The CEO Sessions

Ben Fanning

Revealing interviews with CEOs and other C-Suite leaders sharing their hard-earned and costly lessons. Tune in to discover the tools, routines, and strategies that can help you "get to" or "stay in" the C-suite. Your host is Ben Fanning, #1 bestselling author, Inc. Magazine Columnist, and CEO of The Fanning Group - an International Consultancy and Training Company. https://www.benfanning.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/
How to Tell a Great Leadership Story - CEO of Belvedere Vodka, Rodney Williams
How often are you using your stories to help lead your team? A great leadership story narrative can inspire others to follow and commit. Rodney Williams, President and CEO of Belvedere Vodka, knows what it takes to tell a great leadership story, and he shares them in his interview on The CEO Sessions. You don't need fancy words -- all you need is a good understanding of the core concepts of storytelling theory and some practical tips on how to develop your own stories. And, with those two things in place, anyone can be an effective leader who inspires people around them. Rodney was named global head of the world’s first super-premium vodka in 2017. He encourages consumers to understand Belvedere's origins, ingredients and craft in order to understand the unique taste and character of Belvedere Vodka. This is the story of Polish rye and purified water, distilled by fire. He was most recently the CMO for Moet Hennessy USA's storied portfolio of iconic luxury champagne, wines and spirits brands. Rodney's tenure at Moet Hennessy began as Senior Vice President for Hennessy, where he led the brand out of decline and into record growth with a groundbreaking new strategic campaign.  Prior to that he was in the wine business where, as SVP of Classics Brands, Jackson Family Wines, he launched the most successful new product in the company’s history; and as SVP of Robert Mondavi, Constellation Brands, oversaw the turnaround of Woodbridge. Rodney's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rkw1115/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rkw1115/) https://www.belvederevodka.com/ (Belvedere Vodka)  WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE: Going to Dot Com to Dot Bomb to Robert Mondavi. His surprising story of mistaken identity with Robert Mondavi. The cocktail you can make to impress any business guest. How you can describe vodka like a fine wine. How the spirits industry was challenged most during the pandemic. The BIG pandemic pivot he led Belvedere through, that boosted sales. Increasing cocktails with no bartender? How to use storytelling as a leader. Advice for storytellers who want amp up their game. Belvedere Vodka's Amazing Story. Starting your story with humor. The pros and cons of being a Determined Optimist! Where optimism comes from. Discovering an empathetic perspective. Staying connected as a remote team. Belvedere’s innovative approach to clean energy! The true passion that drives his career... problem-solving. How he led the charge on Batman and OnStar! How they are approaching the cost of employee turnover. How they leverage executive coaching to reduce turnover. A humorous story of his first week at Moet-Hennessy! QUOTES: “The fodder for great stories is already there.” “Storytelling is less about invention and more about excavation.” “The best story telling is authentic and real.” “If you are really passion-led, you will find a path.” ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
2d ago
54 mins
How to Stand Out While Working Remotely - CEO of Catch Talent, Christina Lock
Ever wondered how to stand out while working remotely? Working remotely can be a frustrating experience because you’re not getting “face time” with the leaders in your company. This can stunt your promotion potential. Enter Christina Lock, Founder and CEO of Catch Talent, a recruiting and staffing company. Christina Lock has a unique perspective on approaching this problem in a positive way. She’s seen hiring and firing in the remote world from every angle, and she has a terrific strategy for you.    Christina is an entrepreneur and human resources executive with a proven track record of building companies and talent attraction expertise.  As CEO of Catch Talent, Christina leads the delivery of technical recruiting services to growing technology, creative, and government contracting companies. Prior to launching Catch Talent, she was a founding member and Vice President of HR and Recruiting at SPARC, where her team hired over 300 team members in less than five years.  Christina has also held senior leadership positions at ARAMARK and Aerotek.  Christina serves on the boards of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Charleston Women in Tech, Charleston Southern University JRS Coding School, and has spoken at SHRM, DIG South, Pecha Kucha, and the College of Charleston. She mentors fellow entrepreneurs, Mompreneurs and professionals through the Harbor Entrepreneur Center, Women in Tech, and Women’s Entrepreneur Group of Charleston.    Christina’s LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christinalock/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/christinalock/) Catch Talent: https://catchtalent.com/ (https://catchtalent.com/)   WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE: What, recruiting is a “life skill”? Recruitment as a “higher calling". Employee engagement with Chuck Norris and bacon. How COVID has changed the recruiting landscape. The real cost of working remotely. How company and employee loyalty changed during the Pandemic. How to stand out while working remotely. The one trait she’d instill in every employee… ”Ownership”. Three success traits for every employee. Work-life balance strategies. A recruiter’s take on the cost of employee turnover. Insights for Mompreneurs and women in the workforce.  HIGHLIGHTS: What being a recruiter teaches you: How to be instinctual. Picking up cues. Relating to other people. Being an active listener. QUOTES: “We think about recruitment as quality over quantity.” “Be a student of your profession.” “Think outside your job description.” When making a change as a leader “Put the person first.” “Turnover can be healthy for teams.” RESOURCES: https://www.amazon.com/Never-Eat-Alone-Secrets-Relationship/dp/0385512058 (Never Eat Alone )by Keith Ferrazzi https://www.blinkist.com/ (Blinkist) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
Nov 22 2021
40 mins
The Easy Way to Become a Self-Starter - Serta Simmons CCO, Melanie Huet
