Bo Brabo is the Founder of Hail Media Group & The Brabo Center of Excellence. He is a retired U.S. Army Chief of HR Operations and served in the White House as the Presidential Communications Officer under President Bush and President Obama. He shares his thoughts on uphill challenges for leaders, and why it’s hard to break through the next phase in one’s career.
[4:55] A lot of HR representatives are not making it to the executive seat. Bo explains why.
[8:45] If you’re an HR representative, Bo urges you to go into organizational development. You have got to understand what makes your business hum.
[9:10] HR professionals have to take their own personal development into their own hands.
[10:00] If you can speak the CFO’s language, your relationship with the CFO would drastically change.
[13:45] Bo talks about his experience as an HR professional at the White House.
[17:15] When the President shows up to speak, he needs to be ready to go without fail. The only way you can do this in a timely manner is by empowering your people to make good decisions.
[21:35] Bo explains why people come up short when it comes to leading others.
[26:50] The best leaders have a battle rhythm to their routine. They keep doing that one thing that will make them successful, no matter how challenging or defeating the day prior was.
[29:25] Bo shares some of the common traits of a good battle rhythm.
[33:10] It’s one thing to have values in your organization. It’s another thing to really break down what those behaviors look like.
[38:15] Bo discusses the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and why it’s such a great place.
[42:10] Bo shares why building his expertise around business, and the multiple ways it works, has helped him excel as a person and a leader.
[43:00] Listener challenge: Don’t wait for someone to offer you professional development.