A Geek Leader Podcast - inspiring technical and creative leaders around the world
By John Rouda: technical leader, author, speaker, educator
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The ultimate podcast for aspiring leaders in the creative or technology fields. John Rouda discusses leadership topics, interviews some of the greatest minds today and teaches you practical leadership tips, techniques, tricks and hacks to improve motivation, negotiation, and other much needed skills for leaders today.
||CleanAGL 028: Leadership is about Progress, not Perfection.||Whenever I talk about leadership at an event, I usually get a several people that either email me or talk to me afterwards to tell me how great that it all sounds, but that they can’t do those things. For some reason, something won’t let them.||5/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 027: Unqualified by Pastor Steven Furtick | Book Review||We all have feelings of inadequacy. Many times I have this fear, that someone is going to show up at my door and shut it all down. They will tell me that I’m not qualified to write about leadership, or to host a podcast,||4/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 026: Communication for Geeks||Most people in Technology struggle with communication… better yet, most people in business struggle with communication. I’m no exception to that, but I’m working on it. Here are some of the things that I’ve learned and implemented to help me w||4/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 025: Anthony Roldan from HubSpot – Culture Code||In this episode I interview Anthony Roldan from HubSpot about the companies culture code. I was pretty much blown away with the autonomy and freedom that HubSpot offer’s their employees. Their growth is amazing and there is no doubt that they are a le||3/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 024: You need to stretch yourself||You can’t grow if you don’t stretch If you’re looking for advice on yoga, flexibility or getting shape, then you’re in the wrong place. This is going to be a short episode about getting better. Ever had a rubber band, and stretched?||3/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 023: Learning as a Leader||Part of being a great leader is being a great learner. If you decide to be leader, either in a leadership/managerial role, or just leading those to your left and to your right, you must also decide to never stop learning. When you stop learning,||2/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 022: The Biology of Leadership – inside the brain of a tech leader||When most people talk about Leadership they talk about the psychology side of it, but I believe that it goes much deeper that than. In this episode I’m going to talk a lot about brain chemicals and I’m going to get a little deep into the biology of||2/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 021: The Pain of Progress||A few months ago I read the Jesse Itzler book, “Living with a Seal.” I heard it was really funny, and I knew a little about Jesse through some podcast interviews that I heard him on. I also thought it might motivate me to get in serious shape,||1/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 020: Richard Branson’s ‘The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership’ Book Summary and Review||I loved this book (click here to pick it up for yourself). It took me a few weeks to read through it all, but I really enjoyed the wonderful stories that Richard Branson tells about his experiences in Entrepreneurship and leading the Virgin Group.||1/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 019: 2016 Goals – SMART Goals||SMART Goals.. Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Realistic. Time Bound. Specific – The Goal must be specific in nature. Which of these is better? Improve on customer service. Or Increase our customer service survey rating by 10% over the 2015 numbe||1/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 018: The Hour of Code, visit Code.org for more information||Yesterday I gave a talk for the South Carolina iSTEM group at Saluda Trail Middle School. It was exciting to speak to teachers. Teachers that are working towards bettering the education experience. If you don’t know what STEM is,||12/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 017: Being Brave, leading in spite of fear and anxiety.||In order to be a leader, you must be brave. I’ve focused on leadership for many years now, and my wife even says I focus on it too much sometimes J. I see countless people that have so much potential for leadership,||11/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 016: Hiring the right people; 3 tips from Richard Branson, and some from me.||As I’ve said before, I’m reading Richard Branson’s book, The Virgin Way. This book is full of amazing nuggets of greatness. There’s a whole section on hiring the right people, which, is where these three rules come from.||11/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 015: How to get Lucky. Improve your luck with daily work.||Below are some things you can do to improve your luck. I hope you enjoy this episode and please leave me a review in iTunes to help spread the word. 1. Go to where the luck is. – People get lucky when they are in the right place at the […]||11/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 014: Public Speaking, 7 tips to get you started||A lot of time people confuse being a good speaker with being a good leader. They aren’t related, but usually, with a little practice, you can become a good speaker, just like with practice you can become a good leader.