May 31, 2022

Leading at the Forefront of the Sports, Music & Entertainment Industry with Phil de Picciotto, Founder & President of Octagon | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker

Leading at the Forefront of the Sports, Music & Entertainment Industry with Phil de Picciotto, Founder & President of Octagon | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker

In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Phil de Picciotto. Phil is the founder and president of Octagon and has been at the forefront of the sports, music, and entertainment industry for more than 35 years. In this conversation, Phil de Picciotto shared what led to his initial commitment to social justice, eventually pursuing his law degree and helping found Octagon. Phil de Picciotto also talked about how Octagon signed Moses Malone and Steffi Graf and the organization's choices in staying focused on impact by transitioning women's tennis from sponsorship by the Virginia Slims cigarette brand. Finally, Phil de Picciotto shared the reasons for Octagon going global and how the organization continues to stay ahead in a competitive field.  


Some highlights:

-Why attending Amherst ended up being a great choice for Phil de Picciotto

-The impact of Phil de Picciotto's South Africa experience

-Why Phil de Picciotto decided to start a sports agency

-How Phil de Picciotto led the removal of tobacco sponsorship from professional tennis

-The importance of an organization's purpose and how to navigate it to the optimal benefit of everyone

-Octagon's Blue Ocean Strategy in going global 

-How Phil de Picciotto has continued to use his influence to  make a difference 

-How organizational leaders can align team members with organizational values and priorities 



Mentioned:

-Ranjay Gulati (Listen to Ranjay Gulati's episode on Partnering Leadership here)

 

Connect with Phil de Piccioto:

Octagon Website

Octagon on Facebook

Octagon on Twitter

Phil de Piccioto on LinkedIn

Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:

https://mahantavakoli.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/

 

More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: 

https://www.partneringleadership.com/