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Tech Lead Journal

108 EpisodesProduced by Henry SuryawirawanWebsite

Great technical leadership requires more than just great coding skills. It requires a variety of other skills that are not well-defined, and they are not something that we can fully learn in any school or book. Hear from experienced technical leaders sharing their journey and philosophy for building… read more


#101 - My Engineering Leadership Story & 100 Episodes Reflection - Henry Suryawirawan

“As a servant leader, your number one job is to serve the people around you. You succeed together with your people, and that’s why serving them first would give you the best opportunity to succeed together."

Henry Suryawirawan is the host of your beloved podcast. In this episode, hosted by Jerome Poudevigne, we uncovered lessons from Henry’s career journey and from running the Tech Lead Journal podcast. Henry shared his career turning points that included multiple transitions between individual contributor (IC) and management, being part of retrenchment, working in a failed startup, and his decision to leave Google and join a scaleup. Henry then shared how he prepared and grew himself into his current leadership position by being a problem solver, exercising the servant leadership mindset, building culture intentionally, and a few tips on doing remote work effectively. In the second half of the conversation, Henry shared why and how he first started the Tech Lead Journal podcast, as well as sharing moments and lessons he learned from releasing 100 episodes in the last 2 years.

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:06:10]
  • Career Planning & Progression - [00:09:40]
  • Leaving Google - [00:13:34]
  • Taking a Plunge to Leadership - [00:16:14]
  • Servant Leadership & Difficult Conversation - [00:18:07]
  • Preparing & Growing Leadership - [00:21:07]
  • Building Culture - [00:26:29]
  • Tips for Remote Working - [00:31:08]
  • Career Failures - [00:37:08]
  • Starting a Podcast - [00:38:51]
  • Finding Guests - [00:42:17]
  • Learnings From the Podcast - [00:44:02]
  • Nervous Moments - [00:46:39]
  • Relationships With the Guests - [00:47:35]
  • Personal Learning - [00:49:21]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:52:15]
  • Credits - [00:59:13]


Henry Suryawirawan’s Bio
Henry Suryawirawan is an experienced engineering leader and an avid personal growth learner. He is the host of Tech Lead Journal, a podcast about technical leadership and excellence.

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