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How Leaders Lead with David Novak
58 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Former CEO of The Gap, Banana Republic and J Crew, Mickey Drexler
Former CEO of The Gap, Banana Republic and J.Crew, Mickey Drexler has always had a keen instinct for merchandising and a philosophical commitment to following his gut in business. Drexler’s impact on pop culture is astounding as his fingerprint can be found on almost every fashion retail success over the last thirty years. Listen as Mickey and David discuss creative energy, landing on the name “Old Navy”, and designing the first Apple store with Steve Jobs.
54 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Stephen MR Covey, Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker, Speed of Trust Global Practice Leader - Leading with Trust
Former President and CEO of Franklin-Covey Leadership, Stephen M. R. Covey felt compelled to transition his career from business leadership to thought leadership with his book, The Speed of Trust. Listen as NewYorkTimes and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Stephen and David discuss mission-driven business, feeding your strengths and the influence of his father Stephen Covey.Great leaders gather insights, and we'd love to hear your thoughts on the show at https://howleaderslead.com/survey/
57 minutes | May 27, 2021
CEO of Amway, Milind Pant - Leading with Adventure
As CEO of Amway, the world’s largest direct selling company, Milind Pant attributes his professional success to cultural sensitivity and leading with love and empathy. With a career full of global roles and travel, Pant swears by daily exercise and meditation to promote a balanced life. Listen as Milind and David discuss social commerce, the gig economy, and how Instagram has surprisingly become one of his most important communication tools.
69 minutes | May 20, 2021
Replay: Kendra Scott, Founder and Executive Chairwoman | Leading with Simple
This week's episode is one I know you'll love that I dropped back in July, with Kendra Scott, now Chairwoman of Kendra Scott Jewelry. Since recording she has been full steam ahead, focusing on spending more time with her girls and family and focusing on other areas of her company that she is the most passionate about. Areas like design, the consumer experience, and her philanthropy - like with Kendra Cares and the new initiative recently launched at the San Antonio Children’s Hospital. She is also opening a store in Columbia this month.David and Kendra talk about how her mom’s work for Mary Kay inspired her own style of entrepreneurship and ways to lead others. They talk about her journey from starting a hat boutique at the age of 19 to running a multi-billion jewelry business far from the elite coasts in Texas, and how hearing so many people tell her “no” spurred her on to find success. David also gets Kendra’s perspective on creating a work culture that is kind, quick to pivot and get creative, and empowers front-line associates to make decisions that best serve the customers. Kendra is making a difference in the world of jewelry by turning the pain point of entering a stuffy jewelry store less scary and more relational by focusing on customer connections rather than transactions.Want to help us make this the best podcast we can be?Rate and review the show on Apple PodcastsFollow David on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DavidNovakOGOAnd How Leaders Lead on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/howleaderslead
60 minutes | May 13, 2021
Commissioner of the WNBA, Cathy Engelbert - Leading with Competitive
Cathy Engelbert, the first Commissioner of the WNBA, is no stranger to trailblazing. Formerly an executive with Deloitte for 33 years and eventually their first female CEO, Engelbert was thrilled to return to basketball after her own college career and being raised by a former NBA player. Listen as David and Cathy discuss diversity and inclusion in the WNBA, the challenges facing women’s sports, and the incredible support of the late Kobe Bryant.
38 minutes | May 4, 2021
Previous Walker Cup Captain, John "Spider" Miller - Leading with Dignity
John “Spider” Miller leads with Dignity. From humble beginnings in Indiana as one of eleven children, Spider learned how to work hard. His work ethic and commitment took him far in amateur golf as Captain of the US team in the 2015 and 2017 Walker Cup. In this conversation, David gets Spider’s story, insights on running a family business the right way, and an inside look at golfers like the late great Arnold Palmer.
53 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
CEO of KIND Snacks, Daniel Lubetzky - Leading with And
Founder and Executive Chairman of KIND Snacks, Daniel Lubetzky understands that living outside of society’s boundaries and traditional definitions is where kindness and creativity is found. The son of a holocaust survivor and raised in Mexico, Daniel attributes his success in leadership to his father whom he thinks of as an original “servant leader.” Listen as Daniel and David discuss ownership culture, the need to be challenged, and his book, “Do the KIND Thing.”
51 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
NBC Sports Reporter, Former Jockey & COO of Starlight Racing, Donna Barton Brothers - Leading with Communication
The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday and in this episode you'll get an on-the-track look at the Derby. You'll ride along with David and Donna as they discuss the first time she got bucked on a horse, being a woman in a male-dominated sport, interviewing the winning jockeys at the Derby, and the failures that set up Donna for her success. Donna Barton Brothers was born into the horse racing world. She grew up around horses as the daughter of a successful female jockey. Donna found success as a jockey winning over 1,100 horse races and then became an award-winning sports analyst and commentator for NBC Sports and currently serves as COO of Starlight Racing.
38 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Part 2 | Augusta National Golf Club Chairman, Fred Ridley
In Part II of this episode, we’re back with the Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, Fred Ridley. Listen as the Chairman and David discuss the impact of the pandemic on the Masters, putting his team members first, and how to honor the past while pushing towards the future.