||11/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 013: Leading through a crisis – 10 takeaways||Things aren’t always going to be good as a leader. As a leader we must learn to lead in the good times and in the bad. Leading through a crisis is just a fact that will come along with being a technical leader. I recently was able to both witness||11/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 012: Being Successful in College, 14 tips for Students||As a Professor and a leader, I’m passionate about college student’s success both in and out of the classroom. I should be an expert at this, seeing as I’ve been either in college or working for a college (I’m a professor) for more than 15 years.||10/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 011: The Art of Negotiation, get a better deal, better salary and more.||You’ll never have more opportunity for salary negotiation than you do just before you accept you job. If you already have a job and you’re happy where you work and the idea of looking for something else scares the crap out of you, there’s still ho||10/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 010: Book Review: Daniel Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us||Dan Pink gave what might be one of my favorite TED talks of all time as he explained the puzzle of motivation (It’s also one of the most viewed with over 14 million views at the time of this posting). This talk made me want to read his book Drive: [||10/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 009: Creative Rhythm – Focus, Relationships, Energy, Stimuli, Hours||In Todd Henry’s book “The Accidental Creative” he talks about five elements of Creative Rhythm. As an IT Leader you’re called to make creative decisions and come up with brilliant solutions at a moment’s notice.||10/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 008: The Leadership Process, Leadership Training||If you do want to be a leader, you have to train. You have to work hard at it. It’s not just something that you can just try to do without work. Have you ever run a marathon? It’s not something that you can just go out and try. You […]||10/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 007: Overcoming Fear, Anxiety, and the Impostor Syndrome||We all are afraid of something. Being a leader demands bravery. In this episode I talk about getting over FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real). I list and explain these 4 steps for dealing with fear: Play it out. What’s the worse that can happen?||10/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 006: Likability, Soft Skills and why likability is so important for career advancement||In this episode I talk about likability. Being liked at work is actually pretty important. A lot of people believe that being good at their job, or having some special skill will help them get ahead. But the truth is that likability plays a huge rol||10/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 005: Book Review: Simon Sinek – Leaders Eat Last||I listen to a lot of audiobooks. About a year ago, I listened to Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last audiobook. I loved this book. In my opinion its better than his first best seller, Start With Why. In this book,||9/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 004: Having the Difficult Conversation||Having Difficult conversations is really important. I don’t think anyone would argue that. Many times we feel awkward and don’t want to have the conversation and things go from bad to worse… or they just never get resolved.||9/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 003: Dealing with Distractons||Distractions overwhelm us everyday… They overwhelm me every hour. This podcast episode is a short talk about how to deal with distractions. I hope that it helps you handle daily distractions that you encounter.||9/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 002: Motivating Creatives – TEDxHickory 2015 – My TED Talk||I’m super excited to share the TEDx Talk I gave back in March of 2015 at TEDxHickory. I gave this talk on motivation and leadership. In this talk I mentioned other talks and books by Simon Sinek, who taught us to “Start With Why” and Dan Pink wh||9/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 001: Louder than Words with Todd Henry||An Interview with Author of The Accidental Creative, Die Empty and Louder than Words, Todd Henry||9/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAGL 000: My Why - A Geek Leader Introduction||The kick off to the A Geek Leader Podcast, inspiring technical and creative leaders around the world.||9/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
John has a great ability to focus on a topic and verbalize it in a way everyone can understand and relate to. Most tech geeks struggle in this ability :) Great series John!
Really great show!
Loving this podcast. Episode topics are interesting, the content is incredibly helpful, and the episode length is perfect. Keep up the great work, John.
I love this Podcast! Great leadership content applicable to everyday life. Highly recommended!
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