Joel Peterson - JetBlue, Peterson Partners
In today’s episode, we speak with Joel Peterson, current chairman of JetBlue and Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Joel’s career got a big boost from being the CEO and CFO of the world’s largest real estate development company, after which he left to start a private equity firm.
Tune in to hear us discuss Joel’s experiences working as the chairman of JetBlue and how his career path has been quite serendipitous.
- A moment in his career where forgiveness played a large part
- Early on, Joel thought you could use “spin” to get out of anything
- Why keeping someone on when they’re not working out can be detrimental
- How he became the CFO of a private equity firm
- The terrible end to his tenure at the private equity firm
- Why Joel thinks he is offered leadership positions
- The importance of building trust in business
- Which world leader is Joel’s role model
“Early on in my career... I learned that you can’t talk your way out of problems you behaved your way into.”
“This was a $750 Million decision for a little start-up airline, so we knew we had to get this terminal right.”
“It would be hard to run a business without people trusting you.”
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