Choosing Leadership with Sumit Gupta

Sumit Gupta

As a leader, you are always making choices. Even when you think you have no choice. And if you are unable to make a decision, you are choosing to stay in a state of indecision. The only question is - are your choices taking you where you want to go? I am Sumit Gupta, and this is "Choosing Leadership" - a podcast for high performers with big dreams - who know deep inside that there is more. This is a podcast for people who know they are more powerful than the level they are currently playing. I have spent a long time feeling powerless, and that is why I see where you are powerful even when you cannot. I dare to say what most people would not. I dare to speak to the "tremendous power" which you already have rather than what you believe are your strengths and limitations. This podcast is called "choosing leadership" - because that is what leadership is - a choice. The choice to step into the unknown. The choice to see fear as a friend. The choice to take courageous action rather than waiting for readiness. Join Sumit in exploring this question when it comes to your leadership. In each moment of life, are you Deploying Yourself or not? In each moment of life, are you Choosing Leadership or not? read less
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Leadership Journeys [168] - Raghunandan Jagdish - "A leader doesn't need followers. Leaders generate more leaders."
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Leadership Journeys [168] - Raghunandan Jagdish - "A leader doesn't need followers. Leaders generate more leaders."
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.Dive into an inspiring conversation with Ragu Raghunandan Jagdish, the MD of London GSE Private Limited, as he shares the incredible journey of turning challenges into opportunities. From the unexpected closure of his workplace to founding Nandan Enterprises, Ragu's entrepreneurial spirit shines through. Discover how his innovative solutions in material handling are making the world a safer place, especially in aviation and defense. Gain valuable insights into his leadership philosophy, tackling obstacles like COVID-19 with a focus on upscaling, and the importance of mentorship. Join us for a candid discussion that not only unveils the secrets behind his success but also offers practical wisdom for your own leadership journey.You can find Raghunandan Jagdish at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/raghujagdish/http://www.raghudon.com/In the interview, Raghunandan shares"At London GSE Private Limited, we make the world a safer place by providing material handling solutions for aviation, defense, and industrial needs." "Nandan Enterprises was born out of a challenge – when the union struck and the company shut down, I decided to start something small on my own." "My entrepreneurial journey began with a desire to contribute to India's growth and make a difference, especially in the field of material handling." "Returning to India after my master's in the U.S. was a culture shock, but I saw it as a challenge to overcome." "Machines are crucial for industrialization, making material handling safer, more ergonomic, and sustainable." "Our vision is to address the challenge of placing the right people in the right positions at the right time, using machines to enhance efficiency." "In the face of challenges like COVID-19, we pivoted and focused on upscaling rather than downsizing, rebuilding our factory and expanding our team." "Our growth strategy involves focusing on aviation, defense, and material handling, while embracing global standards and best practices." "Transitioning from an MSME organization to a leadership-focused one requires competency mapping and upscaling of our team's skills." "As a leader, my primary role is to ensure my team scales up – leaders generate more leaders, not just followers."
Leadership Journeys [167] - Cem Eyi - "My role is supporting the team to help them succeed"
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Leadership Journeys [167] - Cem Eyi - "My role is supporting the team to help them succeed"
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.In this insightful interview with Cem Eyi, co-founder of KidStart, we unravel the journey of transforming everyday shopping into a powerful tool for securing your children's financial future. Cem shares his personal realization about the overlooked segment of children's savings and how KidStart emerged as an innovative solution in the ever-changing financial landscape. Discover the unique vision beyond being a leading name in children's savings as KidStart aims to solve broader family financial challenges. Dive into the challenges of growing a consumer-facing fintech business and learn about the importance of balancing priorities in a small, dynamic team. Cem's story, infused with passion for music and multi-instrumentalism, adds a delightful touch to this conversation that goes beyond the traditional financial narrative.You can find Cem Eyi at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/cemeyi/https://beanstalkapp.co.uk/In the interview, Cem shares"At KidStart, we're on a mission to turn shopping into savings for your children's future – because every little bit counts!""Discovering the unique path of building KidStart, I realized the overlooked segment of children's savings was ripe for innovation.""In a world where incomes struggle to keep pace with living costs, KidStart aims to bring a sense of hope to parents, making every contribution count.""The journey of KidStart began as a personal realization – the importance of securing a financial future for our children.""As we build KidStart, our vision extends beyond being a leading name in children's savings. We aim to solve broader family financial challenges.""In three to five years, success for KidStart means empowering parents who thought building wealth for their children was impossible.""Navigating the challenges of growing a consumer-facing fintech business, KidStart is determined to economically scale and make a lasting impact.""In the midst of the hustle, balancing priorities is key – focusing on needle-moving activities rather than ego-massaging tasks.""The strength of KidStart lies in its culture of open communication, ensuring the team stays aligned and avoids unnecessary rabbit holes.""Beyond the world of finance, my passion for music and being a multi-instrumentalist has taught me valuable lessons in acquiring complementary skills."
