Young Leaders In Technology
Summary: This is a Podcast for any professionals who are either starting, looking to move into or already working in a leadership position and are looking for tips and advice on on how to be a better leader.
This is recording of a Live Panel Discussion we had on the Scale X Stage at the Virtual Dublin Tech Summit. Our main focus was finding out how innovation and pivoting the direction of your business in the face of adversity is necessary to survive and overcome obstacles of growth. Regardless of size, all businesses need to be agile and quick to react to market challenges. Over the course of this talk we explored this with our two speakers looking at learnings from their own industries, their own experiences and how these can be applied across the board. Joining me on the panel was Jean-Christophe Tauney-Bucalo, who is the Chief Commercial Officer at TravelPerk and Saranya Babu, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Wrike. “First there was the shock - we lost, within a week, 98% of our revenue...” “It would be much easier to hibernate, but that would be the biggest mistake. It is in a period like this that leaders are built.” “How do we be useful and help our customers during this time so that we can build loyalty versus building revenue, because this is a time to build loyalty” Some of the topics covered on this episode: * How to react when your product or solution is no longer viable in the market * The importance of retaining existing customers and keeping them happy * What you should and should not focus on in a crisis * How to make sure your product offering is going to still be relevant after a crisis * How to know if what you are developing will actually have a market suitable for it * Why it is important to stay aggressive and motivated during a crisis * Is it possible to focus on both product development and customer growth * What should be important to you when working in a startup * The importance of your own support network * Different tactics for hiring staff * Keeping and maintaining a list of tasks to keep on track * How using key metrics per team can help with tracking performance * How the pace of change has accelerated in the past few years https://youngleaders.tech/ready-set-pivot/ Referenced Reading and Speaker Links: Dublin Tech Summit https://dublintechsummit.tech/ https://twitter.com/dubtechsummit https://www.linkedin.com/company/dublin-tech-summit/ https://www.instagram.com/dublintechsummit/ Jean-Christophe Taunay-Bucalo https://www.linkedin.com/in/jean-christophe-taunay-bucalo-56282b22/ https://twitter.com/TaunayBucalo TravelPerk https://www.travelperk.com/ https://twitter.com/travelperk/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/travelperk/ https://www.instagram.com/travelperk/ Saranya Babu https://www.linkedin.com/in/saranya/ https://twitter.com/saranyababu Wrike https://www.wrike.com/ https://twitter.com/wrike https://www.linkedin.com/company/wrike/ https://www.instagram.com/wriketeam/
Now, more than ever, people are putting a microscope to their careers and trying to decide if what they are doing is the right thing for them. Be it out of necessity due to the pandemic, a lack of opportunities, a slowing industry or simply due to having a change of heart in their career path - people are looking for help and advice on how they can change things up and move on to greener pastures. On this episode of young leaders in tech, I spoke in depth with Lorcan Nyhan about everything to do with your career path and how you can go about changing or improving it. Lorcan oversees the development and delivery of training with The Communications Clinic. He delivers courses in speech writing, media skills including broadcasting, interview preparation as well presentation skills. He also heads the Careers division and is a Columnist with The Sunday Independent. “If in a year you haven’t gained anything new that in an interview, you’d be really excited to talk about - that to me is a sign that you may need a change” “How can I, proactively and clearly prove to the interviewee that I can do those six or seven things they are asking for” Some of the topics covered on this episode: * How to know when it is the right time to change your role or career * How building your network can help career progression * Why targeting your ideal job may not be the best path when changing careers * How looking at the jobs in a company you would like to work for can sometimes be better than looking for specific roles in general * Why it’s not important to have all of the requirements for a role filled to apply for a job * How to find out if a company is the right place to work for you * The importance of keeping your CV/Resume up to date * How personal experiences outside of the work environment can improve your own skillset * Why explaining your career wishes and intentions to your superiors can be important * How to build relationships in the workplace * How to prepare yourself for an interview * The format of a CV and how to edit them for the role you are applying for * The best way to frame your achievements * The importance of preparing your own career story for an interview * Why you should always practise your interview out loud https://youngleaders.tech/how-to-change-careers/ Referenced Reading and Speaker Links: Lorcan Nyhan https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorcannyhan/ https://twitter.com/LorcanN The Communications Clinic https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-communications-clinic-dublin/ https://communicationsclinic.ie/ Podcast - How to… with the Communications Clinic https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/how-to-with-the-communications-clinic/id1517784974 Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst https://www.amazon.com/Behave-Biology-Humans-Best-Worst/dp/1594205078 Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die https://www.amazon.com/Made-Stick-Ideas-Survive-Others/dp/1400064287
