Leaders Of Tomorrow Podcast
252 | Louis Sabourin | Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

252 | Louis Sabourin | Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

October 19, 2021

On today’s show, we interview Louis Sabourin who shares with us his distilled wisdom on commitment, empathy, and building a dream team.

Growing up, Louis was extremely shy. But at the same time, he was eager to evolve and work on his personality. So, when he came across Student Works, he was quick to realize that this was the solution that he was looking for.

Student Works proved to be everything that Louis had hoped for and more. 

You will learn how he went on to be one of the top performers for two summers in this segment of the show. 

Louis talks about running a business during covid, building a dream team, and the importance of empathetic leadership.

If you are looking for a meaningful and transformational internship experience, this show will be particularly interesting to you.

Do not miss!

What You Will Learn In This Show

  • What is it that top performers do differently?
  • How is the Student Works program preparing Louis for his life ahead?
  • The importance of empathetic leadership
  • Getting out of your comfort zone, and making it happen
  • And so much more…

 

Resources

Student Works 

251 | Michael Morse | How I Built My $500 Million Wealth Management Practice from Scratch

251 | Michael Morse | How I Built My $500 Million Wealth Management Practice from Scratch

October 12, 2021

On today’s show, we interview Michael Morse who shares with us his thoughts on perseverance, financial freedom, and cultivating lifelong professional relationships.

Growing up, Michael was always keen to do things on his own. So, naturally, he was excited when the Student Works opportunity came along. 

In this segment of the show, Michael shares how he made the same mistake that many people make. Many students discard the Student Works model as being too “simplistic” and “unprofessional”. Whereas, in reality, it is anything but that. 

You will learn how Student Works helped Michael build strong foundational skills that set the tone for an incredibly successful career ahead.

Upon graduation, Michael decided to join Scotia Wealth Management since it was a small firm with incredible growth opportunities. 

You will learn how Michael made 10,000 cold calls in this first year. And how he and his team have since grown their business by leaps and bounds. As of now, Michael’s firm manages $500 million for more than 200 families.

You do not want Michael’s definition of financial freedom. And the animated discussion on how to build a healthy attitude towards money.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn In This Show

  • How I made 10,000 cold calls in my first year as a wealth manager
  • How I successfully built a $500 million private client wealth business
  • The real definition of financial freedom
  • How to cultivate a healthy attitude towards money
  • And so much more…

Resources

Student Works 

Chris Thomson LinkedIn

250 | The Power of Questions

250 | The Power of Questions

October 5, 2021

Today’s short but inspirational show is about the power of asking the right questions.

Student Works Painting is all set to recruit 300 operators in the coming season. And so, with the team massively growing in size, leadership and management have become more important than ever.

On today’s show, Chris shares the seven questions that we, at Student Works Painting, ask every operator during our weekly coaching conversation.

These seven questions are guaranteed to ignite a process of self-discovery so that you can tackle all the challenges preventing you from becoming the person you want to become. 

Do not miss this one! 

What You Will Learn In This Show

  • Seven powerful questions that we ask in our weekly coaching conversations
  • How to ignite self-discovery, and work to your fullest potential
  • How to understand the impact on your actions
  • And so much more…

Resources

Student Works 

Chris Thomson LinkedIn

249 | Broder Currie | How I Plan On Running A Half-Million Dollar Business This Year

249 | Broder Currie | How I Plan On Running A Half-Million Dollar Business This Year

September 28, 2021

On today’s show we interview our incredible intern Broder Currie who has set the goal of running a half-a-million-year dollar business in his second year.

Growing up, Broder was passionate and always interested in learning new things. So, when the Student Works opportunity came along, he was quick to sign up. 

However, admittedly, he did find the whole idea of running a business daunting initially. You will learn how a supportive peer group helped him build a strong mindset in this trying phase.

One of the main themes that we touch upon in today’s show is the importance of building a dream team and delegation. 

If you wish to grow and scale your business, you have to find the right people to back you up, and then empower them so that they can work unhindered, and to their fullest potential.

This approach helped Broder run a $200,000 business in his first year. You will learn how he plans on hitting revenues of half-a-million dollars in his second year as an owner-operator.

Do not miss this one!

