DiscoverBuild Your Network668: Sam Palazzolo | Becoming an Influential Leader
668: Sam Palazzolo | Becoming an Influential Leader

668: Sam Palazzolo | Becoming an Influential Leader

Update: 2021-08-03


What defines a great leader is how they face challenges. Being told he wasn’t good enough, was the fuel for the fire that drove Sam Palazzolo forward into success.

Today, Sam is an Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Author, Leadership Professor, and Nonprofit Philanthropist, who brings a variety of value creation topics to entrepreneurs and business leaders. His ideas and actionable takeaways are captured in his five books, the most recent being The Influential Leader: Leading at the Tip of the Spear.

Let’s dive into Sam’s story and talk about how to become an influential leader.

Things you will learn in this episode: 

[00:01 - 06:15 ] Opening Segment  

  • I introduce today’s guest, Sam Palazzolo 
  • Sam gives us some background on his story
  • Born and raised in Detroit
  • Modest upbringing 
  • Pushed to get good grades
  • Always looking for useful information

[06:16 - 13:01 ] The Minor Victories Leading to Success

  • From assembly line to corporate job
  • Getting invited by Vanderbilt University
  • Rewarding your accomplishments
  • The parallel of parenting and leadership 
  • Having people figure things out 

[13:02 - 20:29 ] Becoming an Influential Leader

  • Pivoting out of a corporate job
  • Joining a consultancy 
  • Going out on his own
  • Leadership development
  • Building up a tech startup 
  • Tip of the Spear
  • What they do 
  • The venture side 
  • Sam talks about the value of his book 
  • A catalyst to start bigger things 
  • A word from our sponsor

[20:30 - 27:37 ] Closing Segment

  • Who you know, or what you know?
  • Both: subject matter expert combined with leveraging relationships
  • How networking led Sam to opportunity 
  • The rule of 3
  • Takeaways from the Influential Leader
  • A lot of leadership books lack tactical steps 
  • Giving practical action steps 
  • ‘The people moment’ 
  • How to engage with Sam
  • Links below 
  • Final words 

Tweetable Quotes: 

“I love it when people tell me, ‘you can’t do it,’ or ‘your best isn’t good enough…’ Those are the fuel moments that cause me to build fire; that’s what makes me drive down the highway faster.” - Sam Palazzolo

“You gotta have those milestones that allow you to, kind of, tick off some success… You gotta give yourself some credit for the victories you accomplish.” - Sam Palazzolo

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668: Sam Palazzolo | Becoming an Influential Leader

668: Sam Palazzolo | Becoming an Influential Leader

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