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Achieving a State of Realistic Optimism While Feeling Uncomfortable Featuring Mike Smith

Mike Smith founded Huddle Advisory, a human capital consulting firm, after 25 years as a sports and entertainment executive at the NFL, NBC, and Deloitte. 

We discuss:

  • The value of a great boss at the early stage of one’s career [02:22]
  • All the little things that people do in order to create big success at scale [03:34]
  • Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable [08:06]
  • The muscles that atrophy after spending 25 years in corporate [10:27]
  • Why it’s essential to recognize the value of realistic optimism in the face of expected obstacles [12:57]
  • The unsurprising amount of creativity that comes in the middle of a workout [17:06]
  • How to deal with the constant drive to be productive [19:44]
  • The umbrella of always learning [22:04]

Mike’s background centers around leading organizational service functions: Human Resources, Finance, Technology, and Administration. After multiple Finance leadership roles, he made a mid-career transition to Human Capital because of his passion for engaging people to drive business performance. Having served as both a CHRO and a CFO, he has a unique lens to view business and talent strategy alignment.

Learn more about Mike at and LinkedIn.

About the author, David Shriner-Cahn

Host of the podcasts Smashing the Plateau and Going Solo, David guides solopreneurs selling knowledge and creativity to build profitability and sustainability in their businesses.

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