RSPA Trusted Advisor Ep. 114: The Secret to Leadership Longevity

In Episode 114 of “The Trusted Advisor,” RSPA CEO Jim Roddy draws business leadership lessons from the world of college athletics through an interview with Brian Streeter, the Director of Athletics for 27 years at Penn State-Behrend, and Dave Niland, Behrend’s head men’s basketball coach for 29 years. Streeter and Niland share the keys to their longevity as successful leaders, how they have changed as leaders over time, the dynamics of coaching your family and leading people who are like family, and the biggest mistakes team leaders make today.

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Jim Roddy is the President and CEO of the Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA). He has been active in the retail IT channel since 1998, including 11 years as the President of Business Solutions Magazine, six years as an RSPA board member, one term as RSPA Chairman of the Board, and several years as a business coach for VARs, ISVs, and MSPs. Jim has been recognized as one of the world’s Top Retail Experts by RETHINK Retail, a Leading CannaTech Influencer by The CannaTech Group, and is regularly requested to speak at industry conferences on SMB best practices. He is author of two books – The Walk-On Method To Career & Business Success and Hire Like You Just Beat Cancer – and is host of the award-winning RSPA Trusted Advisor podcast. For more information, contact