Episode Summary

Sam Mallikarjunan is one of those people whose mental clarity shines through everything he does and says. This hour-long talk is worth the listen for the sheer value of Sam’s ideas and advice.

The third episode I recorded for the podcast stars Sam Mallikarjunan, one of the people who has influenced me in a meaningful way over the past few years. He is Executive Strategist at HubSpot, PDP Instructor at Harvard University and Faculty Chair at the University of Florida, and you might be surprised to know that he achieved all this without ever getting his bachelor’s degree.

This is not the only surprising fact about Sam!

Episode Notes

Get in touch with the guest, Sam Mallikarjunan:


MSPOT - tool used at HubSpot - https://thinkgrowth.org/mspots-the-secret-to-focus-and-alignment-4a1510d9b3db

Decay of knowledge (Deloitte) - https://www2.deloitte.com/insights/us/en/deloitte-review/issue-21/changing-nature-of-careers-in-21st-century.html

The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton M. Christensen - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2615.The_Innovator_s_Dilemma

Consulting on the Cusp of Disruption (HBR) - https://hbr.org/2013/10/consulting-on-the-cusp-of-disruption

Run Your Career Like a Startup - https://thinkgrowth.org/run-your-career-like-a-startup-41ea2993b02b

McKinsey Enduring Ideas: The three horizons of growth - https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/enduring-ideas-the-three-horizons-of-growth

McKinsey - Why implementation matters - https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/operations/our-insights/why-implementation-matters

Dharmesh Shah, Founder & CTO at HubSpot - https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/undisrupted-hubspots-reflections-disrupted-dan-lyons-dharmesh-shah/

The jobs to be done framework - https://jtbd.info/ and https://hbr.org/2016/09/know-your-customers-jobs-to-be-done

T-charts - the pros and cons list, a template from the Berkeley University - https://career.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/pdf/Plan/Pros%26ConsTable.pdf

HubSpot research - https://research.hubspot.com/

Other articles by Sam - https://thinkgrowth.org/@Mallikarjunan

Sam's posts on Medium - https://medium.com/@Mallikarjunan

About the Show

Improve your decision-making process through tactics and resources that will help you gain more clarity and focus, no matter the scale!

Andra Zaharia, content marketer and life-long learner, interviews great decision-makers, so you can learn from the best.

Discover how they built and improved their process over the years to strengthen your own.