Scott Keogh is the President and CEO of Volkswagen of America. On this episode of Mojo Mondays Bootcamp, Scott shares what it was like to be tapped to run the company during the TDI emissions scandal, how it impacted his leadership style and the importance of making the most of second chances.
Here are my top three takeaways from our conversation:
Keep Options Open: Scott saw two career paths for himself: New York Times Bureau Chief or Diplomat. Running an automobile manufacturer was nowhere on his radar. His ascent to CEO is a good reminder that the gods laugh at our career plans. The most successful careers result from saying yes to opportunities that broaden our experiences and perspectives. What opportunities will you to say yes to broad your experiences and network?
Face Your Fears: Taking the reins of Volkswagen of America after running Audi was not an immediate yes for Scott. He realized he had gotten comfortable and that taking this new role would require him to activate his Mojo and push against fears about the role. What fear do you need to conquer?
Challenges Unite: Scott stressed the organization’s commitment to rebuild the Volkswagen brand and earn back trust with customers, dealers and employees. He’s proud of how the organization’s transformed their processes and culture. It’s an important reminder of what’s possible when a team unites around a common goal, and in VWs case, a common challenge. How will you deepen connections and commitment with your people?
Mojo Mondays Bootcamp is here to show you what’s possible. I hope these notes help you find your mojo each week. Don’t forget to listen to my coaching tip at the end of the episode to help you face your fears.