Leadership Journeys [166] - Rob Masson - "We make a profit by having an inspired, motivated and organized team"
Feb 22 2024
Leadership Journeys [166] - Rob Masson - "We make a profit by having an inspired, motivated and organized team"
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.Step into the fascinating world of data protection and entrepreneurship with Rob Masson, the Chief Executive of the DPO Center. In this insightful interview, Rob shares his entrepreneurial journey, starting from developing software at the age of 18 to founding a globally recognized consultancy company. Learn how the DPO Center's unique 'team first, client second' philosophy shapes their approach to business, and discover the challenges and triumphs of managing a culturally diverse team across international borders. Rob's leadership insights, influenced by his passion for extreme sports, provide a refreshing perspective on tackling challenges and fostering a work environment where anything is possible. Join us for a captivating conversation that transcends the conventional boundaries of leadership and business. You can find Rob Masson at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-masson/In the interview, Rob Masson shares"In our consultancy business, we provide outsourced data protection officers globally, adhering to various data protection laws. Our core philosophy revolves around our one team approach, putting team dynamics at the forefront.""My entrepreneurial journey began at 18, developing software for the advertising industry. Over the years, I ventured into e-commerce and software, eventually founding the DPO Center. Each experience shaped our philosophy, emphasizing the importance of a motivated and cohesive team.""Team first, client second – our unique approach ensures a happy team leads to satisfied clients. Focusing on team development and camaraderie is key to achieving our goals and delivering exceptional service.""Balancing team priorities with client needs is crucial. Our 'one team' philosophy helps us navigate challenges, emphasizing the importance of a supportive environment for individuals to thrive.""Our philosophy extends beyond borders, with a culturally diverse team representing 20 different cultures. Managing a globally dispersed team requires recognizing and respecting various cultural expectations and beliefs.""As a CEO, I understand the challenges of scaling a people-centric business. Our success hinges on attracting and retaining the best talent, making our rigorous selection process and team-building efforts crucial.""Our vision is driven by a robust business model with high recurring revenue. This stability allows us to invest strategically, focusing on global expansion while nurturing new talent in the privacy sector.""Empowering our Managing Directors to lead with autonomy fosters a culture aligned with our core values. It's crucial to adapt to local nuances while maintaining non-negotiable principles at a global level.""Beyond my role as a CEO, my passion for fitness and extreme sports reflects my leadership style. Ironman's 'Anything is Possible' resonates in my belief that, together, we can overcome any challenge presented to us.""Reflecting on my ultramarathon and Ironman experiences, I encourage our team to embrace the idea that 'it's only impossible until it's done.' This mindset cultivates an environment where achieving the extraordinary is not just a goal but an expectation."
Leadership Journeys [165] - Hariharan Subramanian - "Express to express, not to impress."
Feb 19 2024
Leadership Journeys [165] - Hariharan Subramanian - "Express to express, not to impress."
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.Dive into an insightful conversation with Hariharan Subramanian, a seasoned HR professional with over 18 years of experience. In this engaging interview, Hariharan shares his journey from HR novice to a strategic business partner, shedding light on the transformative evolution of the HR industry. Discover the key role he plays in the growth of Iris Software Group in India and the delicate balance of maintaining a unified organizational culture in a digital world. Gain valuable leadership insights as Hariharan discusses the importance of flexibility, customization, and fostering genuine connections in the ever-evolving landscape of HR. Don't miss out on this friendly and informative dialogue that promises to inspire and add value to your leadership journey.You can find Hariharan Subramanian at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/hariharan-subramanian-6778728/In the interview, Hariharan Subramanian shares"In my 18-year journey in HR, I've witnessed the evolution from an administrative role to an integral business partner—a journey shaped by the hard work of predecessors in the industry.""As HR professionals, we must embrace the role of business partners, understanding the technology, target audience, and market dynamics to truly contribute to organizational success.""Joining Iris Software Group during a period of significant growth in India, my role involves bridging the gap, connecting the talent and opportunities for our UK-based organization.""Success in HR is measured not only by numbers but also by factors like retention and employer branding—a delicate balance of building a strong workforce and a positive company image.""The challenge lies in fostering a unified organizational culture, especially as we expand globally. Communicating the 'Iris feeling' becomes crucial in a world where virtual connections prevail.""Transitioning to a digital world was smoother for me, having experienced a work-from-home culture in Poland. However, maintaining emotional connections in a digital landscape remains a challenge.""Flexibility and customization are my strengths, but there's a fine line. Sometimes being the 'bad cop' is necessary to maintain a balance between employee expectations and organizational goals.""Missed opportunities in HR arise when we fail to connect regularly. Frequent conversations are essential to uncover hidden talents, align employees with their passions, and retain top performers.""Employee voice champions, a successful initiative, ensures communication flows from top to bottom. Engaging line managers becomes key in conveying the organization's vision and objectives.""In a world dominated by technology, my message is clear: 'Express to express, not to impress.' Genuine communication, rooted in ethics and righteousness, is the key to lasting connections and success."
Leadership Journeys [164] - Tom Einar Jensen - "The ability to live in constant change  is quite important for leaders."
Feb 15 2024
Leadership Journeys [164] - Tom Einar Jensen - "The ability to live in constant change is quite important for leaders."
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.In this insightful interview, Tom Jensen, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Freyr Battery, takes us on a journey through the dynamic landscape of sustainable energy. As a leading force in Norwegian battery cell manufacturing, Tom shares the remarkable story of Freyr's evolution, from going public on the New York Stock Exchange to pioneering disruptive technologies like the 24m battery. With an economist's background, Tom delves into the intricate balance between technology, market understanding, and raising capital—a must-listen for budding entrepreneurs navigating the sustainable energy sector. Engagingly, he explores the personal journey that fueled his passion for sustainable development, intertwining experiences from the oil and gas industry with a commitment to global change. Tune in for a captivating conversation that not only highlights the challenges in renewable energy but also provides valuable insights for leaders navigating the evolving landscape of innovation and sustainable business.You can find Tom Einar Jensen at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/vaibhavmittalindia/https://twitter.com/vaibhavmittal_In the interview, Tom Einar Jensen shares"We are the leading Norwegian initiative for sustainable battery cell manufacturing, listed on the New York Stock Exchange after relocating from Luxembourg to the United States.""Freyr Battery is dedicated to large containerized energy storage solutions using LFP batteries, with a focus on scaling disruptive technology like 24m for larger and thicker batteries.""Our facility in Moirana, Norway, is the largest and most advanced battery manufacturing facility globally, emphasizing our commitment to sustainable energy solutions.""My background in economics has fueled a 15-year journey leading disruptive technology in renewable energy, from hydrogen to solar and now batteries.""I've been preoccupied with sustainable development, influenced by my experiences in the oil and gas and aluminum industries, realizing the climatic impact of fossil fuels on the environment.""Success in startups is about a viable value proposition based on sound technology, understanding market dynamics, and securing the right people and funding over time.""To be credible stewards of investors' money, understanding the subject matter is crucial, whether it's technology, physics, chemistry, or the intricacies of renewable energy.""The integration of private and public initiatives is crucial for a sustainable energy transition, with China and the U.S. taking significant steps forward in renewable energy leadership.""Aspiring to be a spokesperson for global battery industry enablement, I believe in the importance of deploying facilities locally for critical energy infrastructure.""We are in the steepest part of the adoption curve for renewable technologies, beyond early adopters. The disruptive environment requires us to get up early to compete and clean up the mess for future generations."
