Joel Peterson is the chairman of JetBlue Airways and the founding partner of Peterson Partners, a Salt Lake City-based investment management firm.
Joel Peterson, chairman of JetBlue Airways, has spent a career leading teams, building businesses, and managing people at every level. Along the way, he's learned valuable lessons about the best ways to bring on new talent – as well as when and how to let people go. He also teaches at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is the author of the book “Entrepreneurial Leadership: The Art of Launching New Ventures, Inspiring Others, and Running Stuff.”
In today’s episode, we speak with Joel Peterson, current chairman of JetBlue and Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Joel’s career got a big boost from being the CEO and CFO of the world’s largest real estate development company, after which he left to start a private equity firm. Tune in to hear us discuss Joel’s experiences working as the chairman of JetBlue and how his career path has been quite serendipitous. Topics:  A moment in his career where forgiveness played a large part Early on, Joel thought you could use “spin” to get out of anything Why keeping someone on when they’re not working out can be detrimental How he became the CFO of a private equity firm The terrible end to his tenure at the private equity firm Why Joel thinks he is offered leadership positions The importance of building trust in business Which world leader is Joel’s role model Quotes: “Early on in my career... I learned that you can’t talk your way out of problems you behaved your way into.” “This was a $750 Million decision for a little start-up airline, so we knew we had to get this terminal right.” “It would be hard to run a business without people trusting you.”  Resources: JetBlue  
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