Managing Ego in Investment Teams

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What do great investment and sports teams have in common?

For one thing, they have gifted players who give their best for the team rather than for their own personal success. So… how do you let a team come together or gel, as former Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson calls it?

In this episode, you’ll get a fresh perspective on leadership and managing investment teams. My guest is Jorik van den Bos, the former head of Kempen’s successful Dividend Team. In 2013, the team became the first Dutch mutual fund to receive a Gold-rating from Morningstar. Jorik himself - who's known to many as 'Mr. Dividend' - was nominated twice as European Fund Manager of the Year.

But if you ask him, his biggest claim to fame is that he managed to keep a group of talented investment professionals together for more than 15 years.

Jorik has been a great sounding board for me throughout the development of this podcast, so it's no coincidence that I asked him to be the very first guest on the show.

In our conversation, he looks back on his 28 years in investing. You’ll learn how he kept his team together through good and bad times, why understanding ego is critical when managing investment teams and why he recently decided to take the biggest leap of his professional life...

I hope you'll enjoy the conversation as much as I did!

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