The Happy Engineer Podcast

WHERE WE HELP ENGINEERS  at all levels to achieve career success without suffering burnout. 

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WELCOME TO THE

HAPPY ENGINEER PODCAST

The Happy Engineer Podcast helps engineers at all levels to achieve career success without suffering burnout. Build your career, balance your life, and be happy!

Your host, Zach White, knows what it takes to be a successful engineer. Each week, the former engineering leader, now turned CEO and sought after Lifestyle Engineering Coach, will help you create an action plan to level up your career while designing a life you love.

Enjoy inspiring conversations with experts from all corners of industry and life, redefining work-life balance for a new world.  Stop living below your potential, engineer!  Learn how to overcome any career obstacle you face.  Get off the road to burnout.

Crush comfort, create courage, and LET’S DO THIS!

 BEHIND THE MIC

ABOUT YOUR HOST

Zach White is a widely regarded Coach known worldwide for changing the game in engineering career coaching.  He has worked with engineers at all levels from dozens of top companies like Apple, Google, and General Motors to escape burnout and achieve breakthrough results.  Zach is the founder and CEO of OACO, a fast growing company with unique and proven coaching programs exclusively for engineers.  He also hosts The Happy Engineer Podcast, where listeners discover the steps to engineering success through expert interviews and Zach’s own transformational framework, the Lifestyle Engineering Blueprint.  

Zach understands the engineering journey first hand, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.  With over a decade of experience and top performance in a $20B organization, he is now a sought after Coach by engineering leaders around the world.  

As a growing entrepreneur, Zach is also a Partner at PermaVentures, a private equity investment group and startup studio based in Southwest Michigan.

Zach White - Happy Engineer Podcast host

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169: The 4 Keys to Selling Your Ideas to Upper Management

169: The 4 Keys to Selling Your Ideas to Upper Management

In this episode, I dive into the crucial skills of selling ideas effectively within the engineering field, a skill often overlooked but immensely valuable for career advancement.

We often have brilliant ideas that could significantly benefit our companies, but without the right influence and sales tactics, these ideas can falter at the execution stage. I share insights from a recent coaching session where we addressed these challenges, focusing on increasing both the intrinsic and perceived value of your proposals to upper management.

Drawing from real-world examples and sales principles, I outline strategic approaches to enhance your persuasiveness and ensure your innovative ideas get the support they deserve.

So press play and let’s chat about transforming your technical skills into influential salesmanship!

168: What Every Engineer Ought to Know About Middle Management with Jason Gallaugher | VP of Engineering

168: What Every Engineer Ought to Know About Middle Management with Jason Gallaugher | VP of Engineering

In this episode, meet former Vice President of Engineering at VidYard and Principal Founder of ThreeNorth Consulting, Jason Gallaugher.

If you want to succeed in middle management, you must understand how to get leverage. You must change your approach. You must block the imposter voice and unsustainable work that leads to burnout.

Jason has spent over 20 years in engineering and technology, where his journey has taken him across scrappy startups, large companies and rocket ships.

His curiosity and energy have pushed him into roles ranging from software developer, product manager, P/L leader, all the way up to technology executive.

And he understands that being a manager can be the hardest job of them all.

Now, Jason is primarily a coach and advisor to executive teams. His energy comes from his love of people + technology, and using his skills to help technology organizations become High Leverage..

So press play and let’s chat… it’s time for YOU to master middle management!

167: You Don’t Have to Be John Maxwell to Be a Great Leader

167: You Don’t Have to Be John Maxwell to Be a Great Leader

In this episode, I dive deep into the practical aspects of leadership with a focus on behaviors over traits.

Everyone aspires to be a great leader, but what does that really entail beyond the buzzwords and theories?

I share a story from a recent conversation with Bill, a senior engineering manager, who’s striving to enhance his leadership skills, particularly around building trust and creating psychological safety within his team.

We discuss how easy it is to get caught up in the theoretical aspects of leadership, like the concepts found in leadership books, and overlook the necessity of actionable steps.

Throughout our discussion, I emphasize the importance of transforming leadership aspirations into specific, behavior-based actions that lead to real results.

Join me as we explore how to break down common leadership challenges into tangible actions that can immediately impact your team.

So press play and let’s chat about turning theory into action!

166: Get Rid of Toxic Work Culture Once and For All with Anese Cavanaugh | Award-Winning Author

166: Get Rid of Toxic Work Culture Once and For All with Anese Cavanaugh | Award-Winning Author

In this episode, I welcome back award-winning author and creator of the IEP Method™️, Anese Cavanaugh.

Check out Episode 023: Change Your Life by Mastering Your Energy for our previous powerful interview.

IEP is about your Intention, your Energy, and your Presence.

It is the foundation for creating a Positive Energy Workplace™️ and Anese is passionate about helping you discover one simple truth:

Culture transformation CAN begin with you, and while the work itself is easy and rewarding, it’s not common.

The question you must ask yourself… is it worth it?

I’ll tell you from my experience, YES.

So press play and let’s chat… if you practice IEP, you’ll get rid of toxic culture once and for all!

167: You Don’t Have to Be John Maxwell to Be a Great Leader

165: WARNING – Your Memory is Worse Than You Think

In this episode, we dive deep into how our memories can sometimes be our own worst enemies, especially when it comes to personal growth and development.

I recount a recent humbling experience playing the game “Memory” with my nephew which sparked a profound realization about the limitations of my own memory, particularly how it’s crammed with so much information that it often hinders more than it helps.

This reflection led me to explore broader implications in terms of career advancement and personal development. I discuss the concept of the “I know” mindset, which can prevent us from taking action because we convince ourselves that we already know enough.

I share insights on how embracing community, coaching, and open-mindedness—rather than relying solely on what we know—can significantly propel us forward.

So press play and let’s chat about breaking free from the barriers of our memory!

164: Create the Exact Job You Want with Jonathan Boyer | Principal Mechanical Engineer

164: Create the Exact Job You Want with Jonathan Boyer | Principal Mechanical Engineer

In this episode, meet my old colleague and good friend, Jonathan Boyer.

He is a Principal Engineer at Stryker, a leading Medical Equipment Manufacturing company whose products impact more than 130 million healthcare patients annually.

Jonathan had the same problem most engineers face, and in fact, you might say it’s not a problem.

There were some parts of his job he loved to do, and some things he had to do… and the “have to” category was bigger than the “love to.”

He decided it was time to change that reality. Jonathan set an intention that his next role would be SOLELY based on his passions and what he loves to do.

That role didn’t exist at Stryker.

