#5 - Podcast with Susan Fox
Over time, executives run the risk of being stubbornly insular. True of most business individuals. I wouldn't characterize myself as isolated, but sometimes, when you're immersed in your day-to-day, you tend to ignore others' realities.
For the most part, I'm deeply fascinated by the simple mechanisms of business. Take, for example, the legal plight between Cineplex cinemas and Cineworld. A $2.8B take overbid dissolved into a legal battle that will forever change Canadian case law. The learnings alone from this matter will directly impact how we draft legal agreements and take over bids. That's cool and its free knowledge.
Many years ago, I opened up my mind to the contextual challenges of other business leaders. I was trying to understand the portability of their problems/solutions to my own business. In some cases, the semblance of some matters provided a great preview of what I might face, but in other cases, no real applicability.
In 2016, on one of my learning expeditions at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, I befriended one of my fellow students, Susan Fox. Susan is Executive Director of Program Development for Outreach Therapy on Vancouver Island. Besides her jubilant demeanour, Susan has a fantastic amount of experience and knowledge regarding not-for-profit businesses and how they raise capital. Throughout my short stint at RRU, Susan shared what it's like working for a not-for-profit company and the challenges they face that others don't see.
So without hesitation, when I decided to launch Brash Words, I immediately reached out to Susan, wanting her to share her story.
Susan, I love your energy and thank you for joining me on the podcast.
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Don't forget to keep an eye out for Episode #6.