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Hello Tech Pros, What Products & Businesses Are You Building?

Hello Tech Pros is a podcast that explores the opportunities, challenges and anxieties that technical professionals and techpreneurs face when building their career, building their products and building their business. This show is about the people behind technology and the mindsets and skill sets they developed that led to their success. The show's host, Chad Bostick, is a 20 year veteran of the software development industry both as a practitioner and as a manager at companies like iBEAM Broadcasting, Devon Energy, Zynga and Fanduel. Chad is also an advocate for the awareness of Social Anxiety Disorder in the tech industry. His own battle in overcoming social anxieties led him to get the girl, lead the teams and launch a very successful podcast where he has interviewed over 250 guests.
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Apr 30, 2016

In middle school, Leon Fowler opened his first business: a bubblegum machine in a hair salon. Through the next few years he reinvested his profits into a three-tiered candy machine and then into a full-sized vending machine: in a competing middle school. Today he is preparing to launch Resume Righter, a service for gamifying the skills-documentation and resume writing process.

Leon Fowler II over the past 10 years has worked for a Fortune 100 company in web development as well as supporting vendor software in a System Analyst role. He has been an Entrepreneur since starting his first business at the age of 12. He is currently building his startup as the Founder and CEO of Resume Righter.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/leon-fowler-entrepreneuship/

Key Takeaways

  • Invest in the entrepreneurship of young people - teach them the value of hard work, savings and business
  • Remembering your micro-accomplishments is difficult
  • The longer you wait to update your resumé, the more details you will forget
  • Successful businesses are based off of repeatable processes
  • Plan for a franchise, even if you don't plan to franchise your business
  • Turn your passion into a recipe so that you can outsource and scale
  • Bootstrap and be as lean as possible as long as you can
  • When you give up equity, you are creating a new boss
  • At all costs, own the majority of your businessamazon

Resources Mentioned

This episode is sponsored by: Hello Tech Pros. Want to be a guest on the show? Chad Bostick here, and I’m helping professionals who work with technology build a personal brand and get connected to an audience of thousands of technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Download my cheat-sheet of interview questions and apply to be a guest today by texting HELLOPODCAST to 44222 or visiting hellotechpros.com/guest

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 29, 2016

Often technical folks rely on the data and facts and algorithms and technical skill-sets to further them in their career. Lauren Rutledge coaches her candidates that being able to show some emotional intelligence will never have to worry about a job. She sees many hiring managers that would much rather have mid-level skill set with great communication and attitude than a more experienced candidate that doesn't play well with others.

Lauren Rutledge is a hungry, career minded professional that is motivated to grow herself & her team. Staffing Technology professionals has become a passion of hers and she appreciates the opportunity to work with some really great people everyday!

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/lauren-rutledge-people/

Key Takeaways

  • Have a deeper relationship with the people you work with besides just the work
  • Relate to people as people instead of a computer
  • Soft skills are more important than technical skills
  • Be responsible for your job search
  • Do your homework on the organization and company before you go into an interview
  • Do some breathing exercises when you're stressed before an interview

Resources Mentioned

This episode is sponsored by: Hello Tech Pros. Want to be a guest on the show? Chad Bostick here, and I’m helping professionals who work with technology build a personal brand and get connected to an audience of thousands of technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Download my cheat-sheet of interview questions and apply to be a guest today by texting HELLOPODCAST to 44222 or visiting hellotechpros.com/guest

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 28, 2016

Struggling to understand the engineering practices of a new system is tough. Failure to understand the business domain can lead to a critical failure. While working on trading software on Wall Street, Joshua Johnson's lack of domain knowledge led to a personal failure.

In this episode, Joshua and I discuss the importance of domain expertise, use cases, web services and the future of Big Data.

