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Phil Dana: Talent Acquisitions & Career Transition You Can’t Teach Character

Episode 036

About Phil Dana: Philip Dana is an HR Leader who brings calm to the chaos, thriving on transformation and growth. He has been with companies like Amazon, Intuit, life technologies, and others. He says he has seen the worst and the best of humanity, sometimes standing right next to each other. Today, Phil is the Head of Human Resources for Dendreon Pharmaceuticals, an organization that is known for its prostate cancer treatments. He has a family that has battled cancer in its various forms, so he is excited to be a part of a team that fights back. Previously, he was the head of people operations for the Honor Foundation, a non-profit organization which helps Special Operations Forces like the NAVY SEALs and the Marine Raiders transition to civilian life. Phil describes himself as a data driven HR / People & Culture leader. He says he leverages his Irish DNA, Asia / Pacific-Northwest upbringing, military service as both enlisted & an officer and his experience at various corporations building teams to achieve peak performance.


In this episode, Jordan and Phil discuss:

  • Dendreon hired Phil as Head of Human Resources because of his commitment despite his lack of experience in the pharmaceuticals industry.

  • Why former Navy SEALs and other Special Operations add so much value to corporations and organizations.

  • The CEO’s role in creating workplace equity and equality

Key Takeaways:

  • Your character and your “why” are more important than your technical knowledge if you show the discipline and passion to learn.

  • Being passionate about what you do will make you both happier and more productive.

  • During the transition, it is valuable to work with an advisor, mentor or coach to articulate who you are, what you stand for and how to frame your experience in the culture of the organizations you want to join.

"Lift the company culture to lift performance."— Phil Dana

Mentioned: The Honor Foundation

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Jordan Goldrich

Your host, Jordan Goldrich, grew up in a loud New York family and once lost an executive position because of his style. He is co-author of the Amazon Best Seller, Workplace Warrior®: People Skills For The No-Bulls**t Executive, Chief Operations Officer, Master Corporate Executive Coach, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. His guests are part of his international network of Workplace Warrior® executives, master corporate executive coaches, and thought leaders. Each guest will engage you in conversation about their successes, mistakes, and solutions. You will get strategies for being completely authentic, while you fulfill your commitment to your organization, build positive relationships, and take performance to an even higher level.

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