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Supermanagers, brought to you by the team at Fellow, is the podcast for leaders who want to build organizations with exceptional management practices.

Join Aydin Mirzaee, CEO at Fellow, as he uncovers the innovative strategies, bold decision-making, and insightful perspectives that drive world-class executives in building and scaling successful and productive organizations.

We’ll be covering topics on:
Operational excellence
Leadership
Remote and Hybrid work
Scaling teams & organizations
Workplace culture
Employee engagement & motivation
Hiring and retention

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    • 5.0 • 49 Ratings

Supermanagers, brought to you by the team at Fellow, is the podcast for leaders who want to build organizations with exceptional management practices.

Join Aydin Mirzaee, CEO at Fellow, as he uncovers the innovative strategies, bold decision-making, and insightful perspectives that drive world-class executives in building and scaling successful and productive organizations.

We’ll be covering topics on:
Operational excellence
Leadership
Remote and Hybrid work
Scaling teams & organizations
Workplace culture
Employee engagement & motivation
Hiring and retention

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    Matt Verlaque, COO at SaaS Academy, on Enhancing Team Performance Through Healthy Conflict and Feedback

    Matt Verlaque, COO at SaaS Academy, on Enhancing Team Performance Through Healthy Conflict and Feedback

    In this episode, our host Aydin Mirzaee sits down with Matt Verlaque, COO of SaaS Academy and co-founder of High Speed Ventures. Matt’s unique career journey spans over a decade in firefighting and emergency services before venturing into technology and entrepreneurship. He shares how his experiences have shaped his approach to leadership and management, emphasizing the importance of servant leadership and continuous improvement.



    In episode 11 of season 2, Matt delves into the critical aspects of building cohesive teams and the significance of investing in people over tasks. He discusses the evolution of team dynamics and the necessity for adapting systems as companies grow. Matt provides actionable insights on conducting effective one-on-one meetings, giving and receiving feedback, and maintaining a healthy balance between work and personal life.



    Matt also introduces the concept of building unbreakable businesses and the common pitfalls founders face, particularly around pricing and self-worth. He shares his strategies for creating robust operational systems that scale with the company and highlights the importance of having a structured approach to quarterly planning and goal setting.



    Tune in to explore Matt’s techniques and insights that have contributed to the success of multiple startups and his current role at SaaS Academy. 



    This episode offers a wealth of actionable advice for leaders looking to enhance their management practices, build strong team cultures, and lead with intention and impact.

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    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [01:53] Leadership differences in firefighting and tech

    [07:48] Navigating seniority, advocacy, and building rapport

    [11:51] Common mistakes CEOs and founders make

    [18:46] Establishing team structure and communication as the team grows

    [20:25] Balancing transparency and effective communication

    [27:11] Quarterly planning and goal setting

    [34:33] Efficiently setting goals and priorities in meetings

    [38:01] SaaS Academy’s upcoming book "Software as a Science"

    [40:46] Leaders should bring out greatness in others

     

    👉 Check out the resources mentioned here: https://fellow.app/supermanagers/matt-verlaque-saas-academy



    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:


    Connect with Matt on LinkedIn


    Read Million Dollar Weekend by Noah Kagan


    Learn more about SaaS Academy


    Join the Supermanagers Slack community

    • 42 min
    Mark MacLeod, Startup CEO Coach, on the 3 Core CEO Duties and How to Avoid Burnout While Balancing Them

    Mark MacLeod, Startup CEO Coach, on the 3 Core CEO Duties and How to Avoid Burnout While Balancing Them

    In this engaging episode, we sit down with Mark Macleod, a seasoned CFO, VC, and angel investor whose career has significantly impacted high-growth technology companies. Mark takes us through his extensive experience, from his roles at FreshBooks and Real Ventures to founding SurePath Capital Partners. He shares invaluable lessons on the evolution of the CEO role, emphasizing the critical aspects of communication, team building, and financial management.



    In episode 10 of season 2, Mark explores the importance of maintaining boundaries and preventing burnout, offering practical advice on time management and self-care. He introduces the concept of the 24-hour rule for decision-making and discusses the necessity for CEOs to shift from working in the business to working on the business. Mark's insights on creating optionality for startups and navigating uncertain times provide listeners with robust strategies to enhance their leadership skills.



    As a coach to high-growth company CEOs, Mark brings a unique perspective on balancing professional demands with personal well-being. He highlights the importance of being authentic and designing roles that align with your strengths and passions. Mark's ability to distill complex ideas into actionable advice makes this episode a must-listen for anyone aiming to excel in leadership positions.



    This episode is filled with practical tips on preventing burnout, managing time effectively, and building high-performing teams. Tune in to gain Mark's wisdom on leading with intention and navigating the challenges of high-growth environments.

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    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [04:31] Career experiences and leadership, mistakes

    [07:55] The Importance of pausing and avoiding panic

    [11:45] The CEO's role in communication, vision, and values

    [14:18] Burnout and time management as a leader

    [21:58] Calendar audits = key to avoiding burnout.

