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The Path with Ryan Roslansky

The Path with Ryan Roslansky

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Welcome to The Path with LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky. On this podcast, Ryan explores one simple idea: there is no linear path to the top, there is no singular formula for success. Ryan sits down with the world’s top leaders to talk about the decisions that shaped their unique careers and how these valuable lessons can help you forge your own path.Then, learn how you can grow in your career and personal life with an easy and actionable set of to-dos you can incorporate into your daily routine. Join Ryan as he explores how today’s top mind’s lead, persevere, and adeptly overcome diverse challenges.

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Product management is one of the hottest jobs on the market. But, what does it take to break into the field – and what exactly do product managers do? Chief Product Officer of GoodRx Mark Hull, joins Ryan and Daniel Roth for a special bonus episode of The Path to talk about the ins and outs of product management and the skills you need to succeed in the field.  Follow Ryan, Dan, and Mark on LinkedIn Get more stories from the world’s top leaders by subscribing to The Path newsletter.
On this bonus episode of The Path, Ryan and LinkedIn Editor in Chief chat with Shannon Brayton, Chief Marketing Officer of Bessemer Venture Partners about the dynamic and rapidly evolving world of communications. Shannon has made impactful contributions at Yahoo, eBay, OpenTable, and as the former CMO of LinkedIn – She offers a unique perspective on merging social media, marketing, and external communications into a cohesive career path. We'll explore why this field is highlighted in LinkedIn's "Jobs on the Rise" report and uncover the skills and experiences necessary to thrive in this industry. Follow Ryan, Dan, and Shannon on LinkedIn Get more stories from the world’s top leaders by subscribing to The Path newsletter.
On this last episode of Season 1, Ryan talks with his most controversial hire at LinkedIn: Editor-In-Chief & VP Dan Roth. Dan started his career as a business journalist, writing for magazines like Forbes, Fortune and Wired. But when the 2009 financial crisis hit print journalism, Dan had to pivot. Ryan and Dan talk about finding your place in a changing industry, the value of mentorship, and leaning on feedback from friends and family. Then, Dan turns the tables on Ryan to ask him about decision making as a leader, how to choose between advice and your gut, and the biggest takeaways from this season of The Path. Follow Ryan and Dan on LinkedIn To hear more from Dan, subscribe to his weekly podcast, This Is Working Get more stories about leader’s zigs and zags by subscribing to The Path newsletter
Harley Finkelstein has been a serial entrepreneur since he started a DJing business in middle school. But he didn’t always know what he wanted to do. He tried the higher education path, and even went to law school. But then he pivoted and pitched himself to a new company called Shopify that would take the e-commerce industry by storm. On this episode, Ryan and Harley talk about the power of being an added value, the loneliness of entrepreneurship and why it’s absolutely critical to have a strong network. Then, networking expert Diana YK Chan shares her top tips for building a personal board of directors, and getting the most from your professional relationships. Follow Ryan, Harley and Diana on LinkedIn For more tips from Diana, check out her LinkedIn Learning Course Nano Tips for Digital Networking Get more stories about leader’s zigs and zags by subscribing to The Path newsletter
Jeffrey Katzenberg is one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood, with credits like Pretty Woman, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast. He spent years at Paramount, served as the Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, and co-founded DreamWorks Pictures. But he faced some major setbacks and pivots on his path. Jeffrey talks with Ryan about what came before and after Hollywood, how he got back on his feet after getting fired from Disney, and the importance of exceeding expectations. Then, leadership expert Charlene Li shares tips on how to embrace failure and underscores its significance in your career. Follow Ryan, Jeffrey and Charlene on LinkedIn For more tips from Charlene, check out her LinkedIn Learning courses Get more stories about leader’s zigs and zags by subscribing to The Path newsletter