Are you tired of being the person who always needs direction, or are you exhausted from giving your team direction? In this episode with Melanie Huet, EVP and Chief Commercial Officer at Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB), you’ll discover how to become a self-starter at work. Self-starters take action in their work day and their career to improve and grow. Most people are used to getting told what they need to do but that's not the way it has to be. You can learn how to take charge of your own career. Serta Simmons Bedding is the largest manufacturer and distributor of mattresses in North America, and Melanie Huet directs several functions including Sales, Marketing, Innovation, Insights and Trade Marketing. She is leading a full business transformation at SSB catapulting a 150 year old industry leader into a digital powerhouse that continues to lead the market in delivering breakthrough innovation. Prior to joining SSB, Melanie spent over 15 years in consumer-packaged goods leading global businesses like Huggies, Pull-Ups, Capri Sun, Kool-Aid, Hellmann’s, and Lipton Tea at blue chip companies such as Unilever, Kraft Heinz and Kimberly-Clark. Melanie's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melhuet/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/melhuet/ ) WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER IN THIS EPISODE: Melanie’s experience having an executive coach and why she makes that investment in herself. Her first job working in a video rental…. taking take of the small things. How to become the your boss’ favorite employee…. listening. Advice for leaders who feel they aren’t getting promoted quickly enough. Why to get promoted you must “know the game you’re playing”. The key leadership lesson Melanie learned managing Kool Aid at Kraft Heinz. The big thing that makes Serta Simmons so special. The one trait you wish you could instill in every employee... self-starter! Why you can have new ideas even if you’re of the “old school”. Sleep strategies from a sleep company. The unexpected twist that led to her growth. Work-life balance tips. Why Melanie is a believer in self reflection, and how you can do it. Two big strategies for getting promoted. HIGHLIGHTS: Things that might help you when working with difficult bosses: Listening. Trying to understand what they want. Going an extra mile. QUOTES: On having an executive coach “It’s humbling.” “Take pride in your work no matter how small the job is.” “Do work you love and work with people you like.” “Be open to feedback.” “Know the game that you’re playing.” RESOURCES: The Pyramid Principle Say it with Charts Toastmasters Business Wars ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
Nov 16 2021
36 mins
How You Delegate like a CEO - CEO Cantey Tech Consulting, Willis Cantey
Ever struggle to delegate? If you're in the corporate world then you probably know that delegation is key. It often seems much easier to do it yourself in the moment, but that’s the path to burnout and not developing your employees. When you execute delegate well, it can save your time and let you begin to spend your effort and focus on higher value tasks. Enter Willis Cantey the CEO of https://canteytech.com/ (Cantey Tech Consulting), a regional IT solutions and consulting firm located in Charleston, South Carolina, nine-time winner of INC Magazine's 5000 America's Fastest Growing Companies Award, and named as the 2019 5th fastest growing small company in South Carolina by SC Biz News. His company also been recognized as Best Places To Work in SC. He is also the founder of Cantey EDU, a student assessment technology company supporting school districts in 17 states.  A graduate of the University of the South at Sewanee and the Masters of International Business Program at USC, Wills has worked in technology for more than 20 years and founded Cantey Tech Consulting in 2007.  He recently partnered with LNC Partners, a private equity growth team in Virginia. Additionally, Willis is former Chairman of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Historic Charleston Foundation Board of Trustees, and Chair-Elect of SC Independent Colleges and Universities. https://www.linkedin.com/in/williscantey/ (Willis' LinkedIn profile) WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER IN THIS EPISODE: The greatest life hack of all time. Why “Tech” is actually a people first industry. Canty Tech’s approach to serving their clients. What Willis learned serving as President of the Chamber of Commerce during the Pandemic. How to delegate to elevate. Why you must start with questions, NOT PowerPoint. How to handle CEO stress. How you build personal connections with a remote workforce. The one trait he’d like to instill in every employee…. focus and organization. Wild tales from offshore banking in the 90’s! Three success strategies for every employee. Koozie - best business tool. HIGHLIGHTS: Advice Willis would give to his younger self: Be patient. Go outside of your comfort zone. QUOTES: “It’s not about our customers understanding us; it’s about us better understanding them.” “Everybody’s busy, but everybody needs to give back.” On building connection with a remote workforce “If you want to talk to one of your teammates, it needs to be on video.” “More horse power doesn’t solve all problems.” “Be patient and get out of your comfort zone.” “Great ideas and good intentions are easy. Execution is hard.” ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
Nov 9 2021
41 mins
How to Make Your Team More Diverse and Profitable with Pam Slim
What’s the first step to make your team more diverse, and why is diversity so important to business in the first place? When you prioritize diversity, research shows that it generates better business results, including increasing employee retention! The best thing about diversity in the workplace? You have more perspectives, which means better ideas and more creativity. In this interview with Pamela Slim, author of https://pamelaslim.com/the-widest-net/ (The Widest Net: Unlock Untapped Markets and Discover New Customers Right in Front of You), co-founder of a small business learning lab, and small business expert. you’ll discover what diversity means to the business world and how it can impact your profits. She founded her company in 1996 and focused her first decade in business on creating and delivering training programs for large companies such as HP, Charles Schwab, 3Com, Chevron and Cisco Systems. Since 2005, Pam has advised thousands of entrepreneurs as well as companies serving the small business market such as Infusionsoft, Progressive Insurance, Constant Contact and Prezi. Pam partnered with author, Susan Cain to build and launch the Quiet Revolution and the Quiet Leadership Institute. In 2016 Pam co-founded, with her husband Darryl, the https://pamelaslim.com/ke/ (K'é Main Street Learning Lab) in Mesa, Arizona, a grassroots, community-based think tank for small business economic acceleration. She is frequently quoted as a business expert in press such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Information Week, Money Magazine and Psychology Today. ------------------ The Widest Net: Unlock Untapped Markets and Discover New Customers Right in Front of You on Amazon https://www.linkedin.com/in/pamelaslim/ (Pam's LinkedIn profile) WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE: The crazy story behind how I met Pam at the World Domination Summit. Pam’s knack for creating environments where people get along. How Pam created The “Pamily”. Why having a diverse group of friends in your life is a gift. Why you should consider bringing your family on business trips. Advice for those in cross culture or cross racial relationships. How Pam is raising her children to be comfortable presenting on stage. Pam’s “Unbook” Tour that led to her book. The moment when Pam decided to open a learning lab on Main Street in Mesa, AZ. Pam’s insightful perspective on in-person versus remote work. The BIG IDEA behind The Widest Net. How to reach your customers.  