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David Hassell is a business columnist, speaker, and serial entrepreneur who believes that when leaders institute cultural practices that support each person in being their best self, high performance and uncommon loyalty naturally result.

EPISODE 38  •  4/28/2020  •  1 hr 28 min


David Hassell is a serial entrepreneur, business columnist, and speaker who believes that when leaders support employees in becoming their best selves, high engagement and performance and uncommon loyalty naturally result.

As co-founder and CEO of 15Five, David and his team have developed industry-leading people management software that helps build phenomenal cultures via a suite of features including check-ins, OKR tracking, 1-on-1s, and peer appreciation.

While at 15Five, David created the science-inspired Best-Self Management methodology that helps leaders address hidden factors that stimulate sustainable growth and development – things like intrinsic motivation, strengths, and psychological safety. By practicing Best-Self Management and using 15Five internally, they have experienced near-zero attrition, rapid growth, and awards like ranking #3 on Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work.

David was named “The Most Connected Man You Don’t Know in Silicon Valley” by Forbes Magazine, and has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Inc., and Fast Company.

Show Notes

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3:25 - Entrepreneurship as a form of rebellion

6:15 - The importance of continuity and creating something beyond yourself

7:55 - Life in “beige cubicle land”

10:25 - Why “surfing the net” isn’t really a thing any more

16:04 - Why you need both passion AND profit to thrive

18:25 - How helping others and adding value helps you succeed

23:13 - Why some companies succeed where others fail

25:35 - Why “best-self management” is more effective than performance management

26:25 - The inspiration behind fifteen/five reports: “Sorry, Yvonne [the CEO of Patagonia] is out surfing.”

35:35 - Company relational mastery: what it is and how to achieve it

48:47 - The future of work is collaborative

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