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...
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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Sorry for the missed week, but we're back, bless our hearts! By my count, 10 f-bombs before we hit the 5 minute mark on this question: I'm almost 30 and I'm single and I have no children and I'm doing okay with money. I have a good job that pays okay and they treat me fine but its a super boring ...
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This episode's question is: My company keeps pushing me to talk at conferences. Why should I? Why should you, indeed!?  
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This episode's question: My company encourages conference attendance and reimburses expenses/travel. Previously I purchased a hotel stay for an event and was reimbursed immediately. More recently, I purchased a prepaid hotel stay and conference ticket for an event 2 months out, but my company has...
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Join Yanni Kuznia and Jer as they broadcast the live Q&A from Penguicon! Questions include: What is the worst job you've ever had (not starter jobs like fast food)? I keep hearing about servant leadership...what's that? It's easy to find tech conferences, what are good conferences for leaders...
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This episode's question: Can you please discuss your thoughts on what constitutes a good resume and, more importantly, what constitutes a terrible resume? As a hiring manager, I'm subjected to a wide range of resume formatting, some of which is clearly performed by the recruiter or agency present...
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This episode's question is: When you're interviewing, when should you talk about salary? And how? Some events for your consideration: Penguicon May 4-6 Kalamazoo X April 21 Download this episode Discarded titles: Talking Tenners, Discussing Dollars, Discussing Dead Presidents, Chatting About ...
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I want to apologize for that pun first...but, here's this episode's question: I am currently a programmer in niche languages with specialized experience going to school to be a software developer. I don't have a lot of experience doing large programming projects in C++ or Javascript or whatever. ...
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