Supermanagers

Supermanagers

Supermanagers, brought to you by the team at Fellow.app, is the podcast for managers and leaders who want to become better at leading teams and organizations. Aydin Mirzaee, CEO of Fellow.app, interviews world-class executives about their habits, thought patterns and experiences that have helped them become the leaders they are today.

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Teams Across Timezones: How to Be an Effective Remote Manager with Marcus Wermuth, Engineering and Product Manager at Buffer
43 perc 1. évad 28. rész Fellow.app

In episode 27,  Marcus reminds us that intentionality must come along with remote work.

Marcus Wermuth is the Engineering and Product Manager at Buffer, a social media growth, engagement and management platform. Marcus is an advocate for remote work and is deeply passionate about helping managers build effective, distributed teams.

Marcus talks about why hiring a team that is distributed around the world isn’t a bad idea and how he makes it work. We talk about asynchronous meetings and making sure your meetings are bi-directional and personal.

Tune in to hear why we must remember to include humanness and personality in our work systems and structures because we are working with humans, and not avatars.

Getting The Right People in the Right Seats: Why Environment Fit is Different Than Culture Fit with Hiten Shah, Co-Founder & CEO of FYI
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In episode 26, Hiten Shah reveals the difference between culture fit and work flow fit.

Hiten is a multi time founder, building and growing his own companies such as Crazy Egg, KISSmetrics and Quick Sprout. He also co-hosts The Startup Chat, a podcast about startup life, insights and advice.

In this episode, Hiten reflects on his first engineering hire and explains the importance of assessing talent accurately during the interview process to make sure they can succeed with you, in the environment you have created.

We also talk about identifying slow moving teams, why managers need to be in tune with what their teams actually know (and what they don’t), and how founders can transfer their unique talents and skills to their teams.

Tune in to hear Hiten share why environment fit matters to build a well oiled team.

Performance Reviews: How to Plan For The Most Important Meetings You’ll Have with Lenny Rachitsky (former Product Lead at Airbnb).
39 perc 1. évad 26. rész Fellow.app

In episode 25, Lenny Rachitsky shares a groundbreaking framework to improve your planning processes and performance reviews.

Lenny is an expert in product management and has a wealth of knowledge about company growth, people, and management in the technology world. Previously a product lead at Airbnb, he is currently known for writing a weekly newsletter read by thousands of product leaders.

In today’s episode, we talk to Lenny about the importance of unblocking your team by providing them with knowledge and support… so they can do the best work possible.

We also explore decision-making and why, as leaders, we need to reframe change as an opportunity.

Finally, Lenny walks us through his “W framework”, a step-by-step strategy that can help your team better understand logistics and responsibility.

Check Your Blind Spots: Why Leadership Requires Self-Awareness and Maturity
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In episode 24, Camille Fournier (Managing Director of Platform Engineering at Two Sigma) talks about the art of managing technical teams... and why leaders should always strive to develop and improve their own skills.

Camille’s previous roles include being the Chief Technology Officer at Rent the Runway... a VP and Technical Specialist at Goldman Sachs... and a Software Engineer at Microsoft.

In addition to a vast portfolio in the technology world, Camille is the author of two great management books; The Manager’s Path and 97 Things Every Engineering Manager Should Know.

Listen to this episode to learn about the importance of structure, repetition, and managing stress as a leader.

Victories, Insights, and Puzzles: Running Leadership Meetings with Purpose with Andrew Waitman, CEO of Assent Compliance
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In episode 23, Andrew Waitman reveals why leadership meetings need structure, but also flexibility.

Andrew Waitman is the CEO of Assent Compliance… the global leader in supply chain data management and one of Canada’s top growing companies.

Tune in to explore the concepts of agility and adaptability and why structure is such an important aspect of strategy, leadership and of course, team management.

We also explore why running leadership meetings with purpose comes with exploring the victories, insights and puzzles of business.

