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Do you want to future-proof your technology career? Building human skills (soft skills) that AI can't easily replicate is what makes us unique and stand out.

Join Paddy Dhanda for a weekly dose of self-improvement. Each episode focuses on a different human superpower at work, helping you upgrade your soft skills and beat AI anxiety.

If knowledge is power, then make learning your superpower!

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Superpowers School - Self Improvement Podcast Like Diary of a CEO Self-Improvement podcast for technology professionals to build superpowers at work, and thrive in the age of AI

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Do you want to future-proof your technology career? Building human skills (soft skills) that AI can't easily replicate is what makes us unique and stand out.

Join Paddy Dhanda for a weekly dose of self-improvement. Each episode focuses on a different human superpower at work, helping you upgrade your soft skills and beat AI anxiety.

If knowledge is power, then make learning your superpower!

www.superpowers.school

    What's Stopping You? Youngest British Female to Climb Everest - Bonita Norris E148

    What's Stopping You? Youngest British Female to Climb Everest - Bonita Norris E148

    Bonita Norris shares her journey of becoming the youngest British female to summit Mount Everest at the age of 22. She discusses the clear goal she set, the challenges she faced, including raising £50,000, and the training regime she followed.
    Bonita emphasizes the importance of teamwork, thoughtfulness, and curiosity in high-stakes environments. She also reflects on the life lessons learned from mountaineering, the significance of enjoying the process, and her future plans while balancing life as a mother.
    Join the conversation for an inspiring tale of perseverance and achieving dreams against the odds.
    00:00 Introduction
    03:37 Falling in Love with Mountains
    06:10 The Journey to Everest Begins
    14:54 Training for the Summit
    19:34 Building a Strong Team
    21:26 The Importance of Thoughtfulness in Leadership
    22:41 Building a Resilient Team in the Mountains
    25:34 Trust and Team Dynamics
    27:12 The Everest Expedition: Preparation and Challenges
    30:35 Overcoming Adversity on the Descent
    36:17 Reflecting on the Summit Experience
    41:11 Life Lessons and Future Plans
    ⚡️ In each episode, Paddy Dhanda deep dives into a new human Superpower to help you thrive in the age of AI.
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    • 43 min
    Refactor Your Brain: How to Reprogram Your Brain for Success - Dagna Bieda E147

    Refactor Your Brain: How to Reprogram Your Brain for Success - Dagna Bieda E147

    Dagna Bieda, a career coach and author of 'Brain Refactor', explores the parallels between human cognition and computer programming.
    Dagna, who transitioned from a software engineer to a coach, shares how programming principles can be applied to reprogramming the human mind.
    The discussion delves into the importance of feedback, changing perspectives, and leveraging cultural differences for professional growth.
    Dagna offers practical insights into overcoming imposter syndrome, burnout, and enhancing interpersonal skills.
    The episode also touches on the significance of habit-building and self-awareness in achieving personal and career goals.
    00:00 Guest Introduction and Superpower Discussion
    02:27 Dagna's Book: Brain Refactor
    03:56 Dagna's Journey from Robotics to Programming
    08:02 Cultural Differences in the Workplace
    16:41 The Concept of Refactoring the Human Mind
    21:53 The Importance of Feedback and Perspective
    28:34 Practical Steps to Reprogram Your Mind
    36:28 The Role of Coaching in Personal and Professional Growth
    42:03 Conclusion and Final Thoughts
    Guest: Dagna Bieda
    Dagna is an engineer turned coach for engineers and ambitious tech professionals. With 10+ years of coding experience and coaching since 2019, she’s the tough love, “been in your shoes” kinda Coach. Her clients’ backgrounds include a spectrum ranging from ICs to CTOs, from small startups to FAANG+ companies, from 2 to 20+ years of experience, and from self-taught devs through career-changing Bootcamp grads to college grads and PhDs. She helps her clients reach their potential and exciting career opportunities by refactoring their brains. To learn more about her work, visit www.themindfuldev.com.
    Links:
    www.themindfuldev.com
    www.themindfuldev.com/book
    www.linkedin.com/in/dagnabieda/
    x.com/dagnabieda


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    • 46 min
    Tongue Fu: Powerful Words to Diffuse Any Verbal Conflict with Sam Horn - E146

