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.

TBLP111 | Jeff Ruby: Healthcare Leader

How can the loss of a loved one lead to startup success?

You have to listen until to this episode to find out.

Jeff Ruby, the founder of Newtopia, started the company because he lost his father to cancer at a young age.

He came to the realization that the current health care solutions does a very job at keeping people healthy. It is a reactive system that helps relieve ailments rather than prevent them.

In this episode, he shared the challenge of having the company to start over after a very hard fall.

Also, you will hear Jeff’s thoughts on the rise of artificial intelligence and how it will affect our lives.

Lastly, listen to Jeff as he advocates on making more people healthy and changing the mindset that healthcare system is motivated toward illness.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What is Jeff’s motivation to put up Newtopia
  • Where people spend their hard-earned dollars when it comes to their own health
  • How Newtopia is starting a revolution of beating the “sick care system”
  • Jeff finding success by failing fast
  • The importance of having an outside eye to guide Jeff with critical decisions for Newtopia
  • How Jeff overcome the challenges he faced when the company made a pivot

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.

TBLP110 | Marcus Rader: Rental Property Management Leader

Are you a vacation rental property manager looking for a one all solution? This episode is for you.

We have on the show, Marcus Rader, the CEO and Co-Founder of Hostaway an enterprise solution for managing short-term rentals.

When he is not busy with Hostaway, Marcus loves to play a guitar. He loves death metal. Fun fact: Marcus, speaks six languages. When he travels he likes to visit different breweries.

Marcus sat down with Edwin and shared the growth of Hostaway over the last years.

Also, he get into the topic of how to let go of being an entrepreneur and switch your role to being a CEO of your company.

Not only that, you will hear Marcus shared his technique on how they come up with a very solid company culture to eliminate confusions.

Lastly, listen Marcus’ nuggets of wisdom on how to be an effective business leader to a company distributed around the world.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why Marcus had to stop being an entrepreneur and become a CEO to better lead Hostaway
  • How he overcome the challenge of firing and hiring people
  • The key factors to successfully manage and lead a team distributed across the world
  • The difficulties of different cultural/ethnic background in the organization and how Marcus dealt with it
  • How having a former CEO as a coach helps Marcus and what is his main focus now in the company
  • Marcus’ key learning when he transitions from being an entrepreneur into a CEO
  • Two resources that helps Marcus achieve his goals and grow as a leader
  • The hardest part of being a leader and how to deal with it
  • Marcus’ worst quality as a leader and how it helps him build the company
  • How Marcus balances work and life

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.

TBLP109 | Beth Wilson: Force of Change Business Leader

Is unconscious bias eliminated in this time and age?

Today on the show, we have Beth Wilson, Canada Chief Executive Officer at Dentons.

Who is she outside of Dentons?

Beth is a mom of two boys, ages 21 and 18. She likes spending time with her family. Beth also loves the outdoors, getting out on her paddleboard, kayaking, and is an avid runner and cycler. Now that her sons are older, Beth and her husband enjoy time together on long cycling rides and have even incorporated cycling trips into their vacations.

In this episode, Beth went deep into topics ranging from mindset, strategies, and leadership.

She also spoke to how she won the trust and credibility of her team members at Dentons when she was brought in as CEO.

Listen in to hear Beth talk about these points and more, including the hot topic of unconscious bias.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why Dentons is executing deeply on talent
  • The main reason Dentons recruited Beth for the CEO position
  • Beth’s strategy to build trust and credibility
  • Unique opportunities that Beth experienced as a female business leader
  • How to execute work-life integration as a business leader and a woman with personal responsibilities
  • How to beat the stereotypes for women in business
  • Overcoming failure and what she did to deal with the adversity
  • Key points to consider when creating, developing and implementing a strategy
  • The crucial role of having a network and mentors so Beth could continue to grow as a business leader

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.

TBLP108 | Taylan Pince: Disruptive Business Leader

Are you an emerging leader who is having trouble to delegate?

In this episode, Edwin sat down with Taylan Pince, Mobile Team Lead and CEO at Hipo, an organization that helps disruptive startups and small businesses create meaningful products and services.

When Taylan is not busy growing Hipo, you can find him spending time with his four-year old daughter.

Apart from family life, he loves to read Sci-Fi books, is passionate about physical activity, and loves to tinker to hardware stuff.

Today, you will hear him delve into topics about productivity, delegation, and his future plans for Hipo.

Also, you will discover what kind of disease he caught because of too much stress and what he did about it.

In addition, listen to actionable steps he shared with Edwin regarding hiring remote team members and interns.

Lastly, find out how you can grow as a business leader by mastering the art of delegation.

Listen to this episode, and you will learn why you should delegate until it hurts.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Taylan’s main focus on their company now compared to eight years ago
  • What’s most important when choosing a stakeholder in the business
  • The biggest challenge in Taylan’s life because of a disease caused by stress
  • How Taylan learn the art of effective delegation
  • Taylan’s best practices on managing his remote team
  • What is the key learning for Taylan in managing team members that are working remotely
  • The challenges of handling a remote team and how Taylan overcome it
  • How Taylan keep harmony between work and family life
  • Different ways on how Taylan promote work-life balance to his team members
  • How Hipo develop successful training for junior members of the company

Links

Reading List

  • New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

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.

TBLP105 | Adrian Salamunovic: Public Relations Leader

Did the idea of elegant parties, open bars 
and circulate with the rich and famous sound like a PR to you? Think again, as we have on the show, Adrian Salamunovic.

