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Welcome to On the Schmooze, a weekly podcast that features a mix of interviews and solo shows. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you. Interviews are with talented people from different fields. We explore how they built strong networks and overcame challenges on their way to becoming successful leaders. I identify a key take-away from each interview, something you can put into action that week that you’ll benefit from for years to come. In the show notes I provide resources to help you get started. Solo shows are shorter episodes where I share practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. Podcast inspired by Dorie Clark, Pat Flynn, Jonny Nastor, Dale Carnegie.
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Apr 16, 2018

Today’s guest leads executive networking and executive talent initiatives at Insight Venture Partners. Insight is a leading global venture capital and private equity firm investing in high-growth technology and software companies that are driving transformative change in their industries. Founded in 1995, Insight has raised more than $18 billion and invested in over 300 companies worldwide.

Prior to joining Insight, she was a Principal at True Search, an international executive search firm, where she led and drove executive searches across scaling venture and private-equity backed technology companies.

I was eager to interview her after reading her blog post “Networking is a Craft, Not a Chore” written in response to a New York Times article by Adam Grant in which he argues that networking is overrated. I’ll include a link to both articles in the show notes.

Please join me in welcoming Helen Hua.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her view on leadership: “Leadership is doing something scary that makes you feel brave. You can be a leader in a million different ways.”
  • how she was naturally a leader because of her ability to find gaps and step up to fill them.
  • her passion for helping entrepreneurs who are working to make their dreams a reality.
  • how she aims to be thoughtful around networking relationships to ensure she is offering value to the people she engages with.
  • her method for finding and nurturing mentoring relationships.
  • her passion for the work she does at Insight and working with many amazing people.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchoomze.com - episode 90

 

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