It does now, and we’ll show you how.

So press play and let’s chat… because it’s time to create the job of your dreams!

163: The Secret of Escaping Stagnation at Work

163: The Secret of Escaping Stagnation at Work

In this episode, I dive deep into the concept of stagnation in your career journey.

Drawing from a recent coaching session with an engineering manager, Alex, who’s feeling stuck in his current role, we explore how the fear of dissatisfaction can hold us back from reaching our full potential. Despite having a good life and career on the surface, he realizes he’s not truly fulfilled.

I share insights on how to break free from this cycle by daring to be dissatisfied and embracing the courage to pursue something greater.

Plus, I offer a practical tool, the Pain Pleasure Matrix, to help you refocus your energy towards your desired future.

Don’t let fear hold you back any longer—join me as we embark on a journey toward growth and fulfillment.

So press play and let’s chat about embracing the courage to pursue greatness!

162: Change Your Life in 8 Steps with Dave Albin | Firewalk Captain for Tony Robbins

162: Change Your Life in 8 Steps with Dave Albin | Firewalk Captain for Tony Robbins

In this episode, meet the man who has led more people through the transformational experience of firewalking than anyone else on earth, Dave Albin.

Dave led the firewalk for personal development legend Tony Robbins at his Unleash the Power Within events for 20 years, before starting his own company and bringing this experience to corporate teams and most recently, veterans.

I personally experienced walking on fire in 2019 and it changed my life.

But this conversation is more than discovering the magic of firewalking (literally, it makes no sense how it’s possible). It’s a story of redemption, impact, and the boost we all need to get back out there and achieve our biggest dream.

Engineering leaders can change the world. The question is, will you?

So press play and let’s chat… the change begins today!

161: How Asking an Obvious Question Made Me $30K in One Day

161: How Asking an Obvious Question Made Me $30K in One Day

In this episode, I recount a pivotal moment in my career journey as a lead engineer at Whirlpool Corporation, where I sought to elevate my performance rating.

Through a simple yet profound question to my boss, I unearthed the key to exceptional results: cross-functional impact.

By collaborating with colleagues and leveraging technology, I devised a solution that streamlined communication between departments, ultimately earning me a top performance rating and a significant bonus—all within eight hours of work.

This narrative underscores the power of asking the right questions and embracing innovative approaches to stand out in one’s career.

Join me as I delve into the transformative impact of asking obvious yet potent questions and how it can propel you towards unparalleled success.

So press play and let’s chat about unlocking extraordinary results through the art of questioning.

160: Build a Legacy You Can Be Proud Of with Shawn Dalcour & Keshia Robinson

160: Build a Legacy You Can Be Proud Of with Shawn Dalcour & Keshia Robinson

In this episode, meet an amazing father-daughter duo, Shawn Dalcour and Keshia Robinson.

If you have ever felt stuck, stagnant, uncertain, or afraid to take that next step in your career, you must hear what Shawn and Keshia brought to our conversation today.

Shawn went from the projects of Chicago, growing up in a neighborhood where the life expectancy was only 30 years old… to arguably the most successful project leader I’ve had on this podcast!

He earned an engineering degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and built his engineering career on elite teams at places like IBM, Oracle, Adobe, and Verizon, where he is currently responsible for $1.3 billion in revenue as Global Technology Alliance Manager, Partner Business Development & Innovation Leader.

His daughter Keshia has her own amazing journey, currently serving as Director of Operations for the National Society of Black Engineers. She has witnessed first hand the power of her father going from tragedy to triumph, and is giving back to the community of engineering leaders as part of that legacy.

So press play and let’s chat…because nothing was impossible for Shawn, and nothing is impossible for you!

159: Who Else Wants More Energy at Work?

159: Who Else Wants More Energy at Work?

Are you ready to unlock your full potential by prioritizing health and fitness?

In this episode, I share a surprising revelation from my time at the gym that transformed my perspective on career success. From casual encounters with gym buddies to discovering they were top executives, I realized a common thread: the correlation between physical fitness and professional achievement.

I delve into why a strong body is crucial for a strong mind and how prioritizing health can elevate performance in all areas of life.

Join me as I challenge engineering leaders to become subject matter experts not only in their technical fields but also in sleep, movement, and nutrition. Discover simple yet powerful ways to optimize energy levels and unlock your full potential.

So press play and let’s chat about maximizing performance through holistic well-being.

158: How to Minimize Regret and Maximize Success with Omar Halabieh | Tech Director at Amazon Payment Services

158: How to Minimize Regret and Maximize Success with Omar Halabieh | Tech Director at Amazon Payment Services

In this episode, meet a global technology executive with over 20 years of experience on some of the most demanding teams and technologies in the world, Omar Halabieh.

If you want to make it Director level and beyond, this episode is essential. Omar is passionate about developing people and building high performing organizations.

Omar is currently Director of Technology at Amazon Payment Services, based in Dubai, UAE. It was a few weeks before Christmas when we recorded this one, and only God knows how many payments were being processed by Amazon.

Prior to this, he led technology teams within Amazon’s Supply Chain Optimization Technologies organization based in Seattle. These engineering teams revolutionized what we consider “normal” in supply chain technology today.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his active and inquisitive 4-year old son. You can have that time and balance with your family too.

Omar looked fear in the face many times… and discovered that regret minimization was more important than playing it safe. Discover the frameworks he used to make huge decisions and drive his success without regret.

So press play and let’s chat… it’s time to make courageous decisions that minimize regret and maximize success!

157: Learn to Say More with Less Words | Executive Communication

157: Learn to Say More with Less Words | Executive Communication

In this episode, I reflect on a recent coaching session with an engineering leader named David, who struggled to articulate his career challenges concisely.

I share how, despite his impressive background, David’s long-winded communication hindered his progress. From experiences like this, I’ve learned the critical importance of clear and concise communication in career advancement.

I delve into how engineers, like myself, often fall into the trap of verbosity, but mastering concise communication is essential for success. Whether it’s in emails or conversations, brevity saves time and fosters clarity. By adopting this habit, engineers can project authority, autonomy, and decisiveness, crucial qualities for effective leadership.

Join me as I discuss the power of concise communication and its transformative impact on career growth.

So press play and let’s chat about leveling up your communication game!

156: Why Some Engineers Should Definitely Start a Consulting Business with Jay Aigner

156: Why Some Engineers Should Definitely Start a Consulting Business with Jay Aigner

In this episode, you’ll get to meet Jay Aigner. He is a consulting evangelist.

