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The B2B Leadership Podcast is hosted by best-selling author and leadership coach Nils Vinje. Each week Nils sits down with leaders in the B2B space to discuss their leadership journey and what they've learned along the way.

B2B Leadership Podcast Nils Vinje

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The B2B Leadership Podcast is hosted by best-selling author and leadership coach Nils Vinje. Each week Nils sits down with leaders in the B2B space to discuss their leadership journey and what they've learned along the way.

    Understanding Leadership Within a Hyper-Growth Company with Jennie MacDougall

    Understanding Leadership Within a Hyper-Growth Company with Jennie MacDougall

    In this episode of the B2B Leadership podcast, best-selling author and leadership coach Nils Vinje speaks with Jennie MacDougall, Director of Engineering at Reprise.

    Podcast highlights:

    0:25- Jennie's background - Jennie explains her role at Reprise.

    2:57 - First leadership position - Jennie explains her first position as a "wild ride."

    5:09 - Incredibly fast growth stage - How did Jennie navigate through the chaos of irregularly large growth in her role?

    7:09 - A pivotal lesson - How did Jennie come to the realization that she didn't need to have all the answers?

    10:44 - Controlling the chaos - Jennie elaborates on how she thrives in an environment of controlled chaos.

    12:55 - The advantage of awareness - How does knowing your environment will be chaotic shape a leadership perspective, as opposed to the chaos being a sudden surprise?

    15:21 - The engineering side of things - What does Jennie enjoy most about this type of work?

    17:11 - Empowering your team - How does Jennie approach her team to help their career paths?

    20:40 - The career lattice - How does this compare to a career ladder?

    25:58 - Being the CEO of your own career - Jennie gives her thoughts on this phrase that Nils often uses.

    28:23 - Jennie's advice to herself - What advice would Jennie give her younger self?


    Connect with Jennie MacDougall: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniemac/

    Learn more about Reprise at https://www.reprise.com/

    Learn more about your own leadership style at:

    https://www.30dayleadership.com/


    This episode is brought to you by the B2B Leaders Academy
    The cost of not consistently developing your leadership skills is enormous. At the B2B Leaders Academy you can gain access to monthly leadership training and live coaching. Being a great leader isn't hard, you just need a guide and the right set of tools. Head on over to b2bleadersacademy.com and become the leader you have always wanted to be.

    • 30 min
    Developing Leadership Skills Outside of Traditional Leadership Roles with Ryan Browne

    Developing Leadership Skills Outside of Traditional Leadership Roles with Ryan Browne

    In this episode of the B2B Leadership podcast, best-selling author and leadership coach Nils Vinje speaks with Ryan Browne, Vice President of Customer Success at Kenect.

    Podcast highlights:

    0:25 - Ryan's background - Ryan explains his role at Kenect.

    3:03 - Tech and SaaS in Utah - How has technology evolved over the years in Utah?

    4:40 - First leadership position - Ryan's opportunity began when his boss decided to resign and he was thrust into a leadership situation.

    7:58 - Old vs new leadership mindset - How did Ryan's team react to his initial style of leadership?

    10:00 - Understanding your role - What prompted Ryan to better develop his leadership skills?

    14:44 - The emphasis on observation - What should you be paying attention to when you're learning leadership?

    17:05 - Creating a safe environment - How does Ryan create a space where people have an opportunity to grow their skills?

    24:17 - The classic statement - "People don't leave companies, they leave bosses." What does Ryan think of this?

    25:19 - Continued growth - What does Ryan do to keep pushing himself as a leader?

    28:51 - Major milestones - Was there a pivotal moment in Ryan's career that inspired him to invest more into leadership?

    35:49 - Ryan's advice to himself - What advice would Ryan give his younger self?