What really retains your employees. How to build a diverse community. Attracting and retaining diverse team members. The first step to increasing diversity. HIGHLIGHTS: What reflective questions should employers ask and have conversations with their employees about during the pandemic: What is really the mission behind what you’re doing as a company? Why are you doing the work? What’s important to you? QUOTES: “There’s a human need for people to be together.” “Having spaces with multiple uses is a very powerful way to create community.” “If every Main Street had a place where people can wander in... it’d be amazing what communities could do.” “Having a business coach right in the middle of Main Street is an amazing way to enable a community.” “The problem is not that leaders in diverse communities don’t exist; it’s that they’re not visible.” “Any company that has a really solid set of products or service offerings knows that they alone can never serve all of the needs that their enterprise customers have.” “If you’re recruiting and you’re wanting to build connections with folks, you need the trust, and that trust is built by you spending time in communities.” RESOURCES: K'é World Domination Summit Pam’s Fargo TedX Talk The Widest Net Resonate, Nancy Duarte Quiet Revolution, Susan Caine Todd Cooper CEO Session ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the
Nov 3 2021
46 mins
How to Make Your Office Safer - CEO of Global Risk at Prosegur, Robert Dodge
Is your office safe? Have you ever had or witnessed an incident at work where safety was compromised? How would this situation have been different if it were safer? I’m not just talking about tripping over a cord or having something thrown at you from someone’s office window. What about getting dysentery while traveling or being caught up in a criminal ambush? There are all things that leaders can prepare themselves. In this episode, you’ll learn how to make your office safer without spending a fortune. Robert Dodge is the CEO of Global Risk Services at Prosegur, one of the top security companies in the world. He’s giving you some of the best tips to keep your workplace safer while still looking professional. He’s served as a senior executive at the world’s largest 3 security firms with tenure at G4S, Pinkerton and oversees the physical and digital security for organizations in 90+ countries. He also served honorably in the U.S. Navy and is a graduate of Northeastern University. https://www.linkedin.com/in/rldmmm/ (Robert's LinkedIn profile) https://www.prosegur.com/en (Prosegur ) WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE: What Robert learned from the “School of Hard Knocks”. Navy work hours on 4 hours of sleep per night. Advice for his younger self. A colorful story from working for the 3 top security companies in the world. The moment you need to take your security to the next level. Where the bad guys are. Common security mistakes. Get an ROI on your security investment. The one trait he’d instill in every employee... passion and energy. His take on how employee turnover impacts security. It’s BIG! Stress management in a stressful business. A twist in Robert’s career that led to his growth and opportunity. Three success strategies for every employee. Business insights from the tennis court. HIGHLIGHTS: Traits Robert would instill into every employee: Passion for what they do Energy Positive Attitude QUOTES: “Grow yourself and embrace technology.” “Business is about the people more than the brand or logo.” “The network came to my rescue.” RESOURCES: https://www.amazon.com/Art-War-Sun-Tzu/dp/1599869772 (The Art of War) - Sun Tzu https://www.amazon.com/Good-Great-Some-Companies-Others/dp/0066620996 (Good to Great) - Jim Collins ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
Oct 26 2021
40 mins
How to Get Your Employees to Take Ownership - CEO of 1010data, Inna Kuznetsova
How can you get your employees to take ownership of their work and do more? It’s a question that consistently frustrates leaders. When employees don’t take ownership, leaders spend their time following up and even cleaning up after their team's mistakes. This wastes time and money. However, when employees are truly “bought in”, their productivity and engagement increases. Leaders can then invest their time in higher value, strategic opportunities. With this at stake, employee ownership should really be a priority of every leader. Enter Inna Kuznetsova as CEO of 1010data. In her interview on The CEO Sessions she explains three simple strategies to get your employees to take more ownership and boost their productivity. 1010data is a leading provider of cross-enterprise data analytics tools for retail, CPG and financial markets. 1010data helps customers rapidly transform data into knowledge and adjust their businesses to the fast changes in the market.   She also serves on the board of Global Ports Investments Plc (LSE: GLPR). Her previous roles include senior leadership positions at IINTTRA, the largest digital network and analytics provider the ocean shipping industry, CEVA Logistics, and IBM where she spent 19 years in a variety of global roles with a primary focus on technology-driven innovation, fast sale-up and returning business back to growth.  Inna completed her MS and Ph.D. study in mathematics at the Moscow State University and MBA in Columbia Business School. She is a frequent speaker on technology-driven innovation and an author of two best-selling career books in Russia.  Inna's https://www.linkedin.com/in/ikuznetsova/ (LinkedIn profile) https://www.1010data.com/ (1010data) WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE: How Inna overcame a big challenge growing up in Russia during Perestroika. What it was like growing up in Russia and how it influenced her leadership. How she became the first Russian born Global Vice President of IBM. How she became a turnaround and scale-up specialist. Persistence and toughness has helped her to persevere. Why every CEO should be a thought leader. Why people need to hear your voice. Advice for those who’d like to get to the C-Suite. What is special about working with 1010data. Why you must own your results and health. The “good” turnover. The “wrong kind” of turnover. HIGHLIGHTS: How things will change if we would start taking ownership: We would have things run and executed better.  There would be less delays in completing projects. QUOTES: “Academia shapes your thinking.” When it comes to having a setback... “You must learn to shake it off, move on, and learn something from it.” “People leaving an organization is not a tragedy if they leave for the right reasons.” “Our lives are longer than a single job.” ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
Oct 19 2021
53 mins
How to Get Your Employees to Buy In - CEO, DB Schenker, Hessel Verhage
