TBLP 146 | Shrad Rao: Payroll Software Leader

Shrad Rao is the CEO of Wagepoint, a simple payroll software for small businesses that are looking to simplify their payment process. Shrad always knew that he would be an entrepreneur. He has always been very passionate about entrepreneurship because it allows him the ability to influence change, make decisions and most of all, choose the company he keeps. 

When he’s not growing and scaling Wagepoint, he’s into exploring anything including yoga and taking some Lindy Hop lessons where he can spend most of his energy and sharpen his skills at the same time. Shrad’s mission is to build the world’s friendliest team. His leadership style involves making Wagepoint’s employees feel like they can be their natural selves at work. 

Today, Shrad shares about what he’s trying to accomplish for the next 6-12 months, the things that he learned that worked and didn’t work, and exciting news about customer development. He also discusses the core of his philosophy and how he is scaling it. 

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Reasons why Shrad became an entrepreneur
  • Shrad’s tips to keep company culture intact
  • He shares the challenges of being fully remote and how to overcome them
  • How Shrad achieved personal growth and a balanced life as a leader
  • Shrad discusses the benefits of gender diversity in the workplace

Links

Shrad on LinkedIn

Wagepoint

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 145 | Andrew Graham: Fintech Leader

Andrew Graham is an experienced leader who brings people and technology together to solve hard problems. He is co-founder and CEO of Borrowell, a financial technology company that helps Canadians make great decisions about credit. With its free credit score and report monitoring, personal loans, and financial product recommendations, Borrowell empowers Canadians to improve their financial well-being and be the hero of their credit. Borrowell is one of Canada’s largest financial technology companies approaching a million users. The company has received significant recognition, including being named to the Fintech 100, a list of the top 100 fintech companies globally compiled by KPMG, a “Company-to-Watch” by the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 program, and Canadian Fintech company of the year (2018).

This episode has one thing cleared out that being a leader entails an enormous amount of responsibility, especially at dealing with startup ones. Andrew shares his viewpoints on this matter, being the co-founder and CEO of Borrowell who led it from startup all the way to scaling it up to whatever possible growth it may reach. And together with the responsibility involved, he shares the strategies, practices, tips, and practical ways he could employ to stay on top of his game and reinforce the leadership skills he already possesses.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Challenges of leading a startup company
  • What nurtures his leadership skills and blindspots he discovers about himself
  • The benefits of executive coaching
  • Challenges faced by emerging leaders at this time
  • Creating financial products to lower financial stress

Links

Andrew on LinkedIn

Borrowell

Reading List

  • The Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness – Ichiro Ishimi and Fumitake Koga

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 144 | JP Chauvet: Lightspeed Leader

JP Chauvet is the President at Lightspeed, a hands-on, forward-thinking executive with proven ability to implement change and drive growth. He has this in-depth understanding of technology, product development, finance, and sales management.

He has years of operating internationally across North America, Europe, and Asia. He’s got a proven track record of achieving targets and completing on business initiatives with both large established software vendors as well as fast-growing start-ups. He is a strong leader with excellent interpersonal skills and team player qualities and enjoys the challenge of a fast-paced, dynamic environment. 

Today we have JP talking about taking rein of a startup company and scaling it up into a fully grown sales organization. This episode is not complete without him talking about strategies and effective processes and systems he put in place to bring the company to its newfound business growth. It may look like an overnight success to the outside world but the amount of work he put into it makes it all worthy of discussion too.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Turning around the “Jack of all trade” culture
  • How does he make people buy into the company’s vision
  • JP’s first 100 days on his role as Chief Revenue Officer at Lightspeed 
  • What are his key performance-driven and go-to-market strategies
  • What feeds his leadership skills

Links

JP on LinkedIn

Lightspeed

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Slingshot VoIP, a leader in business voip services

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 143 | Mike McDerment: Accounting Software Leader

Mike McDerment is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, cloud-based accounting software that is used by 160 countries around the world and is currently ranked second in America.

Mike spent three and a half years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Outside of FreshBooks, Mike is a dad, a husband, a son and a brother. He is somebody who loves the outdoors. 

In this episode, he talks about the different roles of a CEO and its ambiguity around the role. 

