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Scoutcast - Roasting Marshmallows

Scoutcast - Roasting Marshmallows

By FourScouts
🧠Are you looking to expand your mind?
🤺Do you like to challenge and be challenged?
🤝Do you want to improve yourself and share your experiences both personally and professionally?

You're in the right place! Welcome to Scoutcast - Roasting marshmallows where we talk about just about anything that interests us. Join us in our journey for continuous improvement of ourselves, our company, our lives, our jobs and you!

For more great content and to stay up to date, visit https://www.fourscouts.nl, and on twitter @fourscouts.
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My culture is better than yours
What do you get when you put a Brazilian, Macedonian, Indian and Dutch person together and let them have a conversation about their cultures for an hour? Culture shock, culture clash but also melting pot material! Which culture is the best? Is there even such a thing? Surely one culture must have the best food!? At FourScouts we already have a diverse representation of different cultures, but for todays episode we have invited someone from India, currently living in Amsterdam. Anikta Sahni is joining us today to give you her background and experience living in the Netherlands. What does everyone like, and dislike, about their own culture, traditions and customs? What is your cultural background? What are you most proud of?
57:42
March 2, 2021
Freelancing vs. joining a company
Have you ever considered going freelancing? Or does being part of something greater than yourself sound more appealing? Today we roasting marshmallows with Michiel Rook, a passionate and pragmatic freelance IT consultant. In the past, Michiel has joined several companies, including FourScouts, so he has seen his fair share of both freelancing and working at a company. Today, we will discuss with him the pros and cons of being a freelancer, and why he chose freelancing over being part of a company.  What is expected of you as a freelancer?   How do you find (new) customers? Is there any social security?  If you're considering going to freelance, listen to this podcast! Michiel's website: https://www.michielrook.nl Michiel on twitter: https://twitter.com/michieltcs
01:06:36
February 23, 2021
Same salary to everybody? We are doing it
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if everyone working in a company were paid the same salary, regardless of position and level of experience? What if there's no envy, no competition, no stressful negotiations? Everyone, regardless of role, makes the same amount of money. This way, people can focus on their job rather than their compensation.   At FourScouts, we decided to do an experiment and try just that! What do we think are the pros and cons? Does it actually matter?  Find out on this tenth episode of ScoutCast - Roasting Marshmallows!
47:31
February 15, 2021
Recruitment
How does one find the right person for the job? And once found, what other steps do you need to take, such as for example relocating this person and maybe his or her family? That is what we are talking about on this episode: recruitment, and we are roasting these marshmallows with Dominika Sawa. By day she's a Recruiter & Partner at Van Storm, a recruiting & contracting company founded by a group of like-minded enthusiasts who believe that recruitment can be stress-free and fun! She recruits engineers that help her clients build their new yacht. What does Dominika do to bring the right talent to the appropriate challenge for her clients? You can also check out this episode on YouTube! 
01:06:40
February 9, 2021
Digital Nomads 🌍
While this podcast is being recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic, many people are confined to their homes working remote. There has been a group of people who took this remote work to the next level, even before Covid-19, and they live the dream that many people may have: a nomadic lifestyle of traveling to beautiful parts of the world, earning their money online. These people are called digital nomads: someone who desires the freedom to work and live anywhere and uses technology to make this desire a reality. On todays podcast we have such  a digital nomad  and his name is Paulo Alves, currently residing in Fortaleza, Brasil, but he has traveled to and worked in many different countries all across the globe. We will ask him all kinds of questions like: What does it take to become a digital nomad? What are the up- and downsides of the lifestyle? How do you deal with loneliness? Join us in our journey to continuous improvement! 
59:22
February 2, 2021
Sustainability and the new economy
A few episodes ago, we had Patrick de Veer of Greenaumatic as our guest to talk about his view on sustainability and his throw at becoming the minister of New Economy in the Netherlands. Today we are talking the same subjects but with a different guest: Bart Joling. Bart Joling is a cofounder of TenStripes, a marketing agency in the Netherlands, specialised in providing strategy and execution for sustainable organisations. A committed believer in telling stories through data.  Initiator of the Impact Project and promoter of Impact Marketing. How does he see the New Economy?  What does TenStripes do to attract like-minded people? Did Bart become the minister of New Economy? What special meaning do some of Bart's tattoos have? Find out on this episode of Scoutcast - Roasting Marshmallows!
