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

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.
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AGL 085: 2018 Retrospective
2018 has been a great year.  I rebooted the podcast with both solo shows and more interviews than ever before.  The number of listeners and total downloads have blown my mind.  The number of platforms where you can get A Geek Leader has grown remarkably as well. I learned a lot of valuable information that I can apply to my day job and my life outside of work.  I met and talked to some of the coolest people on the planet.  I suspect 2019 will be even better.  All good retrospectives usually answer 4 questions:What went well?What didn’t go so well?What have I learned?What still puzzles me?So let me tackle those now.What went well?The Guests and Interviews.  Interviewing people went way better than expected.  Several guest have not only heard of the show, but were regular listeners of the show, which was humbling and mind blowing to me.  My time management and scheduling got better since I started using Calendly to schedule my interviews.The Platforms.  This year we expanded past iTunes and Google Play Music on to I Heart Radio, Stitcher, YouTube, and Spotify.  The growth on new platforms made a big impact to the number of subscribers and downloads.The audio.  The audio got better after switching to Zencastr for recording.The downloads.  It may not seem like a lot for some podcast, but passing the 50,000 download mark and having nearly 500,000 youtube views were both big accomplishments in 2018.What didn’t go so well?So I missed an interview due to timezone issues on my end.  Totally my fault, but I still feel bad about it.  I didn't release episodes on a consistent basis.  Sometimes I rolled 3 a week, and other times I skipped a week. I need to be more consistent on getting out episodes. Sometimes I didn't feel as prepared as I should have been for some interviews.  There were a few times when I scheduled 3+ interviews in 1 week and had to bust my butt to get the work done for prep.  Sometimes I the material would run together and I didn't feel fully prepared at times. I'll do better on spacing out the interviews in 2019.What have I learned?The number 1 thing that I've learned (and correct me if I'm wrong) is that my listeners prefer the interview format over solo shows.  I feel as though I still need to do solo shows, but the stats don't lie. Another thing I learned is that people love to be interviewed on podcast.  Dozens of people I had never met before were willing to spend an hour talking to a total stranger about their life and leadership adventures.  People (at least my guests) are good and enjoy helping those around them, even at zero financial gain.What still puzzles me?How great will 2019 be?  Who are all of you listeners and downloaders of the show?  I did a survey a while back, but we have way more listeners and subscribers than we got responses back on the survey.  Who all are you guys and why do you listen to my show?  What do you love about it and what do you hate about it?  I can't change and make it better without feedback from you.  email me your feedback.

AGL 085: 2018 Retrospective

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AGL 084: Michael Sarraille, Navy SEAL, EF Overwatch Co-Founder
Today on the show we've got Mike Sarraille, EF Overwatch Co-Founder, Managing Partner & CEO.  Mike is one tough guy.  Being a Marine wasn't tough enough for this guy, so he became a Navy Seal.  We talk about leadership and ownership in this interview.  Its a must listen!About MikeMike Sarraille is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer, founder and board of director for the VETTED Foundation, a 501(c)3 Veteran executive education platform, a graduate of the University of Texas McCombs Business School, and a leadership instructor and strategic advisor for Echelon Front, a management consulting firm.Mike served fifteen years as an officer in the SEAL Teams and five years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an enlisted Recon Marine and Scout-Sniper before receiving his commission in the Navy. Mike served in SEAL Team THREE, Task Unit Bruiser alongside Extreme Ownership authors Jocko Willink and Leif Babin where he led major combat operations that played a pivotal role in the Battle of Ramadi in 2006. Mike again deployed with Task Unit Bruiser in 2008 and led historic combat operations in Sadr City during the Battle of Route Gold. Following his return, Mike assumed duties as the primary leadership instructor for all officers graduating from the SEAL training pipeline.Mike was then selected for assignment to the Joint Special Operations Command where he completed multiple combat deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Mike is a recipient of the Silver Star, six Bronze Stars, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, and a Purple Heart. Mike continues to participate as a Veteran Transition subject matter expert on panels across the nation.Connect with MikeEF OverwatchEchelon FrontTwitterLinkedInExtreme Ownership BookI 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!
AGL 082: Mike Cohn – Agile Leadership
About MikeMike Cohn is the author of three of best-selling books on agile (User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile). He is one of the world’s most sought-after and respected Certified Scrum Trainers, a keynote speaker, and an in-demand coach to companies throughout the United States and around the world.As the founder of Mountain Goat Software, Mike specializes in helping companies adopt and improve their use of agile processes and techniques in order to build extremely high-performance development organizations. His weekly email tips on succeeding with agile are read by over 100,000 people.With more than 20 years of experience, Mike has previously been a technology executive in companies of various sizes, from startup to Fortune 40. He is a co-founder of both the Scrum Alliance and the Agile Alliance, the home of the Agile Manifesto. He can be reached at mike@mountaingoatsoftware.comToday We Talked AboutEarly years of Mike CohnManagementCommunication of Agile Project ManagementRubber Duck DebuggingAsking QuestionsLeading people to the solution instead telling them the solutionImplementing ScrumWicked Problems, Righteous SolutionsScrum Alliance and Agile AllianceDo it by the bookEssential ScrumContent CreationEntrepreneurshipBe more open to experiments that may not work outTrustTrip-wiresAsk More Questions than you make StatementsConnect with MikeTwitterBlogWebsiteLinkedInI 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!
AGL 080 : Unbreakable with Thom Shea
About Thom:(Ret.) Navy SEAL Thom Shea is the founder and CEO of Adamantine Alliance, a Leadership training organization. Thom works directly with executives and high performance individuals who want to master the Five Pyramids of Human Performance® to achieve the next level results.Thom is a renowned Keynote speaker, presenting dynamic topics of Leading in Chaos, Forging Leaders, and the Culture of Leading People.Thom interviews high performance leaders on The Unbreakable Podcast.He is the author of the best selling book “UNBREAKABLE: A Navy SEAL’s Way of Life.” Little and Brown publishing.Before creating Adamantine Alliance, Thom served 23 years with distinguished Valor as a Navy SEAL. During his military career he served in three wars, ultimately leading a team of Navy SEALs into Afghanistan in 2009 where he earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, Army Commendation with Valor and his second Combat Action medal. He was hand-selected to serve as Officer In Charge of the famed SEAL Sniper course from 2010 – 2012. During his two year tenure, he transformed the sniper curriculum while successfully increasing both graduation numbers and shooting performance test scores.In his downtime, Thom runs Ultra marathons. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ball State University and a Master Training Specialist certification from the Naval Special Warfare Center. He now resides in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife and three children.Today We Talked About:BUDS TrainingBeing A Seal5 Pyramids of SuccessPhysicalWealthSpiritualRelationshipsIntellectualAdventure RacingPractice LeadershipTeam DynamicsAccountabilityModeling BehaviorStrong Women are necessary for Men to Succeed13 Life Lessons in UnbreakableInternal DialogHope is the absence of actionBelief is the absence of knowledgeThree Keys to LeadingHungerSkillHumbleBeing Comfortable being UncomfortableDon't compromise yourselfDisruptionConnect with ThomWebsiteUnbreakable BookTwitterFacebookPodcast13 Unbreakable LessonsI 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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