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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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    • 4.8 • 38 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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    Mauro Porcini, SVP & Chief Design Officer at PepsiCo, Reveals the Traits Shaping the Unicorn Leadership Teams of the Future

    Mauro Porcini, SVP & Chief Design Officer at PepsiCo, Reveals the Traits Shaping the Unicorn Leadership Teams of the Future

    There’s a secret formula behind fostering innovation, driving success, and creating positive work environments in large corporations. 

    Optimism, coupled with curiosity and kindness, are traits that leaders must embody to create synergies, boost efficiency, and improve working relationships in their organizations. According to Mauro Porcini, these underrated characteristics allow leaders to see progress, stay motivated and overcome any obstacles.

    Mauro Porcini is a visionary leader and the first-ever Chief Design Officer at PepsiCo. With a distinguished career spanning renowned organizations like 3M and Philips Design, Mauro has been at the forefront of infusing design thinking into corporate cultures worldwide. He hosts the podcast ‘In Your Shoes With Mauro Porcini,’ where he explores the creative minds shaping our world. Mauro is also an accomplished author, with his latest book, "The Human Side of Innovation,” has earned accolades for his insights into innovation, design, and leadership.

    In episode 2 of season 2, Mauro Porcini discusses the importance of dreaming big and creating space for innovation within organizations. He shares his experience implementing the 15% time approach in PepsiCo, allowing employees to work on passion projects. He also highlights the importance of dreaming big and executing ideas through prototyping and experimentation. Mauro also discusses insights from his book, 'The Human Side of Innovation,' which highlights the importance of people in driving successful projects. He concludes by emphasizing the importance of love for the people served, love for what one does, and love for the people surrounding us as key drivers of success and happiness.

    Tune in to discover Mauro’s wealth of insights in creating a culture of innovation and kindness in your organizations!

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    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [07:49] Surrounding yourself with inspiring people

    [15:15] ‘The Human Side of Innovation'

    [25:26] The 15% time rule

    [30:55] The importance of optimism, curiosity, and kindness in business

    [44:27] The three dimensions of love in the workplace

     

    👉 Check out the resources mentioned here: https://fellow.app/supermanagers/mauro-porcini-pepsico/



    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

    Connect with Mauro on LinkedIn

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    Read Mauro’s book ‘The Human Side of Innovation: The Power of People in Love with People’

    Check out Mauro’s podcast In Your Shoes With Mauro Porcini

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    • 50 min
    Kim Scott, Bestselling Author of ‘Radical Candor’ and ‘Radical Respect’ on Addressing Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying in the Workplace

    Kim Scott, Bestselling Author of ‘Radical Candor’ and ‘Radical Respect’ on Addressing Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying in the Workplace

    There’s no such thing as a bias-free workplace.

    According to Kim Scott, leaders must proactively look for and root out bias, prejudice, and bullying in the workplace. Rather than waiting for these behaviors to escalate into harmful situations, she advocates for a shared commitment in your organization to dismantle bias, prejudice, and bullying head-on as it arises.

    Kim Scott is a co-founder and the renowned bestselling author of the books ‘Radical Candor’ and ‘Radical Respect.’ She has been a CEO coach at renowned tech companies like Dropbox, Qualtrics, and Twitter. Before her coaching career, Kim was a faculty member at Apple University and led the AdSense, YouTube, and DoubleClick teams at Google.

    In the first episode of season two, Kim Scott discusses the importance of creating conditions for your employees to do their best work. Reflecting on her own experience, Kim candidly shares the invaluable lessons gained from early leadership missteps, including failing to be an upstander for marginalized women and overlooking her own biases and prejudices. Sharing insights from her newly revamped book ‘Radical Respect,’ Kim offers practical strategies for leaders to recognize and address bias, prejudice, and bullying in the workplace. ​She emphasizes the need for establishing a shared vocabulary, norm, and commitment across your organization to publicly address bias, whether in remote or in-person work settings. Finally, Kim explains the business case for addressing bias and bullying, as diverse workforces perform better and retaining diverse talent is crucial for success. 

    Tune in to discover Kim’s tactical and effective strategies for fostering a culture of radical respect in your organization! And don’t forget to pre-order Kim’s latest book Radical Respect, coming out on May 7, 2024.

