TBLP 139 | The First 100 Days with Eric Wright

This is a special collaboration mini-series with Info-tech Research Group co-hosted with Brian Jackson.

 

Is it hard to transition industry or roles? This is what Eric Wright, our guest faced during his transfer from InfoTech to LexisNexis.

Eric Wright is Chief Executive Officer of LexisNexis Canada. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Eric leads the organization in its continued development of trusted content, leading-edge technology, and workflow solutions for legal professionals in Canadian law firm, corporate, government and academic markets.

Prior to joining LexisNexis in August 2018, Eric was Senior Vice President at Info-Tech Research Group, where he was responsible for the delivery of advisory services and commercial activities within the Technology Research division. He led the organization’s transformation from a product focus on written research to a service focus on advisory and SaaS solutions. Eric was previously Info-Tech’s head of operations, where he led the Legal, Marketing, Sales Operations, Information Technology, and Human Resources teams.

On this episode, he shares how he faced the challenge of entering a new industry with a brand new role. 

Also find out how his communicative approach led to many quick wins for the organization.

Lastly, listen to how he is shaping a new vision for LexisNexis.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Two specific areas Eric focused on his first 100 days
  • The critical role of his predecessor for the success of his first 100 days
  • What Eric do on the first 30 days that have him made aware of the challenges he has to face in the organization
  • How to create real employee engagement
  • Subject matter or credibility, discover how Eric faced this challenge he faced on his first 100 days

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Info-tech Research Group

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TBLP 138 | The First 100 Days with Erin Bury

This is a special collaboration mini-series with Info-tech Research Group co-hosted with Brian Jackson.

Can a husband and wife work on the same company? Find out Erin Bury’s answer as she and Brian dive deep about this complicated topic.

Erin Bury graduated from Carleton University’s journalism program and soon after was involved with Sprouter, which formed a huge community of startups in the Toronto area and beyond.
 
She was able to use that experience and a long list of high-profile speaking opportunities to try her own hand at entrepreneurship. Erin was hired to be the managing director of 88 Creative and then just this year she moved on to become the CEO of Willful. Willful is an online estate planning tool that wants to help change the conversation that millennials have around death.
 
Discover in this episode the pros and cons of working side by side with your spouse.
 
Also, find out how you can be a professional support for your spouse during challenging times. 
 
Lastly, learn how Erin managed her first 100 days as a startup executive.
 

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The reason Erin did not join Willful at the very start
  • How she negotiate with the founder, who was also her spouse, about taking over the role of CEO
  • Is there an unfair advantage to being married to the company’s founder
  • How Erin solidify Willful’s vision and communicate to their staff where the company is going
  • What are the critical tasks Erin has to take on when she started on her new role

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Info-tech Research Group

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

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TBLP 137 | The First 100 Days with Denis Gaudreault

This is a special collaboration mini-series with Info-tech Research Group co-hosted with Brian Jackson.

Will trading roles help the organization head become better people and leader? Find out in today’s episode.
 
Denis Gaudreault is a French Canadian. He is the country manager for Intel’s Canada and Latin America region.
 
This year he took part in an internal exchange program. He went to France, and a French executive named Erwan Montaux came to Canada. Dennis spent five months in Paris as Intel’s enterprise and public sector director.
 
On his short stay in France, he was able to assess a different type of market, focus, and customer base, which is far more different on what he sees in Canada.
 
Today, you will hear Denis shares how he faces a new challenge not only by a change of location but of trading roles.
 
Also, find out what are his wins during his stay in France and how he accomplish it. 
 
Lastly, for all executives, learn the habits he built to become one of the emerging leaders of his generation.
 

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Tips for a successful first day on your new job
  • The importance of having foundational preparation in a new role
  • What are the challenges while inside a workplace diversity
  • How to establish credibility as a leader
  • Discover Denis’ framework for leadership

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Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsor

Info-tech Research Group

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

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TBLP 136 | The First 100 Days with Dave Penny & Andrew Wertkin

This is a special collaboration mini-series with Info-tech Research Group co-hosted with Brian Jackson.

Previously BlueCat’s Chief Product & Technology Officer, Andrew Wertkin will share how he find the right person to replace him. And for Dave Penny, the new Chief Technology Officer, landing a new job at a new company is always a fresh start.

We are so honored to have two gentlemen in the middle of their first 100 days.

As Chief Strategy Officer, Andrew works closely with BlueCat’s CEO and executive team to chart BlueCat’s course as it continues to build market share.

As CTO, David oversees BlueCat’s engineering teams as they build on the company’s vision for a dynamic, open, scalable, secure, and automated DNS environment in every enterprise network.

Listen to this episode as Andrew and Dave unravel their challenges, mistakes, and their plans to achieve success on their first 100 days.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Find out how Andrew and Dave got their new role
  • Discover their preparation for their new role
  • Andrew and Dave sharing their vision for the company and how they help each other achieve it
  • Learn how Andrew handed off his position to Dave without stepping on his toes
  • What is Andrew’s critical role as Dave’s predecessor
  • The kind of support Dave received to get quick wins during his first 100 days

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Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsor

Info-tech Research Group

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 135 | The First 100 Days with Susan Bowen

This is a special collaboration mini-series with Info-tech Research Group co-hosted with Brian Jackson.

With over 20 years’ experience in the technology industry, Susan understands the importance of transformational leadership to stay at the forefront of customer needs and expectations.

