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30 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
Leader One-on-Ones - Trillion Dollar Coach Series - Chapter 2 Part 3
Today we continue our series on The Trillion Dollar Coach with Part 3 of Chapter 2 which is all about one-on-ones. Bill Campbell brought his own unique flair to coaching his team and rooted it in solid leadership foundations that we will discuss today. We discuss a few thoughts and ideas around how to improve your own 1:1 effectiveness which center mostly around consistency and preparation. No single one-on-one will be life-changing, but the frequency of these relationship investments will compound over time. You will also get a 10x return on the time you invest preparing for the one-on-one which will lead to faster growth of your team. For more information, visit our website at https://wannagrabcoffee.com (Wanna Grab Coffee? website) or send us an email at email@example.com.
43 minutes | Mar 23, 2022
Peer Relationships and The Trip Report - Trillion Dollar Coach Series - Chapter 2 Part 2
Today we continue our series on the Trillion Dollar Coach by talking about one of our favorite relationship building tools, the Trip Report. The Trip Report is exactly what it sounds like. A brief, informal, overview of a recent vacation you took aimed at sharing with your colleagues to build trust and help them get to know you better. When you have a team that is willing to share Trip Reports, you can foster a higher degree of empathy and collaboration over time. For more information, visit our website at https://wannagrabcoffee.com (Wanna Grab Coffee? website) or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
32 minutes | Feb 3, 2022
Your Title Makes You a Manager. Your People Make You a Leader. - Trillion Dollar Coach Series - Chapter 2 Part 1
"If you're a great manager, your people will make you a leader. They claim that not you." - Bill CampbellIn today's episode we continue our series on Bill Campbell and the Trillion Dollar Coach with Chapter 2: Your Title Makes You a Manager. Your People Make You a Leader. This chapter is solid gold and a great start to the book. It's also very dense with lots of differing advice around leadership, executive effectiveness, and building great relationships throughout the organization. Today we cover the areas of the chapter focused on building trust with your team and some of the attributes as a coach Bill brought to bear on the team to help it level up, both at the individual and group level. For more information, visit our website at https://wannagrabcoffee.com (Wanna Grab Coffee? website) or send us an email at email@example.com.
47 minutes | Jan 24, 2022
The Caddie and the CEO - Trillion Dollar Coach Series - Chapter 1
Today we continue our series on the Trillion Dollar Coach. We cover the first chapter which covers some backstory of Bill's life and some of the events and experiences that led him to become the person he is today. It's sort of a prequel to the book, there is not much actual guidance in this chapter but there is some wisdom that is worth the read. Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to hit the subscribe button or reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
23 minutes | Dec 13, 2021
Trillion Dollar Coach - Series Kickoff
Today we kick off a new series: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42118073-trillion-dollar-coach (Trillion Dollar Coach), a book that outlines the leadership style, approach, and secrets of one of the greatest business leaders of our time: Bill Campbell. Bill Campbell is not who you might have normally pegged as a fantastic leader that was in the middle of some of the greatest successes from the largest companies in silicon valley. He had a unique approach that informs how we might improve our own leadership craft. Just like before, we will kick off the book, cover each chapter individually, and close out the series with our final thoughts and some ideas on how we can collectively grow. Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to hit the subscribe button or reach out at email@example.com.
34 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Rapid Fire Questions
Today we clear the backlog on outstanding questions we have collected during our newhire onboarding. How do I ramp-up quickly on a new technology/topic? How often should I check in with my boss? How do I get more responsibility? We referenced a couple of interesting resources during the discussion as well: https://youtu.be/5q87K1WaoFI (Computer Scientist Explains Machine Learning in 5 Levels of Difficulty | WIRED) https://fs.blog/feynman-learning-technique/ (The Feynman Learning Technique) Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to hit the subscribe button or reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
38 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Today we tackle one of the most commonly asked questions in our new hire orientation. How do I deal with Imposter Syndrome? Imposter syndrome, also called https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/s15327752jpa5602_10?journalCode=hjpa20 (perceived fraudulence), involves feelings of https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-stop-being-insecure (self-doubt) and personal incompetence that persist despite your education, experience, and accomplishments. -HealthLineWe start the episode covering what Impostor Syndrome is, how you can recognize it in ourself and others, and how to overcome it. If you or someone on your team is struggling with Impostor Syndrome, this is the podcast episode for you. Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to hit the subscribe button or reach out at email@example.com.
52 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
One Year Celebration!
Today we welcome back Igor after a two month sabbatical and celebrate more than a year of podcasting. We spend some time catching up after taking a bit of a summer break from releasing podcast episodes, talk about some of the origins and inspirations that led us to start podcasting to begin with, get into some emerging tech ideas, and cap the episode off celebrating the last year and talking about what is next for us. Thanks for joining us after a year, we love doing this and hope you are finding value in our content. As always, don't forget to hit the subscribe button or reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
43 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Planning Your Ideal Week
Today, we talk about planning your ideal week. As professionals, we live and die by our calendars and most of the time they are like a game of Tetris gone horribly wrong. Today we cover thoughts and ideas for regaining control of your calendar, managing expectations around your time, and making the time for things that are most important to you. Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to hit the subscribe button or reach out at email@example.com.
