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Engineering and Leadership Podcast

Helping engineers thrive. Engineering || Management || Leadership || Productivity

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Helping engineers thrive. Engineering || Management || Leadership || Productivity

EL042 – From CEO to Master Coach: The Story of one Engineer’s Mission to Empower Others

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Joseph Seiler has spent his career helping engineers do incredible work by empowering them and stepping back to let them do incredible work - first as the president and CEO of his own company, and today as a Master Certified Coach. Joseph's experience provides incredible lessons learned for engineering managers of all stripes, most especially the value of coaching as an engineering manager.

Nov 03 2021

56mins

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EL041 – How to get your Engineering Teams to Take Ownership and Stay Curious (and why it’ll save your company)

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Peter Drucker, the father of modern management thinking once said that "Culture eats strategy for breakfast." That wasn't a knock on how important strategy is, rather, he's emphasizing the importance that culture plays within an organization.

Today's guest would share that sentiment. Today, I speak with Dan Langevin, the CTO of Vericred about the role culture plays in a technical organization, and specifically about the importance of both accountability and curiosity for Vericred's engineering team.

Oct 26 2021

46mins

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EL040 – How to instantly make your meetings shorter, more productive, and less painful

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Meetings are a fact of organizational life. The fact that so few of us have ever been trained to run excellent meetings is a bit of a shock. We all know they're needed, and we all know they're mostly painful and wasteful. If you follow even a few of the ideas in this episode, you and your team will be more engaged, efficient, and effective in your work.

Oct 19 2021

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EL039 – How to become a better leader by letting go

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One of the struggles many engineering leaders have is knowing how and when to let go and allow their teams to move forward with their daily work. It can be incredibly difficult to know how to transition from working in the team to working on the team. This leads to micromanagement, impaired performance, and a dearth of leadership and direction.

Luckily, Peter Docker addresses this exact problem in his new book, Leading from the Jumpseat: How to create extraordinary opportunities by handing over control. In today's episode, I speak with Peter about his new book, the importance of letting go, and what it takes to be a fantastic engineering leader.

Oct 13 2021

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EL038 – How to find (or become) an engineering mentor

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Mentorship in the world of engineering is an incredible tool. It helps those being mentored improve job performance, satisfaction, and achievement of long-term goals. For the mentor, it helps connect with earlier stage professionals, organize their thoughts and frameworks around their work, and gives them a chance to give back. Finding or becoming and engineering mentor is a brilliant move at any point in your engineering career.

Sep 27 2021

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EL037 – Demystifying Sales and Selling for Engineers

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Sales and business development are key skills for engineers who want to grow in their careers. For many senior engineers and engineering managers, helping to grow their company through new business is an absolute necessity. In this episode, you'll learn what sales is really all about, why it's important for your growth, and why you already have a lot of the skills needed to be great at helping to grow your engineering firm.

Aug 30 2021

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EL036 – Culture of excellence: How to build brilliant engineering teams through incredible culture

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Culture is the glue that holds an organization together. It's the unwritten, ethereal rules of engagement - the collection of "how things work around here". Today, I speak with Mark Kinsella, VP of Engineering at Opendoor about organizational culture: what it is, why it's important to engineering organizations, and how to drive excellence through excellent engineering culture.

Aug 03 2021

41mins

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EL035 – Women In Engineering: Combating Bias and Redefining Success for a Better Future

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In today's interview, I speak with Stephanie Slocum, author of She Engineers and founder of Engineers rising about supporting women in engineering through addressing unconscious bias, redefining success and creating a better, more inclusive future.

Jul 19 2021

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EL034 – Leading Engineers to Success in Hybrid Workplaces

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In this episode of the Engineering & Leadership podcast, I interview psychologist Dr. Robin Rosenberg about the risks posed by hybrid workplaces, how to overcome them, and the future of hybrid work.

Jul 12 2021

50mins

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EL033 – The Engineer’s Guide to Public Speaking (Without Getting Awkwardly Sweaty)

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Neil Thompson of Teach The Geek shares his advice for engineers everywhere on why public speaking is so important for engineers and how to improve as a public speaker.

Jun 30 2021

41mins

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EL032 – Tired Tires and the Circular Economy: How Wastefront is Saving the World One Tire at a Time

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Today, I speak with Wastefront's CTO, Henrik Selstam, about his company and their mission to address one of the world's most pressing environmental challenges: dealing with end-of-life tires.

Jun 21 2021

37mins

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EL031 – Leadership is Language: David Marquet on The Power Behind What You Say (And What You Don’t)

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Today, I speak with David Marquet on the importance of the language we use as leaders, what's wrong with the old way of engaging with our teams, and how to drive performance through what we say.

Jun 13 2021

44mins

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EL030 – Leading Yourself: How to Take Control Of Your Career and Do What You Love

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In this episode of the Engineering & Leadership podcast, I speak with Dr. Ben Ritter about the importance of leading yourself and how to start if you've never tried.

Jun 06 2021

40mins

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EL029 – Metric Madness: The 5 Most Common Problems With Engineering Metrics and How to Fix Them

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Today, I'm going to share five common issues I see with engineering project metrics in professional practice, and how to address them on your projects.

May 23 2021

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EL028 – How to launch a successful tech start-up

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In today's episode, I speak with Brett Fox, a seasoned high-tech executive and entrepreneur who has made a career of launching successful businesses and turning around foundering ones. He answers all the most important questions about launching a successful startup, and shares particular insight into the importance of having a fantastic founding team, why clarity of thought is critical, and why the COVID-19 pandemic might just be the perfect time to launch a new venture.

May 16 2021

42mins

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EL027 – How to change the world through a mission-driven team

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In today's episode, Vivian and I discuss the importance of mission in leading a team, why she decided to move on from her "dream job" at McKinsey, how she's successfully building a remote technical team, and what the future holds for Juni.

May 10 2021

45mins

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EL026 – Learning, Teaching, and the Pursuit of Engineering Management Excellence

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Dr. Lucas Marino is a principal life cycle engineer for the COLUMBIA submarine program, engineering manager, educator, small business owner, and family man. In today's episode, we discuss the importance of learning and teaching for practicing engineers, pursuing passions, and keeping it all in balance.

May 03 2021

46mins

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EL025 – Performing a Hard Reset on Life: How One Engineer Went From Rock Bottom To True Happiness

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An interview with engineer, author, and TedX speaker Michael Tranmer on how the sudden end of his marriage forced a reset in his life, and how he found happiness.

Apr 26 2021

47mins

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EL024 – What Teaching at MIT for 20 Years Taught This Engineer About Success

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An interview with author, MIT instructor, and CTO Mark Herschberg on the essential skills you need to succeed as an engineering leader.

Mar 29 2021

46mins

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EL023 – Leadership Lessons from a CTO

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In today's episode, I speak with Andrew Hinkelman, founder of Priority-1 Group, and former CTO of Parametric, about leadership and management in the technical world, and how to set yourself up for success as a leader in tech.

Mar 22 2021

43mins

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By Aggie Man - Jul 15 2019
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Unfortunately I found this podcast 2 years too late because there’s no new episodes....but I really enjoyed the episodes. Very informative and I feel they were the perfect length. I doubt always have an hour to listen to other podcasts and usually after 30 minutes it’s easy to lose interest but Pat did a great job on this show! I really hope more episodes come out!

GREAT JOB!

By MattMcWilliams - Sep 21 2015
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WOW… Engineering and Leadership Podcast is flat out awesome. Good production quality. Easy to listen. Very impressed Pat. Keep bringing it.