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The One Constant with Don Gray

Episode 25 Change is hard, unpredictable, and downright complex. Getting people or systems to change is not easy and certainly not done in a vacuum.  In this episode of Programming Leadership, Marcus and his guest Don Gray enlighten listeners regarding the world of software development, the reasons for implementing software changes and why it’s not…

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Investing in the Long Game with Reuven Lerner

Episode 23 Training, done properly, is a specialized type of learning that companies can use as an investment in their personnel.  Unfortunately, it also may become just a box that gets ticked off each year as a mandatory practice. Marcus and Reuven discuss how to get the most from your training dollar, what to expect…

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A First Team Mindset

Episode 22 When you as the manager treat your peers, other managers in the organizations as your first team, it changes your stance. It changes the way you work. It creates intentionally a set of allies you can problem-solve, people problem-solve with, people you can collaborate with. This is a little bit different idea than…

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Learning to Handle Uncertainty

Episode 21 Does project work feel like a guessing game? What happens when projects go off track, and how can this affect customer relationships? Better yet, how can we navigate uncertainty when we estimate and plan — but things still go wrong? Standing in uncertainty, learning to handle it, and living in inquiry are topics…

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Managing to Solve An Elegant Puzzle with Will Larson

Episode 20 At Stripe, guest Will Larson received his first official management training by an employer. It taught him about different management styles, problem-solving, and more. But most employees don’t get management training, which can cause problems down the road. Marcus and Will discuss this, plus what it takes to handle leadership roles.    …

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Monkeys and Rocks with Matt Greenberg

Episode 19 If a friend asks you to help them move something heavy, like a rock, you probably wouldn’t think twice. But if they asked you to take care of their pet monkey… That’s the beginning of our chat with Matt Greenberg, Vice President of Engineering at Credit Karma, who compares problems of various types…

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Dynamic Reteaming with Heidi Helfand

Episode 18 The only constant is change.  Heidi Helfand knows a thing or two about changes in organizations. From re-teaming to re-organizations to just shuffling a member or two, in this episode we’ll learn how to think about these inevitable changes and what to do when they happen.     Show Notes What are some…

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Putting the Emotion Into EQ with Etienne de Bruin

Episode 17 Emotional intelligence is essential to good leadership, but many CTO’s stress the importance of IQ instead. To move from contributor to manager, it’s a good idea to invest the time to explore EQ, as well as personality profiles to better understand how to manage people.     Show Notes Managing expectations Emotional Intelligence…

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The Importance of Proper Feedback

Episode 16 Do people really crave feedback? That’s the assumption a lot of managers make, so in this episode we’ll talk about what feedback really means and how you can give it in a meaningful, productive manner.     Show Notes What is the history of feedback? Your output becomes their input The limits of…

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Authentic Feedback

Episode 14 We’ve all experienced feedback that was unhelpful — but why was it that way? Supervisors want to motivate us and bring out our best, but perhaps they don’t always think about the feedback they’re giving. Is it really helpful? Is it addressing the real problem? What’s the context? In this episode, we’ll look…

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There’s Always More Information

Episode 13 Breaking a problem down can help you see it more clearly, and attack the issues wrapped up in that problem more effectively. Sometimes we tackle problems that are large or connected to other issues, and it can be helpful to take a step back, consider other perspectives, get more information, and try breaking…

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Motivation is NaN (Not a Number)

Episode 12 What motivates your programmers? In this episode, Marcus looks at the various factors that impact motivation, and why one of his engineers just wasn’t grooving on a project. Chances are you’ve got teammates who feel the same way. Guess what? It’s not that they’re lacking in motivation, it’s that they’re no longer motivated…

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