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DN 249 – Shellye Archambeau: How to Create Success on Your Own Terms

Here’s a snapshot of a few things we talked about…

  •         Introduction
  •         Who is the Lois Lane, When It Comes to Shellye Archambeau? [00:01:38]
  •         What was Her Childhood Like Growing Up? [00:02:39]
  •         Did She Have Any Enterpernurial Ambitions Earlier in Her Life? [00:05:38]
  •         What Helped Her Get Through Adversity Early On? [00:07:24]
  •         How Was She Able to Secure a Position at IBM? [00:13:17]
  •         What were the Signs that Led her to Quit Her Job at IBM? [00:20:22]
  •         How Did Her Journey Towards Joining BlockBuster Unfold? [00:22:45]
  •         How Her Proposal to Work with Netflix Could Have Saved Blockbuster? [00:26:06]
  •         Why Did She Decide to Move to Silicon Valley after Leaving Blockbuster? [00:28:40]
  •         How Was She Able to Achieve Her Goal of Becoming a CEO? [00:31:58]
  •         How Did Her Network of Mentors Help Her Transform Zaplet? [00:35:02]
  •         Which Mentor Has Had the Most Impact on Her? [00:36:56]
  •         What are her Goals for Her Career? [00:40:03]
  •         One Thing She Wishes She Had Implemented Sooner to Accelerate Her Journey? [00:42:47]
  •         Where to Find Shellye Archambeau [00:45:56]

In This Episode You’ll Learn:

In this episode, Casanova talks with Shellye Archambeau. She talks about her childhood, the adversities she had to face after they moved to LA, why did she decide that she wanted to be a CEO at the age of 16, how her mother and teachers helped her get through tough times at school, how she learned about building relationship by helping others, how she was introduced to power of having mentors, the importance of setting goals and executing the plans, how she climbed the ranks at IBM and why she did she decide to leave the company, how she became the president of blockbuster.com and proposed a collaboration between Blockbuster and Netflix when it was a start up, why she decided to move to the Silicon Valley, how she became the CEO of MetricStream, and much more. Have a listen.

Key Quotes:

  •         “I learned very early that the odds for me doing anything or becoming anything, we’re just not in my favor. So I learned that I had to do things differently if I wanted to actually improve my odds…”
  •         “Literally at 16, I decided I’m going to go be a CEO. Now, did I have any idea what that meant? No. I just knew businesses were like clubs. I like running clubs, so I’ll go be a CEO. But then I spent my whole career, very intentionally working on improving my odds to make that happen, and it did, by the time I was 40…”
  •         “The message that my mother was always trying to deliver. It was, you can’t control what people say to you and you can’t control what people do to you, but you can control how you respond. So don’t let them win, and her whole thing about letting them win is if they affect how you feel about yourself, then they’ve won. So don’t let them win. All the rest is surface stuff…”
  •         I believe the best way, and the way I’ve always built relationships is I reach out and help people.
  •         “What I learned is no matter what job you get, no matter what problem or challenge you face, somebody else has been there or done that before. So go find them, talk to them, learn from them. No reason to go through and make all the same mistakes. Start on second base instead of home plate…”
  •         “I totally believed that the odds were not in my favor. So therefore I had to do things to improve my odds and the way I’ve worked to improve my odds, every step of the way Casanova, is to plan…”
  •         “I was very intentional about what I did and how I went after it, and that’s what I think makes a difference…”
  •         “Some people set goals. A few people will make plans, but very few people make decisions every day consistent with their plan…”
  •         “When companies are facing challenges, they tend to be more open to bring on people who are different because they’re looking for a new approach, a new way to address…”
  •         “Don’t think of it as one mentor, you want as much and as different perspectives as you can get so that you can take all that information to make your best, your best decision…”


  •       https://shellye.com/
  •         The Trillion-Dollar Coach by Alan Eagle, Eric Schmidt, and Jonathan Rosenberg
  •         Unapologetically Ambitious by Shellye Archambeau

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