Leadership Journeys [163] - Yunus Jabalpurwala - ''Embrace the unknown and surround yourself with the right team
Feb 12 2024
Leadership Journeys [163] - Yunus Jabalpurwala - ''Embrace the unknown and surround yourself with the right team
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.In this insightful interview, Yunus, a dynamic leader at Honda's Emerging Technology Lab in the UK, takes us on a journey from his roots in Mumbai to his pivotal role envisioning the world of 2030 and beyond. As a passionate advocate for democratizing opportunities, Yunus shares the challenges and opportunities he faces in navigating the ever-evolving landscape of technology. Discover the key lessons he learned from being a project leader at a crucial time in his career, and how being comfortable with the unknown has become his superpower. He dives into the importance of surrounding oneself with the right team and emphasizes the value of internalizing support to navigate both personal and professional challenges. Join us for a candid conversation that unveils the mindset and practices he relies on to excel in his leadership role and stay resilient in the face of uncertainty.You can find Yunus Jabalpurwala at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/yunusjab/In the interview, Yunus Jabalpurwala shares"My role at Honda is mainly focused on 2030 and beyond - what would the world look like, and what technologies do we need to work on to be relevant and make lives better?""From Mumbai to the UK, my journey to a leadership role involved pivotal moments, like working as a research assistant and stepping up for a big project at Honda.""Comfort with being uncomfortable is crucial. It's about pushing boundaries and striving for continuous growth, both personally and professionally.""In a world changing rapidly due to technology, my vision is to democratize opportunities. Access to technology should be available to everyone, bridging the gap between those who understand and embrace it and those who don't.""Challenges include staying updated with advancing technologies and curating information. The real struggle now is not the lack of information but choosing the right tools to create effective solutions.""The biggest opportunity lies in the successful use of AI tools at the beginning of an exponential growth curve. Embracing these tools can lead to innovative solutions that benefit society.""As a leader, it's crucial to surround yourself with the right team and constantly learn from experts in various fields. It's a person-centric approach to problem-solving.""Being comfortable with the unknown has its challenges. Meeting accomplished individuals can trigger self-doubt, but understanding that success is relative helps navigate these moments.""Internalizing support is vital. While external support matters, relying solely on it can be problematic. Knowing you are enough and finding that internal strength is key.""Physical, mental, and spiritual health are interconnected tools for navigating challenges. Daily practices, like intense physical activities and self-reflection, help achieve a better version of oneself."
Leadership Journeys [162] - Gille Sebrechts - "Time is the most valuable resource. You can spend it once and then it's gone."
Feb 8 2024
Leadership Journeys [162] - Gille Sebrechts - "Time is the most valuable resource. You can spend it once and then it's gone."
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.Embark on an inspiring journey with Gilles Sebrechts, the dynamic CEO of ProTime, as he shares his remarkable rise from mechanical engineer to leading a cutting-edge workforce management company. In this insightful interview, Gilles reveals the crucial moments that shaped his transition, offering valuable lessons for young leaders. Discover ProTime's bold vision to double its turnover and impact 2 million lives through optimized time management. Gilles candidly discusses the challenges of fast growth, providing practical insights for leaders navigating similar paths. Join us for a conversation that goes beyond numbers, diving into the essence of leadership, growth hurdles, and the timeless quest for balance. You can find Gille Sebrechts at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/gille-sebrechts-7b048b62/https://www.linkedin.com/company/protime/In the interview, Gille Sebrechts shares"I'm Gilles Sebrechts, CEO of ProTime, a workforce management company based in Belgium, specializing in time management solutions.""At 30, I might be considered young for a CEO, but my journey from engineer to CEO unfolded organically.""My background is in mechanical engineering, but a switch to traffic and logistics engineering set the stage for my transition into leadership roles.""The pivotal moment came when I joined SD Works, and after reflection, I embraced the growth journey, eventually becoming their director of transformation.""ProTime's big vision is to double our turnover in the next three to four years and reach 200 million euros by 2028, optimizing businesses through effective time management.""Time is the most valuable resource. Our goal is to have 2 million people using our solutions to optimize their time within the next five to six years.""The challenge of fast growth is ensuring we don't just run faster but also work differently, thinking strategically to sustain the marathon, not just the sprint.""As a young CEO, my initial challenge was finding my leadership role—balancing giving freedom while providing guidance. Now, the challenge is coping with rapid growth.""Leadership isn't a yes-or-no playbook. It's a constant learning journey. Confidence and asking for help are crucial in navigating the challenges.""For aspiring leaders, my advice is simple: Say yes to challenges, tackle them with passion, be confident, and don't hesitate to seek help when needed. Leadership is a continuous learning journey."