Inclusion Is Not Charity Work: Why Adopting an Investment Mindset Creates Truly Diverse Teams with Leslie Miley, (1st CTO, Obama Foundation)
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In episode 22, Leslie Miley asks us to rethink how we invest in inclusion and uplift our teams.

Leslie Miley has an impressive career history leading Engineering teams at Slack, Google, Twitter and Apple... as well as being the first Chief Technology Officer with the Obama Foundation.

Tune in to this episode to learn why as leaders, we must move away from performative allyship, and instead… rebuild the trust that has been broken due to racism that is built into systems, processes, and workplace culture.

Leslie also shares how important culture is and why learning and respecting the culture of those we work with, creates strong relationships.

Press play and let us know your biggest takeaways from this episode!

The Positivity Effect: How You Show Up as a Leader Reflects on Your Team with Erin Bury, CEO at Willful
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In episode 21, Erin Bury shares how she brings optimism to her leadership and how we can balance positivity with the challenges that come with business.

Erin Bury is the Co-Founder and CEO of Willful, a Toronto based startup building the online estate planning platform for today's generation.

Prior to founding Willful in 2019, Erin held senior roles at BetaKit and wrote for publications such as The Globe and Mail and Business Insider. She also led her own creative marketing agency, Eighty Eight, where she worked with clients such as Lyft, Telus, and Sony Pictures Television.

Erin recognizes that empathy, awareness and connection are key aspects of being a leader, no matter what kind of business you are leading, be it service based or product based.

Listen to this episode to remember just how important our actions are as leaders and how they directly impact our teams and our culture at work.

Processes Before Velocity: Why Your 100th Employee Will Change Your Company with Michael Litt (CEO at Vidyard)
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In episode 20, Michael Litt reminds us how important it is to exercise our minds, so we can execute our missions and our values as leaders. We talk about how leadership changes as your business grows, the importance of communication and structure to keep tasks on track and having empathy and compassion for your team.

Michael Litt is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vidyard - the online video platform that helps businesses such as SalesForce and Marketo unlock the power of video. Michael is also a Tedx speaker and has been named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.

As CEO, Michael strives to build a team of fantastic developers and evangelists that are dedicated to the company mission.

Tune in to hear about what building a business has taught Michael about leadership and management.

No Permission Needed: Why Acting Like a Leader Is More Important Than Being One with Patrick Campbell from ProfitWell
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In episode 19, Patrick Campbell reflects on his journey as a first time founder and manager.

In this episode, you will hear about Patrick’s early career building days working at Google and the US Defence Department, as well as what life was like when he decided to go all in and build ProfitWell in 2012.

Patrick is the Founder and CEO of ProfitWell, the software company that helps subscription model businesses like Canva, MasterClass, Classpass, Vice and Prezi (and more) with their monetization and retention strategies.

Tune in to this episode to hear Patrick share the importance of building a culture of feedback and how important mission driven businesses can be.

The Culture Equation: How Value Based Leadership Results in High-Performing and Loyal Teams with Bo Brabo, Former Director of HR at US Army and White House Communications Agency
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In episode #17, Bo Brabo joins Aydin to talk about how leadership, team culture and everyday behaviours at work collide in the military and in  the corporate world.

Tune in to hear all about Bo’s journey that has carried him through the military, presidential offices and the corporate world and learn about the similarities that can be identified when teams and their leaders align their behaviours with their values.

Since retiring from the U.S. Army as the Chief of HR Operations with the White House Communications Agency …. and as a Presidential Communications Officer for President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, Bo has served in several executive positions as Vice President of Human Resources.

Bo is also the author of “From The Battlefield, To The White House, To The Boardroom” -- a book where he shares his experiences from years on the military battlefield and a decade in the White House, and is also the co-host of the Bo and Luke show, a podcast all about doing better so you can be better.

Listen to this episode to learn how the needs of leaders and their teams don’t change much, even when their workplaces do!

