The Asynchronous Approach: Remote Management Tips from a Digital Nomad
Cate Huston, Engineering Director of Mobile at DuckDuckGo
In episode #30, Cate Huston shares the lessons and best practices she has learned as a remote manager at companies like DuckDuckGo, Automattic, and Google. Tune in to learn about asynchronous communication, remote onboarding, and being authentic while having manager role models.
How to Stay Aligned in the Midst of a Collaboration Revolution
Bruce Tulgan , CEO at RainmakerThinking
In episode #29, Bruce Tulgan identifies what it takes for teams to collaborate confidently, make good decisions, and as a result, produce excellent work.
Diagnose the Question: Why Listening Is More Important Than Giving Advice
Sarah Milstein, Senior Director of Engineering at Mailchimp
In episode #28, Sarah Milstein reflects on some “bad boss behaviour” she has witnessed in her career and shares how behaviour affects output. Tune in to hear about the importance of listening before reacting or jumping to conclusions.
Teams Across Timezones: How to Be an Effective Remote Manager
Marcus Wermuth, Engineering and Product Manager at Buffer
In episode #27, Marcus Wermuth talks about the challenges that come with hiring a team that is distributed around the world and how he makes it work. Tune in to hear why we must remember to include humanness and personality in our work systems and structures, because we are working with humans – and not avatars.
Getting The Right People in the Right Seats: Why Environment Fit is Different Than Culture Fit
Hiten Shah, Co-Founder & CEO of FYI
In episode #26, Hiten Shah talks about identifying slow moving teams, why managers need to be in tune with what their teams actually know (and what they don’t), and how founders can transfer their unique talents and skills. Tune in to hear Hiten share why environment fit matters to build a well oiled team.
Performance Reviews: How to Plan For The Most Important Meetings You’ll Have
Lenny Rachitsky, Former Product Lead at Airbnb
In episode #25, Lenny Rachitsky shares a groundbreaking framework to improve your planning processes, inform your team structure, and prepare for performance reviews. Tune in to hear about the importance of providing your team with knowledge and support, so they can do the best work possible.
Check Your Blind Spots: Why Leadership Requires Self-Awareness and Maturity
Camille Fournier, Managing Director, Platform Engineering at Two Sigma
In episode #24, Camille Fournier talks about the art of managing technical teams and why leaders should always strive to develop and improve their own skills. Listen to this episode to learn about the importance of structure, repetition, and self-awareness as a leader.
Victories, Insights, and Puzzles: Running Leadership Meetings with Purpose
Andrew Waitman, CEO at Assent Compliance
In episode #23, Andrew Waitman reveals a unique way to structure your leadership meetings. Tune in to explore the concepts of agility and adaptability and why structure is such an important aspect of strategy, leadership and of course, team management.
Inclusion Is Not Charity Work: Why Adopting an Investment Mindset Creates Truly Diverse Teams
Leslie Miley, ENGINEERING LEADER
In episode #22, Leslie Miley asks us to rethink how we invest in inclusion and uplift our teams. Tune in to learn why as leaders, we must move away from performative allyship, and instead… rebuild the trust that has been broken due to racism that is built into systems, processes, and workplace culture.
The Positivity Effect: How You Show Up as a Leader Reflects on Your Team
Erin Bury, CEO at Willful
In episode # 21, Erin Bury shares how she brings optimism to her leadership and how we can balance positivity with the challenges that come with business. Erin recognizes that empathy, awareness, and connection are key aspects of being a leader, no matter what kind of business you are leading, be it service-based or product-based.
Processes Before Velocity: Why Your 100th Employee Will Change Your Company
Michael Litt, CEO at Vidyard
In episode #20, Michael Litt reminds us of how important it is to exercise our minds, so we can execute our mission and our values as leaders. We talk about how leadership changes as your business grows, the importance of communication and structure to keep tasks on track, and having empathy and compassion for your team.
Patrick Campbell, CEO at ProfitWell
In episode #19, Patrick Campbell reflects on his journey as a first-time founder and manager. You will hear about Patrick’s early career-building days working at Google and the US Defence Department, as well as what life was like when he decided to go all-in and build ProfitWell in 2012.
The Superpower of Inclusive Leadership
Melinda Briana Epler, CEO at Change Catalyst
In episode #18, Melinda Briana Epler defines the concept of allyship and what it means and looks like to be a good ally in the workplace. Tune in to learn why it is necessary to be and feel uncomfortable when doing anti-racist work and how to have conversations that promote safety and equality, and interrupt one’s that don’t, so you can make changes and create more equal spaces at work.
The Culture Equation: How Value-Based Leadership Results in High-Performing and Loyal Teams
Bo Brabo, Former Director of HR at US Army and White House Communications Agency
In episode #17, Bo Brabo talks about his journey through the military, presidential offices and the corporate world and the lessons he learned about value-based leadership.