You may relate with Jay, who had his first kid at age 19, in college, 1000 miles from home. He graduated, got a job in his dream industry and worked the 9-5 grind for years.

Eventually a new challenge presented itself … get his wife out of working as an overnight long-term pediatric nurse.

What is your challenge? Why is your current life no longer acceptable? Most importantly, what’s the solution?

For Jay, it was consulting.

Fast-forward a few years later, he grew JDAQA, his company, from a one man software testing consultancy based on his 9-5 experience to a 7-figure testing agency powerhouse with 60+ employees. Jay is a father of 5, amateur astrophotographer, student pilot, hockey player, and podcast host as well.

His unique 5 for 5 morning routine is his foundation for crushing results, and we cover that and more in this powerful conversation.

So press play and let’s chat… it’s time to get off the fence and get clear on your consulting business!

155: Get Rid of Sleazy Networking Once and For All

155: Get Rid of Sleazy Networking Once and For All

In this episode, I dive into the misconceptions and pitfalls surrounding networking in the professional world.

Join me as I unpack the flawed mindset behind traditional networking strategies and propose a paradigm shift towards authentic connection and giving without expectation.

Discover why leading with generosity and genuine intent can not only transform your networking experiences but also propel your career forward with fulfillment and purpose.

So press play and let’s chat about redefining networking for success without the sleaze.

154: Here is a Method to Make Career Fulfillment a GAME with Jay Abbasi

154: Here is a Method to Make Career Fulfillment a GAME with Jay Abbasi

In this episode, we reconnect with CEO and Career Consultant, Jay Abbasi.

If your career lacks fulfillment, impact, or balance… he explains that you’re probably playing the wrong game.

What Jay learned as a top trainer at Tesla, where he was responsible for helping the most talented leaders in the EV industry rise to an even higher level, is that people fail to reach their full potential at work because stress, anxiety, or burnout keep them stuck.

He developed a method proven across hundreds of leaders in dozens of industries that turns career building into a GAME, four steps to a fulfilling, impactful, and balanced career.

Now CEO of his own career consulting company, Jay is helping leaders like you to be resilient, perform better, lead better, and work better with others.

So press play and let’s chat… it’s GAME time!

169: The 4 Keys to Selling Your Ideas to Upper Management

153: How to Master the Calendar and Get More Done

In this episode, we discuss a common struggle we engineers face: mastering our calendars.

Inspired by an email from a listener named Will, who felt overwhelmed and struggled to get things done, we explore the crucial skill of calendar management.

I share five actionable tips, from guarding your best hours to winning the morning, to help you take control of your time. These tips are just the tip of the iceberg – there are seven more waiting for you in the downloadable PDF scorecard.

Remember, you have all the time there is, and by implementing these strategies, you can shift from feeling overwhelmed to experiencing joy and flow.

So press play and let’s chat about reclaiming your calendar and mastering your time.

152: Biggest Lie Blocking Happiness is Everywhere with Eric Nehrlich | Chief of Staff @ Google

152: Biggest Lie Blocking Happiness is Everywhere with Eric Nehrlich | Chief of Staff @ Google

In this episode, you’ll meet Eric Nehrlich. He used to be miserable.

An achiever who always exceeded expectations, he landed a dream job at Google. But a couple years later he was working 8am to midnight every day, including most weekends, drowning in emails and meetings.

Eric felt completely stuck, with no idea how his life was ever going to change.

Today, his work is meaningful and inspiring, and he is happy. Eric spends quality time with his family, while still having time for his own pursuits.

What changed?

He realized he had a choice.

Now an Executive Coach to top technology leaders at companies like X (Twitter), Amazon, and of course Google, Eric authored the book, “You Have a Choice: Beyond Hard Work to Meaningful Impact”, to help you realize the same thing.

So press play and let’s chat… if you want to be happy and successful in your career, the choice is yours.

151: Forget Work-Life Balance If You Want to Be Happy | Master the Wheel of Life

151: Forget Work-Life Balance If You Want to Be Happy | Master the Wheel of Life

In this episode, we dive into the crucial concept of whole life balance, challenging the traditional notion of work-life balance.

The centerpiece of this episode is the Wheel of Life, a powerful tool for assessing satisfaction in eight key areas, including body, finances, relationships, mindset, and vocation. I guide you through the process of scoring each domain and emphasize the importance of taking small, specific actions to improve each area gradually.

The episode concludes with an actionable plan to prioritize and address the areas that need attention the most. Don’t miss the chance to grab the accompanying workbook and embark on your journey toward whole life balance.

So press play and let’s chat about transforming your life one wheel at a time.

150: Victory Over Imposter Syndrome and Burnout with Jimmy Burroughes

150: Victory Over Imposter Syndrome and Burnout with Jimmy Burroughes

In this episode, meet Jimmy Burroughes, a former British Military Officer turned international coach and brilliant author.

Jimmy shares his mission to “Beat Burnout – Ignite Performance” in his playbook for building high-performance team cultures. He helps organizations all over the planet achieve 10x results without burning out.

If you are hungry for bigger and faster results, but not sure how to get there without burning the candle on both ends, this conversation is for you.

Having lived and worked in over 65 countries, Jimmy’s approach to leadership development doesn’t include fancy jargon or complex formulas. He believes in simple, practical solutions that get results.

So press play and let’s chat… let’s beat burnout before it starts.

161: How Asking an Obvious Question Made Me $30K in One Day

149: Promotion Playbook Yearly Rhythm | My Signature System to Align and Accelerate Results in 2024

In this episode, we kick off the year 2024 addressing our yearly playbook rhythm, the signature system guiding our clients to achieve audacious goals in their careers and lives. I’m thrilled to share the exact process, breaking down principles and ideas into actionable steps for you to implement. To accompany this conversation, there’s a downloadable PDF workbook, providing in-depth insights and tactics.

This is not a passive listen; it’s a call to intentional action and goal setting. The promotion playbook becomes vital for engineering leaders seeking results, promotions, and a fulfilling lifestyle.

I introduce the three essential plays: deciding goals, reconnecting them to purpose, and executing the ultimate results cycle. This system, when executed consistently, transforms accumulated knowledge into kinetic energy, fostering quicker achievement of big goals.

So press play and let’s make 2024 your most successful year yet!

148: Vision Plus Emotion Equals Creation with Steve Gamlin

148: Vision Plus Emotion Equals Creation with Steve Gamlin

In this episode, meet Steve Gamlin, a man who blew up his life at age 35, then rose from the ashes to become a force for motivation and personal growth.

Remember Lieutenant Dan from the movie Forrest Gump, shouting at God in the storm? Have you ever been so upset with your life you feel like giving up?

