Episode 6: Matt Newkirk (Etsy)

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By Rachel Perkins and Kendall Miller, Rachel Perkins, and Kendall Miller. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

In this episode Kendall, rachel, and Matt Newkirk discuss:

  • What's it like being the Babel Fish of Etsy?
  • Matt's humble beginnings as a programmer in Mordor (working on a text-based Lord of the Rings game :))
  • How are projects managed in a multi-user dungeon (MUD)?
  • Understanding your job as a manager is not just creating a checklist of "No's"
  • Matt's circuitous route through various roles that ultimately brought him to management
  • Finding cross-team synergies and ways to leverage common data and goals
  • Making it a mission to be visible at cross-functional meetings and casual get-togethers
  • Being loud as a way to connect various teams and information across the company
  • Debriefing your partner as post-work therapy
  • What it's like to manage a team when you don't share their technical skills
  • How, shockingly, no one likes being ordered to use processes they didn't get to help develop
  • The value of networking and connecting with others within your company, making sure you're not building the same wheel as another department
  • A senior manager is thinking about how to improve the output and happiness of their team as well as how their team's productivity impacts the company overall.
  • Paths through failure as an accelerator to leadership skill
  • How leadership and delegation experience helped with being a good partner when his wife was giving birth ;)
  • "Just Talk To People"(tm)

Find Matt at www.matthewnewkirk.com

Special thanks to Mel Stanley for our theme music <3

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