Former Barstool CEO Erika Ayers Badan on Why Nobody Cares About Your Career

April 22, 2024

Welcome back to The Grey Area’s podcast! This week, we’re thrilled to have Erika Ayers Badan, the pioneering CEO of Barstool Sports, join us. A digital innovator and disruptor, Erika has redefined content creation, distribution, and monetization. With a career spanning high-level roles at AOL and Microsoft, Erika brings a wealth of experience to the table.

In this episode, we delve into the core of leadership, career growth, and the often harsh realities of the workplace. Erika shares invaluable insights from her journey and offers candid advice on navigating the corporate landscape. Plus, get a sneak peek into her upcoming book, “Nobody Cares About Your Career,” slated for release on June 11th.

Tune in as we explore the nuances of leadership and uncover the secrets to thriving in today’s dynamic business environment.

Tune in to hear:

  • 6:30 – What leadership skills Erika gained from her time at Barstool Sports.
  • 9:30 – How did Erika navigate the diverse ventures within the company?
  • 14:30 – What was the inspiration behind her book “Nobody Cares About Your Career”?
  • 21:20 – The importance of constructive feedback on your growth and how to solicit ideal feedback.
  • 32:00 – How to navigate attaching your self-worth to your title or position.
  • 41:15 – Erika navigates some grey areas with us. 
  • 44:00 – Cubicle Confessions: Setting boundaries on relationships, and dealing with ethical dilemmas

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