You, Me, and Your Top Three

Gregg Garrett

You, Me, and Your Top Three is a podcast focused on exploring leadership in the connecting world. Specifically, the podcast invites leaders to tell stories, reflect, and discuss their views on: - disruptions in industry and society; - how they are leading transformations considering these disruptions - brave leadership to drive transformation. It is this last point where we focus most of the discussion, asking our guests to share their insights into the relationships they have with their “Top 3” closest advisors. It is our observation and experience that as the world connects, the importance of a diverse set of counselors is increasing in value. For some this may be a formal advisor who has been contracted on behalf of the company. For most this will be deep relationships in which they have been invested and nurtured. Through stories and discussion, we strive to celebrate the art of giving and receiving advice. The stories that are told are heartfelt and real. At the root we are exploring the process of knowledge building, relationship building, and perhaps most importantly, confidence building. After all, it takes a brave leader to battle the inertia that exists in industries, our organizations, and in ourselves. It is our hope that as successful leaders open up about the subjects and the way in which they interact with their closest confidants, our listeners will, in turn, reflect on their own “virtual board of advisors.” Over time they will then surround themselves with those who help them stretch toward greatness and lead bravely in the connecting world. read less
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Saying More, by Speaking Less (WSG Teri Takai)
Apr 24 2024
Saying More, by Speaking Less (WSG Teri Takai)
Host Greggory Garrett is joined by Teri Takai, a leader who found her voice while growing up in the automotive industry before shifting to public service at the State and Federal levels. Teri learned to make her voice heard in powerful rooms not by the count of her words, but by the power and precision of how and what she says. Teri shares her “Top 3”: Colleagues, Dick and Ray, at Ford Motor Company who taught her to have a voice; former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm who gave her a seat at the table and demonstrated what real collaboration looked like; and Former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates who shaped her powerful leadership style. And you have to hear what he says about questioning herself. . SHOW HIGHLIGHTS During this episode: (00:00) Introduction (1:07) Social media and the importance of listening (05:40) Meet Teri The “Top Three”: (8:05) Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm: Gave her a seat at the table and demonstrated what real collaboration looked like (11:40) Colleagues, Dick and Ray, at Ford Motor Company: Taught her to have a voice (13:30) Former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates: Shaped her powerful leadership style Other Points of Interest: (17:13) Bravery and women in leadership (28:30) Public service versus private sector roles (35:27) Technology trends in government and the influence of CIOs You Have to Hear This: (45:27) Question yourself . LINKS AND RESOURCES Teri Takai: LinkedIn | Email | e.Republic Gregg Garrett: LinkedIn | Twitter | About CGS Advisors: Website | LinkedIn
Leadership and the Law of Entrainment (WSG Suzy Siegle)
Apr 3 2024
Leadership and the Law of Entrainment (WSG Suzy Siegle)
Suzy Siegle, Ed.D., J.D., President of Walsh College, joins host Gregg Garrett to discuss numerous leadership lessons and the Law of Entrainment. Suzy shares her “Top 3” which include God, her husband David, her entire leadership team at Walsh, and a couple of external leaders who help to stretch her thinking. And you have to hear what she says about discipline equaling freedom. . SHOW HIGHLIGHTS During this episode: (00:00) Introduction (01:25) What humans can learn from AI (05:00) Meet Suzy The “Top Three”: (06:40) God: The foundation of Suzy’s guidance, bravery, and leadership (09:10) Suzy’s husband, David Siegle: Betters Suzy in her day-to-day (14:02) Walsh Leadership Team – Dave, Tom, Shannon, Jaclyn, Jen, Erik, Mike, and Dan: Support a Prism of Leadership approach (19:10) Dan Sullivan’s Strategic Coach program: helps Suzy recognize blindspots and enhance her leadership (20:23) Ed Mylett and Brendon Burchard: share their own success path with listeners Other Points of Interest: (23:55) About Walsh College (26:27) The Law of Entrainment (30:45) Placing bets around AI and increasing accessibility for learners (37:03) Walsh Leadership Academy You Have to Hear This: (39:00) Discipline equals freedom . LINKS AND RESOURCES Suzy Siegle: LinkedIn | Authored Books (100% of proceeds go to Walsh College) | Locus Mindset Leadership Training Walsh College: Website | Walsh Leadership Academy  Gregg Garrett: LinkedIn | Twitter | About CGS Advisors: Website | LinkedIn
Building the Industrial Carnival (WSG Bruce Smith)