    Connect with Ryan Browne: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanabrowne/

    Learn more about Kenect at https://www.kenect.com/

    Learn more about your own leadership style at:

    https://www.30dayleadership.com/

    This episode is brought to you by the B2B Leaders Academy
    The cost of not consistently developing your leadership skills is enormous. At the B2B Leaders Academy you can gain access to monthly leadership training and live coaching. Being a great leader isn't hard, you just need a guide and the right set of tools. Head on over to b2bleadersacademy.com and become the leader you have always wanted to be.

    • 38 min
    How Putting Employees First Makes You a Better Leader with Kathy Sucich

    How Putting Employees First Makes You a Better Leader with Kathy Sucich

    In this episode of the B2B Leadership podcast, best-selling author and leadership coach Nils Vinje speaks with Kathy Sucich, Vice President of Marketing at Dimensional Insight.

    Podcast highlights:

    0:25 - Kathy's background - Kathy explains her role at Dimensional Insight.

    2:54 - First leadership position - Kathy has a long career in the communications industry.

    4:44 - The broadcast journalism world - What type of leadership lessons did Kathy learn from this industry?

    8:23 - Leaving the professional world - Kathy transitioned into focused family time before coming back into the workforce. How did the time away from work benefit her?

    11:28 - Starting a family - Kathy had worked at a PR agency for nine years, but when did kids start coming into the picture?

    13:54 - A new work environment - Taking on work from home with kids around presents uniquely difficult blurred lines.

    16:28 - From freelance to part time - How seamless was Kathy's transition into a new role and schedule?

    19:24 - Organizational advice - Kathy provides valuable advice in a couple of areas.

    24:14 - Environments for high-level output - What type of environments does Kathy create as a VP?

    29:58 - Kathy's advice to herself - What advice would Kathy give her younger self?

    Connect with Kathy Sucich: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathysucich/

    Learn more about Dimensional Insight at https://www.dimins.com/

    Learn more about your own leadership style at:

    https://www.30dayleadership.com/

    This episode is brought to you by the B2B Leaders Academy
    The cost of not consistently developing your leadership skills is enormous. At the B2B Leaders Academy you can gain access to monthly leadership training and live coaching. Being a great leader isn't hard, you just need a guide and the right set of tools. Head on over to b2bleadersacademy.com and become the leader you have always wanted to be.

    • 30 min
    Bringing Business and Technical Skills Together as a Leader with Craig Blum

    Bringing Business and Technical Skills Together as a Leader with Craig Blum

    In this episode of the B2B Leadership podcast, best-selling author and leadership coach Nils Vinje speaks with Craig Blum, Vice President of Customer Success at Midaxo.

    Podcast highlights:

    0:26 - Craig's background - Craig explains his role at Midaxo.

    2:46 - Merging of companies and ideas - What did Craig gain from the company merger that he wishes he had access to before?

    5:29 - First leadership position - Craig started out of college as a software engineer.

    8:22 - From code to customers - What prompted Craig to move to a more customer-facing role?

    11:57 - Navigating team building - How did team building change when Craig had a team of people doing the work alongside him?

    15:14 - The discovery process - Craig outlines the things that helped him most with his transition from IC to VP.

    19:39 - Taking a step back - What were the circumstances around Craig going from VP and stepping backward to Senior Director?

    24:47 - Journey back to VP - What was consistent across all the experiences Craig went through that got him back into a VP position?

    31:16 - Keeping a leadership perspective - What did Craig keep front of mind while undergoing a big company shift?

    36:14 - Craig's advice to himself - What advice would Craig give his younger self?



    Connect with Craig Blum: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craigblum/

    Learn more about Midaxo at https://www.midaxo.com/

    Learn more about your own leadership style at:

    https://www.30dayleadership.com/



    This episode is brought to you by the B2B Leaders Academy
    The cost of not consistently developing your leadership skills is enormous. At the B2B Leaders Academy you can gain access to monthly leadership training and live coaching. Being a great leader isn't hard, you just need a guide and the right set of tools. Head on over to b2bleadersacademy.com and become the leader you have always wanted to be.

