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Tech Lead Journal

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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


#145 - Becoming a Happy Engineer Through Lifestyle Engineering - Zachary White

“Lifestyle engineering is about taking the idea we have within us to create a different reality in our own lives. It’s amazing what’s possible when you get in the driver’s seat and engineer your lifestyle."

Zachary White is a career coach for engineering leadership and the host of the Happy Engineer Podcast. In this episode, Zach shared how engineers can become happier in their work and life through the lifestyle engineering approach. He discussed what lifestyle engineering entails, such as debunking the myth of work-life balance, getting out of comfort zone, mastering mindset, building our own blueprint, and doing less. Zach also opened up and shared his personal story of getting burned out and gave great insights on how we can manage burnout before it happens. Towards the end, Zach explained the importance of coaching for engineering leaders to reach their full potential.  

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:03:40]
  • Lifestyle Engineering - [00:07:22]
  • The Happy Engineer Podcast - [00:10:09]
  • Forget Work-Life Balance - [00:13:20]
  • Getting Out of Comfort Zone - [00:17:42]
  • Examples of Stepping Out of Comfort Zone - [00:21:19]
  • Mastering Mindset - [00:25:37]
  • Building Our Own Blueprint - [00:30:40]
  • Doing Less - [00:34:10]
  • Burnout - [00:38:02]
  • Coaches for Engineering Leaders - [00:46:13]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:50:53]


Zachary White’s Bio
Zach White is known as the premier career coach for engineering leadership. He has worked with hundreds of leaders at top companies worldwide to achieve breakthrough results and avoid burnout.

Zach is the founder and CEO of Oasis of Courage, a fast-growing company with unique and proven coaching programs exclusively for engineering and technology professionals. He also hosts a top-rated show, “The Happy Engineer Podcast.”

As a coach for engineering leaders, Zach understands the journey firsthand, holding both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering, and spending over a decade building his career in the Fortune 200.

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