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Dirk Elmendorf, a co-founder of Rackspace, learned the hard way: interviewing is hard. It’s even more difficult when hiring for highly technical positions like engineers, that may not excel in a traditional interview. Today’s episode, we continue our conversation with Dirk, if you missed the first part of our interview, please make sure to listen to it to hear the incredible story behind how Dirk and his co-founders created and scaled Rackspace. In this episode, Dirk explains his unique approach to hiring and provides tips you can use in your ...

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When you think of the attributes of a CEO - what comes to mind? You might think of the visionary, introspective leader. Your mind might wander to a bad experience you had with a dictatorial CEO. Before we work with any business, we interview a random sampling of employees to understand the trends of what’s working and what’s not. Part of the interviews involves asking employees about the CEO. We analyzed our transcripts (many written) of over 10,000 interviews over the past 20+ years to find the most common attributes ...

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One of our favorite aspects of the For You Leaders podcast is hearing directly from the source about exactly how a business is created – and scaled. Today is no different. You’re going to hear the exceptional story behind Rackspace and how they built a fanatical, customer-obsessed culture. Today we are talking to Dirk Elmendorf, Co-Founder of Rackspace. You’ll hear the unique story about how he started Rackspace in 1998 with two co-founders and how Rackspace got to be known for its fanatical customer support. Dirk provides simple solutions to ...

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“Work-Life Balance” can be a loaded and often polarizing phrase. Some argue that it’s not possible, others argue it should be framed as something else. No matter what you call it, the simple fact is that all leaders struggle to manage the seemingly opposing demands of work and life. Over the years, we’ve interviewed award-winning CEOs, Venture Capitalists, the editor of the Harvard Business Review, pastors, dads, moms, and many others. One recurring question we ask around how they think about and approach work-life balance (or whatever you’d like to call ...

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Today we are continuing our conversation with Gregg Kaplan, founder of RedBox. As he shared in the previous episode, he shared what the most effective CEO’s do differently. We all know that people are the most important asset within the business. But how, exactly, do you empower your employees and hold them accountable at the same time? There is so much “people advice” out there that sometimes implementing that advice feels like wrestling with a ghost. In this episode, Gregg shares some raw and real people advice around hiring, promoting, ...

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Today’s guest is Gregg Kaplan, founder of RedBox. Gregg is an incredible leader with a great story. In today’s episode, Gregg shares the unique story of RedBox (for example, did you know that RedBox started as an idea within McDonalds?) and the lessons he learned on the path to scaling RedBox to over $2b in revenue. Gregg shares exactly how the most effective CEOs work smarter – not just harder. One way he’s learned from scaling companies is by writing down the lessons he’s learned along the way. He even ...

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For this special Halloween-themed episode of the For You Leaders Podcast, we’ll explore three huge fears of, even the best, CEOs. Obviously, most CEOs are concerned that their businesses will succeed, but today’s episode goes deeper to uncover why CEOs share these three very common, fears. You will also learn how to overcome these fears in your own life. One surprising solution we’ll discuss is the simple phrase: “I don’t know what I don’t know.” We’ll explain the power behind this simple phrase, why the best CEOs say it on ...

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Today’s guest is Cody Friesen, CEO of Zero Mass Water. Zero Mass Water invented SOURCE, a Hydropanel that makes drinking water from sunlight and air. Picture a larger-than-average solar panel that produces drinkable water from the water in the air. Their mission is lofty by any standard: Perfecting water for every person, every place. Today’s podcast is about a lot more than the incredible product Cody and Zero Mass Water are building. You will learn Cody’s innovative ideas bleed into Zero Mass Water’s culture and hiring. Zero Mass isn’t just ...

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Have you ever wondered how others would describe your leadership style? It does not matter what kind of leader you want to be, aspire to be or even believe you are. What matters is your real leadership style. Today’s For You leaders podcast is all about you and your leadership style. Simply: Leaders are either for you, against you or for themselves. It’s a straight-forward but powerful concept: Most leaders are for themselves. That is, looking out for only themselves. They are more worried about what they can get out ...

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We all have the same 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Why do some seem to get more accomplished than others? As you’ll learn today from a ground-breaking 12-year study from the Harvard Business Review, it all comes down to one word: intentionality. We inherently know that a CEO’s calendar is jam-packed. CEOs schedules are incredibly demanding – constantly juggling the promises they’ve made – to investors, customers, employees, their family and the goals they’ve set – both ...

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