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You, Me, and Your Top Three is a podcast focused on exploring leadership in the connecting world. Specifically, the podcast invites leaders to tell stories, reflect, and discuss their views on:
- disruptions in industry and society;
- how they are leading transformations considering these disruptions
- brave leadership to drive transformation.

It is this last point where we focus most of the discussion, asking our guests to share their insights into the relationships they have with their “Top 3” closest advisors. It is our observation and experience that as the world connects, the importance of a diverse set of counselors is increasing in value. For some this may be a formal advisor who has been contracted on behalf of the company. For most this will be deep relationships in which they have been invested and nurtured.

Through stories and discussion, we strive to celebrate the art of giving and receiving advice. The stories that are told are heartfelt and real. At the root we are exploring the process of knowledge building, relationship building, and perhaps most importantly, confidence building. After all, it takes a brave leader to battle the inertia that exists in industries, our organizations, and in ourselves.

It is our hope that as successful leaders open up about around the subjects and the way in which they interact with their closest confidants, that our listeners will, in turn, reflect on their own “virtual board of advisors.” Over time they will then surround themselves with those who help them stretch toward greatness and lead bravely in the connecting world.

You, Me, and Your Top Three Gregg Garrett

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    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

You, Me, and Your Top Three is a podcast focused on exploring leadership in the connecting world. Specifically, the podcast invites leaders to tell stories, reflect, and discuss their views on:
- disruptions in industry and society;
- how they are leading transformations considering these disruptions
- brave leadership to drive transformation.

It is this last point where we focus most of the discussion, asking our guests to share their insights into the relationships they have with their “Top 3” closest advisors. It is our observation and experience that as the world connects, the importance of a diverse set of counselors is increasing in value. For some this may be a formal advisor who has been contracted on behalf of the company. For most this will be deep relationships in which they have been invested and nurtured.

Through stories and discussion, we strive to celebrate the art of giving and receiving advice. The stories that are told are heartfelt and real. At the root we are exploring the process of knowledge building, relationship building, and perhaps most importantly, confidence building. After all, it takes a brave leader to battle the inertia that exists in industries, our organizations, and in ourselves.

It is our hope that as successful leaders open up about around the subjects and the way in which they interact with their closest confidants, that our listeners will, in turn, reflect on their own “virtual board of advisors.” Over time they will then surround themselves with those who help them stretch toward greatness and lead bravely in the connecting world.

    Taking Risks (wsg Gary Shapiro)

    Taking Risks (wsg Gary Shapiro)

    TAKING RISKS | Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, joins host Gregg Garrett to discuss the consumer electronics industry, CTA and the Consumer Electronics Show, and broader societal change. Of course, Gary speaks about his Top 3: his wife, industry advisors and advocates like Robert Ford who help him reflect on how to drive the industry forward, and his entire CTA management team as well as members of the Board. And you have to hear what he has to say about keeping balance in life.
    ABOUT GARY SHAPIRO
    Gary Shapiro is an acclaimed author, lobbyist, and president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® which represents over 1,500 consumer technology companies and owns and produces the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)®  — The Global Stage for Innovation.
    A Georgetown Law graduate, Shapiro began his career as an associate at the Squire Sanders law firm. After an extended tenure in law, he began working on Capitol Hill as an assistant to a prominent member of the U.S. Congress. Later in his life, Gary would use this combined law and legal experience to be named one of The Hill’s top lobbyists numerous times throughout his career (2015-2021). As his experience in law and politics progressed, he became more aligned with the world of technology, which eventually brought him into the fold of the Consumer Technology Association in 1982. 
    Taking the role of President and CEO, Shapiro evolved the idea of the workplace over his 40-year long tenure leading the organization. Directing a staff of 150 employees alongside thousands of industry volunteers, he built a forward-thinking successful business focused on the further development and integration of technology in all industries of the world. Under his leadership CTA has won numerous awards for its healthy workplace, family friendly employment practices, and environmentally friendly exhibition practices. In 2019, CTA earned its sixth consecutive selection as a Washington Post Top Workplace. 
    Shapiro has written New York Times bestsellers including “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses” (HarperCollins, 2013) and “The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream” (Beaufort, 2011). He also wrote USA Today bestseller “Ninja Future: Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation” (William Morrow, 2018) Through these books, numerous television appearances, and as a columnist whose more than 1,200 opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation and technology in the U.S. economy.
    Shapiro consistently stays active in policy, thought leadership, government, and community development alongside his position at CTA. He currently serves as a member of the CTA Executive Board, NAM Board of Directors of the Council of Manufacturing Associations, the Board of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and the Trade Show Executive Editorial Board. A subject of regular praise, Shapiro was once called a “mastermind” for his initiative in helping to create the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection. His mind for an evolving workplace and consumer while staying environmentally conscious has paved a roadmap for bipartisan law and policy makers to follow in making a more innovative world.
    Gary Shapiro is happily married and lives in Michigan.
    SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
    During this episode: 
    Introduction [0:00]
    How the World is Connecting through Consumer Touch [1:05]
    Introduction to Gary Shapiro [9:27]
    The “Top Three”
    Gary’s Wife [13:52]
    Industry advisors and advocates like Robert Ford who help him reflect on how to drive the industry forward [14:39]
    His entire CTA management team as well as members of the Board [15:24]
    The Consu

