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  • Don studies the greatest of all time, and brings their lessons to you.

  • Don studies the greatest of all time, and brings their lessons to you.

  • Don studies the greatest of all time, and brings their lessons to you.

  • Don studies the greatest of all time, and brings their lessons to you.

What do most fortune 500 executives have in common?

They learned their leadership lessons on the fields and courts of their high school and collegiate sports teams. This is true for both men and women. Ernst & Young found that a whopping 94% of women holding a C-suite position played sports.


Access to the greatest winners of our time!

Over the last 30 years, longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated and 11-Time New York Times Best-Selling Author, Don Yaeger, has been blessed to interview the greatest winners of our generation. He has made a second career as a keynote speaker and executive coach, discerning habits of high performance to teach teams how to reach their full potential.

Now the same level of curiosity and interview expertise that allowed Don to sit down with the best in sports, is coming to the boardroom so that you can have world-class access to the brightest executives in the world. Together, we will learn how sports shaped their professional trajectory in life in Corporate Competitor Podcast.


What do most fortune 500 executives have in common?

They learned their leadership lessons on the fields and courts of their high school and collegiate sports teams. This is true for both men and women. Ernst & Young found that a whopping 94% of women holding a C-suite position played sports.


Access to the greatest winners of our time!

Over the last 30 years, longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated and 11-Time New York Times Best-Selling Author, Don Yaeger, has been blessed to interview the greatest winners of our generation. He has made a second career as a keynote speaker and executive coach, discerning habits of high performance to teach teams how to reach their full potential.

Now the same level of curiosity and interview expertise that allowed Don to sit down with the best in sports, is coming to the boardroom so that you can have world-class access to the brightest executives in the world. Together, we will learn how sports shaped their professional trajectory in life in Corporate Competitor Podcast.


 

Corporate Competitor Podcast

Episode 1: Dolf Berle, Topgolf CEO, Asks: Do You Practice Courage?

Episode 26: Dana Barnes, Palo Alto Networks Senior Vice President, asks: Do you value your rival?Episode 26: Dana Barnes, Palo Alto Networks Senior Vice President, asks: Do you value your rival?

When you play for the Navy, in any sport, the most important thing you can do is beat the Army. The rivalry is real. It makes each one of them better. This week’s episode features Dana Barnes, Senior Vice President of Palo Alto Networks, and a former member of the Naval Academy Football team. His past leadership experience includes Microsoft’s Vice President of State and Local Government and leading operations for Microsoft’s National Security Group. Dana shares that coaching youth ice hockey prepared him for his leadership transition, “Coaching youth sports taught me that I do not know it all,” he said, “When I came to Palo Alto Networks, I knew my job was to listen, learn, and create an environment that is conducive for my teammates to succeed.”

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Episode 25: Scott Mordell, YPO's longest-serving CEO, asks: Do you have a commitment to the cause?Episode 25: Scott Mordell, YPO's longest-serving CEO, asks: Do you have a commitment to the cause?

Scott Mordell is Young Professional Organization Global’s longest-serving Chief Executive. YPO has 29,000 members who have joined chapters in 142 countries. All of them are committed to becoming better leaders and better people together. Scott grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and played hockey, basketball, baseball, and football. He may have been the smallest offensive lineman, but that did not stop him from playing at Albion College before continuing his education at Michigan State and earning a master’s degree from Northwestern. In this interview, you will learn how to “re-calibrate” your leadership journey and maintain curiosity. Scott also shares his five business principles so you can grow in 2021.

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Behind the Scenes with host Don Yaeger and producer Savannah GallagherBehind the Scenes with host Don Yaeger and producer Savannah Gallagher

In the spirit of year-end reflection, Don Yaeger uses the last episode of 2020 as a chance to invite podcast producer, Savannah Gallagher, on the show for a fun behind the scenes look recording Corporate Competitor Podcast. You will learn the “why” behind the podcast and get to laugh at the hilarious “off-mic” moments with the world’s best business leaders.

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John Wooden’s UCLA player, Swen Nater, shares Coach’s Lessons and LegacyJohn Wooden’s UCLA player, Swen Nater, shares Coach’s Lessons and Legacy

I had the unbelievable good fortune to have legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, as a mentor. We ended up in a relationship that allowed me every other month for 12 years to fly to California to spend a day learning from Coach. One day, Coach said, “Don, I want to tell you the story of one of the greatest players to ever play for me.”

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Brian Moynihan, Chairman and CEO of Bank of America, asks: Do you have a curious mind?Brian Moynihan, Chairman and CEO of Bank of America, asks: Do you have a curious mind?

Brian Moynihan was selected by his business peers to receive the Chief Executive Network's 2020 CEO of Year award. As one of eight children, competition was woven into the fabric of Moynihan’s childhood. Whether it was determining who had to do the dishes or a race to solve a mathematic equation, his family taught him to compete and cooperate.

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Dawn Hudson, longtime NFL Chief Marketing Officer and Pepsi NA President, asks: Do you look at your company from the outside in?Dawn Hudson, longtime NFL Chief Marketing Officer and Pepsi NA President, asks: Do you look at your company from the outside in?

Dawn Hudson is one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. She served as the Chief Marketing Officer for the NFL and the President of Pepsi North America and today she speaks around the world about smart reinvention and growth. Learn how this incredible leader was shaped by playing tennis and squash at a male-dominated Dartmouth, walking on campus just three years after they began accepting women.

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Episode 20: Fred Perpall, CEO of The Beck Group, asks: Do you have a deep understanding of your teammates?Episode 20: Fred Perpall, CEO of The Beck Group, asks: Do you have a deep understanding of your teammates?

