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The Power of Leadership Transparency: A Candid Conversation with CEO Chuck Swoboda

CEO on the Go

CEOs are under more pressure now than ever. The pandemic experience has made leading even more challenging and stressful.Even without a pandemic, leading at the top comes with high stress that can take a toll on even the most successful senior executives.CEO Chuck Swoboda knows this well. Find the full show notes at: https://workmatters.com/The-Power-of-Leadership-Transparency:-A-Candid-Conversation-with-CEO-Chuck-Swoboda

29mins

6 May 2021

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Season 2 - Episode 45 - Chuck Swoboda

Fidelis Leadership Podcast

Chuck Swoboda is the Innovator-in-Residence at Marquette University, President of Cape Point Advisors, and the retired Chairman and CEO of Cree, Inc. During his time with Cree, the company led the LED Lighting Revolution that drove the obsolescence of the Edison light bulb. He is an author, speaker, and host of the Innovators on Tap podcast and has over thirty years of experience in the technology business. Listen in as he shares his hard-won wisdom and insights! Learn more about him: https://www.chuckswoboda.com/ Find him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chuck-swoboda/

58mins

4 May 2021

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Ep. 39: Chuck Swoboda - Pt. 2

Project: Incomplete

In part two of our conversation with Chuck Swoboda, we discuss entering the trades vs pursuing a college degree, the importance of failure, how to teach innovation, the health scare that ended Chuck's term as CEO of Cree, how that event helped shape his outlook on life, and why he recently decided to take another CEO position with a small startup. In addition, J.R. gets a little coaching lesson from Chuck as he illustrates what he personally would do as CEO of Ford Motor Company. At the end of the podcast, Chuck answers the Final Project Question:"When Chuck Swoboda's Project is complete, what will he be most proud of? How will he want to be remembered?"Chuck Swoboda is a disruptor and problem solver. He formerly served as CEO and Chairman of Cree, where he and his team led the LED lighting revolution and grew the business from a small startup to a global market leader. Under Chuck's leadership, the company grew from $100M in annual revenue to over $1.6B. He currently serves as President & CEO of Vast Therapeutics, a biotech company working to treat drug-resistant microbial infections. He is the author of an Amazon's Best Seller and #1 New Release The Innovator's Spirit, and is a regular Forbes contributor where he writes about leadership, innovation, and strategy. chuckswoboda.comBe sure to follow, subscribe, and join us in the conversation.Instagram: @projectincompleteTwitter: @projincompletewww.projectincomplete.com

1hr 32mins

14 Mar 2021

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Ep. 38: Chuck Swoboda - Pt. 1

Project: Incomplete

Chuck Swoboda is a disruptor and problem solver. He formerly served as CEO and Chairman of Cree, where he and his team led the LED lighting revolution and grew the business from a small startup to a global market leader. Under Chuck's leadership, the company grew from $100M in annual revenue to over $1.6B.In the first half of our conversation, Chuck highlights the difference between management and leadership (and how each impacts innovation), explains why organizations need to incentivize leadership, shares the story of how he went from a one-man department to CEO by the age of 34, and illustrates why companies need to "set the box on fire."Chuck is currently the President & CEO of Vast Therapeutics, a biotech company working to treat drug-resistant microbial infections. He is the author of Amazon's Best Seller and #1 New Release The Innovator's Spirit, and is a regular Forbes contributor where he writes about leadership, innovation, and strategy. chuckswoboda.comBe sure to follow, subscribe, and join us in the conversation.Instagram: @projectincompleteTwitter: @projincompletewww.projectincomplete.com

1hr 21mins

9 Mar 2021

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SFH # 139 The Innovator’s Spirit with Chuck Swoboda

The School for Humanity

Innovation expert Chuck Swoboda is a pioneer in the LED lighting industry, and has over 30 years of experience in the technology business. He is an author, speaker and host of the “Innovators on Tap” podcast. His new book is The Innovator’s Spirit: Discover the Mindset to Pursue the Impossible. In this episode, I speak with Chuck about his mission and the impact The Innovator’s Spirit is making in the world.  Let’s dive in! https://www.chuckswoboda.com/