Joshua Johnson was born in Oklahoma City, OK and has degrees from University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Christian University. His first job was on Wall Street where worked with trading software and later moved to Europe to work for European banks. Now he is back home in Oklahoma with his wife, 2 kids and a boxer puppy.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/joshua-johnson-technology/

Key Takeaways

  • Domain expertise (or lack of) can make or break a project
  • Use cases need to be carefully thought through and well documented
  • If you aren't building with web services or APIs, how are you future-proofing your system?
  • Don't ever give up on your ideas, do it anyway

This episode is sponsored by: Hello Tech Pros. Want to be a guest on the show? Chad Bostick here, and I’m helping professionals who work with technology build a personal brand and get connected to an audience of thousands of technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Download my cheat-sheet of interview questions and apply to be a guest today by texting HELLOPODCAST to 44222 or visiting hellotechpros.com/guest

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 27, 2016

In this episode, Joe Vallone explains the alphabet soup of Scrum and agile certifications, the differences between scrum teams and enterprise scrum teams and the approaches leaders can take to shift the culture of their organizations to be agile-ready.

Joe Vallone is an experienced Agile “Coach and Trainer” at Scaled Agile Inc and has been involved in Lean and Agile communities since 2002. Mr. Vallone has helped coach several large-scale Agile transformations at Zynga, Apple, Microsoft, VCE, Nokia, AT&T and American Airlines. Joe is an effective leader and speaker with over 20 years of software development and coaching experience with certifications as a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Professional, and Certified SAFE Program Consultant Trainer.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Agile Certifications - small teams
    • Certified Scrum Master -  requires 2 day course and passed a test
    • Certified Scrum Professional - requires proven practical experience in coaching and leading teams with Scrum-specific
  • SAFE (Scaled Agile for the Enterprise) Certifications - framework for implementing agile across the enterprise
    • SA (SAFE Agilist) - requires 2 day course
    • SPC (SAFE Program Consultant) - involved in coaching and implementing SAFE agile programs
    • SPCT (SAFE Program Consultant Trainer) - Can train the other SAFE practitioners
  • Trust but check and verify
  • A leader has vision and focus but keeps the people first in their mind
  • Very intelligent people tend to have unique motivators, not just the carrot and stick
  • Knowledge workers require leaders to trust them
  • Team members need to be held accountable to one another
    • Shift the culture away from blame to accountability

Resources Mentioned

This episode is sponsored by: Hello Tech Pros. Want to be a guest on the show? Chad Bostick here, and I’m helping professionals who work with technology build a personal brand and get connected to an audience of thousands of technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Download my cheat-sheet of interview questions and apply to be a guest today by texting HELLOPODCAST to 44222 or visiting hellotechpros.com/guest

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/joe-vallone-leadership/

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 26, 2016

When an organization was struggling with a lack of productivity and $2 million into a $5 million project with nothing to show, Frank Fuglestad was brought in as a consultant to set things right. He discovered that outsourcing the project sent a message to the internal employees that they did not have the expertise to get the job done and were expendable. By moving the work internally and resetting expectations, the organization delivered the project in half the budget and tremendously improved morale.

Frank Fuglestad has over 25 years’ experience in IT and Organizational Development. A partner with Rhea Health, a one-stop shop for worker on-boarding in Oklahoma City, he helps companies promote a safe and healthy work environment and improve productivity.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Different perspectives of productivity lead to complex interactions between them
    • National economics, labor and total productivity
    • Enterprise
    • Organizational
    • Personal
  • The total of complementary factors on productivity are greater than the sum of their parts
  • The ease of bankruptcy in the U.S. allows for greater innovation
  • When we get to a certain threshold, working more hours leads to less productivity
  • Define important outputs and express them to the workers
    • Are we focused on the high-impact goals?
    • Is there a way to work smarter instead of harder?
  • Information Technology, Lean processes and good HR practices give a big boost to productivity
  • It's not bad to fail, it's bad to not learn from your failures
  • People that don't sleep well miss twice as many days of work as people who do
  • Focus on safety improves the attitude of workers because the company is demonstrating that they care

Resources Mentioned

This episode is sponsored by: Hello Tech Pros. Want to be a guest on the show? Chad Bostick here, and I’m helping professionals who work with technology build a personal brand and get connected to an audience of thousands of technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Download my cheat-sheet of interview questions and apply to be a guest today by texting HELLOPODCAST to 44222 or visiting hellotechpros.com/guest

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/frank-fuglestad-productivity/

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 25, 2016

Shifting from producer to manager, Nathen Haupt suddenly felt powerless because he couldn't directly quantify his impact on the organization anymore. After deciding to leave that position, Nathen journeyed down a path of self-discovery to re-assess his thoughts on management and motivation.

