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The Vision Code With Oleg Konovalov, the “da Vinci” of Visionary Leadership

Episode #210: The Vision Code With Oleg Konovalov, the "da Vinci" of Visionary Leadership

What is your company’s vision? It’s a simple question, yet still one that many entrepreneurs are unable to effectively answer this question in a cohesive manner when asked. Although the answer to this question will be unique to every leader, the premise behind the answer is that it must be written in ink.

When it comes to identifying the traits of a visionary leader, one individual is always front of mind: Dr. Oleg Konovalov. Following a career spanning nearly three decades of operating businesses and consulting Fortune 500 companies, Dr. Konovalov has also been recognized as the #1 global thought leader on Culture by Thinkers 360 as well as a #1 Global Leading Coach and international speaker. He is also the author of 4 best-selling titles including his latest book, “The Vision Code,” that was released in early 2021 on Amazon.

Oleg was given the nickname of “the da Vinci of Visionary Leadership” due to his ability to create and execute a compelling vision for businesses while also identifying a manager’s strategic needs in corporate culture and leadership. Oleg’s wisdom transcends industries and experience levels, capturing my attention and leaving me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next great sound bite. I’ve spoken with Oleg once before and have been clamoring to get him back on my podcast after hearing many of his incredible stories of perseverance and determination which continue to reverberate through my life to this day.

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#209 The Original Internet Godfather and Inventor of Modern Cybercrime| Cyber Crime Expert & Security Savant, Brett Johnson

#209 The Original Internet Godfather and Inventor of Modern Cybercrime| Cyber Crime Expert & Security Savant, Brett Johnson


I just had this excellent interview with Brett Johnson, a keynote speaker, and consultant on cybersecurity, Cybercrime, and identity theft. His knowledge of these topics is unique because it didn’t come from any book or in any classroom. Brett’s experience is from the criminal side of things. At one point, the United States’ Most Wanted criminal, he was given the moniker of “The Original Internet Godfather” by the United States Secret Service.

Brett was responsible for defining modern financial Cybercrime as we know it today. He created the precursor to today’s Darknet markets called ShadowCrew. In the early 2000s, through ShadowCrew, He assembled a watering hole for cybercriminals to network, share information, gang up, and execute attacks on entities worldwide.

He lived a life of crime for decades. Credit card fraud, identity fraud, tax fraud, social engineering attacks- you name it; Brett Johnson did it. His criminal lifestyle eventually caught up to him as he was captured and convicted of 39 felonies, sent to prison multiple times, escaping once, before accepting responsibility and finding redemption through his loved ones and the help of the FBI.

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#208 The Inside Truth About Cybercrime & Risk Management – How to Protect Your Business with Mark Sangster, Cybersecurity Author & Security Strategist at eSentire Inc.

In Episode #208, Bill talks with Mark Sangster. Mark is the VP & Industry Security Strategist at eSentire Inc., an award-winning speaker, and the author of the new book, No Safe Harbor: The Inside Truth About Cybercrime and How To Protect Your Business.

As a CIO and Business IT Leader here are some wins you will get by listening:

– How remote work and employees bringing their office home have created new hurdles for IT leaders to deal with. (18:30)
– The root causes of cyberattacks and how bad actors are able to carry out such attacks as ransomware. (7:00)
– Why cybersecurity is not just an IT problem to fix and why it’s a business risk to manage. (4:00)
– Why enterprises should create a risk registry to rank the risks they face. (21:00)
– Why compliance is not the same as security or privacy. (33:00)
– Why some companies are ill-prepared for cyberattacks and the importance of having measures in place to protect your data. (12:00)
– Why complacency and a set it and forget it mentality are dangerous things for a company to have when it comes to cybersecurity. (15:30)
– How much easier it is for a bad actor to virtually rob a bank rather than physically. (40:00)
– The reputational hit that companies take after data breaches and cyberattacks. (26:30)
– Why modern compliance often lags behind other aspects of the business. (37:00)

Mark Sangster is the Principal Evangelist and VP of Industry Security Strategist for eSentire Inc based in Ontario, Canada. He is an award-winning speaker at international conferences and on prestigious stages, including the Harvard Law School, and an author on various cybersecurity subjects.

Mark has a fascinating perspective on shifting risk trends, and his work has influenced industry thought-leaders. He is the go-to expert on data breaches, and his work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. Mark also hosts the Cyber Insider Podcast. He interviews experts from across various industries to explore data breach litigation, cyber insurance claims, crisis communication, the rise of gray zone threats, and the risks of interconnected technology.

