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Stories from powerful leaders on what it takes to unlock team potential

Stories from powerful leaders on what it takes to unlock team potential

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Stories from powerful leaders on what it takes to unlock team potential

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Episodes

Re-imagining our institutions: Dorie Blesoff | Former Chief People Officer & Talent Advisor, Relativity

6/3/2021
Dorie Blesoff, the former Chief People Officer and Talent Advisor at Relativity, joined Relativity when they had 200 people and helped the company grow and evolve to where they are today at around 1,200 employees around the world. Dorie is also Adjunct Faculty at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy, a role she’s been in for over 20 years. Dorie is deeply passionate and incredibly knowledgeable about the future of work, social and racial justice, and its role in...

Duration:00:35:49

Building a diverse and inclusive workplace: Shaniqua Davis | Founder & CEO, Noirefy

5/10/2021
In this episode, Shaniqua Davis, the Founder & CEO of Noirefy, a diversity advancement platform that connects diverse professionals with high growth companies, discusses how Noirefy was born out of her own encounters with bias during a job search. Shaniqua talks about how they consult with companies to build out structures to help tear down the barriers to a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

Duration:00:21:02

Designing the employee experience: Elles Skony | Head of People, XSELL Technologies

4/2/2021
Elles Skony was recently brought on as the Head of People at XSELL Technologies, a fast growing company that uses Artificial Intelligence to transform the way businesses interact with their customers. In this episode, Elles discusses her process for building her people department and walks us through her three pronged action plan.

Duration:00:17:25

Hiring for will: Monica Royer | Founder & CEO, Monica + Andy

2/27/2021
In this episode, Monica Royer, the founder and CEO of Monica + Andy – a company that provides organic essentials for kids and babies, along with kids’ classes and events for new and expecting parents in their Guideshops around the country and virtually, talks about how she and her team pivoted their business successfully during the COVID pandemic. Monica believes it’s key to hire the right people and embrace a humans-first culture in order to meet the challenges. Monica also talks about her...

Duration:00:23:14

Why psychological safety matters: Dr. Amy Edmondson | Novartis Professor of Leadership, Harvard Business School

1/11/2021
In our very first live podcast, Dr. Amy Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School and foremost expert on Psychological Safety, talks about why trust, candor and psychological safety are integral for a high performance team and culture, and why this concept is gaining such momentum as a key component in the future of work.

Duration:00:38:16

Build trust with your team: Peter Lynch | Head of People & Culture, Cardinal Group Companies

11/30/2020
Peter Lynch, a noted Fortune 500 executive, TEDx Speaker, and performance coach, joined Cardinal Group Companies as the Head of People & Culture to help them build a culture that embodies the future of work. Peter talks about the first two steps to take when leading a new team and highlights the importance of owning your own weaknesses as a way to be a more powerful leader.

Duration:00:21:31

Growing and gifting with intention: Jonathan Legge | Co-Founder and CEO of &Open

11/19/2020
Cultivating a gifting strategy that builds bridges between organizations and their customers is hard, and is what inspired Jonathan Legge to start &Open. In today’s episode, Co-Founder and CEO Jonathan Legge talks about how they bootstrapped their company and grew it purposely and organically by hiring slowly, hyperfocusing on their numbers, and staying true to their values and mission.

Duration:00:20:36

Change is the only constant: PJ Bouten | Co-Founder & CEO, Showpad

10/14/2020
In this episode, PJ Bouten, Co-Founder and CEO of Showpad, recognized a need to empower sales and marketing teams to deliver a better buyer experience. Since 2011, PJ has helped build a global company with more than 1,000 customers in 50 countries and grew the organization to 350 team members. But when the pandemic hit, he was faced with difficult decisions in order to save the company as a whole. PJ talks about the importance of finding a great co-founder, investing in your managers, and...

Duration:00:24:09

A plan for crisis: Tim Schumm | Founder & President, Lucas James Talent Partners

9/16/2020
Tim Schumm, the founder and president of Lucas James Talent Partners, started and grew the organization to a team of 32 people in just 20 months– then COVID hit. Tim shares the step by step process he took to lead his team through this crisis, what it takes to build a culture of feedback, and the daily practices he follows to make sure he shows up at his best for his team and his family.

Duration:00:26:28

Building a roster of mentors: Matt Kunkel | Co-Founder & CEO, LogicGate

9/1/2020
In this episode, Matt Kunkel, the co-founder, and CEO of LogicGate, discusses the importance of mentors and relationships. Matt co-founded LogicGate, a Chicago based SaaS platform which operationalizes regulatory, risk, and compliance programs for organizations, just over 4 years ago and has quickly grown it to 120+ employees and raised $35 million. Matt discusses the critical role mentors played in his growth, his focus as a leader in this time of crisis and what he’s doing to help his...

