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SimpleLeadership specifically focuses on improving the craft of software engineering leadership. As a VP of Engineering & CTO I am acutely aware of the lack of good resources available for new and existing software engineering managers. SimpleLeadership is designed for both new and experienced software & technology managers who want to build high-performing teams, better motivate & mentor their employees, reduce attrition and advance their career. It is for people who want to go beyond just being a manager and become a true leader. In this interview based show I ask each guest to share their journey from individual contributor to software engineering manager and provide any guidance on the transition. The SimpleLeadership Podcast will present real and actionable stories from people who have navigated their way from being an individual contributor into a software engineering manager. We will also hear from experts on specifics of team dynamics, motivation, feedback, leadership and many more aspects of being a successful engineering manager.
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Now displaying: May, 2018
May 13, 2018
Given a jar of peanut butter, a spoon and a challenging problem, I feel set up for success!
 
I build and manage happy, healthy engineering teams that ship impactful products without sacrificing the user or developer experience. I like to focus on engineering culture (testing, performance + career growth), creating tools for engineering managers, internationalization, accessibility and improving the relationship between engineering, design, product managers and product support.
 
I'm in a happy place when using storytelling for impact and automating workflows to ensure best practices and culture.
 
born in Minnesota, I have Texas roots, where i graduated from the university of Texas at Austin. at Stanford, i tinkered with soldering irons in the HCI lab while pursuing a PHD. before finishing, i graduated with a masters and co-founded the machine learning company diffbot. later on i directed engineering at Coursera for six years and am now the CTO of a small startup called Hi Hello.
 
always a lifelong learner, my favorite conversation topics include: basic income, extending life, open source, crispr, equal opportunity in tech, android and vegetarian restaurants.
 
Today's topic is about, Should engineering managers write code?
 
 
links:
 
Twitter: @eleith
 
https://eleith.com
 
http://hihello.me/
 
Show Notes:
 
Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership
 
The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age
 
The Type B Manager: Leading Successfully in a Type A World
 
Radical Candor
May 6, 2018

Today's podcast is a recording of a live panel that I moderated which focused on nurturing an inclusive environment at technology companies. It was part of a larger event put on by the tech mentoring company Plato.

The fantastic guests that I had a chance to discuss this with were:

  • Shivani Sharma, Senior Engineering Manager at Slack
  • Nick Caldwell, VP Engineering at Reddit
  • Nidhi Gupta, SVP Engineering at Hired

I have interviewed both Shivani Sharma and Nick Caldwell on previous podcast episodes and I encourage you to go to my podcast archives and listen to those episodes.

Listen on as my panelists discuss the current challenges with diversity and inclusion at tech companies and strategies for helping to foster a more inclusive environment.

 

A special thanks to Plato for sponsoring this great event and for allowing me to use this for my podcast.
Plato matches tech managers to highly experienced engineering leaders to help resolve their challenging management situations. If you would like to find out more information about Plato you can visit their website at PlatoHQ.com where Shivani and I are also mentors.

Show Notes:

Plato Website
Video Of the Panel Discussion
Medium Article about the event

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