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A Geek Leader Podcast - inspiring technical and creative leaders around the world
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A Geek Leader Podcast - inspiring technical and creative leaders around the world

Author: John Rouda: technical leader, author, speaker, educator

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The ultimate podcast for aspiring leaders in the creative or technology fields. John Rouda discusses leadership topics, interviews some of the greatest minds today and teaches you practical leadership tips, techniques, tricks and hacks to improve motivation, negotiation, and other much needed skills for leaders today.
114 Episodes
About Tony SaldanhaTony Saldanha is president of Transformant, a consulting firm specializing in assisting organizations through digital transformations. During his twenty-seven-year career at Procter & Gamble, he ran both operations and digital transformation for P&G’s famed global business services and IT organization in every region of the world, ending up as Vice President of Global Business services, next Generation services. He is an advisor to boards and CEOs on digital transformation, a sought-after speaker, and a globally awarded industry thought leader. His new book is Why Digital Transformations Fail: The Surprising Disciplines of How to Take Off and Stay Ahead (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, July, 2019). Learn more at is a globally recognized information technology and shared services executive; a progressive business leader with a breadth of experiences ranging from Disruptive IT/ Shared Services Strategy, Shared Services Outsourcing, Consulting, CIO roles, Technology-enabled business building and IT Systems integration during company acquisitions, among others.  He is geographical experience from having lived in Asia, Europe and the US - including both developed and developing markets.Tony is known for delivering concrete business outcomes and organization results, a champion of creating new, relevant business and technology models to stay ahead of disruptive technology capabilities. He enjoys working on tough problems using creativity and disciplined execution.He has a track record of leading change and was a Program Manager for the ~$8Bn outsourcing deal with HP, IBM and Jones Lang LaSalle – the largest Shared Services deal ever in 2003. As interim-CIO at the Gillette Company, was responsible to assimilate systems and the IT organization, for one of the most successful integration projects.Tony was named among Premier 100 IT Professionals on the 2014 Computerworld list and Loves learning, travel, history, home improvement, parodies and funny commercials."Fortune favors the prepared"Today We Talked AboutDigital TransformationWhy most Digital Transformations fail?What leaders are doing wrongbringing the business with you for digital transformationThe fourth industrial revolutionAI and block chain in the enterpriseReverse MentoringField TripsApplying ideas in a different contextSolve problems with the outcome in mindDigital LiteracyFortune favors the preparedBe disciplineChecklistsConnect With TonyLinkedInTwitterWebsiteBookI 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!
Expectations and FrustrationsIn this episode I talk about how having unrealistic expectations can lead to frustrations and disappointments.Many of us are frustrated and disappointed in our careers, work, and in the things that we achieve.  There are many reasons we are disappointed, but I think our expectations are probably one of the biggest culprits. In this episode I talk about setting realistic expectations and trying to align our expectations in a way to reduce disappoint without being super negative.  We want to maintain the "cup is half full" mentality, while still understanding that our expectations are not always going to be fulfilled.  One thing that I've learned that helps with this is gratitude.  I've talked a lot about gratitude on this podcast, and even had A.J. Jacobs on to talk about his book, Thanks a Thousand. Gratitude is a key when dealing with and preventing disappointment.  When we discover that our expectations are not being fulfilled the way we hoped, we need to turn our mindset around and figure out what things came from this unfulfilled expectation that we can be thankful for.In this episode I'll talk about:Setting proper expectationsUsing gratitude to recover from disappointmentHow to keep a positive attitudeRationally thinking your way out of a negative mindsetDealing with frustration I 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!
About JasonAs a Co-Founder, Jason Shropshire provides technical leadership in cyber security as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at InfusionPoints. Mr. Shropshire leads security initiatives for InfusionPoints' clients, specifically focusing on the development, deployment and operations of security programs and infrastructure in complex commercial organizations, government agencies and non-governmental organizations.  His experience includes serving as Information Systems Security Officer for the Dell Cloud for US Government / NTT DATA Cloud For Government, as Security Architect for Lowe's Companies, and in program support roles for Dell Services Federal Government, HPE, Army, Department of the Treasury, The World Bank Group and PepsiCo.Mr. Shropshire’s expertise spans the full life-cycle of Information Security programs including planning, architecture, design, development, testing, deployment and transition to operations.  Mr. Shropshire also serves as a team leader, providing project management support for the large-scale system integrations, by leveraging his broad set of professional experiences across IT and information security disciplines derived from over 12 years of industry experience.  With an industry background that broadly spans the IT domain, he provides the breadth necessary to lead complex Information Security programs.With over 12 years of information technology and consulting experience across manufacturing, retail and government industries, Mr. Shropshire dedicates himself to an information security philosophy of continuous improvement through risk identification and prioritization, the definition of the controls required to reduce risk, and the evaluation of control execution to assure effectiveness.Mr. Shropshire holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds US Patent, 6756049.Today We Talked AboutJason's early days in techHow he got into cyber securityStarting a cyber security firmhiring talentBuild, Test, DefendLeadershipReluctant leaderShortage in cyber securityRansomwarecyber securitychaos monkeyConnect with JasonTwitterLinkedInWebsiteI 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!
