The Engineering Leadership Podcast · Episode 183

Conscious Career Growth

with Wade Chambers

Jun 11, 2024
In today’s episode, we’re highlighting one of our favorite past conversations, featuring Wade Chambers, CTO & SVP of Engineering @ Included Health. We cover tools for increasing your capacity to win as an eng leader, getting unstuck in your career / moving forward, and applying “conscious growth” and neuroplasticity principles to the career. Wade shares stories of success – and failure – as an eng manager, best practices to measure success as an eng leader, and how to increase your team’s performance & potential.
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Wade Chambers (@wadechambers) is the CTO and SVP of Engineering at IncludedHealth, a company that provides technology solutions to improve the way patients get healthcare matched to their needs. He has over 25 years of engineering leadership experience, both advising companies and being hands-on in key leadership positions at companies such as Twitter, TellApart, Yahoo, Proofpoint, and Opsware. He is a deep technical expert with a proven track record of scaling teams and leaders, market-defining technology innovations, and business growth.

“The more that you can recognize that, ‘Oh, I feel uncomfortable...’ and you can just sit with it a minute. As opposed to react to it. There's always a feedback mechanism in that. That willingness to be in the discomfort a little bit longer. You're actually going to learn so much about yourself in that moment. And if you can act on that, that's what unlocks you to move forward.”

- Wade Chambers   

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  • Wade’s background in building a habit of conscious growth & digging deeper (4:14)
  • Overcoming early failures as a first-time manager (8:11)
  • Why it’s hard to unhear the truth & how to incorporate feedback as a manager (13:08)
  • How understanding neuroplasticity impacts career development (18:11)
  • Moving along the spectrum of unconscious incompetence to unconscious competence (19:30)
  • Align your growth to impact your company AND move your career forward (24:37)
  • Why eng leaders need to truly understand their org’s business needs (29:49)
  • Strategies for both winning & increasing your capacity to win (35:30)
  • How to increase the potential of individuals & your overall team (40:52)
  • Factors that are keeping you stuck in career growth (44:39)
  • Turning to books to maximize learning / growth (52:11)
  • How to identify core principles & why they drive your behavior (55:37)
  • Final thoughts on closing the gap between where you are & where you want to be (58:54)

This episode wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our incredible production team:

Patrick Gallagher - Producer & Co-Host

Jerry Li - Co-Host

Noah Olberding - Associate Producer, Audio & Video Editor

Dan Overheim - Audio Engineer, Dan’s also an avid 3D printer -

Ellie Coggins Angus - Copywriter, Check out her other work at

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