James Coyle (RealSelf CEO) on taking risks, mentors, transitioning from Amazon to startups, and learning to listen
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On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with James Coyle, CEO at RealSelf.

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Episode Highlights

  • How he made the transition from Amazon to startup executive.
  • The unconventional career choices that have paid off.
  • Lessons from watching great leaders at Amazon.
  • How he creates frameworks for self-improvement.
  • Why and how he does hiking meetings. 
  • How he learned to be a better listener.
  • How great mentors changed the way he thinks.
  • Finding the balance between results and kindness
  • Lessons from Amazon's leadership principles.
  • Why he moved his family to a different country multiple times.
  • The key thing that most managers skip when interviewing employees.
  • How Amazon 6-pagers really work.
  • Why he doesn't need to be the smartest person in the room.

Guest Bio:

James Coyle is an executive with 18+ years of operating experience in Consumer and Retail facing industries connecting customers to key brands including Amazon, Microsoft and Sears/Kmart. Established track record of managing ($MM) and ($B) businesses profitably (full P&Ls) across growth, turnaround and mature situations with a core focus on the customer. Results and data-driven with functional expertise in Merchandising, Marketing, Operations, Sales and Finance, having managed all five of these functions.

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