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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  • Episode 116: How to become the best tech leader who can tackle ANY challenge - even when life feels like chaos

    April 8th, 2020  |  23 mins 20 secs

    The best leaders are able to rise up no matter what’s happening externally.

    They develop rock-solid identities of being world-class leaders who deliver amazing results even when the world around them is absolute chaos.

    Want to learn how to do this right now for yourself - so that you can continue to charge towards upgrading your tech career and creating massive value in the process?

    Check out this episode!

  • Episode 115: WFH? OMG!!! It’s Chaos.

    April 6th, 2020  |  24 mins 4 secs

    You’re working from home right now.  Maybe you’re used to it, maybe you’re not.

    Even if you’re used to it, you’re encountering new levels of chaos amid the global pandemic.

    How do you stay sane, organized, productive, and happy during times like this?

    Do not miss this episode!

  • Episode 114: Ready to stand up as a badass tech leader?

    April 1st, 2020  |  16 mins 22 secs

    Who are you?

    I understand this can be a tricky question to answer.

    But let me make this easy for you (b/c I know life is hard right now):

    You’re a badass tech leader!!!

    Now that you know who you are, what are you gonna do with that information?

    Ready to embrace that identity and show those around you what you’re made of?
Check out this episode right now!!!

  • Episode 113: Leaders Rise Up During Times of Challenge

    March 30th, 2020  |  18 mins 32 secs

    These are challenging times to say the least.  

    What defines you is not what happens in the world.

    It’s what you choose to do!

    What actions will YOU take in the face of these challenges?

    What decisions will YOU make that will show your power as a leader leader?

    What words will YOU choose that will inspire your team, your family, and others?

    Do not miss this episode - this is YOUR chance to rise up!!!

  • Episode 112: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

    March 25th, 2020  |  21 mins

    Hellen Keller said that.   “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

    It’s always true.  We feel the truth of it now more than ever.

    How can you embrace the adventure - w/out letting fear take over - so that you can be there for your team, your loved ones, and yourself?

    Find out in this episode!

  • Episode 111: Your Career (and your life) In Uncertain Times

    March 23rd, 2020  |  20 mins 42 secs

    We’re living in times of uncertainty.  A light has been shined on the things that we cannot control.

    How do we shift our focus so that we can empower ourselves - and others - to continue to make an impact and be the leaders we know we’re meant to be?

    Please pay careful attention to this episode!

  • Episode 110: Why intelligent, motivated tech managers have a hard time earning career wins

    March 18th, 2020  |  18 mins 49 secs

    Did you ever notice that your intelligence is holding you back?

    Do you overthink things to the point of analysis paralysis?

    If so, this is exactly why you’re stuck in your tech career right now.  

    And the way to get unstuck is to continue to make intelligent decisions while you ALSO tap into your intuition.

    Ready to discover how intelligence + intuition = tech career success?

    Check out this episode now!

  • Episode 109: Your Intelligence is the Biggest Barrier to Upgrading Your Tech Career

    March 16th, 2020  |  20 mins 38 secs

    You’re intelligent.  I know you are. You wouldn’t have made it this far in your tech career if you weren’t.

    But what if I told you that your intelligence is the biggest barrier holding you back from commanding a $200k+ salary as a tech manager?

    What if your greatest strength is turning into your greatest weakness?

    Want to learn how to leverage the power of your intelligence without over-using is so that you can finally earn the career wins you deserve?

    Do not miss this episode! 

  • Episode 108: The Curse of Under-Recognition

    March 11th, 2020  |  22 mins 28 secs

    If you’re feeling under-recognized at work, it can feel like a curse.  

    It keeps happening over and over again and you can’t break the cycle.  

    Who do you need to kiss up to so that you can earn the praise you deserve?

    What magic words do you have to chant to your boss so he advocates for you?

    What secret ritual do you have to perform so that you FINALLY earn the raise and promotion you’ve been going after?

    Here’s the truth: You don’t need to “kiss up” to anyone.  And there’s no magic or secret.

    There are, however, a set of actions you need to take that most tech managers fail to do.

    Find out what they are in this episode!

