A weekly video series where we take a drive with leading industry experts to hear their thoughts on success, failure, and making an impact in the business world.
Gordon Ramsay’s Secret Ingredient to Sustained Success
When Gordon Ramsay opened his first restaurant in London, his goal was to win Michelin three-stars. He was successful in doing so, but soon realized that winning it was the easy part. How do you maintain success once you have achieved it? For Ramsay, he needed to develop the team that would run the kitchen when was he wasn’t there. (S1:E1)
BuzzFeed’s CEO on the Secret to Virality
While working at The Huffington Post, Jonah Peretti learned to appreciate the importance of people and human connections. He then founded BuzzFeed, a global media platform focused on producing highly shareable content. So what’s the secret to ‘going viral'? Is it a certain platform or type of content? Peretti’s perspective may surprise you. (S1:E2)
Wendy Tan White’s Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs
In her current role as General Partner at Entrepreneur First, Europe’s biggest deep tech fund and accelerator, Wendy Tan invests in early stage tech companies. She shares her secret to mentoring young companies and valuable leadership tips that apply well beyond the world of entrepreneurship. (S1:E3)
The 5 Skills Employers Seek in Today’s Digital Economy
According to research conducted by Ernest Wilson III, Dean of the Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California, companies today are on the hunt for individuals that excel in soft skills – what he defines as third space thinkers. (S1:E4)
Atlantic Records Chairman & COO on Ensuring Long-Term Success in a Changing Industry
Having the best talent in the world is crucial to success for a music label, but what keeps Atlantic Records at the top of its game is not only the talent it signs. In addition to signing only the best talent, Chairman & COO Julie Greenwald encouraged a culture of openness and shared ownership among her employees. (S1:E5)
Actor & Activist George Takei on Finding Success in Unexpected Ways
In 2015, George Takei's musical Allegiance, which tells the story of his family’s time in a Japanese internment camp, opened on Broadway. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show failed to attract the audiences Takei had hoped for but he learned the importance of staying flexible, and adopted a new strategy in order to achieve his goals. (S1:E6)
Negotiation Tips from an FBI Insider
Chris Voss, former Lead International Kidnapping Negotiator for the FBI, spent his career navigating high-pressure situations. While most individuals will never be bargaining to save a human life like Voss, he shares how success in any negotiation comes from patience, proper planning, and a genuine desire to listen. (S1:E7)
Filmmaker Philip Bloom’s Advice for Successful Storytelling
Filmmaker Philip Bloom has spent the past 27 years perfecting the art of telling stories. So, what is the key to telling a story that resonates? According to Bloom, all story tellers, regardless of industry, must strive to create content that stimulates an emotional connection with their audience. (S1:E8)
Jenna Lyons’ Well-Tailored Leadership Style
Jenna Lyons began her career at J.Crew and over the course of the past two decades, has played an essential role in shaping the creative direction of one of the most recognizable fashion brands in the United States. What propels a person to the upper levels of an organization? According to Lyons, your potential is inextricably linked to your skills as a manager. (S1:E9)
John Winsor Explains How To Ride the Avalanche of Disruption
Before he founded Speakeasy Guild, John Winsor was the visionary behind Victors & Spoils, the world’s first creative advertising agency built on crowdsourcing principles. Both companies embrace disruptive business models to secure an advantage over their competition. His advice for when disruption hits? Sometimes it's necessary to ride the wave of the avalanche. (S1:E10)
David Rowan Explains the Role of Machine Learning in Business
Editor of Wired Magazine (UK) David Rowan discusses the evolution of the tech scene in London and the role of machine learning in today's purpose-driven companies. (S1:E11)
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