About Brian:Brian Dixon is a podcaster, conference speaker, and business coach. He believes that each of us were made for a purpose. You will discover that purpose by clarifying your calling, discovering your audience, and creating your products, which will help you navigate a clear path to impact and income.Brian is passionate about helping authors, speakers, and aspiring messengers create a sustainable business through growing their platform, and creating compelling online courses. He is the co-founder of hope*writers, a membership site of over 2,000 working writers. Brian has a doctoral degree from the University of San Diego. He and his wife Julie live in Charlotte, NC with their three young children.Today We Talked About:Why your family actually helps you succeed at work, and how to see your kids as a legacy instead of a liabilityThe counter-intuitive method to increase your income (without quitting your job)Little-known secrets to convert your under-performing team to a powerful dream teamNobody cares how much you know until they know how much you carewrite down detailsStart with Your peopleWrite a manual for your employeesKOLBE TestEnneagram TestLove LanguagesStrength Finders 2.0 - Episode with Tom RathFocus on People, not Purpose, Practice or ProfitConnect with Brian:TwitterLinkedInWebsiteYouTubeInstagramBook - Start with Your PeopleI 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!
About MichaelIf anyone is passionate about digital technologies and their impact on our future, it’s Michael Gale. In 2001, Michael founded and sold two companies, Strategic Oxygen, a leading data toolset for marketers in the technology industry and Pulsepoint group. He has been a group partner at Monitor Group and was the chief web officer/GM at Micron Technology. Michael is a Forbes contributor, a global top 10 A.I. Influencer, and the lead-author of The Wall Street Journal and Amazon best-selling book on digital transformation: The Digital Helix. The #1 selling book on digital transformation in 2018, The Digital Helix is a powerful blueprint to guide executives and business owners in developing a digital culture from the ground up—making it part of their organizations’ DNA. This is a $2 trillion industry (IDC).As the host of Forbes Insights Futures InFocus podcast, Michael’s experience and passion for digital tech are evident. He engages in conversations with global visionaries and leaders who are thinking about our world 10 years from now, helping us design for it, and guiding us toward it in a way that allows us to thrive. Nothing is certain about the future except the need to design differently for it than the world we live in today. Only 29% of Americans think about the world of 10 years from now and only once a week (Institute of the Future research 2017), yet 95%+ of us will be living in a world dominated by different ways of working, entertaining, eating, transporting ourselves, educating and raising our families. How the digital technologies now dominating our world will change how we think about the world that is far closer than we realize should be a question we each get insight on each week Michael brings together visionaries who are charged with the responsibility to help guide and stimulate the thinking necessary to drive design and actions that will change the world we’ll be living in 10 years from now. Our future will be identified and defined by decisions, ideas, and practices that we start putting into play today. Through his conversations with CEOs of startups, Global 2000 executives, academics, and innovative thinkers, Michael hopes to spark new ways for us to do anything and everything right now to help prepare us to thrive in the future.Today We Talked AboutDigital TransformationIT to explain things in a business language7 components of digital transformationGet comfortable getting uncomfortableIts not all or nothingCrypto with Facebook - Article on ForbesBlank with circle in the middle - story about our industry... good for us, bad for usWhat do we stop doing, what do we do differently, what do we do for the first time.Connect with MichaelPodcastWebsiteBook - Digital HelixTwitterLinkedInI 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!
AGL 108:  Tom Schwab

AGL 108: Tom Schwab


About Tom SchwabTom Schwab knows how to build an online business. He’s done it successfully several times, and now helps others find online success with podcast interview marketing. Marketing at its heart is starting a conversation with someone who could be an ideal customer. Tom helps thought leaders (coaches, authors, speakers, consultants, emerging brands) get featured on leading podcasts their ideal prospects are already listening to. The Interview Valet system then helps them to turn listeners into customers. The author of Podcast Guest Profits: Grow Your Business with a Targeted Interview Strategy, Tom is also Founder/CEO of Interview Valet, the category king of Podcast Interview Marketing.Today we talked About:Tom's pastInbound MarketingMarketing yourselfObscurityBreaking through the noise...Being an expertPublic SpeakingVideo messaging - LoomHow to get Booked on Podcasts1000 true fansThe higher you go, the deeper the relationships need to be.Message, Market and MachineHow to scale a service based businessCount to 7 before saying anythingThe bottle neck at any bottle is at the topMastermindsOutliers BookHow to Win Friends and Influence Others BookThe Miracle Equation Book Get the checklist for interviews, Free Podcast Guest Profits Connect with Tom:TwitterLinkedInWebsiteBookI 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!