Nov 22 2023
Building the Industrial Carnival (WSG Bruce Smith)
Bruce Smith, majority shareholder, Chairman, and CEO of Detroit Manufacturing Systems, joins host Gregg Garrett to discuss how the connected world rewards speed and flexibility. Bruce shares his “Top 3”: Ben Meachem, who blends an understanding of people and clarity of problems to lead; Kristy McDonald, who understands the dynamics between leaders; Scott Cieslak, who can receive feedback and truly become better from it, and his wife, Michelle, who specializes in pulling thorns. And you have to hear about how he draws big circles to include others and how he suggests leaders must balance the 4P Accounts. . SHOW HIGHLIGHTS During this episode: (00:00) Introduction (01:24) Importance of speed and seamlessness (07:09) Meet Bruce The “Top Three”: (10:51) Ben Meachem: blends an understanding of people and clarity of problems to lead (18:33) Kristy McDonald: understands the dynamics between leaders (31:56) Scott Cieslak: can receive feedback and truly become better from it (40:37) Bruce’s wife, Michelle: specializes in pulling thorns Other Points of Interest: (42:54) What does DMS do? (50:13) An agile approach You Have to Hear This: (53:58) Draw big circles to include others, and the 4P Accounts . LINKS AND RESOURCES Bruce Smith: LinkedIn | Email Detroit Manufacturing Systems (DMS): DMS Website | DMS LinkedIn | DMS Facebook | DMS Instagram Gregg Garrett: LinkedIn | Twitter | About CGS Advisors: Website | LinkedIn | Twitter
Small Words to Moonshots (wsg Ben Lamm)
Apr 19 2023
Small Words to Moonshots (wsg Ben Lamm)
SMALL WORDS TO MOONSHOTS | Ben Lamm, a multi-time founder who is currently working on bringing back the woolly mammoth, joins host Gregg Garrett to discuss how small words can lead to HUGE ideas. Of course, Ben shares his Top 3 or 4: Thomas Tull, who reminds him to just keep going; John McKinley, who taught him how to live servant leadership; Richard Garriott, who has stoked his passion to explore; and his grandmother, who has taught him that he can do anything. And you have to hear what he has to say about picking a principle and not allowing anything to budge you from it.  About Ben Lamm     Ben Lamm is the co-founder and CEO of Colossal. Ben is a serial technology entrepreneur driven to solve the most complex challenges facing our planet. For over a decade, Ben has built disruptive businesses that future-proof our world. In addition to leading and growing his own companies, he is passionate about emerging technology, science, space and climate change. Active in angel investing, incubators and startup communities, Ben invests in software and emerging tech, and is deeply engaged in the technology, defense and climate change communities. Prior to Colossal, Ben served as the founder and CEO to a number of companies, including Hypergiant, an enterprise AI software company focused on critical infrastructures, space, and defense; Conversable, the leading conversational intelligence platform that helps brands reach customers through automated experiences acquired by LivePerson; and Chaotic Moon, a global creative technology powerhouse acquired by Accenture. Ben was also the co-founder of Team Chaos, a consumer gaming company acquired by Zynga. Ben is a fellow of the Explorer’s Club, whose mission is to promote the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. He also serves as a Scientific Advisory Board member on the Planetary Society and sits on the Advisory Board for the Arch Mission. Ben has appeared as a thought leader in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Wired, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and Newsweek on topics such as innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. SHOW HIGHLIGHTS During this episode:  Introduction [0:00] Small words, big impact [0:52] Introduction to Ben [3:03] Colossal, de-extinction,and technology [4:24] The “Top Three” Thomas Tull: reminds him to just keep going [06:59] John McKinley: taught him how to live servant leadership [19:38] Richard Garriott: stoked his passion to explore [29:29] Ben’s grandmother: taught him that he can do anything [38:17] Other Points of Interest: Encouraging moonshots [44:09] Transparency in industry [48:35] You have to hear this… Pick a principle and don’t budge [49:02]
Driving Uncomfortable Conversations (wsg Andrew Stuart)
Apr 5 2023
Driving Uncomfortable Conversations (wsg Andrew Stuart)
