186 episodes

This podcast is all about exploring the leadership lessons, mental fortitude, and sustained success that truly great athletes and successful business professionals share. We will dig into the skills, traits, and behaviors that empower them to unleash their greatness.

What drives the best of the best? Why are these men and women able to think, act, and execute at a higher level than anyone else?

This podcast is for People of action, people looking to level up their leadership and performance. People who want sustained success and have the competitive mindset needed to go the distance.

The Athletics Of Business Ed Molitor

    • Business
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This podcast is all about exploring the leadership lessons, mental fortitude, and sustained success that truly great athletes and successful business professionals share. We will dig into the skills, traits, and behaviors that empower them to unleash their greatness.

What drives the best of the best? Why are these men and women able to think, act, and execute at a higher level than anyone else?

This podcast is for People of action, people looking to level up their leadership and performance. People who want sustained success and have the competitive mindset needed to go the distance.

    The Transformational Power of Coaching Influence with Anthony Bonifazio

    The Transformational Power of Coaching Influence with Anthony Bonifazio

    Anthony Bonifazio is Vice President of Market Development and Reimbursement at Iveric Bio, part of Astellas Pharma Inc., a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering and developing innovative treatment options for retinal diseases.
    With a rich background in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, he has extensive expertise in launch execution, leadership, and team building. Before joining Iveric Bio, Anthony’s journey included executive roles in Novartis, Santen, and Genentech where he worked for nearly 20 years, starting as a Senior Manager of Commercial Training and Development and growing to the role of Director of Oncology Field.
    Anthony's athletic journey is nothing short of remarkable. Inspired by the legendary Bo Jackson, he demonstrated exceptional versatility and dedication by excelling in a diverse range of sports including tennis, golf, soccer, basketball, football, and baseball.
    During his time at the University of Arizona, Anthony successfully navigated the demanding responsibilities of football and baseball while balancing academic responsibilities and adjustments to social dynamics of collegiate life at a young age. This is a testament of his adaptability, mental toughness, sharp decision-making abilities and resilience.
    Anthony has applied lessons from his athletic background to lead in business. He excels in assembling innovative teams for market access and patient services, particularly in complex environments. He is dedicated to driving success and growth, skillfully navigating through the industry's challenges.
     
    What you’ll learn on this episode:
    The significance of clear expectations and accountability The role of mentorship in developing an impactful leadership skillset How to navigate innovative ideas and adapt to unforeseen challenges The essential value of gratitude in personal and professional growth How to craft coaching strategies for improvement through observation and reflection  How to harness the power of feedback, self-awareness, and vulnerability in leadership The significance of continuous learning, adaptability, and open communication in leadership roles Additional Resources:
    Anthony's LinkedIn Iveric Bio - Now part of Astellas Pharma Inc. Get the book "Extreme Ownership" by Jocko Willink Get the book "Legacy" by James Kerr

    • 55 min
    The Art of Authentic Leadership: Relationships, Respect, and Adaptability with Matt Monahan

    The Art of Authentic Leadership: Relationships, Respect, and Adaptability with Matt Monahan

    Matt Monahan joined Genesys Health as Chief Strategy Officer in 2020 after leading the way as the National Practice Leader of an Insurtech benefits consulting firm. He was responsible for sales, service, and insurance operations for over 500 employers across the United States.
     To know Matt is to be in the presence of an infectious energy. Matt sees the world differently; where others see a dead end, he sees an opportunity to connect, perfect, and solve. Matt isn’t afraid to ask hard questions and challenge the norm, taking pride in disrupting systems before building them back stronger and more successful.
    Before that, he spent 15+ years at Aetna and GE, where he held multiple senior leadership roles at Aetna. Matt worked closely to bring innovative solutions to the market.
    In a consulting business where service and support are incredibly subjective, regardless of the situation any action he takes is making sure it is the right thing for that person on the other end.
    What You’ll learn on this episode: 
    How Matt’s athletic background contributes to his success in business. Why it is essential to stay connected to your core values, especially during moments of extreme success or adversity. How the ability to connect can significantly enhance communication and teamwork How Genesys Health is leading the way in employee and client experience. The value in having the ability to pivot and embrace change as an opportunity. Why communication is key in every aspect of leadership and day-to-day interactions. The influence of Matt’s dad on his ability to form genuine relationships based on respect. Additional Resources:
     Matt’s LinkedIn  Genesys Health’s LinkedIn Genesys Health’s Website: www.genesys.health The Benefit Summary Podcast Listen to Episode 180

