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The GenWhy Leaders Podcast


Oct 13, 2019

Show Overview:

Climbing the corporate ladder is a popular phrase in the business world. “Climbing” can be seen as an intense journey. Sometimes you don’t know where you’re climbing, how long you’ll need to climb, or how many other climbers will be there when you get to the top. But what if you could build your own ladder, so to speak? That’s what Ryan Malec, Senior Digital Innovation & Strategy Director has done for himself at Informa. In a competitive digital media and publishing industry, Ryan finds himself as one of the top leaders in the company after climbing the ranks through seven promotions, and navigating multiple company acquisitions. Learn how you can do the same in episode 012.  

Ryan’s Why:

Ryan likes to see an idea that starts on a white board or a napkin and have it take flight and turn into a multi-million-dollar idea that makes everyone happy - including the customer, the user, and his company. 

Keys to becoming an innovator:

  1. Ask for forgiveness, not permission. 
  2. Everyone has parameters, criteria and red tape. But sometimes it’s better to go do things and prove they can be overcome. 
  3. Align yourself with team members that can get things done.

Why stay at a company for 10 years so early in your career?

In a digital media and marketing company, there is always something to chase that is interesting for Ryan. Whatever big picture idea he could pursue elsewhere, he could initiate and champion himself at Informa, without leaving the company. 

Resource Recommendations:

Gartner - business to business research, data, and trends
Strategy+Business -  management resource for business decision makers
Neil Patel - digital marketing expert 
Digital marketing institute - certification for digital marketing & sales professionals
DigitalMarketer - tools and training for digital marketers

Contact Ryan:

Ryan Malec LinkedIn Profile