Leadership Journeys [161] - Vaibhav Mittal - "Music keeps me stable, it keeps me sane, it gives me creativity"
Feb 5 2024
Leadership Journeys [161] - Vaibhav Mittal - "Music keeps me stable, it keeps me sane, it gives me creativity"
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.In this engaging interview with Vaibhav Mittal, a dynamic entrepreneur hailing from Punjab, India, we delve into the intriguing world of family business, entrepreneurship, and the delicate balance between passion and responsibility. Vaibhav shares captivating anecdotes from his journey, from counting cash at the family business to studying entrepreneurship at Babson College in the US. His insights dispel misconceptions about the easy life of a business heir, emphasizing the daily hustle and the need for continuous growth. Discover how his love for music influences both his personal and professional life, offering unique lessons in teamwork and patience. Join us for a candid conversation that uncovers the challenges of leadership, the importance of empathy, and the powerful role of passion in shaping a fulfilling career. You can find Vaibhav Mittal at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/vaibhavmittalindia/https://twitter.com/vaibhavmittal_In the interview, Vaibhav Mittal shares"Being in the family business is like fun because you get to hear about the business problems on the dinner table or on the breakfast table, and you keep getting exposed from a very young age.""In the late nineties, a gentleman confronted me while counting cash behind the counter, implying that sitting there with a lot of cash wasn't suitable for someone my age. I clarified it was a responsibility given to me by my father, not just a means to feel wealthy.""You're fortunate to be born into a family business, but you have to work hard every single day. If you don't, someone will take over all the wealth, and it will deplete. Every day is a hustle; you have to learn and grow as a person and professional.""Studying at Babson College, the world's top entrepreneurship school, instilled the feeling of being an entrepreneur. However, the real journey made me question the glamour of startups, emphasizing the importance of profitability over just being a founder.""The next 10 years are uncertain, but my fundamental job is to justify whatever work I do, learn and grow, and ensure that each business venture is not only profitable but also able to sustain and grow.""Passionate about music and organic/natural products, my dream is to explore these areas in business. Music, for me, is not just a hobby; it keeps me stable, sane, and creative, offering valuable lessons in teamwork and patience.""Music has taught me to work with different styles of people, similar to the diverse backgrounds of those in my workplace. It's an ecosystem that connects people toward a common goal of productivity.""Challenges include getting the best out of people from diverse backgrounds, empathizing with their struggles, and keeping them motivated despite life problems. Impatience among the younger workforce is a common hurdle.""The dark side of wanting others to succeed is often misunderstood; people may perceive it as selfishness. Empathy and strong leadership sometimes lead to negative perceptions.""To tackle overwhelming situations, I introspect after a failure, motivating myself to learn and improve. If external circumstances lead to negative outcomes despite sincere efforts, I move on, staying clear and passionate about my work."
Leadership Journeys [160] - Anirudh Pareek - "You cannot learn anything by studying it. You can only learn by experiencing it."
Feb 1 2024
Leadership Journeys [160] - Anirudh Pareek - "You cannot learn anything by studying it. You can only learn by experiencing it."
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.Embark on an inspiring journey with Anirudh Pareek, Chief Technology Officer at Vamani Overseas, as he shares his incredible career story on our latest podcast episode. From facing setbacks in his early days to leading technology and business operations, Anirudh's resilience shines through. Gain valuable insights as he discusses the pivotal role of self-belief, the importance of aligning technological ideas with business growth, and the unique challenges of transitioning from a technologist to a business leader. Join us as Anirudh unveils the secrets to building a process-dependent company and successfully expanding operations globally. Whether you're a seasoned leader or aspiring to be one, this episode promises wisdom, relatability, and a sprinkle of creativity from Anirudh's poetic side. Don't miss out on this empowering conversation that blends tech, business, and the art of leadership! You can find Anirudh Pareek at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/anirudh-pareek-62962512/pareek.anirudh@gmail.comIn the interview, Anirudh shares"My career journey started with a turbulent twist - a company shutting down after six months, leaving us jobless. Little did I know then that this setback would shape my resilient path to success.""In 2007, paying a bank guarantee of 75,000 rupees as a fresher was a big deal. Fast forward, the experience taught me that challenges are not roadblocks but opportunities for growth.""The golden years of my learning curve were spent building a startup from scratch. Navigating the world of technology and business operations during the startup boom of 2012 was both challenging and enlightening.""Transitioning from an engineer to a tech leader, my biggest takeaway was aligning technological ideas with business growth. It's not just about code; it's about contributing to the company's revenue and success.""Self-belief was my greatest transformation. Learning to keep my cool during setbacks and having situation awareness became pivotal. Experience taught me more than textbooks ever could.""Beyond the code, I found solace in poetry during the challenging times of the pandemic. Writing became not just a creative outlet but a source of confidence, proving that one can excel in multiple facets of life.""In the journey from zero to one and now aiming for a hundred, we've evolved into a process-dependent company. Building and improving processes have become paramount for seamless expansion.""Transitioning from technology to business, I learned that technology is a means to aid business goals. The real value lies in aligning technological ideas with the company's growth and revenue.""As we expand globally, the challenge lies in combining technology and processes to fuel business growth. Success came when we seamlessly implemented processes in the UK without setting foot there.""Supporting leaders in a growing team involves understanding their challenges at the ground level. Involving everyone in decision-making, taking customer feedback first, and building solutions collaboratively has become our unique approach."
Leadership Journeys [159] - Tanushree - "If you worship your work, everything else is a byproduct."
Jan 29 2024
Leadership Journeys [159] - Tanushree - "If you worship your work, everything else is a byproduct."
