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From the creator of How I Built This, host Guy Raz invites you to listen in as he talks to leadership experts and the visionary leaders of some of the world's biggest brands. Along the way, you'll hear accounts of crisis, failure, turnaround, and triumph, as the leaders reveal their secrets on their way to the top. These are stories that didn't make it into their company bios, and valuable lessons for anyone trying to make it in business.

Wisdom From The Top with Guy Raz Luminary

    • Business
    • 4.4 • 354 Ratings

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From the creator of How I Built This, host Guy Raz invites you to listen in as he talks to leadership experts and the visionary leaders of some of the world's biggest brands. Along the way, you'll hear accounts of crisis, failure, turnaround, and triumph, as the leaders reveal their secrets on their way to the top. These are stories that didn't make it into their company bios, and valuable lessons for anyone trying to make it in business.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    PayPal: Dan Schulman

    PayPal: Dan Schulman

    Mixing business and social justice isn't a strategy most companies are willing to adopt, which is why Dan Schulman's actions as CEO of PayPal have garnered so much attention. In 2016, he canceled a plan for an operations center in North Carolina after the state passed its infamous "bathroom bill." Schulman champions his "employee first" strategy and has raised wages and benefits for PayPal's workforce. His leadership has proved that activism doesn't have to come at the cost of PayPal's bottom line.

    • 42 min
    Acumen: Jacqueline Novogratz

    Acumen: Jacqueline Novogratz

    When the COO of Chase Bank told Jacqueline Novogratz that she had the potential for a high level career at Chase, she knew she had to quit her job. She continued to use the skills she learned from investment banking and used them to change the way the world sees capitalism and philanthropy. Today Acumen has delivered more than 100 million dollars in loans, grants, and investments to projects and businesses that help low income people around the world.

    Perdue Farms: Jim Perdue

    Perdue Farms: Jim Perdue

    Jim Perdue wasn't that interested in becoming a third-generation head of the family meat processing business. Still, he became CEO in 1991 and his leadership turned out to be pivotal for building Perdue Farms into a nationwide brand. How Perdue navigated changing consumer habits and corporate management styles to turn a regional poultry producer into a 7 billion dollar company.

    • 41 min
    Gensler: Diane Hoskins

    Gensler: Diane Hoskins

    For as long as Diane Hoskins can remember, she wanted to be an architect. It began with Legos as a child, and eventually led her all the way to architecture giant, Gensler— an unusual company with two CEOs. One CEO is based in Los Angeles, and the other CEO, Hoskins, is based in Washington, DC. Together, they've created a unique leadership model where hierarchies don't really matter and internal collaboration— not internal competition— is rewarded.

    • 35 min
    Continental Airlines: Gordon Bethune

    Continental Airlines: Gordon Bethune

    Gordon Bethune took an unlikely path to becoming a leader in the airline industry. A self-described "hoodlum," Bethune dropped out of high school, joined the Navy, and became an airplane mechanic. With that experience, he gave Continental Airlines a tune-up, pulling it out of bankruptcy and guiding it through the deep uncertainty that followed the September 11th attacks.

    • 42 min
    Etsy: Josh Silverman

    Etsy: Josh Silverman

    Josh Silverman built Evite and turned around eBay. Then, in 2017, Etsy came calling. The online marketplace for creative goods was in deep trouble. Growth had plateaued and the company was on the verge of being sold. Josh stepped in as CEO and got the team focused on one simple metric that made all the difference.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
354 Ratings

354 Ratings

Katherynemc ,

Enjoyable to interviews, terrible music

Interesting interviews with industry leaders but the background music is annoying and grating. Please dump the music!

No "on/off" sounds wanted ,

Love the background music.

Awesome interviews and the background music is perfect. Appropriate timing, and the tone and rhythm matches the moment.

1tfr ,

Music is an aggravating distraction. .

I’d give this a 5 (I like it more than Guy’s HIBT) but I sometimes can’t get through an episode because of the distracting background noise (“music”). It is discordant and doesn’t fit the narrative. PLEASE drop the music. Not everything needs a soundtrack.

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