1. BONUS: Ignore the 'Adults in the Room': Defying Conventional Leadership Wisdom with LaSean Smith Part 2 Ken Schmitt 28:59

In this thought-provoking bonus episode, LaSean Smith, dives even deeper into his unique leadership philosophy, including his focus on freedom over status and why leaders will need to adapt to the disappearance of middle management. 

LaSean’s extraordinary story begins with his exceptional coding skills as a teenager, allowing him to graduate from high school at the tender age of 16 and complete his associate degree by 18. His unconventional path led him to the military and eventually to corporate giants such as Motorola, Amazon, Microsoft, and Deloitte. 

In a groundbreaking move, LaSean founded CAGR Investments,  a private investment firm with a distinctive approach to backing companies that harness the power of audience engagement and automation. His unique perspective on investment strategies adds another layer to this multifaceted conversation. 

About LaSean Smith 

LaSean is a seasoned tech executive with a diverse background. He began coding at the age of ten, kickstarting his tech journey. He’s held various roles in engineering, product management, and strategy, including work in the Navy, entrepreneurship, consulting at Deloitte, and stints at Microsoft and Amazon. He’s also the founder of CAGR Investments, a private equity firm. With multiple patents in AI and media, he’s an expert in behavioral economics and systems engineering. He’s produced indie films and has a wide skill set in content production and software development. He’s a UCLA screenwriting program graduate, holding degrees from SIU, Arizona State, and Georgetown. His book, “Values-Based Business Design,” focuses on high-growth product development in the modern global marketplace. 

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.