Steve Odland, Office depot CEO talks to MeetTheBoss about successful business leadership.
At one point, the economic crisis of the last two years pushed Office Depot stock down as low as 60¢; and while 2010 has seen the company riding high once again, stock now remains risky. Last week Office Depot posted a better-than-expected quarterly loss, driven by cost cuts and profits in its North American stores. Meanwhile, other analysts are suggesting a merger is their only hope. Here, CEO Steve Odland offers key advice on how to lead when you’re seemingly on the edge of bankruptcy? How do you instill confidence in your staff? How do you survive?
In this program, you will find out:
* How to manage through tough economic times
* How successful business leaders learn from their mistakes
* How to build key values and a culture that nurtures talent
Steve Odland has a business background in consumer and retail sectors, having served as chairman and ceo of Office Depot, Inc. from 2005-2010; chairman, president and ceo of AutoZone, Inc. from 2001 until 2005; president and ceo of Tops Markets, Inc. from 1998 to 2000; president, foodservice division, Sara Lee Bakery from 1996-1998; and progressive positions at The Quaker Oats Company from 1981-1996. He served as an adjunct professor in the graduate schools of business at Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University from 2011 to 2012. Odland currently is a member of the Board of Directors of General Mills, Inc.