DRIVING UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS | Andrew Stuart, President and CEO of TD Auto Finance, joins host Gregg Garrett to discuss the need to get uncomfortable in order to have breakthrough moments. Of course, Andrew shares his Top 3 (well, 4): Sandra Moncrief, his wife, who helps him learn to interpret emotions; Marc Womack, who taught him the power of uncomfortable conversations; Peter Cummings, a worldly leader who has shown him the power of outside perspectives; and Allan Ferguson, a collegiate friend who helps him celebrate practicality. And you have to hear what he has to say about creating an environment to drive intellectual curiosity.  About Andrew Stuart   Andrew Stuart is the President & CEO of TD Auto Finance. In this role, he is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the indirect retail and commercial auto finance business in the U.S.    Andrew joined TD in 2014 and spent six years serving as President and CEO of TD Auto Finance before accepting a role in Corporate Transformation and Operations with TD Bank Group, where he served as Head of Corporate Operations. He was responsible for operational excellence and transformational change across Corporate Operations and focused on driving efficiencies across the Corporate functions.   During his previous tenure with TD Auto Finance, Stuart led the development and execution of the indirect auto financing strategy. He grew the portfolio from $16 billion to $24 billion while reimagining the way the business operated and navigating numerous transformation and strategic initiatives.   Prior to joining TD, Andrew spent 22 years with the Volkswagen Group in the U.S. and Canada. Most recently as President and CEO of VW Credit Inc., responsible for a US$25B portfolio of retail, lease and commercial loan assets in the US and Canada. He has a broad automotive sales and lending background, having held a variety of senior roles, including EVP and CFO VW Credit, Inc., and President, Bentley MotorsUS.   Andrew is currently serving as a member of the Management Committee, TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank® and U.S. Diversity Leadership Chair for TD Bank. Andrew has been an active member of the American Financial Services Association (AFSA), serving as past Chair of the Vehicle Finance Board and the AFSA Board.   A Canadian citizen born in Moncton, New Brunswick and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Andrew graduated from Saint Mary's University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1992. He moved to the U.S. in 1994 and held a number of roles of increasing responsibility while also completing an MBA at the University of Oregon in 1998. He graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2021. Andrew became a U.S. citizen in 2013 and currently resides in Vienna, Virginia with his wife and three children. SHOW HIGHLIGHTS During this episode:  Introduction [0:00] Be Brave [1:03] Introduction to Andrew [2:56] The “Top Three” Sandra Moncrief: helped Andrew learn to interpret emotions [6:20] Marc Womack: taught Andrew the power of uncomfortable conversations [11:58] Peter Cummings: showed Andrew the power of outside perspective [22:23] Allan Ferguson: taught Andrew to celebrate practicality [35:23] Other Points of Interest: Headlines coming from TD [39:12] Transformation(s) happening in the financial industry [46:50] You have to hear this… Create an environment to drive intellectual curiosity [51:00] ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Contact Andrew Stuart: Andrew’s LinkedIn Andrew’s Email   Contact Gregg Garrett: Gregg’s LinkedIn Gregg’s Twitter Gregg’s Bio   Contact CGS Advisors: Website LinkedIn Twitter
People Make Innovation Matter (wsg Roopesh Das)
Mar 8 2023
People Make Innovation Matter (wsg Roopesh Das)
PEOPLE MAKE INNOVATION MATTER | Roopesh Das, Senior VP of Digital Acceleration and Innovation at Wallenius Wilhelmsen, joins host Gregg Garrett to discuss the importance of putting the human in the center of your innovation strategy. Of course, Roopesh shares his Top 3: Ritesh Patel, who helped him to learn to connect; Akiko Marusawa, who helped him recognize the importance of people; and Shireen Das, who is his rock and helps him set a montessori approach to his digital innovation program. And you have to hear what he has to say about being passionate but not emotional. About Roopesh Das   Experienced Digital executive with a track record of organizational transformation by applying cutting edge technology to launch innovative products which address new business models and create value, while leading and inspiring technology teams globally across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.  Through his career spanning more than 20 years, Roopesh has launched technology products and solutions globally across logistics, manufacturing, finance, and telecom   A visionary leader, specializing in strategizing tech and business models, by looking at trends and market a few years out, setting goals for that future and framing strategy to execute in the present.   Most recently he has been, founder of an open Innovation platform in Wallenius Wilhelmsen, partnering with a global ecosystem of 100+ startups, tech & ventures to solve challenges in supply chain & logistics, leading to benefits such as: • 60% increase in productivity with Computer Vision, Robotics and Mixed Reality • 30% improvement in asset utilization with IoT & AI • De-carbonizing supply chain with Data, AI and electric fleets  He oversees strategic vision, product development, partnership creation and venture advisory.   