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.Embark on an inspiring journey with Tanushree, the Co-founder and CEO of Global Garner Sales Services Limited, as she shares her remarkable transition from a 15-year career at the State Bank of India to becoming an ambitious entrepreneur. In this candid interview, Tanushree delves into the motivations that fueled her shift, highlighting the challenges faced, including a pivotal moment when a major corporate partner attempted to reshape their business dynamics. Discover the invaluable lessons Tanushree learned about leadership, team dynamics, and resilience, providing practical insights for fellow entrepreneurs navigating their own professional paths. Join us for a conversation that goes beyond the success story, offering relatable anecdotes and empowering advice for those ready to take risks and build their own business empires.You can find Tanushree at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/tanushree-gg/In the interview, Tanushree shares"Leaving a government job in India is no easy decision, but driven by ambition and the desire to be together, my husband and I transitioned from banking and insurance careers to co-found Global Garner Sales Services Limited.""Our journey from a corporate job to entrepreneurship was fueled by a desire to live together amidst transferable jobs. This decision, born out of ambition and a commitment to each other, led us to build something greater for society.""In the face of challenges, we chose not to abandon our core team, even when a major corporate partner sought to change the terms. Our refusal sparked two tough years, but unwavering dedication and belief in a higher power helped us overcome those trying times.""Leadership, for me, is about creating more leaders. Learning from experiences, especially my husband's insights from high-profile corporate positions, has shaped my leadership style to focus on identifying and nurturing the strengths of my team.""The vision for Global Garner is not just to be a company but the world's biggest organization by empowering people. Our mission involves creating a vast network of entrepreneurs and digitally empowered vendors, generating sustainable jobs and benefitting generations to come.""Facing the challenge of finding leaders in our journey, we're expanding our recruitment drive to build a strong team for Global Garner's ambitious goals. Identifying individuals who are not only ready to work but also ready to lead remains a significant challenge.""Dealing with the pressures of entrepreneurship requires self-reflection and spending quality time with family. Recognizing that I am my own best friend, I find solace in moments of solitude, allowing me to recharge and tackle challenges with renewed vigor.""To empower our team, we focus on creating strong bonds within our organization. Daily huddles, team outings, and fostering empathy help in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each team member, laying the foundation for a collaborative and supportive work culture.""As we venture into the FinTech space, the biggest opportunity lies in the growing industry in India. Leveraging my background in banking and finance, Global Garner aims to capitalize on the potential of FinTech to further enhance our offerings.""If I could wake up with a new skill, it would be the ability to make Global Garner a household name, like Amazon or Flipkart. Understanding human psychology is crucial, and my goal is to connect with people on a deeper level to make our brand universally recognized."
Leadership Journeys [158] - Jacqueline Samira - "Growing a company involves finding the right leaders early on"
Jan 25 2024
Leadership Journeys [158] - Jacqueline Samira - "Growing a company involves finding the right leaders early on"
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.Embark on an inspiring journey with Jacqueline Samira, the dynamic founder and CEO of Howdy.com, as she shares her entrepreneurial saga in this insightful interview. From navigating the aftermath of the 2008 housing crisis to spearheading a tech-driven revolution connecting Latin America with US opportunities, Jacqueline's story is a testament to resilience and innovation. Uncover the secrets behind her unconventional path into sales, a skill she now credits as the backbone of her entrepreneurial success. Dive into the intricacies of building a startup, the invaluable lessons learned through Y Combinator, and the transformative power of strategic sales. With candid reflections on the highs and lows of leadership, Jacqueline's wisdom resonates, offering a fresh perspective for leaders seeking authentic guidance in their own journeys.You can find Jacqueline Samira at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/jacquelinesamira/https://www.instagram.com/howdyjacqueline/In the interview, Jacqueline Samira shares"What I want to be able to do is help connect people with opportunities. That is like my lifelong dream because I struggled so hard for it myself for a year and a half after college.""The first step is talking to people and communicating with potential customers and prospects. Through those early pre-sales activities, I had a really clear picture of the pain points and the solution that people would be happy with.""We ended up spending close to 800,000, which is an insane amount of money in reflection on digital campaigns, on digital marketing. While it did give us customers, it's just not the path I want to go down.""There has been a problem with separating the fact that I'm still the CEO and I'm still the boss. Sometimes I have to unfortunately remind people, and that's not a really fun conversation for me to have.""I always see solutions. So if there are problems presented, the first thing I'm doing is solutioning. I think a lot of my sales acumen taught me how to think that way.""I personally had 400 in my checking account. Here I am about to give birth, which babies are very expensive. Everything around that is very expensive. And it was just like this spark came in and they were shooting. Something told me, Jacqueline, go find the hidden money, go find the hidden money from yourself.""Frank is the first person I call anytime I'm frustrated, or if we leave the meeting or if I leave the meeting, so that I don't react to the teammates. I use him as my sounding board.""If it doesn't feel easy, and I think about that expression, when I think about all things, when I think about colleagues that I work with, if the relationship is not instantly working, if you don't feel inspired and you're both being lifted up, then it's probably not right.""Because I'm friendly and welcoming and vulnerable, there has been a problem with separating the fact that I'm still the CEO and I'm still the boss. And sometimes I have to unfortunately remind people, and that's not a really fun conversation for me to have.""I think that the most powerful thing you could do is unlock the world's information in every single language to be able to understand every perspective."
Leadership Journeys [157] - Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh - "I've always been and will always be willing to show vulnerability"
Jan 22 2024
Leadership Journeys [157] - Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh - "I've always been and will always be willing to show vulnerability"
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.Join us in this insightful interview with Oliver, CEO of two thriving companies in the cybersecurity space. Oliver shares his journey of transforming a struggling business from eight million to an impressive 11 million in revenue, emphasizing his passion for simplifying and innovating in the cybersecurity industry. Discover how he and his chairman, a seasoned entrepreneur, maintained a positive company culture through rapid growth, and hear valuable insights on the challenges of fundraising and building relationships in the business world. With a candid approach, Oliver discusses the balance of being a tech enthusiast turned CEO and how vulnerability can be a strength in leadership. Tune in for a dose of inspiration and practical advice for navigating the complex landscape of cybersecurity and business growth. You can find Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/opinson-roxburgh/In the interview, Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh shares"I've spent the last six years growing those companies, and the real focus has been taking Bulletproof, especially from eight and decaying revenue to now 11 million in revenue and three million EBITDA.""My real focus and passion are around helping organizations to improve their cybersecurity.""We really wanted to build something that was different; it wasn't about growing a company to being a huge revenue generator, but about solving problems for people, simplifying, and innovating.""Our chairman is a serial entrepreneur. He's built many businesses from the ground up. I learned a lot from Mark around just the general business day-to-day and how to grow and scale the businesses.""It's always about pushing that positivity, promoting it in your values.""Helping them to understand that it's just good business is part and parcel of the job.""We've gone from 30 people like six years ago to now 150 people across the world, a relatively quick growth for a business of our size.""One of the things we really focused on was positivity because, like you say, it's very negative.""I'm the type of CEO that prefers to roll my sleeves up and lead from the front.""I would say that I definitely, I think the one thing I've always been and will always be is that person that is also willing to show vulnerability, to say, 'Look, I'm bad at this as well, but we can face this thing together.'"
