41 episodes

The Important Thing with Michael (“Rands”) Lopp and Lyle Troxell. Let’s spend a few minutes of your life listening and learning about an Important Thing.

The Important Thing Michael Lopp

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    • 4.0, 20 Ratings

The Important Thing with Michael (“Rands”) Lopp and Lyle Troxell. Let’s spend a few minutes of your life listening and learning about an Important Thing.

    The One About Writing a Book, Pt. 2

    The One About Writing a Book, Pt. 2

    In our 41st episode, we continue the discussion regarding how to write a book. Start with a clever name, find a publisher... and then write a lot. That's about it. Ok, it's harder than that. (Recorded on February 24th, 2020)

    • 16 min
    The One About Networking

    The One About Networking

    In our 40th episode, we are talking about the practice of networking. Who does it, why they do it, and the very expected and random value that sometimes emerges from it. (Recorded on February 24th, 2020)

    • 11 min
    The One About Verklempt

    The One About Verklempt

    In the 39th episode, recorded in a pre-COVID world, we talk about love letters, the challenges of speaking, and the timely pause. (Recorded on February 24th, 2020.)

    • 20 min
    The One About the Little Things

    The One About the Little Things

    In the 38th, we lighten it up a bit. Not a lot. A bit. Finding solace in very strange times. Finding comfort while the world appears to be shutting down. Ok, it's a little lighter than that. Recorded on March 18th, 2020.

    • 19 min
    The One About the Pandemic

    The One About the Pandemic

    In our 37th episode, it's a bit dark. Lyle and Lopp talk about the current state of the world. Not much laughing. Hoping that hearing you are not alone might help... it helped us. Recorded on March 18th, 2020.

    • 36 min
    The One About Disney Follow-ups

    The One About Disney Follow-ups

    In our 36th episode, we're back at Disneyland. Lyle explains why he is a far better Dad, we talk about how to build a proper lightsaber, and we laugh... because we need a little laughing right now.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

wolvgrad98 ,

Favorite leadership blog

I was happy to learn the author of my favorite leadership blog is putting out a podcast. It doesn’t disappoint. Great variety of topics and I always learn something. Keep up the good work!

Lothdyn ,

The one about management (Pt 1)

Hi Everyone,

I have been a long time fan of Rands works - found his blog, dove into his books, and have enjoyed the first and second iterations of The Important Thing a great deal.

This podcast is great for me with a nice mix of clear focus on a topic (you can skip one - I wouldn’t), a decent amount of depth, and often a look in on someone else’s lives and says of thinking.

In this episode I especially enjoyed the reminder that it takes time to learn a new skill set - especially the more abstract ones like what management means. I’m definitely looking forward to parts 2+ on management - I’m sure Rands and Lyle will have another great conversation in 6 months / 12 months that we’re all going to learn a lot from - or at least me.

My only slight quibble is some of the tech speak that comes through. As an Aussie working in banking rather than an American working in tech what IC stands for / does was a mystery throughout this one. It didn’t take away, just acted as a distraction.

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Going beyond this episode to the podcast as a whole - if a podcast convinces you to explore new things (in my case fountain pens, and the west wing weekly podcast) as well as helps you consider aspects of your job in a new way it can only be a good thing.

Keep sharing the podcasts gentlemen, and keep the open, honest, frank and respectful conversation flowing. I’ve been enjoying it so far and I’m sure a lot of others have as well.

quidryan ,

Thought leadership

I could listen to Michael and Lyle talk all day. The breadth of topics is refreshing and every one has been relevant. Their conversations have enlightened me to what can make being a manager rewarding.

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