Judson Althoff is executive vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Commercial Business organization.

He leads the company’s commercial business strategy and over 40k people across the globe in a whole range of functions that need to work closely together in one coherent team for a company in the midst of digitally transforming itself with its customers.

Leading that many people who have to work that closely is in itself intriguing. Doing that while being part of a leadership team engaged in one of the most significant shifts in how technology is sold and consumed is incredible.

This conversation is about continuously striving for self-improvement and Judson’s insatiable inner drive to help others reach their potential.

It’s about continuously striving for excellence, but not at the cost of hurting relationships with loved ones.

We discuss how difficult but important finding balance is and the ways in which mindfulness and investing in recovery practices can be of help.

We talk about what it means to be a leader and what Judson looks for in others when trying to help them unlock their potential.

We get into what the word “excellence” really means and the factors that motivate him.

If you’re hungry to understand the intersection between you chipping all in in particular craft yet at the same time – are searching for deep meaningful relationships with family and friends – this conversation is for you.

My hope is that Judson’s willingness to be open, to share from his heart and his head will inspire you to do the same for others.

“I am wired to continuously strive for self-improvement and learn as much as I can from my successes and failures.”

In This Episode:

  • Why leading starts with making a decision that you want to do so
  • Growing up in an intellectually competitive environment and how it drove him
  • The impact his parents had on him… always expecting more from him
  • The passing of his mother and what it taught him about appreciating the present moment
  • Why being a good storyteller is key to inspiring people and being a good leader
  • What the word excellence means to him
  • Why he would rather be on a constant pursuit of reaching his potential, rather than chase goals
  • How he helps others reach their potential and why it’s so meaningful to do so
  • What motivates him


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“I think one of the hardest things to remember both as a leader and frankly as a human being is to stay present and to live life in the moment because the moment that’s happening now you’ll never get back. Time is our most valuable currency. Once you spend it, it’s gone.”

“How do you help someone find their potential? You look for the sparks. You listen. You try to help as much you as can because if you can help somebody else reach their potential or even start them on the journey, that’s one of the most rewarding things in life.”

“What is the ultimate goal in life? Balance. You’ve got to get enough sleep, you’ve got to eat well, you’ve got to take care of you body. Balance is constant work.”

“You have to decide that you want to lead especially when you’re working at a company [Microsoft] of this scale.”


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Judson Althoff is executive vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Commercial Business organization. He leads the company’s commercial business strategy, including enterprise, public sector, small and mid-market, services, developer and partner. His organization is responsible for leading the digital transformation for commercial customers and partners to realize greater business value through the use of technology.