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Superpowers, Psychological Safety & Empowering Your Team

Superpowers, Psychological Safety & Empowering Your Team

with Tia Caldwell


Tia Caldwell, former Director of Engineering @ Slack, shares different frameworks she’s used to motivate teams and unlock their superpowers! We cover methods to identify, maximize, & balance strengths on your team, how to shift your team’s mindset from drama to EMPOWERED so they can better confront adversity & challenges. Plus we share the explicit conversations you should be having in your first 1:1s to create greater psychological safety!
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We deconstruct two distinct career paths in engineering & leadership and a co-founder relationship 15 years in the making! Tom & Viraj share formative startup experiences that shaped their careers as a Principal Engineer & Eng Leader. Plus insights shaping their new company on assessing risk, dealing with open-ended problems, being decisive, & removing non-coding time for engineers
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with Harpaul Sambhi Founder & CEO @ Magical

Harpaul Sambhi, Founder & CEO @ Magical reveals the tools he uses to accelerate his personal and professional growth. You’ll learn how to engineer successful outcomes with your goals through accountability mechanisms, how to build a personal board of directors or leverage friendly competitions like the “master of the universe award” to learn, pivot, & grow faster.
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Episode 36: Superpowers, Psychological Safety & Empowering Your Team

with Tia Caldwell

Tia Caldwell, former Director of Engineering @ Slack, shares different frameworks she’s used to motivate teams and unlock their superpowers! We cover methods to identify, maximize, & balance strengths on your team, how to shift your team’s mindset from drama to EMPOWERED so they can better confront adversity & challenges. Plus we share the explicit conversations you should be having in your first 1:1s to create greater psychological safety!
Apr 13, 2021

Episode 35: Parallel Engineering Paths, Culture Building & Co-Founding (part 2)

with Viraj Mody & Tom Kleinpeter

We deconstruct two distinct career paths in engineering & leadership, and a co-founder relationship 15 years in the making. In part 2, Tom & Viraj share why they decided to start a company together, how they assess start-up opportunities, early company building & values-defining conversations, and other strong opinions on how they’re creating the engineering culture and execution at Common Room.
Apr 06, 2021

Episode 34: Parallel Engineering Paths, Culture Building & Co-Founding (part 1)

with Viraj Mody & Tom Kleinpeter

We deconstruct two distinct career paths in engineering & leadership and a co-founder relationship 15 years in the making! Tom & Viraj share formative startup experiences that shaped their careers as a Principal Engineer & Eng Leader. Plus insights shaping their new company on assessing risk, dealing with open-ended problems, being decisive, & removing non-coding time for engineers
Mar 30, 2021

Episode 33: Build Your Personal Board of Directors

with Harpaul Sambhi Founder & CEO @ Magical

Harpaul Sambhi, Founder & CEO @ Magical reveals the tools he uses to accelerate his personal and professional growth. You’ll learn how to engineer successful outcomes with your goals through accountability mechanisms, how to build a personal board of directors or leverage friendly competitions like the “master of the universe award” to learn, pivot, & grow faster.
Mar 23, 2021

Episode 32: Ask Powerful Questions

with Alexis Rask, Executive Coach & Partner @ Sweat Equity Ventures

Alexis Rask, Executive Coach & Partner @ Sweat Equity Ventures shares how to ask powerful questions. You’ll hear simple tactical ways to increase the power of your questions, what the most powerful question is, common failure modes of open-ended questions, how to get over your fear of silence, plus stories of the most powerful questions we’ve ever been asked.
Mar 16, 2021

Episode 31: How to Lead Large Scale Projects

with Wendy Shepperd GVP Engineering @ New Relic

Wendy Shepperd, GVP Engineering @ New Relic covers how she leads massive-scale strategic programs with precision execution. You’ll hear how to lead great project kickoffs, successfully execute across multi-year time horizons, navigate complex dependencies, launch, & of course celebrate success with your team.
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Episode 30: Spend Time On What Matters

with Will Larson CTO @ Calm

Will Larson CTO @ Calm shares with us how to focus your time on what actually matters. You’ll hear about many of the common traps engineering leaders fall into and his frameworks to help you better target your time to focus on long-term, high-impact work.
Mar 02, 2021

Episode 29: Remove Fear of Failure From Your Org

with Edward Kim Co-Founder & CTO @ Gusto

Edward Kim, co-founder & CTO @ Gusto shares the different forms that “fear of failure” can take in your engineering org. Eddie shares incredible stories to help you spot the different signs of “fear of failure.” And you’ll hear different ways you can change your team culture, process and operations to reduce fear of failure.
Feb 23, 2021

Episode 28: Trailer: 2021 Season Launches Next Week!

We’re launching our new season next week! Check out this trailer for a preview of our first few guests Eddie Kim (Co-Founder/CTO @ Gusto), Wendy Shepperd (GVP Engineering @ New Relic), and Will Larson (CTO @ Calm). Our first episode with Eddie Kim will be released on Tues 2/23, discussing how to remove fear from failure in your organization! Looking for other ways to get involved with ELC? Check out all of our upcoming events, peer groups, and other programs at sfelc.com!
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Episode 28: "The Imperfect Path"

with Erica Lockheimer VPE, LinkedIn Learning @ LinkedIn

Erica Lockheimer shares with us her imperfect path to engineering leadership, why the unconventional path matters, and what you can do as an individual leader & organization to empower engineering leaders with unconventional backgrounds. Plus you’ll also hear how to overcome self-doubt, and launch an apprenticeship program.
Sep 27, 2020
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