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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.
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About Captain John Coach HavlikCAPT John "Coach" Havlik, U. S. Navy (Retired), is the CEO of JRH Consulting, offering individual/team consulting on building and leading high-performance teams. He is also the Special Advisor for Giant Leap Consulting. He retired in 2014 after 31+ years of distinguished military service, 29 of those years in the Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) community.John graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Business Administration (Accounting). He was a 4-year swimming letterman, and his career was highlighted by being the first swimmer in school history to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials (1980), qualifying for the NCAA Division 1A Swimming Championships (3 times), and serving as tri-captain of the first undefeated men’s swim team in school history his senior year. He was inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. In 2018, John became the first former WVU male swimmer selected for the Mountaineer Legends Society, WVU’s version of a sports Ring of Honor.John enlisted in the Navy in 1982, and was subsequently assigned to the U. S Naval Academy as a swim coach/physical education instructor. He was later commissioned as a naval officer via Officer Candidate School in 1984. He successfully completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in 1985. His subsequent military assignments included a full range of duties in the SEAL community, to include the elite Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He commanded several times, and completed numerous deployments in key leadership positions to named and contingency operations around the world during his career.While in the Navy, John completed graduate studies at the Naval War College in Newport, RI, receiving a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies.Connect with John through social media: website:, Twitter (@coachhavlik), and LinkedIn (’s book, coauthored with his WVU buddy Bill Treasurer, is The Leadership Killer: Reclaiming Humility in an Age of Arrogance, which focuses on humility as the fundamental leadership attribute. Jim Kouzes, one of the world’s most renowned authorities on leadership, calls the book “one of the most unique and valuable books you will read all year.”Learn more at We Talked AboutHow Coach got into the sealsThe Dangers of HubrisWhy is leadership so seductive?Why this book?Leadership TriadFind someone to keep you in check (Master Chief)Lessons of HumilityEgo Issues"Make it Happen"360 Reviews"The needs of the many out way the needs of the few."Connect to CoachTwitterWebsiteLinkedInThe Leadership Killer BookLeadership Kill WebsiteI 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 Adam Gordon BellAdam Gordon Bell has spent 14+ years in the trenches as a software developer. His recent interests include functional programming and using type systems to build better software. Currently, Adam works on static analysis of docker containers for security vulnerabilities at Tenable. In his spare time, Adam hosts CoRecursive Podcast and has a personal blog. Adam is also a advocate of distributed software development teams and, though he lives in Canada, he works daily with teammates in the EU and the US. Say hello on twitter at adamgordonbell.CoRecursive features interviews on technical topics of interest to software developers. If you are a professional software developer or someone who likes to code or has an interest in programming languages, you will love our podcast.Today We Talked AboutHow Adam started in techDeep LearningPassion for learningEmpathyPerspective takingConnect with AdamTwitterWebsiteCoRecursive 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 RogerAmerican conductor Roger Nierenberg is the creator of The Music Paradigm which has brought him to the podium of The London Philharmonic, The Residentie Orkest, The New Zealand Symphony, The National Symphony, the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Baltimore. He has collaborated with musicians from more than one hundred orchestras around the world.Mr. Nierenberg enjoyed long tenures as Music Director of both The Jacksonville Symphony (Florida)and the Stamford Symphony (Connecticut). His career began with an auspicious debut at Lincoln Center with the Pro Arte Chorale and subsequent performances at the Mostly Mozart Festival. Numerous guest conducting engagements followed with many of the great American orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Austin, Baltimore, Charleston, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New Jersey, San Diego, St. Louis, and Utah as well as New York's American Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C.'s National Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Abroad, he has recorded with the London Philharmonic, and has conducted concerts at the Prague Spring Festival with the Czech Radio Orchestra and at the Beijing Festival with the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. Other performances include engagements with the London Mozart Players, Mexico's National Symphony Orchestra, the Nova Scotia Symphony and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.Nierenberg has conducted operatic performances with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Chautauqua Opera, the American Opera Center at Lincoln Center and opera in concert with the Dallas Opera (with Frederica von Stade) and the Santa Barbara Symphony (with Ms. Von Stade and Thomas Hampson). He has appeared at numerous summer festivals including the Tanglewood Institute, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Colorado Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Madeira Bach Festival.The Music Paradigm is a powerful learning experience that uses symphonic music to illuminate compelling insights about people at work. Participants are seated directly amongst the orchestra musicians where they gain fresh understandings about the opportunities and challenges faced by their own organization. Over the past twenty years, Nierenberg has presented to hundreds of different organizations, from civic groups to Fortune 500 companies, in two dozen different countries.Today We Talked AboutLeadershipLearning EventsListening to the MusicReading a Map and Giving DirectionsEarly Mistakes that lead Roger to be a great leaderThe Music ParadigmDon't underestimate the task of management and leadershipLeadership shouldn't finger pointRoger NierenbergThe Music ParadigmMaestro BookTwitterLinkedInI 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 JoelJoel Beasley is the author of ModernCTO and host of the #1 Technology Leadership Podcast in the world with 70k active listeners. The podcast Modern CTO hosts a wide range of Chief Technology Officers from Startup to Enterprise. Recent guests include the CTOs of Microsoft, VMware, T-Mobile and NASA.Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology leadership and is the Founder of - Leadership and Professional Development for technologists.Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 with a 7 figure exit. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.Joel is the President of a charity that designs STEM related children's books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman, and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.Joel is a native to Sarasota, FL along with his wife Michelle, daughter Aria and new baby son, Lachlan.Today We Talked AboutModern CTO PodcastApp BuildingAsk your leader how you can be more valuableConsistencyPut accountability in placeMake your goal big enough to keep you excitedReputationGritDisciplineBenefits for networkingGrowing a businessGetting Venture CapitolConnect with JoelModern CTO PodcastModern CTO BookTwitterLinkedInLeaderbits.ioI 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 Dr. Sharon JonesDr. Sharon Jones, Ed.D is the founder and CEO of and The Dottie Rose Foundation, where she leads and implements technology focused education and innovation. Dr. Jones has found her passion in education and has served as a Career and Technical Education teacher in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Wake County Schools as well as a Sr. Technical Trainer with Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). Additionally, she is a well-known industry teacher, trainer, and mentor working for organizations with like-minded missions and has taught courses in computer programming, web design, eCommerce, Computer Science Principles and SAS programming.Dr. Jones has presented and been published nationally and internationally on data analytics, educational practices and technology. Her book A Recipe for Success Using SAS University: How to Plan Your First Analytics Project is being used in curriculum and classrooms around the country. When not running the technology-world, Dr. Jones spends her time with her husband Ricky, and two sons, Ethan (7) and Dylan (4), and their beloved dog, Cooper (10).Click to find out more about SharonThings We Talked About Today:Getting girls involved in codeLearning problem solving skillsWomen in TechResume writingVolunteering and using TechNever giving up when things don't go the way you plannedHow she got started in Tech"Girly things" with tech"Copy & Paste" to learnIntroducing Kids to codingAdult EducationThe Dot ConsultingThe Dottie Rose Foundation - Girls in Computer ScienceConstructed by Girls (wearable fashion)Carolina Women in TechHer PodcastHer Tech PassionKeeping TryingIf you don't use it, you'll lose it.Connect with Dr. Sharon Jones:Podcast - Lady Tech CharmersLinkedInTwitterLady Tech TwitterLady Tech FacebookInstagramThe Dot ConsultingThe Dottie Rose FoundationCarolina Women in Tech I 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 Sergey RazinCTO, Faculty Member @ USC and Serial EntrepreneurAs CTO, Sergey is responsible for driving product strategy and innovation. As noted authority in advanced analytics and machine learning, Sergey pioneered and hold patents in the application of these technologies in the areas of security and media analysis, expert systems and natural language processing. He is an expert in applied behavior analytics and creator of Topological Behavior Analysis (TBA).Sergey has also served as Principal Investigator (PI), leader in research, development and architecture in areas of big data analytics, speech recognition, telephony, and networking.Sergey is a faculty member at the University of South Carolina covering topics of AI and Entrepreneurial Engineering as well as Industry Advisory board member at USC.Sergey holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the Moscow State Scientific Center of Informatics. He also holds a BS in computer science from the University of South Carolina.Today We Talked AboutHow he got started in TechnologyAccidental Ph.D.Being a ProfessorAI for Customer ExperienceAwarenessThe importance of Datahttps://thispersondoesnotexist.comAI being proactive for customer benefitsLeaders and AILearning about Machine Learning and AIAI showing its work is up to the developerConnect with SergeyTwitterSwampfoxLinkedIn I 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 JeffJeff Ton is a sought-after Information Technology speaker, author and thought leader, having led powerful teams and built successful IT departments for thepast 30+ years. For over a decade, Jeff has served as Chief Information Officer with Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana and Lauth Property Group, as well as 14 years in various technology roles with Thomson Multimedia (RCA). In his current role as Senior Vice President of Product and Strategic Alliances at InterVision, Jeff thrives on developing people while driving the company’s product strategy, service vision and strategic approach. Speaking to audiences from 5 to 1,000, Jeff has mastered the art of simplifying complex IT issues and is always looking for opportunities to drive value in organizations now and in the future. Jeff is the author of Amplify Your Value (2018) and is a frequent keynote speaker on topics related to the evolving IT landscape and the changing role of the CIO. See his frequent keynotes below. Meet Jeff and learn more at Talked AboutHow he got into TechBeing a Rock StarCommodore 64The Path to CIO - get a Commodore 64Loving writing codeTranisChallenges of a CIO/CTOStop talking about Technology and start talking about the BusinessGet involved in the businessRide Alongs (field trips)Must have a well ran departmentGuiding PrincipalsGrading your projectsMinimize technology issuesLewis and ClarkMentorship and Executive CoachingConnect with JeffFacebookTwitterLinkedInWebsiteBookI 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 