0 minutes | Sep 22, 2020

Kat Cole | Leadership Lessons from the Fastlane with Gary Heil Ep. 1

Leadership Lessons from the Fast Lane episode 1 presents the COO and President of Focus Brands, Kat Cole. Cole and best-selling author and host Gary Heil discuss her remarkable and improbable journey from hostess to running a billion dollar brand. Following her time spent as a hostess Cole went on to become the vice president of a multinational brand doing $800 million in revenue at the age of 26 and then was soon recruited by FOCUS Brands and Cinnabon to serve as chief operating officer where she was promoted to president of the company within three months. Cole now serves as chief operating officer and president of FOCUS Brands, Cinnabon’s parent company, where she is now responsible for building revenues and profits for six franchise food brands in 60 countries through global licensing, manufacturing and e-commerce.Her humble beginnings, grit, service and hustle were just the foundation for the valuable insight and perspective she now shares on a variety of topics from what it takes to create and lead successful teams, how to drive innovation and growth, her thoughts on the winning personality traits for a leader, the importance of culture, how to sustain excellence and much more. No stranger to making tough decisions, building brands, managing change and innovating business models, Cole reveals the skills and mentalities that helped catapult her monumental success.Important takeaways:Hotshot rule: Be willing to look at your circumstances with fresh eyes, and then challenge yourself to take action. These 3 questions help facilitate: 1) What would happen if a hot shot took over my role? 2) What's the one change he or she would make immediately? And 3) Why can’t I be the one to make those changes?Failure is easy to identify. Questioning and understanding success should be the goal.Being open to feedback is essential for a healthy culture.  “Be your own best coach” - build and strengthen yourself so you are not solely reliant on others.Curiosity and humility are crucial leadership qualities.As the world changes daily and new challenges arise, you won’t want to miss the valuable lessons learned and shared throughout Cole’s remarkable journey.Learn more about our speakers:Gary Heil: https://www.wsb.com/speakers/gary-heil/Kat Cole: https://www.wsb.com/speakers/kat-cole/About the series:Presented weekly, Leadership Lessons from the Fast Lane will explore some of the most pressing challenges that leaders of today face, with the world’s most respected, creative, and successful thought leaders. WSB is proud to represent many of the world’s greatest minds. We are excited to launch a forum for our leaders to share their ideas in ways that will challenge us to rethink how we’ve operated in the past and inspire us to create a new, more effective, successful path into the future. Visit our website: https://www.wsb.com/Contact us: https://www.wsb.com/contact/
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