Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Podcast 003: Doug Brown - Mentorship & Leadership

Doug Brown is the former President of Enterprise Fleets and Executive Vice President of Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Since his retirement, Doug has dedicated himself to helping cultivate new businesses to make communities thrive, and donates 100% of his consulting income to charities. In 2006, he launched Habitat for Neighborhood Business, a non-profit designed to bring local small business owners back to economically distressed inner-city neighborhoods. He is also involved in the Young Presidents Organization, a global platform for chief executives to engage, learn, and grow. In his long and illustrious career, he has mentored many successful people and amassed a wealth of knowledge on mentorship, leadership, and driving results.

Tune in to this episode to hear him share some of his philosophy on leadership, inspiring others, and engaging people in a thoughtful and meaningful way.


Key Takeaways: [:26] John introduces his guest for this episode — Doug Brown. [3:04] How can mentors engage young professionals to develop their own style of leadership? How can you engage leaders to be the most effective leader and mentor they could be? [4:52] Enterprise is often used as the example on how to develop people internally and move them up through the ranks. What is Doug’s philosophy surrounding that, and what impact has this method had on the organization? [7:55] What is the difference between leading by philosophy and leading by policy? [9:44] Comparing his days at Enterprise, and his new successes, what are some of Doug’s personal philosophies and what has he been able to do? He shares some of his experiences on what works, and what doesn’t work, when it comes to leadership. [12:17] Key advice from Doug — never trade what you want most for what you want now. [14:25] How did Doug start out in Enterprise? What brought him to where he is today? [18:08] What is Doug most proud of in his Enterprise journey? [19:56] What are some pearls of wisdom that Doug has for us, both leaders and employees, to be the best that we can be? [22:31] Doug leaves us with his #1 health tip — manage your stress!

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