059 – Team Building and Experiential Leadership Development with Jay Irwin
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Jay Irwin is an adventurous soul who is determined to inspire people through wilderness experiences. During a 23-year rewarding career in the computer software industry, Jay had the opportunity to lead and inspire companies to enhance their productivity and success through innovative software solutions. Jay is now the CEO of CBST Adventures, which is a company designed to utilize Experiential Leadership Development and Teambuilding to build better teams and empower leaders and managers to lead in a strong and more dynamic way.
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Jay Irwin Interview – Key Takeaways:
- 2:06 Jay Irwin’s Career Path
- From computer programming to experiential leadership development
- 3:36 Jay’s describes the extraordinary culture of care and accountability at JD Edwards
- 5:27 Jay discusses how out-of-office relationships impacted in office performance
- 9:49 Jay transitions through JD Edwards/Oracle and lands at SAP. He talks about his positive experience at SAP and the opportunities he had to give back to the youth in his community
- 13:01 What happens when you get out into the wilderness… just you and your dog
- Jay’s vision for experiential leadership development
- 14:23 How Jay become the CEO of CBST Adventures
- Instead of competing with another organization, why not partner… or maybe just buy them?
- CBST Adventures has completed 149 Experiential Development Team Building Events aligned with Jay Irwin’s vision
- 16:13 What exactly can you do with CBST Adventures?
- Jay talks about how his vision became a reality as well as his opportunity to impact 21 executives in a Fortune 10 company.
- 18:37 Who was Jay Irwin’s Best Manager?
- Jay shares how 3 different managers had an incredible impact on his career and development
- 19:20 “It’s all about the people… has nothing to do with the product, had nothing to do with the sales process, it’s all about the people.”
- 22:27 The most significant impact a leader can have is through a human connection. Jay talks about how a manager stood up for him during a time when Jay was at his lowest.
- 24:33 What is the biggest challenge that Jay Irwin has faced as a leader?
- 25:45 Turning theory into action, “I didn’t want to make any mistakes…”
- 27:59 Self Awareness and the difference between trial & error and transparent experimentation
- 29:49 What’s Exciting Jay Irwin Today?
- Jay is excited about the interest that organizations have in building culture through experiential leadership development
- Jay also talks about how CBST Adventures events allow companies to give back to the community through these team building events.
- 31:30 How to connect with CBST Adventures
- 33:14 Team Building and the Budget
- Your options depend on the goals you have for your team
- “If you have no budget, just take people out and spend time with them hearing about their fears, their desires, what they’re looking for…”
- Books Mentioned in This Episode
- Gung Ho! Turn On the People in Any Organization, by Ken Blanchard
- Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, by Spencer Johnson
- The One Minute Manager, by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
- The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
Additional Info, Links & Resources Mentioned:
CBST Adventures – CBST Adventures offers Colorado Team Building Exercises in Denver, Vail, Boulder, Breckenridge, Colorado Springs & more.
CityWILD – At cityWILD, we believe Leadership is a skill learned through experience, and taught by example.
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