40mins

1 Mar 2021

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Billion-dollar leadership success with an innovator’s spirit with Chuck Swoboda | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

Partnering Leadership

In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Chuck Swoboda, former Chief Executive Officer of Cree, author of Innovator Spirit, and podcast host of Innovators on Tap. Chuck Swoboda speaks in-depth about innovation and how to cultivate it as part of an organization’s culture.Some highlights:Chuck Swoboda talks about his upbringing and how that influenced the kind of leader he came to beChuck Swoboda shares why he left HP to join CreeThe difference between improvement, invention, and innovationChuck Swoboda’s insights on innovation and how to cultivate a spirit of innovation within a companyThe UFO Test in recruiting talent for your companyChuck Swoboda discusses how the crisis can be great for innovationMentioned:Clayton Christensen, author of the book “The Innovator's Dilemma”Connect with Chuck SwobodaChuck Swoboda’s Official WebsiteInnovators on Tap PodcastChuck Swoboda on ForbesChuck Swoboda on LinkedInChuck Swoboda on TwitterConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com

38mins

21 Jan 2021

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The Innovator’s Spirit | Former Cree CEO Chuck Swoboda | Episode 124

Peak Performance Leadership (Formerly Moving Forward Leadership)

To develop something new that solves a significant problem and creates real value for customers, you have to take risk proportionate to the potential return. Yet, most people are conditioned to avoid risk. Leading innovation requires a willingness to pursue a goal without knowing exactly how you’ll achieve it. To overcome the fear of failure and move forward with pursuing the unknown, leaders must learn to embrace the concept of being “directionally correct.” Innovation expert Chuck Swoboda is a pioneer in the LED lighting industry, and has over 30 years of experience in the technology business. He is an author, speaker and host of the “Innovators on Tap” podcast. His new book is The Innovator’s Spirit: Discover the Mindset to Pursue the Impossible. Topics During this interview, Glenn and I discuss the following topics: The inspiration behind his bookWhat it means to have an innovator’s spiritHow leaders can innovate outside of the boundariesWhy failure is so important to innovationWhen and how leaders can know that innovation is not the right thing to doHow leaders can continue to innovate as their organization maturesHow leaders can inspire innovation in their organizationHow leader can ensure that their organization’s culture enables innovationHow leaders enable accountability within the organization Guest Resources If you are interested in learning more about Chuck and his resources be sure to check out the following links: Check out Chuck’s WebsiteConnect with Chuck on LinkedInFollow Chuck on InstagramFollow Chuck on TwitterListen to Chuck’s Podcast Moving Forward Leadership Resources Keep on top of Moving Forward Leadership with all the resources which I have established for you: POWER Goals Program – If you are ready to stop complaining and start achieving those goals which you have been trying to achieve for some time now. Then stop chasing your dreams and start achieving them through my very own POWER Goals program. Learn about picking the right goals, figuring out how to achieve them, getting on track with achieving them and most importantly how to get back on track when you fail… because you will. Learn more here! Moving Forward Leadership Resources – Check out the Moving Forward Leadership Resources section where I list every single resource mentioned on the show. As well, there are books which I have read, written or read personally and finally various types of services which I use and recommend. The 9 Foundations of Leadership – I’ve written this ebook for you all to get a base of your leadership skills. With this book, you will be able to begin to form your leadership style. For a small fee, you can get your journey started and get ahead of your peers! Just follow the link in the title, and your copy awaits you! Facebook Page – Check out updates from Moving Forward Leadership, as well when links and videos. Facebook Group – Come and let’s discuss leadership. I will swing by and answer any questions you have as well as provide advice and guidance for your situations. Twitter – Definitely subscribe here to find out when new episodes go live, or if I have a random idea to share with the world. Monthly Newsletter – Sign up for my newsletter and see what is happening in the background with me, read the most interesting articles in leadership, as well as get inside information from time-to-time on what I have upcoming! Email – Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with ideas, suggestions, comments or questions. I truly love hearing from you all! Where to Subscribe to Moving Forward Leadership Love the Moving Forward Leadership Podcast?  Then subscribe to your favourite device and app! As well, please leave me a review! These reviews mean more to me than you could ever imagine.

