157 – Bob Vanourek: Former Five Time CEO; Co-Author of “Triple Crown Leadership”; Top 100 Thought Leader

Bob-straightahead-150x150Bob is a popular speaker and the former CEO of five companies from a start-up to a $1 billion New York Stock Exchange company.

He was recently named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders on Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America-Trust Around the World.

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Bob co-authored “Triple Crown leadership” with his son, Gregg Vanourek. TCL recently won the International Book Award competition in the category of General Business.

Bob has served as Group Vice President and Division President of two major divisions of Pitney Bowes and Vice President, General Manager of two divisions of Avery International. Bob’s businesses and teams that have won numerous local, state, and national awards, including a state-level Malcolm Baldrige Quality Prize and the Shingo Prize for Manufacturing Excellence (shortly after Bob left).

He has taught leadership at the University of Denver and Colorado Mountain College and is Chairman Emeritus of the Vail Leadership Institute. Bob has served on the boards of and consults with numerous businesses and community organizations. He is a Baker Scholar graduate of the Harvard Business School, a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and served as an officer in the U.S. Army.

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About The Book “Triple Crown Leadership”

In today’s fiercely competitive world, it takes more than “business as usual” to stay strong and stay ahead of the curve. It takes Triple Crown Leadership. Inspired by the most 51bHtK+BBQLelusive championship in sports, the Triple Crown of horseracing, this compelling road map is designed for leaders at all levels, from supervisors to CEOs. If you want to win, you’ll want this book.

Triple Crown Leadership provides helpful tools for any leader seeking a better way. The book shows you how to:

  • Be excellent (achieve exceptional performance), ethical (do the right thing), and enduring (stand the test of time)
  • Align your organization for peak performance
  • Instill a culture of character
  • Lead with both “steel” and “velvet”
  • Achieve impact and sustainability while maintaining high performance.
  • Turn your company around after a breakdown.

Based on the authors’ experience and interviews with over sixty organizations in eleven countries, this book provides compelling leadership lessons from an array of enterprises, including Zappos, Google, eBay, Infosys, Xerox, Spotify, Mayo Clinic, KIPP, Ashoka, and more. Executives Bob and Gregg Vanourek–a dynamic father and son team–show you how to achieve high performance, integrity, and sustainability.

In horseracing, it takes more than speed for a horse like Secretariat to win the Triple Crown. In organizations, it takes both head and heart, commitment to an inspiring cause, steel and velvet leadership, stewardship, and alignment–the practices of triple crown leadership. Triple Crown Leadership also provides hard-hitting, practical advice on leading turnarounds, startups, and social ventures–and addresses the leadership needed from CEOs, boards, senior managers, and even people without authority.


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2 thoughts on “157 – Bob Vanourek: Former Five Time CEO; Co-Author of “Triple Crown Leadership”; Top 100 Thought Leader

  1. Richard. Wow, you get some great guests! Some excellent points in here. I love the concept of ‘excellent, ethical & enduring’. So applicable to so many situations.

    Also, I found the discussion about ‘steel’ vs ‘velvet’ very useful, and the concept of situational leadership, as opposed to be one or the other.

  2. Thanks Matt! Bob was a great guest; I loved the “steel & velvet” analogy too. Thanks for being such a great fan of the show!

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