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The Orthodox Conundrum is a forum in which we look honestly at the Orthodox Jewish community, identifying what works well and what does not, so that, through an honest accounting, we can find solutions that will be successful. We will examine some of the major issues that affect the Orthodox world, without exaggeration, whitewashing, or pretending that they don’t exist. Our hope is that the Orthodox Conundrum will spark wider discussion that will enable Orthodox Judaism to continue moving fo ...
 
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Sometimes we've got to grow up. Leadership requires a sober perspective in order to be able to choose your fights correctly. All of that in this week's episode, along with a way to win a signed copy of The Tech Executive Operating System! Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives. For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: …
 
Suze took us from her first love for programming on a BBC-Micro, to her career in Marketing. She explained how she worked for the Police and managed communities. After being made redundant, she embraced freelancing and went back to coding. We discussed how she finally came back to technical marketing in the form of developer advocacy. Here are the …
 
In this episode, I speak with Flo Monier, an Airbnb Leadership Recruiter, on how to get and pass the Engineer Leadership Interview. We go over how to get an interview, preparation, common reasons people don't get hired, and negotiating an offer. The post Get and Pass the Engineer Leadership Interview with Flo Monier Leadership Recruiter at Airbnb a…
 
Daas Torah can be broadly defined as the belief that great Torah scholars have unusual insight in all areas of human endeavor, and that the Orthodox community as a whole (as well as its individual members) would do well - or may even be required - to consult with these outstanding rabbis before undertaking any significant action. But is this actual…
 
Hiring people is probably taking up a significant portion of your and your managers' time. Are you doing it correctly? Setting the right priorities is crucial to create a culture that optimizes for impact-per-engineer as opposed to just having more butts in seats. Check out this week's episode for more. Grab a copy of my book, The Tech Executive Op…
 
Scott took us from his job as a bank clerk to learning VBA. He told us how he became a VBA analyst, solved problems on giant spreadsheets, and at some point decided to change careers. We talked about recruiting(and recruiters), teaching, blogging, advocating, and scratching your own itch. Here are the links from the show: https://www.twitter.com/sp…
 
Accepting "Daat Torah" nowadays usually means believing that the greatest Torah scholars have unusual insight in areas outside of Jewish law and thought; for this reason, a person should or even must ask their opinion before doing… well, perhaps anything. Minimally, even communal matters that are not halachic issues per se require consultation with…
 
This week's episode is a quick coaching session to help you achieve more. Are you overwhelmed facing never-ending to-do lists and trying to juggle many balls in the air? Sometimes, all you need is permission to drop a few things. Let's do that together. Grab a copy of my book, The Tech Executive Operating System. Subscribe to the best newsletter fo…
 
Sydney first told us about her early love for building websites on Geocities and how she didn't pursue a career in tech but instead went into sociology. We then talked about the implications of sociology on society and how she came back to tech. We spoke about growth hacking and (technology) adoption. We finally talked about Web3, how it relates to…
 
Apart from the horror that was engendered by the Chaim Walder revelations and his subsequent suicide, there has been significant discussion about the Chareidi media’s varied responses to the terrible situation. Some media outlets lauded Walder after his death, which apparently helped trigger the suicide of one of Walder’s victims. Ignoring truth fo…
 
Immutability is all the rage in tech, but that's where it should be left. Leaders who don't translate their learnings into real changes let their organizations slowly grind to a halt. How can you stop that? Lucky you, I covered that in less than eight minutes in this week's episode. Grab a free sample chapter of my book, The Tech Executive Operatin…
 
Karl took us from his passion for architecture and mechanics to his first freelancing project in college. We talked about how he learned how to create websites and started building a network. We spoke about the startups he joined and the ones he made. We finally talked about the power of networking and how Karl used it to his advantage throughout h…
 
The news that convulsed the Jewish world last week about Chaim Walder’s suicide, following many credible accusations against him of sexual abuse and harassment, highlighted Orthodoxy's leadership crisis. Some prominent rabbis in different sectors of Orthodoxy said and did the right things; but many did not. Some of what these other leaders publicly…
 
On December 27, celebrated children's author Chaim Walder was found dead after apparently shooting himself in a Petach Tikva cemetery. In November, Walder had been credibly accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment in an expose published by Haaretz; this was followed by the revelation that these particular accusations were only the tip of the…
 
Some critical aspects make the difference between a glorified manager and a genuine executive. One of them is realizing how you can kick off company-wide initiatives. Tune in to this week's episode and learn in six minutes about a skill that can set you apart and help you make 2022 ridiculously successful. Grab a copy of my book, The Tech Executive…
 
This year was even crazier than 2020, time for a review! Credits Cover Campfire Rounds by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Your host is Timothée (Tim) Bourguignon, more about him at timbourguignon.fr. Gift the podcast a rating on one of the significant platforms https://devjourney.info/subscribe Support the podcast, support us on Patr…
 
