48 episodes

Hunters and Unicorns shares the playbooks from leaders, founders, executives and investors from high growth technology companies.

In this special edition series The 33 CXOs we investigate the greatest success story in the history of software sales. Discover how thirty-three sales execs from one organisation, BladeLogic, became CXOs in the world’s 100 fastest growing technology companies. We uncover the stories and playbooks of the most prolific sales leaders in the industry.

( https://www.somuchsoap.com/the-33-cxos )

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Hunters and Unicorns shares the playbooks from leaders, founders, executives and investors from high growth technology companies.

In this special edition series The 33 CXOs we investigate the greatest success story in the history of software sales. Discover how thirty-three sales execs from one organisation, BladeLogic, became CXOs in the world’s 100 fastest growing technology companies. We uncover the stories and playbooks of the most prolific sales leaders in the industry.

( https://www.somuchsoap.com/the-33-cxos )

    14. Hunters and Unicorns - 202020 Mastery Mission - Stuart Simmons

    14. Hunters and Unicorns - 202020 Mastery Mission - Stuart Simmons

    Welcome to Hunters and Unicorns, 20/20/20 Mastery Mission.   

      

    20 topics, 20 guests for 20 minutes.   

      

    We're here to unlock tribal wisdom from tech sales legends to help you get one step closer to mastery.   

      

    Today we are joined by Stuart Simmons, RVP Northern Europe at Lacework. 

      

    In this interview, Stuart discusses the attitudes and belief systems that underpin consistently high achievement in sales, and how anyone in sales can use this knowledge to help their business grow. Regarded as a fearless executioner, Stuart elaborates on how his experience inside the industry has enabled him to view senior level individuals through a different lens and shape his sales strategy from a new perspective. 

     

    “It's about mindset and it's the compass by which you execute an account. If you start with that belief system on day one, the hardest thing then is to execute with discipline against that every single day, because invariably you come up with a great vision and strategy but because it's set against big hairy audacious goals, it’s not going to come easy. You have to apply rigor, governance and discipline every day and have an unwavering focus and belief system.” 

     

    In a world where customers are infinitely more sophisticated than ever before, Stuart provides key preparation techniques to help you elevate yourself and articulate value, especially within larger accounts, and explains the importance of “thinking big” and attaching yourself to board level initiatives to drive impact and attract attention from C-suite execs.  

    Stuart believes that audacious goals drive action and talks us through the importance of consistent communication and how to set a bold vision and execution strategy for your customer from day one to enable growth and inspire the creation of solutions beyond expectation. 

    Sharing key insights and advice on how to accelerate execution in big accounts, Stuart talks us through his strategies for success and tactics you can use to make a good first impression, maximise your chances of qualification and remain focussed on your ultimate objective. 

     

    Listen to our story session to discover real business examples of how Stuart’s approach to sales has generated transformational results and learn how to apply his strategies and adapt your own belief system to navigate a successful future career in technology.  

    • 28 min
    13. Hunters and Unicorns - 202020 Mastery Mission - Michael Musselman

    13. Hunters and Unicorns - 202020 Mastery Mission - Michael Musselman

    Welcome to Hunters and Unicorns, 20/20/20 Mastery Mission. 

    20 topics, 20 guests for 20 minutes. 

    We're here to unlock tribal wisdom from tech sales legends to help you get one step closer to mastery. 

    Today we are joined by Mike Musselman, Senior Director of Technology & Strategic Alliances at Lacework, the data-driven security platform for the cloud. 

    Leading Lacework's ecosystem of strategic relationships with cloud service providers and other independent software vendors for activities around co-sell, co-build, and co-marketing activities, Mike is well equipped to introduce us to the next chapter in technology sales – how to scale your business by aligning your technology, ecosystem, and sales playbook with the three major cloud service providers. 

    Mike explains the evolutions that are driving ecosystem development and the huge levels of opportunity attached to the emerging trend of aligning a cloud infrastructure to your business strategy. 

    I look at us being built on Amazon Web Services, then I look at them having hundreds of thousands of customers and us having less than 100 customers. The opportunity and the theory is - if I could ever make that partner bring business or accelerate our pipeline, then that makes us a multi-billion dollar company pretty fast, so every day, that’s what myself and my larger extended global team are aiming for. 

