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Building Self-Led Teams: The Art of Letting Go (Mark Hochgesang)
Episode 4215th February 2024 • Dugout CEO with Casey Cavell • Casey Cavell
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With Oregon Sports Angels Investor and Heavy Hitter Sports Podcast host Mark Hochgesang, we explored the art of hiring great people, fostering a self-led team, and the importance of making an impact beyond financial success. Join us on this exciting new episode of the Dugout CEO!


  • Nike's Success Factors: success factors behind Nike, attributing it to Phil Knight's leadership, the influence of iconic athletes like Michael Jordan, and the strategic validation through product lines like Air Jordan
  • Hiring and Empowering Talent: the significance of hiring great talent, assembling a talented team, and then empowering them. Mark believes in creating an environment where individuals feel motivated and empowered to contribute their best
  • Podcasting and Continuous Learning: transition into podcasting after retiring from Nike. The podcast serves as a platform for continuous learning, allowing him to connect with influential individuals in the sports industry and gain insights from their experiences
  • Youth Sports Motivation and Cultural Shifts: the challenges of motivating young athletes in today's environment, emphasizing the need for a partnership between coaches and athletes. Mark also touched upon the cultural shifts towards player-led or employee-led models in organizations
  • Investing in Startups and Oregon Sports Angels: Mark shared his involvement with Oregon Sports Angels, where he invests in sports-related startups. He expressed his passion for contributing to impactful businesses and mentoring young founders, combining his love for sports and business

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