Nathen Haupt is a passionate IT staffing professional at Tallience who doesn’t believe in one-size fits all solutions.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/nathen-haupt-motivation/

Key Takeaways

  • Managers are measured by different criteria than producers
  • Don't nitpick the metrics without understanding the producer's level of engagement
  • Complacency can deteriorate motivation
  • Managers need a high level of emotional intelligence

Resources Mentioned

 

 

This episode is sponsored by: Hello Tech Pros. Want to be a guest on the show? Chad Bostick here, and I’m helping professionals who work with technology build a personal brand and get connected to an audience of thousands of technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Download my cheat-sheet of interview questions and apply to be a guest today by texting HELLOPODCAST to 44222 or visiting hellotechpros.com/guest

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 24, 2016

After taking a Lean Facilitation class at work, Robert Mitchell realized that leading a software development team is a lot like facilitating a role-playing game like Star Wars: Edge of the Empire. As a Game Master, you want to present the players with the challenges and help them talk through the possible options to find a resolution without railroading them into the "right" answer. As a Lean Facilitator on a software development team, you want to present the team with the challenges and help them talk through the possible options to find a resolution without forcing your agenda.

As Robert Mitchell was not blessed to play soccer professionally, he has been working in the software development field for 12 years. He worked for several different sized shops, but found a great company with American Fidelity. In his time off, he chases after 15 month old twins, plays soccer and tries to find time to play RPGs.

Key Takeaways

  • Role-playing games are just an excuse to get friends together
  • It's tougher to keep a group together the older you get
  • Running a roleplaying game is a lot like facilitating a dev group
  • Reskin a story from a different genre to fit your adventure

 

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/robert-mitchell-unplugged/

This episode is sponsored by: Hello Tech Pros. Want to be a guest on the show? Chad Bostick here, and I’m helping professionals who work with technology build a personal brand and get connected to an audience of thousands of technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Download my cheat-sheet of interview questions and apply to be a guest today by texting HELLOPODCAST to 44222 or visiting hellotechpros.com/guest

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 23, 2016

After a close-call with a hippopotamus while canoeing in Africa, Tim Barnes celebrated life with African artists and artisans by commissioning a custom, hand-crafted "hippo chair". After 25 years of consulting and leading IT organizations, Tim decided to give back to a third-world community — but more than aid — by creating awareness and business opportunities via first-world marketing channels and old-school import/export legwork.

Tim Barnes has spent the last 20+ years in the Information Technology industry, half of which as a consultant for Deloitte and Accenture and half as Director of Information Delivery at Devon Energy. Tim has lived in both the US and Canada and enjoys backpacking around the world. Today he is the Founder at MoreThanAid.

Key Takeaways

  • Entrepreneurship is having a passion for something, turning it into a success where value is generated
  • Only 4% of people in Malawi Africa have internet access
  • If you're thinking about the reasons why it won't work more than why it will, you need to look for something you're more passionate about
  • Don't let roadblocks stop you
  • Look for the problem that you are passion about solving and don't get tied to a solution
  • Learn the gotchas with one-offs before trying to scale the processes

This episode is sponsored by: Hello Tech Pros. Want to be a guest on the show? Chad Bostick here, and I’m helping professionals who work with technology build a personal brand and get connected to an audience of thousands of technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Download my cheat-sheet of interview questions and apply to be a guest today by texting HELLOPODCAST to 44222 or visiting hellotechpros.com/guest

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/tim-barnes-entrepreneurship/

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 22, 2016

The best time to develop a business relationship is well before the critical point that you need it. Chris Britton gets to know his vendors, partners and consultants over lunches and meetings in a low-stress environment. When crunch time comes and he needs to solve a critical business problem late at night or over the weekend, Chris' relationship investments pay off dividends.

Chris Britton leads the vendor management team for a top insurance carrier where he’s worked in the industry for the past 17 years. He currently lives in Austin TX.