Steve did, and you’ll hear about his golfing in a lightning storm moment to prove it.

There is one reason I had to have him on the podcast. Steve has become a master of VISION. Vision boards, in particular… and without vision, you perish.

Drawing from a decade in the radio industry, 7 years of stand-up comedy and a 30+ year personal development journey, Steve teaches us to ‘SEE’ our desired outcomes, understand our ‘WHY’…then build Action Plans to achieve them.

So press play and let’s chat… your future depends on it.

147: Blissful Balance and Happy Hustle 2.0 with Cary Jack

147: Blissful Balance and Happy Hustle 2.0 with Cary Jack

In this episode, we reconnect with a true renaissance man, Cary Jack.

I spent five days in the back-country wilderness with Cary in Montana on one of his Epic Mastermind Adventures and can tell you, he has cracked the code on Blissful Balance.

Cary played semi-pro soccer in Barcelona, studied kung fu and tai chi from a world-renowned master, is an avid outdoorsman and horse-loving cowboy currently living in Montana, and has significant achievements in biohacking, modeling, acting, and oh yeah… entrepreneurship.

He appeared on the podcast in episode 034 where we covered his secret to Blissful Balance. I highly recommend you jump back and check it out as well..

Now almost two years later, Cary is a new dad and has been challenged in new ways to find balance. Through this experience, and having coached hundreds of entrepreneurs who know what it means to be busy… Cary has taken his signature work and book, “The Happy Hustle” to a whole new level.

So press play and let’s chat… because we never stop finding balance as life changes and grows!

146: Practical Optimism Leads to A+ Careers with Ken Schmitt | CEO at TurningPoint Executive Search | Author

146: Practical Optimism Leads to A+ Careers with Ken Schmitt | CEO at TurningPoint Executive Search | Author

In this episode, Founder and CEO at Turning Point Executive Search and “The Practical Optimist” author, Ken Schmitt, is here to help you land your next level of success at work.

For 26 years Ken has been searching for the best talent on the planet, and realized the importance of balance between practical realism and joyful optimism. He knows how A-players land A+ opportunities.

If you want to play at the top of your game, you’ll want to know how Ken uses an external ecosystem to maintain balance, and the one question to never ask when networking.

Ken also shares where 80% of the best opportunities are found today.

Now he supports professionals in channeling both the logical and the visionary pieces of successful leadership. In addition to moderating domestic and global leadership panels, he is the Founder of the Sales & Marketing Leadership Alliance where he spent 11 years interviewing CEOs, business leaders and entrepreneurs about the best way to make an impact in the modern business world.

So press play and let’s chat… I’m optimistic about this episode changing your career!

145: Secret Guide to Communicating with Business Teams with Chris Fenning | Award-Winning Author of The First Minute

145: Secret Guide to Communicating with Business Teams with Chris Fenning | Award-Winning Author of The First Minute

In this episode, former aerospace engineering leader Chris Fenning makes it easier for us to communicate at work.

His simple methods help experts like you talk to non-experts on cross functional teams like marketing and sales. We also discuss how engineering teams can improve communication to executives, and much more.

If you want to grow your career, this episode is mandatory learning. Your impact and promotability will be limited by your ability to influence outside engineering department walls. Communication is the key.

Chris’s consulting and practical approach is used in organizations ranging from Google to NATO, and because of their broad appeal for technical leadership, have appeared in the Harvard Business Review.

He is also the author of multiple award-winning books that have been translated into 15 languages, including my personal favorite, “The First Minute: How to start conversations that get results.”

So press play and let’s chat… about how to chat with anybody and get results!

144: Why Not All Readers are Leaders | 3 Big Mistakes Engineers Make in the Habit of Reading Books

144: Why Not All Readers are Leaders | 3 Big Mistakes Engineers Make in the Habit of Reading Books

In this episode, I explore three mistakes in my reading journey, from juggling too many books to setting arbitrary yearly reading goals.

I advocate for a shift towards intentional reading, focusing on quality over quantity and emphasizing the importance of applying knowledge. I discuss the pitfall of passive action and encourage listeners to prioritize real-life implementation.

As a bonus, I share a curated list of nearly 100 influential books from my personal library.

So, press play and let’s chat about transforming your reading habits for meaningful personal and professional growth.

143: How to Quickly Operate and Succeed at Work with Dr. Robert Santer | Navigating an Engineering Organization

143: How to Quickly Operate and Succeed at Work with Dr. Robert Santer | Navigating an Engineering Organization

In this episode, skip ahead 40 years of experience and learn from someone else’s mistakes what it takes to succeed at work with Dr. Robert “Bob” Santer.

Bob knows that transitioning new engineers into professionals who can blend in and contribute to the technical organization is, at best, doubtful.

Worse still, you and I both know that even a decade later as engineering managers, we still have huge gaps in what it takes to succeed outside our technical acumen!

Bob has his PhD in Engineering from the University of Michigan, GO BLUE! He has over 40 years of domestic and international industry experience in the aerospace and automotive fields as an engineering management professional, including Boeing and the Ford Motor Company.

If you love to learn, and you want to succeed as an engineering leader, then you’ll love Bob’s rigorous organizational framework to operate from.

He delivers guidance using a dual approach of academic insight and decades of hands-on professional experience.

So press play and let’s chat… it’s amazing how fast you can go when you navigate with the right compass!

142: Special Thanks and Special Announcement You Don’t Want to Miss

142: Special Thanks and Special Announcement You Don’t Want to Miss

In this episode, meet the VP of Engineering at Freeosk, Megan Ford.

Now a female engineering executive, her career path was a winding road and ups, downs and lots of challenges. But she held on to a core belief that you must keep an open mind, ask lots of questions, and be willing to make decisions.

Megan shares how self doubt can be really loud when facing a big transition, and you suddenly feel like you have to learn everything all over again. You might also be surprised to hear that Megan, a top performer, was let go.

That was something she never expected to face in her career. But it happens and it is 1000% ok.

We dig into the reality of career building: Not every job, role, boss, is going to be a good fit. Reflect and move on.

And if you’re a woman in engineering, this conversation will be doubly encouraging.

Megan loves the outdoors as everything is better outside, and coffee, because everything is better with coffee also.

So press play and let’s chat… the path for your career growth begins now!

141: Gratitude Engineering | Scientific and Practical Guide to Growth through Gratitude

141: Gratitude Engineering | Scientific and Practical Guide to Growth through Gratitude

In this special episode of The Happy Engineer Podcast, we’re celebrating Thanksgiving by expressing our gratitude.