About Mark SchwartzMark Schwartz is an iconoclast and CIO and a playful crafter of ideas, an inveterate purveyor of lucubratory prose. He has been an IT leader in organizations small and large, public, private, and nonprofit.As an Enterprise Strategist for Amazon Web Services, he uses his extensive CIO wisdom to advise the world's largest companies on the obvious: time to moveto the cloud, guys. As the CIO of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, he provoked the federal government into adopting Agile and DevOps practices. He is pretty sure that when he was the CIO of Intrax Cultural Exchange he was the first person ever to use business intelligence and supply chain analytics to place au pairs with the right host families. Mark speaks frequently on innovation, change leadership, bureaucratic implications of DevOps, and using Agile practices in low-trust environments. With a BS in computer science from Yale, a master's in philosophy from Yale, and an MBA from Wharton, Mark is either an expert on the business value of IT or just confused and much poorer.Mark is the author of The Art of Business Value, A Seat at the Table, and War and Peace and IT and the winner of a Computerworld Premier 100 award, an Amazon Elite 100 award, a Federal Computer Week Fed 100 award, and a CIO Magazine CIO 100 award. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.Today We Talked AboutMark's Technology JourneyA Seat at the TableWare and Peace and ITDigital TransformationDevOps Approach vs ScrumIT is part of the businessDrive change from the topSpread the good culturePairing arrangementsDoJo ModelMitosis ModelPair Programming'Pitfalls to avoid during Digital TransformationChanging Culture is an outcome of digital transformation, not a prerequisite.Evaluation of SuccessHaving Confidence in the ResultsUsing Data for Hypothesis and ResultsThe Lean StartupFinish SomethingClear VisionSmall ExecutionWhat can we do in a few daysWhy Mark wrote each of his booksConnect with MarkTwitterWar and Peace and ITA Seat at the TableThe Art of Business ValueI 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!
About PareshParesh 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,, Inc., Entrepreneur, Smart CEO, Killer Startups, 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 background7 Deadly Blind Spots of Technical Talent7 Gear head StrengthsLifter LeadershipMindfulnessPoor CommunicationsLack of Customer CentricityMicromanagementMaking Business/Human TradeoffsConflict ManagementUninspiring LeadershipLimited CreativitySpecial Lifter Offer for A Geek Leader Listeners Connect with PareshTwitterLifter LeadershipNon-Obvious CompanyGlimpulseGear 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!
About Kevin KruseOur guest today is the founder and CEO of LEADx, the first company to create a virtual executive coach using IBM Watson artificial intelligence.He is also the host of the LEADx Leadership Podcast, and he’s a New York Times bestselling author of nine books. His brand new book is, Great Leaders Have No Rules: Contrarian Leadership Principles to Transform Your Team and Business.Our guest is Kevin Kruse. Welcome to the show, Kevin.Kevin Kruse is a New York Times bestselling author and a serial entrepreneur who started or cofounded several multimillion-dollar businesses. Kruse’s articles on leadership have appeared in Forbes and a number of other publications, and his podcast, The LEADx Leadership Show, has been downloaded over one million times. He is the founder and CEO of, whose mission is to spark one hundred million new leaders.Today We Talked AboutKevin's Leadership Journey in TechHow does Coach Amanda work?Closing the open door policyTurning off smartphonesNo more todo lists, use your calendarTime ManagementTransparency even when it comes to salary?Don't treat everyone the same...its okay to Play Favorites with your teamLeadership is not a choiceCoach AmandaConnect with KevinLEADx.orgGreat Leaders Have No Rules BookTwitterLEADx PodcastI 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!
About PurdeepPurdeep helps entrepreneurs master themselves so they can master their life. His personal mission is to help men live more fulfilling lives, have passionate relationships and raise happy families. As an entrepreneur, husband and father, Purdeep knows exactly how tough it can be to balance a successful business with a happy family. Purdeep is a pioneer in the Inner Force Formula (IFF). A system developed using transformation psychology, latest neuroscience and the ancient art of mindfulness to align a man’s life energy, mind and emotions to create exponential confidence, performance, vitality, wealth, time, options, joy and fulfillment.Prior to creating his own firm, Purdeep was a successful executive at a multi-billion-dollar organization. Purdeep has spent two decades studying the top business around the world. He is an expert in Marketing, Sales, Operations, High-Performance Teams, and taking an average business to the top of its industry. Listeners to the podcast get  a 10% discount on his upcoming 360 Abundance program. Here is the coupon code “malepodcast10”. The listeners must attend the webinar first to see if it’s the right fit for them. Here is the link Talked AboutSelf Mastery SkillsMaster yourself, master lifeMindsetLife EnergyForces and BalancesFocusConfidence - roughly 20% of achieving the goalbuilt on past experienceSelf-esteemPut your oxygen mask on 1stSmall winsModeling behaviorsSelf-talkPhysical StateManaging emotionsConnect with PudeepWebsiteBookLinkedInTwitterPodcast360 AbundanceI 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!
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