How do you get your employees to buy in? For most leaders it’s a mystery, but it’s an important question to consider. In fact, employees who buy into the company culture and important changes are more likely to be motivated, engaged, and productive. Enter CEO of the Americas Region for DB Schenker - Hessel Verhage, who seems to have cracked the code on building trust and loyalty along with getting big results. He rose from forklift driver to senior executive and established his reputation as a leader who drives positive change. He also served as CEO of STG Holdings, Global Co-President of UTi, and CEO of Global Link Logistics. https://www.linkedin.com/in/hessel-verhage/ (Hessel's LinkedIn Profile ) https://www.dbschenker.com/global (DB Schenker) WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE: How a life-long stutter became a powerful way to connect with customers and employees. The important role that mentorship has played in his career. The funny moment he learned that “life is sales”. How he addresses stuttering from the stage... that always engages the audience. How Hessel got to the C-Suite without the "normal CEO pedigree". The dose of tough love his mother delivered when he left college. How his starting out as a forklift operator influences his leadership today. The importance of taking risks early in your career. The “NBA Coach Theory” on getting promoted. Have the guts. How to turnaround a company that’s in deep trouble. Mentors! The most powerful words in the English Language... "I need your help". How to get your frontline workers to buy in. A family of 12,000 working together. The one trait he’s like to instill in every employee... Straight talk and transparency both ways. How to instill empowerment and accountability. The true cost of employee turnover. HIGHLIGHTS: How companies should treat their front line workers: Treat them with respect. They should buy into the vision of where the company is going. They should feel that they have a career path. QUOTES: When it comes to public speaking and having a stutter, “Own it upfront.” When it comes to taking on a difficult position, “Have the guts to take the job.” ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
Oct 12 2021
57 mins
Get Respect from Employees Quickly - CEO Mark Whitten of Spartanburg Steel Products
Mark Whitten is the President & CEO of Spartanburg Steel Products (SSP) in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  They are a Tier 1 and 2 supplier to companies including BMW, Honda, Volvo, John Deere and Kubota.  Mark is a results-driven senior business leader with more than 25 years of manufacturing experience, including international assignments in Canada, Mexico and the United States.     Mark's LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-whitten-61790119/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-whitten-61790119/ )   WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE: What gives Mark his leadership edge. Why working your way up from the bottom prepares you for future leadership. The surprising moment when Mark felt challenged to grow. What you can learn from watching poor leaders. How to earn the respect of every employee. The secret sauce for employee engagement. Spartanburg Steep 2.0. The twist in Mark’s career that led to his professional growth. The traits Mark would instill in every employee...ownership and ambition! HIGHLIGHTS: Traits Mark would instill in every employee: Ambition Loyalty Integrity Kindness QUOTES: “Great leaders are influential, poor leaders use the power button.“ “Attitude is a HUGE differentiator.” ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
Sep 21 2021
39 mins
How to Lead with the Power of Purpose - CEO Tom Szaky of TerraCycle
Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. Tom started the company when he was 19 years old and has grown it to a $6M company today. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration. In May 2019, TerraCycle launched Loop, a circular reuse platform that enables consumers to purchase products in durable, reusable packaging. Loop is available in Paris, France, the UK, Canada, Japan and the 48 contiguous U.S. states, and is a key step in helping to end the epidemic of waste that is caused by 'single-use' consumption. In 2022, Loop will become available in Australia. Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Schwab Foundation, Fortune Magazine, Time Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Tom is the author of four books, “https://www.amazon.com/Revolution-Bottle-Terracycle-Eliminating-Waste/dp/1591845955 (Revolution in a Bottle)” (2009), “https://www.amazon.com/Outsmart-Waste-Modern-Garbage-Think-ebook/dp/B00FBME6A2 (Outsmart Waste)” (2014), “https://www.amazon.com/Make-Garbage-Great-Terracycle-Zero-Waste/dp/006234885X (Make Garbage Great)” (2015) and “https://www.amazon.com/Future-Packaging-Linear-Circular/dp/1523095504 (The Future of Packaging)” (2019). Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “https://www.amazon.com/Human-Resources/dp/B00M27H7X2 (Human Resources)” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016 and is syndicated in more than 20 foreign markets on Amazon and iTunes.   Tom’s LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomszaky/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomszaky/ ) TerraCycle Website:  https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/ WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER IN THIS EPISODE: Why Waste Management is such a huge opportunity. Tom’s business plan that changed it all. Tom’s inspiring definition. Why Waste is Tom’s entrepreneurial playground. How to build a great team. What’s it like to present to the World Economic Forum (3 times!). The real power of purpose at TerraCycle. What to do if You Know Your Own Purpose. Leading through the angst of the Pandemic. 3 success strategies for every employee. Negative cost marketing (Don’t miss this!). HIGHLIGHTS: Three phases of building a team: Phase 1 concentrates on an individual and how hard they work. Phase 2 is for delegating and letting go. Phase 3 is for setting up the right systems to let everyone flourish. QUOTES: “Profit is an indication of business health, but not the reason to be in business.  There needs to be a more inspiring purpose.” “Waste is the only commodity people are willing to get rid of but has a negative raw material cost... It’s also void of innovation.” ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
Sep 14 2021
38 mins
How to Make Great Decisions at Work - CMO at Learfield, Jennifer Davis
