Episode 5

Published on:

4th Aug 2020

Learning to be Uncomfortable - with Mike McDermott, President of InquisIT

Our guest today is Mike McDermott, President of InquisIT, LLC.  In this episode, we’ll cover Mike’s trajectory, as he tells the story of where he’s been, where he is today, and where he wants to go. Some of the topics covered include:

-         How Mike got comfortable with being uncomfortable

-         The problem with replicating others, instead of being yourself

-         How to formalize your expectations with your employees, with the rules you decide to live by

-         The importance of helping your team understand what’s healthy, but also creating time for yourself

-         Why unrest in healthcare, society, and the economy will lead to change, and how InquisIT is preparing for these shifts

-         And more

Mike has had a really successful career in the federal space already, but shows no signs of slowing down. Some of his achievements include:

-         Helping to support Phacil to grow from 4 employees to over $150M in revenue, exiting as President of the company.

-         Serving as CEO of ATA, LLC, helping the company to achieve 20% growth and a GSA schedule.

-         Currently, he’s the President of InquisIT, where in his first 12 months he grew the business by nearly 40%.

He is strong in business development, negotiations, operations, and more. He’s also a former Marine, competitive body builder, and Executive Coach for Leadership Ignited.   

Connect with Mike on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-mcdermott-b365a11/

Get coaching from Mike at Leadership Ignited: https://leadership-ignited.com/contact

Learn more about InquisIT: https://www.inquisitllc.com/mike-mcdermott/

Support Mobile Hope Loudoun: https://www.mobilehopeloudoun.org/

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About the Podcast

The NoVA Business Podcast
A series of interviews with Northern Virginia's most influential business leaders.
The NoVA Business podcast is a stream of interviews with NoVA's leading entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives.

Northern Virginia is America’s best-known secret. With Ranking #1 in the nation for workforce and education and #3 for business friendliness, NoVA is a hotspot for the world’s top talent and entrepreneurs. There's no question why companies like Amazon and Capital One call NoVA home for their headquarters.

On this podcast, we will share the inspiring stories of leaders who are shaping the community around us. Listen to the challenges they have overcome, the lessons learned, and the vision they have moving forward. Get ready for a series of epic conversations!

The NoVA Business Podcast is sponsored by The Business Benefits Group.

About your hosts

Jessica Du Bois

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Jessica Du Bois is a consultant and advisor for employee benefits, working with dozens of companies in the D.C. region. Creating The NoVA Business Podcast became one of Jessica's goals after working with many of the incredible business leaders in Northern Virginia.

The podcast is a collection of stories that tell us the trials and successes that have formed the community around us. No gimmicks. No paid interviews. Just real-life storytelling of the friends and leaders that inspire you.

When Jessica isn't interviewing for the podcast or advising on benefits, you can find her coaching boxing classes or training for her next half marathon.

Derek Winn

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As a corporate health care strategist, Derek has had the unique opportunity to partner with hundreds of leading and admired businesses across Northern Virginia. Given his role, he has been able to witness and support businesses during the best of times as well as the worst of times.

These stories are the fuel for the Northern Virginia Business Podcast - the only podcast focused exclusively on the founders, leaders, and heroes in our own backyard of Northern Virginia.

These stories are intended to captivate and inspire those who continue to shape the landscape of Northern Virginia.

While he spends the majority of his time working in Fairfax, he has the most fun at home in Warrenton with his family.