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A Geek Leader - Scaling for Success

John Rouda is an IT leader, an adjunct professor, and a really engaging podcast host.

John and I spoke for nearly an hour on his popular A Geek Leader podcast. During our time together, we talked about a variety of topics including:

  • HR's role in leadership

  • Traps that founders fall into

  • Know, Willing and Able

  • Having a plan is essential in a rapidly changing environment

  • "Best practices" can be hazardous to your health

  • OKRs (objectives and key results) are so 1970's

  • The better, lighter form of performance reviews

  • Be a coach, not a judge

This interview covered a huge number of real-life issues and practical tips, based on my upcoming book "Scaling for Success: People Priorities for High-Growth Organizations".

You can listen in to our discussion through Apple Podcasts here.

Best wishes,



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