Episode 29: David Rubenstein (Leadership Series Part I)
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Many factors go into being successful: intelligence, experience, street smarts, luck... they all play a part. But there's always more to the story than what the public sees. With that in mind, JJ and Tommy bring you this inaugural episode of "The Old Man and the Three - Leadership Series". In these bonus episodes, you will be taken behind the curtain and given a look at how some of the most successful people in the world made their mark, and the unique qualities and traits that lead them down their respective paths.

In today's wide ranging interview, the guys sit down with co-founder and co-executive chairman of the American private equity firm 'The Carlyle Group' David Rubenstein.


  • What was Duke like when he went there in the 60's
  • Why he ended up there
  • On Coach K and how he has transformed the university
  • Following Coach K's legacy
  • A deep dive into JJ's tattoos
  • David breaks down his book and his curiosity to ask questions 
  • What are the most important characteristics of leadership
  • EQ (Emotional intelligence) vs IQ
  • How to manage ego
  • On being able to pivot and handling failure
  • How to spread the word about what you're doing
  • Because of social media, is it harder now to be a leader
  • Is having a chip on your shoulder a common factor in being successful​
  • On the challenges of being a woman trying to lead

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