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Zoë Routh Leadership Podcast

Feb 28, 2022

Ease leadership growing pains by learning to trust your teams

Sean McAuliffe loves fast cars and is driven to succeed but his leadership philosophies have evolved from a realisation that sometimes you have to take a back seat. An entrepreneur with a talent for understanding what the market needs, Sean built a successful car key supply business from scratch and, following a merger, identified the need to simplify employee communication and connection. So he came up with the solution and now practices what he preaches with his growing software business.  Sean shares how he learned to step back in his leadership and let his people find their own paths and why you can’t go wrong with being nice.

Why you should listen: Don’t become a leadership bottleneck

  • Leadership communication is about describing the destination

We explore incremental corporate culture shifts

  • How leadership humility enables accountability
  • Intentional leadership connection keeps hybrid teams together
  • Team development starts with stepping back

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About Sean McAuliffe:

Sean is the Founder of Huey is an interactive org chart tool that integrates with Slack.  Sean was inspired to create Huey after going through successive mergers with his last company, International Key Supply.  Although Sean started International Key Supply from his basement apartment, he was able to bootstrap it to 10-figure revenue and over 40 employees.  

Eventually, International Key Supply merged with several other companies in private equity-backed deals.  All of a sudden, there were over 200 employees in the company and Sean, and his team, kept finding themselves asking “Who do I need to speak with to get x done, and how do I get a hold of them?”

This is why he built Huey.  Huey is built to empower every employee in an organization to find the colleague they need quickly and efficiently through its Slack integration.

When he’s not working, you can find Sean spending time with his wife and 3 daughters or driving race cars somewhere.

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About your host,  Canberra leadership expert Zoë Routh:

Zoë Routh is one of Australia’s leading experts on people stuff - the stuff that gets in our way of producing results, and the stuff that lights us up. She works with the growers, makers, builders to make people stuff fun and practical.

Zoë is the author of four books: Composure - How centered leaders make the biggest impact,  Moments - Leadership when it matters most, Loyalty - Stop unwanted staff turnover, boost engagement, and build lifelong advocates, and People Stuff - Beyond Personalities: An advanced handbook for leadership. People Stuff was awarded Book of the Year 2020 by the Smart WFM Australian Business Book Awards.

Zoë is also the producer of The Zoë Routh Leadership Podcast.