    • 49 min
    Blurred by Design (wsg Paul Arnegard)

    Blurred by Design (wsg Paul Arnegard)

    Paul Arnegard, VP of Creative Services at Tweddle, joins host Gregg Garrett to discuss how his firm has transformed as the mobility industry continues to be disrupted. Of course, Paul speaks about his Top 3, including Dan Owens who helped him pivot to the creative side of the firm, his father who helped him get Earthy Wisdom, and Grandmaster Kim who helped him bring discipline and calmness to his hectic life, and current and former colleagues like Brian Suszek (former podcast guest, episode 113), Alex Awn (former podcast guest, episode 139), and Amy Simonelli who influenced him to build trust, see the good, slow down, and ask diverse questions. And you have to hear what he has to say about taking the time to meditate every day.

    About Paul Arnegard
    Paul is the Vice President of Creative Services at Tweddle Group, a pillar company of the CJK Group portfolio. CJK is a global information provider for multiple industries, and Tweddle’s role is to supply one-stop support for OEMs through content development & management, creative services, digital print & distribution, and diagnostic tools.  Paul manages several shared services within the organization, including video production, graphic design, UX/UI, CGI, project management, quality, and marketing.

    Prior to arriving at Tweddle twenty-two years ago, this University of Michigan alum spent time in several disparate fields, each of which contributed to his business perspective and leadership style. From spraying orange groves to working as a martial arts instructor. From repairing billboards high above the ground to sitting behind a desk to write. From engaging students as an English teacher to engaging opponents as a kickboxer. Each step along the way provided experience and insight that he continues to apply for growth and problem solving in the workplace, though punching and kicking are no longer a part of his solution toolbox.

    During this episode:
    Introduction [0:00]

    Industry Lines are Blurring/Experience Design [1:10]

    Introduction to Paul [3:23]

    The “Top Three”

    Dan Owens, former boss who helped him pivot to the creative side of the firm [6:15]

    His father who had no formal education but earthly wisdom [9:45]

    Grandmaster Kim who helped him bring discipline and calmness to his hectic life [15:40]

    Brian Suszek, former boss who played the biggest role in Paul rising through the ranks [24:55]

    Alex Awn, creative support and helps make Paul a better leader [29:40]

    Amy Simenelli, creative video director who tells Paul to slow down [32:17]

    You have to hear this…

    Tweddle Background [41:03]

    Blurred Industries [46:55]

    Additional Information

    Contact Paul Arnegard:

    Paul’s LinkedIn Tweddle Group Website
    Contact Gregg Garrett:

    LinkedIn Twitter Bio
    Contact CGS Advisors:

    Website LinkedIn Twitter

    • 53 min
    It's a Small World After All (wsg Erik Walenza)

    It's a Small World After All (wsg Erik Walenza)

