1-800 Junk Founder CEO, Brian Scudamore Speaks Out: Innovation & Mentorship

Please take ten minutes to view the video of 1-800 Junk Founder & CEO, Brian Scudamore, who was interviewed recently by Hart Hillman, CATA National Leadership Council member, on the importance of innovation and mentorship to creating Canada’s competitive innovation nation.

Mr. Scudamore challenges our assessment of Canada’s low innovation rankings, pointing to Canada’s global success stories. He stresses the importance of linking to innovative people, thus creating a self reinforcing peer group for innovation success.

Regarding 1-800 Got Junk, he points out that a key to success is the hiring of creative people who do not hesitate to ask questions and challenge the old ways of doing things.

Turning to mentorship, the leader must first serve as a role model and then ask the mentee the question what could I have done better?

For Mr. Scutamore, social give back involves the mantra of “making meaning more than making money”; where employees are engaged with a high level of job satisfaction and are very much part of advancing the welfare of the community.

Mr. Scudamore concludes with a sound bite on new ventures: Wow 1 Day Painting and U-Move Me.

Mr. Brian Scudamore Founded 1-800-GOT-JUNK? LLC in 1989 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Scudamore served as a board member for the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO). He was very honored to have been named the 2007 International Franchise Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year. He has also been recognized with a Fortune Small Business Best Bosses Award; been named a finalist in the past five years for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He graduated from MIT’s four-year Birthing of Giants program, and subsequently completed three years of MIT’s BOG’s alumni program, Gathering of Titans. He has also taken part in the first of a nine-year executive education program at Harvard University through YPO President’ University.

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