John Rouda

IT Leader, App Builder, Author, Speaker and more!

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Leadership, Innovation, and Technology

I'm a space nut, IT Leader, Digital Design & Computer Science Professor, author, and speaker. Sign up for my newsletter to get motivation and creative advice that is sure to inspire and build your leadership skills. I've discovered that being a technical leader isn't easy. The transition from Techy to Leader isn't easy, and its something takes perspective and purpose to get it right.

I've been blessed to have a wonderful family, great job and unbelievable church. I'm a fan of life long learning, slow running, and continuous improvement.

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iPhone Apps Created

Android Apps Created

Countries Visited

+ Students Taught


What might be on

My Resume

If you were to find a copy of my resume you might find some of these skills listed on it. You're not likely to find an actual copy of my resume anywhere because I'm not looking for anything new right now. I love my job and the side hustles I'm currently working on.

Right now I lead an IT Department in charge of applications, helpdesk, networking, systems and server administration and network security. I love managing and leading technocal and creative thinkers. I've learned so much from my team and I hope they can say the same thing from me. At my current role, our mission is to Make The Complex Seem Simple

One of my passions is teaching. I've been teaching at the college level for more than 15 years now. My course range for Digital Information Design, to Computer Science, to Network security and even some C# and SQL from time to time. My favorite subjects to teach are those involving creative thinking and developing leadership skills.

As a hobby, I host a podcast, A Geek Leader, build iPhone and Android apps, write books, mentor and speak publicly about leadership and motivation. I gave a TEDx Talk on Motivating Creatives at TEDx Hickory.


With social media being so big and SEO failing, how can we reach our customers? So many options are out there, which is best for your audience? I can help you discover whether you should use LinkedIn, Facebook, Periscope, Twitter, SnapChat or something else to reach your audience.

Through years of failed leadership and trial and error, I learned that it truly takes Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose to lead creative thinkers. Purpose was the hardest for me, but I found that if you put Teamwork + the Right Perspective you get Purpose.

We must work hard to motivate and inspire our teams to always get better and improve. You can either motivate your team by manipulation or motivation. Let's learn how to motivate our teams!

Things I do well

Teaching and Mentoring

80% Complete (success)

Solutions and Innovations

85% Complete (success)


90% Complete (success)

Digital Marketing

75% Complete (success)

Web and Mobile Apps

100% Complete (success)

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