People and Pop Culture

New SBJ I Factor: Warriors President & COO Brandon Schneider

SBJ releases the new episode of our podcast series, “I Factor,” which digs into the personal and professional journeys of some of the top executives in the sports industry. Today’s episode features Warriors President & COO BRANDON SCHNEIDER talking with SBJ’s Abe Madkour about leadership lessons, how he manages, execs he’s learned from and the advantages of staying with a company for the long term. Schneider was a member of SBJ’s Forty Under 40 class of '17.

Quick hits:

What Schneider tells people about getting into the sports industry: “I always say, there’s two things. You’ve got to get your first job. You’ve got to get your foot in the door. And then, once you do that, how do you grow and progress into other positions? Most people would consider that to be the harder part of it. I actually argue to people, the hardest part is getting that first job.”

Best management advice: “Always think across the organization. If I’m in marketing, I’m thinking about how best to run our marketing team, but you’ve got to think about it through the lens of the entire organization. You’ve got to nail your current job and think more broadly how you can have an impact on the overall success of the organization.”

Why he looks for intellectual curiosity in job candidates: “Sometimes you’re asking questions and it doesn’t really matter what the answer is, but how are they supporting that and how well-rounded are they thinking about things? That intellectual curiosity is critical because that’s what’s going to get you the growth potential.”

Hear an audio-only version of the episode.

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