Roopesh holds an engineering degree in Computer Science from Mumbai University, India. He is based in New Jersey, USA   He has lived internationally, likes to travel, meet people, and experience local cuisines and culture. He is always game for sharing, learning, and exchanging thoughts, around tech, society and impactful digital transformation.   SHOW HIGHLIGHTS During this episode: Introduction [0:00] Looking to innovate? Here are two questions to start with answering [0:50] Introduction to Roopesh [4:50] The “Top Three” Ritesh Patel: Helped him learn to connect [8:31] Akiko Marusawa: Helped him recognize the importance of people [13:51] Shireen Das: His rock who helps him set a Montessori approach to his digital innovation program [19:33] One more to mention: Rune Gisvold [27:30] Other Points of Interest: Leading innovation for a 150-year-old company [30:06] Lessons learned from empowering humans [32:54] You have to hear this… Be passionate but not emotional [40:42] ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Contact Roopesh Das: ●        Roopesh’s LinkedIn   Contact Gregg Garrett: ●        Gregg’s LinkedIn ●        Gregg’s Twitter ●        Gregg’s Bio   Contact CGS Advisors: ●        Website ●        LinkedIn ●        Twitter
Making Alumni (Solocast)
Feb 8 2023
Making Alumni (Solocast)
MAKING ALUMNI| Join Gregg Garrett, host and CGS Advisors CEO, during this solocast as he discusses how to establish an alumni network from your organization; not always an easy thing to do considering some of your best and brightest employees you never want to leave your firm. But, on the flip side, in order to get the best, brightest, and most driven you often need to get talent who want to spread their wings and sometimes it is at a different speed than the pace of your organization. Make an alumnus and you’re probably going to make some incredible employees and friends for life. ABOUT GREGG GARRETT Greggory R. Garrett is the CEO and Managing Director of CGS Advisors, a boutique strategy and innovation advisory firm that works with senior leaders at public companies and select private organizations. He is a dynamic and experienced international keynote speaker, an adjunct professor of business and engineering, the host of the “You, Me, and Your Top Three” podcast, and author of the best-selling business leadership book, Competing in the Connecting World. Having addressed audiences from 20 to upwards of 1500 people in public and private/corporate events, Gregg is at his best when he can focus on industry shaping & transformational topics. Prior to launching CGS Advisors, Gregg was the Chief Strategy Officer for IT & Innovation at Volkswagen Group of America. Before his time with VW, Gregg led corporate strategy & marketing for a division of Deutsche Telekom and was part of Ernst & Young’s Management Consulting practice. He is a visionary leader who prides himself in recognizing common sense solutions for complex problems and supports “Corporate Bravery” by motivating teams to reach well beyond the typical boundaries to achieve greatness. SHOW HIGHLIGHTS During this episode: Introduction [0:00] Losing the future of your organization [0:59] Bravery and the stages of spreading your wings [2:05] Do you drive a culture of alumni? [4:39] The secret to building great alum [6:52] Advice for letting your best and brightest leave [8:20] ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Contact Gregg Garrett: ●        Gregg’s LinkedIn ●        Gregg’s Twitter ●        Gregg’s Bio   Contact CGS Advisors: ●        Website ●        LinkedIn ●        Twitter
Picking Up the Pace (wsg Jay Rogers)
Nov 9 2022
Picking Up the Pace (wsg Jay Rogers)
PICKING UP THE PACE|Jay Rogers, founder and CEO of haddy- a 3D -printed furniture company,  joins host Gregg Garrett to discuss the lessons he learned by 3D printing autonomous vehicles and how the team is now looking to disrupt the complete supply chain of a less regulated industry with a similar product set. Of course, Jay speaks about his Top 3: God, who is part of his life everyday, his boys who help him to learn and reverse mentor him, and 3-star General Mike Dana who specializes in servant leadership. And you have to hear what he has to say about reading by candlelight. ABOUT JAY ROGERS John “Jay” Rogers is CEO and Co-Founder of haddy inc. – a pioneering digital manufacturing company serving the furniture industry and built on revolutionary technology and IP. Haddy is changing the way furniture is designed, built, delivered, and recycled. It is the world’s first micro-manufacturer of furniture produced through a proprietary method of direct digital manufacturing (“DDM”). Through DDM, haddy enables more rapid technology and material adoption and a superior resilient supply chain.   