In Chapter 8 of 17 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview, education entrepreneur J.T. Allen answers "What Does It Mean to Be a Leader in What You Do?" Allen compares and contrasts leadership responsibilities when starting a company to the present, where he now has over 100 employees. He shares challenges staying connected with employees while setting an example and vision for his team to follow. J.T. Allen is the CEO and co-founder of myFootpath.
In Chapter 10 of 19 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, social media ad agency CEO Mike Germano acknowledges his weaknesses as a manager and what he has done to compensate in a team setting. He shares what behaviors and experiences have shaped him as a leader and how he has recruited and empowered managers working in digital media. Mike Germano is co-founder and CEO of DUMBO, Brooklyn based social media advertising agency Carrot Creative.
In Chapter 19 of 19 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, innovation strategist Hammans Stallings answers "What Goals are You Setting as You Look to What Comes Next in Your Business Career?" Stallings shares how his point of view on management and leadership have evolved with experience. In order to do better work, he acknowledges the need to empower teams with frameworks, tools, and motivation.
In Chapter 7 of 13 Moo.com CEO and London entrepreneur Richard Moross shares how his company, Moo, has challenged rules to make an industry, printing, better. It was not only about process improvements such as lowering costs and increasing throughput. It was about being more relevant, responsible, accountable, useful and beautiful. The optimistic vision of continuous improvement over time shapes the Moo company and brand into one known for innovation. Moross is founder and CEO of Moo.com.
In Chapter 18 of 19 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, innovation strategist Hammans Stallings answers "How Are Your Job Responsibilities Changing as Your Career Evolves?" As Stallings gains experience, he finds himself carrying more responsibility. This process allows him to think differently about what it means for him to contribute in a team environment.
In Chapter 14 of 17 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, hedge fund analyst Shaheen Wirk answers "What Does It Mean to Be a Leader in What You Do?" Wirk points out several ways one can lead in a hedge fund investment job. The first is to champion an investment sector or geographic area. The second is to facilitate a discussion and make it more engaging and participatory. Thirdly, Wirk notes the importance of showing day to day positivity to boost office morale.
In Chapter 8 of 19 in her 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, non-profit executive Courtney Spence shares how both leadership and management play into her Executive Director work in the midst of her organizational growth phase. She details the vision casting elements of leadership and the one-on-one nature of management in describing the differences. Courtney Spence returns to CYF for her Year 3 interview and is the Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Students of the World.
In Chapter 9 of 15 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin answers "What Leadership Skills Are Becoming More Relevant to You As Your Career Progresses?" Rubin shares how his startup, Indiegogo, has grown from 15 to 60 employees in the year between his 2012 Year 3 interview and this Year 4 interview. Rubin notes how it no longer is about individual work but rather empowering new leaders to make decisions in a supportive structure that uses relevant business processes.