More people than ever before are working from home and the pandemic has completely changed the outlook a lot of companies would have had towards home working. JJ Caffey, the Founder and CEO of Order In - a digital platform for the leaders of remote work - is trying to build a better workday. With a focus on community, connectedness, and efficiency, JJ's mission is to revolutionize the American work culture. On this podcast episode, we discuss the future of home working, the things we aren't talking about and the things we should be. We break down all of the different issues, changes and improvements that are happening with the corporate working culture and how we can prepare ourselves and our teams for them. “Support one another, everyone is going through something and we don’t know what, but you’re not alone if you feel like you’re having a tough time” “Instead of trying to fill up your employee's day, you can boost productivity by emphasising why the work they are doing is valuable, and that what they are doing matters to the company” Some of the topics covered on this episode: * The pros and cons of working from home that you may not be aware of * The benefit of a support structure outside of your co-workers * Will companies have to offer home working options to remain competitive * What is going to happen with all of the empty office space * How the pandemic is changing the home working environment * How someone can build a company culture with colleagues you have never met * We talk about the biggest challenges to people how are home working and how to combat it * Is working from home actually making us more flexible * What are accountabilibuddies and how can they help you from feeling isolated * How to be a better manager to employees who are working from home * What is aggressive prioritisation * How to improve your work/life balance * How to be conscious of co-worker’s schedules and keeping your work network alive https://youngleaders.tech/the-future-of-home-working/ Referenced Reading and Speaker Links: Facts and Figures: Lessons From Cisco’s New Remote Work Survey https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lessons-from-ciscos-new-remote-work-survey-jj-caffey/ Introducing Order In https://medium.com/@orderinclub/introducing-order-in JJ Caffey https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahjjcaffey/ https://twitter.com/jjcaffey Order In https://www.orderinclub.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/order-in-club/ https://twitter.com/OrderInClub https://www.instagram.com/orderinclub/
Leaders and professionals are continuously searching for better ways to engage, connect, and lead others. New advances in the field of neuroscience may help us unravel the physiology of leadership effectiveness. Neuroscience is the study of how the nervous system develops, its structure, and what it does. On this podcast we are digging into the Neuroscience of Leadership with Declan Goodman, who is a technology and neuroscience of leadership consultant. “Your role as a leader is to give your team guidance on what success looks like and demonstrate the values on how to get there” “ You will realise that you are stressed by nothing related to the task at hand, but rather by the possibility of an outcome that may never happen” Some of the topics covered on this episode: * How to control your attitude in the most difficult of situations * How to stop yourself from over-thinking scenarios and their negative outcomes * Neuroplasticity - breaking old habits to form new ones * The concept of chunking – breaking larger tasks up into smaller more manageable tasks * How the emotions of a leader can be contagious and subsequently impact everyone else in the room * The act of re-framing a situation to your benefit * The importance of building your own values, mission statement and road map – not just following the ones set out by your company * How you can avoid the feeling of impostor syndrome in your role * Taking a self-aware approach to applying your own understanding of your own behavioral traits, what motivates/threatens you, how you react to those type of responses and applying them to your everyday leadership to become a better leader * How to give people the environment and trust to help them go above and beyond what they think they are capable of * How to use the neuroscience of leadership to build high performing teams and increase employee engagement https://youngleaders.tech/neuroscience-of-leadership/ Referenced Reading and Speaker Links: Declan Goodman https://www.linkedin.com/in/declangoodman/ http://yellowmaze.com.au/yellow-maze-blog/ Zen Leader: 10 Ways to Go From Barely Managing to Leading Fearlessly - Ginny Whitelaw https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zen-Leader-Managing-Leading-Fearlessly/dp/1601632118 Man's Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust - Viktor E. Frankl; https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EKOC0HI/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8 Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long - David Rock https://www.amazon.co.uk/Your-Brain-Work-Strategies-Distraction/dp/0061771295 Zen in the Art of Archery - Eugen Herrigel https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078WH2DJ5/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8 The Chunking Method - Damon Zahariades https://www.amazon.com/Time-Chunking-Method-Increasing-Productivity-ebook/dp/B011PZFPFI
