31 May 2020

6. Leading in Crisis with AVP, Eb Ikonne

I had the pleasure of speaking with the VP of product and engineering at Cox Automotive, Ebenezer Ikonne. Ebenezer helps teams develop and deliver software solutions that are transforming the automotive industry. He has held a wide range of senior leadership positions and is a champion of Agile and Lean practices that solve the challenges of a dynamic business landscape. He is passionate about evolving how work gets done and wants people to experience “Joy At Work”.

Let’s jump into Eb’s story as we talk about the auto industry, technology, and leading software engineering teams amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

Things you will learn in this episode:

[00:01 - 02:10] Opening Segment

  • I talked briefly about valuable information that you can take advantage of in this episode
  • I introduce the guest, Ebenezer Ikonne to the show
  • We exchange greetings

[02:11 - 09:38] How Auto Industry, and Engineering Teams  Adapt to the “New Normal”

  • Eb talks about the challenges that he faced over the last two months as a leader due to the challenging landscape of COVID-19.
    • Navigating the “New Normal”
    • The importance of showing a more human side to team members as a leader
  • Eb shares the challenges that the automotive business has faced in this crisis
  • Eb discusses how his teams have adapted during these challenges and the changing economic climate

[09:39 - 14:57] Opportunities That We Can Take Advantage of During Crisis

  • Eb talks about which agile or lean principles apply the most for his teams in the midst of COVID-19 crisis
    • Ability to adapt to your environment
    • Vaccine development
  • Eb shares insight to some of the tools he deems critical during a time like this

[14:58 - 21:25] Eb’s New Content Called “Joy At Work”

  • Eb talks about what he is learning about himself as a leader during this season
  • Eb mentions the new content he has started producing called Joy At Work. See below for the link.
  • Eb shares inspirational advice about building community, working together, and staying positive amidst the crisis
  • For more information on Eb, be sure to follow him at the links below.
  • Final words from me


Tweetable Quotes:

“As a leader, it’s really being about adjusting my approach, so your values and principles stay consistent through these times. But how you act upon them and work through them is what’s different.” - Ebenezer Ikonne

“This (crisis) gives all of us the opportunity to hit the pause or maybe stop or reset and rethink things. What’s your purpose, what are you after, and what brings you that satisfaction in life?” - Ebenezer Ikonne

“Find the opportunities for joy right now! Understand that you’re in charge of your attitude, your feelings, your emotions, own them, and let’s get through this together.” - Ebenezer Ikonne

“Every good crisis provides a set of opportunities as well” - Ebenezer Ikonne


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You can connect with Ebenezer on LinkedIn, Youtube, and Twitter or visit his website eikonne.wordpress.com

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