JayJay Karen has been the CEO of National Golf Course Owners Association since 2015, where he leads the golf industry's trade association and initiatives to support the success of the golf course business, a critical element of an $84B industry in the United States. Prior to his appointment at NGCOA, Jay was CEO of Select Registry, a portfolio of over 300 premier boutique hotels, inns and B&Bs. For seven years before that, Jay was President and CEO of the trade association representing owners of small, independent lodging businesses.Jay was also with the NGCOA for ten years early in his career, having served the association in several roles. Jay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Winthrop University, a Master of Arts degree in American History from the College of Charleston and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) by the American Society of Association Executives. Jay serves as Chairman of the industry-wide advocacy coalition, We Are Golf, and as a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame advisory board and the Golf USA Tee Time Coalition, a joint initiative with the PGA of America.  He has also served on the boards of directors of the United States Travel Association and the College of Charleston's Hospitality and Tourism Management degree program. The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CBS Radio, NBC News, the Golf Channel, Golf Digest and many others call upon Jay for his insights on the golf industry.Within the association community, Jay has become well known as a thought leader and progressive practitioner.  He has been asked by ASAE to author articles and make presentations on effective leadership and membership growth at many ASAE Annual Meetings.  Recently, he contributed to the books Membership Essentials and the ASAE Handbook of Professional Practices in Association Management.  Jay serves on ASAE's Executive Management section council, Public Policy Committee and board of directors for ASAE Business Solutions Inc (for-profit subsidiary of ASAE).  In addition, Jay serves on the Advisory Board to McKinley Advisors, one of the association industry's most respected consulting companies, and is an advisor to the board of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival.On a personal note, Jay has been married for 18 years to an amazing woman, who is an independent college counselor, and they have two children: a 13-year old daughter and 10-year old son. His primary interests include spending as much time with his family as possible (priorities), playing golf (since the age of 10), amateur photography (who isn't these days?), social media (he keeps Facebook in business), contemplating the meaning of life (doesn't everyone?), swinging a kettlebell or running trails as often as he can (you should too), and eating foods that are really bad for him (one foot on the gas, one foot on the brake).Today we Talked AboutGetting Started with AssociationsLeadershipBest skill a CEO can have is CommunicationCuriosity of understanding the layersBinary decisions in a scale of gray worldThe answer is always maybeManaging TimeDon't listen to the squeaky wheel, get to know your membersSupply and DemandBuilding your teamMoving for Good to GreatHire Slow and Fire FastFind ways to say yesHow to Connect with JayNGCOALinkedInTwitterPodcastI 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 SergeySergey Sundukovskiy, Ph. D. – Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Product Officer, RakenBefore Co-Founding Raken, Dr. Sergey Sundukovskiy served in capacities of Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Product Officer. Sergey is a serial entrepreneur co-founding multiple successful Startups focused on Small Business Marketing and eCommerce. The last Startup co-founded by Sergey was acquired by Capital One in 2014. Sergey specializes in implementation of subscription-based high volume SaaS platforms, with a strong emphasis on early stage product development, product marketing, and customer acquisition. Specific areas of expertise include User Testing, A/B Testing, Marketing, Big Data, Video Management, eCommerce, RTB platforms and Cloud Computing. Sergey has B.A. in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego, M.S. in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool, and Ph.D. in Information Technology Management from the School of Business and Technology, Capella University.We talked about:How he got into techStarting a companyThe importance of business knowledgePre-salesMinimal testable productsNet promoter scoreApproach problems the way investors doIs it a pain killer or a vitamin?clarify and simplify10 shades of gray will work either wayTesting mentalityBuild an idea into a product, build a product in a companyCulture is hugeFind your passion and see if you can make a business out of itConnect with SergeyRakenapp.comTwitterLinkedInI 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 HeatherHeather is a passionate coder and entrepreneur. She has experience working with Fortune 500 companies building enterprise-level voice, mobile and C#/.Net applications. She focuses on external thought leadership, encouraging fellow programmers to present on topics outside of the office and in the community. She is an international technical speaker and co-host of the YouTube channel "The Hello World Show" -- a weekly video series that interviews software masters and teaches the audience something valuable in less than 10 minutes. ​Heather encourages those with nontraditional backgrounds to enter the world of software development, as she changed careers at 27 and does not have a degree - yet has built a reputation as an early adapter of new tech. She is an advocate of women in tech, and part of Kansas City Women in Technology. When not coding, Heather spends her time as a competitive equestrian and learning the art of mounted archery.Today we talked about:Technology BeginningsImposter SyndromeOvercoming fearSpeaking internationallySurrounding yourself with people you respectNetworkingDeveloper PTSDGetting broad experiencePerspectiveIntroverts and networkingPassion and InspirationHow tied are you to what you do for a living?Tain people how to treat youThe value you provide is your outputConnect with Heather:LinkedInTwitterWebsiteImposter Syndrome TalkI 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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