    [23:53] Design your role for personal happiness

    [29:30] The roles and focus areas of a CEO

    [34:23] Dealing with uncertainty and layoffs

    [39:42] Be your authentic self to avoid burnout

     

    👉 Check out the resources mentioned here: https://fellow.app/supermanagers/mark-macleod-startup-ceo-coach



    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:


    Connect with Mark on LinkedIn
    Listen to Mark’s podcast: The Startup CEO Show
    Join the Supermanagers Slack community

    • 42 min
    Jessica Zwaan, COO at Talentful on Bringing Product Management Practices and a Commercial Focus into People Operations

    Jessica Zwaan, COO at Talentful on Bringing Product Management Practices and a Commercial Focus into People Operations

    In this insightful episode, we sit down with Jessica Zwaan, COO of Talentful, whose impressive career journey spans roles in HR and operations across leading tech and SaaS companies. Jessica shares her transition from HR to the COO role, discussing the significant learnings and challenges faced along the way. She delves into the importance of commercial acumen within HR, the necessity of being outcome-driven, and how curiosity can shape effective leadership.



    In episode 9 of season 2, Jessica provides an in-depth look at how she structures meetings to ensure transparency and accountability, including her unique approach to the weekly business review meetings. She emphasizes the need for HR to adopt a more product-oriented mindset and shares practical examples from her experience at Whereby, where innovative solutions to operational challenges significantly improved organizational efficiency.



    As a hands-on Chief Operating Officer with a background scaling technology, e-commerce, and SaaS businesses, Jessica brings a wealth of experience to her roles. She is a regular panelist and speaker at local and international events, sharing her insights on business operations, culture influence, and how she thinks about companies as commercial products.



    This episode is packed with actionable advice on transforming HR functions, fostering a culture of curiosity, and building strong leadership teams. 

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    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [04:30] Making the transition from HR to COO 

    [07:12] Purposeful career moves 

    [12:00] Challenges in HR roles 

    [17:57] The impact of organizational structures on HR functions

    [22:30] The importance of open transparency and peer accountability in meetings

    [27:27] Building workforce autonomy and reducing parental culture

    [33:30] Incentivizing employees and practical solutions to business problems

    [38:21] Being “mostly right” as a leader

     

    👉 Check out the resources mentioned here: https://fellow.app/supermanagers/jessica-zwaan-talentful 



    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:


    Connect with Jessica on LinkedIn


    Read Built for People by Jessica Zwaan


    Learn more about Fellow.app - AI meeting management software




    Join the Supermanagers Slack community

    • 42 min
    Reducing Meeting Bloat with C-Suite Executives at Ably, Consensus, DealMaker, and Tucows

    Reducing Meeting Bloat with C-Suite Executives at Ably, Consensus, DealMaker, and Tucows

    In this special C-Suite Roundtable episode of Supermanagers, host Aydin Mirzaee brings together 4 top executives from diverse industries to tackle one of the biggest challenges in modern workplaces: meeting efficiency. This episode features Michael Koenig, CEO at Tucows, Rebecca Kacaba, CEO at DealMaker, Jeffrey Sullivan, CTO at Consensus, and Matthew O’Riordan, CEO at Ably.

    Michael shares his innovative meeting approach at Tucows, a company spanning domain names, fiber internet, and telecom SaaS. He discusses the importance of flexible meeting policies and how implementing structured meeting frameworks like EOS Level 10 meetings can transform organizational productivity.

    Rebecca delves into DealMaker's mission to revolutionize capital raising. She emphasizes the shift towards asynchronous communication and the critical role of effective tooling in managing meetings and team collaboration.

    Jeffrey talks about the complexities of managing global teams and how the transition to remote work has necessitated a more intentional approach to meetings and asynchronous workflows. He highlights the creation of a living document that codifies Consensus’ remote work practices and meeting policies.

    Matthew shares Ably's journey from an office-based to a remote-first organization, focusing on the challenges of meeting inefficiencies. He explains how implementing consistent tools and structured processes has been transformational, allowing for quicker decision-making and more effective collaboration across global teams.

    Tune in to episode 8 of season 2 to explore these leaders' insights and strategies on optimizing meetings, fostering asynchronous communication, and enhancing productivity in remote and hybrid teams. This episode offers a wealth of actionable advice for leaders looking to improve their organization's meeting culture and overall efficiency.

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    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [05:06] Guest introductions

    [09:39] Guests share their biggest meeting pet peeves

    [12:44] How meeting policies at Tucows evolved

    [14:47] The transition to remote work

    [17:05] Asynchronous communication

    [24:18] Practical strategies for improving meetings.

    [28:18] Creating meeting policies is collaborative 

    [35:30] Meeting templates and structures.

