Innovation and the Digital Enterprise

Leadership & Management

How Optimism and Grit Go Hand in Hand with Kristi Zuhlke

 Patrick Emmons  Mar 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM  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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Thinking Beyond the Immediate in Business with David Hoag

 Patrick Emmons  Jan 29, 2020 6:00:00 AM  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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Conflict, Failures and Transparency as Business Assets with Sean Brown

 Patrick Emmons  Oct 9, 2019 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Failure isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, Sean Brown, CEO of YCharts, wants to hire failures – they are, after all, risk-takers that aren’t afraid to try something new. On this week’s episode, Sean joins Pat for a wide-ranging conversation about the lessons Sean has learned in his 25+ years starting, selling, buying, and running various companies.

Sean talks to us about why he believes the KISS (keep it simple, stupid) philosophy works so well in business and shares his four-part playbook for developing successful companies. Listen in to find out how to best get to know your customers, how to attract top talent, and why you need full transparency at every level of your business.

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Open Communication and Frameworks for High Performing Teams with Eric Foster

 Patrick Emmons  Sep 25, 2019 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Open communication and high performing teams don’t just appear out of nowhere. In order to have a team that gels, you need to put in the work to create a space in which all team members know the vision of your company, have clear expectations, and know how to course-correct when things go awry.

Eric Foster, a CIO with experience spanning multiple technology firms, sat down to speak with Pat and Shelli on his three-part framework for creating high performing teams. Eric also explains why it is so important that you spend time thinking about the culture you want and how to go about creating it. Listen in for tips and book recommendations so you have the tools you need to create an unstoppable team.

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