    • 38 min
    Delivering the Gold Standard of Customer Success as a Leader with Siobhan Alexander

    Delivering the Gold Standard of Customer Success as a Leader with Siobhan Alexander

    In this episode of the B2B Leadership podcast, best-selling author and leadership coach Nils Vinje speaks with Siobhan Alexander, Director of Customer Success at Catalyst Software.

    Podcast highlights:

    0:25 - Siobhan's background - Siobhan explains her role at Catalyst Software.

    1:34 - Leadership pressure - How does Siobhan think about leadership, from not only a content perspective but a practice perspective?

    2:52 - First leadership position - Siobhan got her first management role in college.

    5:34 - Incredible customer experience - How did Siobhan foster this environment managing a team of 25?

    7:22 - From retail to tech - How did Siobhan make the transition?

    10:11 - Teaching in Russia - Siobhan explains what led her to jump on a plane into the unknown.

    15:26 - Transition from B2B to SaaS - What motivated Siobhan to branch out into something new?

    18:50 - The loss of a boss - Siobhan explains the grief of joining an organization for a boss who left shortly after.

    21:34 - Building internal relationships - What was the reception like from the departments who had no clue what customer success was?

    25:00 - Customer Success thesis - Siobhan outlines the work from her master's program in Russia.

    31:34 - Different background, same vision - What does leadership from Siobhan's team look like in an environment that fully believes in customer success?

    36:23 - Siobhan's advice to herself - What advice would Siobhan give her younger self?

    Connect with Siobhan Alexander: https://www.linkedin.com/in/siobhan-alexander-63a65052/

    Learn more about Catalyst Software at https://catalyst.io/

    Learn more about your own leadership style at:

    https://www.30dayleadership.com/

    This episode is brought to you by the B2B Leaders Academy
    The cost of not consistently developing your leadership skills is enormous. At the B2B Leaders Academy you can gain access to monthly leadership training and live coaching. Being a great leader isn't hard, you just need a guide and the right set of tools. Head on over to b2bleadersacademy.com and become the leader you have always wanted to be.

    • 38 min
    Empowering Leaders Through Financial Planning with Sloane Kolt

    Empowering Leaders Through Financial Planning with Sloane Kolt

    You will never have as great of a potential impact on someone else’s life as you will when you are a people leader.

    The reason for this is that as a people leader, you have the ability to positively OR negatively influence the lives of the people that work for you.

    The key thing is that it is a choice.

    In this episode of the B2B Leadership podcast, best-selling author and leadership coach Nils Vinje speaks with Sloane Kolt, Director of Customer Success at DataRails to discuss this and much, much, more…

    Podcast highlights:

    0:26 - Sloane's background - Sloane explains her role at DataRails and what FP&A entails.

    3:02 - Empowering finance functions - How does DataRails provide strategic guidance to customers?

    8:15 - The spectrum of preparedness - Sloane has seen both good and bad examples of how finance should be done.

    9:47 - Finance in modern times - What's the end goal for more modern finance companies to position their initiatives?

    14:24 - Single most important piece of advice - What advice would Sloane give to make financing as big a win as possible for everybody involved?

    16:24 - First leadership position - Sloane considers her journey to be a very strange one.

    20:22 - Random areas of experience - How do unexpected experiences translate into Sloane's leadership today?

    27:27 - Impactful leadership - Do you want to instill them with fear or with deep gratitude?

    35:28 - Bored with work - There are better options than just sticking it out.

    39:03 - Sloane's advice to herself - What advice would Sloane give her younger self?

    Connect with Sloane Kolt: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sloanekolt/

    Learn more about DataRails at https://www.datarails.com/

    Learn more about your own leadership style at:

    https://www.30dayleadership.com/

    This episode is brought to you by the B2B Leaders Academy
    The cost of not consistently developing your leadership skills is enormous. At the B2B Leaders Academy you can gain access to monthly leadership training and live coaching. Being a great leader isn't hard, you just need a guide and the right set of tools. Head on over to b2bleadersacademy.com and become the leader you have always wanted to be.

    • 40 min

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