087: The Jazz of Empathy with Chad Fowler

In this episode, we are joined by Chad Fowler, who talks a lot about mental health, and specifically bipolar disorder. Practicing empathy and compassion is also discussed, as well as merit-based rewards systems, management, and leadership.

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Panelists:

Coraline Ada Emhke | Jessica Kerr | John K. Sawers | Rein Henrichs

Guest Starring:

Chad Fowler: Lead Developer Advocacy at Microsoft, Venture Partner at BlueYard. chadfowler.com. Jazz Stuff: Chad Fowler Music

The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development by Chad Fowler

Show Notes:

02:17 – Chad’s Superpower: Empathy!

07:47 – Using Introspection For a Means to Recover from and Deal with Bipolar Disorder

10:51 – Modeling Yourself

16:35 – The Importance of Self-Care

19:22 – Practicing Empathy and Compassion

The Compassionate Coder

Your most important skill: Empathy

36:25 – Expressing Your Unique Voice

40:34 – Merit-based Rewards Systems

The Post-Meritocracy Manifesto

OKR: Objectives and Key Results

55:11 – Management and Leadership

Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet  

Goodhart’s Law

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Reflections:

Coraline: Freeing yourself from “supposed to”.

John: Focusing on self as a gateway to understanding other people.

Jessica: Our duty in the world in order to help other people emotionally is to take care of ourselves.

Rein: Cybernetics of Human Learning and Performance by Gordon Pask

Chad: Running internal dialogues that you have with yourself constantly through a bunch of other people who are thinking about the same things.

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