Mike shares the leadership challenges that he had to overcome that became part of his development path in the earlier days.

He also discusses his knowledge on developing and growing as an effective business leader.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The three different types of CEO’s
  • Understand your CEO’s leadership style 
  • How to effectively work with your CEO given their leadership styles
  • How early challenges help create his development path
  • Why it’s important to foster a work-life balance for you and your employees

Links

Mike on LinkedIn

FreshBooks

 

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 142 | Alfredo Tan : Culture Innovation Leader

Alfredo Tan is the chief digital & innovations officer at WestJet Airlines where he is responsible for building a culture of innovation. He is also an industry professor and keynote speaker who is very passionate about science and technology. He describes himself as “someone who got lucky along the way.” 

When he’s not doing part-time lectures at McMaster University, he spends most of his time at home with his rescue animals. He also gives keynotes where he talks about cultural innovation and digital transformation. Alfredo loves going on vacation with his rescue animals and loved ones and plans to avail of the “work from Maui” which he himself implemented. 

Because of his hunger to learn and constantly improve, he went to Harvard school to do the AMP program earlier this year and is currently pursuing formal education in the legal framework which he doesn’t even need at this stage in his career. 

In this episode, Alfredo explains the different perspectives of what innovation could mean and restate the importance of focusing on what matters. He also shares the challenges he’s faced when he started building a culture of innovation. Alfredo discussed the importance of having mentors and things that he could have done differently if he was to ask his 20-year younger self. 

Don’t miss this very interesting topic about cultural innovation and the many lessons that you will learn about leadership. 

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How changing the mindset can help solve problems.
  • Alfredo’s guiding principle in his team
  • How having a mentor can guide you in making big decisions
  • Why it’s important to keep on learning and improving
  • The importance of taking the time to enjoy the journey more

Links

Alfredo on LinkedIn

WestJet Airlines

 

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 141| Carmine Cinerari : Management Leader

Carmine Cinerari is the President of Sharp Electronics of Canada Ltd. and guides the vision and strategic direction of the company’s operations in Canada.

He has sucessfully steered the company through a number of strategic shifts in business domains, operating models, and corporate strategy. His hands-on, collaborative approach has fostered a culture of teamwork, customer focus and valued business partner relationships.

At an age and tenure in his career, one of his biggest hobbies is just to keep learning and seeking opportunities to learn new things and connect with people that can perhaps teach him new things. He has found renewed interest in reading and staying current on technology and social trends and he travels a lot on business and with his family.

This episode has a lot that you can take away from. Carmine shares his wisdom, especially around his management style. He believes in using tools that help one become a better leader and he shares that one, too, about mindfulness and strengthening one’s business stamina.

And never to be missed are his arsenal of helpful thoughts and insights about leadership in terms of honing it as well as exercising it especially in the most trying times.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How meditation helps expands the levels of your knowledge and consciousness and become a better leader
  • What to look out for in Sharp Company in terms of keeping up with innovation and technology
  • How immersing himself in Japanese management style taught him a different side to leadership 
  • Why the need for transparency and communication during a company’s turbulent times
  • What he means by “the lines between sales and marketing today I think are far more blurred in a good way”
  • What important traits people look up to in leadership

Links

Carmine on LinkedIn

Sharp Canada

Reading List

  • The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Never Split the Difference – Chris Voss

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 132 | Matthew Tyrer: Marketing Leader

Transitioning to a management role can be challenging, especially if you are from a more technical and hands-on role. A  whole new set of skills is needed and having a team look to you for leadership can be overwhelming. Today’s guest goes in-depth about those challenges and how he is overcoming them.

In this episode, Edwin chats with business leader Matthew Tyrer, Senior Manager of Solution Marketing at Commvault.

Formed in 1988, Commvault has pioneered several industry-shaping innovations and has established themselves as a leader in data and information management. 

When not growing businesses, Matthew spends time with his family. He is a huge board game enthusiast and spends most of his free time playing board games with his two daughters. He also plays golf and loves skiing during winter.

Listen as Matthew talks about Commvault and his roles as one of its business leaders.

Plus, Matthew shares how he overcame the challenges of transitioning to his new role as a technology evangelist for Commvault.