Leadership Journeys [156] - Ram Iyer - "I just find it economically very lucrative to trust people by default"
Jan 18 2024
Leadership Journeys [156] - Ram Iyer - "I just find it economically very lucrative to trust people by default"
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.In this captivating interview, Ram Iyer, CEO and founder of Vayana, takes us on a fascinating journey through three decades of entrepreneurship. From the birth of Vayana, where the name itself signifies weaving seamless connections in B2B trade financing, to the unconventional approach of running a 450-people company with no HR or appraisals. Ram shares insights on the evolution of his leadership style, emphasizing the importance of a 'live and let live' philosophy. Discover the unique analogy of running a company like steering a train, with defined tracks, individual compartments, and a delicate balance of trust and policies. Get ready for an enriching conversation that not only delves into business strategies but also explores the personal principles that drive Ram's curiosity, kindness, and authenticity, forming the cultural backbone of Vayana. You can find Ram Iyer at the below linksrniyer8@gmail.comhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/ramaswamy-iyer-b40aa96/In the interview, Ram shares"Vayana, in Sanskrit, means weaving - reflecting our role in B2B trade financing, seamlessly connecting businesses for efficient and cost-effective transactions.""Embarking on entrepreneurship in '94, my journey from consulting to founding CashTech, and now Vayana, highlights the organic evolution of startups.""Reflecting on my 30-year journey, I've shifted from emotional ties to a more dispassionate view, embracing a 'live and let live' philosophy in leadership.""In the startup world, 450 employees, no HR, and no appraisals? Exploring unconventional organizational structures and the philosophy behind it.""Running Vayana is like steering a train - defined tracks, unique compartments, and a balance between a common direction and individual cultures.""Challenges in running a unique culture: questions about tracks, compartments wanting AC, and the constant tension between trust and the need for policies.""Creativity flourishes within constraints - the balance of innovation in financial services while adhering to regulations and building trust.""Trust as a foundation: Defaulting to trust is not just about being a 'greater human being'; it's economically lucrative and fosters responsible behavior.""Shifting the salary mindset: Paying for future promises rather than past performance, aligning with annual targets and team contributions.""Beyond the business, my joy and energy come from curiosity, niceness, and authenticity - principles that define me and form the cultural backbone of Vayana."
Leadership Journeys [155] - Bernard Chong - "It's always about the people"
Jan 15 2024
Leadership Journeys [155] - Bernard Chong - "It's always about the people"
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.Embark on a captivating journey with Bernard Chong, an illustrious angel investor and entrepreneur, as he shares his remarkable evolution from the family shoe business to pioneering ventures in animation studios, coffee brands, and tech platforms. In this insightful interview, Chong delves into the invaluable lessons he gleaned growing up in a family-run enterprise, where keen observation and interpersonal skills became his secret weapons. Uncover the pivotal role of salesmanship in his transition from selling shoes to strategic investing, and how this unconventional path shaped his unique perspective on business. Join us as we explore the wisdom gained from Chong's diverse experiences, offering a treasure trove of inspiration for leaders facing their own entrepreneurial challenges. You can find Bernard Chong at the below linkshttps://twitter.com/brenchong?lang=enhttps://brenseedfoundation.org/In the interview, Bernard shares"In the bustling business landscape of Manila, I, Bernard Chong, navigate as an angel investor with ventures in animation studios, coffee brands, and tech platforms.""With 53 branches across the Philippines, I've ventured beyond the family shoe business, delving into the realms of technology, currency exchange, and the restaurant industry.""Growing up in a family business was a unique training ground, exposing me to every aspect—from manufacturing shoes to managing our own stores.""Observation was key; my father always emphasized the importance of understanding people's talk, thought processes, and actions. This skill proved invaluable in both guarding our shoe store and designing shoes in the factory.""My journey from selling shoes to investing in various businesses began when I realized I could make more impact and earn more by capitalizing on my connections rather than starting as a fresh engineering graduate.""Salesmanship paved the way for independence. Even when applying for jobs, my proficiency in sales led me to invest capital rather than work for others.""Transitioning from the family business, I invested in animation studios, radio stations, and restaurants, guided by a people-centric approach. It's always about building connections with those you work with.""Currently, my focus is on supporting education through a coffee shop venture called 'Mental Coffee' in California, while also investing in small projects and movies, nurturing relationships with people I can grow old with.""My daily routine involves managing appointments, schedules, and meetings in California, where every interaction becomes a discovery of new businesses and opportunities.""Reflecting on challenges, I've learned that seeking advice from knowledgeable mentors is crucial. Surrounding myself with professionals, like lawyers for legal matters, ensures a well-rounded support system."
Leadership Journeys [154] - Allyson Zimmermann - "Leadership is about making the complex simple."
Jan 11 2024
Leadership Journeys [154] - Allyson Zimmermann - "Leadership is about making the complex simple."
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.Embark on a transformative leadership journey with Allyson Zimmerman, the dynamic CEO of the LEAD Network. In this insightful interview, Allyson shares her unconventional path into championing diversity and inclusion after a pivotal experience in the male-dominated financial industry. From conquering fears to achieving gender parity, she unravels the threads of her courageous leadership style, emphasizing the power of admitting vulnerability. Dive into her wisdom on effective communication, the role of women in the workplace, and the essential art of creating a psychologically safe environment. Allyson's candid reflections and practical advice offer a refreshing perspective for leaders navigating the complexities of today's professional landscape.You can find Allyson Zimmermann at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/allyson-zimmermann-5450b61a/https://www.linkedin.com/company/lead-network-europe/In the interview, Allyson shares"The LEAD Network focuses on advancing women in the consumer goods and retail industry through education, leadership, and development." "My journey into diversity, equity, and inclusion wasn't intentional; it stemmed from a desire to do good in the world after a challenging experience in the financial industry." "I believe many of us are not conscious of the biases we hold. Gender is not a good predictor of leadership; it's about skills. The vision is to reach gender parity, a tide that lifts all ships." "Courage is essential in leadership. Tackling fears and developing oneself can lead to profound personal and professional growth." "Leadership is about leading from the middle, empowering others, and admitting when you don't have all the answers. It's okay to be uncomfortable; that's where growth happens." "Communication is key to effective leadership. Creating clarity, engaging stakeholders, and leading by example are crucial aspects of driving progress.""The role of women in the workplace is about progress for everyone. It's not just about women; it's about reaching gender parity at all levels for a more inclusive future." "Reflecting on one's leadership journey and admitting mistakes are crucial for personal and organizational growth. Being comfortable with being uncomfortable is a sign of growth." "Leadership is about making the complex simple, creating clarity, and fostering trust. It's about walking the talk and creating a psychologically safe space for feedback.""Finding breathing space for rest and reflection is essential for effective leadership. It's a constant negotiation with oneself to prioritize well-being and maintain balance."
