This episode features a conversation with Bob McDonald ’75, Former Secretary of the VA & CEO of Procter & Gamble.
Bob is the Former Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs and retired Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Procter & Gamble Company, and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point class of 1975. He currently serves as the April & J Graham Fellow at the George W. Bush Institute.
On this episode, Bob shares his invaluable insights around leadership, innovation, and empathy garnered from his journey through West Point, his three-decade-long career at Procter & Gamble, and his tenure as the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- You don’t want to do anything 2nd best. Put your entire self into whatever you’re doing or nothing at all.
- As soon as you feel like you aren’t being challenged at your company, it’s time to switch.
- Trust is the epitome of leadership.
(02:00) QOMPLX’s founding story
(05:00) The press coverage of ransomware and its overall uptick
(08:00) The structure of the criminal enterprises
(11:00) The main habits that have allowed Jason to be successful
(13:00) The similarities and differences between West Point/Deployment and running QOMPLX
(16:45) The similarities and differences between growing teams as young military officers and as a private sector CEO
(19:30) A crash course on leadership and team dynamics
(22:55) How QOMPLX is different from its competitors
(25:55) QOMPLX’s acquisitions to date
(29:35) The future of QOMPLX and the problems they are trying to solve
(33:20) Jason’s learnings on the SPAC process
(37:05) How funding affects QOMPLX’s mission
(39:30) The future of society with QOMPLX achieving its mission