The People Stack Podcast

What happens at the intersection of People, Work and Technology? Join us at the People Stack to see.

About the show

Technical Career Coach Jen Bunk interviews authors, coaches and leaders of tech companies from around the world as we explore the intersection of People, Work and Technology.

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  • Episode 165: How To Decimate Your Confidence

    September 28th, 2020  |  24 mins 35 secs

    Clients often ask us how to build their confidence.

    I find that the best way to approach this is to first explain what NOT to do.

    Because if you build your confidence in the wrong way, you’ll decimate it.

    You’ll completely obliterate your chances of earning that raise or promotion - or land that new job.

    So what’s the wrong way and the right way to build your confidence?

    Give this episode a listen right now!

  • Episode 164: Knives of Doubt

    September 23rd, 2020  |  26 mins 14 secs

    The theme for the week are the massive achievements that our clients are creating!

    And the reason they are able to create them is because they stopped stabbing themselves with knives of doubt.

    What does that look like? And how can you stop stabbing yourself so you can build your dream tech career?

    Do not miss this episode!

  • Episode 163: How to Land a 46% Raise During Covid

    September 21st, 2020  |  29 mins

    One of our clients just celebrated getting a 46% raise!!!

    We are so stoked for him and so proud.

    This is actually a really common outcome for our clients.

    How do they make this happen?

    I talk about that in this episode so don’t miss it!

  • Episode 162: HWPO

    September 16th, 2020  |  26 mins 55 secs

    Four-time Fittest Man on Earth Mat Fraser is an unstoppable force.

    He’s human (we’re pretty sure) - so what’s his secret?

    In a hashtag: #HWPO

    Hard Work Pays Off

    But does it? How does Mat turn this hard work into an amazing life with impossible victories?
    And how does this relate to creating impossible victories in your tech career?

    Tune in now to find out!

  • Episode 161: “I work hard. I shouldn’t feel like this.”

    September 14th, 2020  |  24 mins 7 secs

    Hard work pays off, right?

    Not always.

    I know you work hard. You’re committed to advancing in your career and being the best tech leader you can be.

    And still feel under-recognized.

    You’re still earning way less than you’re worth.

    The truth is, hard work isn’t enough. If it were, every tech manager would be living their dream.

    What’s the missing piece to building your dream career that the top 1% of tech managers know that you probably don’t?

    Tune in right now!

  • Episode 160: If you’re overwhelmed in your tech career, it’s selfish to NOT fix it!

    September 9th, 2020  |  26 mins 24 secs

    If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed because of your job or your career…

    I guarantee it’s affecting others in your life!

    Your team. Your family. Your friends.

    They’re suffering due to YOUR suffering.

    It’s selfish NOT to address this!

    Ready to gain tools and strategies so you can manage your sense of overwhelm, upgrade your tech career, and build loving relationships in your life?

    Tune in for this episode!

  • Episode 159: Burnout is invisible. Here’s how you SEE it.

    September 7th, 2020  |  26 mins 37 secs

    If you’re burnt out, you can’t SEE it.

    Maybe you can FEEL it...

    But the thing is, we’re so good at coping with stress, we often miss it.

    Are you TOO burnt out and you don’t even know it?

    And - is it silently killing your tech career?

    Do not miss this episode!

  • Episode 158: Make a decision! Right now!

    September 2nd, 2020  |  30 mins 15 secs

    How would you respond if someone told you to make a decision - right now!!??

    Probably not so well.

    You’d at least contract or cringe a bit.

    But, if you want to live your dream right now, don’t you need to embrace the cringe?

    On this episode, I talk about how to make decisions as a technical leader that will help you build a high-performing team AND a high-performing life.

    Check this one out - right now! ;)

  • Episode 157: Live Your Dream Now!

    August 31st, 2020  |  22 mins 52 secs

    I have an entrepreneur friend. His name is Norbert and he’s one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met.

