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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Episodes

  • 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!

  • Episode 126: Do you want to survive as a tech leader? Or do you want to thrive?

    May 13th, 2020  |  20 mins 58 secs

    People have been talking a lot lately about survival. Just getting by. Making sure we have roofs over our heads and food on the table.

    And, yes, be grateful for ALL of that! It’s an honor and a privilege to be alive right now.

    AND ask yourself: Was I born to survive or was I born to thrive?

    Hint: We’re ALL born to thrive! We’re born as miracles and you get to create nothing less in your tech career and in your life.

    Ready to embrace the miracles around you so you can start thriving in your tech career - and stop settingling for merely surviving?

    Check out the episode now!

  • Episode 125: Times are tough right now. Are you melting or molting?

    May 11th, 2020  |  21 mins 10 secs

    Make no mistake about it - we’re living in challenging times. Uncertain times. It’s an evolving New Normal.

    Are you melting through this challenge? As in: “Oh no! I’m melting! I’m melting! I can’t take the heat! Please save me!!!”

    Or are you molting through this challenge? Molting is what animals do when they shed their skins to make way for new growth.

    Ready to molt and make room for the best version of yourself to emerge so that you can build your dream career and your dream life?

    Do not miss this episode!

  • Episode 124: Complaining is easy. Getting resourceful to make change? That’s the hard work of leaders.

    May 6th, 2020  |  19 mins 54 secs

    I’ve noticed that a lot of people are addicted to complaining. Not just in my professional life, but in my personal life too.

    Perhaps you’ve noticed it, too. Complaining about what’s going wrong - about what’s out of our control - can feel good when things don’t go our way.

    It’s a natural human response and it’s nothing to feel ashamed about.

    However, when it becomes your conditioned response to challenges - that’s when it steals your power and resourcefulness.

    As leaders, it’s our responsibility to make change. And we can’t do that when we’re complaining.

    Ready to ignite your resourcefulness - even in the face of massive challenges - so that you can make a massive impact?

    Check out this episode now!

  • Episode 123: “I don’t need career help because the thing in my way is out of my control.”

    May 4th, 2020  |  22 mins 48 secs

    I’ve talked with several potential clients who wonder if they even need career help.

    They’re open to help...however…

    They believe that what’s stopping them from reaching the next level in their careers is an external factor outside of their control - a global pandemic, the economy, racism/sexism/ageism, the culture of the company they work for, their boss’s personality, etc.

    Yes, it’s true that much in life is out of our control, it’s important to remember what we DO have control over.

    Ready to empower yourself to upgrade your tech career even in the face of uncontrollable obstacles?

    Do not miss this episode!

  • Episode 122: Do I stay or do I go? Why leaving a job can be hard.

    April 29th, 2020  |  22 mins 5 secs

    One of the hardest career decisions you’ll ever make is:

    Do I stay at my current job or do I go on the job market to find something better?

    The default is to stay. Keep what you have.

    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, right?

    Not always.

    Ready to get really clear about what you’re LOSING by staying at your current job?

    Tune in to this episode!

  • Episode 121: It’s safer to stay at my current job than to look elsewhere

    April 27th, 2020  |  20 mins 23 secs

    I’ve been hearing a lot lately about tech managers who are thinking about going on the job market to find a better job…

    But they ultimately decide that it’s safer to stay.

    It’s just not worth the risk, the time, the effort to leave.

    But is it?

    Do you want to stay in your comfort zone or do you want to build your dream career?

    If you’re ready to take the leap into new career possibilities (but are feeling a bit uncertain)…

    Do not miss this episode!

  • Episode 120: Are you constantly trying to convince others that you’re right? Here’s why this doesn’t work.

    April 22nd, 2020  |  21 mins 55 secs

    There’s an art and a science to influencing others.

    Here’s how NOT to do it: “I’m right. You’re wrong. Let’s change the strategy.”

    Unfortunately, because a lot of us never learned how to influence in school (last I heard, it’s not part of common core, yet)...

    ...we’re clueless about how to do it effectively.

    In this episode, I share a major strategic shift that will drastically change the way you influence others - and will get you better results.

    Tune in for this episode!

  • Episode 119: Having a hard time dealing with OTHER people’s uncertainty, fear, and doubt?

    April 20th, 2020  |  27 mins 32 secs

    I’ve been talking a lot lately about your own negative thoughts and feelings.

    But what about dealing with OTHER people’s negative thoughts and feelings?

    Like when other people have no clue how to use Zoom or other WFH tech?

    Or when you want to convince your boss it’s time to change the project strategy, but he’s stuck in the past?

    Or when you really want a team member to step up and lead a project, but she’s too scared to do it?

    Want to learn how to deal with these kinds of challenges?

    Check out this episode!

  • Episode 118: Isolation, fear, and doubt.  If this becomes your new normal, you can say good-bye to upgrading your career

    April 15th, 2020  |  19 mins 50 secs

    You’re feeling isolated right now.  I know you are.

    And that isolation leads to fear.  And doubt.

    It leads to decisions based on scarcity.  Decisions based on “all I wanna do is survive.”

    If this becomes your new normal, you’re never going to upgrade your tech career.  You’re never going to earn the raise or promotion or land that new job.

    Ready to make decisions from a place of certainty and abundance - even though you’re surrounded by doom and gloom?

    Check out this episode right now!