Leadership In Tech Episode 51: Interview with Erik

Today we have a unique episode, with our first ‘anonymous’ guest, Erik. Erik is using an pseudo alias as his last name, going by Erik “Edgar A. Perry, A Bostonian”  and only spoke with us through an audio connection.

They discuss in detail the inner workings of many tech teams and companies, and how leadership in the tech industry is suffering, although there may be hope yet.  

They go into detail on how leaders are chosen on most tech teams, their personal experiences, the difference between a leader and a manager, and more!

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Episode 51 Outline:

02:25: Zac and Errol introduce Erik, who explains his alias and how it’s related to Edgar Allan Poe. They discuss Poe and the Boston area before Zac explains how he found Erik on Medium.  Erik explains the article he wrote that connected them and his past, and how he considers himself a Bostonian although he has lived in many places.

10:51: Erik continues to discuss the difficulty in his field of programming of learning new skills, and trying to branch out without support from employers. There seems to be a mismatch in the industry between hiring practices, and performance expectations.

19:31: Sports analogies are used to explain what Erik has been discussing, as well as to illustrate a point about “superstars” high performance actually lowering a teams overall success.

31:26: The difference between being a manager vs. being a leader.

39:22: Recognizing the members of the team who are mentors or collaborators.

43:14: Errol points out that for his company Leader193, it seems the IT folks are the ones who realize they need help with leadership, or are more open to it, compared with other industries and asks Erik and Zac if they notice that as well.

51:38: Erik discusses how the industry is ‘two-faced’ when it comes to continuing education. They support learning and offer out of work opportunities, but realistically don’t expect to use company time to make their workers better. They expect all their workers to know everything already, they hired a “smart guy”, while at the same time hiring vendors or consultants that are the cheapest rather than the best.

57:23: Errol asks Zac with his company growing how does he plan to handle new projects, will you train your current team or bring in a specialist?


Errol Doebler