Reboot Podcast Episode #130 – When Your Company Grows You – with David Hieatt

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.


David Hieatt

David Hieatt

Co-Founder of Hiut Denim Co and The Do Lectures

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Episode Description

On this episode of the Reboot Podcast, Jerry hosts a conversation with David Hieatt, Co-founder of Hiut Denim Company. In this exchange, David recounts how the sale of his first company left him feeling listless and ungrounded. He shares how he regained his sense of purpose after founding Hiut, a company that revived the denim industry in the small town of Cardigan, Wales. David describes the difficult process of temporarily closing the factory due to COVID-19 and how these past few months have given him the space to reaffirm the company’s values and solidified the importance of taking care of not only the people of his organization but the community as a whole. Jerry and David acknowledge the value of servant leadership, remark on the beauty of team building, and consider what happens when your company grows you.  

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“Who am I then if I’m not a founder?” – David Hieatt

“I’m not gonna let anybody have any power over me as though they can make a phone call to me to tell me where to go.” – David Hieatt

“There’s nothing worse than walking out of your company knowing that you’ve half-finished the job.” – David Hieatt

“There’s a frustration with founders, but there’s a beauty with the founders because they’ve got the heart.” – David Hieatt

“One of the rare gifts of an entrepreneur is to build a team and to be part of a team. It’s a special gift. It’s a special time.” – David Hieatt

“That’s the bit of business I’m interested in, the community.” – David Hieatt

“As CEOs, our job is not to actually tell people what to do, but to create the conditions for that team to arise.” – Jerry Colonna

“Being an entrepreneur is the best personal development program on the planet because unless you grow your business won’t grow.” – David Hieatt

“For God’s sake maybe now we will understand what it means to put people ahead of profits.” – Jerry Colonna

“One of the things that will oddly come out of this [Coronavirus] is it’ll be okay for founders to say, “Yeah, I’m a slow-growth company.”- David Hieatt

“The thing that seemed to have been missing for you was the purpose derived from taking care of others.” – Jerry Colonna

“Having kindness for another human being is a beautiful thing.” – David Hieatt