The People Stack Podcast

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

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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 142: The 5 silent, insidious diseases that plague tech managers (Part 2)

    July 8th, 2020  |  21 mins 5 secs

    This week, we’re talking about the identity diseases that plague the careers of tech managers.

    In this episode, I reveal 3 more diseases that could be destroying your tech career right now.

    These diseases are subtle yet harmful.

    It’s extremely important that you’re aware of their existence and their power.

    Turn in right now to find out how to fight them!

  • Episode 141: The 5 silent, insidious diseases that plague tech managers (Part 1)

    July 6th, 2020  |  30 mins 6 secs

    After serving thousands of tech managers for over 5 years, what patterns have we noticed?

    There are many of them - and I want to point out a pattern that lurks beneath the surface.

    Hardly anyone talks about it but we know it’s there.

    It’s hard to talk about. It’s hard to put into words.

    The pattern I’m talking about are the silent, insidious diseases that destroy the careers of tech managers.

    What are they and how can you keep them from destroying YOUR career?

    You will NOT want to miss this one!

  • Episode 140: Fired for all the wrong reasons

    July 1st, 2020  |  21 mins 4 secs

    Were you ever laid off - or fired - from a job for all the wrong reasons?

    The good reasons would be: you weren’t performing up to par or you severely breached ethical standards.

    Unfortunately, though, a lot of good people are fired for some really bad reasons.

    If this has happened to you, please know that there is a way to thrive through this experience.

    Find out how on this episode!

  • Episode 139: “You’re the best boss we ever had.” You’re fired.

    June 29th, 2020  |  24 mins 36 secs

    Over the past several months, we’ve had a string of clients who were fired or laid off from their jobs.

    This wasn’t because they were poor performers.

    In fact, one of them got glowing performance reviews and his team reported, “You’re the best boss we ever had.”

    So why was he fired? Why does this happen? Has this happened to you?

    I talk about all of this on this episode. Give it a listen!

  • Episode 138: What 3 qualities are necessary to upgrade your tech career?

    June 24th, 2020  |  27 mins 16 secs

    Will this work for you? Will you be able to advance in your tech career just like our clients have?

    The answer is: I don’t know.

    I can tell you this though - if you tap into just 3 qualities, you will set yourself up for success.

    What are these 3 qualities? I share them in this episode.

    Do not miss it!

  • Episode 137: 3 clients. 3 stories of tech career transformation.

    June 22nd, 2020  |  25 mins 41 secs

    We get asked all the time: Who are your clients? Are they anything like me?
    What kinds of help do you give them?

    Really what you’re asking is: Will this work for me?

    Will the help you give help me to transform MY tech career?

    To show you that our clients are amazing humans who have overcome some very thorny problems, I’ll share 3 of their stories this week.

    Which one inspires you the most?

    Do not miss this episode!

  • Episode 136: Hiring a resume writer is a terrible idea

    June 17th, 2020  |  12 mins 45 secs

    I’m just gonna come out and say it: People put way, way, way too much emphasis on resumes!

    There’s so much focus and pressure and worries around having the perfect resume.

    That’s why people spend hundreds - sometimes thousands! - of dollars to have someone write their resume for them.

    In this episode, I explain why this is a terrible idea.

    Check out this episode now!

  • Episode 135: Your resume doesn’t matter as much as you think it does

    June 15th, 2020  |  18 mins 6 secs

    We get asked ALL the time: How do I write an amazing resume? How do I make sure my LInkedIn profile looks awesome?

    Here’s the truth: What you say on your resume and LinkedIn doesn’t matter as much as you think it does!

    It’s not nearly as important as what happens before and after.

    What are the key steps that happen before and after?

    Tune in to find out!

  • Episode 134: Rolling the dice on your tech career

    June 10th, 2020  |  29 mins 50 secs

    Do you sometimes feel like navigating your tech career is like rolling the dice?

    Will today be the day your boss finally recognizes your efforts?

    Will this be the quarter that you finally get that raise you’ve been promised?

    Will this be the year that you finally advance to the next level of leadership impact?

    I don’t want you treating your career like a game of craps! There's a much better way to approach it that puts you in the driver’s set.

    Ready to embrace this new approach that’ll put the odds drastically in your favor?

    Check out this episode now!

  • Episode 133: War-gaming through your tech career

    June 8th, 2020  |  20 mins 8 secs

    Remember the movie War Games? Where the computer was playing an “innocent” game of global thermonuclear war?

    The computer kept guessing at the missile launch codes. Slowly bringing the world closer to World War 3…

    Are you war-gaming your way through your tech career? Are you just guessing at the next step? Blindly inching your way closer to complete career catastrophe?

    Obviously, this isn’t what we want for you! Ready to embrace a wiser strategy that that doesn’t involve guessing and drastically increases your chances of advancing in your career with confidence and ease?

    Do not miss this episode!

  • Episode 131: Over-achievement is NOT a sustainable career-upgrading strategy

    June 1st, 2020  |  19 mins 48 secs

    If you want to upgrade your career and land that raise, promotion, or new job…

    You just have to keep working hard, right?

    You just have to keep achieving - and over-achieving, and you’ll win?

    The truth is, this is a terrible strategy.

    Ready to implement a sustainable strategy for advancing in your career?

    Do not miss this episode!

  • Episode 132: Your career is a marathon, not a sprint.

    May 31st, 2020  |  23 mins 26 secs

    When you run a sprint, you go fast and you go at 100%

    When you run a marathon, you can’t keep going at 100%. You’ll burn out within the first few miles, or sooner.

    Your career is a marathon. And the reason so many of you aren’t reaching your goals is that you’re treating it like a sprint.

    Here’s how to shift your perspective and actions so you can reach those long-term career goals!

    Check out this episode now!

  • Episode 130: If not now, then when?

    May 27th, 2020  |  17 mins 30 secs

    I know you want to level-up in your tech career.

    The question is: When are you going to do it?

    If not now, then when?

    And remember, “someday” is not on the calendar.

    I understand that desire to wait. To think about it.

    But how long do you want to do that?

    Ready to embrace NOW as the best time to earn that promotion, raise, or new job?

    Check out this episode - NOW!

  • Episode 129: NOW is the time to take charge of your tech career

    May 25th, 2020  |  15 mins 4 secs

    Right now, the smoke is lifting.

    Right now, your competition is positioning themselves for that job you want.

    Do not lose this opportunity!

    Ready to get geared up to take intelligent action to upgrade your tech career?

    Do not miss this episode!

  • Episode 128: “No action is better than a wrong decision” and other career myths that desperately need busting

    May 20th, 2020  |  24 mins 28 secs

    “I’d rather not take any action than make the wrong decision.”

    Have you ever heard someone say this?

    And be honest - have you ever said or thought this yourself?

    It’s understandable - especially in times of uncertainty and global panic.

    But is it really true? What if taking action is ALWAYS better?

    Find out how you can use this question to upgrade your tech career and your life.

    Check out this episode now!

  • Episode 127: Now’s the time for conservatism and staying the course, right?

    May 18th, 2020  |  16 mins 59 secs

    When we’re surrounded by chaos and fear, our tendency may be to stay the course. Don’t make drastic changes.

    Keep on keepin’ on. Show up for work the same way you have in the past. Don’t start any new projects. Don’t have that conversation with the CEO. And definitely don’t ask for a raise or promotion.

    The truth is CHANGE is all around us right now. If you choose to stay the course, you’re going to be left in the dust.

    Ready to embrace change and create a massive impact in your career and for those around you?

    Do not miss this episode!