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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 career 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.


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 career 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.


 

Corporate Competitor Podcast

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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Episode 11: Rob Davies, ViON Executive Vice President Of Operations, Asks: Can You Remain Calm And Disciplined In Stressful Times?Episode 11: Rob Davies, ViON Executive Vice President Of Operations, Asks: Can You Remain Calm And Disciplined In Stressful Times?

We are kicking off TECHNOLOGY MONTH with ViON’s Executive Vice President of Operations, Rob Davies. ViON is a cloud service provider and market leader in the design, delivery, and maintenance of IT infrastructure solutions. Rob brings more than 25 years of experience to his role and over the course of his career, he has established a strong track record of generating growth, creating partnerships with customers, and empowering employees.

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Episode 10: Carla Vernon, longtime President of General Mills Natural & Organic, asks: Athletes have a warm-up routine, does your corporate team?Episode 10: Carla Vernon, longtime President of General Mills Natural & Organic, asks: Athletes have a warm-up routine, does your corporate team?

As the President of General Mills Natural & Organic, Carla Vernon drove unprecedented growth of a $1.5 billion snack portfolio including Annie’s, Larabar, and Nature Valley. In fact, she restored growth to Nature Valley resulting in the highest level of unit sales in the brand’s history, making it the world’s top selling granola bar. She has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Women in Retail and Most Influential Women in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine. I am confident you will laugh out loud at least once during our authentic conversation.

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Episode 9: Xavier Williams, President of AT&T Public Sector, Asks: Does The Content You Read Expand Your Thinking?Episode 9: Xavier Williams, President of AT&T Public Sector, Asks: Does The Content You Read Expand Your Thinking?

Xavier Williams, who played college basketball at Edinboro University, has been with AT&T for 30 years. Today he serves as President of the Public Sector and FirstNet and leads with the motto: “Culture trumps strategy.” In this episode, you will get a behind the scenes look into how Xavier took one of the country’s lowest-ranking branches, and turned it into the fourth-best within two and half years, without changing a single team member.

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Episode 8: John C. Maxwell, Leadership Expert, asks: Do you know the top time-waster in leaders’ lives?Episode 8: John C. Maxwell, Leadership Expert, asks: Do you know the top time-waster in leaders’ lives?

In this episode, you will learn the #1 time-waster in leaders’ lives and how to eliminate it from leadership expert, John C. Maxwell. John is a #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author, speaker, and coach. He has sold 26 million books in 50 languages and trained six million leaders. He recently reached the milestone of having trained leaders from every country in the world.

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Episode 7: The Game that changed College Football, featuring Wilbur Jackson, Sam Bam Cunningham, and John PapadakisEpisode 7: The Game that changed College Football, featuring Wilbur Jackson, Sam Bam Cunningham, and John Papadakis

We know how sports shapes executives, but in this special edition, we discuss how sports shaped society. September 12th marks the 50th anniversary of a game that, many would argue, completely changed college football— USC vs Alabama 1970.

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Episode 6: Carl Eschenbach, Sequoia Capital Partner, asks: Do you hate to lose or do you love to win?Episode 6: Carl Eschenbach, Sequoia Capital Partner, asks: Do you hate to lose or do you love to win?

As the President and COO of VMware, Carl Eschenbach helped build the company from 200 employees and 30 million dollars in revenue to 20,000 employees and 7 billion dollars in revenue. In 2016, he became a partner at Sequoia Capital – widely regarded as Silicon Valley’s most prestigious venture capital firm.

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Episode 5: Oguo Atuanya: Do you believe in your own abilities?Episode 5: Oguo Atuanya: Do you believe in your own abilities?

In his senior executive role at Microsoft, Oguo manages Global Cloud Scale Services. Educated in three different continents, Oguo has the ability to interweave his mixed cultural background with his rich career experiences. In our conversation, Oguo shares stories about how his love of football, rugby, and soccer shaped his leadership journey and explains how everyone on your team falls into one of four categories. Plus, he gives us tips on how to interact with each type so that your team is operating efficiently!

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Episode 4: Bill George, Longtime Medtronic CEO, asks: Are you more focused on building your resume or building your life?Episode 4: Bill George, Longtime Medtronic CEO, asks: Are you more focused on building your resume or building your life?

Bill was a three sport athlete in high school and rose to become a member of the Georgia Tech tennis team. His four decades of C-Suite experience includes serving as the Executive Vice President of Honeywell, Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, and TODAY he is senior fellow at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. He has written several best-selling books including one of my favorite leadership books of all time— True North.

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Episode 3: Kim McHugh: Are You Fully Engaged On The Sideline?Episode 3: Kim McHugh: Are You Fully Engaged On The Sideline?

The highest ranking woman in the oil drilling industry, Kim McHugh, played on the Texas A&M volleyball team and advanced to the NCAA tournament! She rose to become the Vice President of Chevron’s Drilling Completions and today attributes her mental strength to her experience on the court. In this episode, you will learn how to lead with empathy and fairly assess feedback.

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Episode 2: Louis Carr, President of BET Media, Asks: Can You Overcome Two Pandemics?Episode 2: Louis Carr, President of BET Media, Asks: Can You Overcome Two Pandemics?

Louis is responsible for more advertising dollars targeting African-American consumers than any other professional or company in history. And he put those dollars to good use… he has led an incredible 21 straight years of advertising revenue growth. His athletic accolades are as impressive as his corporate success. Louis was the co-captain of the 1974 State Champion Track Team at Lane Technical High School in Chicago and was awarded a four-year track scholarship to Drake University. In this episode, you will discover how he uses the lessons from the track in his leadership today.

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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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