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Issue 17 Interview with Elena Valentine, CEO of Skill Scout


Every few weeks, I ask one question to a founder, CEO, manager, or business owner I respect…

A chat with Elena Valentine

Elena Valentine is the CEO of Skill Scout, a media company that helps transform hiring and recruiting for organizations through video. She also champions diversity and inclusion in her own company, and speaks extensively on the subject. In our 19 minute interview, Elena gives us the real and raw view on leadership: It’s hard, it’s not sexy, and you’ve got to find your true north.

Transcript of the interview is here.

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How Nasdaq C.E.O. Adena Friedman Beat the Odds on Wall Street
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This Study of 2,600 Top Executives Found 4 Crucial Leadership Traits. Entrepreneurs Have 3
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These “Humble” Behaviors Are Hurting Your Credibility
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Favorite reads

Getting beyond the BS of leadership literature
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“The problem comes from a misunderstanding of what it means to be resilient, and the resulting impact of overworking.” Written by Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan, Harvard Business Review

Depth of field
“The focus that comes automatically, our instinctual or cultural choice, that focus isn’t the only one that’s available.” Written by Seth Godin

The Angel’s in the Details
“Van Halen, in their contract with a concert venue, used to request a bowl of M&M’s back stage, with all of the brown M&M’s removed. Were they being divas?”Written by Andy Dunn, CEO of Bonobos

Just for fun

Don’t Let a Lack of Self-Awareness Hold You Back
“The secret? When you’re looking inward, don’t ask yourself ‘Why?’ Ask yourself ‘What?’”


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