The H Spot

The H Spot

The H Spot is a peek behind that curtain of successful people in various professions for a discussion about what makes people successful, what makes them happy, and what are their lives really like day-to-day.

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June 24, 2021 35 min

Some of what Dave and his guest, Wayne Wu of VMG Partners covered in this episode includes

  • People should focus on partnerships and who can be helpful.
  • Can you rely on hero SKUs to carry your business into the future?
  • Supporting innovation that changes the health and wellness profile of consumers. 
  • Wayne says, "We want to get to know people and hustle to get to know folks and try to be helpful. In the spirit of meeting interest...

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    Presenting one face, and the truth of the internal brand are a big part of today's discussion. Some of the highlights include where Dave brings up, "With Costco, obviously, very limited selection compared to a grocery store which will have tens of thousands of items in it. It's a direct ship model, there's no distributors and they have a very small sort of 10% to 14% margin, very straightforward with vendors. So i...

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    Boards are making a lot of progress. Dave’s guest, Abby Adlerman attributes this to recent California laws:  SB-826, SB-AB979 known as the Women in the Boardroom and Diversifying Boards laws. Details here

     

    Thinking about board and executive succession plans, if the CEO was hit by a bus, who would be in line? CEOs are spending more time thinking about the impact of this and putting forth their wishes, grooming them so several w...

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    Dave's guest is Abby Adlerman, Founder of Boardspan. Traditionally, people think, especially with a public company about taking care of the shareholder, but it's always been broader. The constituency's always been more than the shareholder. And thankfully just in the last couple of years, corporate America has woken up to acknowledge and recognize the responsibility for boards to go way beyond just this year.

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    February 10, 2021 46 min

     

    Even if you think of a business as a game - in theory - numbers, strategy, that doesn't mean it's fun. Neal Gottlieb was part of Survivor Season 36. As you learn in this episode of The H Spot, what led to Three Twins Ice Cream, and then, sadly, to its demise. Listen to some behind the scenes stories from being on the show Survivor. You'll also hear about the aftermath of that letdown later, the excitement of buildi...

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    People think because they have a recipe for a sauce that everyone raves about that's enough to pour your life savings into the launch. Dave's guest is Patrick Ford, Vice President of Ford's Gourmet Foods. Patrick attributes the success of their family business to some guiding principles that came from his grandfather, "...being from the produce side, we have a saying, 'The further you get away from cash, the w...

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    Listen to why Bob Marcucci's dad told him to be whatever you want to be, but don't be a fireman. Service was ingrained in him. The path he took was following his militant passion about public education. He whistfully wonders what would the world be like if everybody chose to come together and send their kids and spend their time and their resources into the public schools? That's what keeps him motivated. His concern ...

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    Dave continues the conversation with his dad, famous attorney Philip Hirschkop. They cover his favorite case about opening the University of Virginia to women. They continue on a path through ending the Vietnam War, PETA, and Philip's firm principles being tested. Philip also gives us insights into practicing law. It isn't all about trials and corporate wrong-doings, and he admits, all lawyers aren't always amazing...

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    Too many long water cooler conversations. I just wanted to get sh*t done." Dave's guest, Mike Burgmaier was given significant responsibility at a young age to lead a lot of projects, and learned how to bring people together. He found that at non-profits, you can be given work to do when organizations lack resources and can't pay much; he found they focused on trying to find younger talented people and then “put them t...

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    This is the first part of an in-depth interview with Civil Rights hero, veteran, activist, advocate, and my dad, Philip Hirschkop. Some of what we covered in this episode include:

  • Were you a trouble maker as a kid?
  • His experience as a Green Beret and how he got in there but never got promoted. 
  • Why go from a Civil Engineering degree to Law School.
  • You'll hear the story about congressperson that showed up at a protest tent and a...
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    The H Spot is a peek behind that curtain with successful people in various professions and a discussion about what makes people successful, what makes them happy and what are their lives really like day to day. Are successful people really that different from unsuccessful one? Are successful people any happier? What are their challenges? Which of the actions that they take make the difference? Are they born with a success jean, l...

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