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CTO ConnectionEpisode 53
Creative Product Delivery at Scale with Colin Bodell, CTO @ Groupon
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Creative Product Delivery at Scale with Colin Bodell, CTO @ Groupon
By Peter Bell • View the Website

Colin Bodell, CTO of Groupon, joins Peter Bell to discuss how to balance being open to unexpected opportunities while still delivering on today’s commitments, encouraging idea-sharing from all levels of an engineering organization and what differentiates leaders from managers.

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Colin Bodell, CTO of Groupon, joins Peter Bell to discuss how to balance being open to unexpected opportunities while still delivering on today’s commitments, encouraging idea-sharing from all levels of an engineering organization and what differentiates leaders from managers.

In this episode of CTO Connection, host Peter Bell sits down with Colin Bodell, Chief Technology Officer of Groupon, to discuss how to balance being open to unexpected opportunities while still delivering on today’s commitments, encouraging idea-sharing from all levels of an engineering organization and what differentiates leaders from managers. 
  • [00:27] The need to stay open to unexpected discoveries 
  • [02:38] How to remain open to those unplanned opportunities while still delivering promised business objectives
  • [05:12] The boldness required to surface the alternative solution
  • [06:30] How identifying entrepreneurial flare plays into the hiring process
  • [08:06] Teaching managers inclusivity tactics to ensure everyone has a voice
  • [09:40] How to have a meaningful impact with a team of more than 1k engineers
  • [13:52] How Colin’s career path evolved and his current  role and career goals
  • [16:16] What differentiates a manager from a leader and the value of both
  • [16:47] What Colin is most proud of in his career
You can hear more at The 2019 Chicago CTO Summit, coming up May 1, 2019, where Colin Bodell will be presenting his talk - Scratch Your own Itch and then Scratch Theirs. 

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