He is the co-author of FREE PR, founder of Earned.co, a public speaker, startup advisor, investor, and PR expert who’s passionate about helping entrepreneurs reach mainstream success using the power of earned media.

You will hear Adrian share how you can use the power of free PR using the media, podcasts, television, print, publications, digital to get your word out for free.

Not only that, get to discover how you as an emerging business leader can build an internal PR team.

Lastly, discover the actionable steps that you can do to reach a wider audience through  FREE PR.

This is one episode you do want to miss!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How Adrian helps companies have their own in-house free PR
  • The value and power of having an in-house PR
  • Three stages to incorporate PR in your company
  • PR for podcasters
  • A great strategy for someone who wants to be a thought leader
  • Comfort as the enemy of success and what’s the key for long-term success
  • E-courses as the best learning tool to upscale your career and/or business
  • Two powerful hacks that Adrian do to be an effective leader, mentor, and entrepreneur
  • Passion and having positive energy as the best leadership quality
  • One actionable PR hack that you can do to increase traffic to your site

Links

Reading List

  • Play Bigger: How Rebels and Innovators Create New Categories and Dominate Markets by Al Ramadan, Dave Peterson, Christopher Lockhead, Kevin Maney
  • The Alter Ego Effect: The Power of Secret Identities to Transform Your Life by Todd Herman
  • Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins
  • Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin

 

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.

TBLP104 | Michael Denham: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Leader

Are there ways to help connect corporate Canada to innovators and entrepreneurs?
This question has been on Michael Denham’s mind for a long time. In this conversation, you will discover the answer to that.
Michael is the President & CEO of BDC, Canada’s only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. He is the driver of the organization’s positioning as the number one ally of Canadian entrepreneurs.
Michael is born and bred a Torontonian, moved to Montreal, back in 2001. His work experience started at McKinsey in Toronto. Michael also worked at Bombardier in the early two thousand. He had a long stretch at Accenture where he was the president of Accenture’s business in Canada. About four years ago, he started at BDC, the business development bank of Canada.
When Michael is not working, he likes to spend time with his three boys. He still plays hockey a couple of times a week. He was also the chairman of the kids’ school for a number of years; he is on the foundation board of one large hospital in Montreal.
In today’s episode, Michael discussed how BDC supports Canadian companies in scaling up and becoming meaningful global export-oriented businesses.
Further, find out the challenges start-ups face, and how BDC is instrumental in providing anchors to the eco-system.
Even better, you will hear Michael sharing his decision-making style when it comes to replacing a leader with another leader.
Are there ways to help connect corporate Canada to innovators and entrepreneurs?
Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What is BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) and how it helps small businesses and entrepreneurship in Canada
  • What is BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) and how it helps small businesses and entrepreneurship in Canada
  • Important things to consider when making a senior level appointment so you don’t get it wrong
  • Focusing on purpose and not profitability to lead and make a change
  • Two things Michael do to continue to grow as a business leader
  • BDC as a high-profile B Corp bank and why other companies should be “B Corpish” in nature

Links

Michael on LinkedIn

Michael on Twitter

BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) website

Yammer

B Corporation (certification)

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.

TBLP103 | David Ossip: Human Capital Management Leader

Do you want to scale your organization?

If the answer to this is yes, then you have to listen to this episode with David Ossip.

David Ossip, CEO & Chairman of Ceridian, Human Capital Management (HCM Cloud Software) was exposed to entrepreneurship at a very young age. Now, he is a dad to two wonderful kids and an avid cyclist.

Edwin and David dive into the topic of how he switched Ceridian from a company with a survival culture to an innovation organization.

What’s more, is David shared how to find the right leader based on the scale of the organization that you’re at.

Lastly, you will hear how David scale a company by overemphasizing on focus.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How giving up an 8-figure deal helps David grow as a business leader
  • Partnering with another company (Ceridian), taking the leadership position and how he manages his team and grow the company
  • Three ways to encourage every member of the organization to communicate and embody the culture and core values of the company
  • Why scaling an organization requires the emphasis on culture
  • What kills innovation and three ways to build the culture of innovation
  • How Dayforce will help leaders manage their employees with the rise of a distributed workforce and AI
  • The difference between an exceptionally confident individual contributor and a good manager
  • Persistence as the best leadership quality plus three advice on how to scale your company

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.

TBLP102 | Mark Bowden: Body Language Expert

Do you want to understand body language and facial expression?

Today on the show, you are going to hear from Mark Bowden, Keynote Speaker, World Renown Body Language Expert and creator of TRUTHPLANE.

Edwin and Mark delve on the topics of the importance of body language or as everyone knows, the non-verbal communication.

Also, hear from Mark how he helped CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and Prime Ministers of G8 powers master non-verbal communication that will let them grow as a business leader.

Lastly, learn what is SCAN and how it can help you interpret other people’s body language.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Mark’s background: how he became an expert on human behavior and body language and how he helps business leaders
  • Why it’s important for business leaders to understand body language or non-verbal communication
  • How to present yourself in a compelling way with your body language that exudes trust and credibility
  • S.C.A.N. – a system of thinking that will help us interpret other people’s body language and get us closer to the truth
  • How to deal with disturbing arms closing, body shifting, etc. during a conference or meeting
  • Do they like your speech or not? – Advice on business leaders when giving a speech or talk on a large audience
  • The thought process on how to present yourself when speaking with audience that you cannot see (such as in online live platforms)
  • A most effective, direct and quickest way to win trust and credibility

Links

Resources:

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.