12 May May 17, 2019 – End of Killing Rick Smith and DIY Performance Reviews Craig Dowden
Rick Smith – CEO & Founder of the Taser/Axon and Author of The End of Killing: How Our Newest Technologies Can Solve Humanity’s Oldest Problem
I had two high school buddies who had recently been killed in a
road rage incident, and that’s what got me interested in this
whole area, a light bulb went on for me.
Rick Smith built a publicly traded company on NASDAQ and had the great fortune to start a company in a garage and build a fantastic team of people to grow it into a global brand that is changing the world. Together, they have saved well over 100,000 people from potential death or serious injury. Now, they are disrupting the public safety space with a breakthrough SaaS capability called Evidence.com, which enables customers to effectively manage the tidal wave of digital media being generated in modern law enforcement. A pioneer of technology with the vision of making the bullet obsolete, Rick founded the original company, TASER, in 1993. As the TASER device became ubiquitous in law enforcement, Rick pushed the company beyond weapons technology and towards a broader purpose of matching technology to public safety needs in order to make the world a safer place. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a garage in Tucson to a NASDAQ-listed global market leader in conducted electrical weapons, body worn cameras and software. Rick was winner of the Ernst and Young 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year. Rick graduated from Harvard with a B.S. in Neuroscience (Cum Laude) and later earned a Master in International Finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Craig Dowden – Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker, Regular Contributor to Financial Post, HuffPost, Psychology Today & Financial Times
Being a positive leader doesn’t mean you never discuss negative
things or provide constructive feedback. It does say how to
deliver that feedback.
Craig Dowden, Ph.D. believes that there is a better way to engage bother employees and managers with better performance reviews. As a certified positive psychology coach, he is on a mission to share evidence-based leadership principles. He expands more on these in his new book, Do Good To Lead Well: The Science And Practice Of Positive Leadership. In 2009, Craig was recognized as one of Ottawa’s Forty under 40 business leaders by the Ottawa Business Journal.