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By MaineBro - Sep 10 2019
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Lots of prestigious guests and diverse, interesting content. Highly recommend for anyone in tech

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By Yankie Gupta - Jan 20 2016
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Glad to find this, John Rouda knows what the leaders really need these days.

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By MaineBro - Sep 10 2019
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Lots of prestigious guests and diverse, interesting content. Highly recommend for anyone in tech

Love it

By Yankie Gupta - Jan 20 2016
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Glad to find this, John Rouda knows what the leaders really need these days.
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A Geek Leader Podcast - inspiring technical and creative leaders around the world

Latest release on Sep 25, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: AGL 004: Having the Difficult Conversation

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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 tips on having difficult conversations that I got from Ash Beckham's Ted Talk from a few years ago.I hope you guys like this one and get something from it.  Please leave me a note in the comments below and better yet, subscribe and review the podcast in iTunes.

Sep 29 2015

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Rank #2: AGL 023: Learning as a Leader

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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 leading.Last week my wife and I rented "The Intern."  It's a movie with Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.  De Niro plays the part of a 70+ year old widower who is board with life and wants to have something to get him out of the house.  He's a retired VP from a phone book printing company and he decides to apply for a senior internship program at a start-up tech company that was founded and is ran by Jules Osten, played by Anne Hathaway.  Ben started out as a huge underdog, as he didn't even know how to turn on his mac when he got started.  But his desire to learn and his work ethic in doing so helped propel him into a sort of leader of the interns. As an intern, he was reporting directly to the CEO when he inspired her and built a relationship of trust. His desire to learn, and ability to see situations from different perspectives helped him grow as a person and leader, but more importantly, it helped him grow those around him.That's what leadership is all about, growing those around you.  If you can learn something and share that to those around you it helps you learn it better, gain more respect from your peers. Its also a great for building relationships and trust with those you work with.  I feel very strongly that learning new skills and new ways of using your current skills is extremely important in both personal and professional development.  Every year, I create a professional development plan for the new skills that I want to learn or the things I want to improve on throughout the coming year. I encourage all those around me to do the same and I try to see how I can hold them accountable to help insure success. If you're not growing, you're dying. Remember that leadership is a process, not a project.  If you want to improve and be a great leader, you must change and grow.  Time stops for no man.  Be sure you stay on top of new research and the latest trends... So, how do I do that?For me, I consume a ton of information... probably way more than I should. I subscribe to several podcasts, I have an audible subscription that I use for just non-fiction books to help me learn.  I use youtube when I want to find out how to do something really quickly. I have a lynda.com subscription for deeper learning and course work.  These are just a few of the ways I learn new skills and information.  Of these methods, I may retain 10% of what I consume, and of that I may implement another 10%.  That means I probably only act upon 1% of that which I consume using these methods.  That makes them not seem that efficient.  But its still helpful.  If you improve 1% every day for a year, you'll be 365% better.  Stew on that for a little while....Some other ways to learn is to get a mentor. I've had a leadership mentor for about 2 years now and he's helped me learn more than I can from all of these books and podcasts which I consume.  Also teaching others helps you learn.  You may think you know a subject pretty well until you try to teach it.  That's when you learn all the things you thought you knew.  One paradox with learning is that the more we learn, the more we realize we have a lot more to learn.  Don't let that discourage you.  Stick with it and reflect back every quarter what you've learned and achieved.  Reflection is important to insure you stick with it and continue to grow as a person and a leader. Always remember that this journey is a process and the destination is a mirage.  We'll always be striving for greater knowledge, influence and leadership.I hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to iTunes and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even 1 sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!

Feb 09 2016

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Rank #3: AGL 083: Growing as a Leader with Carl Kinghorn from EFC Systems

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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 software to its clients in the agricultural space. During this time, he's seen the company triple in size; and in his role as VP of the software development group, he gets to be a leader and a teacher with a goal of enabling his teams to succeed.
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Carl is active in the Nashville development community as a technical speaker and is President of the non-profit Nashville .NET User Group (@NashDotNet). He brings an enthusiastic and welcoming presence to the group whose mission is to serve the community by organizing events that enable networking, education, and career guidance.​​
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Carl has a BBA in Information Systems from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).What we talked aboutRelationship changes in growth
Transparency
Work for the team
Alignment / Autonomy Matrix
Collaboration
Culture Change
Purpose
Communication
User Groups
Speaking
Providing Value without Coding
Say "We" not "I"Connect with Carl
TwitterLinkedInNashville .Net User GroupI hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to iTunes and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!

