For something a bit different, this episode features a recording of a talk I gave last week at the UX Brisbane meetup. But there’s value here for any technical professional. It also includes a short leadership self-test and tips on how you can level-up your leadership superpowers.
About the show
On the Alpha Geek Podcast, Andrew Ramsden speaks with leaders in digital and technology—whether that be CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, Executives, Managers, Tech leads, or influencers within a technical field.
Andrew’s mission is to deconstruct how they do what they do and get them to reveal the tips, tricks, and philosophies behind their leadership success.
AGP Ep 20: Chris Boyle and Tom O'Neill—The power of social entrepreneurs to change the world for the better
Chris Boyle and Tom O’Neill are social entrepreneurs. They are founders and directors at CommSync, a tech startup aimed at revolutionising child and community safety using the internet of things. Listen to hear how using passion and innovation you can make the world a better place.
Ben Melbourne is the General Manager for ThoughtWorks Brisbane, a global software consultancy with a deep connection to Agile software development and project delivery. Ben shares his journey from being ‘in the trenches’ through to leadership roles and how he smoothed out the transition.
Sarah Smith is the Founder and lead software engineer for Smithsoft, who make educational games for young people. She also Founded the Brisbane chapter of Women Who Code. We talk about her leadership and entrepreneurial journey, her achievements and challenges.
Jen Bunk is the Founder of People Stack Academy a leadership development consultancy for technology leaders. Her passion is organisational and leadership psychology and putting that into action to help new leaders grow.
Craig Thomler has digital experience in public and private sector and is a serial entrepreneur, from social media to oil rigs! We discuss the incredibly disruptive effects of digital transformation we’re yet to see and the inevitable impacts for governments around the world.
Kim Hopwood is the Managing Director of Pusher and Marcel, Australian Digital agencies. Kim started Pusher in his early twenties and had to learn leadership lessons as the company grew. Listen to hear about his personal leadership framework.
Peter Buckmaster is the Director of Digital Services for the NSW Department of Education. Peter has had a varied career but there’s a consistent thread. Peter has always provided vision and narrative to lead the organisation forwards.
Hasan Anjum has a broad technical background starting as a Software Engineer working his way up to lead transformation programs within South Australian government. In this episode, hear about Hasan’s journey and the challenges he faced.
John Smilek had a difficult childhood, and Aspergers on top of that. But John’s eye-opening experiences early in life lead to a positive outlook and a passion for personal development. John is now the CIO of Streamline Products and an active champion for the development of young people in the community.
Ted Tencza is the CTO for finder.com.au Australia’s biggest and fastest growing financial and utility deal finder.
Ted started his career as a software developer and wanted to make a bigger positive impact. But he stayed deeply connected to technology and other skilled professionals.
Listen in to hear how this combination (tech + impact) supported his impressive career and accomplishments.
Jenine Beekhuyzen is the Founder of The Tech Girls Movement, inspiring and empowering young women to consider and pursue careers in tech industries. Listen to hear about the skills gap we’ll face over the next 5-10 years and what we can do about it. We also discuss how we can normalise the conversation and what we can do to challenge our unconscious bias.
Stuart Gibbon’s first role in an IT organisation was CIO. He is now leading the Digital Strategy development for WA government in the Office of the CIO. Stuart knows how to lead and how to efficiently progress your career, and he shares his tips and learnings in this episode.