Six leaders share 60 tips in ever-popular Olin event

  • January 21, 2022
  • By Jill Young Miller
  • 1 minute read

Olin’s popular annual Leadership Perspectives event “6 executives. 60 ideas. 60 minutes” drew a virtual audience of more than 340 people on January 13.

Six top leaders, five of them Olin alumni, shared a lightning round of tips. Their suggestions ran the gamut from “be nice to everyone” to “do not fake it till you make it: Ask for help.”

These were the panelists:

  • Julie Bradley, board member of numerous organizations;
  • Cliff Holekamp, MBA 2001, cofounder of Cultivation Capital;
  • Sharon James, EMBA 1989, Olin professor of practice in Strategy and Entrepreneurship;
  • Munir Mashooqullah, EMBA 1998, founder and chairman of Synergies Worldwide;
  • Joshua Rahn, BSBA 1994, cofounder and managing partner of Oceans;
  • Sunny Yi, EMBA-Shanghai 2011, general counsel for adidas Greater China.

Words of wisdom

Here are some select words of wisdom:

Bradley: “Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.”

Holekamp: “Operate with a sense of urgency. I find that this is a quality that is associated with high performers.”

James: “Be a mentor and seek good counsel.”

Mashooqullah: “Create forums within your organization, with close friends, with industry leaders.”

Rahn: “The more empathy you have, the better you will perform, and the more people will want you to be successful.”

Yi: “We often jump to conclusions and give our suggestions before we understand the demands of others. If you want your colleagues to respect you as a leader, be diligent and down-to-earth.”

Watch the event here.

About the Author

Jill Young Miller

Jill Young Miller

As research translator for WashU Olin Business School, my job is to highlight professors’ research by “translating” their work into stories. Before coming to Olin, I was a communications specialist at WashU’s Brown School. My background is mostly in newspapers including as a journalist for Missouri Lawyers Media, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post and the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida.

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