Leading Questions Podcast

by Dawn Kuczwara and Jer Lance

Leading Questions Podcast
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 31
  • Last: 6 Mar 2018
We are Dawn Kuczwara and Jer Lance, technologists, leaders, an people who are often accused of talking too much. Join us as we answer your questions about leadership, becoming a leader, and knowledge work in general. Our answers come from our experience, and arrive with a sense of humor. Email us at questions@leadingquestionspodcast.com (and no, we couldn't find a longer URL)

Episodes (31)

  • Episode 31 - Why Can't We Be Friends
    Episode 31 - Why Can't We Be Friends
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    Published: 6 Mar 2018 Duration: 41:02
    This episode's question: I have a person working with me that is a friend. She's a great friend but a terrible employee that is hurting my business. My question is this: how do you fire a friend while maintaining the friendship? And boy do ... Read more →
    This episode's question: I have a person working with me that is a friend. She's a great friend but a terrible employee that is hurting my business. My question is this: how do you fire a friend while maintaining the friendship? And boy do ... Read more →

  • Episode 30 - Mister Manager
    Episode 30 - Mister Manager
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    Published: 20 Feb 2018 Duration: 41:59
    This episode's question: My current position has a manager title, but I have no direct reports. However, I am expected to lead others who do not report to me. What's the best way to lead people that you don't have direct authority over? Thi... Read more →
    This episode's question: My current position has a manager title, but I have no direct reports. However, I am expected to lead others who do not report to me. What's the best way to lead people that you don't have direct authority over? Thi... Read more →

  • Episode 29 - Hyper-Professional
    Episode 29 - Hyper-Professional
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    Published: 6 Feb 2018 Duration: 59:27
    This episode's question: At a previous job, I had an employee transfer from another group to mine. In chatting with her it became clear that the reason that she moved groups was because she'd been sexually harassed by her previous manager. ... Read more →
    This episode's question: At a previous job, I had an employee transfer from another group to mine. In chatting with her it became clear that the reason that she moved groups was because she'd been sexually harassed by her previous manager. ... Read more →

  • Episode 28 - Infinite Meetings
    Episode 28 - Infinite Meetings
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    Published: 24 Jan 2018 Duration: 52:05
    It's meetings all the way down this episode...here's our question: At what point is it appropriate to interrupt a manager's meeting and inform him that he's wasting everybody's time? Right now, I am sitting with 18 people gathered in a big ... Read more →
    It's meetings all the way down this episode...here's our question: At what point is it appropriate to interrupt a manager's meeting and inform him that he's wasting everybody's time? Right now, I am sitting with 18 people gathered in a big ... Read more →

  • Episode 27 - Leaders Without Leaders
    Episode 27 - Leaders Without Leaders
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    Published: 9 Jan 2018 Duration: 53:41
    This episode's question: I'm a leader and my manager isn't helping us get better. He keeps having leaders under him stop being leader because they can't learn how. I'm new. I want to learn. How do I learn if my leader can't teach? Also ment... Read more →
    This episode's question: I'm a leader and my manager isn't helping us get better. He keeps having leaders under him stop being leader because they can't learn how. I'm new. I want to learn. How do I learn if my leader can't teach? Also ment... Read more →

  • Episode 26 - Goal Oriented
    Episode 26 - Goal Oriented
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    Published: 12 Dec 2017 Duration: 42:16
    This episode's question: How do you guys handle being on the receiving end of a performance review where you weren't able to achieve the goals that were set at the beginning of the year? Setting aside the idea of whether the annual goal set... Read more →
    This episode's question: How do you guys handle being on the receiving end of a performance review where you weren't able to achieve the goals that were set at the beginning of the year? Setting aside the idea of whether the annual goal set... Read more →

  • Episode 25 - Leader or Executioner
    Episode 25 - Leader or Executioner
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    Published: 28 Nov 2017 Duration: 31:51
    This episode's question: Should a manager be focused on execution or on the team? Should they be focused on both? We also mentioned Waltzing with Bears during this episode. Great book, worth a read!
    This episode's question: Should a manager be focused on execution or on the team? Should they be focused on both? We also mentioned Waltzing with Bears during this episode. Great book, worth a read!

  • Episode 24 - Tweeting on MyFaceSpaceBook
    Episode 24 - Tweeting on MyFaceSpaceBook
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    Published: 14 Nov 2017 Duration: 53:35
    This episode's question is: When it comes to hiring, are social media accounts an assets or a liability? From a management perspective, would you ever reference an employee's social media account when evaluating an employee's performance or... Read more →
    This episode's question is: When it comes to hiring, are social media accounts an assets or a liability? From a management perspective, would you ever reference an employee's social media account when evaluating an employee's performance or... Read more →

  • Episode 23 - Resume Fodder
    Episode 23 - Resume Fodder
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    Published: 31 Oct 2017 Duration: 47:18
    This episode's question is: As a team lead, what do you look for when interviewing developers, or perhaps other roles as well. I feel like resumes can be BS-ish, it's easier to have actual things to show. Do open source contributions appea... Read more →
    This episode's question is: As a team lead, what do you look for when interviewing developers, or perhaps other roles as well. I feel like resumes can be BS-ish, it's easier to have actual things to show. Do open source contributions appea... Read more →

  • Episode 22 - Leading Up
    Episode 22 - Leading Up
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    Published: 17 Oct 2017 Duration: 47:01
    This episode's question is: You both talked about doing things in the past to help your employees improve, but how do you do that with fellow managers or with your manager?
    This episode's question is: You both talked about doing things in the past to help your employees improve, but how do you do that with fellow managers or with your manager?

