Rebel Intrapreneur
Rebel Intrapreneur
092 Emily Sander The Chief of Staff is the plastic rings on the six pack

092 Emily Sander The Chief of Staff is the plastic rings on the six pack


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When most of us hear “Chief of Staff,” we think of the president’s chief of staff. We think of that role as a government (or public sector) role. That might have been true in the olden days, but the chief of staff has been growing in the private sector, especially in tech companies. 

As I am writing this, I searched job listings on Linkedin and found 626 openings for chiefs of staff. 

I don’t know about you, but it’s blowing my mind. 

It looks like a perfect role for rebel intrapreneurs who want to make an outsized contribution to an organization. I think to myself, “Where has this role been my whole life?” 

I had to learn more. 

Then I discovered Emily Sander. She has been a chief of staff. She coaches chiefs of staff. And she wrote the book on chiefs of staff.  

After reading Emily’s book and talking to her, I am coming to believe that the chief of staff role is made for Rebel Intrapreneurs like us. 

After you listen to this conversation, I wonder if you agree. 

More about Emily Sander: 

Her book: An Insider’s Perspective on the Chief of Staff: Why You Need One and How to Be a Great One

Her company: Next Level Coaching

Her podcast: Leveraging Leadership

On Linkedin

Emily Sander Chief of Staff Rebel Intrapreneur Bill Cushard

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More about Bill:

Bill Cushard on Linkedin

Bill Cushard on Twitter

Rebel Intrapreneur podcast website

Bill’s book: The Art of Agile Marketing: A Practical Roadmap for Implementing Kanban and Scrum in Jira and Confluence 

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Rebel Intrapreneur
Rebel Intrapreneur
Rebel Intrapreneur is a podcast about a new category of high performing employee. Rebel intrapreneurs further the mission of an organization while simultaneous challenging the system from within. Founders and entrepreneurs are thirsty to find people who believe in their mission as much as they do, and pursue that mission relentlessly. Rebel Intrapreneur is hosted by Bill Cushard, who has reported directly to founder/CEOs four times in his career, which makes him an ideal guide on your intrapreneurial journey.