Leveraging Leadership

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Emily Sander

08 April 2024

43m 47s

Fractional Chief of Staff: What it is and how it works



Nathan Lian went from working at JP Morgan, to startups, and is our first guest who works as a part-time Chief of Staff. Learn the differences and similarities between a full-time Chief of Staff role. 

We chat about:

-       How he selects which companies to work with

-       How many companies he works with at one time

-       What kind of projects he works on within companies

-       Which team members he interacts with

-       How he keeps himself organized being COS for multiple companies.

Nathan on LinkedIn

Nathan is a strategic leadership expert who has seamlessly transitioned from the high-pressure environment of investment banking at JPMorgan to mastering the Chief of Staff role in the fintech startup sphere. As a fractional Chief of Staff, he specializes in navigating companies through critical phases of growth and transformation, leveraging his experience in scaling marketing efforts, strategic finance, and executive team dynamics. Nathan is known for his ability to influence without direct authority and for his dedication to aligning his professional endeavors with his personal values and passion for innovative fintech solutions.

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00:43 Nathan's Journey to Chief of Staff

02:53 The First 90 Days as a Chief of Staff

06:06 The Challenges of Being a Chief of Staff

17:38 The Role of a Fractional Chief of Staff

21:03 Balancing Multiple Projects as a Fractional Chief of Staff

27:26 Choosing the Right Projects as a Fractional Chief of Staff

40:23 Advice for Aspiring Chiefs of Staff

43:21 Conclusion and 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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