Andrew Swinand

Abundant Venture Partners

His time as an infantry platoon leader in the US Army instilled in Andrew Swinand the understanding that every decision impacts the lives of others, that we are always accountable to the world around us.

This knowledge has guided his leadership ever since, particularly during his ten-year stint as President of Starcom MediaVest group, the world’s largest media agency managing over $40 billion of media investments.

In 2011 Andrew co-founded Abundant Venture Partners, a purpose-based incubator whose goal is to make the world a better place through the creation of companies that improve human wellness, performance, and engagement.

Andrew shares a platoon leader’s five tips for responsible corporate leadership:

1. When in charge, take charge. It’s just like the “leader of the day” in ranger school. Except it’s every day.

2. Bias for action. An 80% solution well-executed is better than the 100% solution that never happens.

3. Servant leadership. Make sure your people know you have their back and they will have yours too.

4. Violent Execution. When you’re in, go all in. Don’t look back. Don’t doubt yourself. Get the job done.

5. Mission first, people always. Know your mission. Define your objectives. Always take care of your people.

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