Leveraging Leadership

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Emily Sander

15 January 2024

39m 38s

Alex Papadopulos, Chief Operating Officer: COO-COS dynamics, team communication, COVID-19 crisis.



In this episode, Emily is joined by her former colleague and COO, Alex Papadopulos. They explore the dynamics of the two roles, the similarities and differences, and frequent communication and maintaining a unified executive team. They share stories from their time working together, reminiscing about good times, fun moments, and challenging times like COVID-19.               

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Alex Papadopulos, originally from South Africa, relocated to the U.S for work in 2007 and has built a thriving career in the tech industry. Starting as a developer, he ascended the ranks, becoming Technical Project Manager and Engineering Lead before transitioning into operations. Alex joined fusionZONE in 2018, initially as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). His role expanded to Chief Operating Officer (COO) 18 months later, overseeing the technical and operational aspects of the company. He played a significant role in re-structuring teams and fostering an environment that promotes growth and productivity. His leadership style blends  his technical expertise and operational acumen, making significant contributions to the organization.

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00:55 Guest Introduction: Alex Papadopoulos

01:28 Understanding the Role of Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer

01:48 Alex's Journey to Fusion Zone

04:30 The Evolution of Roles within the Company

14:15 The Importance of Strategic Prioritization

15:10 The Impact of PBS Sessions

17:55 Understanding the Role of a Chief of Staff

19:39 The Importance of Communication in Leadership

20:12 Comparing Traditional and Non-Traditional Organizational Structures

22:16 The Dynamic Relationship Between Executives and Chiefs of Staff

30:33 Navigating Through Crisis: The COVID-19 Experience

33:48 The Interplay Between the Chief of Staff and the CEO

36:24 Reflecting on the Relationship Between the COO and the Chief of Staff

39:03 Closing Remarks and Appreciation

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Emily Sander is a C-suite executive turned leadership coach. Her corporate career spanned Fortune 500 companies and scrappy start-ups. She is an ICF-certified leadership coach and the author of two books, An Insider’s Perspective on the Chief of Staff and Hacking Executive Leadership. Emily works with early to senior executives to step into effective leadership with one-on-one coaching. Go here to read her story from seasoned executive to knowledgeable coach.

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