  • Episode 107: Why did he get a promotion and I didn’t?!

    March 9th, 2020  |  18 mins 42 secs

    “That guy can’t even manage his way out of a paper bag, why did he get the promotion?”

    “That gal has way less experience and skills than I do.  Why does she get to be part of the boss’s in-crowd?”

    It’s frustrating, I get it.  I’ve been there too. Actually, on all sides - playing the role of the under-recognized team member, the team member who gets all the recognition, and the leader who decides who gets limited resources.

    Want to learn the strategies and shifts to make so that you can finally be the one that’s recognized for your wins - without throwing anyone under the bus?

    Do not miss this episode!

  • Episode 106: “Selling and self-promotion are evil.” Is that REALLY true?

    March 4th, 2020  |  22 mins 27 secs

    One of the main blockers most of our clients encounter to effectively and consistently evangelizing their excellence is their beliefs about sales.

    Because evangelizing is, after all, selling.

    Beliefs like:  Selling is evil.  To sell is to be selfish.  Selling is destroying the planet!

    Are these beliefs REALLY true?

    Want to discover how to reframe your perspective on selling so that you can finally self-promote from a place of integrity and authenticity - so you can FINALLY get recognized for all of your hard work as a tech leader?

    Check out this episode!

  • Episode 105: I’m scared to evangelize my excellence.  Help!

    March 2nd, 2020  |  28 mins 28 secs

    You know intellectually that you need to evangelize your excellence in order to get recognized.
    And’re not doing it.

    Because you’re scared.

    Want to learn how to get over the fear of self-promotion & owning your worth so that you can FINALLY earn the recognition that you deserve as an intelligent, committed tech manager?

    Do not miss this episode!

  • Episode 104: Why delusional optimism is AWESOME for your tech career! 

    February 26th, 2020  |  25 mins 37 secs

    Change is the only constant.  

    Whether you like it or not, the world around us is changing.

    You can complain and whine about it…

    Or you can go with the flow and embrace the change so that you can build a career and a LIFE that right now may seem delusionally optimistic…

    But you KNOW that with the best systems, strategies, and support you can create it.

    Want to learn how to thrive in a rapidly changing world WHILE you live a life that inspires others?

    Check out this episode!

  • Episode 103: " Work Smarter & Not Harder” is No Longer Enough

    February 24th, 2020  |  24 mins 15 secs

    I know you’ve heard this hundreds of times and you may even be following this principle in your life.

    It’s not entirely wrong - but it’s not enough anymore.

    Here’s the truth:  Because the tech world is changing so quickly, if you don’t change your principles to keep up with the change, you’re going to stay stuck in the past.

    Your CAREER is going to stay stuck in the past.  You’re going to keep earning yesterday’s salary and making yesterday’s impact.

    Ready to build a career based on the reality of rapid change so you don’t get left in the dust?

    Tune in for this episode!

  • Episode 102: Why workplace politics are the invisible barrier keeping you from making more of an impact as a tech leader

    February 19th, 2020  |  20 mins 14 secs

    Workplace politics can be tricky.  Thorny. Nebulous.

    They’re like this invisible barrier constantly surrounding you at work - and it often creeps into your home life too.

    Personality clashes, people trying to get access to limited resources, coworkers not acting with integrity.

    These are the very real challenges you face as a tech leader.

    How do you overcome them so you can get what you want in your career - and get your team what they want - without stopping to the same level as your not-so-virtuous colleagues?

    Don’t miss this episode!

  • Episode 101: Are workplace politics getting in the way of your tech career growth?

    February 17th, 2020  |  22 mins 36 secs

    Do you want to grow in your tech career, but workplace politics are getting in the way?

    You feel like you could make more of an impact, and get recognized more for your wins, but the climate at work is so hostile and toxic (or both), that there’s no way you can make that happen with taking drastic actions.

    Here’s the truth: If you don’t learn how to navigate workplace politics, you’re never going to upgrade your tech career.  Because there will always be this invisible yet very real barrier to your growth.

    How do you approach thorny workplace politics with confidence and integrity (without coming off like a whiny 2-year-old)?

    Check out this episode!