    • 48 min
    Building Strong, Meaningful Relationships as a Coaching Leader with Ed Molitor

    Building Strong, Meaningful Relationships as a Coaching Leader with Ed Molitor

    Ed is a coach down to the very smallest molecule of his DNA.
    Whether he's a husband and father at home or working with a client in the business world, he is an energized, passionate, and near-obsessive coach who is fully invested in showing up with all he's got to help you show up with all you've got. His approach insists on presence. He knows no other way to catalyze change except by getting on the court with you, playing side-by-side, and encouraging you to keep pushing, especially when the going gets tough. 
    In the last 29 years, Ed has developed his leadership skills in both athletics and business. From working as an NCAA Basketball coach at Texas A&M, DePaul NIU, and Lewis University to becoming the Vice President of a national recruiting firm, Ed Molitor has experienced the potential and pitfalls of leadership at every level. 
    As the founder and CEO of The Molitor Group, today Ed guides emerging and established leaders across biopharma and biotech to apply the proven lessons of coaching in their pursuit of inspiring and driving their team’s performance. 
    Through personalized training, workshops, keynote speeches, his writing, and as a podcast host, Ed seeks to empower individuals and their organizations to achieve victory through a focus on transformation, fundamentals, compassion, mental toughness, and vision.  
    Ed graduated from St. Ambrose University with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Economics where he was a member of the Men’s Basketball team serving as the co-captain his Senior year. Before St. Ambrose, he studied business at Creighton University where he played on the Men’s Basketball teams which included a 1989 MVC Regular Season and Tournament Champions, NCAA Tournament, and a 1990 NIT Tournament. 
    What you’ll learn in this episode: How to master relationship building with the 7 Pillars of VICTORY The role of authenticity in developing deep and meaningful relationships Why building meaningful relationships is essential for leadership and personal growth The questions that coaching leaders should ask to build trust effectively Why giving unsolicited advice can undermine trust and what to do instead How the quality of individual relationships impacts retention and loyalty within an organization The significance of viewing relationships through the lens of possibilities and purpose The Molitor Group’s authenticity checklist to help you develop profound and lasting relationships Additional resources: Website: www.themolitorgroup.com  LinkedIn: The Molitor Group Facebook: The Molitor Group Twitter: @TheMolitorGroup Instagram: @EdMolitor

    • 37 min
    The Power of Authentic Connections in Recruitment and Leadership with Jon Denny

    The Power of Authentic Connections in Recruitment and Leadership with Jon Denny

    Jon Denny has been a National Executive Sales and Marketing Recruiter for over 24 years in the Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Medical Devices, and Medical Diagnostics Industries with leading national recruitment firm, Buckman Enochs Coss & Associates (BEC Search).
    Established in 1979, BEC Search specializes in helping the best Healthcare and Life Science companies find the best people for every level of their organization, Commercial, Med Affairs, Sales, and Marketing Executives - for Projects and Retained.
    They have partnered with leading companies such as Allergan/Abbvie, Biodesix, Amgen, Apellis, Cardinal Health, Dompe, Genentech, Lantheus, Shionogi, Inc., Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Takeda, Travere Therapeutics, Vertos Medical, and many others. 
    Before joining BEC, Jon spent over two years in Accounting and Finance Recruitment for a leading staffing firm and 4 years in College/University Recruitment. 
    In the last two decades, Jon has helped countless individuals in healthcare sales, marketing, and clinical roles find employment opportunities that have been life-changing and he has several current clients he helped early on in their careers.
    Jon attributes his transformative approach to a unique blend of business acumen, strong work ethic, empathy, and ability to connect with individuals. These traits find their roots in his competitive collegiate athletic background, where he played football for four years at his alma mater, Ohio Northern University.
    What you’ll learn in this episode: The importance of human connection in leadership and recruiting The crucial role of preparation in the recruiting process, for both the candidate and recruiter Reasons why people leave their jobs and how they often relate to issues with management or a lack of development opportunities The impact of a transformational approach in recruitment for greater success How understanding a candidate's story and motivation reveals insights into their suitability The necessity of understanding a candidate's purpose and its connection to career aspirations The high value placed on intangible qualities such as character, integrity, and work ethic in potential hires Additional Resources:  Jon’s LinkedIn Jon’s Twitter/X  About BEC Search’s Website: www.becsearch.com LinkedIn Facebook Instagram Twitter/X Listen to Episode 86 with Jon Denny

