Carl Liebert has been in leadership positions during multiple crises. He oversaw Circuit City stores in New York during 9/11, led Home Depot in New Orleans when Katrina hit, and took over a major role at 24 Hour Fitness during the 2008 recession. Prior to all this business experience, Carl was an officer in the Navy.
These experiences and hardships would make some into cautious leaders with warnings about the dangers of a crisis. However, when I talked to Carl, I was surprised to hear his radical optimism. Carl and I discussed the lessons he learned in his various roles, advice for other leaders during this time, and the importance of staying positive, no matter what.
No one is more heroic than the healthcare workers and those on the frontlines treating the sick. But there’s also a role for others, particularly those in positions of privilege, to play in this crisis. As I’ve worked to make my own contributions, I’ve crossed paths with many different people and organizations offering their skills, expertise, and resources to get aid to essential workers and the sick. I created this podcast to share these inspiring stories in real-time, but also as a call to action. If you think you can help, do. If you want to help but don’t know how, the people in these episodes will guide you towards ways to get started. They’re helping to lead us through and eventually out of the crisis and offering tools for joining the effort.
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