pivot her company made in order to focus on helping managers instead of just CEOs, the 3 things leaders needed to be more effective, how teaching makes her run her…
64: Jared Spool, Maker of Awesomeness at CenterCentre and UIE, talks about data, design and how understanding our users as people makes the best of both
Dec 30, 2018 • 47 min
Jared Spool, Maker of Awesomeness at CenterCentre and UIE (http://uie.com), talks about the four stages of learning and how they lead to bad designs, how easy it is to manipulate data through design, the overall impact and need for good design and how…
63: IT Consultant and Podcaster Phil Burgess talks about what he’s learned in 100 Podcast Episodes, the future of the IT industry, Productivity, Personal Branding and more
Dec 16, 2018 • 38 min
IT Consultant and Podcaster Phil Burgess talks about what he's learned in 100 episodes of the IT Career Energizer Podcast (https://itcareerenergizer.com/), the future of the IT industry, Productivity, the myths of Multitasking, the necessity of personal…
62: Manager of Developer Experience Ainsley Robertson talks about building her amazing role, nearly doubling Clio’s gender diversity, career paths for individual contributors and more
Dec 2, 2018 • 50 min
Ainsley Robertson, the Manager of Developer Experience at Clio.com, talks about building her amazing role from her strengths, nearly doubling Clio's gender diversity when growing their engineering team, building and protecting non-manager career paths for…
61: Founder, Coach and Speaker Jocelyn Miller talks about having impact, expanding boundaries, rightsizing process, saying F’it when overcoming fear and more
Nov 18, 2018 • 57 min
Founder, Coach and Speaker Jocelyn Miller talks about her time at Amazon and Google, what those experiences taught her about having impact, changing from engineering to product, expanding her boundaries, rightsizing process, and when to say "fuck it"…
60: CEO and Co-Founder Andrea Goulet talks about Menders and Makers, Org Smells, Conway’s law and how it impacts your tech debt and more
Nov 4, 2018 • 50 min
CEO and Co-Founder Andrea Goulet of the tech-debt fixing company, https://corgibytes.com stops by the People Stack to talk about building a community of Menders (https://www.legacycode.rocks/), knowing when and when your org needs Menders vs Makers, the…
59: Founder, Speaker and Startup Advisor April Wensel talks the definition of compassion and how to bring it to your code, your team, and your life
Oct 21, 2018 • 49 min
April Wensel, the founder of Compassionate Coding (https://compassionatecoding.com), stops by the People Stack to talk about what compassion is as well as how to bring it to your code, your team, and your life. April discusses her journey and where she is…
58: Founder, Author, and Communication Expert Steph Holloway talks about the Ping, the Flip, 4 styles of communication, tipping points when you mix those styles and more
Oct 7, 2018 • 48 min
Founder, Author, and Communication Expert Steph Holloway stops by the People Stack to talk about her concept the emotional Ping, how she identified the fourth style of communication, what happens when you have groups of different styles together tipping…
57: Marketing Strategy Expert Wes Kao talks about all of the places where marketing matters that you’re not thinking of, and ducks
Sep 23, 2018 • 43 min
Marketing strategy expert Wes Kao stops by the People Stack to talk about the myriad ways in which failing to market your ideas, work, and value effectively prevent you from being heard. She also covers the importance of psychological safety in…
56: QA Director Joe Yuska talks about Quality Control and Assurance, the role of QA in your org, counting fish, office politics and more
Sep 9, 2018 • 48 min
QA Director Joe Yuska stops by the People Stack to talk about the difference between Quality Control and Quality Assurance, the role QA plays in your org, how the best QA engineer he's worked with used to count fish for a living, dealing office politics…
55: Business of Software Conference CEO Mark Littlewood talks about curating a conference for tech leaders, what he’s learned from a decade of BoS, who buys software and more
Aug 26, 2018 • 48 min
Business of Software Conference CEO Mark Littlewood talks about curating a conference for tech leaders, what he's learned from a decade of BoS, who buys software and more. The 2018 Business of Software Conference is October 1st through 3rd in Boston. Get…
54: Conrad Holloman talks about his leadership learnings from the US Army, helping former military personnel get into tech, coaching startups and more
Aug 12, 2018 • 46 min
Conrad Holloman talks about his leadership learnings from the US Army, helping former military personnel get into tech through Operation Code (https://operationcode.org), coaching startups with the accelerator Tech Stars (https://techstars.com), the…
53: CEO and Founder Russ Ruffino talks about motivation, recruitment, pay, selection for the best candidates, mindset and much more
Jul 30, 2018 • 52 min
CEO and Founder Russ Ruffino of Clients on Demand (https://www.clientsondemand.com) stops by the People Stack to talk about the top 4 things that help you advance faster, motivation, recruitment, pay, selection for the best candidates, mindset, the power…
52: Coach and Podcaster Jen Bunk goes on vacation
Jul 15, 2018 • 0 min
Coach and Podcaster Jen Bunk leaves the People Stack to go on vacation for 2 weeks, which means no new episode today. You don't want to miss the next episode, publishing on July 29th 2018, when Jen interviews her business mentor. See you then!