Jay grew up a lover of woodworking, machines, and a student of industry; his grandfather owned the legendary Indian Motorcycle Company, founded concrete and steel giant Texas Industries, and was the first Cummins Engine Distributor in the United States. Jay’s grandfather is also credited with saving the Public Broadcasting System during the Nixon Administration and founding the Children’s Television Workshop, which is best known for Sesame Street. In combining his family legacy of manufacturing, his military leadership, entrepreneurship, and education, Jay has hand selected a team of co-founders and set forth on a most ambitious plan: Creating, heroic, beautiful, durable furniture for retailers, to their design, built locally in the most resilient and sustainable manner.   He graduated from Princeton University and went to a startup in China and then to Ewing & Partners where he became a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). After that, he went on to the US Marine Corps where he served for 9 years in the infantry in the western Pacific and Iraq, to Harvard Business School and to become a consultant for McKinsey & Co. Most recently, he founded and led Local Motors, a next generation vehicle OEM. It was there that Jay discovered the basic technology of DDM, and in 2021 he handed over the reins of Local Motors to a new investor group and left to start haddy full-time. The story of how communities of customers and suppliers can effectively participate in the innovation and creation of leading technology products is a journey Jay shares widely. He has spoken at BIF, PopTech, TedX, Picnic in Amsterdam, Do Conference in Wales, St Gallen Symposium, the White House conference on making, CES, CeBIT, IMTS, Singularity University, and many more conclaves. Additionally, the story of American innovation, co-creation and digital manufacturing has been shared on Discovery, PBS, Fox, CNBC, and Speed Channel. You can find Jay’s impact first in long form narrative as part of many books, starting with MacroWikinomics written by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams and more recently in America’s Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age by Rework America and Zoe Baird. His work has also been featured in Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Wired, Top Gear, AutoWeek, Inc., Details, Forbes, and others. In 2020, he was awarded the honor of leading Local Motors to one of the top 10 global innovative transportation companies by Popular Science. Jay is a director of the RBR Foundation, which gives annually to the cause of childhood education and development. He is the father of 4 boys who are growing up in a connected age and whom, he hopes, will take advantage of the incredible opportunity that the internet has given the world.   Visit Jay, haddy and the future of American Manufacturing Innovation in Tampa, FL where the first haddy microfactory is being built, and where he calls headquarters and home. SHOW HIGHLIGHTS During this episode:  Introduction [0:00] What a Time to Be in the Workforce [1:09] Introduction to Jay [3:53] The “Top Three” God who is part of his life everyday  [6:26] General Mike Dana who taught him servant leadership [8:57] His boys who help him learn and reverse teach him [17:00] Other Talking Points: What is haddy? [19:25] Revolutionizing Manufacturing through Micro-Manufacturing [24:00] Dismantling Supply Chain [30:18] Where do you find these people?  [33:30]] Bravery and Courage [38:40] What does Jay fear? [43:00] You have to hear this… Reading by Candlelight [44:30] ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Contact Jay Rogers: Jay’s LinkedInJay’s email: jay@haddy.lifeHaddy.life (website to go live soon!)   Contact Gregg Garrett: Gregg’s LinkedInGregg’s TwitterGregg’s Bio   Contact CGS Advisors: WebsiteLinkedInTwitter
Taking Risks (wsg Gary Shapiro)
Sep 14 2022
Taking Risks (wsg Gary Shapiro)
TAKING RISKS | Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, joins host Gregg Garrett to discuss the consumer electronics industry, CTA and the Consumer Electronics Show, and broader societal change. Of course, Gary speaks about his Top 3: his wife, industry advisors and advocates like Robert Ford who help him reflect on how to drive the industry forward, and his entire CTA management team as well as members of the Board. And you have to hear what he has to say about keeping balance in life. ABOUT GARY SHAPIRO Gary Shapiro is an acclaimed author, lobbyist, and president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® which represents over 1,500 consumer technology companies and owns and produces the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)®  — The Global Stage for Innovation. A Georgetown Law graduate, Shapiro began his career as an associate at the Squire Sanders law firm. After an extended tenure in law, he began working on Capitol Hill as an assistant to a prominent member of the U.S. Congress. Later in his life, Gary would use this combined law and legal experience to be named one of The Hill’s top lobbyists numerous times throughout his career (2015-2021). As his experience in law and politics progressed, he became more aligned with the world of technology, which eventually brought him into the fold of the Consumer Technology Association in 1982.  