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 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!

  • Episode 294: MicroPodcast: Why You Can’t Trust Your Gut Instincts (yet)

    February 13th, 2023  |  6 mins 20 secs
    careers, coaching, gut, instinct, intuition, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    From time to time, well all feel like we can’t trust our gut.

    For example…

    We WANT that new, amazing job but…our gut is telling us, “No.”

    What’s up with that?

    I explain this in this episode. AND I explain HOW you CAN learn to trust your instincts.

    Check this 5-ish minute mico-podcast out!

  • Episode 293: You Don’t Have to Settle for a Measly 3% Raise

    February 8th, 2023  |  36 mins 35 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    You deserve more money.

    Yes, you do!

    And for many of you, this is very timely because it’s performance-review / how-much-is-my-raise season.

    It’s also an evergreen topic because we know that so many tech leaders are routinely given measly raises.

    What’s the solution to this? How do you reclaim your personal power to attract the money you deserve?

    Listen to this one right away!

  • Episode 292: There’s Something Missing (and your paycheck isn’t filling the void)

    January 24th, 2023  |  34 mins 57 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Many of you feel like something is missing in your life…but you can’t put your finger on it.

    There’s a level of pain, suffering, or discomfort that you feel - and you can’t describe it.

    And you don’t know how to fill the void.

    What you DO know is that money, a bigger house, or a dream job will NOT fill it.

    In this episode, I’m going to help you truly understand that “something” that’s missing…

    …and I’m going to guide you to fill that void once and for all.

    Check this one out right now!

  • Episode 291: Micro-Podcast: Our Client Andrew Shares How He Overcame His Career Challenges

    January 12th, 2023  |  10 mins 6 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    This is the first in the series of micro-podcasts designed to inspire you in BIG ways in 10-ish minutes or less.

    In this episode, our client Andrew shares his career journey. Pay attention to what he says about how he overcame his career challenges.

    It’s not about tactics or strategies or getting more information.

    It’s about something profoundly deeper and more long-lasting than any of that.

    Enjoy!

  • Episode 290: Stop Shouting! Why Networking and Marketing Feel Icky To You

    January 10th, 2023  |  39 mins 31 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Some marketing sounds like SHOUTING! And it’s extremely ineffective.

    And, it’s possible YOU’RE doing this when you’re networking to find your next job.

    It’s possible YOU’RE doing this when you’re trying to influence your boss.

    How do you spot terrible marketing…

    …what do you do INSTEAD so that you can build your dream career?

    Tune into this episode right now!

  • Episode 289: 5 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Will Destroy Your Chances of Creating Your Dream Career in 2023

    December 29th, 2022  |  48 mins 40 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Forget about making New Year’s Resolutions!

    I’m not saying this to be contrarian. I’m saying this b/c it’s the truth.

    Why? I give you 5 reasons in this episode…

    …and what to do INSTEAD so you can FINALLY see, feel, and experience the reality of your dream career.

    Enjoy!

  • Episode 288: The Fiction of Time Freedom?

    December 8th, 2022  |  39 mins 15 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Many tech leaders believe that as you level up in your career, your time freedom goes down.

    In other words, in order to be a super successful CEO, COO, CIO, or any other high-level technical leader, you need to be working your ass off 80+ hours a week.

    Is time freedom a fiction - as these beliefs suggest?

    Or is it an achievable reality?

    Check this one out right now!

  • Episode 287: Who Are Your Friends? They Could be Making or Breaking Your Tech Career.

    November 29th, 2022  |  41 mins 7 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    Who do you surround yourself with and what is their energy?

    This is a critical question to ask yourself, especially if you want to create a tech career full of virtuous & ludicrous joy & prosperity.

    In this episode, I help you add even more intention to your choices around connections & relationships - so that you can build your dream career!

    Give this podcast a listen right now!

  • Episode 286: Stress: The Inevitable & Glorious Gift of Leading

    November 15th, 2022  |  40 mins 20 secs
    careers, coaching, layoffs, leadership, product management, project management, promotion, raises, software development, tech management, technology

    The bold truth is that we all feel stress. And particularly for badass leaders, you might experience stress every day.

    And that doesn’t need to lead to struggle.

    In words - what if stress is a GIFT?!

    Check out this episode right now to embrace this new paradigm.

  • Episode 285: Your Torch of Resiliency Amid the Doom and Gloom About Layoffs & The Recession

    November 8th, 2022  |  27 mins 14 secs

    There’s so much doom and gloom lately about layoffs, the massive recession coming our way, and whatever else the Cult of Fear wants to spew at us.

    Here’s your Torch to guide you through this.

    Consider it your Guiding Light, your source of strength so that you can build your career - and your life - with power and intention.

    Enjoy!

  • Episode 284: Quantum Career Leaps Require Quantum Shifts in Thinking

    November 3rd, 2022  |  35 mins 4 secs

    If you want to move into another dimension career-wise, you cannot keep relying on Old Thinking.

    What got you here will not get you there.

    In this episode, I invite you to make Quantum Shifts in the way you’re approaching your career so that you can access virtuous & ludicrous joy & prosperity.

    Give this one a listen right away!

  • Episode 283: Is Working 20 Hours/Week as a Tech Leader a Pipe Dream?

    November 1st, 2022  |  37 mins 40 secs

    Time is even more valuable than money because time is not renewable.

    So, many tech leaders like you want more time.

    How do you create luxurious amounts of time freedom while you continue to add immense value?

    Give this one a listen right now for my guidance!

  • Episode 282: 3 Steps to Accessing Your Confidence as a Tech Leader

    October 27th, 2022  |  31 mins 18 secs

    “How do I build my confidence?”

    Our clients ask us this all the time - whether they realize it or not!

    So many challenges you face as a tech leader require confidence.

    You want to ace that interview, inspire your team, influence key stakeholders, make a pivotal decision, earn more money…

    All of these outcomes require a constant flow of confidence.

    How do you tap into that flow?

    Watch this episode right now to find out!

  • Episode 281: Next-Level Prosperity for Tech Managers

    October 25th, 2022  |  34 mins 20 secs

    If you want to get to the next level in your tech career, you have to be a match for it.

    Whether that next level is $200k/year or $1M/year…

    Whether it’s working 20 hours/week or 5 hours/week…

    Or if it’s starting your own business or becoming a CTO…

    It all starts with you.

    Check out this episode for how to create YOUR version of next-level prosperity as a tech leader!

  • Episode 280: The Cost of NOT Getting Expert Career Help

    November 29th, 2021  |  25 mins 38 secs

    Prospective clients often ask us, “How much is it?”

    And, because of the human condition, your brain often goes to, “Can I afford to do it?”

    I understand why you think that’s a great question.

    But I’m going to turn your assumptions upside-down.

    What if that’s a terrible question? What if the BETTER question is:

    “Can I afford NOT to do it?”

    Getting the expert career help you need comes at a cost.

    Financial, emotional, lifestyle, physical, spiritual…

    The list goes on.

    In this episode, learn what it’s costing YOU to try to fix your career without expert help.

    Watch now!