From the incredible guests who have shared their wisdom to the over 100,000 downloads of this podcast, we are truly grateful. But most importantly, we want to thank you, our amazing listeners, for investing your precious time with us.

As we continue to bring you valuable content to accelerate your career growth, we invite you to join us on this journey towards creating the career and life of your dreams.

And if you’re ready to take the next step, we have an exciting bonus for you. Check the show notes for details. Thank you, and we’ll see you next week on The Happy Engineer Podcast.

140: Grow to VP – Female Executive Journey to the Top with Megan Ford | Vice President of Engineering at Freeosk

140: Grow to VP – Female Executive Journey to the Top with Megan Ford | Vice President of Engineering at Freeosk

In this episode, meet the VP of Engineering at Freeosk, Megan Ford.

Now a female engineering executive, her career path was a winding road and ups, downs and lots of challenges. But she held on to a core belief that you must keep an open mind, ask lots of questions, and be willing to make decisions.

Megan shares how self doubt can be really loud when facing a big transition, and you suddenly feel like you have to learn everything all over again. You might also be surprised to hear that Megan, a top performer, was let go.

That was something she never expected to face in her career. But it happens and it is 1000% ok.

We dig into the reality of career building: Not every job, role, boss, is going to be a good fit. Reflect and move on.

And if you’re a woman in engineering, this conversation will be doubly encouraging.

Megan loves the outdoors as everything is better outside, and coffee, because everything is better with coffee also.

So press play and let’s chat… the path for your career growth begins now!

139: Unstoppable Resilience – True Grit and Grace with Amberly Lago

139: Unstoppable Resilience – True Grit and Grace with Amberly Lago

In this episode, prepare to see a miracle with a woman who has changed the world with her story, Amberly Lago.

At age 38, Amberly Lago’s life was turned upside down. Hit by a SUV while riding her motorcycle, 34 surgeries to save her leg from amputation and diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome dubbed “the suicide disease,” she knows about how to strengthen resilience because she has lived it.

Sometimes we need a shot of encouragement right in the arm, and this conversation will do it.

When you have unstoppable resilience, you don’t just change your life. You can change the world.

Amberly has been on the cover of Forbes magazine and USA Today. She’s shared the stage with Mel Robbins, Jay Shetty, Lewis Howes, Brendon Burchard, Sharon Lechter, Ed Mylett and countless others.

She offers hope and solutions for anyone feeling stuck, and I can honestly say this episode is one I’ll NEVER forget.

So press play and let’s chat… true grit and grace is available for your situation too

169: The 4 Keys to Selling Your Ideas to Upper Management

138: Stop Stagnation and Grow Faster | Peak Performance Multiplier

In this episode, we explore a transformative framework for excelling in your career and beyond. Uncover the four essential zones: comfort, learning, performance, and crisis, and learn how to strategically manage your time in each.

Join us on a journey from crisis to calm, where you’ll master practicing without pressure and unlock the potential of the learning zone.

Ready to multiply your performance and achieve that next career milestone while maintaining life balance? Tune in, uncover the secrets, and elevate your performance.

So, hit play and let’s chat. Are you prepared to find your flow and reach peak performance?

137: Create Balance – A Journey of Ease and Dignity with Rebecca Whitman | The Magnetic Abundance Mentor

137: Create Balance – A Journey of Ease and Dignity with Rebecca Whitman | The Magnetic Abundance Mentor

In this episode, you’ll meet the Magnetic Abundance Mentor, Rebecca Whitman. Recently featured on the cover of Modern Luxury Miami magazine as the #1 Life Coach, she is on a mission to help us move from scarcity to abundance.

If you struggle with balance, or feel like you’ve pushed harder and harder with no real change in your results, then this conversation will challenge you to try a new approach. One that works.

Looking for more success in your career and finances? Rebecca’s unique lens on how to achieve abundance may surprise you.

Rebecca is author of multiple international bestselling books, including “How to Make a Six Figure Income Working Part Time.” She was ranked in the Top 7 Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2023 by “LA Weekly.”

She hosts the globally ranked “Balanced, Beautiful, Abundant” podcast, where you can dive deeper into her 7 Pillars of Abundance which include: spiritual, physical, emotional, romantic, mental, social, and financial.

Her mission is to help people achieve balance within these seven areas so they can experience more fun and freedom in life!

In addition to her appearances as an expert on ABC, CBS, she has appeared on dozens of podcasts, and shared virtual stages with great thought leaders like Grant Cardone, Jack Canfield and Les Brown.

136: Formula 1 Performance Leads to RAPID Career Acceleration with Paul Teasdale | McLaren F1 Team

136: Formula 1 Performance Leads to RAPID Career Acceleration with Paul Teasdale | McLaren F1 Team

In this episode, we bring you high performance Formula 1 insights for your career acceleration goals with Paul Teasdale.

Paul is a former member of the McLaren F1 Racing team, and now travels around the world helping companies and individuals as a coach, speaker, facilitator, and podcast host.

We cover his RAPID framework, a unique way to apply the data-driven methodologies of high performance racing into your career. And here’s the most surprising part of his model that every engineer needs to know:

Data comes last.

Paul held various roles including consulting in food manufacturing, international shipping, dairy export and business banking, before landing the opportunity with McLaren, the Formula 1 team and supercar manufacturer. After 6 years with McLaren, Paul went on to launch his own coaching and consulting practice and developed his RAPID framework.

135: Success is Determined by Your Successors | Why You Need a Succession Plan Now

135: Success is Determined by Your Successors | Why You Need a Succession Plan Now

In this episode, we’re delving into a vital aspect of career growth: succession planning. Just like interviews, succession planning is crucial for career advancement. We’ll explore the three phases of career progression and what often keeps us stuck.

Join me as we discuss the mindset shift needed and three practical tips for effective succession planning. It’s time to take responsibility for your career development and build your path to that next promotion.

Ready for more? Tune in to the Happy Engineer Podcast. Let’s chat…

134: Be Happy and Fulfilled through Personal Development Mastery with Agi Keramidas

134: Be Happy and Fulfilled through Personal Development Mastery with Agi Keramidas

In this episode, we look at the unexpected journey from established career to personal development master and podcaster with my friend, Agi Keramidas.

In spite of massive success by the world’s standards, Agi was asking himself, “What’s wrong with me?”

He began to rethink life. Having lost passion for his job and feeling unfulfilled and directionless, it looked like a midlife crisis. But instead of a crisis, he created a midlife awakening.

Don’t miss the nudges that can keep you away from burnout and missing out on your best life.