    Erik Walenza, CEO of IoT One and host of The Industrial IoT Spotlight podcast, joins host Gregg Garrett in this special dual podcast to discuss how global and multi-national firms are competing in the Chinese market. Of course, Erik speaks about his Top 3: his wife, his business partners: Chun Liew and Michael Maeder, who taught him how to build relationships and processes, and his community. And you have to hear what he has to say about local for local strategy.
    About Erik Walenza
    Erik Walenza has worked in China for 11 years and he is an active member of the Chinese innovation ecosystem. He is passionate about exploring the impact of digitalization in businesses, and through his position as Chair of the Technology and Innovation Committee in China he plays an active role in the exchange of best practices for innovation strategy and tech trends evolution in Asia, but also worldwide. Erik has interviewed over 100 CEOs and venture capitalists while building one of Shanghai’s largest entrepreneur networks.
    Show Highlights
    During this episode:
    Introduction [0:00]
    Importance of Connecting People [0:55]
    Introduction to Erik and the dual podcast [3:18]
    Gregg’s background and the creation of CGS [4:06]
    Erik’s background and current work [5:20]
    The similarities and differences of CGS and IoT One [10:30]
    The “Top Three”
    His wife [12:30]
    His work colleagues [15:25]
    His communities [17:52]
    You have to hear this…
    Local for local strategy [20:06]
    CGS’s IoT Collaboration [26:10]
    Getting the Right People around the Table [33:40]
    Operating Leaders [38:50]
    Put Believers with Believers [43:00]
    Participating in the I4.0 Orchestration Collaborative [49:00]
     
    Additional Information
    Contact Erik Walenza:
    Erik’s email Erik’s LinkedIn IoT One website Contact Gregg Garrett:
    Gregg’s email Gregg’s LinkedIn Gregg’s Twitter Gregg’s Bio  
    Contact CGS Advisors:
    Website LinkedIn Twitter

    • 53 min
    80 Percent of the Day (wsg Craig Vanderburg)

    80 Percent of the Day (wsg Craig Vanderburg)

    80% OF THE DAY | Craig Vanderburg, COO of Trion Solutions, joins host Gregg Garrett to discuss the success his firm has had in outsourcing HR for small and mid-sized firms. Of course, Craig speaks about how he spends 80% of his day with his Top 3, including Pathik Mody, Craig Sherman, Don Turowski, and Trion’s operations team. And you have to hear what he has to say about the importance of a routine.
    ABOUT CRAIG VANDERBURG
    Craig Vanderburg is among the nation’s most-experienced professionals in the HR-administration industry and is used frequently by local and national media as an expert resource on issues such as workplace policies, compliance issues, health and workers’ compensation insurance, and challenges faced by small to mid-size businesses. He is a former member of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) board of directors and a former Chairman of its Accounting Practices Committee. He was a former President and CEO of two HR-administration companies and was formerly a Managing Partner of Affinity Group LL, an M&A and investment-banking firm that was assisting service and growth companies on issues including private equity, senior and sub-debt, and mezzanine and hedge-fund financing. He earned his Bachelor of Finance degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and was an active member of the Young Presidents Organization.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Troy Chamber of Commerce. He is a popular public speaker and resource to news media on a variety of business issues.
    SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
    During this episode: 
    Introduction [0:00]
    Do you have your Dream Team? [1:10]
    Introduction of Craig [4:30]
    Outsourcing Space [6:20]
    The “Top Three”
    Pathik Mody, CTO at Trion [4:12]
    Craig Sherman, VP of Client Onboarding and Implementation [20:52]
    Don Turowski, friend turned business partner [32:20]
    Key Ops Team [38:15]
    You have to hear this…
    Routine [50:00]
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    Contact Craig Vanderburg:
    Craig’s LinkedIn Craig’s email Trion Solutions Website  
    Contact Gregg Garrett:
    Gregg’s LinkedIn Gregg’s Twitter Gregg’s Bio  
    Contact CGS Advisors:
    Website LinkedIn Twitter

