The SYCK Career Podcast

Ep 95: How To Handle Adversaries At Work: An Interview With Ex-Googler Jay Bowden


In this episode, I sit down with Jay Bowden, a former Managing Director at Google with a wealth of experience in career growth and leadership development. From confronting tough feedback to embracing a mindset of continuous improvement, Jay shares invaluable lessons learned throughout his career journey. We delve into strategies for managing adversities, building strong professional relationships, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. 

Join us as we uncover the importance of ownership mentality and the power of empathetic leadership in navigating the complexities of today's workplace. Tune in for actionable insights and practical advice to elevate your career to new heights!

In This Episode:

  • 00:00 - Introduction
  • 04:44 - The evolution of Google and its impact on Jay’s career
  • 06:52 - Importance coaching advice Jay received
  • 10:47 - Managing up, down, and lateral
  • 14:32 - Creating psychological safety
  • 17:53 - Dealing with toxic work environments
  • 22:14 - Jay’s internal mobility at Google
  • 28:06 - Dealing with setbacks and feedback
  • 33:50 - Advice for career success
  • 36:35 - Thought-provoking questions Jay asks clients
  • 38:49 - Navigating adversaries

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Jay has spent his entire career in sales and leadership roles across broadcast and digital advertising platforms, leading with a bias to action, growth mindset and people first approach. He recently launched an Executive Coaching practice, JayBird Unlimited, LLC, and offers bespoke coaching services for executives, teams, and leaders. Simply put, Jay and team are your partner, sounding board and potentially your secret weapon to handling the most important part of enterprise success; leadership.

At Google, he volunteered with a number of mentorship programs including the Sage and Thrive programs for African American and Latinx Googlers as well as the pitch coaching practice where he helped best in class sales leaders practice internally before spending valuable time in front of clients; all for the benefit of the clients and in turn Google.

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