Crafting a Code of Conduct (Scott Freidheim)

Episode # 42

May 1, 2024

Reflecting on intense personal and corporate challenges, Scott Freidheim shares insights on how adversity and near-death experiences reshaped his approach to leadership and life. He also shares his perspective on the critical topic of inclusivity.

Welcome to To Lead Is Human. Envision how you can uplevel your leadership and shape cultures of accountability, respect, and candor.

Scott Freidheim is a family-focused, community-minded, risk-taking adventurer and businessman who serves and has served on the boards and executive committees of numerous major corporations and nonprofits.

“ The most important thing is to reflect on how you want to live your life. Because fast-forward 5, 10, 20, 30 years, and you're going to care much less about the destinations you achieved. You're going to care, most likely intensely, about how you did it. ”

Scott Freidheim
Scott Freidheim

Scott Freidheim is a fixture on leadership boards across industries and has served on executive committees including those of Lehman Brothers, Sears Holdings, Investcorp, and CDI Corp. His insights and business contributions have garnered him many board seats in the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Denmark. His nonprofit contributions have included serving on the boards of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee Foundation, Institute of International Education, and Spelman College.

A sought-after voice in the conversations that shape global economics, Scott has participated in many panels at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; New Champions Meeting in Dalian, China; and participated in the first World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council in Dubai, UAE, as an inaugural member.

Scott is the managing partner of Freidheim Capital, a private family office that partners with founders of businesses in their first institutional capital monetization event to access growth equity. In addition to his corporate and philanthropic work, Scott is a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes, and of Malta.

Sharon Richmond

For more than 30 years, Sharon Richmond has partnered with C-level executives from mid-size and small, fast-growing companies who want to up-level their leadership and build companies they are proud of. Clients accelerate their leadership by embracing mindset and behavior changes, building self-awareness and self-management skills, and focusing on the three things all leaders must ensure: focus, energy, and delivery.

Sharon’s purpose as an executive coach is to help leaders 10X their impact by leveraging the power afforded by their roles to build organizations that are forces for good, both economically and socially. She also advises CEOs on shaping organization culture and leading change.

Sharon has taught leadership at Stanford GSB, where she now helps leaders increase influence, manage conflict, and prepare to build high-performing teams.

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  • Guest: Scott Freidheim
  • Host: Sharon Richmond
  • Producer: Cynthia Lamb
  • Executive producer: Danny Iny
  • Assembled by: Andrew Chapman
  • Audio Editor: Marvin del Rosario
  • Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
  • Making our host sound great: Home Brew Audio

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