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José Mota

José Mota

By José Mota
Hi, I'm José and this is my podcast. I share small bits of ideas and experiences as a software engineer, a team leader, an aspiring designer and a communicator.

With love from Aveiro, Portugal.
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#011 — The three questions
What is the most important quality for a leader? I would say it's the ability to visualize a system or business and its surroundings. In order to thrive, you need to take action, but what actions do you take? José mentions three questions that leaders can ask when faced with challenges. Show notes Super-BC:
December 1, 2019
#010 — Modesty in conversation
How do you feel about the way you interact with your colleagues and leaders? Do you listen actively hoping to learn something from them or do you preemptively assume you're better and therefore you close off at the first divergence? José shares his ideas on having positive conversations and discussions with others for the better of both parties.
November 17, 2019
#009 - Becoming a linchpin
Are you indispensable? Do you stand out from the crowd through your creativity and resolve? Do you challenge routine and expectations others have about you? Are you passionate and driven enough to keep delivering expressions of art? José explores his ideas about becoming a strong force within your team and business. Get Seth Godin's book "Linchpin" from Amazon (not affiliated). Suggestions and feedback are welcome. Send an email to
November 3, 2019
#008 — Productive meetings
José brings the dreaded topic of meetings. How can they be held to a better reputation than they are today? Formal or casual, a meeting requires a goal and a structure, and there are little tips that can turn a dull, unproductive meeting to a valuable experience for the entire team.
October 23, 2019
#007 — Efficient communication
José raises discussion about how much communication is too much and how effective it can be through different channels, from tooling to a team's overall strategy for growth and value. Read Nadim Habib's interview here (Portuguese): 
October 10, 2019
#006 — An example of leadership
A dear friend of José sets an example of kind, friendly leadership that drives people to do their best.
September 30, 2019
#005 - A tale about self control
In this episode, José shares his learning experience when faced with a conflict between several people and their lack of self control.
September 19, 2019
#004 - Storytelling
Have you ever wondered why you resonate with stories that others tell you? José shares his insight and experience on storytelling and why it can be an amazing tool to convey a message across an audience. Related links How to tell a good story — Kristi Hedges:
September 11, 2019
#003 - The sandwich technique
Giving constructive, meaningful feedback requires a thoughtful approach. Promoting success and lending a hand to improve is often overlooked. This episode, José discusses the sandwich technique for a better feedback experience. Got any feedback? Send it over to
September 3, 2019
#002 - The way you speak
I tell a story about a passionate person not being able to convey his message across to his supervisor. I also share my insights on how to address other people's opinions.
August 13, 2019
#001 - Introduction
Welcome to the show! José introduces himself and explains the reasons behind starting the podcast. Have suggestions? Want to participate? Feel free to reach out.
August 7, 2019