Dec 10 2018

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Rank #4: AGL 055: Andrew May and Brad Miller – CodeTank Labs and CodeStock

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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 scholastic endeavors, he continued to focus on computing; moving from desktop applications to web applications. Andrew attended Arizona State University where he studied Computer Science and Engineering.
In 2007, Andrew's entrepreneurship grew and he patented his first major idea. He grew the project and sold it to the airline industry in 2008. Not stoping he partnered with other local developers in Tennessee and created a mobile social media aggregator.
Late in 2008 Andrew founded ADM Software Consulting, LLC to focus on mobile applications on contract basis. Andrew's success has lead him to establish a downtown Knoxville, Tennessee office and work with fortune 500 companies, as well as local emerging start-ups. In 2015, Andrew merged ADM Software with Double-Apps, another successful local development company, to form CodeTank Labs. Their focus being native mobile application development, as well as AR and VR technologies.
From 2012 to 2017, he accepted the lead role on the board for CodeStock, helping bring on new members, and establishing it as a 501c3 non-profit, while nearly doubling it's size.Follow:
Andrew May on TwitterBrad Miller on Twitteram@codetanklabs.comToday on the show:We talk about the Andrew's beginnings in technology
What it takes to build and keep a good team
The importance of good community and culture
How to hire affectively... i.e. dating the new hire
How to build trust with your team
What's new in AR and VR development
The importance of trusting your gut and trusting your partners / team
Codestock dates - April 12th and 13th, 2019Important tips from Andrew:
Don't get discouraged.  Make smart hires.I hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to iTunes and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!

Aug 24 2018

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Rank #5: AGL 051: Daniel Argandona, Managing Director for Fortalice Solutions, LLC.

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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 cyber security and eventually found himself as the managing director for a cyber security firm in Washington D.C. While talking today, we discussed his takes on leadership, ego and management.  Dan mentions that one of his favorite quotes is from General Colin Powell: “Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.”
― Colin PowellDaniel Argandona is a motivated, energetic, and results-focused senior leader with exceptional expertise in planning and managing the execution of strategic, cross-organizational, transformational initiatives. Argandona has 17 years of demonstrated success leading multi-disciplinary teams to execute complex initiatives; and managing C-level, senior engagement/stakeholder relationships. He also has significant experience managing initiatives which launch new business models, and/or replace legacy operations.Recently, Argandona led the stand-up of a digital organization responsible for incubating and executing strategic initiatives for a multinational client recognized as an industry leader creating innovative dining locations at airports worldwide.  As Program Director, he was responsible for planning the execution of newly established Digital Innovation initiatives across 120 airports, and 300+ unique brands.  The focus on these initiatives was to keep the client always at the forefront of the latest airport dining technology.At Fannie Mae, Argandona served as the Director of Program Management for Strategic Initiatives where he led the development and execution of five strategic initiatives across the organization, and achieved the merger of two strategic initiatives operations which transformed the existing business model.  He also led operations for an initiative which had a multi-year scope, an impact across multiple front line divisions, and a budget exceeding $140M. This initiative spanned 600+ resources, 67 cost centers and 30 workstreams.During his extensive career, Mr. Argandona has operated in multiple countries throughout Europe, South America, and North America. He co-led the program execution of a $20M multi-year, multi-phase project in Brazil and Spain with 110 practitioners representing seven countries.Mr. Argandona is a first-generation American whose family hails from both South America and Spain.  He belongs to a multinational family, with origins in Peru, Venezuela, and Bolivia, and is the proud father of four boys.To learn more about Dan and Fortalice Solutions, you can visit their website at https://fortalicesolutions.com/ or follow them on twitter @fortalicellc I hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to iTunes and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!

Aug 09 2018

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Rank #6: AGL 077: The Motivation Trap with John Hittler