On the first of our series of individual topic-based podcasts, Céiteach Mac Stiofán & Karen Henry from Accenture joined me to demystify the art of storytelling so that you can apply the best of stories to business challenges. “Trying to perfect your PowerPoint of a presentation first is like trying to perfect the icing before you have the recipe of the cake” “The presenter is the story, so much of it is how much we convey it, the passion that we feel and the emotions that we can evoke when we communicate” Some of the topics covered on this episode: * Tips and tricks to keep people engaged during presentations * How to avoid “death by PowerPoint” * Combating nerves when speaking * The importance of an opening statement to catch attention * How to gauge your audience * Why the first two minutes of a presentation are the “cognitive hallowed ground” * Examples of major industries and worldwide companies already using storytelling * Words and phrases that can be used to have a bigger impact when speaking * How to use anecdotes to add credibility to your messages * The importance of using visual methods of telling stories * Why “Imagine” is such a powerful word to use * “So what, who cares?” https://youngleaders.tech/storytelling-in-tech/ Referenced Reading and Speaker Links: Céiteach Mac Stiofán https://www.linkedin.com/in/keithstephensaccenture/ Karen Henry https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenhenryie/ Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die – Chip & Dan Heath https://heathbrothers.com/books/made-to-stick/ Weekend Language: Presenting with More Stories and Less PowerPoint - Andy Craig, Dave Yewman https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/19505722-weekend-language Garr Reynolds https://www.presentationzen.com/
For this meetup, we had 3 guests line up for a panel that talked about their own experiences in leadership and also took questions from the audience. “Learn fast, make mistakes, then turn around and figure out how it happened as a team to grow from it” “You don't need to know where you are going to be in 5 years, but you need to understand the parts of the role you enjoy and see where could that lead you in the future” Some of the topics covered in this meetup: * How important it is in a startup to be able to adapt * Why being focused on making an impact in your company can be more beneficial than just getting work done * How valuable it is to give yourself the confidence to thrive in your own role and take the opportunities that may present themselves * The value of picking up different types of leadership traits from different people, as some leadership qualities may not suit you * Saying yes to great opportunities and jumping in feet first to try it, and if it doesn't work its a great way to learn * Why the hiring strategy is probably the most important thing for upholding or enhancing a good workplace culture * How to make sure that the product you are creating is viable and there is a market for it * Advice for someone starting out in a sales position * How to ensure diversity in the workplace https://youngleaders.tech/meetup-9/ ANDREW PITCHER ZENDESK https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewpitcher/ Andrew leads and is currently building out the Sales Development business in EMEA at Zendesk from their rapidly expanding EMEA HQ in Dublin. He has 10+ years of sales and strategy experience with a special passion for developing his teams and customers. In his career to date, he has been the leader of Strategy & Operations teams, Sales Development teams (Inbound and Outbound) and Sales teams (SMB and Ent). He has worked with customers in the SaaS industry as well as the advertising industry across most markets in EMEA. Andrew has a background as a certified strategic planner with a BBA in Business Economics and an MBA in Finance. GRAEME O'REILLY DUBLIN TECH SUMMIT https://www.linkedin.com/in/graemeoreilly/ Graeme is the Head of Vision X at Dublin Tech Summit. He's an Innovative and experienced specialist in tech scale-ups and start-ups. Graeme specialises in identifying emerging start-ups with potential and developing relationships with start-up ecosystems globally. Graeme leads the Vision X start-up programme at DTS where he engages with high potential start-ups and advises them on how best to connect, collaborate and scale through the Vision X programme. Vision X focuses on creating value for international start-ups and scale-ups in Dublin’s established and vibrant tech and business community. Graeme is the DTS liaison between the start-up community and trade embassies, accelerators, investors and corporates. He facilitates introductions to enable entrepreneurs reach the next level of their growth and drives awareness of the DTS20 Start-up programme to an international audience of start-ups and investors. SHANA CHU STYL.WRAP https://www.linkedin.com/in/shana-chu-34551517 STYL.wrap was founded in 2018 by Shana Chu. Shana is the brains and strength of the company.