    By now, most organisations have moved some aspect of their business to the cloud. The inherent benefits of cloud computing are clear to them, but many may not understand how to accelerate their pipeline and customer base with the leverage of the cloud service providers.   

    Sharing tips and tricks from his experiences getting started and transacting on Marketplaces, Mike explains how to kick start your relationship with a cloud provider, build teams around “goal alignment”, and the importance of understanding your position in the ecosystem and nurturing relationships inside and outside of your own organisation. 

    Listen to our story session to discover more on how to apply Mike’s strategies to real business scenarios and learn tactics, tips, and best practices for aligning with a cloud provider to scale your business. 

     

     

     

     

    • 26 min
    12. Hunters and Unicorns - 202020 Mastery Mission - Ceire McQuaid

    12. Hunters and Unicorns - 202020 Mastery Mission - Ceire McQuaid

    Welcome to Hunters and Unicorns, 20/20/20 Mastery Mission. 20 topics, 20 guests for 20 minutes. We're here to unlock tribal wisdom from tech sales legends to help you get one step closer to mastery. Today we are joined by Ceire McQuaid, Regional Vice President UK&I at DataRobot. In this interview, Ceire shares her knowledge on the evolution of MEDDIC from its inception at PTC through to the thousands of enterprise sales organisations that have gone on to embrace it. With so many voices and opinions talking about MEDDIC, and every organisation leveraging the methodology in a unique way, many candidates entering this space find themselves confused about which variation to align with and which company to join. Shedding light on this topic and demystifying the methodology, Ceire talks us through the different variations of the MEDDIC community, unpicks common misconceptions and helps us understand how to tap into the playbook network and “find your MEDDIC home”. “For individual contributors, I want you to go away and challenge yourself on what good looks like for you as a person and your life. I want you to do your research, have conversations and when you make that commitment, knowingly make that commitment as an investment in your career, not just for one year or a quick pay cheque, it needs to be the investment to learn this, to grow and develop because it will set up the rest of your career. Treat it like the biggest deal you've ever done in your life.” Sharing key insights and experiences from her own career, Ceire explains the four categories of MEDDIC and how the maturity of an organisation can hugely affect process adoption and change the conversation. She emphasises the importance of aligning individual skillsets and personality types to the right MEDDIC environment to secure career progression and offers advice and valuable interview techniques to help candidates understand a company’s principles of leadership from the outset and gauge whether this aligns with their career progression goals. Listen to our story session to discover more on how to apply Ceire’s strategies to real business scenarios and learn tactics, tips and best practices for finding the right MEDDIC organisation for you.

    • 25 min
    11. Hunters and Unicorns - 202020 Mastery Mission - Ryan Precious

    11. Hunters and Unicorns - 202020 Mastery Mission - Ryan Precious

    Welcome to Hunters and Unicorns, 20/20/20 Mastery Mission. 20 topics, 20 guests for 20 minutes. We're here to unlock tribal wisdom from tech sales legends to help you get one step closer to mastery. Today we are joined by Ryan Precious, VP of Sales at Rockset, the real-time indexing database that enables companies to build data applications at cloud scale. In this interview, Ryan shares his wisdom with us on the subject of interviews, the do’s and the don’ts, and how to nail the recruitment process from beginning to end. “Everything's a test, from your prep email to your follow up to your interactions with your peers - every little part of your entire interview process is absolutely a test.” Giving us inside tips on how to impress hiring managers to not only secure your dream job but also enter a company with momentum, Ryan explains how presenting yourself with a strong interview can actually accelerate your development throughout an organisation before you have even set foot in the door. With preparation, mindset and ICCE as fundamental pillars of his hiring criteria, Ryan advises that past performance is considered a measure of future performance. He encourages candidates not to overlook the importance of their CV as a means to accurately represent their body of work and recommends tackling interviews like sales cycles, viewing the entire process as a microcosm of the role they are applying for. Listen to our story session to discover more on how to apply Ryan’s interview strategies to real life scenarios and learn preparation tactics, research tips, and best practices for showcasing your “A Player” characteristics to leave a lasting impression on hiring managers and CEOs in the playbook community.

