313 – Melissa & Jonathan Nightingale: Bestselling Authors and Founding Partners at Raw Signal Group

 

Melissa Nightingale is a founder and partner at Raw Signal Group. She is editor of The Co-pour and bestselling author of “How F*cked Up Is Your Management? An Uncomfortable Conversation About Modern Leadership.”

Melissa’s been a startup warrior since the first dotcom boom and has the branded t-shirt collection to prove it. She has held senior leadership roles in marketing, pr, and strategy at several fast-paced startups, including Wattpad, Edmodo, and Mozilla. Melissa cut her teeth in the agency world at OutCast Communications, SparkPR, and Edelman.

Melissa moved to Toronto after more than a decade of working in senior tech roles in Silicon Valley. She is gradually adjusting to seasons.

Melissa is a frequent speaker at industry events and universities about leadership, entrepreneurship, and women in tech.

You can find her on Twitter: @shappy

 

Johnathan Nightingale is a founder and partner at Raw Signal Group. He is editor of The Co-pour and bestselling author of “How F*cked Up Is Your Management? An Uncomfortable Conversation About Modern Leadership.”

Johnathan has built and operated organizations from 2 people to 250. He was the Vice President of Firefox for Mozilla during a period of intense turmoil inside Mozilla and in the web at large, helped build and launch the first Firefox offerings on Android and iOS, and still cheers every time the open web wins.

After Mozilla he joined Hubba as their Chief Product Officer, and helped that team triple in size while improving their diversity stats instead of watching them slide. He is proud to sit on the board of Creative Commons and is a big believer in the power of mission-based organizations.

He has strong opinions about your coffee infrastructure.

You can find him on Twitter: @johnath

If you’re trying to lead a group of people today, the bad news is that it’s harder than ever. Your employees have impossible expectations of you, and your investors haven’t operated a business in over twenty years. The good news is that there’s hope. You can be the leader your people need, but you won’t get there without some discomfort.

How F*cked Up Is Your Management tackles a massive gap in the conversation about modern leadership. Through personal narrative, and candid storytelling, Melissa and Johnathan Nightingale distill the lessons they’ve learned and the mistakes they’ve made into a new management standard.

This book doesn’t gloss over the hard work, uncertainty, and stress that it takes for startups to get things right. It doesn’t glorify those things either. In addition to the swears, this book has thoughtful things to say on:

  • What to do when you double in size but haven’t doubled your output
  • How to interview better, hire smarter, and grow and retain the people you’ve already got
  • Why meritocracy doesn’t work and other cultural traps
  • How to build a non-toxic workplace culture and a diverse team
  • Why you don’t want superheroes on your team (and definitely don’t want to be one)
  • How to manage an employee up and when to manage them out
  • What to do when it all falls apart

 

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5:35 - How Jonathan got thrust into a leadership/management role with no experience.
6:58 - Why most of us are unprepared for leadership roles & why most fail.
8:30 - The #1 early-stage-manager trap.
10:15 - Skills leaders are looking for the most.
13:00 - How do you transition to leadership roles & why communicating is so difficult.

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