    Tongue Fu: Powerful Words to Diffuse Any Verbal Conflict with Sam Horn - E146

    Sam Horn introduces concepts from her books, including 'Tongue Fu' and 'Talking on Eggshells', providing practical advice on handling challenging situations. We explore effective communication strategies like replacing negative words with positive alternatives to shape behaviour and foster respect.
    Key tips include how to request promotions, manage workplace interactions, and handle personal and parenting scenarios with effective use of language.
    Sam emphasises the importance of structured communication and understanding the perspectives of others to achieve success in both personal and professional settings.
    00:00 Introduction to Tongue Fu
    00:30 Meet Sam Horn: The Communication Expert
    01:03 Practical Tips for Effective Communication
    03:31 The Power of Words: Real-Life Examples
    05:41 Handling Disagreements and Mistakes
    14:49 Influence and Respect in Communication
    20:41 Saying No Effectively
    22:39 The Power of Positive Language
    24:10 Sports and Language: A Personal Anecdote
    25:31 The Impact of Words in Coaching
    29:18 Effective Communication in the Workplace
    35:53 The W5 Form: A Framework for Success
    40:29 Final Thoughts and Resources
    Sam Horn
    Sam Horn has over 20 years of experience as an intrigue expert and has spent those years cultivating great communication and branding strategies for companies such as CISCO, Intel, and NASA. Her writing has appeared in various publications such as Businessweek, Forbes, and the Huffington Post. Her books include Pop: Create the Perfect Pitch, Title, and Tagline for Anything, What’s Holding You Back? and Tongue Fu!: How to Deflect, Disarm, and Defuse Any Verbal Conflict.
    ⚡️ In each episode, Paddy Dhanda deep dives into a new human Superpower to help you thrive in the age of AI.
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    • 45 min
    What is Career Storytelling? E145

    What is Career Storytelling? E145

    Ricardo Brito shares insights on the power of storytelling in making sense of our career and working identity. The discussion delves into the scientific underpinnings of storytelling, cultural differences in professional roles, and how personal stories shape our professional lives.
    Ricardo shares his journey from a fine arts student to a UX designer and coach, emphasizing how understanding and articulating our own stories can help us navigate career transitions and stay relevant in a rapidly changing world.
    The episode offers practical advice on using storytelling to reflect on career achievements, overcome professional challenges, and prepare for a future increasingly influenced by AI.
    00:00 Introduction to Storytelling and Neuroscience
    03:30 Ricardo's Background and Early Life
    05:57 The Journey of Career Reinvention
    11:19 The Power of Storytelling in Shaping Identity
    21:46 Simplifying Complex Concepts
    23:08 Client Success Story
    25:01 Reflecting on Past Experiences
    26:45 The Power of Personal Storytelling
    30:15 Embracing Differences at Work
    39:12 Recommended Resources for Storytelling
    41:16 Conclusion and Final Thoughts
    Ricardo Brito
    Ricardo Brito is a career and life coach with a unique approach: helping people pave their way to personal and professional fulfilling balance through what he calls the PATH Method. Ricardo’s journey began back in 2021, when deeply entrenched in the corporate tech world as a UX design lead he found himself battling burnout, disillusionment, and defeat. The turning point came when he reached a breaking point and sought medical help, realizing that something needed to change. This led him on an unexpected path of rediscovering himself through therapy, coaching, and experimentation. As he delved into coaching, Ricardo found a renewed sense of purpose and direction, ultimately choosing to downgrade his role in the corporate world. This decision brought him a profound revelation - that his self-worth was not tied to his title or status, but rather in the impact he made and the quality of his work… and more than products or businesses, it was always about the people and their growth. Through his own journey, Ricardo developed a unique approach to help others navigate professional transitions and transformations, culminating in the creation of the PATH Method.
    Ricardo’s links:
    https://www.ricardobrito.me/gift
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ribrito/
    https://ricardobrito.substack.com/
    hello@ricardobrito.me
    Ricardo Brito is a career and life coach with a unique approach: helping people pave their way to personal and professional fulfilling balance through what he calls the PATH Method. Ricardo’s journey began back in 2021, when deeply entrenched in the corporate tech world as a UX design lead he found himself battling burnout, disillusionment, and defeat. The turning point came when he reached a breaking point and sought medical help, realizing that something needed to change. This led him on an unexpected path of rediscovering himself through therapy, coaching, and experimentation. As he delved into coaching, Ricardo found a renewed sense of purpose and direction, ultimately choosing to downgrade his role in the corporate world. This decision brought him a profound revelation - that his self-worth was not tied to his title or status, but rather in the impact he made and the quality of his work… and more than products or businesses, it was always about the people and their growth. Through his own journey, Ricardo developed a unique approach to help others navigate professional transitions and transformations, culminating in the creation of the PATH Method.
    Ricardo’s links:
    https://www.ricardobrito.me/gift
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ribrito/
    https://ricardobrito.substack.com/
    hello@ricardobrito.me
    ⚡️ In each episode, Paddy Dhanda deep dives into a new human Superpower to help you thrive in the age of AI.
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    • 42 min
    Greatest Leader in History: What Can Agile Leaders Learn? E144

