Corporate Competitor Podcast
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?