Bob Cancalosi

Hard-Won Insights Gained Through Adversity

Q&A With Bob Cancalosi

What attracted you to the BIF Summit?

I was attracted to the storytelling format of the Summit, along with the incredibly accomplished professionals who will speak and participate. I’m so curious to hear and learn from the stories they want to share.

Tell us a just a bit about the subject of your BIF Summit story.

My story is called “Adversity’s Crooked Smile.” I’ll share three significant things I learned about leadership from having half my face paralyzed from parotid gland cancer.

What, to you, is the value of sharing stories?

Stories are the windows to the soul and they can have a very personal impact on learning, with long-term results.

Do you have a motto, or “words to live by”? If so, what is it?

My words to live by are from Mark Twain: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you learn why.”

Helping people find their “WHY” is part of my ambition.

What one thing (or more, if you like) would you like Summit attendees to know about you before they hear your story?

That the 33 radiation treatments I had over nine weeks in 2016 were an incredible gift. With early detection, great doctors, incredible family support, a positive attitude, and a lot of prayers, you can overcome any form of adversity. So when adversity strikes, do you define it or let it define you?

And by the way, all of this happened during my 30th anniversary at GE.

Joi