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Emily Sander

18 March 2024

33m 15s

Kalen Stanton: Chief of Staff and Philanthropist, COS “customers”, generalist vs. specialist



Join host, Emily Sander, as she sits down with former Chief of Staff and philanthropist, Kalen Stanton. Emily and Kalen share a unique connection, as he played a pivotal role in supporting her when she initially stepped into the Chief of Staff position.

Get ready for a laugh as Kalen tells the story of how he ended up in the Chief of Staff role (hint: it’s not the one he applied for). Kalen discusses the different “customer” groups a COS has and how walking the halls and casual conversation can foster trust and uncover innovation within the company. He also gives the latest update on the positive impact he’s having in East Africa.

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Kalen Stanton is a former Chief of Staff known for adaptability and strategic innovation in the corporate realm. He mastered leadership by forging his own path and turning casual conversations into trust-building opportunities. His leadership style emphasizes understanding and serving an organization's collective vision, unearthing overlooked ideas, and fostering inclusion. Besides corporate success, Kailin's transformative initiatives in East Africa demonstrate his global leadership philosophy. His experiences make him a valuable resource for those navigating corporate strategy and leadership dynamics.

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00:53 Guest Introduction: Kalen Stanton

02:23 Kalen's Journey to Chief of Staff

07:18 The Role of Chief of Staff in Building Relationships

17:33 The Importance of Culture in Leadership

19:45 The Chief of Staff as a Specialist vs. Generalist

27:30 Kalen's Experience in East Africa

32:33 Final Thoughts

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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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