Why Being a CEO is Not About You w/ Dermot O’Shea

by | May 17, 2022 | Podcast

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Guest: Dermot O’Shea believes that being a CEO is not about you. It’s about who you lead. Dermot is an entrepreneur that has jointly founded and run Taoglas for over 18 years and grown it to more than 425 workers with ten global locations and over $100M revenue in sales per year.

Dermot is a recognized thought leader in the IoT industry and is also accredited with creating “The best IoT party” and networking event every year at MWC Americas. When not selling Taoglas, Dermot enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his wife and three sons. Dermot also serves on the board of Alpha Antennas and the Board of Trustees of La Jolla Country Day School.

Dermot and his wife Ciara set up unityforukraine.net, a nonprofit to help protect Ukraine civilians in the war. So far, Unityforukraine.net have sent over $100,000 worth of essential equipment to help their friends and colleagues – civilians – in Ukraine.

Episode in a Tweet: Being a CEO is not about you; sometimes, it’s about taking the backseat and letting others lead.

Quick Background:  Dermot O’Shea learned the hard way that leading isn’t about being the most intelligent person in the room or always being in the spotlight. After years of dealing with the stress a hard-charging leader brings, Dermot realized that he would be happier and a better leader when he let other people shine. So, he stepped back and made room for others.

In this very candid interview, Dermot and I talk about how imposter syndrome forces you to overcompensate and how to get over insecurities as a CEO. He also talks about his journey as an entrepreneur and how betting on himself paid off even though it seems risky. Dermot shares his passion for the Internet of Things (IoT) space and how he and his partner built a $100M company.

I’m confident you’ll love this vulnerable and honest conversation with Dermot O’Shea.

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