My Favorite Mistake — 146: Wall Street Sales Team Leader John Saunders Tried Turning Employees Into Him

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My guest for Episode #146 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is John Saunders, the founder of Forward Advisory Solutions.

He is the author of the book The Optimizer: Building and Leading a Team of Serial Innovators, which is now also available as an audiobook.

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John spent more than two decades as a Wall Street Senior Vice President, sales team leader, and award-winning sales executive. Followed his passion for helping others grow and founded a coaching and consulting company, Forward Advisory Solutions.

As a lifelong learner, Saunders asserts that change is necessary in today’s business world and believes in empowering those with whom he works. Holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Georgetown University.

He is also the host of a podcast called “New Degree Press – The Creator Community.”

In today’s episode, John shares his “favorite mistake” story about becoming a new leader and trying to “turn everybody into me.” Why did he do that and what did John learn about what you need to give up as a leader, compared to being an individual contributor?

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