Leadership Journeys [153] - Rachel O Connell - "We can't spend our lives thinking somebody else should do something."
Jan 8 2024
Leadership Journeys [153] - Rachel O Connell - "We can't spend our lives thinking somebody else should do something."
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.Dive into an inspiring conversation with Dr. Rachel O'Connell, Founder and CEO of TrustElevate, as she unveils the journey of solving the seemingly unsolvable challenges of online safety. In this engaging interview, Dr. O'Connell shares her experiences from the mid-nineties, delving into the world of forensic psychology, analyzing pedophile activity on the internet. Discover the pivotal moments that led her to establish the first UK internet safety program and her subsequent role in a tech startup acquired by AOL. Driven by a purpose-led mission, she discusses the intricacies of being a female entrepreneur, facing a mere 2 percent investment rate, and offers valuable advice for those navigating the entrepreneurial landscape. Gain insights into the evolving landscape of internet safety, the power of collective action, and the personal challenges faced on the road to creating positive impact. You can find Dr Rachel O'Connell at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/racheloconnell/rachel@trustelevate.comIn the interview, Dr Rachel shares"We solve the unsolvable problem online of knowing who is a child, who's a parent, who's an adult, who is a teen." "The next era of the internet is age-aware and consent-driven." "There's a whole generation that has grown up now, experiencing firsthand the harms of the internet. They are now a very vocal voice in activism to put pressure on for change." "You have to go all the way back to the mid to late nineties to understand the sheer scale of risks and harms to children's wellbeing online." "I want a percentage of our profits to go back into community efforts to protect kids, addressing the huge deficit in support for children harmed online." "Being a female founder, only 2 percent get investment. It's a shocking statistic, but it fuels my determination to succeed against the odds." "Believe in yourself, believe in your mission. Every knockback is an opportunity to learn and grow stronger." "There's power in the collective when diverse backgrounds, from social work to technologists, come together to address the impact on children globally." "To lead effectively, it's essential to lead on the basis of what's best for your team, creating a corporate culture of respect and support.""Surround yourself with advisors, smart people willing to help. It's crucial to have perspective and patience; success takes time."
Leadership Journeys [152] - Sampo Hietanen - "Mobility represents freedom; we have to preserve the freedom of movement."
Jan 4 2024
Leadership Journeys [152] - Sampo Hietanen - "Mobility represents freedom; we have to preserve the freedom of movement."
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.Join us in an engaging interview with Sampo Hietanen, the visionary founder and CEO of MassGlobal, renowned for the innovative Mobility as a Service concept. Sampo's journey from a civil engineer to a disruptor in the mobility industry is not just a success story but a roadmap for anyone facing leadership challenges. Learn how he navigates the complex landscape of the mobility industry, breaking through the ego-centric mindset to create a true ecosystem. Discover the secrets of his leadership style, emphasizing trust, a user-centric approach, and the delicate balance between dreaming big and achieving practical milestones. Whether you're in the mobility sector or any leadership role, Sampo's insights offer valuable lessons for creating a vision, fostering collaboration, and steering your team toward success. You can find Sampo Hietanen at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/sampohietanen/https://whimapp.com/In the interview, Sampo shares"Mobility represents something much larger in our minds – it's freedom. We have to preserve the freedom of movement, and make sure people can go just about anywhere, easily and without overengineering the process.""In the world of Mobility as a Service, our goal is to provide people with the feeling of freedom without the burdens of car ownership. It's about creating a dream of freedom without the troubles embedded in owning a vehicle.""To create a successful mobility ecosystem, we need to focus on the user case. By making the user experience appealing and showing the value users gain, we can pave the way for the future of mobility.""In the short term, our priority is to make access to all forms of mobility extremely easy. The vision is simple – a one-click solution where users can access everything from e-scooters to taxis, car shares, rentals, and public transport seamlessly.""The challenge in the mobility industry is the ego system versus ecosystem dilemma. Breaking through the traditional mindset of each player considering themselves the center of the universe is essential for progress.""Leadership in the mobility industry requires a vision that inspires, coupled with a focus on achievable steps. Balancing big goals with practical, incremental progress is crucial for sustainable growth.""Trust is the foundation of effective leadership. As a leader, it's vital to show trust in your team's decisions and capabilities. Trusting your team empowers them to become leaders in their own right.""The biggest struggles in the mobility industry come from the industry's size and fragmented nature. Integrating various players and overcoming their ego-centric views is a constant challenge.""In leadership, it's not just about setting the vision but also guiding the team on the next steps. Focusing on achievable milestones is crucial to keep the momentum and avoid spreading efforts too thin.""While disrupting the industry, acknowledging failures and adapting the next steps is the harder part of leadership. It's about asking, 'What do we do next?' and inspiring the team to move forward despite setbacks."
