A podcast for progressive leaders and teams

The Teams at Work podcast will help you discover cutting-edge best practices for how to build a high-performance team. We feature leaders at hyper-growth companies and discuss the future of work, remote practices, leadership, and culture.

Learn from the best and become a better leader

Renita Kalhorn is an Executive Performance Coach who has been coaching leaders for the last 14 years. She's a mental trainer for the Navy Seals RDAC, has an MBA from INSEAD, and mentors startup founders and corporate executives alike. We talked about the new leadership landscape, the VUCA world we're living in, and what it takes to succeed in this environment - so you won't become anyone's bad boss story.

Things you'll learn in this episode:

  • Overcome volatility by making things concrete

  • Counter uncertainty with daily rituals

  • Unravel complexity with common sense

  • Give ambiguity the boot with clear de-briefs

Karl Alomar is Managing Partner at M13, a US-based VC that's invested in companies like Lyft, Pinterest, Daily Harvest and Capsule. A 2-time founder himself, Karl has worked with many young tech companies and helped build Digital Ocean from the ground up as COO - ultimately reaching 500+ employees and $200M in revenue. In this episode, Karl shares stories and learnings from leading companies through 2 different economic crises in 2000 and 2008, and shines some hope and optimism on the current global crisis.

Things you'll learn in this episode:

  • How to communicate tough decisions and motivate your team
  • Why it's important to see both play both "offense and defense" in a crisis situation
  • The impact of the current global crisis on startups

Alex Weber is Chief Growth Officer at N26, the unicorn digital bank with an ambition to change the way banking is done around the world. In this episode, Alex reflects on his 6 year journey at N26, and the lessons learned while going from an Entrepreneur in Residence at a tiny startup to a C-level executive at a 1500 person company.

Things you'll learn in this episode:

  • The keys to creating a successful team

  • How to grow fast enough as an individual to keep pace with a hyper-growth company

  • Why being able "unplug" makes you more effective

Liz Daldalian is Head of Business Operations at Truffle Suite, a 100% remote team building "sweet tools for smart contracts". In this episode, Liz shares practical tips for how to overcome those usual challenges that tend to get amplified when you're running remote: from building trust and connection in the team, to coordinating work, and navigating tough conversations. Running a remote team yourself?

Things you learn in this episode:

  • Rituals to help remote team members feel included
  • Quick tips for how to communicate better on Slack
  • How to coordinate work effectively with a remote team

Dizzy Smith, VP Engineering of Packet, shares his amazing insights from his 15+ year career in engineering about culture building, communication structures and diverse leadership in distributed teams. 

Things you learn in this episode:

  • How to set up a great structure of communication to ensure great collaboration
  • How to build a diverse organization by picking a diverse leadership team
  • How to decide between an engineering specialist or management role

Raffaela Rein, the founder of WildWildVentures, Vitalute, and CareerFoundry, was named amongst the Top 50 Women in Tech by Forbes. In this episode, she shared her insights on building and scaling successful teams and cultures.

Things you learn in this episode:

  • Why building a culture entirely free of management does not necessarily create the best outcomes
  • How to build team culture the design way
  • How to create a cohesive culture in remote-first teams

Together with Mark Frein, the former CPO at InVision and now CPO at Lamda School, the host Darja Gutnick (Co-founder and CEO at Bunch) uncovers behaviors that make leaders successful in 2019.

Things you learn in this episode:

  • What makes leaders successful today in comparison to the previous decade
  • Which behaviors make leaders successful in the fast-paced, ever-changing technology sector
  • Which leadership behaviors matter in distributed companies and teams

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