Liz Dolan is the co-host of the new podcast I Hate My Boss and one of the leading marketers in the world. In her career, she has been the Chief Marketing Officer at NIKE, Oprah Winfrey Network and National Geographic Channels, as well as long-time host of award-winning Satellite Sisters radio show and podcast.
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- [01:06] – Aside from having her corporate job, Liz has always had her own side creative projects, such as the Satellite Sisters
- [01:21] – She is currently living in Santa Monica, CA and believes that she has learned to hold her own by being the middle child of 8 siblings
- [01:54] – One BIG and Unique Value Bomb: Liz is an expert on brands
- [02:59] – JLD recommends the book Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
- [03:23] – JLD says a brand is everything that you do
- [04:06] – Worst Entrepreneurial Moment: Liz got promoted to Chief Marketing Officer at Nike and she made a lot of mistakes as a first-time boss
- [04:45] – Liz felt she needed to be the smartest person in the room
- [04:53] – Liz got into a fight with an employee who was with the company longer than she was
- [05:06] – She did not listen to his expertise and just pushed her own agenda because she was the boss
- [05:18] – Liz lost the fight and the only thing she could do was storm out of the room
- [05:55] – She did not understand then that people want their boss to have the ability to listen
- [06:07] – Liz apologized to the employee afterwards
- [06:30] – The experience turned her around
- [06:52] – JLD says painful experiences teach you to not make the same mistake again
- [07:11] – It is not your job to prove you are the smartest person in the room
- [07:51] – Be honest about what you don’t know and expect the same from other people
- [08:06] – JLD says people all have their own area of expertise
- [08:45] – Greatest AH-HA Moment: Liz always had a corporate life and a creative business on the side. They moved to podcasting from their initial radio show
- [09:29] – The talk show is about women’s issues
- [09:42] – Liz realized there were fewer companies that were niching in radio and the shows were limited to politics or sports
- [10:22] – The company where Liz was working was sold, and she knew the new owner would not be interested in their show
- [10:40] – Liz decided to transition to podcasting
- [11:20] – Liz learned all the new skills needed to do the podcast on her own
- [11:49] – JLD tells Fire Nation to keep your finger on the pulse
- [12:45] – You can invent the future as much as anyone else can
- [13:16] – What are you most FIRED up about today? – Working on my annual “beach bag books list” (summer reading)
- [14:10] – The point of the show, I Hate My Boss, is for people to be better bosses and employees
- [15:45] – The Lightning Round
- What was holding you back from becoming an entrepreneur? – “I was never held back by anything specifically because my father was a great role model”
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “It doesn’t matter what you study, just make sure you get the best professors”
- What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? – “I have an actual work mantra – be strong, calm and kind”
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- If you could recommend one book to our listeners, what would it be and why? – Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
- [21:14] – Connect with Liz on Twitter and check out the podcast!
- [22:02] – What you think is just as important as what anyone else thinks
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