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Episode 119: S10E13 Advancement and Opportunity in Business and Law

  • By holly-brezee
  • January 19, 2024
  • Season 10

In 2023, The Blackletter Podcast host Tom Dunlap held many enlightening interviews in his mission to demystify law and business principles. As guests shared their insights, they each concluded their interviews by providing their top takeaways regarding the key foundations of business and law. On this special 2023 recap episode, we have gathered the fundamental elements of advice shared by each guest throughout the year’s fascinating conversations. Listen in to gain real expert advice on the principles of law, business, and life.

Career success through planning, persistence, and patience.

Marc Fava, an attorney who works as an ombudsman and Vice President for Boeing Corporation, discussed how planning, persistence, and patience can help people achieve success in their careers. Mark shares examples of these elements within his own life, including how purposeful planning, persistence, and patience led to him getting work from American Airlines two years after his initial rejection.

Career advice, compliance, and having fun in the workplace.

Mark Nichols, the Chief Counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration, discussed the knowledge that he gained throughout his career to mentor and how he uses it to advise and lead other veterans and attorneys. Nichols advises young professionals to think about their careers in five-year increments and pursue relevant experience to be competitive in their industry.

Reaching out for help to achieve business success.

Jennifer Morris, a former attorney for the CIA with law experience inside the government and businesses, discusses the importance of reaching out for help to achieve business success and shares how small businesses can seek help from organizations like the Small Business Administration and consultants to address compliance issues.

Business success factors, risk management, and leadership.

Tracy Pilone enlightens listeners on how her company, Element 84, leverages innovative strategies in satellite data, allowing for transformative business practices. Throughout this, she covers principles like risk balancing and risk management. She also provides her key advice and insights for managing teams, highlighting the importance of being cognizant of risk tolerance levels and planning accordingly.

Leadership, planning, and resource management for a nonprofit organization.

In this segment, former Army officer Gordon Sumner discussed the changes he had to make to succeed with his nonprofit organization, Veterans Moving Forward. Gordon emphasizes the importance of buy-in, flexibility, and resource allocation in organizational planning. He discusses how team input can be a valuable resource for leaders and emphasizes the importance of seeking input from team members while still maintaining a clear decision-making process.

Entrepreneurship, execution, and goodwill.

Aleco Bravo Greenberg shares how his entrepreneurial experiences offered lessons about starting a successful business, including the importance of innovative strategies, transformative decisions, and execution to getting things done rather than perfecting a product. He and Tom go on to share their thoughts on the value of goodwill and maintaining connections with people who want to see you succeed, both within and outside of the company.

Building and leveraging a professional network.

Jason Levin, founder of Ready, Set, Launch, advises listeners on ways to achieve their business pursuits by discussing concepts from his book, “Relationships to Infinity: The Art and Science of Keeping in Touch.” Covered themes include gratitude practices, people’s “Bermuda keep in touch Triangles,” and commonality. While people often struggle with reaching out to old friends due to fear of rejection or guilt, Levin provides insight into breaking through these barriers. He identifies guilt, fear, and worry as the three foundational motions that can hinder maintaining relationships.

The Blackletter Podcast will be returning shortly Season 11.


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