Thank you for following the Passion Struck podcast. In this week’s episode, John R. Miles interviews former Fortune 50 IT Executive Giles Stewart who discusses finding purpose in retirement. New Interviews with the World’s GREATEST high achievers will be posted every Tuesday with a Momentum Friday inspirational message!
On today’s show, we interview Giles Stewart, a former Fortune 50 IT executive who shares with us his wisdom on culture, empowerment, and finding purpose in retirement.
Ever wondered how giant companies like Dell and Lowe’s face and overcome some of their biggest challenges?
Giles first came in touch with John when they joined forces to help Lowe’s recover from the worst cybersecurity attack in the history of the retail industry. You will learn how John, Giles, and the entire IT department at Lowe’s worked in a collaborative manner to create a new state-of-the-art command center.
In this segment of the show, you will get some important lessons in execution, empowerment, and creating a long-term vision.
In 2013, Giles moved on to another iconic company, Dell. Here, Giles shares how working at Dell was a totally different experience compared to the more structured operations at Lowe’s.
While Giles was employed at Dell, the company grew at a blistering pace via the acquisitions route as it evolved from a hardware company to a software and services company. You will get a peek into the acquisition’s playbook used by large organizations and learn how they overcome their cultural differences upon assimilation.
Feeling the need to make a bigger impact, Giles left Dell to work in a smaller organization, Acelity. When Giles joined, his team was in complete shambles, and morale was at an all-time low. You will learn how Giles helped create his team’s new identity using an honest, no-bullshit, and refreshingly fresh approach.
Having retired from professional life, Giles is once again forced to face re-finding his drive. He did it in an unlikely place: through indoor rowing. Through this renewed passion, it helped him to renew his sleep patterns, eating habits, and also caused him to start a personal blog. It is a great reminder that it is never too late to find your purpose in life.
Questions That I Ask Giles Stewart During This Show
- Could you share your experience at Lowe’s and how you helped deal with the largest cybersecurity hack in the history of the retail industry?
- What were some of the cultural differences between Lowe’s and Dell?
- Why did you decide to leave Dell to work for Acelity?
- How did you turnaround the reputation of your team at Acelity?
- What is your advice for smaller companies that are being acquired by a larger company?
- After retirement, what was the key turning point that re-ignited your fire?
What You Will Learn In This Show About Finding Purpose in Retirement
- Opening up the acquisition’s playbook
- Understanding the cultural differences that exist between large organizations
- Finding a hobby that aligns with your interest
- How to shed stress and cultivate mindfulness
Quotes About Finding Purpose in Retirement
“When we talk about acquisitions, people see dollar signs flying around. But at the end of the day, it is the people and culture that are left ahead”.
“We create a cultural change within the whole department by helping the team create identities for themselves”.
“I was looking for an opportunity where I would be empowered and have the ability to make to make changes”.
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