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Now displaying: July, 2019
Jul 31, 2019

Four years ago, Karson Humiston had a vision.

And now she’s Founder & CEO of Denver-based Vangst. It’s the recruiting platform created exclusively for the cannabis industry.

Unless you’ve been under a rock (or leaf), you know that the cannabis field has created 300,000 new jobs in the past couple of years. And research projects that’ll triple again shortly.

So she built Vangst to connect industry workers & employers.

In the process, she was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. And Vangst was ranked amongst Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant companies.

In this 20-minute interview, Karson reveals how she’s building the team that’s building one of the fastest-growing industries in history.

 

Jul 24, 2019

Can an old dog learn new tricks?

Erick Eidus is betting they can.

He's CEO of PupPod, which he founded 4 years ago.

Based in Kirkland Washington, they've created a smartphone-connected puzzle toy for dogs.

When dogs interact with it, they earn food rewards from a bluetooth-connected dispenser

Previously, Erick was with Microsoft and Motorola. Now he's raised outside funding to scale PupPod.

In this episode, Erick shares how he's built a virtual team of employees, some part-time & some full-time. And he reveals the biggest learnings & mistakes as you do the same.

 

Jul 9, 2019

Your next professional transition could make or break your career.

Are you prepared?

My guest is Michael Watkins, author of Master Your Next Move. He also wrote the international bestseller The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Better.

Michael is Professor of Leadership & Organizational Change at IMD Business School.

Transitions into new roles are the most challenging times in the professional lives of leaders. Early missteps can create bad first impressions, leading to negative feedback loops in which leaders look increasingly unsuited for the job. Left unchecked, irreparable harm can have a lasting effect on a leader’s transition to a new position.

In Michael's new book, you'll learn how to avoid making common mistakes — not learning enough about their new company’s culture and politics, trying to do too much too soon, not aligning expectations, and coming in with “the answer” — the likes of which, can lead to underperformance.

Master Your Next Move answers a distinct need, focusing on the most common types of transitions you're likely to face.

In this 20-minute interview, Michael reveals how to stay on track during your next career move. And how to help your new employees do the same.

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