50mins

22 Jul 2020

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1615: Discovering the Mindset to Pursue the Impossible with Chuck Swoboda Founder and Owner of Cape Point Advisors LLC

The Entrepreneur Way

Innovation expert Chuck Swoboda is a pioneer in the LED lighting industry, and has over 30 years of experience in the technology business. He is an author and speaker. His new book is The Innovator’s Spirit: Discover the Mindset to Pursue the Impossible. “there are many ways to make money and still have a life than being an entrepreneur. So don’t do it unless you are so passionate about an idea that it keeps you up at night and you are prepared to fail along the way. Being an entrepreneur is about the journey not the destination so you have got to love the journey”…[Listen for More] Click Here for Show Notes To Listen or to Get the Show Notes go to https://wp.me/p6Tf4b-7yQ

34mins

6 Jul 2020

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269 - Chuck Swoboda, Part 2 - What can we learn from the LED market boom?

SunCast

If you missed it, this is Part 2 of our two-part conversation with Chuck Swoboda, former CEO of Cree, Inc. It was a phenomenal conversation about his history, and how he got to Cree, Inc. We will wrap up the conversation today, so I’d encourage you to press pause and listen to Part 1 (if you haven’t already). I’m glad that you’re finding his stories intriguing and you’re looking for more. Chuck didn’t disappoint, so hold on to your hats as Chuck Swoboda and I take a fascinating look at his career leading up to and through Cree’s meteoric rise in the LED world.  His legacy and impact at CREE, Inc. are legendary, and he’s put many of his fabled stories and lessons learned into his recently launched book, The Innovator’s Spirit, and his fantastic podcast Innovator’s on Tap. Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 260 other founder stories and startup advice at www.mysuncast.com. Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here You can connect with the host, Nico Johnson, on Twitter, LinkedIn or email I'd love to hear your thoughts on SunCast! Take our survey here: https://www.mysuncast.com/survey Thanks a ton to our podcast sponsors for continuing to help make this content FREE to You! Please check them out and let me know what you think!

48mins

25 Jun 2020

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268 - Chuck Swoboda, Part 1 - Innovation & Mindset w/ former CEO of CREE Inc.

SunCast

Today’s entrepreneur story is with someone with whom SunCast faithful listeners are already familiar. Chuck Swoboda has graced the podcast a couple of times: recently as both Tactical Tuesday guest and a keynote for the SunCast Clean Energy Summit in April. His legacy and impact at CREE, Inc. are legendary, and he’s put many of his fabled stories and lessons learned into his recently launched book, The Innovator’s Spirit, and his fantastic podcast Innovator’s on Tap. But I was not satisfied with just getting the deets on his book, and suspected, as I tend to do, that there were still some stories held back. Chuck didn’t disappoint, so hold on to your hats as Chuck Swoboda and I take a fascinating look at his career leading up to and through Cree’s meteoric rise in the LED world.  From hilarious family stories to heartbreaking life lessons about the reality of leading a fast-growth company, Chuck let us peer into the career of one of the most intriguing stories I’ve chronicled on SunCast yet. Did you know that CREE wasn’t even created to take on LED lighting? If that surprises you, you’re in for a treat. I am honored to be able to provide you with this Part One of the interview, and we'll be following the Part Two on Episode 269. Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links and more than 260 other founder stories and startup advice at www.mysuncast.com. Gain access to all the show notes & resources from this episode here You can connect with the host, Nico Johnson, on Twitter, LinkedIn or email Thanks a ton to our podcast sponsors for continuing to help make this content FREE to You! Please check them out and let me know what you think!

45mins

25 Jun 2020

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