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Patrick Emmons

Patrick Emmons
If you can’t appreciate a good sports analogy, movie quote, or military reference, you may not want to work with him, but if you value honesty, integrity, and commitment to improvement, Patrick can certainly help take your business or your career to the next level. “Good enough,” is simply not in his vernacular. Pat’s passion is for relentlessly pushing himself and others to achieve full potential. Patrick Emmons is a graduate of St. Norbert College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Patrick co-founded Adage Technologies in 2001 and in 2015, founded DragonSpears as a spin-off dedicated to developing custom applications that improve speed, compliance and scalability of clients’ internal and customer-facing workflow processes. When he is not learning about new technology, running a better business, or becoming a stronger leader, he can be found coaching his kids’ (FIVE of them) baseball and lacrosse teams and praising his ever-so-patient wife for all her support. [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

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Why Discretionary Effort is a Sign of a Healthy Organization with Ryan Jeffery

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Mar 26, 2020 1:15:00 PM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

As the founder of a leadership organization, Ryan Jeffery, Co-CEO of Ignite, knows a thing or two about leadership development. He stopped by the Innovation and the Digital Enterprise podcast to discuss the idea of discretionary effort and action, the difference between leaders and managers, and why organizations need to do a better job of seeing employees on the human level.

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How Optimism and Grit Go Hand in Hand with Kristi Zuhlke

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Mar 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Many believe that to succeed in business, you must be a pessimist, always anticipating and preparing for the worst. But according to Kristi Zuhlke, the CEO of Knowledgehound, grit and optimism are not mutually exclusive concepts.

Kristi joins Shelli and Pat and gives listeners a window into the life of a serial entrepreneur. She explains why entrepreneurs are passionate about solving problems, why optimism is underrated in business, and how she thoughtfully adds new members to her team.

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Building, Then Reinventing, Your Personal Brand with Alison Vorsatz

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Mar 12, 2020 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

After being the only woman in the room for years at her corporate job, a string of tragedies made Alison Vorsatz reconsider her purpose. This led her on a transformational journey to Africa and ended with her finding a job at Fairygodboss where she gets to realize her dream of empowering women.

Alison joins Pat and Shelli to talk about her journey and shares insights on what it means to work on your personal brand and how that brand can open career connections.

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Rituals to Cultivate a Fearless Culture with Gene Kim

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Feb 26, 2020 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

The seeds of innovation cannot germinate in a culture in which people feel they need to ask permission. According to today's guest, Gene Kim, the ability to fail — and share that failure — is one of the most important tenets of any company that has a chance to improve.

Gene has been studying high-performing technology companies since 1999 and has authored several books on the topic. In this week’s episode of Innovation and the Digital Enterprise, Gene discusses the five central prerequisites of company innovation as well as the role that ritual can play in de-stigmatizing failure.

Check out this episode for practical tips on how your company can achieve substantial results simply by changing up habits.

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Thinking Beyond the Immediate in Business with David Hoag

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Jan 29, 2020 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

In a corporate environment, a leader’s main task is to keep their team running efficiently and productively. However, in the startup world, a leader needs to jump in and help out at every level. It was this kind of environment and mindset that best informed the leadership style of our guest today, David Hoag.

David is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization. His time working at a startup taught him lessons that he’s carried over to his teams throughout the years. David talks to Patrick and Shelli about why it’s so important to look beyond immediate problems, why egos keep business stuck, and why it’s better for managers to lead through inquiry and questions as opposed to dictates and direction.

Tune in for a masterclass in effective leadership.

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