Fred Perpall went to college at age 15 and rose to be CEO of The Beck Group — a prestigious construction and architecture group — at 37. He grew up in the Bahamas and turned down five track and field scholarships for one in basketball, and went on to play on the 1994 Bahamian National basketball team, and at the University of Texas Arlington. In this thought-provoking interview, you will learn how to develop a deep understanding of your team members, the three characteristics of great mentorship, and Fred’s shares why success and succession go hand in hand.

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Episode 19: Sean Covey, FranklinCovey Education President, asks: Do You Listen With the Intent to Understand or Respond?Episode 19: Sean Covey, FranklinCovey Education President, asks: Do You Listen With the Intent to Understand or Respond?

President of FranklinCovey Education, Sean Covey, was the quarterback at BYU after Hall of Famer Steve Young. Sean’s father, Stephen Covey, most famous for his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, loved watching his son play. Today Sean is a New York Times Best-Selling author and brings his competitive fire to FranklinCovey-- an organization whose mission is to enable greatness in students, teachers, and schools working in all 50 states and in more than 150 countries.

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Episode 18: Dr. Kent Thielen, CEO of Mayo Clinic Florida, aks: Are You Willing to Go Off-Script When the Situation Calls for it?Episode 18: Dr. Kent Thielen, CEO of Mayo Clinic Florida, aks: Are You Willing to Go Off-Script When the Situation Calls for it?

CEO of Mayo Clinic Florida and Vice President of Mayo Clinic, Dr. Kent Thielen, has a strong personal interest in developing new technologies! He shares how they are using 3D printers to create anatomic models from a patient’s CT scans. He reflects on the lessons he learned as a three-sport athlete in high school, including how to push past self-limiting beliefs.

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Episode 17: Laura Gentile, ESPN Senior Vice President of Marketing and founder of espnW, asks: Are you a leader with great followers?Episode 17: Laura Gentile, ESPN Senior Vice President of Marketing and founder of espnW, asks: Are you a leader with great followers?

Forbes named ESPN’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and the FOUNDER of espnW, Laura Gentile, one of the “Most Powerful Women in U.S. Sports.” She was a two-time field hockey team captain at Duke and led the Blue Devils to their first appearance in the NCAA tournament, graduating as Duke’s all-time leading scorer!

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Episode 16: Matt Karst, Synnex Sales Leadership, Asks: Are You Building A Powerful Network The Right Way?Episode 16: Matt Karst, Synnex Sales Leadership, Asks: Are You Building A Powerful Network The Right Way?

Synnex’s Matt Karst brings more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry leading successful sales organizations. Through trials, including a season-ending baseball injury, and an emergency heart surgery, he has learned that his attitude governs his altitude. You will learn the power of a recommendation through the story of his Miami recruitment, and Matt’s 11 Ground Rules so that you attract trustworthy teammates that listen more than they speak.

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Episode 15: Joe Quaglia, Longtime Techdata President Of The Americas, Asks: What Attitude Do You Bring To The Merger Or Acquistion?Episode 15: Joe Quaglia, Longtime Techdata President Of The Americas, Asks: What Attitude Do You Bring To The Merger Or Acquistion?

Learn how to navigate mergers and acquisitions in this technology month episode with Joe Quaglia! Joe joined the Tech Data team in 2006 and rose to be President of the Americas. Tech Data connects the world with the power of technology and has been named one of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for 11 straight years.

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Episode 14: David Ross, Chicago Cubs Manager, Joins Us For A World Series Special EditionEpisode 14: David Ross, Chicago Cubs Manager, Joins Us For A World Series Special Edition

Two-time World Series Champion, David Ross, spent most of his 15-year career playing in the major leagues as a back-up catcher. But, when he learned how to become a great teammate, his career doubled in length and he had the opportunity to win two world series championships.

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Episode 13: Jill Billhorn, CDW’s Senior Vice President Of Corporate Sales, Asks: In A World Where Distraction Is At An All-Time High, Can You Keep Someone Engaged?Episode 13: Jill Billhorn, CDW’s Senior Vice President Of Corporate Sales, Asks: In A World Where Distraction Is At An All-Time High, Can You Keep Someone Engaged?

We continue technology month with Jill Billhorn, CDW’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales. Jill is our first gymnast on the show, and although she gave up the floor routines and balance beam long ago, her competitive spirit is still alive. In this episode, Jill encourages you to stay as close to the customer as possible as you climb the corporate ladder.

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Episode 12: Jeff Henry, ViON President, Asks: Do You Practice Harder Than Your Competition?Episode 12: Jeff Henry, ViON President, Asks: Do You Practice Harder Than Your Competition?

Technology month continues in Episode 12, and not only will you learn how to wake-up with a winning attitude, but you will also learn how President of ViON, Jeff Henry, has been shaped by his Ohio State University baseball experience. Have you ever explored the idea of competing against yourself to reach your full potential? Jeff Henry says in this week’s episode, “Every day you are playing one-on-one with yourself, do you want to get up and take the day off, or do you want to compete effectively?

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Don Yaeger

Don Yaeger

As a longtime Sports Illustrated Associate Editor and 11-time New York Times Best-selling author, today Don’s digital reach extends beyond 100,000 people. In addition to regular media appearances over the years on almost every major talk show – from Oprah to Fox & Friends, from CNN to Good Morning America— Don speaks to corporate audiences around the globe 60 times each year.

Over the last 30 years, Don has worked with and studied the Greatest champions of our generation— Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, Nick Saban, John Wooden and more.

NOW he is setting out to see how C-level executives’ history in sports impacts how they build and sustain their organizations so you can tap into your relationship with sports to reach your full potential.

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Don Yaeger is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated, 11-time New York Times best-selling author, leadership expert and executive coach.

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