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July 9th, 2024

STI 216: Reed Phillips – CEO Oaklins, DeSilva, & Phillips

Reed Phillips, CEO of Oaklins De Silva and Phillips, shares insights on leadership communication and lessons learned from his career in investment banking. He emphasizes the importance of transparency in communication and the negative consequences of being secretive with employees. Reed also discusses a time when he made a wrong hiring decision and had to let someone go, highlighting the importance of admitting mistakes and seeking input from others. He shares his experience as an investment banker and offers advice on building influence and overcoming communication challenges. Reed suggests seeking feedback from industry colleagues and friends to assess one’s abilities and areas for improvement. The conversation also touches on the importance of initiating conversations, developing storytelling skills, and simplifying complex concepts for clients.

In this episode you will learn:

Transparency in communication is essential for building trust and fostering a positive work environment.
Admitting mistakes and seeking input from others can lead to better decision-making and problem-solving.
Negotiation is a valuable skill that can help find win-win solutions and avoid missed opportunities.
Being open to new opportunities and exploring alternatives can lead to personal and professional growth. Approach negotiations as win-win situations to find mutually beneficial solutions.
Seek feedback from industry colleagues and friends to assess your abilities and areas for improvement.
Initiate conversations and find common ground to build relationships and influence.
Develop storytelling skills to engage and connect with others.
Simplify complex concepts to make them more accessible and understandable for clients.

About Reed

With over 29 years of experience as a CEO and co-founder of Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips, Reed has successfully built and led one of the world’s premier investment banking firms focused on the media, marketing, information and technology sectors. He has also expanded their global presence as the chairman and president of Oaklins International, which has 850 investment bankers in 45 countries.

You can connect with Reed in the following ways:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/phillipsreed/
Website: www.dp.oaklins.com

You can connect with Dr. Laura Sicola in the following ways:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlaurasicola
LinkedIn Business Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/laurasicola-inc
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@LauraSicolainc
Facebook: Dr. Laura Sicola
Twitter: @LauraSicola
Instagram: @drlaurasicola
Website: https://laurasicola.com
Laura’s Online Course: virtualinfluence.today

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For more information go to https://vocalimpactproductions.com or https://speakingtoinfluence.com

#management #podcast #communication #Leadership #executivepresence #publicspeaking #persuasion #influence #confidence

Laura Sicola Leadership Communication & Influence Expert, Speaker, Author, Podcaster

Dr. Laura Sicola is a leadership communication and influence expert, speaker, author of Speaking to Influence: Mastering Your Leadership Voice, and host of the podcast, Speaking to Influence: Communication Secrets of the C-Suite. Her mission is to transform executives into confident, inspiring leaders whether live or virtually in order to get the results they want and turn their vision into their legacy. As the founder of Vocal Impact Productions, she has trained and coached executives at Comcast, IBM, the US Department of Commerce and Women Against Abuse along with politicians, business owners and non-profit leaders from around the world.

Laura’s TEDx talk, “Want to Sound Like a Leader? Start by Saying Your Name Right,” has nearly 7 million views, and she has been featured on programs such as Fox & Friends First, NBC10 @Issue and PHL 17. She has also spoken to thousands at conferences such as the Professional BusinessWomen of California Conference and the PA Conference for Women.

Laura received her PhD in educational linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also taught from 2001-2013.

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