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The Ultimate People Manager's Playbook with Dave Kline

The Ultimate People Manager's Playbook with Dave Kline

Today CJ welcomes Dave Kline, a leadership coach and owner of the MGMT Accelerator to the pod. The discussion covers tactical advice for managers and leaders to develop high performance cultures among their current teams, including setting clear expectations, running productive 1:1s, and encouraging a compounding ownership mentality from direct reports. They also touch on Dave’s lessons from working at Bridgewater under Ray Dalio, whether a company can have a Dennis Rodman, and strategies to better delegate. If you're looking for an ERP head to NetSuite: and get a customized KPI checklist.


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(00:00) Intro

(02:55) Sponsors: Maxio | NetSuite 

(05:32) Bridgewater’s Unusual Feedback cycle

(08:05) People Capital: the Importance of Understanding Individual Strengths

(18:24) Sponsors: Thoropass | Tropic

(20:46) Defining Ownership Mentality in Business

(26:40) Implementing Ownership Mentality in Teams

(28:00) Aligning Incentives for Retention

(33:36) The Impact of Job Hopping

(35:00) What to Do About Dennis Rodmans 

(36:28) The Problem with Exceptions

(41:27) The Danger of 'That's Okay, I'll Do It'

(45:58) Better 1:1 Meetings

(49:26) Wrap

Mostly metrics
Run the Numbers
Run the Numbers is a twice-weekly podcast about financial metrics and business models, designed for ambitious people operating tech startups. It's a collection of things host CJ Gustafson (CFO at Partstech and writer of Mostly Metrics) has learned and thought about in the trenches as a tech CFO.
This show is meant to serve as a playbook of sorts for the stuff CJ wishes he knew earlier in his career, both from experience and from copying people smarter than himself.
Topics frequently touch upon Startup SaaS Metrics, Annual Budgeting, Financial Forecasting, Headcount, Equity, Dilution, and Fundraising – and how all of these drive business performance and growth.