 

Key Takeaways

  • It's all about developing relationships so that you can understand people's problems and better solve them
  • Do your homework on  the person you're meeting with
  • Develop relationships prior to an emergency
  • Be aware of your surroundings to learn a new team's culture
  • When you're meeting a group, pay attention to how they are treating each other to learn their intra-dynamics
  • Respect other organization's cultures
  • Be true to yourself and others and how you treat them

This episode is sponsored by: Hello Tech Pros. Want to be a guest on the show? Chad Bostick here, and I’m helping professionals who work with technology build a personal brand and get connected to an audience of thousands of technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Download my cheat-sheet of interview questions and apply to be a guest today by texting HELLOPODCAST to 44222 or visiting hellotechpros.com/guest

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 21, 2016

Over his head on a project with tight deadlines and technology he didn't understand, Grant Vinson found himself in a vegetated state and discouraged. Today he's excited when presented with a challenge because it means it will make him a stronger developer. In this episode we talk Grunt, SASS, Node.js, Laravel, CSS compatibility issues and virtual reality.

Grant Vinson is a frontend web developer who mainly focuses on UX and UI. He is currently working on his first conference pitch and will be launching a new coworking space management app named Dovetail.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/grant-vinson-technology/

Key Takeaways

  • There are multiple solutions to every problem
  • Be resilient and learn how to Google
  • What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

Resources Mentioned

This episode is sponsored by: Hello Tech Pros. Want to be a guest on the show? Chad Bostick here, and I’m helping professionals who work with technology build a personal brand and get connected to an audience of thousands of technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Download my cheat-sheet of interview questions and apply to be a guest today by texting HELLOPODCAST to 44222 or visiting hellotechpros.com/guest

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 20, 2016

Getting the vision right and effectively communicating that vision to the team is tough to get right. Tyler Thompson has seen both good and bad examples in nearly two decades of video game development. Though this experience he's learned that as a leader, you are responsible for a lot of people's overall happiness. With that responsibility in mind, Tyler and his cofounders have put together a team and are currently developing a new video game.

For 19 years Tyler Thompson has been helping craft games than entertain millions of people. He’s been lucky enough to work on big titles in both small startups and large studios, including Diablo 2, Diablo 3, Hellgate: London, The Sims 4, SimCity, a new Maxis IP and Battle.net.

This episode sponsored by Audible. Get a free 30 day trial and a free audio book at HelloTechBook.com.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/tyler-thompson-leadership/

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 19, 2016

Working really, really hard and not getting anywhere... sound familiar? As a software development manager, Edward Fry struggled with rapidly changing business needs that resulted in meeting overload. Too much time in meetings meant that his day-to-day programming tasks were not getting finished. After stepping back and looking at the situation, he discovered that he could take control of the situation by managing the flood of meetings and emails.

Edward Fry advises enterprises on ways to streamline their software development to drive business results. He has been working with IT for over 20 years and has been passionate about technology all his life. Edward lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, Linda, and 3 children.

This episode is sponsored by: Hello Tech Pros. Want to be a guest on the show? Chad Bostick here, and I’m helping professionals who work with technology build a personal brand and get connected to an audience of thousands of technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Download my cheat-sheet of interview questions and apply to be a guest today by texting HELLOPODCAST to 44222 or visiting hellotechpros.com/guest

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/edward-fry-productivity/

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 18, 2016

Song Hee Kang landed in a case of senioritis during her final year of college and had to set a stretch goal in order to push herself to success. Now she uses the same techniques to stay motivated at work and during exercise.

Song Hee Kang is a national recruiter at DAVRON Staffing Inc who focuses on Engineering, Architecture Construction and IT industries.

This episode of Hello Tech Pros is sponsored by… ME, Chad Bostick. As an enterprise IT leader I’ve gotten the opportunity to solve a number of different business problems including field worker productivity, back-office process efficiencies, enterprise system integrations, big data analysis, resource management, and IT complexity reduction. Each project comes with it’s own unique challenge whether it be distributed teams, change management, stakeholder buy-in, availability of subject matter experts or just getting one technology to play nice with others.