    • 53 min
    Treat Yourself (wsg David Collado)

    Treat Yourself (wsg David Collado)

    • 45 min
    Being an Innovator (wsg Thierry Klein)

    Being an Innovator (wsg Thierry Klein)

    BEING AN INNOVATOR | Thierry Klein, President of Bell Labs Solution Research at Nokia Bell Labs, joins host Gregg Garrett to discuss the DNA of being an innovator. Of course, Thierry speaks about his Top 3, including his parents who helped him eliminate his fear of failure, his PhD advisor at MIT who taught him the business of innovation, and the aura of previous Bell Lab Presidents who helped set the bar for what leadership in innovation looks like. And you have to hear what he has to say about trusting your instincts. About thierry klein
    Thierry Klein is President of Bell Labs Solutions Research at Nokia Bell Labs. His distinguished global multi-disciplinary team conducts fundamental and applied research focused on new value chains, business opportunities and ecosystems beyond Nokia’s current product and solutions portfolio. His team pursues research and innovation into advanced sensing technologies, AI-based knowledge systems and fundamental algorithms, autonomous software and data systems, novel architectures and integrated solutions and experiences.
    Thierry served as the Founding Vice-Chair of the Board of the 5G Automotive Association, a cross-industry association bringing together the telecommunications and automotive industries, and he served as the Chairman of the Technical Committee of GreenTouch, a global consortium dedicated to improve energy efficiency in networks by a factor 1000x compared to 2010 levels. He was the Founder and CTO of an internal start-up focused on wireless communications for emergency response and disaster recovery situations.
    Thierry earned an MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the Université de Nantes and the Ecole Centrale de Nantes in Nantes, France.  He received a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He is an author on over 35 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications and an inventor on 36 patent applications. In 2010, he was voted “Technologist of the Year” at the Total Telecom World Vendor Awards and received the 2016 Industrial Innovation award from the IEEE Communications Society.
    Thierry has dual US and Luxembourg citizenship and speaks four languages. He lives in Fanwood, New Jersey with his wife and son.
    Show Highlights
    During this episode:
    Introduction [0:00]
    DNA of an Innovator - Bravery [1:00]
    Thierry’s Introduction [7:36]
    His Definition of Innovation [10:00]
    The “Top Three”
    His parents [11:38]
    His PhD advisor [19:36]
    Previous Bell Lab Presidents [32:39]
    You have to hear this…
    Internal Venture at Nokia Bell Labs [43:20]
    What He’s Currently Working On [46:45]
    Be Accessible and Trust Your Instincts [55:42]
    Additional Information
    Contact Thierry Klein:
    Thierry's LinkedIn Nokia Corporation Nokia Bell Labs - Nokia Bell Labs (bell-labs.com) Bell Labs Institute - Nokia Bell Labs (bell-labs.com) Networking on the Moon Project Put Women Back in the History Book of Computing  
    Contact Gregg Garrett:
    Gregg’s LinkedIn Gregg’s Twitter Gregg’s Bio  
    Contact CGS Advisors:
    Website LinkedIn Twitter

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Great offline capability ,

Mind expanding

Take a listen to Gregg and his guests as they share those who influenced them the most. Wide variety of guests and topics. Innovation, strategy, growth, values and truths to name a few of the topics.

Liver13 ,

Great concept driving insightful conversation

The premise of the podcast is, you didn't get to any level of success on your own, so name the Top 3 influencers in your life and how they help you get to where you are. The stories vary greatly and tend to touch on the personal challenges which acted as the forcing function for change. From spouses and pastors, big name execs to teammates in college... the conversations Gregg is having with leaders is engaging and worth the listen. The guests are no nonsense leaders who you can tell take pride in doing the hard stuff... the best way they can. I highly recommend listening to a few episodes... I think you're going to like it.

Reelroyreviews.com ,

Great production, format

This is being written as a guest of the program but I find the listening experience an absolute pleasure. Gregg is a commanding but warm presence with a clear POV around growth and culture change. He gathers interesting guests - IMHO ;) - and his team does an exceptional job on prep and post-production.

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