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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 style. His belief is simple: we are each endowed with one unique genius, different than any other person on the planet. John uses his genius to create seemingly impossible outcomes and in doing so, helps people win big!His professional career spans 9 owner funded companies, some of which thrived, others not as much. Regardless, each company (and one non-profit foundation) taught valuable lessons and honed the skills and passions John holds today. In short: Do what you love! Love the people you do it with!In Evoking Genius, John partners with clients to create outcomes that they simply could not imagine possible, through an encouraging coaching style. “The clients always set the agenda,” says John, “and my job is to make the process of necessary change or transformation safer and more attractive than standing still.” That result comes about often in a playful manner, transforming work into play, and unleashing individual, team, and organizational “genius” in the process.“We take struggling teams and help them to transform into top performers. We take already great teams and partner with them to transform to their next highest level of growth. That almost always centers upon releasing the pent up talent in each individual and team. That sounds simple, and it’s not always easy. Our job is to make that process accessible, attractive, and mostly…safe. It never hurts to make it fun too,” claims John, who spent more than his fair share of time in the principal’s office for his playful approach to life…and grade school. That same approach makes transformation much more appealing for clients.
Vital StatsBS in Economics and German from Georgetown University.
7 years of formal study in ontology, neural science and linguistics.
7 children. 3 grandchildren.
CrossFitter and extreme athlete.
Charitable board member, mostly for charities associated with eliminating child poverty and human trafficking.
Giving back is simply part of his personal ethic.Today We Talked About
The Motivation Trap: Leadership Strategies to Achieve Sustained SuccessGenius Talent
Founder of Evoking Genius
Purpose vs. Motivation
Dan Pink - Drive
Passion - Doing You Best Work
Leaders Don't Provide Motivation
Edit instead of Create
Uncovering Genius Talent
Hostage Negotiation
Growing up with a the last name of Hittler
Be Authentic“The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what?  After you start doing the thing, that's when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.” - John MaxwellConnect with JohnLinkedIn
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WebsiteI hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to iTunes and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!

Nov 05 2018

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Rank #7: AGL 086: Leading Amazing Teams with Tricia Broderick

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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 teams from one-year product cycles to feasible, daily delivery of quality software and services. Tricia openly shares stories from her firsthand experience to inspire people to reach new heights through continuous reflection and growth. As a principle in the Agile For All team, she is dedicated to making a difference in the workplace. She is an exceptional leader, coach, mentor, facilitator, trainer, and popular speaker at national conferences.We Talked Aboutmain frame programming
extreme programming
project management
How to lead others
How to teach others
Be kind to yourself
Mental Health in leaders
Missing Work-life Balance (burnout)
Take care of your self - leadership can be hard
6-1 positive to criticism.
speaking and teaching helps positive feedback
Agile project management
coaching for leaders
Leading Amazing Teams CourseConnect with TriciaTwitter
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WebsiteI hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to iTunes and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!

Jan 07 2019

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Rank #8: AGL 092: A.J. Jacobs – Thanks a Thousand

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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 made me want to find and read more by A.J. We talked mostly about gratitude in this episode, and I'm grateful to have had A.J. on the show.  I hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as I did, and be sure to tell A.J. thank you!
About A.J.:
A.J. Jacobs is an author, journalist, lecturer and human guinea pig. He has written four New York Times bestsellers that combine memoir, science, humor and a dash of self-help. He is also editor at large at Esquire magazine, a commentator on NPR and a columnist for Mental Floss magazine.A.J. Jacobs is author of The Know-It-All, which documents the year he spent reading the Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z, uncovering both funny and surprising factoids but also poignant insight into history and human nature. In 2007 he released The Year of Living Biblically, in which he attempted to follow every single rule in the Bible as literally as possible for an entire year. His book The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment is a collection of numerous personal experiments, including living according to George Washington's rules of conduct, outsourcing every single task to India and posing as a woman on an online dating site. Jacobs recently released a new book, Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey, which relates his life-altering journey to thank every single person involved in producing his morning cup of coffee.We Talked About:Gratitude
Handwritten notes
Face to Face Thank Yous
Take aways from the gratitude project
Family Tree
A-Z gratitude hack
Gratitude of Leaders
Manager need to appreciate their employees Connect with A.J. Jacobs:LinkedIn Article by A.J. Jacobs
Books
Website
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LinkedInI hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to iTunes and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!

Mar 01 2019

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Rank #9: AGL 156: You Little Jerk with Larry Hubatka

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About Larry
Larry Hubatka is a General Manager for the Marketing and Creative Agency, Tiny Horse. He has provided more than 20 years of creative and strategic leadership for many of the largest companies, nonprofits, and ministries in America. His interests include 90s rock, the Seattle Seahawks, art, family roadtrips, and Jesus. Larry, his wife Kelly, and their 4 girls live in Charlotte, NC.Today we Talked About:Culture
work culture
Home Culture
How COVID-19 has changed some things
Leaders effect on culture?
Its not all about what you do, but the way you do it.
Telling a storyConnect with LarryLinkedIn
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Book
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https://www.youlittlejerk.comSpecial Thanks to Splashtop for sponsoring today’s show.
Splashtop is a premier remote desktop, and remote support solution. I’ve been using Splashtop personal for more than 7 years now and Splashtop Enterprise at my company for 3 years.  Their products are fantastic and their support is second to none.  I love and highly recommend their products and I’m super stoked that they are giving A Geek Leader listeners 10% off their first year (offer expires June 30, 2020) when you go to https://ageekleader.com/splashtopI hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to Apple Podcast and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even 1 sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!