39 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
#051 - How to Take Time Off
Vacation days are one of the most finite resources we possess as non-retired humans. Most of us with "normal" 9-5 jobs tend to get between 10 and 25 days per year with little flexibility beyond that - regardless of salary. As our careers progress, income tends to rise, and business tends to increase along with it - leaving the potential for having more than enough money but struggling to find the time to recharge, regroup, and reconnect with the humans most important around us. In this episode, we discuss how to think differently about vacations, effective strategies for taking vacations, and how overall health and wellbeing come into play. Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to hit the subscribe button or reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
34 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
#050 - Leading Through the Great Resignation
In today's episode we talk about the https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/worklab/work-trend-index/hybrid-work (40% of workers) that are planning on leaving their job over the next 12 months and what we can do about it as leaders within our organization. Episode at a Glance: NPR coined the term Great Resignation as a way to label the abnormally high number of people planning on leaving their jobs as we begin to exit the worst of the pandemic. The decision to leave is largely driven by a desire for remote work flexibility and potentially a drive to take control over part of their life after navigating a crisis that gives a fresh start. Organizations are poised to lose their best and brightest in this time period as the job market has heavily skewed towards job seekers. What are actions we can take today to mitigate impact within our own organizations, or is it too late? Further Reading: https://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/worried-about-the-great-resignation-be-a-good-company-to-come-from https://www.npr.org/2021/06/24/1007914455/as-the-pandemic-recedes-millions-of-workers-are-saying-i-quit Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to hit the subscribe button or reach out at email@example.com.
35 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
#049 - Nine Lies About Work: Series Wrap Up
Today we wrap up our Nine Lies About Work series with a brief recap of the lies and our overall reactions to the book. Overall, we think Nine Lies About Work is worth the time and energy to read, especially if you are in a leadership position or aspire to be at some point in your career. Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to hit the subscribe button or reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
25 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
#048 - Digital Disconnect and Slowing Down
Today the crew is back from 4th of July vacations and spend some time talking about how to unwind in the middle of a busy work-year. We all have slightly different approaches to taking time off and strategies to unwind as effectively as possible during the precious few vacation weeks we invest during our careers. Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to hit the subscribe button or reach out at email@example.com.
24 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
#047 - Ideal Team Player Rewind
The Wanna Grab Coffee? crew is on vacation this week so we are publishing a recent delivery of one of our most popular episodes around becoming The Ideal Team Player. This is a presentation Robert gives in our new-hire orientation expanding on some of the great work Patrick Lencioni discusses in his book The Ideal Team Player: https://www.tablegroup.com/product/ideal-team-player. We'll be back next week with brand new episodes. Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to hit the subscribe button or reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
25 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
#046 - Returning to Work
Today Igor and Robert discuss dynamics around returning to work and what leaders might expect as we enter this unknown period of change. Also, we are all taking some time off through July and August and might have a few gaps in our episode releases. Don't worry, we aren't going anywhere! We have lots of great content planned as we head into our second year of podcasting. Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to hit the subscribe button or reach out at email@example.com.
28 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
#045 - Nine Lies About Work Series: Lie #9
Lie: Leadership is a Thing Truth: We follow spikes Today we cover the final lie in our Nine Lies About Work series with Leadership is a Thing. It turns out, instead of classifying a leader as someone who possesses a pre-defined list of skills and developed some mastery over those skills (the traditional proxy for leadership) - we instead classify leaders as someone who has followers. And, it turns out, followers follow the "spikes" of others. They are attracted to the most defined and extreme parts of another human towards a cause. “When Aeschines spoke, they said, ‘How well he speaks.’But when Demosthenes spoke, they said, ‘Let us march against Philip.’”Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to hit the subscribe button or reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
19 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
#044 - Performance Reviews
Today we talk about performance reviews and the importance of how to manage them effectively as a leader (someone writing the review) or the person being reviewed. Whether or not performance reviews are done well within your organization, they represent a core part of the career growth process and should be taken seriously. In addition, performance reviews offer an opportunity for you to share your career narrative and get full credit for your growth over the last review period. Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to hit the subscribe button or reach out at email@example.com.