    Greatest Leader in History: What Can Agile Leaders Learn? E144

    I discuss who is the greatest leader in history with historian Matthew Lockwood. We discuss the profound impact and historical significance of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, whom Matthew nominated in a BBC poll as the greatest leader in world history. We explore Ranjit Singh's unifying leadership, multicultural administration, and remarkable modernizing efforts. We address themes of tolerance, leadership, and the historical connections that resonate with today's world.
    00:00 Introduction
    03:04 Special Guest Matthew Lockwood: A Deep Dive into History
    05:41 Exploring the Legacy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh
    06:57 The Global Impact of Ranjit Singh's Leadership
    29:00 The Personal Journey of Maharaja Duleep Singh
    38:14 Reflecting on Maharaja Ranjit Singh's Contributions and Legacy
    44:39 Future Projects and Closing Thoughts
    ⚡️ In each episode, Paddy Dhanda deep dives into a new human Superpower to help you thrive in the age of AI.
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    • 46 min
    Avoid Death by PowerPoint in Presentations - Danielle Hennis - E143

    Avoid Death by PowerPoint in Presentations - Danielle Hennis - E143

    In this episode, we discuss strategies on how to avoid 'death by PowerPoint'.
    I'm joined by Danielle Hennis a presentation expert. We explore:
    👉 How we can focus on audience needs
    👉 Simplify presentations to one idea per slide
    👉 Support presentations with visuals rather than text
    Danielle shares her journey and how she transitioned from graphic design to presentation coaching, driven by witnessing ineffective presentations.
    Practical advice is shared on how to prepare for presentations, including structuring content and utilizing visuals effectively. The conversation also touches on the importance of storytelling in business, managing presentation anxiety, eliminating filler words, and the role of AI as a tool in presentation preparation.
    Danielle also provides recommendations for resources on data visualization, storytelling, presentation anxiety, and general presentation skills.
    The episode wraps up with tips for gradually improving presentation skills by seeking feedback and starting with lower-stakes opportunities.
    00:00 The Journey from Graphic Design to Presentation Mastery
    04:19 Unlocking the Secrets of Effective Presentations
    06:02 Harnessing Attention in the Age of TikTok
    10:04 Crafting Engaging Presentations: Tips and Strategies
    18:45 Overcoming Presentation Anxiety: Strategies for Confidence
    31:34 Leveraging AI for Enhanced Presentations
    34:41 Eliminating Workplace Silos for Creative Synergy
    36:07 Resources and Final Thoughts
    Danielle Hennis is a Raleigh, NC native who has travelled around the world only to settle back down in Durham, NC. She is a graphic designer and presentation specialist. She loves helping businesses, groups or individuals tell their message. She is the owner of Make It Memorable, LLC.
    Email: drhennis@gmail.com
    ⚡️ In each episode, Paddy Dhanda deep dives into a new human Superpower to help you thrive in the age of AI.
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    • 40 min

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222Shorty ,

What a podcast should be

Paddy is a great host. In a short time and in a cordial manner, he asked the questions every author should consider before publishing a book. I highly recommend this podcast.

MarkStruczewski ,

Paddy is the Man!

Paddy was an incredible host. Asked great questions and was an active listener. He was not stuck to a list of questions (except the last two, which were great!). He allowed the conversation to go where it went. Great back and forth, pleasant conversation. And a very pleasant and unexpected ending (even he didn't see it coming but rolled with it with joy!).

KristineSCR ,

Great Content

Paddy keeps personal development accessible and HUMAN. Great podcast, thank you

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