Duration:00:25:01

A new model for a new world: Jack Altman | CEO & Co-Founder, Lattice

8/14/2020
In this episode, Jack Altman, CEO and Co-Founder of Lattice, a performance management and employee engagement platform, talks about why the employee experience is a company’s biggest asset and how management’s role evolves as an organization grows. Lattice, in just four years, has grown from startup to a growth stage business with over 150 employees and 15,000 plus customers. Jack shares how he’s evolved as a leader, how the role of HR has changed to a revenue and strategy center, and why...

Duration:00:21:49

The power of the two person team: Bracken Darrell | President & CEO, Logitech

6/29/2020
In the 8 years under President & CEO Bracken Darrell’s leadership, he has transformed Logitech and their stock price has octupled - that’s 8x growth! But in our conversation, Bracken doesn’t talk about stock price, profits, or revenue – instead, he shares the importance of the two-person team, of giving power and autonomy to make data-driven decisions to the people on the ground level, closest to that decision, and about what’s possible when we all align our brains to one singular problem.

Duration:00:31:48

Keep an open mind: Tom De Weerdt | EVP & CFO, Mauser Packaging Solutions

6/17/2020
Tom De Weerdt, EVP and CFO of Mauser Packaging Solutions, blends a bit of right and left brain into his leadership style. Using a philosophical and growth mindset along with plenty of spreadsheets, Tom has led several global teams at a variety of large corporations. It’s integral for leaders to keep an open mind for as long as they can, says Tom, and seek out a variety of trusted perspectives from a diversity of people before making key decisions; otherwise you just end up confirming your...

Duration:00:32:02

From salesman to CEO: Devin Gross | CEO, SonarMD; Former CEO, Emmi Solutions

5/19/2020
In 2003, Devin Gross started as the first salesperson at a pre-revenue healthcare engagement company called Emmi Solutions. In 2010 Devin was named by the board as the CEO, where he went on to grow them from 35 team members to nearly 200 at the time of the company’s acquisition in 2017. In this episode, Devin talks about the challenges and fear he faced going from salesman to CEO overnight and the strategies he implemented to retain and engage his staff as more layers grew between him and...

Duration:00:20:22

Football was my avenue, not my end game: Desmond Clark | Author, Speaker, Co-Owner, The Insurance People

4/29/2020
In today’s episode, Desmond Clark, the former Tight End for the Chicago Bears, two-time author, motivational speaker, philanthropist and Co-Owner of The Insurance People talks about the similarities between leadership on the field and in the boardroom, on his transition from Dez Clark the football player to Dez Clark, the business leader, and what drives him to wake up each morning.

Duration:00:40:57

Enabling my team to succeed: Kris Rudeegraap | Co-Founder & CEO, Sendoso

4/16/2020
In today’s episode, Kris Rudeegraap, the Co-Founder, and CEO of Sendoso, a leading sending platform for innovative ways to engage with customers, shares why his number one priority as the CEO is hiring and retaining top talent and then enabling that talent to reach its full potential. Kris shares some unique strategies for finding the right fit when hiring and two steps to take when building a team from the ground up.

Duration:00:25:54

Accountability + Collaboration = Success: Ryan Leavitt, Co-Founder of Pillar Booth, LearnCore and Catapult Chicago

3/10/2020
Some things never go out of style: collaboration, the importance of sales, and phone booths. Serial entrepreneur Ryan Leavitt, the Co-Founder of Pillar Booth, LearnCore and Catapult Chicago, says there’s one equation that is necessary for a business to succeed. Success = Collaboration + Accountability.

Duration:00:25:13

Always be learning: Corbett Drummey | Co-founder & CEO, Popular Pays

2/12/2020
In this episode, Corbett Drummey, the Co-Founder and CEO of Popular Pays, shares his journey in starting a content sharing platform that helps brands generate high-quality content to tell their unique stories through influencer marketing. Drummey started and scaled his business by constantly consuming information and believes that one should always be learning and evolving.

Duration:00:24:56

The otherside of authenticity: Laura Coe | Author, Coach, Entrepreneur

1/23/2020
When the business Laura Coe created sold to a Fortune 500 company, Laura took the path less often taken, leaving corporate America to pursue her lifelong passions of philosophy, coaching and spirituality. She wrote her first book, Emotional Obesity and started the popular podcast, The Art of Authenticity. In today's episode, Laura takes us through her journey, sharing how she knew it was time to leave and what life was like for her on the other side.

Duration:00:27:40

Building a “Best Place to Work”: Frank Riordan | Founder & CEO, DMC, Inc.

12/17/2019
Frank Riordan, Founder and CEO of DMC, Inc., has built a company that has consistently been a staple on the “Best Places to Work” lists, with over 170 employees in 8 cities across the US. This happened by building a process to hire the very best people, which takes time. In this episode, Frank takes a dive into their process and criteria for hiring top talent and shares how it has helped fuel DMC’s success and growth over the years.

Duration:00:18:18