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In this episode, we will discuss “leadership, Innovation, and Technology” with Mr. John Rouda
Mr. Rouda is the host of “A Geek Leader” Podcast (ageekleader.com), where he works to inspire, educate and motivate leaders throughout the world. John is a self-proclaimed “space nut”, IT Leader, Digital Design & Computer Science Professor, author, and TEDx speaker.
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John is an IT Leader and Computer Science Professor.
Currently, he is a Vice President of Technology and he teaches as an adjunct professor at both York Technical College and Winthrop University. John has spoken at numerous conferences and has served on the board of directors for the Interface Cyber Security Conference and for Family Trust Federal Credit Union. John’s past experiences include more than 20 years of Technology management in software development, systems administration, and network infrastructure.
John’s Podcast – A Geek Leader Podcast was created by me, John Rouda, as a way to inspire and grow IT Leaders where ever I can. Ageekleader.com
Episode Resources & Links
Book – Daniel Pink – Drive: The Surprising Truth about what Motivates Us
Article – Denison Consulting – trust and role in high-performance culture
The Denison Model – Introduction to the Denison Model PDF
Christian Espinosa – episode 205 – the Smartest Person in the Room – The Geek Leader Podcast
Book – Christian Espinosa – The Smartest Person in the Room: The Root Cause and New Solution for Cybersecurity
Book – Tony Saldona – Why Digital Transformations Fail: The Surprising Disciplines of How to Take Off and Stay Ahead
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Episode Highlights & More about this Episode
03:23 Since the title of this episode is “LEADERSHIP, INNOVATION, AND TECHNOLOGY” How do you define leadership?
04:17 What role does innovation play in leading successful technological change?
05:40 Why is innovation so important in terms of successful leadership and/or successful technological change?
06:54 What do you see as the relationship between trust, leadership and organizational culture? Especially during change? That is, leadership and trust are critical for any organization and I would say especially during significant technological change. What are some tactical ways to do this?
11:34 On A Geek Leader Podcast (ageekleader.com) On your site, you mention that “The transition from Techy to Leader isn’t easy, and its sometimes takes perspective and purpose to get it right.” Can you elaborate?
19:30 What are a couple of your key concepts that you promote on your podcast that you can share with our listeners in terms of leadership?
22:14 On your podcast, you interviewed Christian Espinosa and you discussed his best-selling book, The Smartest Person in the Room. Regarding your conversation with Espinosa, can you share your thoughts on the value of empathy, tactical transparency, and “People are generally doing the best they can with what they have”.?
26:58 In your view, how can organizational technical change resistance actually be a valuable tool towards successful organizational change?
29:28 Are there common denominators or characteristics in leaders that manage successful digital change? What would you say are the most critical attributes of an organization in terms of what successful leaders do best?
33:57 Dr. Clark mentioned that “Performance research provides a great deal of evidence that a significant number of very popular education and performance improvement products simply do not work.” As a 15 year professor, why do you think that is?
38:11 Suppose you are leading a kickoff meeting for an organization that is just starting a significant technology-focused implementation. How would you define and describe for them “success” in terms of digital transformation change?
39:08 What role does the overall corporate culture play in large-scale technological organizational change and why?
41:52 If you were going to give advice to another organization and to our listeners regarding successful ERP implementation, what would you tell them?
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