The Intersection of Sports and Business - Lee Zohlman - Chief Endurance Officer - Episode # 064

In this episode of the Chief Endurance Officer Podcast, host Greg McDonough interviews Lee Zolman, an endurance athlete and head of the commercial division for an IndyCar team. Lee shares his journey from broadcast journalism to triathlon coaching and motorsports sponsorship. He discusses how an endurance mindset helps in crafting long-term strategies and overcoming challenges in business negotiations. Lee emphasizes the importance of focusing forward and finding solutions both in professional and personal contexts. It’s an exciting episode you don’t want to miss!

  • Lee shares his diverse career path, detailing how he transitioned from broadcast journalism to becoming a triathlon coach and the head of the commercial division for an IndyCar team. 
  • Lee emphasizes the significance of an endurance mindset, which he developed through his athletic endeavors, in crafting long-term strategies and navigating business negotiations. This mindset enables him to maintain focus and resilience when facing professional challenges.
  • Lee highlights the importance of focusing forward and seeking proactive solutions rather than getting bogged down by setbacks. This forward-thinking approach is crucial in both professional and personal contexts, allowing for continuous progress and improvement.
  • The podcast delves into the advantages of practicing jiu jitsu, such as building confidence and enhancing self-defense skills. Lee also mentions how the discipline and mental toughness gained from jiu jitsu translate into other areas of life.
  • Lee shares valuable insights on applying endurance principles, like perseverance and mental fortitude, to various aspects of life and work. These principles help in achieving long-term goals and maintaining motivation through challenging times.
  • The episode underscores the importance of resilience and determination in overcoming obstacles. Drawing parallels between endurance sports and business, Lee illustrates how facing and conquering challenges is essential for growth and success.
  • Lee's experiences highlight the value of integrating physical fitness, mental toughness, and strategic thinking into a holistic approach to success. This comprehensive method fosters overall well-being and enhances one's ability to achieve professional and personal goals.
Quote of the Show:
  • "The endurance mindset is for the long haul. We’re not here for the sprint." - Lee Zohlman
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Creators and Guests

Gregory McDonough
Gregory McDonough
Greg McDonough is a seasoned executive who has owned and operated businesses in the professional services sector, navigating them through both good and tough times. He brings his personal experience of knowing what it’s like to be ‘in the owner’s seat’ when working with clients, taking time to ask the questions others may not.
The Intersection of Sports and Business - Lee Zohlman - Chief Endurance Officer - Episode # 064
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