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 email@example.com (and no, we couldn't find a longer URL)
Bookclub 23 - Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
Let's discuss Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein.
Next up - Tribes by Seth Godin.
In this episode, we also mention Jer's blog post, A New Leader's Bookshelf.
I Want to Break Free
This episode's question...
How do you handle it when something happens at work that is unquestionably an affront to your principles, but the financial loss would be incredibly uncomfortable. Not disastrous, just very, very uncomfortable for you and your family.
Don't forget about the book club! Currently, we're reading Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein
Episode 100 - Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Welcome to the 100th episode of Leading Questions!
We're doing something a little different to commemorate this episode - instead of a listener question, Dawn and Jer ask each other questions they want to hear the other person answer. So, this time, you get TWO questions!
Dawn asks Jer...
You've talked about the path you've taken from being an individual contributor to being a leader - How much of that was intentional, and what was your process for becoming a better leader?
Jer's question for Dawn is...
How do you coach someone in something you're actively bad at?
In case you're wondering - here is the puppet that haunts Jer's nightmares:
And here's the cross-stitch that haunt's Dawn:
Bookclub 22 - The Biggest Bluff
Let's discuss The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win by Maria Konnikova.
Next up, Range by David Epstein
Episode 99 - Instituitionalized
This episode's question is...
I've noticed lately that my productivity has been all over the place. Some days, I'm able to work for hours and get a lot done. Other days though, I'm at a standstill. I'm getting really frustrated because of this fluctuation. I'm concerned that this teetering is going to be detrimental to the quality of my work. Also, I'm scared it might impact my entire team's productivity and drive. What do you think? What should I do in this situation?
Book discussed in this episode Burnout: The Secreto to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski
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Episode 98 - She's Kerosene
In this episode we talk about...
Recently, I started leading a new group of people at my work. In the process of getting to know everyone, I noticed something and I don't know how to approach it appropriately. There is this one person, who is overwhelmingly talkative and who refuses to even hear others' ideas if they contradict her own opinions. The only time she allows other people to contribute to the conversation is if they further her own plans. I'm concerned that she drowns out other people and is making the team less productive and, honestly, less enjoyable. How do I deal with this?
Don't forget to join our bookclub! We're currently reading The Biggest Bluff by Maria Konnikova!
Funny and informative!
This podcast is not only funny but informative. It gives you a lot of insight on what to do in tough job situations.