How Experimentation and Testing Apply to Management, Not Just Marketing with Shane Murphy-Reuter from Intercom
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In episode 16, Shane Murphy-Reuter explores the important qualities and behaviours that make a successful leader and as a result, a successful team.

Shane is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Intercom and has just celebrated fifteen years in marketing.

Listen as we talk to Shane about moving to remote work during the COVID-19 crisis, how to balance work and play with your team, and the importance of consistency when leading and managing.

We also explore how Shane has adjusted processes and behaviours to ensure he is making quality decisions for himself, his team and of course, marketing for Intercom.

Building a Connected Network of Brains with Jean-Michel Lemieux, CTO at Shopify
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In episode #15, Jean-Michel Lemieux invites us to explore what and who it takes to lean into leadership. We also discuss the importance of knowing when to lead and when to follow, the extraversion myth and what it means to treat your team as a “connected network of brains”.

Jean-Michel is the Chief Technology Officer at Shopify and has an impressive career history. Prior to joining Shopify, he served as the Vice President of Engineering at Atlassian and led a team of over 150 engineers in his role as Chief Architect for Rational Team Concert, a division of IBM.

Jean-Michel is also the creator of Shopify’s exclusive leadership handbook.

Tune in to hear all about Jean-Michel’s leadership journey and the lessons learned along the way!

The Difference Between a Leader and a Boss with Kirstine Stewart from the World Economic Forum
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In episode #14, Kirstine Stewart explains the surprising difference between a leader and a boss. We also discuss what it means to have a leadership mindset (even if you’re not a manager), and why female representation in leadership roles is so important for all modern companies and corporations.

Kirstine is an Executive Committee Member and Head of Shaping the Future of Media at the World Economic Forum. Prior to joining the WEF, she occupied C-suite positions in two successful technology companies, served as Head of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and led Twitter’s North America Media team.

Kirstine is also the author of “Our Turn”, a book that helps women discover their leadership potential.

Tune in to hear all about Kirstine’s leadership journey and the lessons learned along the way!

How to Find Your Zone of Genius with Alex MacCaw, CEO at Clearbit
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In Episode #13, Alex MacCaw describes the frameworks and best practices that managers should adopt to constantly improve their leadership skills.  We also talked about Clearbit’s impeccable agreements and how they can help you improve communication and collaboration across departments.

Clearbit is a San Francisco-based business intelligence company that has raised more than 17 million dollars in funding – and serves as the data backbone to thousands of businesses such as Slack, Stripe, Intercom, and Adroll. As the co-founder and CEO, Alex puts an immense focus on leadership and personal development. In fact, he recently announced Clearbit’s mission to become the best-managed company in the world - and as part of this mission, he published a great book titled The Manager’s Handbook.

If you’re someone who loves personal growth and, like Alex, are always looking for ways to improve at your craft, this episode is for you.

How to Build and Scale High-Performing Teams with David Sakamoto, VP of Customer Success at Gitlab
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In episode #12, David Sakamoto shares a framework to build and scale high-performing teams, as well as best practices to onboard new team members at rapidly growing companies.

We also talk about the importance of monthly career conversations, and why leaders should be the last ones to voice their opinion during team meetings.

David has over 20 years of experience building and scaling customer success teams.

He is the VP of Customer Success at Gitlab – the world’s largest all-remote company, which is currently valued at  2.75 billion dollars.

Previously, he was Head of Customer Success for the Americas at Cisco and the Vice President of Services and Customer Success at EVault.

Recently, David won an award for being one of the top 150 Global Customer Experience Thought Leaders and Influencers of 2020.

Tune in to hear all about David’s leadership journey and the lessons learned along the way!

Success Strategies for New Leaders with Michael D. Watkins, author of The First 90 Days
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In episode #11, Michael D. Watkins discusses some of the strategies that new leaders can adopt to be successful in their roles and climb up the learning curve.

We also talked about the self-doubt phase, and why almost 90% of leaders deal with the urge to prove themselves when they start a new job -- something that Michael calls the “action imperative”.

Michael D. Watkins is the author of The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at all Levels.