Making great decisions at work is an essential leadership skill.  Yet, most leaders just "wing it" when it comes to decision making.  It doesn't have to be this way.  There are proven strategies to help improve your decision making which have positive downstream effects like improving your efficiency, increasing revenue, and reducing costs.  Enter Jennifer Davis, Chief Marketing Officer at Learfield, and former senior executive at Amazon Web Services, Honeywell, Leyard International and Planar Systems. She’s authored the new book, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09DL4R18G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B09DL4R18G&linkCode=as2&tag=wellmade08-20&linkId=8b9f955cd1fd64f7c2713bbdcc6275e8 (Well Made Decisions,) which is being published this month by New Degree Press Jennifer's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferbdavis/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferbdavis/) WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE: Jennifer’s first job and what she took away from those days. What makes working at Learfield so special. Amazon’s most effective training strategy. How to become a thought leader. The real benefit of sharing the spotlight. What you must do in order to get promoted. How employee turnover can be a measure of success. How to get the CEO to back your idea (Amazon). Well made decisions. How to beat decision fatigue. HIGHLIGHTS: Tips on how to present big ideas: Write it down as a fake press release. Use the fake PR to communicate with people who could help to build your idea. QUOTES: “I’ve always admired those leaders who are willing to do the full range of work.” When training others “Make the first step easy!” “If you’re a thought leader, you should act like one.” “You build your credibility through helping others.” “There’s a difference between role clarity/ownership.” “If you do a good job of solving the problem, you’ll naturally get more resources.” “Decisions are not right or wrong; they are made right by what comes afterwards.” ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
Aug 31 2021
44 mins
How to Get Results and Take Care of Your People - COO of Celestica, Todd Cooper
It can be tough to balance getting bottom-line results and taking care of your people. Sometimes it can feel like it's an either/or choice. If you've ever faced this delimma, you're going to love what my guest today shares. Todd Cooper is Chief Operations Officer at Celestica with responsibility for global operations spanning 30 manufacturing locations across 14 countries.  Todd has over 25 years of experience including senior leadership positions at KKR, Honeywell Aerospace, Storage Technology Corporations, McKinsey & Company. He also served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from West Point, a Master of Science from MIT, and a MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Todd is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School. Todd Cooper’s LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/todd-cooper-1594654/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/todd-cooper-1594654/)  WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE: What Todd learned when helping to produce the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBFSaiyl2bU (EMANUEL )- a documentary about the Charleston Church Shooting that killed nine Emanuel AME church members in an act of terror. How his involvement in the film led to a powerful moment of discussion on diversity and inclusion in his company.  What makes his company, Celestica, so special. How to be successful working for a “scrappy” company. The leadership seed that was planted growing up on an Indian Reservation. How to get results and take care of your people. A dose of motivation from “TopGun” . The surprising reason he chose to go to West Point. Why sometimes it’s best to make your career decision based on where you can make the biggest impact. The advice he’d give his younger self… get broad experience! Why a linear career path may not always be the best choice. How to use Sunday night to prioritize the most chaotic work week. Finding the personal work-life balance that works for you. Why life is bigger than just the P&L. How to present your big idea to the C-Suite. A twist that led to his success down the road. Why all leaders should be tracking turnover, and the reason you need to know your top performers. HIGHLIGHTS: What makes working at Celestica special: Challenging situations. A compelling strategy in terms of growing engineering capabilities. Really good people. An open culture. QUOTES:  “I enjoy the challenge of ‘How do we win in complex and challenging situations?’.” “I figured if I could survive four years at West Point, I could do anything.” “Part of what motivates me is having a big challenge.” “Sanity check your priorities to make sure they tie to the bigger picture.” “Life is bigger than just the P&L.” “Figure how to present your idea in 3-5 ideas.” “Increasing your bench strength is critical.” ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
Aug 24 2021
57 mins
The Most Reliable Way to Advance Your Career - President of High Point Design, Joey Habert
Joey Habert is the president of High Point Design, a division of The Moret Group in New York. High Point Design manufactures accessories, and hosiery, under many brands along with their world renowned Fuzzy Babbas!  Joey has more than three decades of experience in the fashion and accessories retail/wholesale industry. Under Joey’s leadership, the company enjoyed great success and growth for 14 years.  A strong believer in community and charity, Joey always gives back by spearheading various projects every year that help others – both locally in his community, as well as abroad. Joey is a graduate of NYU Stern School of Business. Though Joey prefers to fly under the radar, he graciously agreed to this interview in the spirit of sharing some of the small lessons learned along the way; and because he simply couldn't say no to Ben, who over the years has become a good friend.  WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE: The reliable way to move up in your career. Why “old school” may be the best way to move up in your company. What you need to know about Moret and High Point Design. An honest perspective on going through the patent process. How faith influences how he leads and conducts business. The “Look Back” Theory… everything is for your good. The one trait he’d instill in every employee… the ability to earn trust! An email success strategy EVERYONE needs to use while they’re on vacation. The easy way to transition an employee. “The Roach Motel” strategy for reducing turnover. The best decisions he’s ever made and how to make them yourself. Why second place can give you a big advantage. HIGHLIGHTS: Advice for someone starting out in their career: There are no shortcuts. Work hard. Learn. QUOTES: “Sometimes it’s best to start at the bottom and work your way up.” “I’m old school. There are no shortcuts.” “Stay consistent and keep building upon the foundation you’ve laid.” “In your 20’s, work where there’s a mentor who you can learn from.” “Your work experiences, early on, compound the value over time.” RESOURCES: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey https://www.amazon.com/Habits-Highly-Effective-People-Powerful/dp/0743269519 (https://www.amazon.com/Habits-Highly-Effective-People-Powerful/dp/0743269519) How to Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive  https://www.amazon.com/Sharks-Without-Being-Eaten-Alive/dp/0751597228 (https://www.amazon.com/Sharks-Without-Being-Eaten-Alive/dp/0751597228) Good Notes App https://www.goodnotes.com/ ( https://www.goodnotes.com/) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
