The People Stack Podcast

What happens at the intersection of Tech Leadership & Dream Careers? Listen and engage with The People Stack Podcast to see!

About the show

We explore the intersection of Tech Leadership & Dream careers. We do this by creating inspiring podcasts - including interviews with amazing individuals in the tech leadership space.

Dr. Jen Bunk earned her Ph.D. in I/O Psychology (a.k.a. The Science of Work). She is a retired Associate Professor and an accomplished speaker & researcher. As the CEO of the People Stack, she’s used her decades of experience to coach hundreds of tech leaders to create their dream careers - and the dream lives that go with them.

Rob Allen (Jen’s husband) is a 20+ year software industry veteran who moved from IC to Leadership in 2010, where the focus has always been on helping the technical folks who worked for him live their best lives. In 2019, he broadened that to the tech community as a whole by joining Jen full-time at The People Stack as her Co-CEO.

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Episodes

  • Episode 343: Responsibly Reject the Bull$hit

    July 7th, 2024  |  46 mins 51 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    How do you responsibly call people out on their bullshit?

    And how do you call YOURSELF out on your own bullshit?

    It’s so important to learn how to do this b/c w/out it, you’re holding yourself back from a life of ease, flow, power, and dream creation.

    Why?

    Because, well, not to be too crass but…

    You can’t rise higher when you’re surrounded by shit.

    You can’t rise higher in your career - or the rest of your life.

    So, how do you deal with this mess without gunking things up even more?

    And, dare I say - how do you come to ENJOY dealing with the B.S.???

    I explain how in this podcast! Get ready to get real!

    Check it out here right now:

  • Episode 342: How to Win the ATS Game

    June 20th, 2024  |  22 mins 6 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Applicant Tracking Systems…
    …are a PAIN in the rear!!!

    So - how do you win the ATS game so that you can land interviews and land your Hell Yes tech leadership job?

    I show you how in this episode.

    Pay close attention because I offer several pieces of practical advice you’ll want to implement today.

    Check it out here!

  • Episode 341: Stop relying on pure willpower to build your dream career

    June 3rd, 2024  |  21 mins 37 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Do you often feel mentally and physically drained at the end of each day?

    Does decision fatigue weigh you down on most days?

    Do you feel stuck in the go, go, go, do, do, do?

    If so, you’re likely relying on pure willpower to get through.
    And it’s not sustainable!

    In this podcast, I share what you should rely on instead to create so much MOMENTUM in your tech career (and the rest of your life)...

    …that you manifest your dreams faster and easier and it feels delightfully FUN!

    Check this one out right now!

  • Episode 340: Work’s Feeling “Meh”

    May 20th, 2024  |  24 mins 56 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Is work feeling kinda “meh” for you right now?

    You’re simply not connected with the purpose of what you’re doing.

    The joy, spark, and fun are dying.

    How do you turn that “meh” to “WHEEEE!”?

    I reveal how in this podcast so you can get unstuck from doing “just okay” at work…
    …and feel ludicrously fulfilled and joyously connected to how magnificent your job is.

    Listen right now!

  • Episode 339: Aim for Transformational not Transactional Career Results

    May 11th, 2024  |  35 mins 48 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Many of you are unknowingly focusing on the wrong kinds of career results.

    And this costs you dearly in terms of your time, money, energy, and sanity.
    In this episode, I talk about why focusing on transformation and not transaction is the key to creating the dream tech career you want…

    … especially in the current environment of too few jobs and too many applicants.

    Get ready to let go of the struggle and sacrifice and make room for more joy and prosperity on the journey toward co-creating your dream career.

    Check it out right now!

  • Episode 338: Job Interviews You Shouldn’t Be Having

    April 21st, 2024  |  25 mins 49 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    I don’t want you to waste your time or energy while you’re on the job market for a tech leadership job.

    So, in this episode, I talk about a mistake many of our clients make when they start working with us: They go on interviews that they shouldn’t be!

    I understand it’s hard to be on the job market and you want to do SOMETHING to move the process forward, but trust me, going on interviews just because you were invited is a waste of everyone’s time, money, and energy.

    So, how do you decide what interviews to go on? How do you land those interviews in the first place?

    And, most importantly, how do you take action on the tech job market in a powerfully purposeful way?

    I cover all of this on this week’s podcast!

    Enjoy!

  • Episode 337: Reducing Overwhelm: A Guide for Tech Leaders

    April 14th, 2024  |  33 mins 22 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    How do you advance in your tech career without feeling overwhelmed?