Chef José Andrés is most well known as the man who popularized Spanish Tapas in the US. But with 31 restaurants, two Michelin stars and one nonprofit - World Central Kitchen - José is also an entrepreneur and humanitarian. In this episode, José opens up to Ryan about how he grew as a professional, from cooking in the Spanish navy to becoming a restaurant owner. He also shares the humanitarianism that drives him to make a positive social impact in the world. Then, professor and LinkedIn Learning instructor, Nick Martin, shares some frameworks for having more social impact in your work and life. Follow Ryan, Jose Andres Group and Nick on LinkedIn For more tips from Nick, check out his LinkedIn Learning Course Build a Career for Positive Social Impact Get more stories about leader’s zigs and zags by subscribing to The Path newsletter
Kat Cole has been a VP at Hooters, Cinnabon President, COO and President of Focus Brands, and now COO and President of Athletic Greens. But before she got into corporate leadership roles, Kat was working in Hooters restaurants, trying to make ends meet. Kat and Ryan talk about reinventing yourself at work, success through an owner’s mindset, and taking control of your career narrative. Then, LinkedIn Learning course author Jodi Glickman shares tips for creating new opportunities by pitching yourself. Follow Ryan, Kat and Jodi on LinkedIn For more tips from Jodi, check out her LinkedIn Learning Course Pitching Yourself for Opportunity Get more stories about leader’s zigs and zags by subscribing to The Path newsletter
After spending 30 years working at AT&T, Cynt was not expecting to get a call from Mark Cuban asking her to lead his NBA team. She knew almost nothing about the business of basketball, but she relied on her leadership philosophy to guide her through. On this episode, Cynt and Ryan talk about lateral career moves, turning down promotions, and leadership principles. Then, leadership expert Charlene Li lays out the qualities leaders need, and how to set yourself up for up for leadership roles. Follow Ryan, Cynt and Charlene on LinkedIn For more tips from Charlene, check out her LinkedIn Learning courses Get more stories about leader’s zigs and zags by subscribing to The Path newsletter: LinkedIn.com/Path
Donna Orender was one of the first women in America to play basketball professionally. But when the women’s league was disbanded in 1981, she had to pivot. Donna talks with Ryan about recovering from this unexpected change, and how she went on to lead golf entertainment at the PGA TOUR before being asked to become the WNBA president. And then author and communication coach Jodi Glickman explains her framework on how to be great on the job and create opportunities for yourself. Follow Ryan, Donna and Jodi on LinkedIn. For more tips from Jodi, check out her LinkedIn Learning course, Make ‘Em Love You at Work Get more stories about leader’s zigs and zags by subscribing to The Path newsletter: LinkedIn.com/Path
Before Toto Wolff was known as a Formula 1 legend, the Austrian businessman spent years steering through different jobs and passions – banking, manufacturing, racing, and venture capital, until he finally landed his current role as Team Principal & CEO of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team. Toto talks with Ryan about why the transition to finance made him miserable at first, how to get new skills, and why young professionals shouldn’t try to chase passion right away. Then, author and communication coach Jodi Glickman, shares strategies for identifying your own skills, and deciding which of them are transferrable to a new job or industry. Follow Ryan, Toto’s team and Jodi on LinkedIn. For more tips from Jodi, check out her LinkedIn Learning course, Leveraging Your Transferable Skills to Drive Your Career Get more stories about leader’s zigs and zags by subscribing to The Path newsletter: LinkedIn.com/Path
Ryan and Kickstarter CEO Everette Taylor chat about the quick starts and stops in Everette’s career. They cover everything from houselessness, to entrepreneurship, working two jobs at once, and being poached for the Kickstarter CEO role. They reflect on empathy as a marketing super power, and Everette gets real about the value of work-life balance. Then, Dorie Clark, author of Entrepreneurial You, gives tips on best ways to balance your time to be more creative and productive, and she shares pointers on how to become an entrepreneur. Follow Ryan, Everette and Dorie on LinkedIn For more tips from Dorie, check out her book, Entrepreneurial You and her LinkedIn Learning course, Personal Effectiveness Tips. Get more stories about leader’s zigs and zags by subscribing to The Path newsletter: LinkedIn.com/Path