Agi is the host of the “Personal Development Mastery” podcast, and has interviewed legends of success like Brian Tracy, Mark Victor Hansen, and Dr. John Demartini.

So press play and let’s chat… so you can avoid disaster and become a master of your future!

133: Stress-Free Strategy to Succeed in Big Tech with Meta®️ Software Leader Mauricio Nunes

133: Stress-Free Strategy to Succeed in Big Tech with Meta®️ Software Leader Mauricio Nunes

In this episode, you’ll meet a Software Engineering Leader at Meta®️ who has overcome three of the biggest challenges engineers face, Mauricio Nunes. His resume includes Amazon, Spotify, and Facebook, but that didn’t make him immune to these barriers:

* Lack of clarity and direction.

* Self doubt and the need to feel in control.

* Fear of the unknown and the risks of change.

Not only has Mauricio crushed these challenges, but years later he is still growing, leading and loving his career with no stress. Can you imagine waking up tomorrow with no stress?

It doesn’t mean there are no problems to solve, but it’s completely possible to experience freedom from negative thoughts and win back your life. Mauricio is going to tell you how he did it in the toughest environment of all… BIG TECH.

So press play and let’s chat… immediate transformation is possible when you discover a life ON purpose!

132: Five Strategies to Win the Inbox War | The End of Never-Ending Email

132: Five Strategies to Win the Inbox War | The End of Never-Ending Email

In this episode, I dive into the often-overlooked challenges of building a thriving engineering career.

Often, it’s not just about technical prowess. Many crucial aspects have nothing to do with being a great engineer.

We explore the war of the inbox, discussing five strategies to help you regain control and maximize your efficiency.

These practical tips are key to mastering the inbox and reclaiming your focus, ultimately accelerating your engineering career.

So press play and… let’s chat about conquering the inbox war.

131: Secrets of Being a CEO Revealed with Deborah Coviello | The CEO Whisperer | Author | Podcast Host

131: Secrets of Being a CEO Revealed with Deborah Coviello | The CEO Whisperer | Author | Podcast Host

In this episode, we meet the CEO Whisperer herself, Deborah Coviello.

If you have ever hoped to make it to the top, or you are already there, this is an important conversation.

She is the author of the top book, “CEO’s Compass: Your Guide to Get Back on Track.” The journey begins where she tells the CEO’s Hero Journey through the unknown and how to guide them to Peace of Mind.

We talk about the transformation from firefighting to true leadership, how working harder and complexity can burn you out, and the reality that an obsession with results may not be what CEOs really want.

Deb is an advisor, host of “The Drop-In CEO” podcast with over 300 episodes, and Founder of Illumination Partners, a consulting firm for C-Suite Leaders of Today and Tomorrow to navigate challenges with confidence.

So press play and let’s chat… we are about to drop in and whisper the secrets to being a CEO!

130: Leading with Vulnerability Superpowers – the Future of Leadership with Jacob Morgan | International Best-Selling Author | Futurist

130: Leading with Vulnerability Superpowers – the Future of Leadership with Jacob Morgan | International Best-Selling Author | Futurist

In this episode, we look into the future of leadership with international best-selling author, Jacob Morgan.

A professionally trained futurist, well known and respected for his previous books on the future of work, Jacob took on the challenging question, “What do leaders need most to face the challenges of the coming decade?”

That question, plus 100 CEO interviews and 14,000 employees surveyed, resulted in his fifth book, “Leading with Vulnerability.” We dive into his biggest breakthroughs today.

If you want to get ahead in your career, in a way that you feel proud of and everyone else feels honored to support your success… then tune in and listen up.

Jacob’s work has been endorsed by the CEOs of Mastercard, Best Buy, Unilever, The Ritz Carlton, Nestle, Cisco, Audi, and now you can add Zach White and Oasis of Courage to that list.

So press play and let’s chat… this conversation is not about being vulnerable, but leading with vulnerability.

144: Why Not All Readers are Leaders | 3 Big Mistakes Engineers Make in the Habit of Reading Books

129: How to Increase Confidence Interviewing and Get the Job You Want

In today’s episode, I dive deep into a topic that is crucial for career growth and success: confidence.

We all know that interviews play a crucial role in advancing our careers, whether it’s for promotions within our current organizations or when seeking opportunities in new companies. But here’s the truth – interviews are not solely about qualifications, they are about confidence.

In this episode, we explore the three mindsets of confidence that are essential for acing your interviews and landing that dream job. I share a real-life example of Charlie, one of our clients, as we uncover the challenges he faced and how we helped him turn his uncertainty into confidence.

So press play and let’s chat… it’s time to land your ideal engineering role!

128: You Work Too Hard to Miss Bigger Opportunity with Greg Martin | Lifetime at Work Podcast Host

128: You Work Too Hard to Miss Bigger Opportunity with Greg Martin | Lifetime at Work Podcast Host

n this episode, meet a man dedicated to helping engineers realize how great our jobs can be, Greg Martin.

10 years into his 2-year career plan, he experienced a burnout crisis and was forced to make a drastic change. His pivot into the restaurant business was thwarted by the pandemic, and life lessons learned the hard way continued.

Greg challenges every employee and business owner to not be afraid of wanting what you really want! Because you won’t know what’s possible for you until you run bolder experiments and test the limits of what your current situation will provide.

As an investment banker, angel investor, entrepreneur and regular host of the Lifetime at Work podcast, Greg is on a mission to explore the world of work, the ups and downs behind taking big risks and the payoffs that come with it.

So press play and let’s chat… because the payoffs can be huge if you’ll take action.

127: Supercharge Confidence and Engineer Esteem with Maria Papazoglou | Top Executive Coach in Greece

127: Supercharge Confidence and Engineer Esteem with Maria Papazoglou | Top Executive Coach in Greece

In this episode, we travel far and wide to topics from every corner of career development with Maria Papazoglou.

Maria is among the top executive coaches in Greece, and shares a taste of her Greek heritage and ancient wisdom with us on the show today.

You already know how important confidence and self-esteem is in your career, but what you don’t know is that there is more where that came from.

No matter what your starting point is today, Maria and I are going to show you how to take your esteem even deeper, and how to turn confidence into action for results in your career. Good news is, the rewards of becoming your best are limitless.

Maria adds to her Greek alphabet soup of certifications with training in the USA by Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Brendon Burchard. She is a certified NLP Master Practitioner.

So press play and let’s chat… it’s time to broaden your horizons, and deepen your awareness of esteem!