51: Author, Coach, and Interviewer Bill Fox talks about contributing to the greater good, the things he’s learned interviewing tech leaders, putting together his book and more
Jul 1, 2018 • 41 min
Author, Coach, and Interviewer Bill Fox stops by the People Stack to talk about what transformed his life and lead him to push beyond servant leadership into Stage 4 leadership, the challenges that caused him to focus on documenting the themes among the…
50: IO Psychologist Marc Prine talks about validating your hiring assumptions, Psychological assessments at work, being “not that kind of Psychologist” and more
Jun 17, 2018 • 46 min
IO Psychologist Marc Prine stops by the People Stack to talk about validating your hiring and performance assumptions, Psychological assessments, Job Analysis, how culture is created, being "not that kind of Psychologist" and more! Intro music is "I'm…
49: Gong Ke Gouldstone talks about owning your career, creating trust, gardening and more
Jun 3, 2018 • 46 min
Entrepreneur, Product & Technology Leader Gong Ke Gouldstone stops by the People Stack to talk about the similarities between leadership and negotiation, what it means to own your tech career, how she creates vision, trust, and support on her teams and…
48: Leadership Coach Anthony Fasano talks people skills, transformation, getting things done and more of Jen’s favorites
May 20, 2018 • 45 min
Leadership Coach Anthony Fasano (https://engineertomanager.com/) stops by the People Stack to talk about the importance of setting clear expectations, communication, people skills and the danger of being action -oriented. Intro music is "I'm Going for a…
47: Brennan McEachran and Jessica Weisz from SoapBox talk about managing up, managing down, treating your humans like humans, being the best leader you can and more
May 6, 2018 • 53 min
Brennan McEachran and Jessica Weisz from SoapBox (https://soapboxhq.com/) stop by the People Stack to talk about their leadership rituals, the transition from individual contributor to management, and from solo founder to CEO, getting your people to not…
46: Kareen Walsh talks about her work as a Revampologist, growth coaching, technical and project management getting along together and more
Apr 22, 2018 • 51 min
Kareen Walsh, Solutions Strategist and Coach, stops by the People Stack to talk about making your software choices better fit your organization's needs, how to address communication breakdowns between Project Managers and the technical staff they depend…
45: Josh Doody talks about the biggest avoidable mistakes in salary negotiation, getting over the fear of responding with a counter offer and more
Apr 8, 2018 • 50 min
Author and Salary Negotiation Coach, Josh Doody, stopped by the People Stack to talk about getting more interview and job offers, the process and flow of negotiation, how his time as an engineer influenced his process, the art of the counteroffer, and…
44: Jill Wetzler talks about becoming a Director of Engineering at Lyft, growing managers, mentoring and more
Mar 25, 2018 • 37 min
In a packed episode, Jill Wetzler, Director of Engineering at Lyft, talks about how she got there, where she is going, the challenges of growing teams and managers both in quantity and quality, mentoring and coaching, how she manages her time, and how to…
43: John Sawers talks about your Emotional API, handling your anger and fear without falling to the dark side and more
Mar 11, 2018 • 45 min
John Sawers is a developer, founder and now speaker; all outcomes which would not have been possible with debilitating responses to his emotions. He's developed the metaphor of an Emotional API and speaks on the topic, bringing a great deal of necessary…
42: Recruiter Bill Sullivan talks about Tech Recruiting, Salary Negotiation and other dirty words
Feb 25, 2018 • 43 min
Boston-area tech recruiter Bill Sullivan (http://www.thetycheproject.com) stops by the People Stack to talk about recruitment done right, avoiding used car salesman-like recruiters, salary negotiation from the company and applicant perspectives, how both…
41: Travis Kimmel of GitPrime talks about being CEO in a growing business, bringing data to productivity discussions and more
Feb 11, 2018 • 43 min
Travis Kimmel, CEO of GitPrime (https://gitprime.com) stops by the People Stack to talk about how poor quality requirements can brain damage engineers, meeting schedules can burn hours, and how bringing more data to discussions around productivity can…
40: Christian McCarrick talks about leadership in an acquisition, making time for mentoring and much more
Jan 28, 2018 • 43 min