In this episode, Ryan talks with multi-industry executive Angela Ahrendts, DBE. Angela was formerly the CEO of Burberry, SVP at Apple, Chair of Save the Children International and she’s now a senior operating advisor for SKKY Partners, a private equity firm founded by Kim Kardashian. Ryan and Angela talk about changing industries, following your passion, and how to lead when times are tough. Then, communication coach Dorie Clark helps break down tangible steps to finding your passion, and shares tips on how to navigate a career pivot. Follow Ryan, Angela, and Dorie on LinkedIn. Get more insights from Dorie, check out her book Reinventing You, and her LinkedIn Learning course, Cultivating Mental Agility. Get more stories about leader’s zigs and zags by subscribing to The Path newsletter: LinkedIn.com/Path
How do you use storytelling to land the job you want? In this episode, Ryan chats with Sue Nabi, CEO of Coty, the company that is home to CoverGirl, Kylie Cosmetics, Gucci and countless iconic fragrances. She tells Ryan the story of how she developed a narrative to connect the dots between her degree in biotech and beauty to land her first job at L’Oréal, and how she's used the art of storytelling in all aspects of her professional and business life. Then, leadership expert Charlene Li gives tips on how to tell your personal story to get the job you want.  Follow Ryan, Sue and Charlene on LinkedIn.  Get more insights from Charlene by subscribing to her newsletter Leading Disruption and check out her LinkedIn Learning courses. Get more stories about leader’s zigs and zags by subscribing to The Path newsletter: LinkedIn.com/Path
Where should you invest your time? In this episode, Ryan chats with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi about the lessons he wished he’d learned sooner, and the magic of career compounding. Then, communication coach Dorie Clark lays out how you can grow and play the long game at one company without short changing yourself overtime. Follow Ryan, Dara and Dorie on LinkedIn. Get Dorie’s free Long Game Strategic Thinking Self Assessment , and check out her LinkedIn Learning course, How to Make Strategic Thinking a Habit Get more stories about leader’s zigs and zags by subscribing to The Path newsletter: LinkedIn.com/Path
How can your life experiences help you identify your career goals? In this episode, Ryan brings us the story of serial entrepreneur John Henry. John started out as a doorman in New York City, but soon ended up on the Forbes 30 under 30 list. He's built and sold a reportedly million dollar business, become a venture capitalist and host of the Vice show 'Hustle' and co-founded a car insurance company, just to name a few. John explains how his roots help him identify what’s important in his career, and how to flip what you've got for what you want. Then, renowned thought leader Nilofer Merchant explains her theory of “onlyness” – decoding how your life experiences can add value and help you generate big ideas.  Follow Ryan, John and Nilofer on LinkedIn. Get more insights from Nilofer by heading to her website: NiloferMerchant.com  Get more stories about leader’s zigs and zags by subscribing to The Path newsletter: LinkedIn.com/Path
In this episode, Ryan and Essence CEO Caroline Wanga chat about the starts, stops and pivots of her career path: from college dropout, to motherhood, to a range of nonprofit and corporate roles that eventually led her to Essence. Then, negotiation expert Kwame Christian gives tips on how to push through barriers and map out your own professional journey.  Follow Ryan, Caroline and Kwame on LinkedIn.  Get more insights from Kwame by following his podcast Negotiate Anything, and check out his LinkedIn Learning course, Difficult Conversations: Talking about Race at Work Get more stories about leader’s zigs and zags by subscribing to The Path newsletter: LinkedIn.com/Path
What are the traits of a successful person? In this episode, Ryan chats with billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban to discuss what it takes to thrive. Then, leadership expert Charlene Li dives deeper into his insights – teaching you ways to embrace curiosity, reduce stress, and master the art of selling. Follow Ryan, Mark and Charlene on LinkedIn.  Get more insights from Charlene by subscribing to her newsletter Leading Disruption or check out her LinkedIn Learning Course Generative AI and Workplace Transformation. Get more stories about leader’s zigs and zags by subscribing to The Path newsletter: LinkedIn.com/Path
From the CEO of LinkedIn, Ryan Roslansky, stories from the world's greatest leaders on their career successes, failures, and pivots that prove there is no single formula for success. At the end of each episode, you’ll leave with a new set of skills and knowledge to add to your career toolbox, helping you take one step closer to your goals.  Here’s a preview.  Follow Ryan on LinkedIn. Get more stories about leader’s zigs and zags by subscribing to The Path newsletter.
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