THE EO BLOG
Octane Results: Project Octane
Every company has a personalized business model, one that separates them from the herd. For EO Chicago’s Zak Dabbas and Ryan Unger, co-founders of Punchkick Interactive, a mobile app and web development agency, the secret to their sustainability comes from “going flat.” In this special interview, Zak and Ryan offer insights into their EO journey, the decision to adopt a new business model, and how a flat focus has led to a surge in productivity and innovation.
For 30 years, EO has been led by countless members who have volunteered their time to help strengthen the organization. Each year, thousands more do the same through the Path of Leadership (PoL) program, which equips members with the tools, knowledge and networks they need to grow as leaders. In this special interview, EO South Australia’s DAVID BARTHOLOMEUSZ, a longtime member leader and EO Accelerator trailblazer, opens up about his PoL journey, finding his purpose as a leader and giving back to get ahead.
In all corners of the world, entrepreneurs are playing an integral role in the development of communities, economies and industries. And it all starts with engagement. For Rosemary Tan, a member of EO Malaysia and EO’s former Global Chairman, the art of engaging has helped her find success and significance in business and beyond. In this featured interview, Rosemary shares the highs and lows of her entrepreneurial journey, the value of EO leadership and how through engagement, she continues to find new value in herself, her business and her life.
Your family has played—and continues to play—a major role in your life, encouraging you to get the most out of everything you do. How have they contributed to your success?
RT: I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for my family. I am the oldest of six siblings, and am blessed to have everyone so close by; we stay in touch regularly and meet every Sunday for a three-generation dinner. My grandma taught me how to seize every opportunity and ‘taste’ everything in life at least once. My dad, who was a successful entrepreneur, taught me the value of hard work and that experience is the best MBA you can get. And my mom, who’s a paraplegic, taught me the power of perspective and to always lend a helping hand. I am truly blessed for the strong foundation my family has given me, as well as the many lessons they’ve provided over the years. My family inspires me to engage the world every day to see what it has in store.