Leadership Insights Podcast
About This Show
Are you a leader or an aspiring leader who truly cares about your organization, people and culture? Then this podcast is for you! We bring you educational, enlightening interviews with today’s most innovative, inspirational leaders. Each episode is filled with inspiring stories, new perspectives and invaluable tools to help you communicate, innovate and lead even more successfully!
Most Recent Episode
Ep 14: Leading from the Front Lines with Tien Wong, Chairman & CEO, Opus8
“You have to lead by example 24-7” – Tien Wong What does it say about you if, as a child, you fantasize about an airline being named after you? Or as an adult your proudest accomplishments are the successes of leaders you’ve helped cultivate? For Tien Wong, it says that entrepreneurship and integrity are in his blood and how he defines himself as a leader. In this candid, enlightening interview Tien shares his immigrant family story and what he has learned as a leader and entrepreneur, both through successes and missteps along the way. What you’ll learn: How being the son of Chinese immigrant entrepreneurs shaped Tien’s path What Tien dreamed of being when he grew up (hint: we almost ended up with TWA - Tien Wong Airlines!) How he learned (the hard way) to grow and scale a business Why it's essential to hire good, even if expensive, people from the beginning What he learned from the common "trap" of promoting technically gifted professionals to leadership roles Excellent advice about importance of process, even for listeners who may not be process people (like me) Difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation or "pull" vs. "push” type of leadership Strategies for successful hiring decisions (including the right combination of brain, heart and intuition) How to know when to train or coach an employee to succeed and when it's time to let them go Importance of a robust employee orientation and coaching structure How to make employees feel cared for - and want to stay in touch - even if you must let them go Why of all his incredible accomplishments Tien is most proud of helping emerging leaders blossom And so much more! Links & Resources Predictive Index – assessment tool Tien recommends for determining the cultural alignment of employees. NFTE – wonderful non-profit that brings entrepreneurial training to high school students, especially those from low-income communities (Tien and I met through our involvement with NFTE) Glen Ogilvie's episode – Referenced in our hiring and firing conversation with Tien