Leading Questions Podcast

We are Dawn Kuczwara and Jer Lance; technologists, leaders, and (most importantly) opinionated people who want to draw from our wealth of experienc...
A listener asked on Facebook about impostor syndrome. It's a topic that comes up a lot, both in questions from listeners and in conversation during shows. This episode Dawn, Jer, and special guest Angela Dugan talk about it a bit. Our next book will be Ed Catmull's Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming...
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For our second bookclub book, we discuss The Little Guide to Empathetic Technical Leadership by Alex Harms. Our next book will be Ed Catmull's Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration.
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In this episode: A listener was lamenting the holiday season and how difficult it was to navigate all of the parties, dinners, and other social events as an introvert. Their questions ran along the lines of whether it was important to attend these functions, how to negotiate the events when you...
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This episode's question is: We just went through a re-org at work and the awesome team I was on has been split up. I am currently waiting for my next project, doing little bits of odds-and-ends work in the meantime. I went from getting to work on an agile team developing a product to sitting by...
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Welcome to the first in our bookclub series, in which we discuss Mark Manson's The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life. Our next book will be Alex Harms' Little Guide to Empathetic Technical Leadership. Future books will include: Creativity,...
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Welcome to the first in our bookclub series, in which we discuss Mark Manson's The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life.
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A listener mentioned that we talk a lot about books we've read, both in a positive way and joking at their expense. So he posed this question: What are some great books for leaders and knowledge workers to read, and what are some not-so-great books to avoid?
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Episode 52 - Have a Podcast and a Smile
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Episode 51 - Follow the Leader
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This episode's question is: I work for a small company of less than 100 employees. We're currently hiring additional IT team members, and I want to make sure that we are getting a diverse group of employees, not just white guys. However, everyone who has come in for an interview is a white guy....
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This episode's question is: I have been mulling around my impending severance from the company I work for, and I can't help perseverating over one detail. The two week notice. What really is the point? To give some context, three fourths of our team has either been let go or quit in the past ye...
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This episode's question is: I have an employee who is unhappy with changes that are being made in the company, and has been very vocal about it. About 2 months ago he informed me in a one-on-one that he was actively looking for a new job. Since then I've had incidents where I've had to speak to...
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This episode features Karen Walker helping us answer the following question: My company recently passed over a potential hire for culture fit. She seemed like a great candidate and did great on the hiring challenges. What is culture fit and why does it matter? Helpful Links: Karen's book: No...
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This episode's question is: I've been a leader for a couple of years now and have identified some significant changes I need/want to make in my leadership style. What are your thoughts on a slow/steady "roll-out" focusing on one element at a time vs. a big-bang release of "Leader 2.0"? In case...
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This episode's questions is: Am I hurting my career prospects the longer I stay as a senior developer but where there are no lead responsibilities and no team reporting to me? Conversely, how long can you be in a pure leadership position before a person would have a hard time getting a developm...
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This episode's question: Question about applying to "senior" positions: I tick almost all of the boxes listed as required qualifications with a few exceptions I could definitely learn on the job, but the responsibilities list notes a lot of leadership and project management work that I haven't do...
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This episode's question is a long one... It is difficult for me to get enthusiastic about helping customers who I've never met, so instead, I motivate myself by helping my co-workers. I put effort into learning how to meet the needs of each person I work alongside-- only to find they will not be ...
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This episode's question: Recently, I was informed that a new executive/c-level has joined the company. I found out about this on my weekly touch base with my boss, where I was introduced to said executive and informed, in that meeting, that he's my new boss. This seemed a crappy way to introduce ...
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This episode's question is: This was an interview question at a recent job opportunity, I was curious how you'd answer it: Explain a time when you tried your best to achieve a goal but failed. Links from this episode: Just 2 short weeks until Self.Conference! A bit about the Campbellian Mo...
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This episode's question: What do you do if you don't fit into your job? As mentioned on the podcast...The Peter Principle  
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