The Power of Being Yourself

Joe Plumeri

with Joe Plumeri

Vice Chairman of First Data Corporation

The Power of Being Yourself

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Moe and Joe Plumeri talk about how living in the moment and being honest carries into how we live all facets of our lives.

The Power of Being Yourself

An organization takes on the personality of its leader — that we all know — but when that personality is Joe Plumeri, that’s altogether different.  You see, Plumeri is one of those rare leaders who was born with the gift to inspire.  Spend 15 minutes with him and you’ll walk away convinced that his optimism is contagious, his authenticity is real, and his contribution to those he leads is forever.

Since his early days of digging sewers in Trenton, NJ, Joe has never shied from doing what others before him took for granted.  To him, personal growth demanded a temporary surrender of security; so he embraced an otherwise unknowable future with the guts that he will always be braver than his heart told him, stronger than his mind reminded him, and much more compelling than anyone around him.  True to his Italian roots, Joe had swagger that, as he describes, was “north of confidence and south of arrogance.”

Having been in the financial services industry during Joe’s tenure in the industry, I have vivid memories of the disruption that his initiatives caused. Still, I couldn’t help but admire the courage it must have taken to buck industry traditions.  Tune it as Joe and I chronicle his journey, and discuss the urgency behind the message of his latest book, The Power of Being Yourself.

Here’s a glimpse of what we discuss:

  • The power of the wardrobe
  • The one constant in business that will never change
  • Why being risk adverse is fatal
  • Why authenticity is fake
  • The vital connection that admired leaders make with their people
  • The real reason why most of us are afraid to reveal our emotions
  • Why being compelling trumps everything