Let me know what business problem is keeping you up at night, and how you’d like me to help. Go to chadbostick.com and click the CONTACT button, or text HELLOCHAD to 44222.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/song-hee-kang-motivation/

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 17, 2016

While dealing with PCI compliance issues with EMV in point of sales systems, Robert faced health issues due to stress. Taking his wife's suggestion, Robert sold most of his possessions and bought 20 acres and a 336 square foot micro cabin and shares the property with 2 horses and 9 dogs. There Robert enjoys relaxing and hitting golfballs across the open range

Robert Wilkins III is a disruptive cloud & mobile technology strategist for the biggest casino in the world. He is DevOps advocate, and farmer.

This episode of Hello Tech Pros is sponsored by… ME, Chad Bostick. As an enterprise IT leader I’ve gotten the opportunity to solve a number of different business problems including field worker productivity, back-office process efficiencies, enterprise system integrations, big data analysis, resource management, and IT complexity reduction. Each project comes with it’s own unique challenge whether it be distributed teams, change management, stakeholder buy-in, availability of subject matter experts or just getting one technology to play nice with others.

Let me know what business problem is keeping you up at night, and how you’d like me to help. Go to chadbostick.com and click the CONTACT button, or text HELLOCHAD to 44222.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/robert-wilkins-unplugged/

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 16, 2016

Brad Thomas is using his experience in the technology services industry to build a new business in the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) subcontracting and service space. He believes that every industry can benefit from a higher level of customer experience than traditionally provided and aims to provide that first-class level of service to consumers in need of air conditioning, plumbing and mechanical work.

Brad Thomas has over 20 years experience leading technical teams at United Advertising, Professional Technologies International, Webcasts.com, iBEAM Broadcasting, Williams Communications, Perimeter Technology Center, TierPoint and Bob Moore Auto Group. He is currently the President and CEO of Fortis Capital LLC.

This episode of Hello Tech Pros is sponsored by… ME, Chad Bostick. As an enterprise IT leader I’ve gotten the opportunity to solve a number of different business problems including field worker productivity, back-office process efficiencies, enterprise system integrations, big data analysis, resource management, and IT complexity reduction. Each project comes with it’s own unique challenge whether it be distributed teams, change management, stakeholder buy-in, availability of subject matter experts or just getting one technology to play nice with others.

Let me know what business problem is keeping you up at night, and how you’d like me to help. Go to chadbostick.com and click the CONTACT button, or text HELLOCHAD to 44222.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/brad-thomas-entrepreneurship/

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 15, 2016

After a merger with another company, James Wilson was given the choice to change to a new role in the organization or leave. He accepted the opportunity but was not prepared for the culture change he was about to face: suddenly he felt like the new kid on the playground and no one wanted him around. What would you do if your colleague said, "We don't know what you're doing here. We think you're crap and you put out crap work. We don't know why you're still trying to make it here."

James Wilson has been working in the medical software and billing industry for 10 years and currently manages a team that handles the data and electronic claims transmissions for one of the leading prosthetics and orthotics providers in the country.

This episode of Hello Tech Pros is sponsored by… ME, Chad Bostick. As an enterprise IT leader I’ve gotten the opportunity to solve a number of different business problems including field worker productivity, back-office process efficiencies, enterprise system integrations, big data analysis, resource management, and IT complexity reduction. Each project comes with it’s own unique challenge whether it be distributed teams, change management, stakeholder buy-in, availability of subject matter experts or just getting one technology to play nice with others.

Let me know what business problem is keeping you up at night, and how you’d like me to help. Go to chadbostick.com and click the CONTACT button, or text HELLOCHAD to 44222.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/james-wilson-people/

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 14, 2016

Denver Brown discusses the challenge with user interfaces on early sound mixing software, the benefits of social networking platform LinkedIn and the future of IoT including with the Nest thermostat, smart grids and wearables.

Denver Brown is a Sr Account Executive at Calance, providing IT design, implementation, operation and talent services for enterprise customers enabling transformations to new technologies such as cloud and mobile.

