Chief Influencer

The majority of us stream music as part of our daily routines, often without considering the intricate process that enables us to access our favorite tracks. Drawing upon his expertise in streaming policy from the UK and beyond, Graham Davies is the President and CEO of DiMA, the Digital Media Association, in the United States. He shares why we should care about streaming and highlights its diverse stakeholders, particularly focusing on the creators of the music itself.

With a focus on promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion in the music industry, Graham leverages his influential position to advocate for policy changes that support a fair and balanced music streaming environment.

In this episode, Graham joins host Anthony Shop to discuss the imperative for leaders to embrace ongoing change through strategic development, problem-solving, and a continuous pursuit of learning and listening. They also explore the importance of fostering open communication and integrating diverse perspectives to foster collaborative and innovative solutions.

  • Leaders should view change as an opportunity for growth and seek new challenges to push their and their organization's boundaries.
  • Fostering an open and collaborative environment is crucial for innovation. In order to achieve industry-wide progress leaders need to bring different stakeholders together and emphasize the importance of collective effort to reach shared goals.
  • Building and maintaining relationships across an industry facilitates mutual understanding and cooperation. Collaborating with various entities leads to more holistic and beneficial outcomes for all involved.
  • Clear and effective communication is foundational for influence and leadership. Sharing a vision and ensuring it's understood is essential for rallying support and driving change.
  • Understanding differing perspectives and striving for compromise is vital in negotiations and leadership. Thus, recognizing the importance of compromise ensures that leaders achieve sustainable solutions.
  • Leadership requires a clear strategic vision and direction. It is a necessity to have a strong, forward-thinking plan to guide organizational and industry evolution.
  • Optimism and resilience in the face of challenges encourage progress and innovation. Leaders need to understand the value of perseverance in achieving long-term goals.

Quote of the Show:
  • “As a leader, you've got to be open at all times to hearing what people have to say.” - Graham Davies


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Creators & Guests

Anthony Shop
Anthony Shop believes in the power of people-centered branding and marketing to create a bright future. He chairs the National Digital Roundtable, the premier convener of digital innovators, leaders and policy shapers. Anthony also is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Social Driver, a digital services firm that helps companies and non-profits establish winning strategies with social media, websites, creative, and advertising. An enthusiastic presenter and teacher, he has led executive-level training for Amazon, PepsiCo, NASA, The British Embassy and the Bipartisan Policy Center. He has been recognized as an “OUTstanding LGBT Role Model” by The Financial Times, “40 Under 40” by The Washington Business Journal, and Business Leader of the Year by the DC Chamber of Commerce. A former newspaper reporter, Anthony was the first new media professional elected to the National Press Club’s Board of Governors. He currently serves on the boards of Leadership Greater Washington and LearnServe International. He earned his MBA from The George Washington University School of Business, where he teaches as an adjunct lecturer.
Robert Krueger
Robert is an Executive Director for The Communications Board, an organization with the mission of providing high-quality professional development for every communicator in every location. He is also the Global Lead for Partnership Communications at Gensler, the world’s largest architecture and design firm. Prior to his current role, he performed executive and CEO communications for Gensler, and was the senior director of public relations and social media at the Urban Land Institute. He obtained an MA in Communications and an MA in History from George Mason University. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In addition, Robert has taught communications at universities including George Mason University, West Virginia University, and the University of Florida. Robert currently serves as Immediate-Past President for the Public Relations Society of America’s National Capital Chapter (PRSA-NCC) -- the nonprofit’s largest chapter.

What is Chief Influencer?

Chief Influencer is a podcast that explores how today’s successful leaders inspire and influence others to make an impact in the world. They aren’t just Chief Executives, they’re “Chief Influencers.” We interview a range of leaders and uncover how they build authentic connections - both inside their organizations and beyond. Your next breakthrough idea may come from a Chief Influencer facing similar challenges in a completely different sector.