Christian McCarrick, SVP of Engineering at GTL (http://www.gtl.net/) stops by the People Stack to talk about the importance of mentoring, the role it has played for him, how he carves time out of his day for the important things, where he goes for…
39: Eugene Geis talks about working with people while working with data, EQ versus IQ and more
Jan 14, 2018 • 47 min
Data Scientist Eugene Geis ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/eugenegeis) from the Deluxe Corporation (https://www.deluxe.com/) stops by the People Stack to talk about data, stats, the metaphors which are helpful when explaining stats, and some applications of…
38: Lauri Apple and Paul Adams from Zalando talk about mindset, context and creating an environment for the success of your team
Jan 1, 2018 • 41 min
Lauri Apple is a Producer, Agile Coach and Open Source advocate for Zalando (http://www.zalando.com/), one the of the largest fashion retailers in Europe. She stopped by the People Stack with Engineering Lead, Paul Adams to talk about how they craft a…
37: Kay Rhodes talks about the importance of the journey, finding meaning in your work and more
Dec 12, 2017 • 41 min
Kay Rhodes took a winding path to get to his current role as a tech lead and that's the way he likes his vacations too. Kay stopped by the People Stack to talk about the life of a tech lead, enjoying the journey in both work and play, the importance of…
36: Jessica Noble of Wayfair talks about getting feedback, the cost of meetings, and more
Nov 26, 2017 • 45 min
Jessica Noble (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jess-noble-33b6203b/ ) from http://www.Wayfair.com stops by the People Stack to talk about finding the signal in the noise of leadership information, how her teams define how expensive a meeting is, leadership…
35: Melissa + Johnathan Nightingale on their best-seller How F*cked Up is Your Management
Nov 12, 2017 • 46 min
Note: This one uses the F word a lot. Melissa and Johnathan Nightingale, founders of The Raw Signal Group (https://www.rawsignal.ca/ ) each have 20 years of tech experience and they brought it to the People Stack to chat about bad bosses, bad assumptions,…
34: Michael Lopp talks teams, growth, landing his dream job, and where leadership comes from
Oct 29, 2017 • 48 min
Michael Lopp (http://randsinrepose.com) stops by the People Stack to talk about landing his dream job as VP of Engineering at Slack (https://slack.com), the systems he uses to stay productive, battling the culture of busy, career paths in engineering, and…
33: Johanna Rothman talks TRS-80, project problems are really people problems and more
Oct 15, 2017 • 45 min
Author and Agile Consultant Johanna Rothman (https://www.jrothman.com/blogs) stops by the People Stack to talk about Culture, the impact of the TRS-80 on tech, and yes, Agile methodologies. Check out Johanna’s latest Book “Create Your Successful Agile…
32: Russell Matthews dispels common myths about work family balance and more
Sep 24, 2017 • 42 min
Russell Matthews ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/russell-matthews-6097674 ), Associate Professor in the Department of Management at The University of Alabama, stops by the People Stack to dispel some common myths online about managing your time between work…
31: Nick Caldwell VP of Eng at Reddit talks team building, hiring, and more
Sep 10, 2017 • 42 min
Nick Caldwell (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickcaldwell), VP of Engineering at Reddit.com stops by the People Stack to talk about hiring practices, building great teams, the importance of diverse backgrounds in those teams, and developing leaders to…
30: Jean Hsu talks about the transition to leadership then to entrepreneur and more
Aug 26, 2017 • 45 min
Jean Hsu (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanyhsu) has worked at companies big and small, fast and slow and is now a full-time Tech Leadership Coach and writer. Check out her writing on Medium (https://writing.jeanhsu.com). Jean stopped by the People Stack…
29: Elyse Hammond talks about the role of HR, pay and transformational leadership
Aug 12, 2017 • 45 min
Elyse Hammond,(https://www.linkedin.com/in/elysehammond) HR Generalist for GSK (http://www.gsk.com) stops by the People Stack to talk about the changing role of HR, just who's job IS IT to fill out pesky I9 forms, how pay influences motivation,…
28: Technical coach Marcus Blankenship talks one-on-ones coding while managing and more
Jul 3, 2017 • 49 min
Technical coach, author and former coder Marcus Blankenship (https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcusblankenship) stops by the People Stack to talk about how much you should code as a manager, how to better handle your 1:1s, surviving your battlefield promotion…