He is an expert on executive onboarding and accelerating transitions, a professor at Harvard University, and a contributor to the Harvard Business Review.

Tune in to hear all about Michael’s leadership philosophy!

Empowering Your Team to Lead Fulfilling Lives with Vlad Magdalin, CEO of Webflow
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In episode #10, Vlad Magdalin shares a template to run effective and inclusive company-wide meetings - as well as some great tips to make the hybrid remote model work for your company.

We also discuss Webflow’s dual mission - and the biggest dilemma that Vlad faced as he scaled the team.

Vlad is the CEO of Webflow, a software company empowering people to create websites without the need to code.

Tune in to hear all about Vlad’s leadership journey and the lessons learned along the way!

How to Coach Your Team to Success with Lara Hogan, author of Resilient Management
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In episode #9, Lara Hogan shares best practices to understand your team’s core needs and create predictability in times of uncertainty.

We also discuss the difference between mentorship, coaching, and sponsorship – and how you can become a better sponsor and coach for your team.

Lara is a coach for leaders in tech and the author of Resilient Management, Designing for Performance, and Demystifying Public Speaking.

Prior to founding Wherewithall, she spent a decade leading teams as the VP of Engineering at Kickstarter and an Engineering Director at Etsy. 

Tune in to hear all about Lara’s leadership journey and the lessons learned along the way!

The Art of Leadership: 1-on-1s, Staff Meetings, and Manager READMEs with Michael Lopp, Rands in Repose
35 perc 1. évad 9. rész Fellow.app

In episode #8, Michael Lopp (Rands) talks about the power of scheduling regular one-on-one meetings and asking clarifying questions to identify unengaged employees.

We also discuss the concept of Manager Readmes and how they can help you build more efficient and positive working relationships.

Michael is the author of Managing Humans, Being Geek, and The Art of Leadership. He has been writing for over 17 years, sharing his insights on management, culture, and technology through his blog, Rands in Response.

During his career, Michael has led rapidly growing teams at companies like Netscape, Pinterest, Slack, and Apple.

Tune in to hear Michael’s advice and best practices for other managers and leaders!

The Art of Being a Mensch with Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist at Canva
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In episode #7, Guy Kawasaki talks about his experience managing Apple’s evangelism team, the lessons he learned working with Steve Jobs, and the German concept of being a Mensch – and how it can help you identify and hire great leaders.

Guy was one of the Apple employees originally responsible for marketing the Macintosh computer in the 1980s. During his time as Apple’s Chief Evangelist, he worked closely with Steve Jobs and popularized the concept of evangelism marketing.

Today, Guy is the Chief Evangelist of Canva, a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, and the author of more than ten books, including Wise Guy and The Art of the Start.

Tune in to hear all about Guy’s leadership philosophy!

How to Implement Operational Frameworks and Hire Great Leaders with Sam Zaid, CEO of Getaround
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In episode #6, Sam Zaid (CEO of Getaround) shares a playbook you can use to identify and hire great leaders. We also discuss the RACI framework and how Getaround is using this and another set of rituals to help new managers be effective right away.

Prior to Getaround, Sam founded Apption, an enterprise software consultancy, and 360pi, the leading retail price intelligence platform that was acquired by MarketTrack and Vista Equity in 2016.

Sam holds numerous patents and inventions, is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, a Microsoft Code Award winner, and a Goldman Sachs Most Intriguing Entrepreneur.

Tune in to hear all about Sam’s leadership journey and the frameworks that have helped his company succeed!

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How to Leverage Your Team’s Strengths with Tara Robertson of SproutSocial
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In episode #5, Tara Robertson (Head of Customer Marketing at SproutSocial) talks about the power of focusing on your team’s strengths.

She also shares some great insights on how to overcome imposter syndrome, find great mentors, and deal with the challenges of managing a remote team.

Prior to joining SproutSocial, Tara was the VP of Marketing at Hotjar.

