Nick Hughes is joined by Scott O’Neil, one of America’s most admired sports executives, author and investor. Scott is one of the most recognized, connected and dynamic executives in the sports and entertainment industry today. He has more than 25 years of experience leading NBA, NHL and NFL teams and leagues, including the National Basketball Association, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils. His mission to build innovative, inspiring, socially impactful and high-performing teams and business organizations has earned him a reputation as a “leader of leaders.” A Harvard Business School-educated CEO, O’Neil contends that fostering a corporate culture founded in respect, diversity, employee development and corporate social responsibility is what drives the success of the award-winning sports teams and businesses he oversees.
The episode starts with Scott describing his background and his early journey into the sports industry. We hear about why or why he didn't choose entrepreneurship early on, and why he chose leadership as a lifestyle and profession. Scott shares his biggest take away from his time with the Sixers and New Jersey Devils organizations. Then Nick and Scott dive deeper into what culture and leadership mean to each, sharing insights and thoughts on the ups and downs. They then shift to Scotts book - Be Where Your Feet Are: Seven Principles to Keep You Present, Grounded, and Thriving. Nick asks "Why now? Why write this book?" And Scott shares the deep purpose and reason for the book, as well as covers a few of the principles found in the book. The conversation concludes with Scott’s lessons and tips for early stage entrepreneurs. This is an incredible conversation with a purpose driven leader who is making impact and helping others maximize their own leadership in the world, we hope it helps you today.
Be Where Your Feet Are: Seven Principles to Keep You Present, Grounded, and Thriving