    • 41 min
    Finding Your Leadership Sweet Spot with Kate Lahey

    Finding Your Leadership Sweet Spot with Kate Lahey

    Kate’s foundation and passion for coaching have been the catalyst for her successful career in biotech leadership.  Kate has had the incredible privilege of being coached by and coaching some very special people over the past two decades.  
    For the last 17 years, Kate worked at Genentech and Dompe in various sales capacities. She has spent the last 10 years in leadership positions including front and second-line management overseeing over 20 managers and sales representatives in her most recent position.  She consistently achieved results, managed change effectively, provided objective feedback and coaching, and developed people to their fullest potential. She has won Manager of the Year and many key contributor awards along the way. 
    Kate has extensive experience building and motivating teams, strategic planning, individual accountability, performance management, critical conversations, and mentorship of emerging managers.   Kate’s true love of coaching has led her to The Molitor Group where she will utilize her experience and skill set to guide others in their leadership journeys. 
    Before the biotech world, Kate was a high school English teacher and field hockey and basketball coach for a year out of Assumption University where she also was an outfielder on the softball team.
    Kate and her husband Tim reside in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and are the very proud parents of Jackie (6) and Mikey (5).  In her free time, Kate enjoys exercise, golf, reading, and most importantly, spending time with her family and friends.  
     
    What you’ll learn in this episode:
    Key details about Kate's journey and her career transition The power of vulnerability and authenticity in leadership roles The importance of finding personal fulfillment in one's professional journey How to build and maintain trust within a team and its impact on performance The significance of having critical conversations early on to tackle issues and maintain team cohesion The value of mentorship in Kate’s journey and the significant impact of various mentors on her career  
    Additional Resources: 
    Learn more about Kate’s work at The Molitor Group Connect with Kate on LinkedIn Learn more about our Coaching Programs

    • 43 min
    The Confidence Playbook: Coaching Beyond Competence with Maureen Monte

    The Confidence Playbook: Coaching Beyond Competence with Maureen Monte

    Maureen brings a "Moneyball" meets "Ted Lasso" approach to high-performing teams, including 2,000 athletes and coaches. She uses the Clifton StrengthsFinder to measure talent that helps leaders and teams reach their full potential. 
    Her latest book, "Win Like a Girl: Coaching Female Athletes to Become Confident at the Game of Life" provides sorely needed bravery training that takes women from the locker room to the corporate board room.
    Maureen has a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and an M.S. in Leadership and Business Ethics, and is a Gallup-certified StrengthsFinder subject matter expert
    She provided leadership development training for executives as an adjunct professor at Cornell and is part of the University of Michigan’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Rochester University’s Masters in Sports Leadership.
    What you’ll learn in this episode >> 
    The importance and significance of: 
    Understanding your strengths and weaknesses to facilitate meaningful conversations Asking questions and sparking dialogue to encourage learning Focusing on individuals' strengths rather than just statistics and world rankings Choosing conversation and action over silence and inaction Reshaping the concept of winning to prioritize personal and team growth Cultivating a team culture with clear boundaries Being intentional in training, playing hard, and being a great teammate Acknowledging each player's unique strengths and traits, and valuing their contribution to the team Accountability, addressing mistakes, and measuring the ripple effect of positive actions Additional Resources:
    Maureen's LinkedIn Maureen's  Facebook  Maureen's Twitter  Get the book Win Like a Girl  Maureen’s Website: https://maureenmonte.com/  Check out Maureen’s interview with Jacey Lees, a high school pitcher about how Win Like a Girl helped her improve her confidence and leadership skills: https://youtu.be/x7jsB6R1QLw

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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49 Ratings

49 Ratings

rigs1211 ,

New listener, great insights! 🌟

I recently came across this show and I have really have enjoyed the conversations and guests with the theme of “athletics of business.” Highly recommend!

ASobering ,

Entertaining, insightful, and actionable! 🔥

You’d be hard pressed to find another podcast that consistently delivers such high caliber conversations, expert advice, and actionable leadership strategies! Ed and his all star guests bring so much experience to the table, and every single episode is jam packed with useful takeaways. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

Jon Derkits ,

One of a Kind!

They say that the best insights come from the “in-betweens”...the spaces where other insights intersect and overlap. This is exactly that type of podcast, combining insights from sports and business in relatable and actionable ways. A terrific addition to any aspiring leader’s podcast diet.

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