Taking the role of President and CEO, Shapiro evolved the idea of the workplace over his 40-year long tenure leading the organization. Directing a staff of 150 employees alongside thousands of industry volunteers, he built a forward-thinking successful business focused on the further development and integration of technology in all industries of the world. Under his leadership CTA has won numerous awards for its healthy workplace, family friendly employment practices, and environmentally friendly exhibition practices. In 2019, CTA earned its sixth consecutive selection as a Washington Post Top Workplace.  Shapiro has written New York Times bestsellers including “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses” (HarperCollins, 2013) and “The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream” (Beaufort, 2011). He also wrote USA Today bestseller “Ninja Future: Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation” (William Morrow, 2018) Through these books, numerous television appearances, and as a columnist whose more than 1,200 opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation and technology in the U.S. economy. Shapiro consistently stays active in policy, thought leadership, government, and community development alongside his position at CTA. He currently serves as a member of the CTA Executive Board, NAM Board of Directors of the Council of Manufacturing Associations, the Board of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and the Trade Show Executive Editorial Board. A subject of regular praise, Shapiro was once called a “mastermind” for his initiative in helping to create the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection. His mind for an evolving workplace and consumer while staying environmentally conscious has paved a roadmap for bipartisan law and policy makers to follow in making a more innovative world. Gary Shapiro is happily married and lives in Michigan. SHOW HIGHLIGHTS During this episode:  Introduction [0:00] How the World is Connecting through Consumer Touch [1:05] Introduction to Gary Shapiro [9:27] The “Top Three” Gary’s Wife [13:52] Industry advisors and advocates like Robert Ford who help him reflect on how to drive the industry forward [14:39] His entire CTA management team as well as members of the Board [15:24] The Consumer Technology Industry Learning from a Failure [18:55] Keep Things Simple [21:56] Disruptors to the Industry [23:00] AI Changing the Business Model [26:41] Advice to Business Leaders [31:58] What to Expect from CES in 2023? – World Academy of Arts & Science (WAAS) Partnerships, Awards, and More [36:45] You have to hear this… Balance in Life Hack [43:12] ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Contact Gary Shapiro: Consumer Technology AssociationCES WebsiteGary’s LinkedIn Contact Gregg Garrett: Gregg’s emailGregg’s LinkedInGregg’s TwitterGregg’s Bio Contact CGS Advisors: WebsiteLinkedInTwitter
Blurred by Design (wsg Paul Arnegard)
Aug 31 2022
Blurred by Design (wsg Paul Arnegard)
Paul Arnegard, VP of Creative Services at Tweddle, joins host Gregg Garrett to discuss how his firm has transformed as the mobility industry continues to be disrupted. Of course, Paul speaks about his Top 3, including Dan Owens who helped him pivot to the creative side of the firm, his father who helped him get Earthy Wisdom, and Grandmaster Kim who helped him bring discipline and calmness to his hectic life, and current and former colleagues like Brian Suszek (former podcast guest, episode 113), Alex Awn (former podcast guest, episode 139), and Amy Simonelli who influenced him to build trust, see the good, slow down, and ask diverse questions. And you have to hear what he has to say about taking the time to meditate every day. About Paul Arnegard Paul is the Vice President of Creative Services at Tweddle Group, a pillar company of the CJK Group portfolio. CJK is a global information provider for multiple industries, and Tweddle’s role is to supply one-stop support for OEMs through content development & management, creative services, digital print & distribution, and diagnostic tools.  Paul manages several shared services within the organization, including video production, graphic design, UX/UI, CGI, project management, quality, and marketing. Prior to arriving at Tweddle twenty-two years ago, this University of Michigan alum spent time in several disparate fields, each of which contributed to his business perspective and leadership style. From spraying orange groves to working as a martial arts instructor. From repairing billboards high above the ground to sitting behind a desk to write. From engaging students as an English teacher to engaging opponents as a kickboxer. Each step along the way provided experience and insight that he continues to apply for growth and problem solving in the workplace, though punching and kicking are no longer a part of his solution toolbox. During this episode: Introduction [0:00] Industry Lines are Blurring/Experience