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 310: Roy Rapoport talks about leading people, shame, needing to have impact, & why he’ll never retire

    August 8th, 2023  |  1 hr 50 mins
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    For this episode, Rob and I interviewed Roy Rapoport, a people-oriented people leader with decades of experience working for marquee tech companies including Macromedia, Slack, and Netflix.

    We talked about:

    • Roy’s dream jobs and why they were dream jobs
    • Why Roy doesn’t want to identify as a “great leader”
    • Shame & Leadership
    • Mentoring vs. Leading
    • Why love is a key ingredient to making an impact
    • Roy’s views on retirement and money management
    • and soooo much more!

    Enjoy this useful, fun episode full of inspiring truths!

  • Episode 309: How to Cultivate Unconditional Confidence (w/out feeling like a jerk)

    August 1st, 2023  |  35 mins 36 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Want to be able to access confidence on demand?

    Confidence even when - especially when - things aren’t the way you want?

    Then this is definitely a podcast you’ll want to listen to very carefully!

    I explain exactly what unconditional confidence is and why it’s so important - spoiler alert: it profoundly affects your ability to build your dream career.

    I also explain HOW to cultivate this kind of confidence - and to get better at it over time.

    AND you’re gonna feel GREAT about this increased flow of confidence! You won’t feel slimy or jerky or bitchy or fake about it one bit.

    Tune in and get ready for a huge confidence breakthrough!

  • Episode 308: “Cash” is Not a Four-Letter Word (A Tale of Two Joes)

    July 27th, 2023  |  27 mins 10 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    In this episode, I want to get into a tricky topic that a lot of our clients deal with.

    It’s this idea that being paid more is somehow bad or evil. That wanting bigger paychecks and a higher quality of life means you’re a craven Scrooge who’s in it for the money, not because you truly love the work.

    To illustrate this quandary, I share the Tale of Two Joes (both tech leaders).

    By the end of the episode, I hope you’ll see that money is NOT evil.

    I hope you’ll see that earning more money is win, win, win!

    Tune in right now!

  • Episode 307: Joe Meyer talks AI myths, the intersection of I/O Psychology & AI, and his scary career choices

    July 25th, 2023  |  1 hr 40 mins
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    This interview was super fun to do and I hope you find it super fun to listen to!

    Rob and I interviewed Joe Meyer, an NLP researcher at Erudit, an AI-based HR company.

    In addition to his expertise in AI, Joe is also persuing a Ph.D. in I/O Psychology, so two of us go along swimmingly. ;)

    We talked about:

    • Some big AI myths (and Joe dispelled them)
    • Faking good and the validity of AI data
    • The fear and excitement around AI
    • The intersection of AI and I/O Psychology
    • Joe’s career and the fun, interesting, & scary things that have happened
    • and soooo much more!

    Grab a beverage, get comfy, and enjoy our conversation with Joe Meyer!

  • Episode 306: You Get What You Tolerate

    July 20th, 2023  |  37 mins 43 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    What are you tolerating in your career and at work?

    What are you settling for?

    Because we get what we tolerate.

    If you’re tolerating an asshole boss or less-than-adequate paychecks, or unfulfilling work, you’re gonna keep getting those things.

    So, how do you shift to a place where you’re no longer willing to tolerate anything less than your dream career and dream life…
    …so that you can gratefully LIVE your dream without an ounce of regret?

    Check out this week’s episode right now!

  • Episode 305: Interview with Michael Lopp (a.k.a. Rands in Repose): Stimulus Driven Creatures

    July 11th, 2023  |  1 hr 17 mins
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    The People Stack Podcast interview series is back!!!

    And what better way to re-launch than to have our friend and trusted mentor Micheal Lopp back on.

    Please consider this episode a master class in tech leadership best practices - with many other juicy topics mixed in.

    Rob interviewed Michael and they talked about:

    • Getting humans to communicate better (Michael’s bread and butter)
    • Michael’s dream jobs and how they came into his life
    • What being a stimulus driven creature means (and how it might be helpful in your life)
    • The fear of becoming irrelevant
    • and soooo much more!

    Please enjoy this super insightful, super fun episode!

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  • Episode 304: It’s not the economy or the job market, Superhero

    June 27th, 2023  |  31 mins 56 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    What’s in your way of creating your dream career & dream life?

    It’s NOT the economy, the job market, your workplace, your boss, or anyone else in your life.

    NOTHING external to you is truly in the way.

    So I invite you to STOP using the external as excuses like when you say:
    “The job market is bonkers right now. I’m gonna stay put even though my job could be better.”

    “The economy is terrible right now. We need to put off that vacation.”