Lastly, Matthew shares an important actionable item that can help new business leaders grow.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Matthew discusses Commvault’s upcoming products and what he aims to accomplish in the near future.
  • What every leader must know about self-improvement
  • Lessons from Matthew when he stepped into the role of management
  • The people that Matthew consider as mentors and how they helped him in his new role
  • Why is it important to listen and take the time to collect your thoughts before responding

Links

Matthew Tyrer on LinkedIn

Commvault

Reading List

  • The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Never Split the Difference – Chris Voss

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 130 – Mark Rickmeier: Focus Leader

There is a change happening in today’s IT industry. More and more organizations are seeing the value of working with small to mid-sized software development companies. Experts who can really jump in and provide value quickly. Today’s guest gives us an insight into what it’s like to lead one of those companies.

In this episode, Edwin chats with business leader Mark Rickmeier, the CEO of Table XI.

Table XI is a software design and development company that builds custom software for its clients. With 18 years of experience building integrated web applications, mobile apps, and custom digital experiences, Table XI helps clients fuel growth, engage users, build audiences, sell products, tell stories and drive results.

Mark currently lives in Chicago with his wife and 2 daughters, and when he is not growing and leading businesses, he does a lot of community work in the childhood education field. 

Listen as Mark talks about Table XI and the exciting and unique projects that they are working on.

Plus, Mark talks about travel, hiking, and the importance of giving yourself the gift of time.

Lastly, Mark talks about the industry change happening and why Fortune 50 companies are starting to work with smaller, more nimble experts in the field.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The importance of integrating user experience and accessibility
  • The value of assessing your strengths and weaknesses as a business leader and knowing what to do after the process
  • How traveling and hiking has helped Mark keep his focus and vision
  • Mark talks about the sticky note game, and how they have implemented this in their organization’s onboarding process
  • The 3 factors that help organizations embrace innovation

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 128 – Alyson Gausby: Research Leader

Social media has greatly changed the landscape of business and markets in the past years. It has allowed companies to reach new prospects and customers. Customers can now interact with brands through social media. With the right research and data, marketing through social media can have a huge impact on the growth of businesses.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with business leader Alyson Gausby, the Head of Research at Twitter Canada.

Twitter is a social networking platform that allows users to post and interact with messages known as tweets. It connects users to people, opinions, ideas, and news.

Alyson is a self-proclaimed data nerd. She is a graduate of business and fine arts. When not growing businesses, she enjoys travelling, exploring new cuisines, and music festivals. 

Listen as Alyson talks about her roles and responsibilities as the Head of Research at Twitter Canada.

Plus, she discusses her research on thought leadership and the definition of culture.

Lastly, Alyson shares the new tools and initiatives that she and her team are working on.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The scope of research that Alyson and her team are conducting.
  • The impact of culture on brands. 
  • Alyson talks about their analysis of similarities and differences between markets in Canada, US, UK, and Brazil.
  • How Alyson overcame her fear of public speaking.
  • What she looks for when hiring a talent and interview style

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 127 | Robert Levy: Brand Insight Leader

 

The advancement of today’s technology has been transformational for consumers. Unfiltered product reviews have changed the way people buy products online. By leveraging on consumer insights and market research, businesses can become more consumer-focused and make better decisions.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with business leader Robert Levy, founder, and president of Brandspark International.

BrandSpark International is a leading market research and brand insight consulting company. By uncovering meaningful customer insights and understanding their client goals, Brandspark helps businesses make impactful decisions.

Listen as Robert talks about how he started Brandspark.

Plus, he shares some of the best practices and tips that helped him as a business leader.

Lastly, he discusses how leadership is a journey and shares his advice for emerging business leaders.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Robert talks about brand positioning and how it helped Brandspark in its early years.
  • The value of looking at both qualitative and quantitative information.
  • How unfiltered reviews have changed the way consumers buy online.
  • The difficult decision that helped him grow as a business leader.
  • The people that had the biggest impact on Robert’s leadership career.

Links

Reading List

  • Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind: How to Be Seen and Heard in the Overcrowded Marketplace by Al Ries and Jack Trout
  • Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul by Howard Schultz
  • The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.