Matt and I are going back into the studio tomorrow morning to work on four new episodes of Leader.Team. We’ve gotten so much encouragement from all of you from our first one (and can’t wait to publish our next one, likely next Thursday), and had so much fun doing it we wanted to keep the momentum going.
If you have specific things you’d like to know about these topics, make a comment fast! But we wanted to give you a preview of what’s next and how we’re trying to answer key questions around these essential topics.
Episode 2 (Already Recorded) — Our Roles, Responsibilities and Relationship; How We Got Here; What Makes It Great and Special
- Look for this next Thursday
Episode 3 — The Beliefs, Values, Philosophies We Hold Dear
- What people and places shaped your views of management/leadership — good and bad?
- What do you believe about people and work?
- What is managing and leading people all about to you?
- What is the role of a leader? And what is the role of a manager? Is there a difference?
- Your team is part of a business. In that context, what is the purpose of business? And the peoples and teams in it?
- What are some of the core values / beliefs / philosophies you that make our team great and business successful? And why?
- Describe some of the best teams you’ve worked with and why they did so well together
- What resources (i.e. books, coaches) have you found most useful in shaping the way you lead/manage?
- What is the ideal team to you? Maybe share a story of a team that rocked it out of the park (and why)?
- What leaders do you look up to and why?
Episode 4 — The Culture We Cherish And Protect
- The real question people ask is: How do you maintain such an awesome culture where really good people want to work with you?
- What the heck is “culture”?
- Share some examples of bad and good.
- Give some examples of both good and bad you’ve been a part of in the past?
- Could you describe your current culture?
- Describe the culture through the years – how has it changed/morphed?
- How important is a good culture to you?
- What are you most proud about it?
- What are some things you could improve?
- What are the benefits you’ve seen from having a good culture?
- What specific things have you done over the years to shape positive culture?
- You have in-office and remote team members – how do you shape culture with people in different places (in different time zones and even continents)?
- What stories do you tell most often?
- What tools, experiences have been most critical to making it what it is?
- What are some of the things that can negatively affect culture?
- How do you maintain, guard, protect and grow it?
- You’ve hired and worked with personal friends AND family (moms and wives specifically). How has that been good and bad?
Episode 5: Finding, Recruiting and Hiring the Best People
- Is hiring an art or a science for you?
- How do you know when it’s time to hire someone new?
- How do you find and then recruit good people? What are the most effective ways you’ve found the best people?
- What makes an ideal candidate for you? (Talk about Dev, Support, Admin, In-Office and Remote)
- How does the interview process look and why?
- Who do you involve in the interviewing process?
- What tools do you use in that process and why?
- Cory falls in love with almost everyone on the first date, Matt you say you rarely fall in love – how does that work for you guys? How do you ultimately decide to make someone an offer?
- How do you make the job offer specifically?
- What if someone needs to be sold to join the team? How do you handle that?
- What if you offer less than someone else is offering them?
- What are some of the key mistakes you’ve made hiring people?
- What do you wish candidates knew before interviewing (and being hired)?
- What resources do you utilize in the interview and hiring process?
Episode 6: Leading a Hybrid Team of In-Office and Remote Team Members
- The real question is: How do you manage people, in different places, times, teams and roles?
- How has your hybrid team evolved over the years?
- What do you personally prefer for yourself, then the business, and why?
- What does the setup look like between in-office and remote team members specifically? Hours, expectations, etc. Explain the different sets of team members in different locations and how it works.
- What problems have come up, with each, and together?
- How do you help everyone feel connected, and cared for?
- Who makes the best remote team members and why?
- What tools do you use to help for communication, connection?