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    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [04:36] Restructuring ‘Just Work’ into ‘Radical Respect’

    [10:16] Distinguishing between bias, prejudice, and bullying

    [18:13] Disrupting bullying without overstepping

    [23:14] Preventing bias and prejudice in the workplace

    [26:55] Creating a shared commitment to disrupting bias

    [33:35] Communicating standards in ways people can hear them

    [39:49] The business case for addressing bias and bullying

    [44:37] Kim’s underrated leadership advice



    👉  Check out the resources mentioned here: https://fellow.app/supermanagers/kim-scott-bestselling-author-of-radical-candor-and-radical-respect/



    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

    Follow Kim on LinkedIn, X,  Instagram, and Medium

    Pre-order Kim’s new book Radical Respect 

    Listen to Kim’s podcasts Radical Respect and Radical Candor

    Check out Kim’s book recommendations:


    Robertson Davies
    Orlando by Virginia Woolf
    Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
    Middlemarch by George Eliot
    The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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    • 48 min
    Joe Militello, Chief People Officer at Pagerduty: Why You Need to Rethink Your People Strategy (The LAST Episode of Season 1)

    Joe Militello, Chief People Officer at Pagerduty: Why You Need to Rethink Your People Strategy (The LAST Episode of Season 1)

    Striking the right balance between growth and stability is a challenge faced by many large organizations today.

    It's essential to anticipate and adapt to market changes, and according to Joe Militello, one way to do this is by firmly anchoring your people strategy with your business strategy.

    With over twenty years of management experience, Joe Militello is a seasoned people leader in the tech industry. As the Chief People Officer at PagerDuty, Joe oversees the entire People organization, including HR, talent development, recruiting, and diversity and inclusion. He has a proven track record of helping renowned technology companies scale and reach their market potential. Prior to PagerDuty, Joe held senior leadership roles at Pivotal Software, EMC, and even served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.

    In episode #188, Joe dives into his expertise in seamlessly integrating the people strategy into every functional unit of your organization, from recruitment to executive development. Drawing from his wealth of experience, Joe emphasizes the importance of reflecting on and refining strategy based on factors like the increasing need for generative AI or market fluctuations. He also shares his insights into building high-performing teams, managing individuals with more experience, and leading teams consciously above the line.

    Tune in to discover Joe’s secrets to achieving responsible growth, predictability, and profitability through strategic people strategy!

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    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [04:45] Early management mistakes

    [10:55] The art of managing people with more experience

    [15:30] Above the line vs. below the line leadership

    [20:16] Anchoring people strategy in business strategy

    [28:08] Incorporating AI into people strategy

    [34:00] Training people in their flow of work

    [40:22] Final words of wisdom



    👉  Check out the resources mentioned here: https://fellow.app/supermanagers/joe-militello-chief-people-officer-pagerduty-rethink-people-strategy/



    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

    Connect with Joe on LinkedIn

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    Learn more about Conscious Leadership

    Check out Fellow’s 1-on-1 coaching template and meeting guidelines

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    • 42 min
    Tony Martignetti, Advisor to Innovative Leaders on How to Make an Impact Without Burnout

    Tony Martignetti, Advisor to Innovative Leaders on How to Make an Impact Without Burnout

    Imagine the remarkable success of a team that has been together for years. They know each other inside out, work seamlessly, and achieve incredible results.

    But what if you don't have that luxury?

    There’s a hidden shortcut to cultivating team bonding and mimicking the dynamics of long-standing teams in record time. Tony Martignetti explains that it’s all about building genuine connections. 

    Tony Martignetti is a trusted advisor, leadership coach, author, podcast host, and TEDx speaker. As the Chief Inspiration Officer at Inspired Purpose Partners, Tony draws on over 25 years of experience in leadership roles and coaching global leaders. He is the author of two insightful books, 'Campfire Lessons for Leaders' and 'Climbing The Right Mountain,' and is passionately dedicated to empowering leaders to unearth their true potential and navigate change with confidence.

    In episode 187, Tony reveals practical tactics for building deeper connections with your team, unlocking high performance, and finding leverage in your work to maximize impact and avoid burnout. He also introduces his CORE methodology, a powerful framework designed to help both employees and leaders embrace their individuality, express their true selves in the workplace, and cultivate deeper, more genuine connections. By making intentional efforts to build team bonding, leaders can foster trust, feedback exchange, and the identification of blind spots. 

    Tune in to gain Tony’s invaluable insights on reigniting connection and meaning in your workplace!