What You Will Learn In This Show

  • How to build and nurture a dream team
  • How a student painting internship can equip you with critical and foundational skill sets
  • How to go from being good to great
  • And so much more…

Resources

Student Works 

Chris Thomson LinkedIn

248 | Eric Janssen | How to Be Great at Selling

248 | Eric Janssen | How to Be Great at Selling

September 21, 2021

On today’s show, we interview Eric Janssen, faculty, Ivey Business School at Western University who shares with us his distilled wisdom on the art of selling, the power of story-telling, and tips for achieving a good work-life balance.

After graduating from the Ivey School of Business, Eric continued as a lecturer with the same school for three years.

But in 2008, Eric decided to venture into the corporate world. As the Director of Strategy and Business Development at Mobiroo, Eric helped grow this nascent business which enables telecom operators to distribute top content.

He went on to work in Wrapp and Intellitix – both technology companies in creative niches.

Particularly, Eric talks at length about his work at Intellitix, and how their game-changing technology helped event organizers improve profitability and enhance the overall experience.

Alongside, Eric also went on to invest in various path-breaking start-ups including a brewing company and an online education company.

In 2018, Eric decided to transition back to teaching by coming back to the Ivey Business School. He shares his research-oriented teaching approach, and why he has chosen to teach sales – a grossly-neglected subject.

He also talks about the importance of maintaining a good work life balance in this segment of the show. 

Do not miss this one!

What You Will Learn In This Show

  • The many advantages of online education
  • How do you figure out your ideal client avatar, and reach out to them?
  • How do I teach resilience to my students?
  • How to leverage the power of story-telling
  • Why great salespeople are always good listeners and good question-askers
  • No-mo-phobia, and how it’s massively impacting our productivity level
  • What is the one thing that can help you find success in sales?
  • And so much more…

 

Resources

Student Works 

Chris Thomson LinkedIn

247 | Angela Lister | Shedding Your Ego, Working Strategically, and Gaining Maximum Momentum

247 | Angela Lister | Shedding Your Ego, Working Strategically, and Gaining Maximum Momentum

September 14, 2021

Is your ego preventing you from working to your full potential?

On today’s show, we talk with Angela Lister who shares with us her thoughts on shedding your ego, continuous learning, and the importance of surrounding yourself with great mentors.

In her first year as a student painter, admittedly, Angela was working with a chip on her shoulder. While she undoubtedly worked really hard, she channelled her energies incorrectly and refused to take the help of her mentors and accountability partners.

And, as a result, she ended her first year with lukewarm success.

Having learnt her lesson, Angela changed her approach dramatically in her second year. In her second year, Angela decided to lean heavily on her accountability partners.

In this segment of the show, you will learn how Angela managed to complete an extremely difficult project (and her largest) just because she had a strong support system.

We wrap up this show by sharing some of the most important attributes that you are likely to find in a leader of tomorrow.

Do not miss this one!

 

What You Will Learn In This Show

  • What do top performers do differently?
  • Sharing my first-year experience as a student operator
  • Shedding your ego and running your business strategically
  • How my mentors and accountability buddies helped me finish my largest and most difficult painting job
  • How to set goals, remain motivated, and stay on-course
  • And so much more…

Resources

Student Works 

Chris Thomson LinkedIn

246 | Ed Buset | The Biggest Things that Helped Me Build a $40 Million Contracting Business

246 | Ed Buset | The Biggest Things that Helped Me Build a $40 Million Contracting Business

September 7, 2021

On today’s show, we interview Ed Buset of New City Contracting who shares with us how he transitioned from being a student painter to running a $40 million construction business.

Born to first-generation immigrants, Ed shares that he was born in a typical, hard-working Italian family. So, he grew up working odd jobs and quickly understanding the value of money.

Getting the Student Works internship helped him learn important foundational lessons in communication and cooperation – which helped him grow and scale his contracting business.

One of the main themes that we touch upon in today’s show is the importance of running a systemized and disciplined business.

As someone who works in the contracting space, Ed gives us a peek into his business philosophy which has catapulted him ahead of the competition. He also shares the importance of always completing a project – on schedule in this segment of the show.

Getting ISO has further helped Ed and his team run their operations in a systemized manner.