    • 24 min
    10. Hunters and Unicorns - 202020 Mastery Mission - Mike Earnest

    10. Hunters and Unicorns - 202020 Mastery Mission - Mike Earnest

    Welcome to Hunters and Unicorns, 20/20/20 Mastery Mission.  

     

    20 topics, 20 guests for 20 minutes.  

     

    We're here to unlock tribal wisdom from tech sales legends to help you get one step closer to mastery.  

     

    Today we are joined by Mike Earnest, Area Vice President at zero trust cybersecurity leader, Zscaler.  

     

    In this episode, Mike talks on his chosen topic of ‘Finding The “Why?”’ and why, in the fastest-growing, fastest-changing and possibly most demanding career sector, he is so passionate about inspiring his reps, teams and entire ecosystem to discover and keep sight of their personal and professional motivations. 

     

    “It really helps to renter and refocus on what we're doing and why we doing it and then build a path towards accomplishing those things and doing all the little things right along the way that help you realise that dream.” 

    Mike elaborates on the power of purpose and the strategies he uses to help his teams stay on track of their mindset and ultimate goals in order to become more capable of pursuing the things that give them fulfilment. He also strongly believes in the importance of learning from mistakes and celebrating the journey to achieving your “Why?”.  

    With advice for both reps and managers on how to operate differently, Mike offers tips and insights around how to implement a goal setting philosophy into every day interactions, using the “Why?” as a point of reference for all actions and decisions to allow for measured progress and definite, tangible achievement. 

    Listen to our story session to discover more on how to adapt your mindset and apply Mike’s strategies to real business scenarios – learn tactics and best practices for how to improve communication within your ecosystem and how to use goal setting to motivate and inspire your team to achieve better results.  

    • 27 min
    9. Hunters and Unicorns - 202020 Mastery Mission - Florian Baeuml

    9. Hunters and Unicorns - 202020 Mastery Mission - Florian Baeuml

    Welcome to Hunters and Unicorns, 202020 Mastery Mission. 

    20 topics, 20 guests for 20 minutes. 

    We're here to unlock tribal wisdom from tech sales legends to help you get one step closer to mastery. 

    Today we are joined by Florian Baeuml, VP EMEA South at Zscaler, the market leader in cloud-native network security. 

    In episode 9, Florian talks on the key Playbook theme of Coachability and the fundamental importance of developing and inspiring this character trait throughout his career.  

    As someone who was reluctant to accept advice in the early days of his career, Florian reflects on the negative consequences of having a “coachability blind spot” and explains how his transition of focus from relationships and emotion to improving business outcomes enabled him to accept guidance from his leaders and align with both personal and professional goals. 

    “Why is he spending so much time with me on that? Why is he giving such specific topics and guidance to me? Is it because he wants to bully me? Or is he actually interested in the positive outcome that could be achieved?” When I stepped back and kept my emotions out, I thought, “Maybe it's the second thing.” 

    Offering our listeners advice on how to cultivate a coachability mindset, Florian discusses the science behind making new behaviours automatic and highlights the potential in all of us to reach new levels of success through self-reflection and a willingness to learn. 

    Sharing key insights and experiences from his own career, Florian shares his thoughts on leadership and explains how to create the right environment for feedback to drive positive outcomes and inspire and motivate your team. 

    Listen to our story session to discover more on how to apply Florian’s strategies to real business scenarios and learn tactics, tips, and best practices for changing employee behaviour, overcoming challenging situations and reinforcing coachability from the top down. 

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

soshaugh ,

What a lousy podcast

This podcast claims to discuss the greats from the John McMahon leadership clan. That may be true but it is unimaginative.

I worked for John at PTC. Most of the people interviewed joined PTC after the dominance of PTC was established. They built on the successes of PTC that were established after ProEngineer was known as the absolutely best product on the market in which case it was all about cleaning up the laggards as opposed to having true sales skill by selling a product that was very good but didn’t have a full set of features where a lot of strong sales skill was required.

The two episodes I listened to discuss people that the average listener will never know and has no appreciation for. Very little effort to discuss lessons learned and best practices.

Read John McMahon’s book (which is awesome) but skip this podcast. There are much better ways to spend your hour than to listen this self-grandizing ramble.

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