27: Spencer Varadi of Speed and Function talks IO Psych and
Jun 11, 2017 • 49 min
Spencer Varadi (https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencervaradi/), Director of Product at Speed and Function (https://speedandfunction.com/#!about) stops by the People Stack to talk about how we can use the ONet database to make better career choices, how his…
26: Jess Gallus of the US Army SHARP office talks harassment and prevention
May 21, 2017 • 41 min
Jessica Gallus (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-gallus-360b805/) of the US Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Program (http://www.sexualassault.army.mil/ ) stops by the People Stack to talk about augmenting the people skills of strong…
25: Mike Johnson of Mass TLC talks hiring, pay transparency and more
May 7, 2017 • 42 min
Mike Johnson (https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelpjohnson/), Director of Communities & Technology at Mass TLC stops by the People Stack to talk about the benefits of MassTLC membership, pay transparency, the current hiring climate, and the addition of his…
24: Andrew Ramsden of Alpha Transform talks about the 6 tech management Superpowers
Apr 22, 2017 • 46 min
Andrew Ramsen (https://www.linkedin.com/in/irama), CEO of Alpha Transform and host of the Alpha Geek Podcast (https://www.alphatransform.com.au/alpha-geek-podcast/), stops by the People Stack to talk about his journey, the 6 superpowers of tech management…
23: Taras Mankovski of This Dot uses his business brain to talk mentoring, making a company
Apr 2, 2017 • 43 min
Taras Mankovski (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tarasm/), @EmberSherpa on Twitter and CTO of https://www.thisdot.co/ stops by the People Stack to talk about Mentorship as a Service, creating a Company for helping people, and how to provide meaningful…
22: Luke Stevens of Berklee Online talks remote teams, custom tools and more
Mar 11, 2017 • 50 min
The People Stack drops in on Luke Stevens (https://www.linkedin.com/in/luke-stevens-875a295), CTO of Berklee Online at the Berklee College of Music (https://online.berklee.edu/) to talk about building tools for online education, leading a mixed team of…
21: Ali Greene from Duck Duck Go talks about people operations across timezones and more
Feb 26, 2017 • 45 min
Ali Greene (https://www.linkedin.com/in/greeneali) of Duck, Duck, Go (https://duckduckgo.com/) answers the question of the ages: what does it mean to "go to work" when you work remotely? Also, hear how a recent work-cation to Japan highlighted people…
20: Rhiannon Chiacchiaro of Deep Core Data talks about the human side of IT
Feb 12, 2017 • 45 min
Rhiannon Chiacchiaro (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rhichi), the Director of Marketing and Technical Documentation Services at Deep Core Data (https://www.deepcoredata.com/) stops by the People Stack to talk about the 4 C's of good tech documentation, the…
19: Katie Greenman of HumanSide talks improv comedy, research and more
Feb 5, 2017 • 36 min
Katie Greenman (https://www.linkedin.com/in/katiegreenman) of HumanSide (http://www.thehumansideof.us/) stops by the People Stack to talk about how listening from your heart can make you a more balanced person and how grad school and Improv comedy changed…
18: Constance Ip of New York Code + Design Academy talks about training and wine
Jan 22, 2017 • 33 min
Constance Ip (https://www.linkedin.com/in/constanceip) of New York Code + Design Academy (https://nycda.com/) joins the People Stack to talk about their merger with Strayer University, training new developers, being part of a distributed team, and…
17: Tracy Lee talks Javascript, being a serial entrepreneur and being yourself in public
Jan 15, 2017 • 44 min
@ladyleet (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tracyslee)of ThisDot (http://www.this-dot.com/) stops by the People Stack to talk about the life-changing experience of learning Javascript, starting and running companies, staying positive in the face of adversity,…
16: Sam Glasberg from Stitch talks hiring and getting acquired
Jan 1, 2017 • 48 min
Samantha Glasberg (https://www.linkedin.com/in/samantha-glasberg-5504171a) from Stitch (https://www.stitchdata.com/) stops by the People Stack to about people management while growing a startup and getting acquired. Sam and Jen also talk about hiring,…
15: Dawn McDougall of Code for Philly talks about community, tech and civic engagement
Dec 18, 2016 • 38 min
Dawn McDougall(https://www.linkedin.com/in/dawnmcdougall), Executive Director of Code for Philly (https://codeforphilly.org/) stops by the People Stack to talk about managing and leading for civic tech for the betterment of the city of Philadelphia and…
