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FROM FOUNDER TO CEO
Co-Founder and Chairman of The container store, Kip Tindell, recently spent time chatting with Todd Uterstaedt of From Founder to CEO—an organization built on helping budding entrepreneurs make the transition from bright-eyed, enthusiastic startup founders to thoughtful, business savvy CEOs. During their discussion, which is available as a 25-minute podcast, Kip talks about how The container store's Foundation Principles helped him make that transition himself and navigate the waters of being the CEO of a growing company.
Since I was a kid I really enjoyed being organized. Maybe I was a bit unusual. I organized my closet once a quarter. My desk had everything in its place. Even the books on my shelves were categorized by topic. So, when I interviewed Kip Tindell, Co-founder and now former CEO of The Container Store, he said something that really resonated with me. He said, “Life is better if you are organized.” I couldn’t agree more.
Kip’s enthusiasm for life is infectious. And, his leadership principles are inspirational. You may be hard pressed to find many people who put the words “love” and “business” in the same sentence. But, Kip does just that in this interview and shares so much more about his personal journey from Co-founder of a small retail store to CEO of a business with 6,000 employees and more than 80 stores across the United States.
We recorded this interview in August of 2016 a few months after he stepped down as CEO. He served in this role for many years. We talked about a very challenging time during the fast-growth stages of his company and what he did to overcome it. And, we also talked about his decision to step down as CEO.
If want to hear what successful entrepreneurial leadership through hard work and humility sounds like, give a listen to this interview with Kip Tindell. My bet is you’ll feel uplifted just like I felt while I interviewed him. Let me know what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org.