Lisa Thee of Minor Guard: 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became a C-Suite Executive

An Interview with Charlie Katz

Charlie Katz
Jul 21 · 11 min read

Keep a relentless focus on your customer. You need people with different strengths to develop solutions that meet customer needs. Everyone has different skills and temperaments, and you need people who see the same problem from different angles to build a team which is greater than the sum of its parts where everyone feels valued.

  1. Shared value between mission and profits is possible. These days, companies that give back and contribute to social good are able to build some of the strongest brands (i.e. Salesforce, TOMS). Profit is not evil, in fact it is necessary to drive sustainable change and solve some of societies most complex and critical problems. If philanthropy alone would solve these issues, they would be fixed by now. We need business with a seat at the table helping drive innovation.
  2. The power of “No”. In the wise words of Warren Buffett “You have gotta keep control of your time, and you can’t unless you say No. You can’t let people set the agenda in life.”
  3. Connection is the antidote to shame and helps you get unstuck. When you’re in a rough patch, don’t be afraid to reach out to colleagues that you can trust for advice. I did this when deciding to retire from corporate America and start my entrepreneurship journey at 40, the support and guidance from people I respect and admire allowed me to face my fears and lead.
  4. Keep a relentless focus on your customer. You need people with different strengths to develop solutions that meet customer needs. Everyone has different skills and temperaments, and you need people who see the same problem from different angles to build a team which is greater than the sum of its parts where everyone feels valued.

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