We are Dawn Kuczwara and Jer Lance, technologists, leaders, an people who are often accused of talking too much. Join us as we answer your questions about leadership, becoming a leader, and knowledge work in general. Our answers come from our experience, and arrive with a sense of humor. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (and no, we couldn't find a longer URL)
Bookclub 18 - The Phoenix Project
So now we circle back and read The Phoenix Project after having finished the sequel. How did it hold up? Let's see...
For our next trick, we'll read Kim Scott's Radical Candor!
Episode 89 - Black Lives Matter
Later than we'd have liked, we answer a question that is very timely and important:
How do I talk about Black Lives Matter and the protests and all that with my team? I know we're supposed to leave religion and politics at home, but it feels like I should address this. Should I?
If you have questions about this, or feedback about our handling of this conversation, we definitely want to hear from you... email jer@, dawn@, or questions@ leadingquestionspodcast.com
If you want to learn more, some great resources:
How to Be and Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo Be sure to follow up with Lauren Michele Jackson's What's Missing from "White Fragility" Save the Tears: White Woman's Guide by Tatiana Mac
Episode 88 - Working for the Weekend
In this episode, we answer:
My boss has been trying to transition our team from everybody working all the time, day or night to setting realistic expectations for support and holding us to those. It's hard for me to take her seriously when she answers emails day and night within minutes of their arrival. I'm not talking about just high importance emails, but all emails. It's rare for an email that is sent between 6am and 11pm to fail to get a response from her within an hour. Sometimes, she even responds to emails at 2 or 3 in the morning! I don't feel right not paying attention to my emails when sometimes they're from her, and if it's important enough for her to be online at all hours, shouldn't I be too? What do you think she really wants us to do?
And some special treats from us to you:
Olive Garden by Shytown Puppy Monkey Baby Don't forget to join us as we read The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford!
Bookclub 17 - Unicorn Project
Find out if we're crazy for reading them out of order, but this bookclub episode covers The Unicorn Project by Gene Kim.
Next up, we'll go back and read The Phoenix Project to see how it stacks up with this newer work.
Episode 87 - Basket Case
Our question for this episode is:
I occasionally get invited to do social things with some of my employees and if I'm interested in the event itself I'll go - typically things like video games or even holiday parties. I don't go to every events, but I do go to the ones that sound fun. I'm not playing favorites. But it also means that I have gone to events for less than half of my team. Is that ok?
Don't forget to tune in next week as we discuss Gene Kim's The Unicorn Project!
Episode 86 - Gotta Get Away
In this episode, a listener asks:
I have a lot of vacation saved up. There are a few reasons for this. First, our company gives us a lot of vacation. But, second, we don't really get to use it. The team is always working long hours without breaks and if you take a vacation everyone treats you like you killed their cat. Plus, when I get back I just have a bigger pile of work to do.
I've gotten another job that I think that I'll like, but I'm scared to switch and find out its worse or something that I'm not good at. I'm thinking of taking a bunch of my vacation days and starting the new job to see if I like it. I should be able to take a full month off pretty easily, possibly more. Personally, I think this is a great idea. But my friends say if it was a great idea, why doesn't everyone do it?
Don't forget to read along in The Unicorn Project with us, we will be discussing it in our next bookclub episode!