May 18 2020

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Rank #10: AGL 128: Conflict at Work with Liz Kislik

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About Liz
For 30 years as a management consultant, executive coach, and facilitator, Liz Kislik has helped clients such as American Express, Orvis, The Girl Scouts, Comcast, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Highlights for Children solve their thorniest problems while strengthening their top and bottom lines. Her specialty is developing high performing leaders and workforces.
She is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Entrepreneur, and a TEDx speaker on "Why There's So Much Conflict at Work and What You Can Do to Fix It". She has also written for the European Financial Review and the Forward.
Liz's articles have been included in Harvard Business Press books Guide to Motivating People and Dealing with Difficult People, the Wall Street Journal's Morning Download, and the Washington Post's Work Advice column, and she has been interviewed for The Muse, European CEO magazine, Thrive Global, and The Financial Times Ignites.Today We Talked AboutEmployee OnBoarding
Noticing Negative Patterns
Giving Negative FeedbackAsk the employees how they think its going
It has come to my attention__ and here is what I want to see___
Explain cultural norms and give guidance
Explain the "Why"
Ditch the "feedback sandwich" because its fake
Its not attitude / its behavioral
If no agreement, then discuss consequencesEmpathy
Perspective TakingWhy would a smart person do a stupid thing?
You could be wrong...Be sure to validate itEmployment and Family aren't the same thing even if they overlap.
Conflict Resolution
5 Steps for fixing Conflict:Rule out that a single individual is the source of conflictIncompetent employee
BullyAsk the right people the right questionsCan you tell me what goes right?
What makes you nuts?
What makes your job better?
Why do you stay if there are so many problems here?Make sure everyone is alignedGoals
Needs
Responsibilities
You have to agree to it, but you don't have to love itFind Allies at all levels in the organizationYou can't do it alone (not even the CEO) - https://techleaders.group/ Teach new HabitsLizard Listening
Why would a smart person do a stupid thing?
Ask what's not being said... Elephant Cards
What were they like at 9 years old?Connect with LizTwitter
LinkedIn
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TEDx Talkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2l-AOBz69KUI hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to Apple Podcast and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even 1 sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!

Nov 01 2019

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Rank #11: AGL 032: The Engagement Epidemic

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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-engagement70% of employees not engaged at work
89% of companies think employees leave for more $$$ but only 12% actually do
43% of highly engaged employees receive feedback at least 1 time per week but only 13% of disengaged employees receive weekly feedback
75% of people voluntarily leaving their job, don't quit their job, they quit their bosses.Why people quit their jobThey hate their boss
Their work doesn't matterAdding Purpose
Add purpose doesn't always have to be the big "P" Purpose, like saving the rainforest. It could just be the little "p" purpose, like why we do what we do.  This is another example of how Simon Sinek's "Start with Why" is so important in leadership.
Ignoring Boss
If a boss ignores an employee… they are 40% more likely to “actively disengage” from work and their company.  To "actively disengage" you aren't just not engaged... you are actively  looking for non-work related things to do.  Like gossip, blogging, searching for other jobs, etc.  These activities are not only be bad for the employee performance, but also the performance and attitudes of those around this employee.Critical Boss
A Critical boss causes 22% increase in actively disengagement… that means, being critical is better than ignoring. At least critical bosses are paying attention, right?A Praising Boss 
A Boss that praises 1 out of 10 successes usually has less than 1% of employees will actively disengage. So this means you only have to recognize and compliment 1 out of 10 great things your team members do... its not that hard.Motivation and Management
Management is old school.  Management was creating in the 1850's as a way of gaining compliance in the workforce.  It works great for compliance, not so great for engagement.  If we want engagement, we need Leadership, not Management. If/Then doesn't work4 reason if then don’t workEngagement is intrinsic and IF/THEN is 100% extrinsic
It puts individuals against one another in a competition, instead of working as a team
It causes some folks to rationalize their ethics, leading to cheating and cutting corners
It lacks emotional growthFACT - Money is a motivator
Pay people fairly and enough to take Money off the table. Happiness is far more important than small raises.Dan Pink described motivation the best I've heard it in his book Drive.
Autonomy
Freedom in your job.  Maybe its where you work, how you work, what you work on, or who you work with.
Mastery
Getting better at things that matter. This could be training, personal growth, business growth, learning something important.  Getting a certification, or going or speaking at a conference. Also empowering (i hate that term) employees to do more, to stretch their role.
Purpose
Working on something that matters.  Making sure their job matters in the big picture. To hear more about purpose, check out my TedX Talk.
(must listen to get the real value out of this episode)I hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to iTunes and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even 1 sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!