This episode of Hello Tech Pros is sponsored by… ME, Chad Bostick. As an enterprise IT leader I’ve gotten the opportunity to solve a number of different business problems including field worker productivity, back-office process efficiencies, enterprise system integrations, big data analysis, resource management, and IT complexity reduction. Each project comes with it’s own unique challenge whether it be distributed teams, change management, stakeholder buy-in, availability of subject matter experts or just getting one technology to play nice with others.

Let me know what business problem is keeping you up at night, and how you’d like me to help. Go to chadbostick.com and click the CONTACT button, or text HELLOCHAD to 44222.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/denver-brown-technology/

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 13, 2016

Have you ever had a boss that acted like they wanted to hear your thoughts and opinions yet consistently ignored the feedback? Sarah Baca advises leaders to think of themselves more of a coach than a boss. Be curious and ask questions. She believes issues will work out if you know what questions to ask to bring the details to transparency.

Sarah Baca is an Agile Coach at The Topps Company, where she works as a servant leader for their software development team. She is passionate about creating workplaces where people love their work, and has been working to grow resilient teams for over a decade. She specializes in creating workshop-style training for teams who want to be more agile, courageous, and resilient.

This episode of Hello Tech Pros is sponsored by… ME, Chad Bostick. As an enterprise IT leader I’ve gotten the opportunity to solve a number of different business problems including field worker productivity, back-office process efficiencies, enterprise system integrations, big data analysis, resource management, and IT complexity reduction. Each project comes with it’s own unique challenge whether it be distributed teams, change management, stakeholder buy-in, availability of subject matter experts or just getting one technology to play nice with others.

Let me know what business problem is keeping you up at night, and how you’d like me to help. Go to chadbostick.com and click the CONTACT button, or text HELLOCHAD to 44222.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/sarah-baca-leadership/

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 12, 2016

In an intern position, Alan was faced with an uninspiring role and a deadline that extended many years past his internship. After fighting procrastination and low levels of productivity throughout the internship, Alan realized he needed to find roles which aligned to his level of interest and social needs.

Alan LePera is a geophysicist with interests in the application of seismic visualization and interpretation for hydrocarbon exploration and development using geophysical tools and methods for in situ remediation efforts. He enjoys camping bowling horror movies and video games.

This episode of Hello Tech Pros is sponsored by… ME, Chad Bostick. As an enterprise IT leader I’ve gotten the opportunity to solve a number of different business problems including field worker productivity, back-office process efficiencies, enterprise system integrations, big data analysis, resource management, and IT complexity reduction. Each project comes with it’s own unique challenge whether it be distributed teams, change management, stakeholder buy-in, availability of subject matter experts or just getting one technology to play nice with others.

Let me know what business problem is keeping you up at night, and how you’d like me to help. Go to chadbostick.com and click the CONTACT button, or text HELLOCHAD to 44222.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/alan-lepera-productivity/

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 11, 2016

Mike Potter received eye opening feedback during a 360 performance review that made him question whether or not he wanted to stay in leadership. After a month of executive coaching, he realized that he needed to take the same approach to help his team as he did his clients, by asking two questions:

What's holding them back from being the best they can be?
What can I do to help them out with that?

Mike Potter is a results-oriented IT Executive with a track record of success in developing and executing strategies that align to the value chain of the business.

This episode of Hello Tech Pros is sponsored by… ME, Chad Bostick. As an enterprise IT leader I’ve gotten the opportunity to solve a number of different business problems including field worker productivity, back-office process efficiencies, enterprise system integrations, big data analysis, resource management, and IT complexity reduction. Each project comes with it’s own unique challenge whether it be distributed teams, change management, stakeholder buy-in, availability of subject matter experts or just getting one technology to play nice with others.

Let me know what business problem is keeping you up at night, and how you’d like me to help. Go to chadbostick.com and click the CONTACT button, or text HELLOCHAD to 44222.

Get a free audio book and 30-day trial from Audible at HelloTechBook.com.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/mike-potter-motivation/

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 10, 2016

Stephen Taylor spends time every single day focusing on fun things as well as work things. But even the fun things can turn into a routine. That's why he aims to "invest inspired" in new experiences whether that is helping people unlock their true potential, traveling to a new area, snowboarding down a new mountain or picking up a new language. His goal is to give back to the community by creating jobs, education and a sustainable food source for underprivileged communities by starting an aquaponics center.

