M&S 010: How Sweet It Is! Kat Cole on How She Dropped Of College, Traveled the World & Became CEO of Cinnabon by Age 35.



Welcome to Episode 10 of the Movers&Shakers Podcast.  This episode is important to me because at the beginning of the year I decided that my  “Money Mantra” for 2014 was going to be LAUNCH. So, I’m very proud to be able to bring the 10th Episode to you today. I hope you’ve made you mind up to do something special this year as well.

We’ve had the opportunity to chat with and learn from a number of successful entrepreneurs in the first 10 episodes, but I know that some of you Movers & Shakers out there are looking to excel in the corporate arena.

In this episode I’d like you to meet someone who has done just that, the Kat Cole, CEO of the irresistible billion dollar brand Cinnabon.

Kat has an amazing story.  As a teenager she started working as a Hostess at Hooters in her home state of Florida. Because of her hard work and trustworthy nature she was asked to help open new Hooters restaurants in Australia and Latin America.  Her skill at launching the brand in foreign markets eventually helped her become vice president at the company.

When you prove your success, soon others will come calling, and she is leading the globally recognized brand (and scent….) Cinnabon.

But it wasn’t always this way.  Kat had to overcome difficulties in her family life as a kid and made the tough decision to drop out of college before climbing the ladder at Hooters.


In this episode of Movers & Shakers here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Why her mother left her father when she was 9 and what she learned from that experience
  • What childhood experiences help her deal with fear of failure
  • How she began to make herself indispensable at Hooters 
  • Why you should focus on the now even when you have aspirations for something greater
  • How to change other’s perception of you and your skill level
  • How to put yourself on the  fast track to the CEO suite
  • And much more!

Check out Kat’s Highlights from the hit CBS Show Undercover Boss

Advice from Kat Cole

  • Know yourself and how you are perceived by others.  Only then can you emphasize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.
  • Give, Give, Give.  Until it Hurts. Nothing is more important in building your life and your business than your relationships.
  • Deliver Results. Don’t look so far into the future that you miss the opportunity to be the best in your position TODAY.

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Action Item: Reach out to 10 people and ask for feedback using these 3 questions:

  • How would you describe me?

  • What’s my greatest strength

  • What’s the biggest thing I could improve on

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