Jonathan Dapra: The Architect of Business Success

By: Jonathan Dapra
May 31, 2023

In this post, I wanted to call out some insights from my recent interview with Martin Piskoric from the 21st Century Entrepreneurship podcast entitled “Jonathan Michael Dapra: The Architect of Business Success.”  

While I talk about my journey as an entrepreneur and share what I learned about small companies and concepts from my book From 50 to 500, I wanted to outline these three elements for you to consider:  

  1. The most incremental leadership improvement will get you exponential success. Change a business or people capability little by little and you will markedly improve your leadership results. 
  2. Leadership is contextual.The leadership skills needed to run small to mid-sized companies are very different than those that leaders need in larger companies. The fact is, your skills and abilities need to adapt and change as your organization grows from 25, to 50, to 150. High impact leaders are continually looking in the proverbial mirror to see what they are doing well and where they can strengthen their capabilities. In a high growth company, you must commit to regular behavior change. 
  3. Good decision-making capability is key for leaders.The better decisions you make the better your results. From my perspective, great leadership is simply the sum of your results. A leader whose decisions regularly lead to great outcomes is highly effective. 


Below is the entire podcast (~30 minutes).

Jonathan Dapra is a co-founder of Alaric, and its Chief Innovation Officer. He is a leadership assessment and development practitioner with over 20 years’ experience as an executive, entrepreneur, trainer, and educator. He is the co-author of From 50 to 500.
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