Corruption. No transparency. Cover-ups. This, tragically, is too often the reality in the world of Orthodox Jewish charitable organizations. While some tzedaka funds are well-run, honest, and transparent, others are unprincipled and untrustworthy... and sometimes even worse. (Remember when you gave to help someone get a desperately needed kidney tr…
 
Are you leading your people, or are you more of a driving instructor? Everyone nowadays seems afraid of doing too much thinking, where I can testify most of you aren't thinking enough! Check out this week's episode to learn about the right planning balance for your team. Myopic Leadership Grab a copy of my book, The Tech Executive Operating System.…
 
After briefly speaking about his early eSports amateur career, Tom took us on a teaching journey. We talked about how he beat his fear of public speaking and became a high school teacher. Then we talked about his decision to go back to school and study computer sciences. Tom told us about his experience in Finnland, how he finally ended up working …
 
Jews who live in majority-Christian countries are used to being inundated with Christmas imagery during the month of December. But while that might be innocuous per se, it also raises a more serious question of whether Orthodox Jews need to be concerned about the attempts of some Christian missionaries to convert Jews to Christianity. Many of us li…
 
They say that when you don't know where you're heading, no wind is a good wind. Are you a directionless CTO? It can be the course of technical cofounders to realize that they are no longer providing as much impact on the company as they used to. How can you tell whether you're in such a spot, and what should you do about it? Tune in to this week's …
 
Madison took us from her dropping college and learning about development to the BookClub she is running. We talked about learning on your own, figuring things out, applying, and getting job interviews. We talked about internships and free mentoring. We talked about making plans and revising them. Finally, we talked about her podcast, as well as the…
 
Last week, Sam Sokol of Haaretz reported that, “Israel’s ultra-Orthodox parties on Monday declared war on the 'Hellenists' in the government looking to upend the country’s religious status quo, promising to launch a joint national struggle to preserve the state’s Jewish character.”What changes are being suggested - and why do these changes make the…
 
Tech debt doesn't have to be something we're afraid of. Let's tackle an issue that is often a point of contention between R&D teams and the executive team. Can you create the right alignment here in order to add a new capability to your arsenal and enable the company to achieve clarity faster? Tune in to this week's episode to find out. Last call t…
 
April took us on a rollercoaster. We talked about how she learned Python in the open, made videos about her learning, and landed a children's book deal. April told us about transitioning to the AR/VR space and how she landed at Microsoft, first as a Program Manager, and then (finally) in advocacy, with an explosive start happening in an MIT Hackath…
 
When many people think about Chanukah, they think about heroism. And that makes sense: the Maccabees were real heroes, defying the might of their Syrian Greek overlords and fighting for Jewish practice in the Land of Israel. At the same time, much of the Jewish world gets the meaning of heroism wrong... or gets it right and chooses to ignore it. Wh…
 
Is your common sense filter too sensitive? Are you listening to that little nagging voice in your too often? This week's episode is all about embracing the simplicities of life and how we tend to miss out on opportunities to do things the straightforward way. Tune in for a couple of takeaways that will make you a better leader and save your team va…
 
Adrian took us back to his first line of code on a ZX-Spectrum. We then brushed over his computer science studies and landed at IBM. We talked about how he discovered Java and AspectJ. We discussed how it led him to speak at conferences and stumble upon Spring. We then talked about his role moving out of IBM into SpringSource, then VMWare, and Pivo…
 
Thursday was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, making this an especially appropriate time to reflect on the issue of domestic violence in the Orthodox world. Many assume that domestic violence is an issue with minimal relevance in Orthodox communities; Rachel Stomel of the Center for Women’s Justice, however, argu…
 
It's OKR season, but are you doing it right? In this week's episode, I go through the most common OKR pitfalls that I'm seeing around and how to address them. I also have a special offer for you to make sure that you use them properly next year and learn how to measure your team for effectiveness and impact. Tune in to find out more. Early bird tic…
 
Aviv took us back to his childhood, discovering PCs and learning how to code on his own. We then talked about his time in the army, applying for and then working in Unit-8200. We talked about purpose and how it was to do meaningful work. We then talked about his time at IBM and how disappointing it was. Aviv then told us about his growth from a fir…
 
Just over a week ago, we heard the very disturbing news that the well known and influential children’s author, Chaim Walder, was accused by multiple people of sexually abusing several girls between the ages of 13 and 20. Apart from his celebrity as an author, Walder has worked as a therapist, and is the founder of the Center for the Child and Famil…
 
Our last episode featured the first half of Scott's interview with Rabbi Yonah Bookstein, the rabbi of the Pico Shul in Los Angeles and the founder of Shabbat Tent. In that podcast they talked about the difference between kiruv and outreach, and why that difference matters.Today Rav Yonah explains why music and film festivals have provided him with…
 
