My Favorite Mistake — 122: CEO Joel Trammell Had Trouble Hiring a VP of Marketing, Again and Again

CEO of Khorus Systems and iGrafx

Show notes:

My guest for Episode #122 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Joel Trammell. He is CEO and Founder of Khorus Systems, a business management system that empowers CEOs to lead high-performance organizations.

Joel is the author of books including The CEO Tightrope: How to Master the Balancing Act of a Successful CEO and his latest, available in January, titled The Manager’s Playbook: Make Exceptional People Management Your Competitive Advantage.

In today’s episode, Joel shares his “favorite mistake” story about having trouble, multiple times, finding the right VP of Marketing for a startup company.

We talk about that story and other topics including:

  • Steps to avoid making that mistake?
  • What are some Mistakes CEOs make in evaluating the performance of other executives?
  • As boss, do you have to more expert than your team?
  • “Be an expert generalist”
  • Being CEO at 2 companies at the same time?
  • As a CEO, what’s your role in creating a culture of learning from mistakes?
  • When do you have to bring in an outsider as CEO?
  • Keep Austin weird? Is it a Mistake for companies to “hire for fit”??

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