Aug 3 2021
58 mins
Lead Like Time is a Gift with Blackbaud Chief People Officer, Maggie Driscoll
Maggie Driscoll is Chief People and Culture Officer at Blackbaud. She leverages her extensive experience in human resources to foster a culture that enables Blackbaud to deliver on a vision of powering an Ecosystem of Good® that builds a better world. Prior to joining Blackbaud, she held senior leadership positions at the Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon) and CCBN, and C‑bridge/eXcelon, a technology and business consultant company.  She’s a passionate supporter of cancer research and has been extensively involved with fundraising events for Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.   Maggie’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/margaret-maggie-driscoll-54b6673/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/margaret-maggie-driscoll-54b6673/)   WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE: Why Maggie came back for a take two on the show. How growing up in an Irish household, the oldest of six children, was a sign she’d end up in the C-Suite. Her first job delivering newspapers and how it influences her leadership today. The success playbook Maggie uses to stay connected with her network. The importance of building your network outside the company as well as inside. How Maggie’s experience with cancer transformed her career and influenced her leadership approach. The inspired moment when Maggie was going through cancer treatment that she removed her wig during an executive meeting. How much should a leader talk during a meeting. Why Maggie leads like time is a gift. The important advice she’d give her younger self. The one trait she’d instill in every employee… authenticity! What a workplace and the bottom-line would look like if everyone showed up authentically. How Maggie’s company, Blackbaud, made a positive impact during COVID-19. How a twist in Maggie’s career led to her success down the road. The catastrophic cost of turnover. How to maintain a strong company culture while working remotely. HIGHLIGHTS: How to keep up with your expansive network: Follow post updates of people from your network. Reach out to them via email. Acknowledge their achievements and congratulate them. Maggie’s advice for her younger self: You don’t always have to worry about the next step. Really be present. QUOTES: “You can learn from everyone.” Ask, "What can we do together to make it the best?” “It’s okay not to be okay.” “When you ask someone how they’re doing; stop and listen to their response.” On the impact of being a cancer survivor… “Time has become a new lens that I look at things through.” ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
Jul 20 2021
53 mins
Why You Must Instill Customer Obsession in Your Team - GoDaddy VP of Product, Mahesh M. Thakur
Mahesh M. Thakur is Vice President of Product at GoDaddy.  He is also co-founder and former CEO of PhotoWeaver with over 20 years of experience working at Microsoft, Amazon, and Intuit. He is a member of the MG 100 coaches family and has hired, coached, and transformed product and engineering leaders at some of the world’s fastest-growing companies. He is a visionary leader who loves building products and companies that are mission driven and take a customer-first approach Mahesh’s LinkedIn Profile:https://www.linkedin.com/in/maheshmthakur/ ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/maheshmthakur/ ) Mahesh’s Website: Visit http://www.impeccableinterview.com (www.impeccableinterview.com) to learn more about Mahesh and how he can help you accelerate your career as a leader in technology.   Download his 6-step approach to achieving growth and success here: http://www.impeccableinterview.com/download (www.ImpeccableInterview.com/download)   WHAT YOU'LL DISCOVER IN THIS EPISODE: What Mahesh learned from becoming an entrepreneur at the age of 11. The inspiring and harrowing story of his grandparents' experience as a refugees in 1947.   The three guiding life principles his grandparents passed down and still influence his leadership today. The impact of the India Partition.  How your career decisions today can impact future generations. Mahesh’s passion for working with small businesses even though he’s worked for several large companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Intuit, and GoDaddy.   A powerful yet simple strategy to teach your employees customer empathy. An empathy connection to former CEO Sessions guest, Pammay Bassey, who is an author and Chief Learning and Diversity Officer at Kraft Heinz. Why he encourages all employees at GoDaddy to use their products. Advice for employees who are from underrepresented groups in the C-Suite and are a mission to get there.   How GoDaddy supports diversity, and how it contributes to their success. The one trait he wishes he could instill in every employee… “Customer Obsession”. What is it about Intuit CEO, Brad Smith, that's his biggest inspiration? The unexpected twist in his career during the Tech Meltdown in the 90’s, and how it led to his success down the road. How CEO’s can maximize their impact. What Mahesh learned on Bill Gates’ last day at Microsoft. HIGHLIGHTS: How can CEOs maximize their impact: Do an excellent job putting your message together. Inspire and impact people with that message. QUOTES: “When you're a small business owner… “I don’t have the time to say 'I don’t know?', I just have the time to say 'how much does it cost to go from A to B?'.” “There’s no correlation between busyness and success.  The only correlation is with learning.” “Believe in continuous learning.” ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
Jul 6 2021
40 mins
How to Think Big and Move Fast - CEO of CSAA Insurance Group, Tom Troy
Tom Troy is President and CEO of CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA insurer. He is a 30-year veteran of the insurance industry and served as an executive with Allstate, Liberty Mutual, and Safeco. With more than 100 years of experience serving AAA members, CSAA Insurance Group offers automobile, homeowners and other personal lines of insurance to AAA members through AAA clubs. Tom Troy is a board member of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association and the Bay Area Council. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and his MBA from Seattle University. Tom’s LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-troy-b1153073/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-troy-b1153073/ ) CSAA Website: https://csaa-insurance.aaa.com/content/aaa-ie/b2c/en/homepage.html/ (https://csaa-insurance.aaa.com/content/aaa-ie/b2c/en/homepage.html/ ) WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE: What Tom learned picking cherries as a kid. What others need to know about the CSAA Insurance Group. Why it’s so important for leaders to share the positive story of the Insurance industry. The career opportunities in the insurance industry go far beyond just sales and claims. The “tower” vs “pyramid” philosophy on building career success. Strategies for work-life balance. The advice he’d give his younger self. The one trait he’d like to instill in every employee… thinking big and moving fast. How to avoid becoming a victim of your own success. Why you must consider exporting talent instead of coveting talent. How a twist in his career led to his personal growth. Three success strategies for every employee. HIGHLIGHTS: Advice Tom would give to his younger self: Be less hard on yourself. Balance things differently. Traits Tom would instill in his employees: Thinking big. Moving fast. QUOTES: “The Insurance Story doesn’t get told very well.” “I embraced the opportunity to do more as long as it helped me grow.” “If you do good work, you’re going to have more opportunities.” “Building a strong and broad base of skills is important to your longevity in any career.” “Don’t covet talent; be prepared to export it.” “Think big, move fast.” ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
