TMBA 402: What's Your Superpower?

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Today’s guest is one of the smartest business minds that Dan and Ian have encountered in their travels.

Jason Cohen is the founder of WP Engine, a very successful company that provides managed WordPress hosting. He is also the author of one of Dan and Ian’s all-time favorite blogs, A Smart Bear.

A few years ago, Jason took the decision to step down from his CEO role at WP Engine, at a time when the company was more successful than ever. Jason recently spoke about why at our recent Dynamite Circle event in Austin, and we invited him on the show this week to expand on that talk.

In today’s episode, you’ll hear Jason share his insights about why a company’s ethos and culture has to come from its founder, the angst you can feel after you sell a business, why it’s not good value to hire cheaply and how to identify your very own ‘superpower’.

Transcript

Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • How Jason decided that he wasn’t the right person to be CEO of his company. (6:46)
  • Why you should focus on hiring results-oriented people. (11:39)
  • What it really means to develop a good company culture. (27:20)
  • How Jason dealt with the emotional ramifications of selling his business. (37:00)
  • The delicate balancing act of Practitioner vs. Preacher. (49:51)

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This week’s episode is brought to you by DCBKK. DCBKK is an immersive 5-day conference on October 18-22, 2017 hosted by the DC (Dynamite Circle) and presented by TropicalMBA creators Dan and Ian. The annual DCBKK conference is held in a 5 star hotel in Bangkok, Thailand for 250 established entrepreneurs running mid 5-figure to 8-figure businesses.

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Published on 08.17.17
  • Evaldas Miliauskas

    really enjoyed this one, Jason has such clear way to communicate even complex ideas that they even sound so easy to grasp. Never really though about outcomes in that way when it comes to “testing” a possible hire, that’s something I’ll need to keep in mind during next interview, as I’m also guilty of making compromises cost vs value and all other things that makes it harder not to be subjective.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com/ Dan Andrews

    cheers glad you dug it!

  • http://blog.asmartbear.com Jason Cohen

    Thanks for the kind words!

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