Leadership Journeys [151] - Dr. Seth Dobrin - "Leadership is pulling people along with you, not pushing them. "
Dec 29 2023
Leadership Journeys [151] - Dr. Seth Dobrin - "Leadership is pulling people along with you, not pushing them. "
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.Dive into the fascinating world of AI with Dr. Seth Dobrin, founder of Quantum AI and former global chief AI officer at IBM. In this insightful interview, Dr. Dobrin shares his transformative journey from human geneticist to AI leader, shedding light on the pivotal role of generative AI, such as Chat GPT, in revolutionizing leadership. Discover how embracing AI not only increases productivity but also frees up time for creative, high-value tasks. Uncover leadership lessons learned through years of experience, and explore the pressing issues of bias, the digital divide, and the socioeconomic gap in AI development. Join us for a conversation that blends expertise, real-world insights, and a touch of humor, making AI accessible and relevant for leaders facing today's challenges. You can find Dr. Seth Dobrin at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/sdobrin/https://drsethdobrin.com/In the interview, Dr. Seth shares"I'm Dr. Seth Dobrin, the founder and CEO of Quantum AI, dedicated to increasing AI IQ for non-tech professionals through my nonprofit, AIIQ.""As IBM's first global chief AI officer, I advised Fortune 1000 companies on implementing and executing AI strategies.""During my time at Monsanto, I led data and AI transformation, generating over $20 billion in new value and cost savings.""In my advocacy work, I collaborate with organizations like the International Association of Privacy Professionals to promote diversity and inclusivity in tech.""My journey from human geneticist to AI expert began during the Human Genome Project, marking the start of the big data era in genetics and astrophysics.""I transitioned from using machine learning in genomics to applying it in business at Monsanto, solving both scientific and business problems.""Leadership lesson: I learned more about leadership during a year with no direct reports, understanding the power of influence over authority.""Generative AI, like Chat GPT, has revolutionized leadership by increasing productivity and freeing up time for high-value, creative tasks.""The Harvard Business School and BCG's experiment proved that embracing generative AI can increase productivity and output value by almost 20%.""The challenges of bias, the digital divide, and the socioeconomic gap underscore the need for inclusive AI development to prevent social strife and backlash."
Leadership Journeys [150] - Jeremy Duvall - "Your product as a services firm is every human being that works on your client projects."
Dec 21 2023
Leadership Journeys [150] - Jeremy Duvall - "Your product as a services firm is every human being that works on your client projects."
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.Join us in a captivating conversation with Jeremy, the dynamic founder of Seven Factor Software, as he shares his extraordinary journey from a small rural town to leading a thriving software engineering consulting business. Delve into Jeremy's non-traditional path to computer science, marked by resilience and the transformative power of failure. Gain insights into his unique leadership philosophy, distinguishing between peacetime and wartime CEO roles, and discover how Seven Factor Software navigated challenges to redefine success. Jeremy's genuine approach to business, coupled with the Seven Factor Force Multiplier Program, offers inspiration for leaders seeking innovative solutions and authentic connections in the competitive world of software engineering. Tune in to explore the intersection of personal growth, leadership challenges, and creating a positive impact. You can find Jeremy Duvall at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/jduv2683/https://www.linkedin.com/company/7factor-software/In the interview, Jeremy shares"At Seven Factor Software, we're not just a team of developers; we're a force of problem solvers creating value for Fortune 500 companies.""In the world of software engineering, failure is a powerful teacher. I firmly believe people learn more through failure than success.""Georgia native turned tech entrepreneur, I learned the ropes of coding, problem-solving, and teamwork at Young Harris College and Georgia Tech.""From bagging groceries to leading a multimillion-dollar company, my journey includes a pivotal failure at Georgia Tech, teaching me resilience and determination.""Our journey to success at Seven Factor is marked by innovation and a commitment to genuine connections, not just transactions.""In a world of commoditized development, we stand against the tide, valuing the curiosity, problem-solving, and business understanding of our engineers.""Being a wartime CEO requires a shift from cultivating potential energy to focusing on kinetic energy, pushing the team to deliver and execute effectively.""Our biggest challenge? Finding partners who believe in us and understand the true value we bring to the table, beyond just a transaction.""The Seven Factor Force Multiplier Program: where our engineers work with nonprofits and startups, creating a win-win situation for everyone involved.""Success for us is not just hitting revenue milestones; it's about building good human beings, fostering genuine connections, and creating a positive impact in the world."
Leadership Journeys [149] - Sharat Potharaju - "Micromanage the process, not the person"
Dec 18 2023
Leadership Journeys [149] - Sharat Potharaju - "Micromanage the process, not the person"
This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other's stories - of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.Dive into the dynamic world of entrepreneurship and leadership with Sharat Potharaju, co-founder and CEO of BeaconStack, in this insightful podcast episode. Sharat shares his incredible journey from growing up in South India to becoming an investment banker in New York and finally venturing into entrepreneurship. Gain valuable insights into the art of long-term thinking versus short-term action, the significance of prioritization in a growth-stage company, and the delicate balance between strategic and tactical decision-making. Discover how BeaconStack is revolutionizing customer engagement across physical and digital realms, and uncover Sharat's personal tips for staying grounded and dreamy amidst the challenges of building a global software product company. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur or a seasoned leader, this interview is packed with wisdom to fuel your own leadership journey. You can find Sharat Potharaju at the below linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/sharatpotharaju/https://www.beaconstac.com/In the interview, Sharat shares"BeaconStack, a SaaS company, is in the business of building customer engagement across physical and digital realms." "Our journey is about creating a global software product company, starting from India and expanding across the world." "Entrepreneurship and technology came naturally; the idea of creating impact was deep-rooted for me." "Long-term thinking is nice to say on a podcast, but implementing it is a lot harder. Act short term, dream in detail.""In a growth stage company, prioritization is a superpower. Decide the first three most important things to tackle." "Eat the frog first—tackle the most difficult, impactful tasks early in the morning." "Culture should stay the same; implementation evolves. Each leader adds their flavor, personality, and character to it." "Over-communicate when scaling; the challenge is keeping the original ethos as new hires outnumber the founding team." "Success requires tremendous timing; it's not just about product-market fit but founder-timing fit.""Dream about the problem you're solving and choose the right co-founder; it makes the entrepreneurial journey worthwhile."