144: Why Not All Readers are Leaders | 3 Big Mistakes Engineers Make in the Habit of Reading Books

126: Two Actions to Help Reverse Rock Bottom

Let’s talk about hitting rock bottom and bouncing back, a journey many of us face in our lives.

In this episode, I share my personal journey of hitting rock bottom after experiencing grief and divorce. I recount the moment I found a divorce note at home and how it triggered a downward spiral in my life.

Despite my previous success as an engineer, I found myself in a state of despair, depression, and embarrassment. However, with the support of loved ones, I was able to turn my life around.

I emphasize the importance of having courageous conversations and being fully known, seeking counseling or talking to a trusted friend.

Hit that play button and let’s take action together!

125: Impactful Engineering with Jake Maxey and Steve Maxey | Podcast Hosts | Engineers Making a Difference

125: Impactful Engineering with Jake Maxey and Steve Maxey | Podcast Hosts | Engineers Making a Difference

In this episode, meet two engineers who really care about the next generation of engineers, Jake Maxey and Steve Maxey.

These brothers have overcome many challenges to reach the levels of success in engineering they enjoy today, and those setbacks were the perfect setup for their mission:

Impactful Engineering.

If you know that your work on earth is about more than new technology and making money, and you’re looking for inspiration in how you can make a difference right now, you are going to love Jake and Steve.

They are also launching a new show, Impactful Engineering Podcast, that I highly recommend you check out.

Their message is about more than generosity tomorrow, it will help you perform at your best today.

So press play and let’s chat… it’s time for us to make an IMPACT!

124: The Secret to Customer Experience that Engineers Need to Know with Annette Franz

124: The Secret to Customer Experience that Engineers Need to Know with Annette Franz

In this episode, meet the woman who (literally) wrote the book on Customer Understanding, Annette Franz.

We talk about the importance of understanding your customer as an engineer, not only to design great products, but to build a great career.

She started her career at J.D. Power and Associates in 1992, and has spent the last 30 years as a customer experience leader for dozens of brand names you would recognize, and in her own consulting firm. Annette was named one of “The 100 Most Influential Tech Women on Twitter” by Business Insider.

Annette says people come before products. You are going to want to know why, and what to do about it.

She is author of two powerful books, Customer Understanding: Three Ways to Put the “Customer” in Customer Experience (and at the Heart of Your Business), and Built to Win: Designing a Customer-Centric Culture That Drives Value for Your Business.

So press play and let’s chat… it’s time to bridge the gap between product and VOC for YOU.

123: Are You on the Road to Burnout? | The Unspoken Pandemic

123: Are You on the Road to Burnout? | The Unspoken Pandemic

Let’s talk about a topic that hits close to home: burnout.

In this episode, l share my own experience of hitting rock bottom in my career due to burnout and how I turned things around.

Join me as I draw insights from over 1,500 engineering leaders and discuss the various faces of burnout – from disengagement to the perils of overworking. I introduce the “burnout scale” and urge you to assess where you stand on it.

I’ll uncover how burnout is more than just physical exhaustion – it’s about energy deficits across all aspects of our lives.

Hit that play button and let’s tackle burnout together!

122: Engineering Hard Choices with Pete Hunt | The Face of Facebook’s React.js

122: Engineering Hard Choices with Pete Hunt | The Face of Facebook’s React.js

In this episode, we meet a leader who has gone from engineer, to CEO, then back to engineer, and back to CEO again, Pete Hunt.

If you want to make an impact through technology, and can’t decide if Fortune 100 or Inc. 1000 is right for you, or you struggle to make hard choices in engineering your career… then you are going to love learning from Pete.

In his early career, Pete led Instagram’s web team, built Instagram’s business analytics products, and helped to open source Facebook’s React.js (you can find him speaking at conferences around the world on YouTube).

After that, he co-founded and served as CEO of Smyte, an anti-abuse provider that was acquired by Twitter. During these experiences he discovered the keys to building and leading a data engineering team, and making hard choices like selecting an app’s tech stack.

Now, Pete is the CEO of Elementl which builds Dagster, an open-source data orchestration tool.

So press play and let’s chat… if 2 billion users are benefitting from Pete’s hard choices, you can too.

121: Money Freedom is Not Simply More Money with Flint Jamison | Engineer to Investor | Founder of Vestus Capital

121: Money Freedom is Not Simply More Money with Flint Jamison | Engineer to Investor | Founder of Vestus Capital

In this episode, we talk MONEY with a 20 year veteran of aerospace engineering who is now a full time investor and Founder of Vestus Capital, Flint Jamison.

Every engineering leader wants financial freedom, but how do you get there?

If your strategy is to follow the average advice, you’ll get average results. In the world we live in today, average results are just not good enough.

Flint and I discuss how burnout led him to ask new questions and innovate solutions for his financial future, and how you can do the same. The best part is that these strategies are not just about creating wealth, but changing your experience at work and avoiding burnout as well.

So press play and let’s chat… because money freedom is not simply about making more money!

118: Are You Really as Good at Solving Problems as You Think You Are? with Jamie Flinchbaugh | Top Author | Senior Executive Consultant

118: Are You Really as Good at Solving Problems as You Think You Are? with Jamie Flinchbaugh | Top Author | Senior Executive Consultant

In this episode, we uncover hard truths about what holds engineering leaders back with Founder of JFlinch, Jamie Flinchbaugh.

You probably pride yourself on your problem solving skills as an engineer. But are you as good as you think you are?

Jamie has helped purpose-driven leaders craft effective, resilient organizations at over 300 companies including Harley-Davidson, Intel, Amazon, Crayola, Fidelity, Whirlpool, and many others you would recognize.

We will help you understand what it takes to level up your value at work, and be an influential leader using concepts from his latest book, “People Solve Problems, The Power of Every Person, Every Day, Every Problem.”

Discover what makes your organization Lean, and what doesn’t.

So press play and let’s chat… you’ve probably got a problem, and you’re the person!

155: Get Rid of Sleazy Networking Once and For All

117: Leadership Dilemma – When Do You Fire an Employee?

In this episode, we tackle the sensitive topic of managing underperforming team members and making the tough decision to let someone go.

We dive into the balance of tough love versus extending grace, and how hard personal circumstances can impact an individual’s ability to perform.

We explore the question of whether empathy has been demonstrated in these situations, and share specific actions leaders must take to create A-player teams.

So press play and let’s chat… if you’re a leader or manager struggling with hiring and firing decisions, this episode is a must-listen.

