Can a high-ranking corporate leader make the switch to purpose-driven leadership? Michael Spinosa, CEO of Unleashed Technologies, hit the reset button on his career to pursue building his own business as a way to escape his unfulfilling career in the corporate world.
Today on the Growing with Purpose podcast, host Paul Spiegelman talks with Michael Spinosa, CEO of Unleashed Technologies, an award-winning design and development firm in Columbia, Maryland. Though Michael started out in the corporate world and found great success, he felt a pull to build a business with purpose. As he attempted to transition out of his career, he found himself running into major national crises, like the dot-com bubble burst after college and the housing crisis in 2007. How does a leader pave his own path amidst national unrest — and what does it take to reinvent yourself as a leader mid-career?
In this episode, hear how Michael built a culture of trust, fun, and accountability at Unleashed Technologies, and the greatest challenges he's faced on his journey to purpose-driven leadership. Tune into Michael's story here.
[2:23] Fixing a Fundamentally Broken Model
[6:46] The Open Source Kings of the World
[12:00] Early Challenges Surviving High School
[15:14] Making Major Career Moves During National Crises
[20:44] A Loss of Identity and Finding Who You Are
[24:06] A Culture of Accountability and Trust
[29:03] Limiting Growth for Sustainability
Book that Influenced Michael's Leadership
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
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