May 18 2018

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Rank #12: AGL 069: Leading Through Failures

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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 inability to learn and move forward that stops us. I've failed at many projects, on tests in school, at sports and about in every area of my life.  We all fail and we should not fear failure.  I once had a boss that made my team fear failure.  He threatened to fire us if we made mistakes or missed bugs.  This fear prevented us from working at the pace we should have been.  Instead we were super slow, extra cautious, and rarely innovated.  Instead of inspiring a fear of failure, good leaders need to inspire a desire for success. Making us understand that we should desire succeed more than we fear failure.  But also teaching us to be practical, not reckless, and plan and prepare for the failures that may occur. A good leader allows their team to fail, but helps them plan and prepare so that they don't get hurt.I think of my kids.  In order for them to learn, they need to make mistakes and fail from time to time.  I want to allow them to fail on the little things, and learn from them, so that they don't fail on the big things. I don't want them to be afraid to fail, so I don't scold them when they try hard and fail, but rather encourage them to try again and learn from that failure.Coach Mike Krzyzewski, (basketball coach for Duke University for you non-sports fans), once said “My defining moments have usually been something where I’ve lost or where I’ve been knocked back.” In the 1983 ACC tournament Duke lost by 43 points. At dinner that night, someone raised their glass and said, “Here’s to forgetting about tonight.” Coach K interjected and raised his glass and said, “Here’s to never forgetting about tonight.”In tech, we hear the phrase "fail early, fail often, fail forward" regularly and it usually looses its meaning overtime.  Many people think that it is a phrase that gives software developers the excuse to recklessly push out untested code, but that's not what it means or how to apply it.  I tell my team "fail fast, recover faster."  It's a similar phrase, but has a subtle message reminding folks that they need to be prepared if they fail.  We need to have backup plans and rollback plans for everything. It means, don't be afraid to fail, but be prepared if you do.We we fail, we need to stay calm, respond and not react, and learn from our mistakes.Questions to ask when you failWhy did we fail or fall short of our goals?
What did we learn from this failure?
What early indicators of this project failure did we miss?
How can we better prepare to prevent this in the future?Do you want to be someone who fears failure?  Or do you want to be someone who learns from it and moves on?Normally this is where I ask for a rating/review/subscribe, but instead, this month I’m asking that you make a donation for Breast Cancer Research in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Oct 04 2018

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Rank #13: AGL 158: Innovation with John Ferris

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About JohnJohn Ferris is the founder and CEO of inVision Edge, a management consultancy focused on enabling innovation, clarifying strategy,
and growing businesses. With a background in large organizations that includes leadership experience in sales and marketing, human resources, and organizational development, John is able to help organizations and business owners experiencing growing pains move past the obstacles holding them back and achieve great things. John’s latest product, The Playbook Edge System, is a do-it-yourself strategic planning framework designed to help businesses spend one day creating a plan and the rest of the year achieving their goals.Today we TalkedCOVID-19
StrategyDefining Roles
FocusInnovationDefine the Real Problem
Get a larger group with different perspectives
Rapid testing
Minimal Viable Product (MVP)LeadershipListening
Communication
The Why?AccountabilityCrucial Conversations
Feedback Loop
getting it done even if its not perfectOne-on-ones
5 Dysfunctions of a Team - book
Conflict
Be Authentic
Always Be Learning Connect with JohnWebsite
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TwitterSpecial Thanks to Splashtop for sponsoring today’s show.
Splashtop is a premier remote desktop, and remote support solution. I’ve been using Splashtop personal for more than 7 years now and Splashtop Enterprise at my company for 3 years.  Their products are fantastic and their support is second to none.  I love and highly recommend their products and I’m super stoked that they are giving A Geek Leader listeners 10% off their first year (offer expires June 30, 2020) when you go to https://ageekleader.com/splashtopI hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to Apple Podcast and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even 1 sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!

