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

Links

Reading List

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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.

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.