    [43:04] The benefits and challenges of maintaining meeting policies

     

    👉 Check out the resources mentioned here: https://fellow.app/supermanagers/csuite-roundtable-reducing-meeting-bloat



    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:


    Read Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni
    Connect with Michael Koenig on LinkedIn
    Connect with Rebecca Kacaba on LinkedIn
    Connect with Jeffrey Sullivan on LinkedIn
    Connect with Matthew O’Riordan on LinkedIn
    Learn more about Fellow (AI meeting management platform)

    • 54 min
    Ken Weary, COO of Hostaway, on Culture Add in Hiring, Deliberate Decision-Making, and Scaling a Remote Workforce Across 40+ Countries

    Ken Weary, COO of Hostaway, on Culture Add in Hiring, Deliberate Decision-Making, and Scaling a Remote Workforce Across 40+ Countries

    Ken’s role as COO at Hostaway, a SaaS startup transforming the vacation rental industry, showcases his innovative approach to remote work and leadership. In discussion with host Aydin Mirzaee, Ken delves into the diverse experiences that have shaped his career, including pivotal positions at Hotjar and his unique journey as a digital nomad. His transition from traditional corporate environments to leading fully remote teams illustrates his commitment to transparency, deliberate decision-making, and culture-driven hiring.



    A cornerstone of Ken’s leadership philosophy is fostering an environment where communication and transparency are prioritized. He highlights Hostaway’s structured use of tools like Slack, emphasizing the importance of clear guidelines for synchronous and asynchronous communication. Ken also touches on the significance of building purposeful remote work rituals and the strategic benefits of hiring for culture add rather than culture fit.



    In episode 7 of season 2, Ken emphasizes the importance of effective team management through deliberate processes. His insights into remote work dynamics, cultural values, and global team distribution provide listeners with valuable strategies to implement in their own organizations.

    Tune in to explore Ken’s techniques and insights that have contributed to Hostaway’s success as a fast-growing, fully remote company with a team located across 40+ countries.

    This episode offers a wealth of actionable advice for leaders looking to enhance remote work practices, build strong team cultures, and lead with intention and impact.

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    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [03:58] Ken’s journey as a digital nomad

    [07:12] Scaling success as former COO of Hotjar

    [08:20] Balancing family life and remote work while traveling

    [11:17] Remote vs. hybrid, and in-office work

    [15:40] Hostaway’s approach to distributed teams and hiring across 40+ countries

    [19:57] Synchronous vs. asynchronous communication

    [24:30] Why transparency matters in operations

    [32:21] Importance of culture add over culture fit

     

    👉 Check out the resources mentioned here: https://fellow.app/supermanagers/ken-weary-hostaway



    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:


    Connect with Ken on LinkedIn


    Join the Supermanagers Slack community

    • 38 min
    Albert Strasheim, CTO at Rippling, on Embracing Rapid Iteration and Setting Goals for Accountability

    Albert Strasheim, CTO at Rippling, on Embracing Rapid Iteration and Setting Goals for Accountability

    Albert’s role as CTO & SVP of Engineering at Rippling is marked by an impressive blend of technical expertise and leadership experience. In discussion with host Aydin Mirzaee, Albert delves into the diverse experiences that have shaped his career, including pivotal positions at Segment, Mesosphere, and Cloudflare. His journey from engineering roles to top-tier management illustrates his deep commitment to hands-on leadership and continuous improvement.

    A cornerstone of Albert’s leadership philosophy is fostering an environment where both innovation and quality are prioritized. He highlights Rippling’s strategic planning processes, including the importance of setting clear, actionable goals and maintaining flexibility to adapt to new information. Albert also touches on the future of HR software, emphasizing the integration of AI and the critical role of understanding employee data to drive better business outcomes.

    In episode 6 of season 2, Albert emphasizes the significance of effective project management through mechanisms like blitz meetings, which streamline decision-making and ensure efficient execution of critical initiatives. His insights into leadership, team dynamics, and the evolving landscape of HR technology provide listeners with valuable strategies to implement in their own organizations.

    Tune in to explore Albert’s techniques and insights that have contributed to Rippling’s success as a fast-growing technology company, valued at over $13 billion. 

    This episode offers a wealth of actionable advice for leaders looking to drive innovation, maintain quality, and lead with intention and impact.

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    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [03:26] Advice for aspiring leaders

    [07:09]  The importance of being hands-on leader

    [11:58] Planning and prioritization in a rapidly growing company

    [19:03] Utilizing Quality Weeks

    [29:50] Strategic planning and setting goals

    [34:48] The future of HR software and the role of AI

    [40:40] Underrated leadership advice

     

    👉 Check out the resources mentioned here: ⁠https://fellow.app/supermanagers/albert-strasheim-rippling/⁠



    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:


    Read ⁠The Goal⁠ by Eliyahu M. Goldratt


    Connect with Albert on ⁠LinkedIn⁠




    Join the ⁠Supermanagers Slack community⁠

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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49 Ratings

Ali Pourshahid ,

Great topics, guests, and host

Every episode I listen to is like having a mentoring session with these amazing world class leaders and learning about how they think and work and getting pointers to solutions to very common leadership problems.

Dr Marie-Helene (MH) Pelletier ,

Very informed and experienced host going to the heart of things

Aydin was a great host. He read an advance copy of my new book and said it was 'super-insightful'! Not many hosts take the time to do this :) Very much enjoyed our conversation

ourlocavida ,

LIFE CHANGING

Not only has the fellow app changed my business. The podcast is perfect for this season of my business where I am working on implementing SOP’s and training supervisores and managers.

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