May 29 2020

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Rank #14: AGL 137: People Over Process with Michael K. Levine

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About MichaelMichael K. Levine is an expert on lean and agile software development and information technology He conducted international trade negotiation at the US Commerce Department, was a corporate banker for First Bank System, and became divisional CIO at Norwest Bank. After a stint at Wells Fargo he joined US Bank to deploy a new branch banking system (bringing lean and agile to a highly structured waterfall environment), then became technology lead for US Bank Home Mortgage. He now leads all consumer lending and business banking technology. His previous books are Tale of Two Systems: Lean and Agile Software Development for Business Leaders, and Tale of Two Transformations: Bringing Lean and Agile Software Development to Life. His third book is People Over Process: Leadership for Agility (Productivity Press, September 30, 2019). He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife, Holly Lindsay. Learn more at TheTalesofAgility.com Today We Talked AboutHow Michael got to where is now
Lean vs. Agile
Leadership Tips
Meetings
Agile vs. Scrum
How important People are to leadership
Develop people to do the right kind of work
Chief Engineer - not in scrum but in Lean product development
Rigor, Efficiency, Alignment
FrameworksA3 framework
Amazon ApproachBehaviorsProvide Options
Helps teams to learnHow to do a good meetingMeetings to Plan for meetings
Make them valuable
Respect people's timeInformal meetingsCoffee or Beer meeting
Listening and building relationshipManagement by walking around
Why write this book? - People over Process
Leadership ModelsFacilitative Leadership
Creative Software DevelopmentValuing People and their autonomy
Balancing Autonomy and Responsibility
Agile is not an excuse not to plan
Biggest Mistakes in Technology ManagementMisunderstanding of the nature of the work
Is it creative?Career AdviceThink about what is valuable to the market
Develop your leadership skills
Make good decisions
Be Efficiency
Align with the businessConnect with MichaelTales of AgilitySpecial Thanks to Splashtop for sponsoring today’s show.
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Splashtop personal for more than 7 years now and Splashtop Enterprise at my company for 3 years.  Their products are fantastic and their support is second to none.  I love and highly recommend their products and I’m super stoked that they are giving A Geek Leader listeners 20% off their first year when you go to https://ageekleader.com/splashtopI hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to Apple Podcast and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even 1 sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!

Jan 03 2020

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Rank #15: AGL 157: Slow Down During Quarantine with Dr. Liz Bywater

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About Dr. Liz Bywater
Dr. Liz Bywater is a one-of-a-kind leadership expert who works at the intersection of business and psychology. She integrates deep expertise in human behavior and organizational dynamics with her pragmatic mindset and engaging personal style to help her clients thrive in an increasingly complex world. C-suite leaders and boards consistently enlist Liz’s help to:drive profitable growth
build remarkable customer relationships
supercharge innovation
increase strategic agility
eliminate fire-fighting
and develop highly productive collaborations amid the nonstop demands of today’s 24/7 world.Results include rapid and dramatic improvements in revenues, profitability, productivity, work culture, leadership, and more. Dr. Bywater works with top executives and management teams across an array of companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, AmerisourceBergen, Biotronik, EMDSerono, Nike, Boeing, Thomson Reuters and more. She provides her clients with expert advice and actionable tools for success, based on more than 25 years of experience. She sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for Life Science Leader and frequently provides leadership insights for Fast Company, FierceCEO, the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other top media outlets. Dr. Bywater has also been a featured guest on CBS’s Philadelphia Agenda and Marilyn Russell’s Remarkable Women. A longstanding member of the American Psychological Society and the Society for the Advancement of Consulting, Dr. Bywater has been recognized as one of the best consultants in the world. In 2018, she was inducted into the Million Dollar Consultant® Hall of Fame.Today We Talked About:create agreement with those around you
taking a strategic pause
prioritizing lists of activities
delegation
me / not me list
reflection
Now/Later/Never
eliminate distractions
control what you can control
Narrow your prioritiesConnect with Liztwitter
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websiteI hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to Apple Podcasts and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsor, BerkawebIf you’re looking for a web hosting provider but aren’t sure how to choose one, check out Berkaweb.com. Berkaweb is a free online resource maintained by Mark Berka, where you’ll find tests and comparisons of hosting providers in different categories, such as hosts with the cheapest annual plans, providers with cheapest renewals, hosts with the longest money-back guarantees, and much more. In contrast to most other hosting reviewers, Mark formulates his recommendations by actually purchasing a hosting plan from each company and putting up a test website, so you’ll be getting an objective look at the true service quality of a provider, not just a rehash of the company’s own marketing claims.