48:02
January 28, 2021
Starting a startup
Are you looking to make an impact? Disrupt the market with your product or service? Starting a startup is exciting, fun and maybe also a little bit scary. How do you go about starting a startup? On today's episode of Scoutcast - Roasting Marshmallows, we have invited Manuel Cayre of ParkNow (known in the Netherlands as Parkmobile), an app that helps people pay for parking, to share with you his experience on starting up a startup. In the past, Manuel has co-founded MobyPark, a peer2peer parking platform, but he also initiated TuRodeo with Henrique Santana de Miranda (a regular on the podcast, also present), who himself has had a startup called Goosit in the past. Manuel eventually passed the torch to a new team at MobyPark, and the company is still going strong, whereas Henrique decided to pull the plug on Goosit. Today, we will talk about the different approaches these gentlemen took: why was Manuel's startup successful, while Henrique's startup was not? And, more importantly: what can you learn from this?
52:07
January 23, 2021
#estimates 🆚 #noestimates
Are estimates a necessary evil? Is it just good business? Are you able to predict the future based on the past? Or is it just an enormous waste of time? The #noestimates movement started with the No Estimate Programming Series on Woody Zuill's blog. Since then the #noestimates hashtag on twitter has seen a vast amount of discussion, and today's episode of Roasting Marshmallows probably won't be an exception.  We will talk about both sides of the discussion: Why estimates are important and how they lead to success, but also why estimates are a waste of time and how it enables destructive behavior. Let us know your opinion about #estimates or #noestimates on podast@fourscouts.nl or on twitter @fourscouts!
01:02:54
January 12, 2021
Sustainability in 2021 with Patrick de Veer
On this episode of Scoutcast - Roasting Marshmallows we are having an interview with Patrick de Veer of Greenaumatic about sustainability and the misuse and misunderstandings that revolve around this term. Has it become just a buzzword?  We will also talk about how Greenaumatic can help companies gain insight about the environmental impact their spending has. This way companies will know if they are helping making the world a better place or if they are contributing to its destruction. 🧠Are you looking to expand your mind?   🤺Do you like to challenge and be challenged?  🤝Do you want to improve yourself and share your experiences both personally and professionally? Join us in our journey for continuous improvement on everything!
49:14
January 5, 2021
How present should your boss be?
Should your boss be very visible? Are the best bosses the ones that don't bother you? How much responsibility can you handle? On this episode of Scoutcast - Roasting marshmallows, we will try to answer these very questions, and who better to ask these questions then our own boss: Silvester van der Bijl, founder & CEO of FourScouts. How much feedback can he handle? At the end of the episode, the point is proven. Silvester does what bosses tend to do 😉 Take a listen! 🧠Are you looking to expand your mind? 🤺Do you like to challenge and be challenged? 🤝Do you want to improve yourself and share your experiences both personally and professionally? Join us in our journey for continuous improvement on everything!
46:37
December 23, 2020
Should you speak Dutch?
Should you speak Dutch in the Netherlands? Today we are talking about if you should speak Dutch for foreigners living and working in the Netherlands. Our guests today is an expat that has learned the language, and one that after 10 years still cannot speak Dutch. What are their insights about not speaking the native language? Did they encounter any embarrassing situations and missed business opportunities because of it? Find out today on Scoutcast - Roasting marshmallows! 🧠Are you looking to expand your mind?  🤺Do you like to challenge and be challenged?  🤝Do you want to improve yourself and share your experiences both personally and professionally? Join us in our journey for continuous improvement on everything!
45:35
December 11, 2020
Most common excuses in the workplace
🧠Are you looking to expand your mind? 🤺Do you like to challenge and be challenged? 🤝Do you want to improve yourself and share your experiences both personally and professionally? Today on Scoutcast - Roasting marshmellows we will discuss a list of most heard excuses we've encountered not only in our work as software engineers, but also in our day to day lives. More importantly, we discuss how to take away these excuses and actually move forward in a productive way.  Join us in our journey for continuous improvement on everything!
39:55
November 30, 2020