Jun 22 2021
44 mins
The Greatest Leadership Learning Tool - Harvard Business School Executive Director, Carin-Isabel Knoop
Carin-Isabel Knoop is the Executive Director of the Harvard Business School Case Research & Writing Group. She’s written cases on managers and leaders all over the world across functions and industries for decades.  Carin co-authored the book on Compassionate Management of Mental Health in the Modern Workplace​ (with Dean John Quelch, Herbert Business School, University of Miami), and her articles have been published in Africa, Europe, the U.S., and Latin America.  She champions diversity of thought, adaptability, and human sustainability at work, working closely with public and private organizations, student groups, and employee benefits organizations to promote Mental Health by All and For All. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Carin's Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carinknoop/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/carinknoop/ ) Carin’s list of Harvard Business School Case Studies https://hbsp.harvard.edu/search?N=&Nrpp=25&Ntt=knoop&searchLocation=header (https://hbsp.harvard.edu/search?N=&Nrpp=25&Ntt=knoop&searchLocation=header)  Carin’s book, Compassionate Management of Mental Health in the Modern Workplace​ https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319715407 (https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319715407)  WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE: How Carin created her role inside Harvard Business School. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first case study used at HBS. TRIVIA: The first case study used at HBS was… General Shoe Company. Why case studies are such a POWERFUL tool to teaching leaders. Why learning to disagree is essential for all leaders. Why a case study is such an effective training tool. The step-by-step process of how Harvard Business School students approach a case study. The one case study Carin would recommend if you could only read one. The business case that made her cry. How a singing Walmart greeter led to an amazing interaction with Walmart CEO, Doug McMillon. Strategies to infuse the case study mindset when developing your own team. What former CEO of Honeywell, David Cote, said about different points of view in a meeting (around the 31-minute mark). https://www.benfanning.com/david-cote/  What former CEO Nigel Travis said about “Challenge Culture” and getting direct feedback (around the 34-minute mark). https://www.benfanning.com/nigel-travis/  The Kim Scott perspective on bias in her book, Just Work. https://www.benfanning.com/kim-scott/  Three success strategies for every employee. HIGHLIGHTS: The process Harvard students follow for case studies: Receive the case ahead of time. Prepare individually. Discuss in a in a study group. Present in class. Evaluate the case study and get feedback from others. QUOTES: “There is something beautiful in the method of discovery in a case study.” “A good case occurs when people disagree.” “Some people think that Inclusion is expensive, but exclusion is even more expensive.” “To support diversity, we need the tools and courage to learn to disagree.” (from her Medium post) “With disagreement comes innovation.” RESOURCES: Lincoln -Douglas Debate Format Carin’s Medium Post: Build Mental Health Back Better, Mr. Biden. No vaccine is coming for the COVID depression. https://carinisabelknoop.medium.com/build-mental-health-back-better-mr-biden-because-no-vaccine-is-coming-for-the-covid-depression-a8ae5c6b23f (https://carinisabelknoop.medium.com/build-mental-health-back-better-mr-biden-because-no-vaccine-is-coming-for-the-covid-depression-a8ae5c6b23f ) Carin’s Medium Post: So you want to improve mental health at work? Focus on the work part. There is no app for antiquated management. https://carinisabelknoop.medium.com/to-improve-mental-health-at-work-focus-on-the-work-part-b6849a677a39...
Jun 8 2021
51 mins
Leading from the Steep Side of The Learning Curve - CEO of Pinnacol Assurance, Phili Kalin
Phil Kalin is President and CEO Pinnacol Assurance in Denver, CO where they protect nearly a million workers and 60,000 businesses. Phil has also served as a senior executive at Mt Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Rose Medical Center in Denver, Custom Med Solutions, and Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Phil Kalin has a bachelor’s degree from University of Iowa and his master's degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan.   Phil’s LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/philkalin/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/philkalin/) Pinnacol Assurance: https://www.pinnacol.com/ (https://www.pinnacol.com/ ) WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE: Phil’s first job in his family’s “Five and Dime”, and how it influenced his career. The moment he hiked in the snow to his customer’s house to take care of them. A powerful lesson he learned, at 17 years old, when he needed to run the family business. Why it’s important that you stay on the “steep side of the learning curve”. Advice to leaders who want to grow in their career. Pinnacol’s success strategies from facing the Pandemic. Why Pinnacol celebrated the one year "shutdown anniversary". Why their NPS score increased during the Pandemic. The pros and cons of having your team working remotely. Thoughts on the long-term impact of remote working on corporate culture. The two ways that leaders should be creating content on social media. The two traits he'd instill in every employee… curiosity and constant learning. The big questions he asks his employees. When Phil had an unexpected twist in his career, and how it led to his success.   3 success strategies that all employees need to understand. HIGHLIGHTS: Traits Phil would instil into each employee: Curiosity Being a constant learner QUOTES: Advice from his father, “The customer is always right”.   “I love change. I love being on the steep side of the learning curve.” “‘Are you all in?’ ‘cause if you’re not, then this is probably not the place for you because we are now going forward and as fast and hard as we can.” RESOURCES: Pandemic Lessons for the Workplace, Phil Kalin http://www.metrodenver.org/blog/posts/2021/04/pandemic-lessons-for-the-workplace/ (http://www.metrodenver.org/blog/posts/2021/04/pandemic-lessons-for-the-workplace/ ) Atul Gawande https://www.amazon.com/Atul-Gawande/e/B00458K698%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share (https://www.amazon.com/Atul-Gawande/e/B00458K698%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
