As a star athlete on Notre Dame’s national championship team, Rod had every intention of having a career in professional football. Then, as an attorney at Entergy Corporation, Rod had every intention of enjoying a purposeful, yet stable corporate career. As the first episode in our Protégé Podcast series “Lessons from the Top,” I have an intense and reflective conversation with Rod West, Entergy Corporation’s Group President for Utility Operations. We talk about activating your contingency plans in the storms of life and career, what it means to truly add value at your company, and the importance of longevity in your career. We also bring back “The Breakdown” segment to analyze the leadership competencies Rod has exhibited in his dynamic career, and their importance for anyone looking to enter the C-suite.