The Hired Thought Podcast

There are those that walk among us who think for a living. You’re one of them! Ben hosts guests with interesting ideas on work, tech, complexity, methodology, and more.

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#7 — Language Is Key, but Context Is King (Dean DiStasio)

#7 — Language Is Key, but Context Is King (Dean DiStasio)

Ben is joined by artist Dean Distasio to explore what it takes to create transformative conversations through complexity-informed artistic works. Dean shares his process and offers unique perspective on networks, narrative, and the importance of language and context....

#6 — Organizational Resilience (Matt Stratton)

#6 — Organizational Resilience (Matt Stratton)

Legendary DevOps friend Matt Stratton joins Ben for a discussion on the very near and dear topic of organizational trauma. Matt shares important lessons from his experiences, as well as a few secrets to building organizational resilience through incident response....

#5 — Building Bridges (Colleen Esposito)

#5 — Building Bridges (Colleen Esposito)

Ben is joined by Colleen Esposito, an agile coach and self-described bridge-builder with an incredible set of unique experiences spanning finance, software development, project management, and even home renovation. She and Ben explore the complexity of engaging with...

#3 — How are you doing as a human? (Toby Sola)

#3 — How are you doing as a human? (Toby Sola)

This episode features a thoughtful discussion with Toby Sola, Co-Founder & CPO of Brightmind, a meditation app for managing stress and anxiety. Ben and Toby explore the intersection of meditation and technology, as well as how to start inviting contemplative...

#2 — The Reluctant Devop: Heretical Anthropology (Anthony Mastrean)

#2 — The Reluctant Devop: Heretical Anthropology (Anthony Mastrean)

Ben kicks off episode 2 with Anthony Mastrean, a friend, colleague, and professional organizational agitator. They discuss the origin story leading to their work together, what it's like changing an organization from the inside, and the underrated discipline of...