43 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Part 1 | Augusta National Golf Club Chairman, Fred Ridley
Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club since 2017, Fred Ridley is the man behind the Masters. As a lawyer and winner of the American U.S. Amateur Golf Championship, Ridley brings a comprehensive understanding of both the sport’s history and its evolution. Listen to Part I as the Chairman and David discuss rubbing shoulders with Jack Nicklaus, instating the first Augusta National Women’s Tournament, and giving back to the community of Augusta.
61 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Hint Water Founder & CEO, Kara Goldin | Leading with Undaunted
Founder and CEO of Hint Water, Kara Goldin found success in journalism at Time and at tech startups in Silicon Valley. Her early ambitions changed after discovering her hectic travel schedule led to an unhealthy lifestyle. In her pursuit of health, she discovered an untapped category in flavored water with simple ingredients. The mother of four children under six at the time, Kara put in the time, research, and money necessary to start bottling Hint Water, knowing that if the venture failed she could fall back on her tech background. Listen as Kara and David discuss fear, John Legend and her new book, Undaunted: Overcoming Doubt and Doubters.
45 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Leading with Disruption | Jesse Cole, Founder of Fans First Entertainment & Owner of Savannah Bananas
In this episode David sits down with Jesse Cole, Founder and CEO of Fans First Entertainment and Owner of the Savannah Bananas baseball team. Jesse leads with Disruption, turning pain points upside-down into crazy awesome features.As the author of Find Your Yellow Tux: How to Be Successful by Standing Out, Jesse disrupts the concepts of authenticity and individuality with his commitment to wearing a yellow tuxedo everywhere he goes. This, along with all-you-can eat meal tickets and calling every fan to thank them for their support, is just a part of Jesse’s conviction that normal marketing will only yield normal results. They way to thrive is to be different in ways that turn people’s pain points into exciting solutions, which Jesse strives to do every day at Grayson Stadium when his team plays.
61 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Allbirds Co-Founder, Joey Zwillinger - Leading with Urgency
David gets the story behind Joey Zwillinger, the Co-Founder of Allbirds, who left a promising career in biotechnology driven by the fear of mediocrity. Joey knew that he would be disappointed in himself if he didn’t build his own company, and if he couldn’t make a significant impact on the problems surrounding climate change. A drive for excellence, balanced with a fear of mediocrity, has pushed Joey to solve perplexing problems like how to make a truly all-natural shoe that is more comfortable than what the big competitors are churning out.
62 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Panera CEO, Niren Chaudhary - Leading with Spirit
Niren Chaudhary, CEO of Panera Bread, believes that a strong leader defines reality while also creating hope and optimism through delivering a clear vision. By articulating the core mission of Panera, Niren restored the company’s former stronghold as leader in the category. Listen as David and Niren discuss Panera through the pandemic, democratizing coffee, and his connection to Netflix's film, “The Sky is Pink.”
46 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Leading with Fearless - Me and the Bees Lemonade Founder and CEO, Mikaila Ulmer
Fifteen-year-old founder and CEO, Mikaila Ulmer has made history with her purpose-driven company, Me & The Bees Lemonade. An entrepreneur since age four, Mikaila collaborates with her parents and mentors to continue to grow the company and its sister nonprofit, Healthy Hive Foundation. Listen as David and Mikaila discuss going viral on Shark Tank, the power of purpose-driven brands, and what it really means to “dream like a kid.”
61 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Leading with Impact - Lowe's Home Improvement CEO, Marvin Ellison
Marvin Ellison, CEO of Lowe's Home Improvement, has made a career of tackling challenges that no one else would, or could, face. He attributes his success to this approach and to embracing the “best you” you can be. Listen as David and Marvin discuss humble beginnings, his first day as CEO, and why assimilating into corporate culture is the wrong strategy.
46 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Leading with Team - President & CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods
Lauren Hobart, the newly appointed CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, is an incredibly well-rounded leader with over 25 years of finance, consumer and retail experience. As one of only 41 female CEOs leading a Fortune 500 Company, Hobart relishes the ability to champion young women to achieve their full potential. Listen as David and Lauren discuss her success in digital and e-commerce, collaborating with Carrie Underwood, and the importance of communicating a clear vision.
60 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Leading with Command - General Ray Odierno, Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
Former Chief of Staff of the Army, Ray Odierno is a retired four-star general of the United States Army and current chairman of USA Football. With a background in team sports, General Odierno utilized team dynamics in his leadership style as Commanding General. Listen as David and General Ray discuss diversity and inclusion in the Army, providing options for the commander in chief, and how to avoid toxic leadership.
51 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson on Leading with Joy
Kevin Johnson, CEO of Starbucks, has brought the power of vulnerability to his role. After succeeding Starbucks’ founder and CEO Howard Schultz in 2017, Johnson believes strongly in preserving the legacy of the brand while embracing the innovation necessary to push the company into the future. Listen as David and Kevin discuss distributed leadership, people over profit, and how he learned transcendental meditation through Ringo Starr.
3 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
Season 2 Trailer
Get ready for Season 2 of How Leaders Lead with David Novak!!In each episode, David Novak interviews some of the biggest names, in business, sports and life – and you’re gonna love learning how these leaders think… what’s important to them… and how they inspire those around them. How they lead.
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