Jun 1 2021
48 mins
Jennifer McCollum, CEO of Linkage - Cultivating Your Leadership Network
Jennifer McCollum is the CEO at Linkage, which is a Boston based leadership development firm that focuses on improving leadership effectiveness and gender equity in organizations globally. Jennifer's relentless commitment to changing the face of leadership has led to a complete revolution of how this 30+ year old firm is serving leaders. Most recently she co-created an innovative approach to developing inclusive leaders in organizations that is sure to revolutionize the conversation we’re having around this important topic today. She’s also served in senior executive roles at Korn Ferry Hay and CEB, which is now part of Gartner. Jennifer’s Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferscherermccollum/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferscherermccollum/) WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE: Growing up in Europe and where Jennifer developed her scrappiness for business. The amazing story of her first job at Coca-Cola during the 1996 Olympics in Barcelona that positively impacted the next 20 years of her career.   How to turn a big opportunity into an even BIGGER one. Career advice for those in their 20’s.    Why just working hard doesn’t mean people will notice. The productivity hack that Jennifer uses to cultivate her network. What you need to understand about Linkage, and it's inspired mission. Career advice for those from underrepresented groups in the C-Suite. The importance of modeling the behavior you want to see in others. How Alan Mulally (former CEO, Boeing Commercial Aircraft and Ford) impacted her CEO career during the global Pandemic.  Why, as the leader, you must talk the least. The one trait she wishes she could instill in every employee… self-awareness. The importance of getting honest feedback and how it helps you grow as a leader. Interesting findings from Linkage’s recent research.  Jennifer’s personal story of how bias and engagement impact all levels of the organization. A time when a career twist led to her growth down the road. HIGHLIGHTS: Advice for a young aspiring leader: Experience everything you can. Try a lot of things. Figure out what you like and what your passion is. Start to formulate your purpose. Cultivate a network. In the Purposeful Leadership model, Leaders need to: Inspire Engage Innovate Achieve Become QUOTES: “It’s not enough to work hard; others must notice.”  “Instead of focusing on creating a network; focus on cultivating it.” “Serve first.” “We want leaders who are modeling inclusion, creating an inclusive culture. and are investing in their people.” “As a leader, you must talk the least.” “Self-awareness leads to self-discovery which leads to impact.” ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
May 18 2021
48 mins
Quest for the PERFECT Snack with CEO of Perfect Snacks, Bill Keith
Bill Keith is CEO and Co-Founder of Perfect Snacks.   You can say Bill Keith was a “born leader” as he is the eldest of 13 children, and they became known as the family that founded Perfect Bar.  Perfect Bar is the #1-Selling Refrigerated Protein Bar in the U.S. and is available in 27,000 retailers nationwide. Bill's quest to create Perfect Bar began in college, when he submitted a business plan for a class project, outlining his concept for a first-of-its-kind refrigerated protein bar made with whole food ingredients — a concept hatched from a childhood recipe, created by his father.  Over the next 13 years, Bill and his younger siblings worked tirelessly to turn the crowded, $6-billion protein bar industry upside down, leading consumers away from the highly-processed, non-perishable snack aisles, to the fresh and functional snack and beverage coolers where Perfect Snacks products continue to carve out desirable, high-velocity fridge real estate. Named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst & Young (San Diego Region), ‘Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in the U.S.”, “Most-Admired CEO” by San Diego Business Journal,  “Best Workplaces 2019” from Inc. Magazine   Bill’s LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-keith-48a77a14/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-keith-48a77a14/)  Bill’s Company Perfect Snacks: https://perfectsnacks.com/ (https://perfectsnacks.com/ ) WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE: What it was like being the eldest child of such a large family, being home schooled, and growing up in national parks across the country. The “perfect” origin of the Perfect Bar, and how it saved his family. How growing up in a big family impacted his leadership. Bill’s top 3 national parks. The advice that Bill gives to his mentees who are starting a business. A strategy to keep going despite the ‘No’. How to work through a “No” with a customer. Why you must listen and react in real time. Why they’ve gone the extra mile to hand roll the bar. The key inflection points of start-up to boot strapping to working with investors. How to deal with stress when “daring greatly”.   How a $100,000 investment led to $20MM per year. The trait he’d like to instill in every employee…vulnerability. Three success strategies for every employee. QUOTES: “Make sure you long from the sign post along the way that tells you that you’re on the right path.” “If you have a product you’d like to test, go to your local farmer’s market." “When I was starting out, Google was my ‘cheat sheet’.” “I want on my tombstone ‘He was a good listener’.” “Constantly perfect your own brand and craft.” “I would rather be a person who says what they know and don’t know. Then share what you’re doing to learn what you need to.” “Look at your actions and determine where you need to do better.” RESOURCES: The Acadia Coop in Northern California Brene Brown – Daring Greatly https://www.amazon.com/Daring-Greatly-Courage-Vulnerable-Transforms/dp/1592408419 College of Redwoods https://www.redwoods.edu/ Yosemite, Niagara, Lake Chelan  Jordan Rubin, Ancient Nutrition https://ancientnutrition.com/ Peter Burns, One Bar and Justin’s Nut Butter https://www.cobizmag.com/how-peter-burns-helps-promising-food-companies-flourish/ Wayne Woo ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Apply to be on the show) ------------------- https://www.benfanning.com/the-ceo-sessions/ (Connect with Ben:) https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/) https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ (https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/) https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 (https://twitter.com/BenFanning1)
May 11 2021
43 mins