For this meetup, we had 3 guests line up for a panel that talked about their own experiences in leadership and also took questions from the audience. “Getting funding is not an achievement, getting customers and getting revenue is” “You don't need to know where you are going to be in 5 years, but you need to understand the parts of the role you enjoy and see where could that lead you in the future” Some of the topics covered in this meetup: * Why you should get your minimum viable product developed quickly and launched * As a leader, how you can get feedback from your peers or people reporting into you * The topic of unconscious bias - what it is and how it can affect the workplace culture * How to deal with negative criticism * How working for a startup can completely change your career due to having to take on multiple roles you may have never worked in before * How to deal with the move from working in a big established well-known company to starting your own * How having a support structure of friends, co-workers or mentors can keep you motivated * The importance of self belief when starting your own projects https://youngleaders.tech/meetup-8/ CIARA GARVAN WORKJUGGLE.COM https://www.linkedin.com/in/ciaragarvan/ Ciara Garvan is the founder of WorkJuggle.com, an innovative, online platform connecting highly skilled professionals with flexible, remote and contract roles. Ciara holds a Masters in Applied Computing and previously worked in organisations such as Accenture, eir and Meteor. Since founding WorkJuggle in 2016, Ciara has taken the business, which was named as one of Silicon Republic’s top Irish Start-ups in 2018, from strength to strength. Until recently Ciara was also Chair of Dyspraxia/ DCD Ireland. ED BURKE ROOMIGO https://www.linkedin.com/in/ed-burke/ Ed Burke is the founder of RooMigo which is a platform for connecting like-minded housemates. RooMigo is used by people to rent out spare rooms and also to find other flatmates with similar lifestyle choices and values so that they can find a place together. Ed is a qualified solicitor by training and prior to founding RooMigo he worked in Singapore and London. REBECCA DYER (HOGAN) ADROLL B.U. https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccahogandyer/ Becky Dyer works as Global Head of Training for Adroll, a division of NextRoll. Becky has spent the last 8 years of her career working in the area of learning and development, and sales enablement. Upon joining NextRoll (formerly AdRoll Group), Becky had the opportunity to manage and implement many successful learning initiatives ranging from onboarding and sales enablement to management and leadership development programs. Prior to joining NextRoll, Becky worked for Oracle, as part of the sales team, and then ran many programs for their sales enablement team.
