Chris Maddox is an incredibly talented strategic executive that is one of the best leaders I’ve ever met. I was fortunate to work closely with Chris when we worked on the same team at SolarCity and then Tesla. We talk about how I went out of my way to recruit him on to my team because of his stellar reputation and proven track record. Chris is a born problem-solver with a gift when it comes to critically thinking about how to strategically approach just about anything.
His smarts are only outmatched by his heart as he cares deeply about people and the human connection. I trust Chris as much as anyone I have ever worked with and I can’t think of very many people who have as high a moral compass. His high level of integrity and set of core values shines through in everything he does. His teams love him, his peers adore him, and his leaders can’t live without him. Trust me, I know this as well as anyone. I’m so impressed by Chris that he would be the first person I would hire if I were building a team.
On the show, Chris Maddox provides many thoughtful insights, including how working at Tesla put a name to something he’d practice for a long time after hearing Elon Musk describe First Principles thinking. We also learn what he did as a third grader to begin his journey into sales and what lesson he learned while working as a photographer to supplement his income while running a non-profit. Chris shares his approach to problem-solving, how he creates a team culture, what traits are most important to be a successful leader, and even some common pitfalls he sees many leaders make.
Chris is highly intentional and leads his teams with authenticity and humility. He reveals his approach to time management, including the art of saying “no” helping us avoid be reactive by being more intentional with how we design our day’s activities. We also learn how a serious health issue gave Chris perspective on life and his own mortality.
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