Episode 001 | Ground Zero: Leadership Lessons from 9/11 with Larry Knafo

When we think about the moments that make us, most think of a difficult decision, a leadership challenge or big project, or maybe even a disruptive co-worker. For our guest, that moment occurred on September 11, 2001.

Larry Knafo was the Deputy CIO for the City of New York during 9/11. In the aftermath, he was faced with unbelievable and potentially crippling obstacles. Instead of crumbling under the pressure and stepping down, he stepped up. And the lessons gained from the experience have influenced his career and leadership for the last 20 years.

As the conversation unfolds, you’ll hear how Larry learned the importance of relationships, and why you don’t always need to have all the answers.


Key Takeaways:

Never stop growing.

Expand your comfort zone.

Know your purpose.

What to listen for:

[02:04] The key to navigating a crisis.

[04:59] Why you need to keep evolving.

[07:24] Your assumptions might be wrong.

[10:57] Larry’s advice to his younger self.

[13:03] Advice for moving your career forward.


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