He is a contributing author to several leading industry publications (CSO magazine, SC Magazine, LegalTech News), an invited speaker at 40+ conferences a year, and a regular guest on many well-respected podcasts.

His most recent book, No Safe Harbor: The Inside Truth About Cybercrime and How To Protect Your Business, tells the story of cybercrimes and cyber-attacks that never made the headlines but are equally important for companies to understand what they need to do to protect themselves.

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#207: You Only Get 1,440 Minutes in a Day – How Do You Spend Yours? – With “Mr. Simplicity,” Bill Jensen, CEO of The Jensen Group

In Episode #207, I talk with Bill Jensen. Bill is the CEO of the management consulting firm, The Jensen Group, and is a world-renowned thought leader who has been given the nickname, Mr. Simplicity.

As a CIO and Business IT Leader here are some wins you will get by listening:
You need two kinds of mentors- one that makes you feel comfortable, and one that pushes you to get outside of your comfort zone. (27:30)
Storytelling is the most impactful way to simplify an idea. (7:30)
The most important asset that everyone has right now is their time and attention. (8:00)
The way you focus on time is to respect the fact that everyone only gets 1,440 minutes in one day. (9:30)
Only 9.8% of people surveyed said they can achieve their dreams where they currently work. (21:30)
The two components of simplicity are empathy and storytelling. (7:00)
We can teach anybody anything. We can give anybody any problem if we give it to them at their level, not ours. (4:30)
Three years from now, you will have a lifetime worth of change to deliver. What is the legacy you want to leave behind? (18:30)
2020 has taught us that we need to focus on personal impact. (25:00)

Bill has spent the last 30 years studying the best ways work can get done. He is a passionate simpleton who is against corporate stupidity that wastes people’s time, attention, and dreams. Some of the biggest topics Bill covers with his work are the top essentials for leading people into tomorrow, creating cultural agility with digital transformation, and developing focus, speed, and clarity in today’s crazy world. Bill has worked with numerous large corporations on these topics, including American Express, GE, IBM, and SAP.

Bill’s competitive advantage is his work ethic and passion for making it easier for everyone to work smarter, not harder. He has interviewed and surveyed over 1 million people and always has an eye for the future. This eye for the future prompted IBM to invite Bill to be a part of their exclusive Futurist think tank community.

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How to Use a Metaphor Like Rocky to Motivate Your Team | Jason Bressler Evp/CTO of United Wholesale Mortgage, the #1 Wholesale Lender in the U.S. #206

In Episode #206, I talk with Jason Bressler. Jason is the EVP, Chief Technology Officer at United Wholesale Mortgage, the #1 wholesale lender in the nation.

As a CIO and Business IT Leader here are some wins you will get by listening:

·     How to use a metaphor (like Rocky Balboa) to motivate your team. (9:30)

·     When you’re on your heels, how can you shift the culture in the midst of taking a lot of heat (10:30)

·     How to hire in a fast-moving company (From 200-1,100 employees) (6:00)

·     How to be a people leader with a tech background (4:30)

·     How to scale communication- “How can people own your messaging?” (17:30)

·     How to lead a team of over 1,100 IT Professionals. (4:30)

·     The power of mentors. (13:30)

·     The components of servant leadership- (2:00)

o  Creating a safe space

o  Challenging the “Why”

o  Gathering opinions and discerning which is the best

·     Why Jason is so active on LinkedIn as well as about his passion and leadership development. (00:30)

·     Why Jason is a big believer in culture over skill. (1:00)

·     including how to create a “Family Feel.” (6:00)

·     How to get your IT team to work best with business folks. (7:30)

·     The best way to innovate as a Business IT Leader (11:30)

·     Why passion is critically important. (14:30)

·     People burnout because life makes them forget why they do what they do. (15:30)

·     When you have order in something that you can control, it helps you distinguish between order and chaos. (18:30)

·     Leadership best practices. (19:00)

In this role, Jason has taken on the responsibilities of both a CIO and CTO. Jason’s background is exclusively in running IT organizations for mortgage companies. He has spent the last 25 years in this space, starting out in smaller shops and eventually working his way to United Wholesale Mortgage where he leads an ever-expanding team of over 1,100 IT members.

Jason has built a reputation in the industry for his incredible work ethic. He does whatever it takes to accomplish his goals and takes pride in his style of leadership. In our conversation, Jason says what is really important to him is becoming a people leader with now a technology background.

How to connect with Jason Bressler:

·      Jason Bressler’s LinkedIn

People referenced in Podcast:

·     Gary Vaynerchuk (Marketing Expert)


You can go to the show notes to get more information about this interview and what we discussed in this episode. Click Here to download the full transcript.