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.

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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.

TBLP 123 | Gary Saarenvirta: Artificial Intelligence Leader

Growing a business requires making smart decisions. 

Some of those operating decisions can be very complex and beyond human capability. This is where artificial intelligence steps in. With AI, businesses can make smarter plans and risk management decisions by running billions of simulations based on the organization’s transaction data.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with business leader Gary Saarenvirta, founder and CEO of Daisy Intelligence.

Daisy Intelligence is an AI platform that helps businesses double their profitability by making smarter decisions. By analyzing transactions and running simulations, Daisy Intelligence’s clients can make optimal plans and better risk management decisions. 

Outside of work, Gary is an avid tennis player and has a passion for reading science journals and textbooks.

Listen as Gary shares how he leads the product vision and his other roles and involvement in the company as a business leader.

Plus, he talks about how Daisy Intelligence attracts and retains the best talents.

Lastly, he discusses artificial intelligence and its impact on today’s business.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Strategies for retaining and recruiting the right talent for Daisy Intelligence
  • How to let an employee go
  • Gary’s personal dedication to start Daisy Intelligence
  • Secrets to building the culture of accountability and follow up in Daisy Intelligence
  • How artificial intelligence can be beneficial in decision making and its impact on job roles.
  • The mentors that have had a huge impact on Gary as a business leader.
  • The value of handing off responsibility to the team

Reading List

  • Leading by Greatness by David Lapin

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 121 | David Lloyd: Servant Leader

Servant leadership is a concept that inverts the norm of being a traditional leader and focuses on the leaders empowering the employees. Combined with encouraging innovation within the organization, it ensures the growth of the business.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with PostBeyond’s CEO, David Lloyd.

David leads PostBeyond, a company that helps their clients gain new opportunities by amplifying their content reach.

When not growing and scaling businesses, David is family-focused, being a father and a husband. He also has a big passion for cycling and does endurance rides.

David talks about his leadership role in PostBeyond and shares how he got onboard the company.

Plus, he discusses how his career transitioned from being a developer to a business leader by realizing what his value as a leader.

Lastly, David shares how they put value in innovation and continuous learning in their company.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • His leadership responsibilities in PostBeyond and what he is currently focused on to achieve growth.
  • David discusses the reason why he joined PostBeyond.
  • He looks back on a difficult decision he had to make and how this made him see his value as a business leader.
  • David talks about the concept of servant leadership and why this is a key concept in being a successful leader.
  • David highlights the significance of innovation and learning in their organization and shares how PostBeyond encourages it.

Reading

  • Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
  • Democracy In Chains

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.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

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

TBLP 120 | Christopher O’Donnell: Product Leader

Building and growing a creative and diverse team can give huge positive results to an organization.  But the questions of maintainability and scalability of these teams can also be a very big challenge for any business leader.

In this episode, Edwin talks with HubSpot’s SVP of Product, Christopher O’Donnell. 

Christopher leads a team of product managers and user experience folks at HubSpot, a SAS technology company. They specialize in all in one marketing, sales and, service CRM solution to small and medium-sized businesses.

A father and a husband before anything else, Christopher is a family-focused person. When he is not leading, Christopher enjoys his passion for storytelling by playing music. In addition to this, he likes to build things, doing woodworking as well as cooking on the side.

In this episode, he talks about his experiences as a business leader in growing a more inclusive and equitable team.

Also, he discusses the significance of giving and getting feedback.

Lastly, drawing on his music background, Chris discusses the parallels between creating a rock and roll album and developing tech products.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Raising the bar to build a more diverse team through recruitment to ensure a wider palette of abilities and a broader culture
  • What drove him to make the difficult decision of moving from a comfortable job to join the startup world and landing a leadership position at HubSpot
  • Creating high a performing team that can make decisions while maintaining the scalability of the team dynamics
  • He talks about the importance of getting feedback from employees and how to respond to that feedback
  • The similarities between creating a rock and roll album and maintaining a tech product
  • Christopher looks back on his mentor and his mentor’s impact on his leadership career
  • The importance of having business leaders get 360 reviews

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.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

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

TBLP 119 | Marc Staveley: Technology Leader

“Empower” is a big buzz word in the industry nowadays. And it is for a reason. Allowing your team to make decisions and take ownership of what is happening can be extremely beneficial for the whole organization.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with Index Exchange’s Chief of Technology Officer, Marc Stavely.

Marc leads over 185 engineers at Index Exchange, the largest ad exchange in the global advertising marketplace. 

When not working, Marc is an outdoors person. He is an avid hiker, canoeist, snowshoer, skier, and camper. He is also an engineer at heart, having designed and built his own house.

Listen as Marc discusses how he has grown as an effective technology leader throughout his career by empowering the team he leads.

Plus, he talks about the rise of agile and how this methodology has fueled his leadership.

Lastly, Marc talks about the characteristics that every emerging business leader needs to succeed.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How he developed and adjusted the leadership styles that allowed him to become a successful business leader.
  • The mindset changes that he had to make to move away from micromanaging.
  • The positive results of empowering the team he leads by allowing them to make decisions.
  • Marc discusses Agile methodology and it advantages over the waterfall method.
  • He shares his thoughts on new innovations like AI and how to train the workforce for this.

Links

Reading List

  • Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock
  • Measure What Matters by John Doerr
  • Brave New work by Aaron Dignan

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.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

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

TBLP 118 | Scott Wu: Engineering Leader

As an emerging business leader, can you tell us your goal?

Today with Edwin is Scott Wu, the Chief Technology Officer at Compass Digital Labs. He oversees the technology strategy for the company and leads a team of world-class designers, product managers, engineers and data scientists. His mission is to create amazing experiences for consumers through Digital.

Outside Digital Labs, he is a very active guy. He is a sports fanatic and very happy with the recent win of Toronto Raptors. Scott also loves to play tennis.

With his conversation with Edwin, Scott dives deep on the topic of being able to find your true goal.

He shares advice especially for new leaders that it is always best to find where your strengths are.

Lastly, with a lot of topics about artificial intelligence, listen to what Scott has to say if this is something we should be scared of or embrace.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The challenges of building and scaling a startup business embedded in a large organization
  • How to maintain consistency in the process and systems when scaling up
  • Their process for innovation and why they didn’t have a dedicated group for it
  • Why passion plays an important part in leading and managing people
  • How AI will transform the business digital systems and how to prepare and leverage from it
  • The exciting future of technology and food space

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.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

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