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Author: Alexis Monville

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Le Podcast equips you to unlock the power of emerging leadership in your organization. Each episode turns insight into actions that you can use straight away to build momentum and create lasting change from yourself to your team, from your team to other teams, and from other teams to the entire organization.
25 Episodes
In this episode, I had the pleasure to host the product builder and book author Gojko Adzic. Building Products is what we explore in this episode of Le Podcast on Emerging Leadership. In this episode, learn from Gojko: How to build the perfect product, How to avoid waste when building software, How to waste 75 Million in an agile way (does the currency matters here?), Is Impact Mapping simple or easy? How to measure anything, a book by Douglas Hubbard Four Disciplines of Execution, by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling The Art of Business Value, by Mark Schwartz How to run control experiment with Microsoft, How to collaborate to built products, Pair programming, of course! How to deal with conflicts, How to give a promotion to your number two problem :) Software and IT is evolving in an upward going spiral! Find out the transcript and much more in the companion blog post!
In this episode of Le Podcast on Emerging Leadership, I am pleased to welcome Lucinda Duncalfe, Serial Entrepreneur, Founder, and CEO at AboveBoard, to discuss hiring and diversity. Find the transcript and links to the references in the companion post.
Jeremy Brown is Chief Product and Technology Officer at Traveldoo, Expedia Group. We discussed leadership and teamwork in this quite emotional episode of Le Podcast. In this episode, you will learn how Jeremy: How Jeremy ended working on his passion, What leadership really means to him, How he tried to learn with his team in the current crisis they face due to the pandemic, How individual incentives and rewards drive the opposite behavior of what you want to bring when building a team, How to replace meetings, or instant messaging, with more asynchronous means of collaboration, How both of us miss the opportunity of connecting with people offered by travels, conferences... [which made me think of an idea to create those opportunities, I will go back to that in another post] What gives or drains his energy, and his tactics to avoid the energy drainers, The importance of knowing yourself and knowing the people around you, learning to use personality profiles could be a good first step, using the Clifton Strengths Finder is an example, How to provide useful feedback, How to manage the relationships around you, and make sure you don't stay stuck with the wrong people. Check the companion blog post for the transcript and more!
In this episode of Le Podcast, I have the pleasure of having Scott Amenta joining. Scott is a Community Builder, co-Founder of Propel, and the Chief of Staff Network. We explore Community, Leadership, and the Chief of Staff role. The other topics we discussed: What is a Community Builder? The evolution of Communities The Chief of Staff role The Chief of Staff Network The importance of community in personal and professional development How to build a Leadership Team Culture-fit, culture-add, and exponential-add through diversity Alexis Ohanian as a leader to look-up to in Community building You can find more references and the transcript in the companion blog post.
In this episode of Le Podcast, I had the pleasure to receive Ally Kouao, Developer Advocate and Solution Architect at Red Hat. We discussed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Find the references and more in the companion blog post.
In this new episode of Le Podcast, I had the pleasure to have Chris Foley joining. Chris is a Principal Systems Design Engineer at Red Hat and a sports coach. Together we explored what software teams could learn from sporting teams. Find all the references of the episode in the companion post.
In this episode of Le Podcast, I was lucky to have Mary Provinciatto, an author passionate about lean and agile, and an Engagement Lead with the Red Hat Open Innovation Labs provides her insights about agile and open innovation. Mary is the author of Sprint a Sprint, a book about the mistakes and successes in the cultural transformation of an agile team. We covered a lot of ground during the episode on how to build a bridge between technology and business, the importance of sharing clarity on why we are doing things, and a lot more on how to build a team. Find all the references in the companion post.
In that episode of Le Podcast, I had the great pleasure to receive Christina Wodtke. Christina is an author, lecturer at Stanford, and speaker who teaches techniques to create high performing teams. Christina is the author of four books, including Radical Focus and The Team that manages itself. Find all the references in the companion blog post.
Geof Ellingham, a Business agility champion and leadership coach, gave his insights about Agile Coaching in this new episode of Le Podcast. Find out more about the episode and the references in the companion article.
Preethi Thomas, Software Engineering Manager at Red Hat, joined for this episode of Le Podcast to give her insights about the job of an Open Leader. Find the references and highlights in the accompanying post.
Emilien Macchi is a Senior Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat. He is French and lives in Canada. He contributes to OpenStack nearly since the inception of the open-source project. I had the pleasure to get Emilien on Le Podcast to discuss how learning and sharing were essential ways of growing his career in Software Engineering. Find out more about the episode here.
In this episode of Le Podcast, I had the great pleasure to receive Jason McKerr. Jason is the Engineering leader for Management and Automation at Red Hat (great things like Ansible, Insights, Satellite...) My objective was to have Jason explained his Thirteen Rules of a Team which I discovered during one mentoring session with one member of his team. The thirteen rules are in the companion post.
In this episode of Le Podcast, I had the pleasure to discuss Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) with Bart den Haak. Bart is a Software Engineer who fell in love with OKRs at a startup more than 10 years ago. He continues to use OKRs since then and he is now advising companies on how to use them. Find more in the companion post!
Psychological Safety

Psychological Safety


Psychological Safety is the term coined by Amy Edmondson, the author of The Fearless Organization. I already talked about Psychological Safety, when I presented the work of Google on the project Aristotle, and how it was a very good conversation starter for my team. Tell me what you think!
John Poelstra, Michael Doyle and I talk about how to make distributed teams efficient. We had that conversation while we were spread over 15 timezones: John in Portland, Oregon, Michael in Brisbane, Australia, and me in Boston, Massachusetts. The conversation is republished from the John's show. Let me know what you think! Happy to connect to share remote facilitation approaches!
I had the opportunity to have a great conversation about the book, Changing Your Team From The Inside, on John Poelstra's show. John proposed the idea to cross-publish our conversation on our respective podcasts. In order to do that, I had to re-listen to the conversation and I really enjoyed it. Yes, of course, there is some Ego involved in that, and this is one of the topics we covered in the podcast, among the other aspects of what makes a team great and how to get your team to be a great one! Give it a try! And let us know what you think!
In this episode of Le Podcast, I had the great pleasure to receive Michael DeLanzo to discuss the importance of coming to terms with terms. Michael and I met at a Boston Spin event when I gave a talk: The Change Starts Here. You can find more about speaking engagement here. More details in this post.
In this episode of Le Podcast, I had the great pleasure of having John Poelstra to discuss a very personal experience about providing feedback. Mode details in this post.
In this episode, I had the great pleasure of having Frank Jansen join Le Podcast to discuss how to deal with stars. We started the discussion referencing how Kim Scott defines Rock Stars and Super Stars in her book: Radical Candor. Rock stars are a source of stability for the team, people very talented, and they will keep doing it for years. Superstars are a source of growth for the team; they want to change everything; they are looking to grow at their next level. More on the blog!
In today's episode, Jérôme Bourgeon and I will explore the question of cultural differences and their influence on the adoption of agile. Spoiler, we don't think that cultural differences are the real problem. Jérôme is an agile coach with Zenika. He is based in Singapore. Together we discussed: build trust take a different amount of time culture of companymatters more than countries (Jérôme used the model proposed by Frederic Laloux in his book Reinventing Organizations) beliefs of people matter more than anything else the power of appreciative inquiry and how to use it accepting differences that are important for people I am eager to hear your feedback, so drop me a note at, on Twitter or LinkedIn. You can also use those channels to propose the next question you want Le Podcast to answer. We can even record the answer together!
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