Episode 9: Brian Simons

Brian Simons is CEO at Janus Logistics Technologies, which was born from a real world need to enhance Service Parts Logistics (SPL). Janus is a venture-backed technology and logistics company that is radically transforming the warehousing, forward stocking, forecasting/planning, and distribution/delivery for service supply chains globally.

His company, provides solutions for global clients spanning a range of markets including high tech, chemicals/hazardous goods, aerospace, and industrial goods

Previously, Brian served as COO and Executive Vice President at CIOX Health; and had senior level positions at Universal Health Systems, NCR, Honeywell, and United Technologies.

MBA and Bachelors from Arizona State with a PhD from the University of Lancaster.

He also serves as an adjunct professor at The University of Minnesota.His upper-division management course brings together key elements from practical experience (on the job), theoretical study (in the classroom) to broaden students’ understanding of management as a profession.

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WHAT YOU’LL DISCOVER IN THIS EPISODE:

  • What happened when Brian surprised me with a trip to the US Open Final.
  • How playing sports (for Brian it was quarterback in high school and college) prepared him for the C-Suite.
  • What you need to do to persuade your organization to support your graduate education.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of pursuing a Phd on your path to the C-Suite.
  • What questions should you ask when considering pursuing your MBA or PhD.
  • What to consider when you’re thinking about leaving corporate life to start your own company.
  • The mystical skill of pitching your ideas to the C-Suite.
  • How to pursue an ambitious career path.
  • How to help your employees who seem burned out.
  • Brian’s difficult story of the first employee he had to fire…it was his friend.

QUOTES:

“How you value failure is correlated to how much success you achieve.”

“Two things that drive success in your career 1.) Self Awareness 2.) Delivering Results”

RESOURCES:

Dave Cote Winning Now, Winning Later

Dan Burnham CEO of Raytheon

Larry Bossidy - Execution

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