Inspiring a values-based culture

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Today’s guest is Mark Scheinberg, founder and president of Goodwin University.

Mark is the first university founder to be on the show and a dear friend who I’ve known for over 20 years. No matter where we meet, one of the hallmarks of our friendship is that within two minutes, we’re laughing at something. I couldn’t be happier to have him here.

As Peter Drucker put it, culture is “the way we do things around here.”

At Goodwin University, their mission-centered culture doesn’t come from buzzwords reserved for wall signs and the employee handbook, it’s something that their people embody. I attribute a lot of that to Mark’s humility and his drive to live a life of service and love. His leadership by attraction inspires others to follow his example and make it their own. That’s what I believe his legacy is about.

In this episode, Mark and I talk about the enormous support Goodwin University offers its students, how he went from a poor childhood to becoming a millionaire by 30, his focus on helping his students better their lives, why he gave away 90% of his assets, and so much more!

Key Topics:

  • Why being a newer organization allowed Goodwin University to flourish (2:58)
  • How traditional universities often fail to meet non-traditional students’ needs (4:16)
  • Goodwin University’s groundbreaking student support initiatives (5:19)
  • Social initiatives that give students a greater chance of success (8:05)
  • The business case for offering extended support to students (9:23)
  • How music became the key to a world of opportunities for Mark (11:54)
  • The massive disconnect Mark experienced with college recruiters (13:28)
  • How college admissions processes can end up excluding good candidates (16:02)
  • Mark’s first post-college entrepreneurial venture (16:54)
  • Mark’s path from real estate investments to buying a school at 24 (17:49)
  • How a drive to help students find better jobs led Mark to shift his school into a college (20:45)
  • Why Mark was driven to make his college non-profit (24:19)
  • Mark’s decision to give away 90% of his assets (26:27)
  • How Goodwin University has thrived since becoming a non-profit entity (28:17)
  • The mission-based culture at Goodwin University (29:42)
  • The surprising response Mark received from the non-profit world (33:15)
  • Living a life of service, honesty, and love (35:04)
  • Why it’s always worth it to do the right things (36:57)
  • The advice Mark would give to his 23-year-old self (40:06)
  • And much more!

 

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