How much is an hour of your time really worth? If you want to get more meaningful work done, you have to think about how you spend your days. We all have just 24 hours a day, yet some get more impactful work done every week. Tune in to this week's episode to hear why. Grab a copy of my new book, The Tech Executive Operating System. Subscribe to the…
 
Zac took us from his discovery of development in high school, through his CS degree, to his work as a freelancer. We discussed freedom, the skills required to lead your own business, missing your estimates, etc. Zac then took us through his first interviews and office jobs, all the way to discovering developer advocacy and his current work at Huawe…
 
The Orthodox world has often stressed the importance of kiruv - that is, working to help non-Orthodox Jews become Torah observant. But Rabbi Yonah Bookstein, the rabbi of the Pico Shul in Los Angeles, wants to make a distinction between kiruv and outreach; he personally stresses the latter in his important work with Jews across the spectrum of reli…
 
Sometimes your team's definition of success might be setting them up to fail. The way we think about our roles and our tasks can be a hindrance, or it can be a catalyst. It's up to you to ensure the right alignment. Tune in to this week's episode to find out more. Failing Spectacularly Grab a copy of my new book, The Tech Executive Operating System…
 
Sebastien took us back to his discovery of the C64 in the 80s and his passion for DJing on public radio. We then talked about his studies in Computer Sciences and how he landed in the software industry. We spoke about consulting, customer centricity, and learning. Seb spoke about how Java entered his life, leading him to become a renowned expert in…
 
Yael Braun is a to'enet halacha, someone who goes to the beit din (rabbinic court) in order to advocate on behalf of her clients. In fact, she says that she is the first and only to'enet halacha in the United States. What is the role of a to'enet, and has she had problems stepping into a job normally occupied only by men?But alongside telling stori…
 
When you don't know where you're headed, no wind is a good wind. In this episode, we tackle the main archetypes of the tech executive role, how to choose where you should be aiming your focus, and why it affects the team around you as well. Grab a copy of my new book, The Tech Executive Operating System. Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech ex…
 
Christina took us back to her early childhood when her parents tried to encourage embrace computer science. She told us about her deceptions failing to enter a med-school and had to introspect. She explained how she took a job, rediscovered programming, and rejected it again; going for animation instead. We spoke about Lord of the Ring and animatin…
 
Last week Scott spoke with Rabbi Shalom Hammer about the changes that he feels we must make in order for Israeli society to better deal with mental illness in general, and suicidal ideation in particular. This week he spoke with Rabbi Hammer again, and they had a very difficult and emotional - but important - conversation. Rabbi Hammer's daughter G…
 
Being responsible with your budget doesn't mean that you cannot use the same creativity you'd use when tackling any other problem. As we're in budgeting season, make sure to avoid these three common pitfalls and set yourself up for success in 2022. Grab a copy of my new book, The Tech Executive Operating System. Subscribe to the best newsletter for…
 
Rotem took us on a wild ride, which started in a leadership position in Unit 8200 of the Israel Defense Force. After five years, she loved her impact, but she felt that software engineering was where she wanted to go next. But instead of entering a leadership position right away, she thought she needed to start "from the bottom" by learning how to …
 
Less than two years ago, Gila Hammer died by suicide. Since that catastrophic tragedy, her father, Rabbi Shalom Hammer, has been working nonstop to advocate for important changes in the way that the Israeli establishment - medical and governmental - treats mental illness. Rabbi Hammer has also become an important advocate for mental health awarenes…
 
Your leverage relies on your ability to ensure you're not getting sucked into day-to-day minutiae. Many executives need to reevaluate where their time is being invested as they grow with their organizations. Here's an exercise my clients have found useful in the past for spotting the best opportunities to delegate some more. Guidelines, Not Solutio…
 
Susan took us from her maths studies to discovering C++ and deciding on following a career in computer science. We talked about her discovery of verification and functional programming and how it became her main interest. We spoke about distributed systems and how you can view organization structures through their lens as well. Here are the links f…
 
Another episode about COVID-19? Yes - because we need to address the fact that Am Yisrael, which should be a light unto the nations, which should be at the forefront of caring about science and expert opinion, which should be loudly proclaiming to the world that pikuach nefesh - the saving of life - takes precedence over almost anything and everyth…
 
In this episode, Anand Safi is our guest. Anand is challenged with the “Most Valuable First” pattern from the Object-Oriented Reengineering Patterns repository (http://scg.unibe.ch/download/oorp/OORP.pdf). He starts to analyse value based on the different zoom levels: organisation, team and individuals. Anand explains the high degree of variance th…
 
Why do you even bother with a big rewrite? Is there a customer that will pay you more for having happier engineers? In this episode, I cover the difference in thinking about the same problem when I ask the CTO as opposed to the CEO. Tune in and learn why it matters and how to align your mindset better—in seven minutes. Grab a copy of my new book, T…
 
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