8 episodes

The Reorg is a podcast dedicated to understanding how founders, operators and industry experts think about organizing and empowering their teams..

We hope you can pull tactical insights from each episode - breaking down bureaucracy, management models, finding your leadership style and fostering culture.

You can subscribe to updates, including transcripts and my key takeaways from each episode at reorgpod.com.

The Reorg Dan Wu

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The Reorg is a podcast dedicated to understanding how founders, operators and industry experts think about organizing and empowering their teams..

We hope you can pull tactical insights from each episode - breaking down bureaucracy, management models, finding your leadership style and fostering culture.

You can subscribe to updates, including transcripts and my key takeaways from each episode at reorgpod.com.

    7. Archie Puri - Declaring Values To Drive Organizational Success

    7. Archie Puri - Declaring Values To Drive Organizational Success

    My guest today is Archie Puri. Archie is the Chief Product Officer at Galileo following a long and successful career as a product leader and General Manager at Braintree Payments. In this conversation we discussed how calligraphy set her foundation for becoming a product manager, signs of a low performing organization and the power of declaring your company values to your team. Archie is filled with wisdom and I took away some new ways of thinking about management and leadership. I hope you enjoy this one!



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    (2:08) - Calligraphy as a foundation for good product work

    (5:18) - Archie’s story at Braintree

    (11:25) - Her first reality check as a manager

    (14:50) - Signs to look out for when the organization is not running smoothly

    (17:40) - The power of declaring your values

    (19:43) - Great leaders she’s worked with

    (23:00) - Diversity & inclusion

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    6. Michele Zanini - Dismantling Bureaucracy With Humanocracy

    6. Michele Zanini - Dismantling Bureaucracy With Humanocracy

    My guest today is Michele Zanini, co-founder of the Management Lab and co-author of Wall Street Journal best seller ‘Humanocracy’.

    Michele has spent his entire career understanding how organizations can best enable their people to succeed. From starting his career studying the rise of agile terrorist organizations in the late 90s to conducting in-depth research with companies driving management model innovation globally today, Michele is a wealth of knowledge.

    In this episode we discussed the features of bureaucracy, how ‘Humanocracy’ is different and plenty of real-life examples along the way.

    After reading his book I was so impressed that I had to reach out and have him on the podcast. I have so much respect for Michele and we cover many of his novel ideas in this conversation. I hope you enjoy it!

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    Humanocracy Book

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    (1:46) - Michele’s early work at The Rand Corporation studying terrorist organizations

    (4:48) - Why copying management models wholesale does not work

    (7:28) - How the needs of companies have changed as it relates to management models over the years

    (11:14) - What ‘Humanocracy’ is

    (13:38) - The case for ‘Humanocracy’

    (18:48) - Best examples of companies in the post-bureaucratic vanguard

    (25:38) - How to enact change in your organization to enable ‘Humanocracy’

    (30:32) - “Explain that Tweet” speed round

    (31:04) -  Why supervisors should not be in charge of performance reviews

    (31:53) -  Reasoning for Quibi’s downfall

    (34:04) -  Why collaboration software is not a panacea for enabling dynamic organizations

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    5. Lindsay Verstegen - Unlocking Exponential Potential In Each Other

    5. Lindsay Verstegen - Unlocking Exponential Potential In Each Other

    My guest today is Lindsay Verstegen, the Chief People Officer at Shoprunner. Pretty quickly it’ll become clear to you that Lindsay’s career leading Human Resources and People teams has allowed her to think deeply about people dynamics - she could probably teach a class on behavioral psychology. Some topics we discussed were vulnerability, the role of personal accountability and common traits in great leaders.

    My respect for Lindsay only grew after this conversation and it’s reaffirmed my perspective that a strong People leader is crucial for all organizations. I hope you enjoy this one!

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    Shoprunner.com

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    (1:31) - How her passion for the arts prepared her for a career leading People functions

    (5:27) - Where does a culture of vulnerability come from?

    (10:18) - Understanding your personal accountability in a relationship dynamic

    (11:39) - Common traits in good leaders

    (15:24) - Managing hypergrowth within an organization

    (19:02) - What is culture?

    (24:01) - Social justice / political issues in the workplace

    (30:21) - The future of building teams

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    • 33 min
    4. Lance Li - Finding Success As A Founder

    4. Lance Li - Finding Success As A Founder

    My guest today is Lance Li - CEO and Co-Founder of Aerospec technologies. Lance is an amazing founder and operator and in our conversation you will get an intimate look into the highs and lows of entrepreneurship. Lance shares his thoughts on fundraising’s role in entrepreneurship and why and how you can turn employees into business owners and decision makers. My entrepreneurial minded listener’s are going to like this one. Enjoy!

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    (1:48) - Having entrepreneurial parents

    (3:56) - Fundraising’s role in entrepreneurship

    (8:40) - Pros and cons of winning pitch competitions

    (9:30) - The evolution of Lance’s role as a founder

    (10:46) - Leadership styles

    (12:10) - Equity ownership’s role in motivation

    (13:45) - Fostering culture as a founder

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    3. Ganesh and Nikhil - Capturing Creativity In A Remote-First World

    3. Ganesh and Nikhil - Capturing Creativity In A Remote-First World

    My guests today are Ganesh Datta and Nikhil Unni. They are the co-founders of Cortex, a solution that helps engineering teams reduce the complexity of their services and backed by Sequoia and YCombinator (W20). In this episode we discussed how three technical co-founders divide responsibilities at an early-stage company, the importance of aligning your team to business outcomes and the headwinds and tailwinds that come with a remote-first world.  I really enjoy speaking to founders and I think you'll find our conversation interesting!

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    Nikhil’s Twitter / LinkedIn

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    (2:17) - Founding story of Cortex

    (5:03) - Division of responsibility amongst three technical co-founders

    (8:33) - Channeling early employee excitement into ownership

    (9:23) - Cortex’s spin on retros

    (11:59) - History of microservices and their impact on organizations

    (15:11) - How engineering teams organize around microservices

    (16:22) - Organizational agility from monoliths

    (17:40) - COVID’s impact

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    • 23 min
    2. Harrison Wheeler - Sharing Accountability, Building Teams and Social Justice

    2. Harrison Wheeler - Sharing Accountability, Building Teams and Social Justice

    My guest today is Harrison Wheeler. Harrison is a Design Manager at LinkedIn and one of the most thoughtful and outspoken design voices in the industry. Before LinkedIn, Harrison scaled the design team at BaseCRM, which was acquired by ZenDesk in 2018. In this conversation we discussed  what “having a seat at the table” means, being accountable to your customers, building teams and culture and the importance of speaking up on social justice issues in the workplace. Harrison is a good friend of mine and every time I chat with him I always gain a new and unique perspective. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Harrison.

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    (5:37) - Having a CEO with a design background

    (7:05) - Accountability and design’s role

    (9:32) - Working with international and remote teams

    (13:15) - Product Managers and their role in empowering teams

    (15:30) - Building teams and culture

    (20:46) - Systemic racism in the industry - “The Design Community Must Not Stay Silent”

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Great new business podcast

Three episodes in and really like the remit of the podcast - as a PM, it’s great to see discussion on structure, efficiency, leadership and culture from a variety of business functions

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