TBLP 122 | Simon Ferragne: Vision Leader

Every business has its mission and vision. But it can only make an impact when everyone in the organization can see the value of that vision.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with business leader Simon Ferragne, CEO and Founder of TrackTik.

TrackTik is a company that aims to build better software to allow its clients to run smarter businesses. Tracktik is involved in the security industry, providing businesses with an end to end solutions.

Simon is a father of two, and when not leading businesses, he is learning to fly small planes. 

Listen as Simon talks about his plans on how to grow his business through innovation and investing in employees who understand their organization’s mission.

Plus, he talks transitioning from a technical role to a business leader role.

Lastly, Simon talks about focusing on why and how this promotes collaboration between different areas in the company.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Simon discusses his plan to drive innovation to the next level
  • How he started his business by keeping client focus and solving problems for their clients
  • He talks about the importance of making employees understand the mission and vision of the organization
  • Simon highlights the importance of getting feedback from his peers and clients
  • He shares advice to people who are going into a leadership position for the first time
  • How he identifies and recognize the traits of potential business leaders
  • He talks about driving collaboration within the organization by focusing on the result, the outcome, and the why

Links

Reading List

  • Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsor

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 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.

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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.

TBLP117 | Laurie McGraw: Healthcare Leader

According to the numbers, it is clear that the healthcare industry needs to have diversity in leadership, may it be gender or race.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with the Senior Vice President of Health Solutions at AMA, Laurie McGraw.

She has more than 20 years of executive leadership and a proven track record of leading rapid growth in the healthcare IT industry.

Outside AMA, she is a loving wife to her husband of 30 years and a mother to two young adults. They love to do outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing.

You will hear Laurie shares her best advice for female leaders.

Also, she will share how she can work smart.

Lastly, listen to her as she discusses how you can keep up with the fast changing development with the healthcare industry.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How Laurie leads the innovations at the American Medical Association (AMA) and updates the healthcare community about it
  • Developing and bringing out the best on electronic health records (EHR) to address the barriers and issues between physician-patient relationship
  • The difference between leading a medical technology solutions provider and leading AMA
  • How AMA has changed and improved telemedicine for patients and physicians
  • Laurie’s two best advice for women leaders
  • Her constant challenge in her almost 30 years of being a leader
  • What she does to be able to monitor, manage activities and do more in less time
  • How to keep up with business innovations and advancements

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.

TBLP115 | Todd Unger: Productive Disruptor

Do you know what does “productive disruptor” means? You will find out if you will listen in.

Today on the show, Edwin sat down with Todd Unger, Chief Experience Officer and Senior Vice President of Physician Engagement at the American Medical Association.

Todd and his family recently moved to Chicago for this job and they are getting to know and love Chicago very much. His my whole family is into horseback riding. Todd is also a daily meditator.

In this episode, Todd discussed what is his role in AMA and what are their future plans in the next 12 months.

He also shared the journey of AMA’s of not only being a healthcare brand but also supercharging membership acquisition and retention.

Also, he tackled the issue of how to transform an organization through storytelling and social media.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The problems that Todd addressed when he came to the American Medical Association and what is his focus now for the organization
  • How he was able to digitally transformed and strengthen a known and old healthcare brand coming from a horse racing company
  • How Todd dealt with and fill up a relatively new position and the improvements he’s done in the marketing and publishing part of the company
  • Developing a curriculum on how to communicate, thru emails or any digital medium, more effectively and straight to the point
  • Building marketing on the foundation of storytelling and the help of social media and what Todd considered as their biggest challenge today and how to deal with it
  • How his former COO inspires him and helps him with communicating to and supporting  his team, and on onboarding key persons
  • The transformation cycle of an organization; in what phase is AMA now and Todd’s plans and brand strategy for AMA
  • Growth as your best job, how it is today and how you should do it

Links

Reading List

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.

TBLP114 | Robert Armstrong: Mobile App Leader

Robert Armstrong is the CEO of Appstem, the Leading Digital Product Agency based in San Francisco. He is a father to an almost two-year-old and that took most of his time. Robert stays very active until this day.

Robert has always been a marketing guy, but in May of 2014, Robert took over the CEO role.

In this episode, Robert will share how he successfully transitioned into the role of Chief Executive.

He also discusses the difference between being a CEO and a sales and marketing person.

In the conversation with Edwin, he dives deep on how to keep your relationship with people to do your duties as a leader.

In addition to that, Robert has very exciting news for those who are seeking opportunities to be part of Appstem. Be sure to listen until the end.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The biggest challenge Robert encounters transitioning from sales and marketing into a CEO position
  • How he was able to build and grow Appstem on his own when he and his business partner part ways
  • Being a small company, Robert shares 2 factors they focused on in order to grow
  • The knowledge base or internal wiki that Robert built and implements in Appstem
  • Why some consumer and B2B type business start-ups grow and others fail
  • What you need to know if you wanted to produce and market a software product that really provides value
  • How Robert became successful in managing a custom software design and development firm when he’s not a software engineer himself

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.

TBLP113 | Masai Ujiri: Creating a Winning Culture

The Toronto Raptors are the 2019 Eastern Conference Champions!  

But how did this happen?  What were the decisions that were made to change a perennial laughing stock of the NBA League into a Winning Culture that is ultimately competing for the Championship?

This is about the business leader, Masai Ujiri, the President of the Toronto Raptors.

This episode is a celebration, TBLP style!  

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What Masai Ujiri when he first came in
  • Changing the Raptors into a winning culture
  • Making unpopular trades to continue to grow

Links

  • The Toronto Raptors

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

TBLP112 | Gillian Mandich: The Happiness Leader

What is happiness and why is it important?

Before you leave wondering whether this is a podcast episode about business, you’d better think twice.

On today’s show, we have Dr. Gillian Mandich, happiness researcher, Ph.D. Health and Rehabilitation.

Gillian is the oldest of seven children. At a very young age, she was already entrepreneurial by offering babysitting services and gathering all the children into their place but charge per head.

In her spare time, Gillian likes to hike and loves foraging.

Listen to this episode as Gillian, explains the connection of your environment and the DNA with your happiness.

She also shares actionable steps for business leaders to achieve a different level of happiness.

Lastly, she discusses why a mindset shift is important for every business leader and individual to reach their happiness in their day to day life.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Happiness!  And what do we need to know about it
  • Is happiness the preventive method for the most part of what we have to do in your life
  • The key practices or behaviors that we can do that are going to have a potent effect in our day to day life
  • Are we born happy or is it dictated by your environment
  • How much of our happiness do we have control over
  • What business leaders should do to have a positive impact on their happiness
  • The importance of having a gratitude practice
  • Ways to achieve a mindset-shift and realize the significance of happiness on our day to day life

Links

Reading List

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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

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.