How Experimentation and Testing Apply to Management, Not Just Marketing
Shane Murphy-Reuter, SVP of Marketing at Intercom
In episode #16, Shane Murphy-Reuter explores the important qualities and behaviours that make a successful leader and as a result, a successful team. Listen as we talk to Shane about moving to remote work during the COVID-19 crisis, how to balance work and play with your team, and the importance of consistency when leading and managing.
Building a Connected Network of Brains
Jean-Michel Lemieux, CTO at Shopify
In episode #15, Jean-Michel Lemieux invites us to explore what and who it takes to lean into leadership. We also discuss the importance of knowing when to lead and when to follow, the extraversion myth, and what it means to treat your team as a connected network of brains.
The Difference Between a Leader and a Boss
Kirstine Stewart, Head of Shaping the Future of Media at the World Economic Forum
In episode #14, Kirstine Stewart explains what it means to have a leadership mindset (even if you’re not a manager) and why female representation in leadership roles is so important for all modern companies and corporations.
How to Find Your Zone of Genius
Alex MacCaw, CEO AT CLEARBIT
In Episode #13, Alex MacCaw describes the frameworks and best practices that managers should adopt to constantly improve their leadership skills. He also explains Clearbit’s impeccable agreements and how they can help you improve communication and collaboration across departments.
How to Build and Scale High-Performing Teams
David Sakamoto, VP CUSTOMER SUCCESS AT GITLAB
In episode #12, David Sakamoto shares a framework to build and scale high-performing teams, as well as best practices to onboard new team members at rapidly growing companies. We also talk about the importance of monthly career conversations, and why leaders should be the last ones to voice their opinion during team meetings.
Success Strategies for New Leaders
Michael Watkins, AUTHOR: THE FIRST 90 DAYS
In episode #11, Michael Watkins discusses some of the strategies that new leaders can adopt to be successful in their roles and climb up the learning curve. We also talked about the self-doubt phase, and why almost 90% of leaders deal with the urge to prove themselves when they start a new job — something that Michael calls the “action imperative”.
Empowering Your Team to Lead Fulfilling Lives
Vlad Magdalin, CEO AT WEBFLOW
In episode #10, Vlad Magdalin talks about the founding philosophies of Webflow and the surprising rationale behind the company's dual mission. He also shares a template to run effective and inclusive company-wide meetings and best practices to make the hybrid remote model work for your organization.
How to Coach Your Team to Success
Lara Hogan , Co-Founder at Wherewithall
In episode #9, Lara Hogan shares best practices to understand your team’s core needs and create predictability in times of uncertainty. We also discuss the difference between mentorship, coaching, and sponsorship – and how you can become a better sponsor and coach for your team.
The Art of Leadership: 1-on-1s, Staff Meetings, and Manager READMEs
Michael Lopp, Rands in Repose
In episode #8, Michael Lopp (Rands) talks about the power of scheduling regular one-on-one meetings and asking clarifying questions to identify unengaged employees. We also discuss the concept of Manager Readmes and how they can help you build more efficient and positive working relationships.
The Art of Being a Mensch
Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist at Canva
In episode #7, Guy Kawasaki talks about his experience managing Apple’s evangelism team, the lessons he learned working with Steve Jobs, and the German concept of being a Mensch – and how it can help you identify great leaders.
How to Implement Operational Frameworks and Hire Great Leaders
Sam Zaid, CEO AT GETAROUND
In episode #6, Sam Zaid (CEO of Getaround) shares a playbook you can use to identify and hire great leaders. He also describes the RACI framework and how Getaround is using this and another set of rituals to help new managers be effective right away.
How to Leverage Your Team’s Strengths
Tara Robertson, Head of Customer Marketing at Sprout Social
In episode #5, Tara Robertson (Head of Customer Marketing at Sprout Social) talks about the power of focusing on your team’s strengths. She also shares some great insights on how to overcome imposter syndrome, find mentors, and deal with the challenges of managing a remote team.
How Operating Principles Can Help Your Team Thrive
Eran Aloni, COO at Gong
In episode #4, Eran Aloni (COO of Gong.io) shares his insights on how to get your team aligned and why accountability is critical to leading teams. We also talked about how Gong.io uses operating principles to guide their team and what signals you can watch for to know you’re ready to implement them in your company.
Building a Culture of Trust and Transparency
Michele Romanow, President & Co-founder at Clearbanc
In episode #3, Michele Romanow (co-founder and president of Clearbanc) talks about building a culture of radical candor, trusting employees to make data-driven decisions, and hiring empathetic people.
How to Motivate and Develop Your Team
Sara Varni, CMO at Twilio
In episode #2, Sara Varni (CMO of Twilio) talks about the importance of understanding your team’s motivations, setting clear expectations around KPIs, and empowering people to develop professionally within your organization.
The Art of Servant Leadership
David Cancel, CEO at Drift
In episode #1, David Cancel (CEO of Drift) shares his insights and practical advice to implement servant leadership, skip-level meetings, and learning loops in your organization.