Design [1:10] Introduction to Paul [3:23] The “Top Three” Dan Owens, former boss who helped him pivot to the creative side of the firm [6:15] His father who had no formal education but earthly wisdom [9:45] Grandmaster Kim who helped him bring discipline and calmness to his hectic life [15:40] Brian Suszek, former boss who played the biggest role in Paul rising through the ranks [24:55] Alex Awn, creative support and helps make Paul a better leader [29:40] Amy Simenelli, creative video director who tells Paul to slow down [32:17] You have to hear this… Tweddle Background [41:03] Blurred Industries [46:55] Additional Information Contact Paul Arnegard: Paul’s LinkedInTweddle Group Website Contact Gregg Garrett: LinkedInTwitterBio Contact CGS Advisors: WebsiteLinkedInTwitter
It's a Small World After All (wsg Erik Walenza)
Aug 19 2022
It's a Small World After All (wsg Erik Walenza)
Erik Walenza, CEO of IoT One and host of The Industrial IoT Spotlight podcast, joins host Gregg Garrett in this special dual podcast to discuss how global and multi-national firms are competing in the Chinese market. Of course, Erik speaks about his Top 3: his wife, his business partners: Chun Liew and Michael Maeder, who taught him how to build relationships and processes, and his community. And you have to hear what he has to say about local for local strategy. About Erik Walenza Erik Walenza has worked in China for 11 years and he is an active member of the Chinese innovation ecosystem. He is passionate about exploring the impact of digitalization in businesses, and through his position as Chair of the Technology and Innovation Committee in China he plays an active role in the exchange of best practices for innovation strategy and tech trends evolution in Asia, but also worldwide. Erik has interviewed over 100 CEOs and venture capitalists while building one of Shanghai’s largest entrepreneur networks. Show Highlights During this episode: Introduction [0:00] Importance of Connecting People [0:55] Introduction to Erik and the dual podcast [3:18] Gregg’s background and the creation of CGS [4:06] Erik’s background and current work [5:20] The similarities and differences of CGS and IoT One [10:30] The “Top Three” His wife [12:30] His work colleagues [15:25] His communities [17:52] You have to hear this… Local for local strategy [20:06] CGS’s IoT Collaboration [26:10] Getting the Right People around the Table [33:40] Operating Leaders [38:50] Put Believers with Believers [43:00] Participating in the I4.0 Orchestration Collaborative [49:00]   Additional Information Contact Erik Walenza: Erik’s emailErik’s LinkedInIoT One website Contact Gregg Garrett: Gregg’s emailGregg’s LinkedInGregg’s TwitterGregg’s Bio   Contact CGS Advisors: WebsiteLinkedInTwitter
80 Percent of the Day (wsg Craig Vanderburg)
Aug 10 2022
80 Percent of the Day (wsg Craig Vanderburg)
80% OF THE DAY | Craig Vanderburg, COO of Trion Solutions, joins host Gregg Garrett to discuss the success his firm has had in outsourcing HR for small and mid-sized firms. Of course, Craig speaks about how he spends 80% of his day with his Top 3, including Pathik Mody, Craig Sherman, Don Turowski, and Trion’s operations team. And you have to hear what he has to say about the importance of a routine. ABOUT CRAIG VANDERBURG Craig Vanderburg is among the nation’s most-experienced professionals in the HR-administration industry and is used frequently by local and national media as an expert resource on issues such as workplace policies, compliance issues, health and workers’ compensation insurance, and challenges faced by small to mid-size businesses. He is a former member of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) board of directors and a former Chairman of its Accounting Practices Committee. He was a former President and CEO of two HR-administration companies and was formerly a Managing Partner of Affinity Group LL, an M&A and investment-banking firm that was assisting service and growth companies on issues including private equity, senior and sub-debt, and mezzanine and hedge-fund financing. He earned his Bachelor of Finance degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and was an active member of the Young Presidents Organization.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Troy Chamber of Commerce. He is a popular public speaker and resource to news media on a variety of business issues. SHOW HIGHLIGHTS During this episode:  Introduction [0:00] Do you have your Dream Team? [1:10] Introduction of Craig [4:30] Outsourcing Space [6:20] The “Top Three” Pathik Mody, CTO at Trion [4:12] Craig Sherman, VP of Client Onboarding and Implementation [20:52] Don Turowski, friend turned business partner [32:20] Key Ops Team [38:15] You have to hear this… Routine [50:00] ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Contact Craig Vanderburg: Craig’s LinkedInCraig’s emailTrion Solutions Website   Contact Gregg Garrett: Gregg’s LinkedInGregg’s TwitterGregg’s Bio   Contact CGS Advisors: WebsiteLinkedInTwitter