May 22 2020

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Rank #16: AGL 019: 2016 Goals – SMART Goals

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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 July 2016.
Measurable – The goal must be clearly measurable. In the example above, you can see that the first goal was not measurable.  Improve… is not measurable unless you put some numbers and a way you will be measuring the improvement.  I used survey rating as our measurement and an improvement of 10% as the goal.
Achievable – It has to be realistic.  If I had never run or exercised before, I should have a goal to run a marathon next week.  That’s just not achievable.  It takes months of training to build up a base and expect to finish a marathon without serious injury.
Realistic – Goals must be realistic.  If I had a goal to become to create the largest social network by the end of the year… well its possible, technically, but not realistic. Goals must be realistic and for large goals, you should be able to break them down into smaller goals.
Time Bound – Goals should be bound by a date. If you want to achieve something, be sure to put a date on it so you can track to it.  If you say, I want to run a marathon, but don’t put, By 12/31/2016, then you’ll likely never run that marathon. You’ll tell yourself that, you’ll do it next year, etc. I’m a firm believer in documenting your goals. If they are down on paper, in a place where you have to look at them daily or weekly, you’re more likely to achieve them, and if you share them with people, then you have people there to hold you accountable for your goals. I challenged my team to run a half marathon together last year.  I told them if you really wanted motivation to achieve the goal, post it on Facebook that you were doing it and when you were doing it.  By putting it out there, you have your followers holding you accountable, and now, you won’t only be letting yourself down, but them to. That’s usually enough motivation to keep going and finish the goal. 
My 2016 Goals
Personal GoalsAttend 100% of my kids sports games and practices in 2016.
Have game night with the wife once per month after the kids go to bed in 2016.
Have a movie night with the wife once per month after the kids go to bed in 2016.
Have a date night (with baby sitter) at least once per quarter in 2016.
Take my family on a vacation to the beach in 2016.
Take my family on a vacation to the mountains in 2016.Fitness GoalsRun at least twice per week for 46 of the 52 weeks in 2016.
Work out at least twice per week for 46 of the 52 weeks in 2016 (runs don’t count).
Eat fast food no more than one time per week for 46 of the 52 weeks in 2016.
Average 10,000 steps per day in 2016.
Complete a 5 day fast.Business GoalsIncrease my podcast listeners by 10x.
Increase my email subscriber list by 10x.
Write one book in 2016.
Create and launch 3 iOS Apps in 2016.
Give at least 3 talks in 2016.Sponsor:Surviving a 5K RaceI hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to iTunes and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even 1 sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!

Jan 05 2016

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Rank #17: AGL 030: How to Quit Your Job… The Right Way

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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 you out:Have a plan. I don't recommend quitting a job until you've already accepted an offer somewhere else, or have a side income stable enough to cover your basic needs (food, rent, etc.)
Write a formal resignation letter.  Before you tell anyone, be sure to have written a formal letter of resignation.  Proof it and make sure its good, it could be the last written work your current employer has of yours.
Tell your boss first.  Always give your boss the news in person before telling anyone else.  This is a respect thing.  You need to leave in a respectful way and nothing screams disrespect than having your boss find our your quitting from someone else.  This also means don't update your linkedin until after your last day of employment with your current employer. Keep the conversation short, polite, positive and respectful.  Be appreciative of the opportunity, even if you know you'll never come back to work here, you still want to leave on a good note, as potential future employers may call this company for a reference.
Be ready for questions. Make sure you've created a transition plan if you think the company will back-fill your job. Have some sort of written "manual" on things that depend on you and only you to do.  If you have accounts that need to be transitioned to someone else, be sure they are documented.  Be prepared for the counter offer.  In today's economy its common to receive a counter offer to stay, but don't count on it.  Some bosses, like me, don't like giving counter offers.  If you get one, be sure you know what you'll say before hand.  See my episode on negotiation skills for more details. Don't hide where you're going, that's just creepy.  Be honest and open, but never talk about salaries.
Remain professional and work your butt off for your remaining days.  Don't succumb to the temptation to slack off. This is the time to work your hardest so that you can ensure you leave the best possible impression on your co-workers and your boss.  You want them to remember you at your best incase you need them for references... plus, it's just the right thing to do.
Once you're time is up, leave respectfully.  Be sure to go out of your way to spend a few extra minutes telling folks bye and thanking them for the knowledge and experience you gained from them.  Feel free to send out a group email to folks with your personal contact numbers, etc. if you want to stay in contact with anyone. Avoid saying anything negative about your current boss, job or employer.
Follow up.  Try to reach out to folks on your old team, your old boss or others that you've built strong relationships with.  Offer to take them to lunch and keep in touch.  Tell them about your new job and ask questions about how things are going.  It's important to maintain those relationships the best you can.  Its good for you and them. I hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to iTunes and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even 1 sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!

