Episode 191: Robert Herjavec – Shark Tank Investor + Listener Q & A

Robert Herjavec is one of North America’s most recognizable business leaders. Born in Eastern Europe, he arrived to North America on a boat with his parents after escaping Communism in the former Yugoslavia. From delivering newspapers, and waiting tables, to launching a computer company from his basement, his drive to achieve has led him to the fulfillment of a better life for himself and his family.

 A dynamic entrepreneur, Robert has built and sold several IT companies to major players such as AT&T. In 2003 Robert founded Herjavec Group, and it quickly became one of North America’s fastest growing technology companies. Today, Herjavec Group is recognized as a global leader in information security specializing in managed security services, compliance, incident response and remediation efforts for enterprise level organizations.

His inspiring books, Driven and The Will to Win, were simultaneously Top 10 Bestsellers that earned him the title of “Best Selling Author”. Robert has released his third book, You Don’t Have to Be a Shark: Creating Your Own Success published by St. Martin’s Press on May 17, 2016. Robert’s motivational business advice has received millions of impressions through TV, print, radio and digital media. He shares his expertise with other entrepreneurs each week as a leading Shark on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit Shark Tank. Robert recently placed 6th with partner Kym Johnson, competing for the mirror ball trophy on the popular show, Dancing with the Stars. (Photo courtesy of Business Insider)

Episode 191: Robert Herjavec – Shark Tank Investor + Listener Q & A

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The Learning Leader Show

“You don’t have to be born in this country to have success in this country.” – Robert Herjavec

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes of leaders who sustain excellence:
    • Have a deep passion for their craft
    • They bring a unique value proposition
  • You don’t have to come from a big city to make something happen
  • Leadership:  People don’t want to be managed, they want to be led… You must provide value to the company
  • Robert’s thoughts on immigration and the fact that you don’t need to be born in this country to be successful
    • “It’s a testament to hope… and it’s really hard.”
  • “You Don’t Have To Be A Shark”
    • “You don’t have to be mean to be effective.  Some sharks aren’t nice.  Be yourself, be real…”
  • Questions from YOU (the listeners) answered as part of the Q & A portion
    • “What is it that inspired you to start The Learning Leader Show?” — Mauricio Dulon from La Paz, Bolivia
    • “How do you coach for disciplined execution when all you get from your client are excuses? — Norma Scott Garrell from Olive Branch, Mississippi
    • “How do you add value as the mentee in a mentor/mentee relationship? — Ben Arwine from Chicago, IL
    • “What benchmarks do you use to gauge how you’re doing in your leadership journey?” — Brian Westerfield from Troy, OH
    • “Is there any one guest whose advice or experience haunts you (in a good way)? — Shawn Fuller from Ontario, Canada
    • “What has been the biggest surprise for you in this journey?” — Ryan Jacobs

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