Prior to taking on global leadership at Aptum (formerly Cogeco Peer 1), Susan was Vice President and General Manager of Cogeco Peer 1, EMEA, where she spearheaded strategic direction. Susan has also held the role of Chief of Staff UK & Ireland at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) following her tenure of over 16 years at HP UK Ltd.

Susan Bowen is promoted internally as the new CEO at Cogeco Peer 1, after becoming the CEO she learns of the plans to spin it out as a separate business unit. And in January Phillippe Jette, the CEO of Cogeco Communications starts talking about selling off the business unit publicly.

In this episode, you will find out how Susan drives new opportunities for the company during the realignment. 

Also, you will discover her method of communicating the company’s mission and vision to team members.

Lastly, listen to her advice to new CIOs on how to prepare, and start to a new position.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Susan’s three area of focus on her first 100-days as a CEO and President of Aptum 
  • How did she conduct a listening tour in the organization
  • Three ways Susan approached the big cultural change at a company
  • Tips to ease your transition into a new work environment
  • The first 100-days: her challenges, quick wins, and how she establish her reputation

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Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsor

Info-tech Research Group

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 134 | The First 100 Days with Wayne Berger

This is a special collaboration mini-series with Info-tech Research Group co-hosted with Brian Jackson.

Wayne Berger is the CEO of IWG Canada and Latin America, the global coworking and workspace leader. The company harnesses the power of flexible working through its companies Regus, Spaces, No. 18, Open Office, HQ, and Signature by Regus. 

He is a leader and advocate for the transforming world of work. With over 20 years helping companies improve the way they maximize their office and communities; Wayne is helping lead the acceleration of the workplace revolution— evolving from traditional office space to the new flexible work world.

Hear Wayne’s story on how he was recruited to become the regional CEO of Canada and Latin America for International Workplace Group – IWG. As the name suggests, IWG is all about providing office space – often in a flexible scenario and co-working environments. A couple of the brands it owns include Spaces and Regus.

He didn’t have long in between roles at all. But he made sure to close out his role at Staples before diving into his new job. And he even took time to go for a run. It’s so important to take care of yourself, especially just ahead of taking on a taxing executive job. Go on vacation if you can. If you can’t, at least do something that’s just for you.

Lastly, listen to Wayne as he referenced Jim Collins’ “From Good to Great” when approached his mandate at IWG.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What Wayne did to prepare for his first day of work in IWG
  • How he was able to connect with his distributed team to share organization’s mission and vision
  • How he was able to pinpoint his employees’ pain points to act on for a quick win
  • Why he made the focus switch to serving the customers
  • The importance of understanding the structure of your organization

Links

Reading List

  • From Good to Great by Jim Collins

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsor

Info-tech Research Group

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.

TBLP133 | Breaking Through at the Berlin Marathon

I recently completed the Berlin marathon. I run because it helps me stay fit, help me train, and eat well.

Berlin marathon is my fourth marathon that I am trying to complete.

Why am I sharing my Berlin Marathon experience

  • Share defining moments that changed my life
  • Moment of clarity
  • Moment of bliss

For many of you who don’t know, a full marathon is 26 miles or 42 kilometers. We are running the Berlin marathon. I’m feeling good. I’m feeling ready and thinking that this is going to be the best race of my life.

It was about 10-12 degrees in Berlin. It was cold. I was on target to hit my goal at four hours. But at the 25K mark, halfway through the race, rain poured. Now my upper body started tensing; my neck started tensing. My hands were getting numb. If I rolled my shoulder, I could feel my nerves pinch, and a shock of electricity goes through my arms.

I was questioning my sanity. I was wondering, “Why do I put myself through this?”

An hour later, something happened. I’m in the pit of despair. I hate life. I looked down, and something changed. I released myself from all expectations, and almost immediately, I felt a release. I started smiling, huge smiles. I looked around. I’m running a marathon in Berlin, Germany, it was terrific. I finished the marathon.

Overall, I was tired but happy and, and I was celebrating.

The lesson that I take from this was I understood the goals that I had. I controlled my environment. I managed everything that I needed to do up until the race, which was the train, eat well, rest, prepare, do everything right. But what happened was I couldn’t control my outside world, which was the rain. But I allowed myself, my emotions to get affected by the rain.

And it was a moment of enlightenment.

A good friend of mine once said that when you had a moment of enlightenment, you are blessed. I was blessed with the wisdom, understanding, that release all my expectations.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The reason behind running the Berlin Marathon
  • What are the challenges I have to face during the race
  • Life lessons I learned from running the Berlin Marathon

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.

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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 131 | Jeff Wiener: The Kickass Entrepreneur

Most of the time, business owners are the best salesperson of the organization. But as leaders, they face the need to let go of their leads and delegating them to their members. And this can be very difficult. 

In this episode, Edwin chats with business leader Jeff Wiener, entrepreneur, author, and CEO of The Kickass Entrepreneur.

The Kickass Entrepreneur helps entrepreneurs scale their businesses, improve profitability, and ultimately, create wealth through their business’s profits. 

Now semi-retired, Jeff helps entrepreneurs reach their goals. He shares his business experiences on how to create wealth with other business leaders.

Listen as Jeff talks about growing and selling his first business.

Plus, Jeff discusses his book, The Kickass Entrepreneur’s Guide to Investing.

Lastly, Jeff leaves two actionable takeaways for up and coming business leaders.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • He talks about his reason for selling his business
  • What got him started with The Kickass Entrepreneur’s Guide to Investing
  • Jeff talks about the Peter principle and how he was able to move up to the next level
  • How he grew his business by growing great people
  • The characteristics that every business leader should possess

Links

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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

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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.