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    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [04:49] Learning from early missteps

    [10:32] Reigniting spark with ‘Campfire Lessons for Leaders’

    [18:46] Building deeper connections

    [24:06] The CORE framework

    [32:39] Leveraging collective strengths

    [38:47] Defining success and ‘Climbing The Right Mountain’



    👉  Check out the resources mentioned here: ⁠https://fellow.app/supermanagers/tony-martignetti-leadership-advisor-how-to-make-impact-without-burnout/



    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

    Connect with Tony on LinkedIn

    Read Tony’s book Campire Lessons for Leaders

    Read Tony’s previous book Climbing The Right Mountain

    Listen to Tony’s podcast The Virtual Campfire

    Watch Tony’s 2M viewed TEDx Talk

    Check out Fellow can improve team meetings

    Subscribe to the Supermanagers TLDR newsletter

    • 42 min
    Susan Odle, Operational Change Expert: Why 70% of All Change Management Fails

    Susan Odle, Operational Change Expert: Why 70% of All Change Management Fails

    👉  Check out the resources mentioned here: https://fellow.app/supermanagers/susan-odle-operational-change-expert/

    70% of all change management efforts actually fail within organizations.

    With such a high failure rate, it's crucial to understand how to be part of that successful 30%. According to operational change expert Susan Odle, successfully implementing change requires buy-in, accountability, and clear timelines throughout the entire organization.

    Susan Odle is the founder of 8020CS, a company that specializes in change management to drive growth, profitability, and efficiency. With over 25 years of global experience, Susan has helped businesses of all sizes, ranging from start-ups to $800M companies, navigate complex change and achieve tangible results in company growth, stability, and shareholder returns. In her book, "Successful Change," Susan provides a powerful blueprint for successfully navigating the complexities of business transformation.

    In episode 186, Susan discusses how to operationalize successful change to positively impact top-line revenue and bottom-line profitability in organizations. She also emphasizes the importance of evidence-based leadership and pragmatic problem-solving, offering practical advice that listeners can apply to their own teams and organizations.

    Tune in to hear Susan’s actionable advice on how to help you and your team thrive in times of transformation!

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    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [04:24] Avoiding analysis paralysis

    [11:59] The 30% success club

    [17:34] Leading with pragmatism, not your ego

    [25:51] Evidence-based management and leadership

    [33:21] The five-gate framework of operationalizing change

    [37:18] Being kind and human



    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

    Connect with Susan on LinkedIn

    Check out Susan’s company 8020CS

    Read Susan’s book Successful Change

    Check out Fellow’s Meeting Guidelines

    Subscribe to the Supermanagers TLDR newsletter

    • 38 min
    Amplify Your Employer Branding Strategy with Tech People Leader Jennifer Paxton

    Amplify Your Employer Branding Strategy with Tech People Leader Jennifer Paxton

    👉  Check out the resources mentioned here: https://fellow.app/supermanagers/jennifer-paxton-tech-people-leader-amplify-your-employer-branding-strategy/ 

    This approach doesn't just create an environment that attracts and retains top talent; it’s fundamental in positioning yourself as an exceptional leader. Jennifer sheds light on navigating these complexities to create a workplace culture that resonates with both current and prospective employees. 

    Jennifer Paxton is the Senior Director of People and Talent at Roofr and a prominent leader in the tech industry. She has extensive experience establishing HR frameworks at high-growth startups like Privy, LevelUp, and Smile.io. Prior to joining Roofr, Jennifer co-founded Jamyr, a platform revolutionizing how recruiting teams utilize employee-generated video content.

    In episode #185, Jennifer unpacks the nuances of building high-performing teams by creating clear career paths and leadership training customized to individual employees. Her insights also offer actionable strategies to elevate your employer brand and amplify your company culture.

    Tune in to hear Jennifer's expert advice on cultivating an authentic employer brand and positioning your organization as a leader!

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    TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

    [05:45] When to trust your gut (and when to not)

    [12:26] Developing career ladders in startups

    [18:47] Tailoring manager training for leaders

    [25:55] Investing in employer branding

    [29:17] Tactics and tools for amplifying company culture

    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

    Connect with Jennifer on LinkedIn

    Check out Fellow’s Meeting Guidelines and 1-on-1 meeting templates

    Subscribe to the Supermanagers TLDR newsletter

    • 37 min

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So much to learn!

It’s obvious Aydin puts extraordinary effort into every single episode of Supermanagers. But what makes this show a true standout is the quality of the guests, stories, and tactics. Aydin finds speakers that truly care about being a positive force in the leadership space, and shares insights that only a true practitioner can unearth. Don't miss it!

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