  • Episode 21 - Interview Questions
    Episode 21 - Interview Questions
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    Published: 3 Oct 2017 Duration: 53:26
    This episode's question: What are your favorite interview questions? What are you looking for in good answers, and what would concern you to hear?  
    This episode's question: What are your favorite interview questions? What are you looking for in good answers, and what would concern you to hear?  

  • Episode 20 - The Blind Leading the Blind
    Episode 20 - The Blind Leading the Blind
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    Published: 19 Sep 2017 Duration: 43:01
    This episode's question: How do you lead teams that do a job you know nothing about or don't know a lot about? Can you?  
    This episode's question: How do you lead teams that do a job you know nothing about or don't know a lot about? Can you?  

  • Episode 19 - Let's Get Ready to Fail (ThatConference 2017)
    Episode 19 - Let's Get Ready to Fail (ThatConference 2017)
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    Published: 6 Sep 2017 Duration: 44:22
    This episode's question is: What would it sound like if we could hear Dawn's talk at ThatConference 2017? I'm glad you asked, gentle reader/listener, because this is what it would sound like! Feel free to download the corresponding slidesh... Read more →
    This episode's question is: What would it sound like if we could hear Dawn's talk at ThatConference 2017? I'm glad you asked, gentle reader/listener, because this is what it would sound like! Feel free to download the corresponding slidesh... Read more →

  • Episode 18 - New Kid in Town
    Episode 18 - New Kid in Town
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    Published: 22 Aug 2017 Duration: 50:30
    This episode's question: I'm starting a position soon as a senior engineer at a company, where my new leadership and I have discussed a potential track where I come on board as a senior engineer and then, if things are working well, moving ... Read more →
    This episode's question: I'm starting a position soon as a senior engineer at a company, where my new leadership and I have discussed a potential track where I come on board as a senior engineer and then, if things are working well, moving ... Read more →

  • Episode 17 - Are You Experienced?
    Episode 17 - Are You Experienced?
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    Published: 8 Aug 2017 Duration: 01:12:01
    This episode's question: At work, I have been interviewing internally for management positions, but I haven't been getting them. I get feedback that I show promise or I have some ideas that are good or whatever. They say I don't have enough... Read more →
    This episode's question: At work, I have been interviewing internally for management positions, but I haven't been getting them. I get feedback that I show promise or I have some ideas that are good or whatever. They say I don't have enough... Read more →

  • Episode 16 - Your Hosts
    Episode 16 - Your Hosts
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    Published: 25 Jul 2017 Duration: 01:13:18
    In this episode, we address a recurring series of questions that has come up numerous times: who are we and why should you care what we have to say about leadership? Join us as we spend an hour interviewing one another and talking about wha... Read more →
    In this episode, we address a recurring series of questions that has come up numerous times: who are we and why should you care what we have to say about leadership? Join us as we spend an hour interviewing one another and talking about wha... Read more →

  • Episode 15 - Personal Bias
    Episode 15 - Personal Bias
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    Published: 5 Jul 2017 Duration: 51:45
    This episode's question: Why does it feel personal when you get laid off or fired? How do you deal with laying off or firing someone when you actually do have a bias against them? The shirts we mention...again... Download this episode
    This episode's question: Why does it feel personal when you get laid off or fired? How do you deal with laying off or firing someone when you actually do have a bias against them? The shirts we mention...again... Download this episode

  • Episode 14 - Way Innapropes
    Episode 14 - Way Innapropes
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    Published: 20 Jun 2017 Duration: 01:03:46
    This episode's question: My boss at a financial institution seemed friendly at first, but then began tearing me down and saying inappropriate things about me both to just me and when others were around. For instance, at the time I was strug... Read more →
    This episode's question: My boss at a financial institution seemed friendly at first, but then began tearing me down and saying inappropriate things about me both to just me and when others were around. For instance, at the time I was strug... Read more →

  • Episode 13 - Contract Work (part 2)
    Episode 13 - Contract Work (part 2)
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    Published: 6 Jun 2017 Duration: 01:04:28
    This episode's question answers the last question from last episode: I was looking into doing some contract work recently and I found the process a bit strange. After filling out a questionnaire and two meetings at restaurants, I was given ... Read more →
    This episode's question answers the last question from last episode: I was looking into doing some contract work recently and I found the process a bit strange. After filling out a questionnaire and two meetings at restaurants, I was given ... Read more →

  • Episode 12 - Contract Work (part 1)
    Episode 12 - Contract Work (part 1)
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    Published: 23 May 2017 Duration: 01:10:43
    This episode's question: I was looking into doing some contract work recently and I found the process a bit strange. After filling out a questionnaire and two meetings at restaurants, I was given a "homework" assignment. The assignment itse... Read more →
    This episode's question: I was looking into doing some contract work recently and I found the process a bit strange. After filling out a questionnaire and two meetings at restaurants, I was given a "homework" assignment. The assignment itse... Read more →

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