    “My boss is super stressed right now. It’s a really bad time to ask for a raise or promotion.”
    Cut it out! ;)

    In this episode, I talk about what’s REALLY in the way and how to identify specifically what’s in in YOUR WAY so you open up new possibilities to co-create your dream.

    Open heart, empty your cup, and grab your Superhero cape for this one!

    Check it out right now!

  • Episode 303: Stop Beating Yourself Up

    June 9th, 2023  |  31 mins 43 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    We all beat ourselves up from time to time.

    What does this look like, why is it bad, and what do you do instead?

    I share this b/c I want ALL of you to be able to create your dream careers from a pure place of joy, freedom, love, and prosperity.

    Give this one a listen right away!

  • Episode 302: The Myth of Being Self-Made

    May 25th, 2023  |  32 mins 53 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Many tech leaders believe that in order to create your dream life, you have to do it on your own.

    They follow in the footsteps of people who say, “I’m a self-made millionaire!”

    For example, many of you have not reached out for help because you believe you need to solve your problems on your own.

    In this episode, I bust this Self-Made Myth.

    And, I show you what to focus on instead so that you can not only achieve your wildest career & life dreams…
    …but also have loads of FUN while you do it!

    It’s time for some myth busting!

    Check this one out right now.

  • Episode 301: Reasonable Goals Always Fail

    May 17th, 2023  |  34 mins 22 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Stop setting goals that you think are reasonable, achievable, or attainable.

    In other words - SMART goals often set you up on a path toward failure!

    In this episode I talk about why…
    …and what to do instead so you can set goals that set you up for success and fulfillment every single time…
    …in your career and the rest of your life!

    Tune in right now!

  • Episode 300: I’m so confused! I can’t make a career decision!

    May 9th, 2023  |  26 mins 42 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Are you confused about your tech career? Do you desperately want to make a decision but you can’t?

    Maybe it’s deciding whether you stay or go on the job market?

    Maybe it’s deciding whether or not to ask for a raise?

    Maybe it’s deciding HOW to go on the job market or ask for a raise?

    Whatever it is…it’s weighing you down.

    In this episode, I show you the REAL remedy to indecisiveness and confusion…in your career and the rest of your life…
    …so that you can FINALLY take the inspired, intelligent actions that will lead you to your dreams.

    Check this one out right now!

  • Episode 299: It’s NOT That You Don’t Have Time…

    April 25th, 2023  |  31 mins 39 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology, time management

    Many of you wish you had more time.

    If only you were given 1, 2, 3 more hours each day…
    …then you can create the impact you know you’re capable of.

    Many of you think you need to get better at time management.

    If only you can use time more effectively and efficiently.

    I’m here to tell you that it’s NOT that you don’t have time.

    You do NOT need to get better at “managing time.” (How is that even possible?)

    In this podcast, I’m going to show you the REAL shift you need to make to create complete and total time freedom that sticks.

    Check this one out right now!

  • Episode 298: MicroPodcast: Does Your Career Work For You?

    March 30th, 2023  |  5 mins 23 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Is your career working for or against you?

    Do you feel like your career is driving the bus?
    Because as leaders, we want our careers working FOR us!

    We drive the bus!

    Check out this micro-podcast for guidance on embracing this shift for yourself.

  • Episode 297: The Problem with Problem Solving

    March 14th, 2023  |  40 mins 54 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    When you follow traditional problem-solving advice, you create more problems!
    In this episode, I invite you to shift away from focusing on problems - without ignoring them.
    When you do this, you’re going to create even better relationships…
    …even more fun and flow…
    and even more ludicrously lucrative prosperity in your career and the rest of your life.
    Check this one out right now!

  • Episode 296: The Key Differentiating Action Our Clients Took to Create Their Dream Careers & Lives

    March 2nd, 2023  |  42 mins 3 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    What’s the ONE action you can take to make a PROFOUND difference in your career and the rest of your life?

    Our tech leader clients have created amazing success and fulfillment.

    What’s the one action they took that you haven’t yet?

    Check out this podcast right now to find out what it is!

  • Episode 295: Are you treating your career like a transaction?

    February 23rd, 2023  |  28 mins 30 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Do you have your current job because you think you should have one?
    Because you believe you need it?
    Because there’s something external that you need from it, like the money?
    Or…
    Do you have your current job because you genuinely enjoy it?
    Because it truly lights you up?
    Because it’s fun and delightful?
    If you’re treating your career like a transaction, you’re not going to create increased success, fulfillment, and advancement.
    How do you shift this so you can create your dream career and ludicrous amounts of joy and prosperity?
    Check this podcast out right now!