Why you should listen:
While working for SAP, a multi-billion dollar software company, nearly 20 years ago, I was advised to "walk faster and smile less, because perception is reality". I took this to heart and started a business based around the antithesis of this advice.
In February of 2015, Private equity firm, AKKR acquired my company, Peach New Media, a learning platform software company I started in 2001. As CEO and Founder of the SaaS software and service business, with a strong emphasis on scalability, customer experience and company culture, I grew Peach to 40 employees and 200+ clients. I’m currently building a new software company called PropFuel focused on employee recognition and feedback. (www.propfuel.com)
I began my technologically oriented career in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry working with Sales Planning software for several companies including Kraft, Nielsen, Gillette, Ocean Spray, and Polaroid. Having received my MBA from The Pennsylvania State University, I applied my analysis software knowledge to enterprise applications consulting with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where I worked with several other consumer product and technology firms.
I have a Bachelor's from UConn and an MBA from Penn State. I live with my beautiful wife, Nicole, and three boys on the south shore of Boston. I'm a Coach, a Boy Scout Leader, and a Race Director involved in 3 local road races raising funds for local community charities. As part of my passion for endurance sports, I've run 51 marathons and ultramarathons, 2 Ironman Triathlons. When I'm not traversing the land by foot, I can probably be found sailing with my family around the old seaports of New England.
What you will hear:
00:16 Introducing Dave
04:14 Why company culture is so important
09:55 What creates a positive work environment
13:20 The definition of culture
17:43 Company perks
19:17 How do you communicate?
26:19 Signs of poor culture
36:55 3 important leadership practices