1. Behind the Curtain: Wisdom from Zappos and Netflix with Rico Nasol Ken Schmitt 51:36

We’re unraveling the essence of leadership with a true pioneer in the field, Rico Nasol. With over 14 years of leadership experience at Netflix and Zappos, Rico has spearheaded creative teams for groundbreaking organizations and brings a wealth of insights. He unveils the wisdom from his latest book, ‘The Seven Figure Leader,’ emphasizing that knowledge is free, but implementation is the true challenge for leaders.

Join us as Rico delves into the importance of confidence, clarity, and culture for today’s leaders, drawing from his journey of problem-solving and impactful leadership. Rico explores why it’s more important for leaders to understand than to be understood. He dismantles the myth that leaders are made, not born, asserting that leadership is a mentality, not a title. This episode is a symphony of insights where leadership emerges as a powerful melody, resonating through the mindset of individuals.

Don’t miss this engaging conversation that transcends conventional boundaries, fostering a culture where collaboration and innovation flourish. Tune in and discover why, in the world of leadership, it’s not about commanding from the top but empowering from within.

About Guest Rico Nasol:

Rico Nasol is a creative executive, entrepreneur, and investor who has been shaped by some of the most innovative and forward-thinking companies in the world. His journey includes pivotal roles at Zappos and Netflix, where he spearheaded the Netflix Creative Studio. Throughout this journey, he has had the privilege of being mentored by some of the brightest minds, fostering a desire to pass on that knowledge. He is dedicated to shaping future leaders, fostering engagement, and helping individuals unlock their potential.    

Having successfully built and led small teams of 1 to large organizations comprising 165 people, Rico emphasizes the importance of empathy, humility, and courage for effective leadership. He believes that possessing these traits is essential for building high-performing cultures and nurturing team development. Rico asserts that the ultimate goal for leaders should be to elevate everyone in their sphere of influence, contributing to the collective improvement of those around them.

Ken Schmitt Podcaster, Author, and CEO

Ken Schmitt has been recruiting for 26 years. A San Diego native, he grew up in an entrepreneurial household with a father who was a Jack in the Box franchisee for 25 years and a mother who left the accounting world to become a real estate agent.

In 1998, Ken answered an ad in the newspaper for a recruiting job and never looked back. After spending 9 years working for a local boutique firm, a large regional firm, and one of the world’s largest Executive Search firms, Heidrick & Struggles, he launched TurningPoint Executive Search in 2007 and now employs 7 professionals in a 100% remote work environment.

In 2023, Ken published “The Practical Optimist: An Entrepreneurial Journey Through Life’s TurningPoints” through Advantage Publishing. He also launched a new podcast of the same name, highlighting everyday people who are making an extraordinary impact on their families, their business, and their community.