Stephen Taylor is a business technology leader who has been managing IT Infrastructure, Applications and Software Development for over 15 years. He has been in senior management at multiple Fortune 500 companies and ran his own startup.

This episode is sponsored by: Hello Tech Pros. Want to be a guest on the show? Chad Bostick here, and I’m helping professionals who work with technology build a personal brand and get connected to an audience of thousands of technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Download my cheat-sheet of interview questions and apply to be a guest today by texting HELLOPODCAST to 44222 or visiting hellotechpros.com/guest

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Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/stephen-taylor-unplugged/

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

 

Apr 9, 2016

Stan Weed is a former corporate software developer who left big business to build a lakefront lifestyle. His business ventures include photography, computer repair and website design. In this episode Stan discusses why he cashed out, how he found customers in a tiny community (population 1300) and why retiree's are an underserved market.

This episode is sponsored by: Hello Tech Pros. Want to be a guest on the show? Chad Bostick here, and I’m helping professionals who work with technology build a personal brand and get connected to an audience of thousands of technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Download my cheat-sheet of interview questions and apply to be a guest today by texting HELLOPODCAST to 44222 or visiting hellotechpros.com/guest

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/stan-weed-entrepreneurship/

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 8, 2016

When the SharePoint systems are in trouble, Marrell Sanders uses late-night firefighting sessions to build camaraderie with colleagues and promote a healthy dose of fun. In this episode we talk about the leader who taught him to express himself at work while having fun, how he deals with communication differences with offshore workers and when to invite a coworker into your personal social media circle.

Marrell Sanders is a fun loving, technology enthusiast, musician, people person. As a technology speaker, minister and family man he loves seeing people's faces light up when they reach that "Ah Ha" moment. He's a self proclaimed backyard bbq aficionado, who enjoys small groups, but tries avoid getting lost in the crowd.

Show notes at hellotechpros.com/marrell-sanders-people/

This episode is sponsored by Hello Tech Pros. Want to be a guest on the show? Chad Bostick here, and I’m helping professionals who work with technology build a personal brand and get connected to an audience of thousands of technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Download my cheat-sheet of interview questions and apply to be a guest today by texting HELLOPODCAST to 44222 or visiting hellotechpros.com/guest

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 7, 2016

Quinton Crenshaw recalls a complexity reduction project that took 5 years off his life, discusses how the Suryl Nexus software platform provides work order management to small and medium businesses and envisions a near-future where heads-up-display wearables will provide ways for field service employees to innovate and increase productivity.

Quinton Crenshaw is an experienced leader who enjoys using technology to provide IT service breakthroughs for companies. He is the COO of Suryl Services, where he works with friends to bring new thinking and technology to old problems.

This episode is sponsored by: Hello Tech Pros. Want to be a guest on the show? Chad Bostick here, and I’m helping professionals who work with technology build a personal brand and get connected to an audience of thousands of technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Download my cheat-sheet of interview questions and apply to be a guest today by texting HELLOPODCAST to 44222 or visiting hellotechpros.com/guest

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/quinton-crenshaw-technology/

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

Apr 6, 2016

While an airman in the U.S. Air Force, Jake Schilling witnessed both positive and negative leadership styles. Today he brings those lessons learned to the teams he serves, while encouraging others to find their own leadership style.

Jake Schilling is an innovative and forward-thinking leader with a wide array of experience in relationship management, negotiation, strategic planning and project management. He is a United States Air Force veteran and has experience in the energy and engineering industries. He is currently an IT Manager and Senior Strategist at the University of Oklahoma.

This episode is sponsored by: Hello Tech Pros. Want to be a guest on the show? Chad Bostick here, and I’m helping professionals who work with technology build a personal brand and get connected to an audience of thousands of technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Download my cheat-sheet of interview questions and apply to be a guest today by texting HELLOPODCAST to 44222 or visiting hellotechpros.com/guest

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/jake-schilling-leadership/

Hello Tech Pros is the daily podcast that interviews business professionals who work with technology and discuss Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Technology, People, Entrepreneurship and Being Unplugged.

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