Apr 06 2018

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Rank #18: AGL 118: The role of CISO with Sean Walls

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About Sean
Sean Walls is currently Vice President of the Cyber Security division for a multi-billion-dollar international standards, QA, digital testing and cybersecurity corporation. He has 19 years of experience in cybersecurity and information technology and is a frequent keynote speaker and advocate for cyber security.Today We Talked About:The importance of influence and relationship building as a CISO
Qualities to develop if you want to be a CISO
Aligning security with business priorities
Risk Management fundamentals
Finding and retaining good talentGive a Career Path
Give Praise
Have Humility
Have EmpathyThe expanding attack surface and changing threat landscape
How to present to the board of directors
What is governance in Cyber SecurityConnect with SeanLinkedIn
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Aug 23 2019

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Rank #19: AGL 097: Jeff Ton on How to Amplify Your Value

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About JeffJeff 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 Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana and Lauth Property Group, as well as 14 years in various technology roles with Thomson Multimedia (RCA). In his current role as Senior Vice President of Product and Strategic Alliances at InterVision, Jeff thrives on developing people while driving the company’s product strategy, service vision and strategic approach. Speaking to audiences from 5 to 1,000, Jeff has mastered the art of simplifying complex IT issues and is always looking for opportunities to drive value in organizations now and in the future. Jeff is the author of Amplify Your Value (2018) and is a frequent keynote speaker on topics related to the evolving IT landscape and the changing role of the CIO. See his frequent keynotes below. Meet Jeff and learn more at www.JeffreySTon.com.We Talked AboutHow he got into Tech
Being a Rock Star
Commodore 64
The Path to CIO - get a Commodore 64
Loving writing code
Tranis
Challenges of a CIO/CTO
Stop talking about Technology and start talking about the BusinessGet involved in the business
Ride Alongs (field trips)Must have a well ran department
Guiding Principals
Grading your projects
Minimize technology issues
Lewis and Clark
Mentorship and Executive CoachingConnect with JeffFacebook
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BookI hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to iTunes and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!

Apr 05 2019

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Rank #20: AGL 106: Lifter Leadership with Paresh Shah

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About Paresh
Paresh Shah is a positive force around everyone he meets. He is a rare combination of a personal advisor to CEOs, Business Professor, Harvard MBA, Technology Entrepreneur, Innovation and Leadership trainer and popular mindfulness/yoga instructor.Mr. Shah is truly an international business expert that brings a unique and powerful perspective to business.  His abilities to connect with audiences and clients across the globe and bring unique perspectives to client problems have made him a sought-after speaker, master business strategist, Non-Obvious innovation trainer, workshop leader and coach to CEO’s, executives and celebrities around the world.Paresh is Chief Strategist and Value Architect at global innovation consultancy, The Non-Obvious Company.  His company helps clients think in Non-Obvious ways in order to solve their most pressing problems.  The Non-Obvious Company provides clients deep, actionable expertise in innovation, strategy, trends, engagement, leadership, mindfulness and transformative leadership.  With a passport spilling over with stamps, Paresh brings a diverse and global perspective from multiple industries and perspectives to everything he does.   Over the past 25 years, he and his team have developed a breakthrough paradigm for modern purposeful leadership, called Lifter Leadership, highly in demand by companies seeking to be more innovative internally, engaging with customers, motivating to workers and purposeful in responsibility.Paresh brings an actionable approach to his clients from his deep experience as an operating executive and successful entrepreneur.   Mr. Shah founded several operating companies including a multimedia company, secure commerce company and audio accessory company.Paresh has spoken at leading conferences such as AIA, TedX, SXSW (South by Southwest), Wisdom 2.0, the International Yoga Expo, GAMA Financial Leadership, Junior Achievement Global, CES and other international conferences and corporate events.  Mr. Shah’s thinking and insights have been featured in publications such as Forbes, CEO.com, Inc., Entrepreneur, Smart CEO, Killer Startups, CEO.com and Harvard Business School Press.Mr. Shah was featured as a Global Innovator for the United Nations International Peace Day and he has been a distinguished guest in global dialog around fostering World Compassion and Peace.Today We Talked AboutParesh's geeky background
7 Deadly Blind Spots of Technical Talent
7 Gear head Strengths
Lifter Leadership
Mindfulness
Poor Communications
Lack of Customer Centricity
Micromanagement
Making Business/Human Tradeoffs
Conflict Management
Uninspiring Leadership
Limited CreativitySpecial Lifter Offer for A Geek Leader Listeners
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Lifter Leadership
Non-Obvious Company
Glimpulse
Gear Head to Group Head AcademyI hope you enjoyed this show, please head over to iTunes and subscribe and leave me a rating and review, even one sentence will help spread the word.  Thanks again!

Jun 07 2019

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