Other topics discussed on today’s show include the importance of diversity and continuous learning.

This is a show you do not want to miss.

Enjoy!

 

What You Will Learn In This Show

  • Why working with integrity is the one thing that can take your business forward
  • Leveraging diversity for building a dream team
  • Importance of documenting your processes
  • Opportunities in the contracting space
  • Expert tips for finishing a construction project on schedule
  • And so much more…

 

Resources

Student Works 

Chris Thomson LinkedIn

245 | How to Think About Your Career?

245 | How to Think About Your Career?

August 31, 2021

On today’s show, Chris shares how you can make smart career decisions that truly catapult you ahead.

You will learn the importance of making smart and insightful decisions as you step into professional life.

If you are not thinking about your choices, you will end up working in the wrong field – which will eventually lead to frustration and poor or at the best, average results.

And so much more…

 

What You Will Learn In This Show

  • Why you need to work in a results economy to truly ‘make it big’
  • Why contracting and sales are extremely promising yet overlooked fields
  • Personality assessment tools to help you out
  • And so much more…

 

Resources

Kolbe

Student Works 

Chris Thomson LinkedIn

244 | Matthew Eidinger | How to Successfully Venture Outside Your Comfort Zone

244 | Matthew Eidinger | How to Successfully Venture Outside Your Comfort Zone

August 24, 2021

What are some key attributes that will catapult you ahead of the competition?

On today’s show, we interview Matthew Eidinger who shares with us his thoughts on time management, goal-setting, and venturing outside your comfort zone.

Matthew was initially attracted to the Student Works internship because he saw it as an opportunity to develop several transferable and foundational skill-sets – namely, marketing, sales, and production management.

And, as an introvert, Matthew was keen on developing these skill-sets that he knew would help him through the course of his career.

Additionally, on today’s show, he also shares with us the work that he did as the President of McGill Political Science Students Association. Apart from Student Works, this experience helped Mathew evolve into a dynamic leader capable of moving the needle forward.

Upon graduation from McGill, Matthew was working towards his goal of becoming a lawyer. But he decided to pivot after landing his dream job with Cambridge Global Payments, a boutique foreign exchange broker. You will get some interesting insights into Matthew’s role and responsibilities in this segment of the show.

Currently, Matthew is also pursuing his Masters in Finance at the London School of Business.

This is a show you do not want to miss.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn In This Show

  • Tips for introverts who are considering joining the Student Works program
  • 3 things that I learned from the program that I rely on too date
  • How my Student Works internship helped me get my dream job at Cambridge Global Payments
  • How I managed to clear my CFA while working a full-time job
  • And so much more…

Resources

Student Works 

Chris Thomson LinkedIn

243 | Bill Maginas | How to Make Your Mark in The Corporate World

243 | Bill Maginas | How to Make Your Mark in The Corporate World

August 17, 2021

On today’s show, we interview Bill Maginas who shares with us his distilled wisdom on leveraging knowledge, branding, and finding success in the corporate world.

We start this show with Bill recalling his life before Student Works. Born to Greek immigrants, Bill was always entrepreneurial and had a big engine for work. And this was why he was instantly attracted to Student Works when he was in his first year in college.

You will learn how a “structured approach to being an entrepreneur” can work wonders for you – the same way it worked for Bill. 

After graduating from Wilfrid Laurier, Bill joined Honeywell in November 1999. In his 17-year-long stint here, Bill got an opportunity to work in different countries and across a wide range of industry verticals. 

In 2016, Bill was appointed as the President of Johnson Controls. In his new role, Bill shares how he dramatically altered the organizational structure to improve overall efficiencies. In this segment of the show, you will also learn how to maintain your work relationships and part with your employer on a good note.

Currently, as the CEO of Great Northern Insulation, Bill shares how he is leveraging knowledge and attempting to make his mark in a commoditized industry.

This is a show you do not want to miss.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn In This Show

  • Importance of being action-oriented and failing cheap
  • How to have an authentic, clear-cut conversation and part with your employer on a good note
  • Nuanced advice for those looking to taking the entrepreneurial route
  • And so much more…

Resources

Student Works 

Chris Thomson LinkedIn

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