116: How our Struggles Lead to Happiness with Ryan Roper | Global Leader in Energy Management | Keynote Speaker

116: How our Struggles Lead to Happiness with Ryan Roper | Global Leader in Energy Management | Keynote Speaker

In this episode, we journey from the island, to the city, to an offshore oil platform in pursuit of wisdom from the life of energy management expert, Ryan Roper.

If you know that leaving a legacy through your life, your work, and your family matters deeply to you, then this episode is going to hit home.

Ryan’s career in the energy sector began at birth, being from one of the oldest oil provinces in the world, and is a true global expert with nearly two decades of hands-on experience.

We dismantle the power of fear that holds engineering leaders back from their potential, and how to face the uncertainty of a future full of innovation. Whether it’s artificial intelligence and machine learning, transitioning toward net-zero and more sustainable energy solutions, or dozens of other areas, you need to be ready to face these challenges head on.

Ryan holds his Bachelors in Chemistry from Morehouse College, Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech, Masters in Business and Energy Management from Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, and studied Data Analytics at Harvard.

So press play and let’s chat… you may not take a helicopter to work, but it’s time to get a 3,000 foot view on your life and happiness!

115: Fail Early (Not Often) and Succeed Later with Mark Graban | Award-Winning Author | Lean Engineering Expert

115: Fail Early (Not Often) and Succeed Later with Mark Graban | Award-Winning Author | Lean Engineering Expert

In this episode, we take a deep look at “The Mistakes that Make Us” with the award-winning author of a new book by that title, Mark Graban.

If your company struggles with cultivating a culture of learning and innovation that keeps you and your peers engaged, then you will deeply appreciate what Mark has discovered through his research and practical discovery as a Lean expert and consultant.

We cover a crucial distinction between mistakes and failure, how you don’t actually fear failure, how engineers can be a part of creating the culture at work rather than being a victim of it.

Mark has over half a million followers on LinkedIn who rely on him to help them synthesize and practice methods including Lean management, continuous improvement, statistical methods, and people-centered leadership approaches.

Mark has published multiple breakthrough books, earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University, and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Leaders for Global Operations Program.

So press play and let’s chat… it might not be perfect but it’s our mistakes that make us!

142: Special Thanks and Special Announcement You Don’t Want to Miss

114: Do You Need a Vacation? Go from Escape to Energy by Shifting the Vacation Paradigm

In this episode, I debunk the fallacy surrounding vacations as a remedy for work-related stress and dissatisfaction.

Summer is here and vacation plans are in the air. Join me as we explore a fresh mindset that encourages intentional time off for energy renewal, and a shift away from relying solely on vacations to address career burnout.

Discover practical strategies for achieving sustainable success and true rest that go beyond the traditional vacation narrative.

Get ready to redefine your approach to time off and unlock a new level of balance and fulfillment in your professional journey.

So press play and let’s chat… it’s time to rethink our vacation days!

113: Stop Being Nice and Start Leading Kind with Karyn Ross | Award-Winning Author and Leadership Expert

113: Stop Being Nice and Start Leading Kind with Karyn Ross | Award-Winning Author and Leadership Expert

In this episode, we look at leadership through a new lens. Leadership expert and award-winning author Karyn Ross is on a mission to help us create a kinder and better world.

If power-hungry leaders who play the game of corporate politics have ever rubbed you the wrong way, or if you feel the pain of toxic leadership at work in any way, you will want to hear what Karyn has to say about kindness.

Karyn believes that kind leadership is the answer to our global leadership crisis.

Most engineering leaders also struggle with being kind to themselves. I’ll show you a simple exercise to neutralize that negative self-talk.

An artist, TEDx speaker, internationally recognized coach, Karyn is the owner of Karyn Ross Consulting and The New School for Kind Leaders. She is also the Founder and President of The Love and Kindness Project Foundation, a registered public charity and grass-roots movement, spreading kindness person to person around the world.

So press play and let’s chat… I may not always be nice, but I promise to be kind!

112: Your Biggest Industry Opportunity Today is Manufacturing with John Real | Project Engineering Leader

112: Your Biggest Industry Opportunity Today is Manufacturing with John Real | Project Engineering Leader

In this episode, you’ll hear how a decade of hard work in engineering left John Real successful on paper, but unhappy and unsatisfied with his life.

And in 90 days he turned all of that around, without changing anything but himself.

John is a Project Engineering Leader at GLM Hydro, where he manages process engineering, system installation and commissioning support, documentation control, purchasing, and equipment quality control for his organization.

If you have ever wondered if manufacturing is a career path worth considering, or one worth staying in, then you don’t want to miss this conversation.

If you have ever been unhappy with your career, or feeling stuck on where to take your career moving forward, then you don’t want to miss this conversation.

So press play and let’s chat… it’s time to go from slow decay to fast impact!

167: You Don’t Have to Be John Maxwell to Be a Great Leader

111: Morning Victory – 5 Habits of Mediocrity Engineering Leaders Must Avoid

In this episode, learn from a recent conversation with Mark, an engineering leader facing burnout. His turnaround began by taking control of his life from the moment his feet hit the floor.

The fact is, you probably have habits that hinder your progress.

From snooze buttons to social media, I’ll show you how these 5 behaviors negatively impact your mindset and productivity. If you replace these bad habits with good ones, the results you can create in your career will compound over time.

Don’t underestimate the power of a mindful morning routine. There may be 1000 good options for what to do, but these 5 bad options you must avoid.

So press play and let’s chat… It’s time to start your day on the path to success!

110: Start Anything You Believe Deeply with @CauseHacker Jim Carter iii | CEO & Founder | AI Specialist

110: Start Anything You Believe Deeply with @CauseHacker Jim Carter iii | CEO & Founder | AI Specialist

In this episode, we tackle the hot topic of work that aligns with your purpose, versus a job that only pays your bills, with my good friend Jim Carter III.

If you have ever questioned your career path and wondered if the mission and meaning behind your company is truly aligned with your own values, then don’t miss this conversation.

Jim is a programmer turned passionate founder, public speaker, Fortune 15 consultant & AI strategist. With the experience of growing multiple 7 figure businesses in tech & content, he specializes in advising brands, experts & Social Impact organizations on maximizing growth using content & technology.

His passion for purpose has him known as the @CauseHacker.

Focusing on AI, tech expertise & business growth, Jim mentors scaling entrepreneurs through his Fast Foundations Mastermind & empowers entrepreneurs to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence in their daily lives & businesses.

Proud #girldad, lover of coffee, and dad joke aficionado, Jim will guide, challenge & unblock the biggest challenges you have in a simple & actionable form.

So press play and let’s chat…it’s time to start living ON purpose!