For this meetup, we had 3 guests line up for a panel that talked about their own experiences in leadership and also took questions from the audience. "You'll never make a hard decision if you know what your values are" "The role of a leader is to create the conditions for people to thrive" Some of the topics covered in this meetup: * How to deal with the change from being an individual contributor in a company to a manager * How to prove your worth as a junior member of the management team * How to find out what excites you and what you find rewarding, and then have fun leading the way * The importance of maintaining a positive personal relationship with employees reporting into you * Finding the right mentor * How to deal with conflict management & diversity in the workplace * The traits to look for in a potential employee * An interview is a two way street - how to find out if a company has the right working environment & culture for you https://youngleaders.tech/meetup-7/ (https://youngleaders.tech/meetup-7/)MARTIN O’REILLY OUTPUT SPORTS https://www.linkedin.com/in/morucd Martin O’Reilly is the CEO and Co-Founder of UCD Spin-out, Output Sports. Using state-of-the art signal processing and machine-learning, the company has developed a one-stop-tool for optimising Strength and Conditioning and Physiotherapy. Prior to forming Output Sports, Martin completed a PhD developing sensor applications for exercise biofeedback and was a Biomechanics lecturer in UCD. ALAN MOLLOY TECHNOLOGY ADVISOR https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanmolloy/ Alan has 25+ years in technology, consulting, and leadership roles and brings a blend of technical expertise and strategic business acumen. Most recently he has held leadership roles with second stage start-ups. Prior to that he worked for a pillar bank in Ireland where he led a team of 250 engineers. And previous to this, he built a 100-engineer team for a large listed Irish entity. He also worked as a strategy consultant for the renowned McKinsey and Company. Alan is also is an Enterprise Ireland mentor. DECLAN GOODMAN DANTE CONSULTING https://www.linkedin.com/in/declangoodman/ Declan Goodman is an ICT management consultant and accredited neuroscience of leadership coach with 20+ years’ international experience. He has held numerous IT leadership positions across a range of industries including finance, education, government and technology start-ups. He is an active advocate of technology entrepreneurship, women in STEM and pragmatic, self-empowerment. Declan is founder of Dante Consulting, a local Dublin firm specialising in ICT Strategy, Architecture & Coaching services.
For this meetup, we had 3 guests lined up for a panel that talked about their own experiences in leadership and also took questions from the audience. https://youngleaders.tech/meetup-5/ (http://youngleaders.tech/meetup-5/) ORLA MORANTHOUSANDEYES https://www.linkedin.com/in/orlamoran/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/orlamoran/) Orla has worked for over 15 years for American Multinational SaaS companies. She has been part of 3 start ups in her career to date, one of which was acquired by the multi billion $ company; Citrix. She founded the EMEA office in Dublin for New Relic back in 2013 and saw it IPO for $1B market cap in 2014. She is currently heading up the EMEA sales function for another start up company, called ThousandEyes. ThousandEyes is a network intelligence company that gives organisations visibility into the internet, the cloud and the networks they rely on. ThousandEyes is VC backed by sequoia, google ventures and salesforce ventures. She volunteers for a charity called “ Dress for Success”, which help women get back into the workforce. Orla has helped 100’s of women regain their confidence so as to soar at work and in life. She is passionate about eradicating plastic and is a podcast aficionado. Orla was also the runner up in the Image magazine business woman of the year awards 2015. TYLER WELSHMASTERCARD https://www.linkedin.com/in/tylercwelsh/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tylercwelsh/) Tyler Welsh is a Release Train Engineer for Mastercard’s Fraud Technology where he focuses on relentless improvement of Mastercard’s development processes. Prior to this role, Tyler has worked as a program manager and product manager in Mastercard’s Digital and Prepaid teams. He recently relocated from New York City as part of his career aspirations to become a global technology leader. Dublin isn’t the first big move as Tyler has previously worked in South Africa, Zambia, India, Los Angeles and Argentina. Outside of work Tyler is a Caribbean dancehall dancer, fish taco expert, beach camper and avid reader of geopolitics. REBECCA KILKELLYCARGURUS https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-kilkelly-cargurus (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-kilkelly-cargurus) Rebecca Kilkelly is the Manager of the European SDR Team at CarGurus where she currently leads a team Sales Development Reps across three regions. Founded in 2006 by Langley Steinert (co-founder of TripAdvisor), CarGurus is now the largest online automotive marketplace in the US. Rebecca started her career in Tech as a Sales Development Rep in Google. She then joined the SDR team at AdRoll Dublin, before moving into Account Management. Later came an opportunity to gain experience working abroad, growing AdRoll’s strategic account base in Australia while also developing an employee onboarding program for the growing AdRoll APAC team. Rebecca returned to Dublin two years later as an Account Executive for Microsoft, before joining CarGurus in October of last year. In her free time Rebecca loves to travel, hike and spend time with family in the wild west of Mayo.