Ep. 04: Mindful Management with Mahesh Guruswamy - Chief Operator of the Rube Goldberg Machine
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Are you trying to decide if software engineering is the right path for you? Are you currently an engineering manager and want tips on how you can grow and foster a better team? Join me as I speak with Chief Operator of the Rube Goldberg machine (CTO of Kajabi), Mahesh Guruswamy, as he guides us through how he measures success in his role as CTO, his 6 tenants of conflict resolution, ways to build a learning culture, how to know if engineering management is right for you, and much more.

Mahesh has been in tech for over two decades and has held many different positions ranging from software engineer to Director of Architecture, to VP of Engineering at companies like Vanguard, Fidelity Investments, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Amazon Alexa, and Smartsheet. While in graduate school before he started his career in tech, he was a cashier at McDonald’s and through his interactions with the diverse clientele he discovered his knack for connecting and empathizing with all walks of life. As a self described “non-traditional” engineering leader he is a builder of product development teams and an angel investor.

Kajabi, an all-in-one business platform to create and scale your knowledge business.  They are hiring all types of positions including engineering, head over to their careers page to learn more.

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Abridged Show Notes: 

  • Conflict Resolution - Mahesh’s 6 tenants here
  • Management is right for you if you get a warm and fuzzy feeling when your team succeeds
  • Three ways to measure success: program outcomes, talent help, and system health
  • Turn office politics into a way to explore people’s true intentions in order to help build better products
  • Success as a manger is: Navigating discussions with teams, shipping features and low employee attrition
  • Build a framework that allows your team to make the right decisions (through operating tenants)
  • Mahesh’s favorite book - How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie - changed his perspective on how to approach teams and relationships
  • First Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham
  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry
  • Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

See more detailed show notes at https://podcast.unfilteredbuild.com/ep4-mindful-management-mahesh-guruswamy/

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