    In this episode, I define what overwhelm is as well as some of the (sneaky) ways it can show up in your life.

    And, I share 2 practical tools that you can start implementing today so that you can shift from an emotional home of overwhelm…

    …to an emotional home of quiet stillness, flow, and peace.

    Enjoy!

  • Episode 336: Slow Down to Manifest Your Career & Life Goals Faster

    March 30th, 2024  |  33 mins 51 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Stop fighting, striving, pushing, and enduring my friends!!!

    It’s time to make $hit happen without the forcing struggle.

    In this episode, I talk about why slowing down is essential to manifesting your career goals.

    And I give you two practical and tactical tools so you can translate this into real, everyday life.

    Enjoy the journey of slowing down and relaxing into your dreams - and watch them manifest even more easily and effortlessly.

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  • Episode 335: Generating Momentum as a New Director: Most Powerful Moves to Make

    March 8th, 2024  |  29 mins 48 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    What are the most powerful moves one needs to make as a new director (manager of managers) to generate momentum?

    A client recently asked us this and I answer it on this podcast!

    I share the 5 most important actions to take if you’re new to an organization and want to create a massive, sustainable impact as a leader of leaders.

    I encourage all of you to listen and apply these battle-tested leadership principles.

    Enjoy!

  • Episode 334: Access Your Fortitude Amidst the Tech Chaos

    February 29th, 2024  |  27 mins 44 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    It’s nucking futs right now in the tech world.

    Layoffs, job search mayhem, hiring chaos…it’s all there.

    AND, I want you to tap into your inner fortitude - your inner power - even now.

    In this episode, I give you a practical tool that’s zero-cost and takes less than 5 minutes to implement.

    It’ll help you thrive amidst the chaos so that you can continue on the path towards your dream career.

    Check it out right now!

  • Episode 333: Dan Pickett on Coding Bootcamps, Training Engineers, and the Importance of Being Supportive and Practical

    February 19th, 2024  |  1 hr 20 mins
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Rob interviewed Dan Pickett, President and Founder of Launch Academy and LaunchWare.

    They talked about:

    • The Launch Academy apprenticeship model and why it works
    • What Dan learned about the best ways to prepare engineers for future jobs
    • Why high-pressure techniques for training engineers fail
    • What’s wrong with Computer Science Education
    • Weaving a positive cultural fabric of trust for developers and leaders

    Enjoy listening to this easy-going, friendly conversation that anyone in tech will find informative. If you’re in tech leadership, you’ll find it particularly eye-opening.

  • Episode 332: There’s Gold in Your Blind Spots

    February 11th, 2024  |  25 mins 57 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    What’s in your blind spots? And how do you even find them?

    I show you how in this episode.

    I show you how to begin to leverage your internal guidance so that you can see what you’ve previously not seen.

    This is going to help you build an even more powerful mindset, make even more mission-aligned decisions, take more inspired actions, and create your dreams!

    Pay very close attention to this one!

    Check it out right now.

  • Episode 331: The Gift of Stress

    February 1st, 2024  |  29 mins 20 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Yes, I said it. Stress is a gift.

    In this episode, I show you how to embrace whatever stress you’re feeling, see the gift in it, and turn that into powerful career decisions and actions.

    And I promise the process I share is not the usual “just accept it” mumbo jumbo.

    We all feel stressed so I know every one of you is going to get value out of this one.

    Check out this episode right now!

  • Episode 330: Top 10: Terrible Resume Advice

    January 25th, 2024  |  32 mins 4 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    How do you create a powerful resume that significantly increases your chances of landing your Hell Yes job?

    In this episode, we show you by revealing our top 10 pieces of terrible resume advice.

    I also explain why they’re terrible so you can start applying powerful, sustainable, proven strategies for creating your dream career.

    Check this one out right now!

  • Episode 329: Paradox of Action

    January 18th, 2024  |  42 mins 56 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Ready to take action in an entirely new way?

    In a way that’s sustainable, fun, fulfilling, and full of impact on the other side?

    To do this, you must first understand the paradox of action.

    In this episode, I explain what that is and what your next action should be to create your dream career and dream life.

    Enjoy this very practical episode filled with proven exercises to help you take the best actions possible!

  • Episode 328: Action Beats Motivation

    January 10th, 2024  |  27 mins 35 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    It’s time to soar towards your career goals in 2024!

    How? By applying this principle:
    Action beats motivation

    What does this mean and how do you apply it in YOUR career so that you can finally create the tech career you truly deserve?

    Check out this podcast right now!