28 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
#043 - Nine Lies About Work Series: Lie #8
Lie: Work/Life Balance Matters Most Truth: Live-in-work matters most We think the authors really hit their stride when they focus on the meta-work subjects and how to think about pulling those out of your team. "Burnout isn't the absence of balance, but the absence of love."Work is hard, the only way to do it sustainably is to have areas of work that you love. The number doesn't have to be that high - only around 20% and it's not a cure-all, because work is hard. BUT, if you love a good chunk of your work, you are most likely to be able to do it successfully and sustainably over time AND you avoid much of the downside like burnout and all of the healh-related issues that come along with it. This chapter really spoke to me. I feel like I am most balanced in my life when I am professionally exhausted. I don't even need 40 hours a week to do that, but I need something interesting and challenging and difficult to work on with a sufficient degree of autonomy. If I don't have that in my professional life, I've found that my personal life suffers - even if I don't have that much on my plate. "This person didn’t find this work—she didn’t happen upon it, fully-formed and waiting for her. Instead, she made it. She took a generic job, with a generic job description, and then, within that job, she took her loves seriously, and gradually, little by little and a lot over time, she turned the best of her job into most of her job.""She tweaked and tweaked the role until, in all the most important ways, it came to resemble her—it became an expression of her. You can do the same. "This is very much tied to strengths, this idea of leaning in on those, expressing them, growing them. This is the key that unlocks professional love. Autonomy/Mastery/Purpose - Dan Pink and Cal Newport talk a lot about this. They would argue following your passions is silly. The probability that you have a passion that you are born with, that is something you are good at, will love for your entire life, and is actually useful are slim. They argue you build passion over time by building strength. Story about Miles the anesthesiologist and what he loves about work, other similar doctors loved a different aspect, but they all had roughly the same job. "The world won’t do your weaving for you—it doesn’t care about your red threads. The only person who can stop and be attentive enough to identify these threads, and weave them intelligently into the fabric of your work, is you."Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to hit the subscribe button or reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
40 minutes | May 25, 2021
#042 - Nine Lies About Work Series: Lie #7
Lie: People have potential Truth: People have momentum Potential is an intangible subjective opinion about someone that is rooted in almost a character trait instead of a tangible behavior or skill. You can't assess the potential of someone because we're all unique, our brains develop differently, we have different interests, we're all at different stages in our lives, etc. so. to bucket a person into one of two PERMANENT buckets, high-potential or low-potential might be well meaning but is ultimately an unsophisticated way to assess current capabilities and future performance. Worse of all, these labels stick with you for your entire tenure at the organization you are at and it's virtually impossible to change. Idea here is to reframe the discussion around momentum, which has an analogy back to physics. Momentum is a product of mass and velocity. Two measurable traits, that when you multiply them together, you have a meaningful term that is a vector - so magnitude and direction. Momentum is a term that we all have experienced and is easier to wrap our head around and does not require us to tell the future. "Potential is a one-sided evaluation. Momentum is an ongoing conversation"In the idea of performance momentum mass refers to inherent and enduring traits. These things don't really change or if they do, not by much, or not very frequently. behavioral tendencies core values extroversion/introversion How they prefer to work Favorite parts of their job Things they get excited about Then you have velocity. These are demonstrated skills, performance record, credentials. These describe what your responsibilities are, and how well you've done them. They can be used as an indicator of direction, but they can also change - people change the focus of their careers over time. Record of performance Demonstrated behaviors Feedback from peers Measurable and coachable areas that that be improved and adjusted over time These concepts are rooted in something real, that you can take and help shape/coach/assess for the future. We have taken an unusable subjective assessment that is unsophisticated and, with a little bit of effort and data we already have, morph the discussion into something practical and gives us an opportunity to multiply our team's contributions within the organization in a sustainable way - and that are in our direct's control. Understanding these two areas requires two desecrate lines of questioning and the ability to synthesize them - the point here is there is an ongoing conversation here with your team. In your 1:1s ask probing questions over time to understand those behavioral tendencies, core values, and general personal and professional preferences. At the same time, over time, through your 1:1s, feedback, coaching, and delegation, build a solid understanding of the existing skills and strengths of your team and overlay with the first part And most near term, stop thinking about potential, stop talking about potential. Have a more modern, nuanced, sophisticated, and effective discussion around momentum as defined by a person's professional mass and velocity. Never in my life have I wanted a high mass. Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to hit the subscribe button or reach out at email@example.com.
44 minutes | May 18, 2021
#041 - Thought Leadership
Back in 2010, Ben Horrowitz said "Content-free executives have no value in startups." As the information landscape around us continues to outpace our ability to manage it, this truism is affecting all knowledge workers - not just executives in the frontier of business and technology. It's not enough today to be a "generic" leader or thought worker. Today, we must have *perspective* about the world around us. Today it's vital that leaders are able to rapidly take in relevant information from the world around us, make sense of it, generate insight, and make a decision. This process is what we mean when we use terms like *Thought Leadership* or *Perspective*. Luckily, this is a skill that can be learned and mastery over the ability to create thought leadership consistently over time will become more and more critical to succeed in our careers over the long term. Thanks for joining us today and don't forget to hit the subscribe button and reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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