Tune in to hear all about Tara’s journey as a marketing and sales leader, and the lessons learned along the way!

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How Operating Principles Can Help Your Team Thrive with Eran Aloni, COO of Gong
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In episode #4, Eran Aloni (COO of Gong.io) shares tips on how to get your team aligned and why accountability is critical to leading teams.

We also talked about how Gong.io uses operating principles to guide their team and what signals you can watch for to know you’re ready to implement them in your company.

Eran has over 20 years of experience building and scaling enterprise solutions. Previously, he was COO and VP of Product at Adobe EchoSign, VP of Product at Influitive, and VP of Product Marketing at Clarizen.

Tune in to hear all about Eran’s leadership journey and lessons learned along the way!

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Building a Culture of Trust and Transparency with Michele Romanow, President of Clearbanc
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In episode #3, Michele Romanow (co-founder and president of Clearbanc) talks about the importance of building a culture of radical candor, trusting employees to make data-driven decisions, and hiring empathetic people.

Michele is a serial entrepreneur who started five companies before the age of 33. A Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, she previously co-founded SnapSaves (which was acquired by Groupon in 2014) and Buytopia.ca (a platform with 2.5 MILLION subscribers that acquired six of their competitors).

Michele is considered one of the “One-Hundred Most Powerful Women in Canada” and was listed as the ONLY Canadian on Forbes Magazine’s “Millennial on a Mission” list.

Tune in to hear all about Michele’s habits and leadership lessons!

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How to Motivate and Develop Your Team with Sara Varni, CMO of Twilio
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In episode #2, Sara Varni (CMO of Twilio) talks about the importance of understanding your team’s motivations, setting clear expectations around KPIs, and empowering people to develop professionally within your organization.

Prior to joining Twilio, Sara was a leader at Salesforce – where she grew from product marketing manager, all the way to SVP of Marketing.

Tune in to hear all about Sara’s leadership journey!

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The Art of Servant Leadership with David Cancel, CEO of Drift
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In episode #1, David Cancel (CEO of Drift) shares his insights and practical advice to implement Servant Leadership, Skip-Level Meetings, and Learning Loops in your organization.

David is a five-time founder, two-time CEO, and best-selling author of “Conversational Marketing”. He was named the top-ranked CEO by USA Today and is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard.

Tune in to hear all about David’s leadership philosophy!

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Trailer: Supermanagers from Fellow.app
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There’s only one thing that differentiates average teams from world-class, high-performing organizations. You guessed it. Great managers. Or as we’ll call them in this podcast… Supermanagers.

Supermanagers create an environment that attracts the best employees... and most importantly, retains them. They invest in their employees’ growth and are always learning new tactics and strategies to improve their management capabilities.

The good news for you is that supermanagers are made, and not born. And you can become one by listening to the world-class leaders that will share their advice and best practices in this podcast – brought to you by Fellow.app.


The Superpower of Inclusive Leadership with Melina Briana Epler from Change Catalyst
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In episode #18, Melinda Briana Epler defines the concept of allyship and what it means and looks like to be a good ally in the workplace.

Tune in to learn why it is necessary to be and feel uncomfortable when doing anti-racist work and how to have conversations that promote safety and equality, and interrupt one’s that don’t so you can make changes and create more equal spaces at work.

Melinda is the founder and CEO of Change Catalyst, a San-Francisco-based advising company with the mission to build inclusive ecosystems. She is also a startup advisor and TEDx speaker who speaks actively about white privilege, diversity and inclusion in tech, and how to lead with empathy as an ally.

Melinda has over 25 years of experience developing business innovation and inclusion strategies for startups, Fortune 500 companies and global NGOs. Since the launch of Change Catalyst, she has worked with more than 340 community partners and 450 tech companies -- and her work has been featured in Bloomberg, Forbes, Black Enterprise, The Times, and many other publications.

Listen to this episode to learn how as a manager, you have the power to build diverse and inclusive teams and how doing so will elevate your organization’s health, productivity and profitability.

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