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Sean Magennis is the President and COO of YPO — (formerly Young Presidents’ Organization) a global community of chief executives dedicated to becoming Better Leaders. The YPO platform has more than 27,000 members in more than 138 countries. YPO is arguably one of the most powerful groups in the world. To qualify a member has to have at least 10million dollars in annual sales. Sean began his career in South Africa at one of the country’s largest producers of agricultural chemicals. He founded an Organizational Development Consulting business and Executive Search business. Currently an advisor of 2 companies – Nuooly – gig economy business for independent attorneys and Rem brothers which is a hospitality and food services business – 3 concepts near Purdue and Dallas.


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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • [2:50] Jeremy introduces his guest, Sean Magennis. 
  • [5:00] Sean talks about his experience visiting Israel. 
  • [7:00] The value of reflecting on gratitude. 
  • [8:40] Facing challenges both personally and professionally. 
  • [13:30] How the right relationships can make all the difference. 
  • [16:50] Pay attention to facts and data. 
  • [21:00] Trust is critical! 
  • [25:30] What keeps Sean awake at night? 
  • [30:00] What is Nuooly? Who should check it out? 
  • [34:40] Bringing back civility and decency to the workplace. 
  • [42:50] The hardest part of Sean’s job. 
  • [44:30] Sean opens up about his childhood in South Africa. 
  • [51:00] Closing thoughts. 

In this episode…

When was the last time you experienced a genuinely positive experience with someone in the service industry? What about your workplace? Can you think of the last time someone said, “Please” or “Thank you,” to you? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and entrepreneur Sean Magennis. In his conversation with Jeremy, Sean opens up about his childhood in South Africa, the value of practicing gratitude, why we need to trust each other more, challenges he has faced along the way, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this powerful episode featuring Sean’s story!

Do you have a daily practice that helps you get into the right mindset? How do you make sure that the fuel you are feeding your mind is as healthy as the food you are feeding your body? According to Sean Magennis, one of the best practices that you can engage in is gratitude. Reflecting on a trip, he took to Israel; Sean explains that the experience really opened his eyes and gave him a new perspective when it comes to the simple things he takes for granted. How does gratitude fit into your mindset? 

In an age of hyper-partisan fighting and an increased focus on polarized political factions – kindness and decency are more of an afterthought. Vast segments of the population worldwide are longing for a day where civility and kindness are once again central cultural values. Recognizing the problem is one thing – going to work and becoming part of the solution is a whole different story. Refusing to leave the hard work to others – Sean is on a mission to make a positive step in the right direction – one day at a time. How will you change the world for the better? 

From “Fake News” to deliberate disinformation campaigns – our increasingly interconnected world is struggling to separate fact from fiction. What do you do to keep your mind focused on what really matters? How do you cut through all of the BS to concentrate on facts? According to Sean – one of the best things you can do to combat this societal trend to be a person of integrity. When people trust you – don’t use that to your advantage! You’d be surprised to see how far you can get in the business world by focusing on empathy, kindness, and integrity. 

What keeps you awake at night? Seriously! Any business leader worth their salt will focus on an idea or concept that helps them build a competitive edge of their competition. What is your business’s unique offering? How will you stand out from all the others in your industry? While it may seem impossible to stand out among technology giants like Apple and Google, Sean is focused on the digital landscape. Don’t settle for small ideas or easy concepts – why not swing for the fences? What can you learn from Sean’s story? 

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