14: Yuval Yarden talks startups, culture and establishing a tech community
Nov 20, 2016 • 40 min
Yuval Yarden (https://www.linkedin.com/in/yyarden), Program Director at Philly Startup Leaders (http://phillystartupleaders.org/) talks about getting into tech, working to grow the Philadelphia start-up scene, managing in an non-profit and how she got to…
13: Sarah Johnson from TechGirlz talks workshops, STEM education and all things Geek
Nov 12, 2016 • 49 min
Sarah Johnson (http://www.techgirlz.org/team/sarah-johnson/), National Outreach Manager for TechGirlz stops by the People Stack to talk about STEM education opportunities for middle school girls, running a workshop using their TechSHOPZ-in-a-box, and the…
12: Carlee Myers from APOP Studios talks mindset, art and tech
Nov 6, 2016 • 38 min
Carlee Myers (https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlee-myers-99410b56) from APOP Studios (https://apopstudios.com/) stops by the People Stack to talk about tech in art, mindset shifts required for creative work and workers, pricing your creative works and how…
11: Thomas Guidotti of Omne Solutions talks about autonomy, estimation and being a CEO
Oct 23, 2016 • 26 min
Thomas Guidotti(https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-guidotti-7a656435), CEO of Omne Solutions (http://omnesolutions.com/) stops by the People Stack to talk about the balancing act that is autonomy, building better meetings, and helping clients to help…
10: Felicia Jadczak & Rachel Murray from She Geeks Out geek out and talk about building SGO
Oct 5, 2016 • 43 min
Felica Jadczak (https://www.linkedin.com/in/feliciajadczak)and Rachel Murray (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachelmurray) from She Geeks Out (https://www.shegeeksout.com/)talk about their origin story, alter egos, and generally let their geek flags…
9: Vasilios Alexiou from FirmPlay talks about recruiting, travel, and working remotely
Sep 18, 2016 • 46 min
Vasilios Alexiou (https://www.linkedin.com/in/vasiliosalexiou), VP of Product at FirmPlay (http://www.firmplay.com/) talks about how marketing your company's culture can help with recruiting, the remote working challenges for a distributed team, and being…
8: Matthew Mausner of Woxxer talks Surveys and Startups
Sep 5, 2016 • 44 min
Matthew Mausner (https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewmausner) of Woxxer stops by the People Stack to talk about Surveys that Don't Suck, using Woxxer's multidimensional tools to extract more meaningful survey data, the defining characteristics of a "Start…
7: Ben Rubin of 10% Happier talks about meditation, hiring and being mindful
Aug 25, 2016 • 39 min
Ben Rubin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/bsrubin), CEO and Co-Founder of 10% Happier (http://www.10percenthappier.com) drops by the People Stack to talk about staying mindful in a connected world and how meditation can strength-train your brain for…
6: Ben Bock talks about mindfulness, Entrepreneurship and I/O Psychology
Jul 31, 2016 • 39 min
Benjamin Bock (http://www.bbock.co/) joins the People Stack to talk about his mindfulness-based wellness programs, being an entrepreneur in the tech space, and the role of I/O psychology in wellness. Special Guest: Ben Bock.
5: Karla Driskill of Hollister Institute talks Ontology, Mindfulness and Meditation
Jul 17, 2016 • 41 min
The Director of Hollister Institute (hollisterstaff.com/hollister-institute), Karla Driskill (https://www.linkedin.com/in/karla-driskill-07351210) drops by the People Stack to talk with Jen about Hollister's workshops, how mindfulness can help bring you…
4: Cathy Swody talks about Mentoring, Resources for learning and more!
Jun 26, 2016 • 43 min
Guest Cathy Swody of Thrive Leadership (linkedin.com/in/swody)joins the People Stack to talk about finding a mentor and what to do when the perfect mentor isn't available. She also goes over some valuable learning techniques and talks about bringing her…
3: Chris Spear talks about Enterprise Architecture and Interviewing Developers
Jun 26, 2016 • 44 min
Chief Architect Chris Spear (linkedin.com/in/spearc) joins the People Stack to talk about the role of an enterprise architect, the proliferation of tech in all forms of business, and hiring developers. Special Guest: Chris Spear.
2: Introducing the People Stack Podcast with Jen and Rob
Jun 25, 2016 • 39 min
Your hosts Jen Bunk (jenbunk.com) and Rob Allen (linkedin.com/in/robspages) interview each other in the inaugural People Stack Podcast episode
Mindfulness Chat
Jun 24, 2016 • 47 min
Mindfulness Chat by Jen Bunk