32 episodes

Welcome to The Digital Transformist, where we empower CEOs to lead their companies through digital transformation with confidence and clarity. If you’re a CEO of a midsize company between $100 million and $250 million in revenue or have those companies in your portfolio, and your goal is to create enterprise scale and exit, this podcast is your essential guide to leveraging technology for growth.
Join us each week as we dive deep into the world of digital transformation, focusing on non-tech-enabled industries like manufacturing, construction, and distribution. 
We also extend our expertise to private equity and M&A firms, providing actionable strategies to drive digital excellence across investments, optimizing for both growth and exit.
Whether you’re already on the path to digital success or facing obstacles in your journey, our interviews with CEOs provide valuable insights, practical advice, and inspiring stories.
Discover how successful leaders are removing friction from their businesses, implementing innovative solutions, and driving tangible results. From overcoming challenges to seizing opportunities, The Digital Transformist offers actionable strategies for every stage of your digital transformation journey.

Leadership Superpowered Michael LaVista

    • Business
    • 4.2 • 5 Ratings

Welcome to The Digital Transformist, where we empower CEOs to lead their companies through digital transformation with confidence and clarity. If you’re a CEO of a midsize company between $100 million and $250 million in revenue or have those companies in your portfolio, and your goal is to create enterprise scale and exit, this podcast is your essential guide to leveraging technology for growth.
Join us each week as we dive deep into the world of digital transformation, focusing on non-tech-enabled industries like manufacturing, construction, and distribution. 
We also extend our expertise to private equity and M&A firms, providing actionable strategies to drive digital excellence across investments, optimizing for both growth and exit.
Whether you’re already on the path to digital success or facing obstacles in your journey, our interviews with CEOs provide valuable insights, practical advice, and inspiring stories.
Discover how successful leaders are removing friction from their businesses, implementing innovative solutions, and driving tangible results. From overcoming challenges to seizing opportunities, The Digital Transformist offers actionable strategies for every stage of your digital transformation journey.

    Caleb Gardner & Mike LaVista discuss growth mindset and how the only constant is change

    Caleb Gardner & Mike LaVista discuss growth mindset and how the only constant is change

    Caleb Gardner is the CEO and Founder of a consulting group, 18 Coffees. He is also the author of a new book, "No Point B". The book touches base on a lot of the work Caleb has been doing in his career, over the last 10 years, including political organizing with President Obama and having run part of his digital infrastructure in the 2nd administration. In this podcast Caleb and Mike discuss many different topics related to things like the importance of building a more connected work culture i...

    • 31 min
    Stephen Kohler & Mike talk about the true creativity of great leadership

    Stephen Kohler & Mike talk about the true creativity of great leadership

    Stephen Kohler is the Founder and CEO of Audira Labs LLC, a boutique leadership development firm offering one-on-one coaching and team development, but with a bit of a twist, by using music as a lens. Stephen is also a lifelong musician who started playing the trumpet and later discovered electric guitar. He is now also a singer and songwriter, even featuring a newly released album. In this podcast, Stephen and Mike discuss all the skills & traits used in both music and business and how A...

    • 24 min
    Ted Novak & Mike discuss how music teaches future business leaders teamwork, hard work & dedication.

    Ted Novak & Mike discuss how music teaches future business leaders teamwork, hard work & dedication.

    Ted Novak is the CEO and Managing Partner of Clique Studios, a digital transformation business helping organizations going through a change or looking for inspiration to help them grow. Here we discuss Ted’s love of music and how he’s even learned to make his own instruments! He also explains how teamwork, hard work and dedication go hand in hand in both business and music playing. In this video Ted shows us his custom and handmade bass guitar which he made from a tree that had to be removed ...

    • 35 min
    Steven Horwitz and Mike LaVista discuss the importance of being a good listener in both music and business.

    Steven Horwitz and Mike LaVista discuss the importance of being a good listener in both music and business.

    Steven Horwitz is the Founder and Managing Partner of Orchid Black, a management consulting company focusing on helping companies scale and grow. We discuss his passion for music and how it gets pulled into his business life. One of my favorite quotes from Steven, during this podcast is, "If you're going to be a good musician, you need to have big ears." In other words, you have to be a really great listener to be successful in both music and business too.Michael LaVista is the CEO and ...

    • 33 min
    Steve Wild and Mike LaVista talk about how you can find new energy in business from an old passion

    Steve Wild and Mike LaVista talk about how you can find new energy in business from an old passion

    Steve Wild is the founder and CEO of LifeSport Athletic Clubs and the guitarist in Class of '68. He talks about lessons learned growing a sports club franchise, and what it meant to pick up a guitar again after a 32 year hiatus. Michael LaVista is the CEO and Founder of Caxy Interactive, a custom software development company in Chicago. Caxy helps companies double in half the time they could on their own by creating custom software. He is also a guitar player, singer and songwriter.&nbsp...

    • 25 min
    Jon Harris and Mike LaVista talk about the superpower of being a musician in a business world

    Jon Harris and Mike LaVista talk about the superpower of being a musician in a business world

    Jon Harris is Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for ConAgra Brands. He's alos a terrific singer and guitar player. What has that brought to his career?Michael LaVista is the CEO and Founder of Caxy Interactive, a custom software development company in Chicago. Caxy helps companies double in half the time they could on their own by creating custom software. He's also a guitar player and performer. His new book, Superpowered: 7 Leadership Superpowers Technology Executives C...

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

MB_2023 ,

Insightful conversations about tech leadership

Mike and his guests have genuine, free flowing conversations about technology, leadership, and even life. The tone is casual but the topics are directly applicable to those of us on tech looking to lead better.

Master Shaman ,

Packed with information at a conversational pace

I love this podcast. Mike is one of the best interviewers for getting good guests, asking good questions and then LETTING THE GUEST ANSWER! I am frustrated with interviewers who talk over their guest, or who one-up their guest. Mike brings a casual tone to the interview, but he shows excitement. His curiosity is genuine- it feels like he has the same curiosity as me, the listener, rather than having his own opinion he wants to give.

I strongly prefer a discussion of two qualified people of an issue versus a news report or a TedTalk. I like those as well, however, I prefer them presented on a different platform.

I’m looking forward to all of the guests this season!

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The show is just two people rambling 90% if the time. Save your time and watch something else

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