    I’ll share more details of his story in the podcast. The gist of it is:

    He started his business with his wife, they were living the dream every day.
    Then she passed away suddenly.
    Through his grief, he came out on the other side with unbridled joy.

    One of my favorite Norbert quotes is, “Live your dream NOW!!!”

    What does this mean for you and your tech career?

    Check out this episode to find out!

  • Episode 156: All we do is win, win, win!

    August 26th, 2020  |  24 mins 24 secs

    We’re on a winning streak here at The People Stack!

    Every day, clients are celebrating all of their successes, big and small.

    Really, there are no “small” success because each one stacks up to create amazing results.

    In this episode, I ready through DOZENS of our recent client wins from our internal Slack group.

    Get ready for a massive dose of inspiration!

    Check it out right now!

  • Episode 155: The proof is in the pudding

    August 24th, 2020  |  24 mins 24 secs

    How do you know if a brownie recipe is good and that the chef knows what she’s doing?

    The proof is in the pudding! ;)

    It’s the same thing with us. I know you want proof that our systems work and that we can REALLY help you transform your tech career.

    Wait no more. Here’s your proof - in the form of the outstanding results our badass tech manager clients are creating right now!

    Check this one out immediately!

  • Episode 154: Bank account balance = self-worth?

    August 19th, 2020  |  28 mins 12 secs

    One of our clients had a major breakthrough this week that I want to share.

    It’s given her an extraordinary shift in perspective and I know that many of you will benefit from hearing about it.

    It’s about money.

    The meaning of money.

    And how it’s often connected to our self-worth.

    If you have ANY negative money beliefs - and we ALL do - you’re gonna wanna catch this episode.

    Get ready to unlock a new way of seeing money, wealth, and value so that you can show up as the amazing tech leader you are…

    ..while you reap the financial rewards with humility.

    Check out this episode right now!

  • Episode 153: These uncertain times are when champions are made

    August 17th, 2020  |  26 mins 31 secs

    Every day, I’m hearing from clients and friends about layoffs, downsizing, forced furloughs, and zero financial resources.

    To say that we’re living in uncertain times is an understatement.

    We need another level worse than uncertainty: foreboding, suffering, nail-biting uneasiness

    And this time, my friends - this is the time that champions are made!

    Ready to take on that new perspective so you can see the world right now with a completely new set of glasses?

    Do not miss this episode!

  • Episode 152: Am I ready to get help?

    August 12th, 2020  |  36 mins 40 secs

    When you’re facing career challenges, the urge may be to solve it on your own.

    But, at some point, you look for help. And that can take the form of talking to another human - preferably an expert.
    But, how do you know you’re ready to talk to another person about your career troubles?

    Maybe it would be better to just keep trying to solve it on your own?

    I talk about these important questions in this episode.

    Check it out right now!

  • Episode 151: What’s it like to work with a coach?

    August 10th, 2020  |  30 mins 23 secs

    I just had a conversation with someone who was genuinely curious how it works to work with a coach.

    He wants to land a job as a Director of Engineering. And he wanted to know how I’ll help him do that.

    My knee-jerk reaction is: “Well, I wave my magic wand and POOF!”

    But, of course, that’s not anywhere near the truth.

    Want to find out what it’s REALLY like to work with a coach so you can find out how they might help you build your dream tech career.

    Do not miss this episode!

  • Episode 150: Coping with extraordinary career struggles

    August 5th, 2020  |  35 mins 22 secs

    More than ever, we’ve been talking with tech managers who are coping with extraordinary career struggles.

    Out of work for months on end and if they haven’t declared bankruptcy yet, they’ll have to.

    Stuck in a dead-end job and, every day, it feels like a little piece of them is dying inside.

    On top of that, they’re dealing with massive health and relationship issues too. Hospital beds and divorces are part of these stories.

    How do you cope with these extraordinary career and life struggles?

    I talk about how and - even more importantly - how NOT to do that in this episode.

    Tune in right now!