• Summary

  • Welcome to the Valarin Perspective. Join us as we explore the reality of modern work, and find a path toward more individual fulfillment, stronger leadership, and better products. Despite one inspiring leadership post after another on our Linkedin feeds; the reality of modern work is still littered with anachronisms, especially in management. There is still a huge difference between what’s written on the culture poster and whats actually happening at work. Of course we're becoming jaded and cynical. Managers specifically: 58% of us have never been trained, 87% desperately wish we had been, and 44% of us feel overwhelmed at work. When asked which skills we don’t have we proceed to list every skill required to be an effective manager.... And in general: 79% of us who quit said we felt underappreciated, 53% of us aren't happy at work, and at least 70% of us are not engaged.... This is unacceptable. Wasn't this supposed to be the new golden age of work? Just what the hell happened? What if there is a better way? Join us and let’s explore it together.
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  • EP 19 Real Life: Game Design From The Trenches with Ryan "Morello" Scott

    Jan 11 2022

    In episode 19, @Ryan Scott joins Ben and Aaron to talk about Game Design. The conversation ranges from what makes a good game designer, to the relationship between product leadership and design, then over to modern trends and a shared skepticism of NFT-oriented games. Hope you enjoy it!

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    1 hr and 28 mins
  • EP 18 How To Be A Holistic Leader Part 2: Working At Every Layer

    Dec 28 2021

    What is 'Holistic Leadership'? In this episode, Aaron and Ben talk about what it means to be a leader and operating at more than just the process layer. They discuss how leadership and management are different, which do we most often see, and what do we need more of in the modern world? Take a listen if you're trying to improve your leadership capability and feeling stuck. Hope you enjoy!

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    1 hr and 17 mins
  • EP 17 How To Be A Holistic Leader Part 1: Our Org Model

    Dec 14 2021

    Over and over we run into orgs that want help with 'the process'. Over and over we do a little bit of exploration and discover that the org's issues reside at a deeper 'level'. In this podcast, we walk through the three layers (Culture, Product, and Process) and talk about how so often leaders are focusing all their efforts on the layer where they can have the least long-term positive impact. Check it out, and let us know what you think!

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    1 hr and 5 mins

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