Effective leaders think analytically about their businesses and those they oversee. They invest the time and effort to clearly understand any outstanding weaknesses, threats, strengths, and opportunities.
This helps them identify how they can support the team and help them overcome problems. Great leaders know when to pivot, constantly evaluating their own input to see how it aligns with organizational policy and objectives.
An astute leader makes a point of getting to know their staff and developing an understanding of what makes them tick. They not only spot talent in their employees, but they also cultivate that talent for the benefit of the company. These attributes shine the spotlight on Lionel Lodge, CEO of SyncLodge.
Under his adept leadership, SyncLodge is the most powerful B2B ecosystem for music supervisors, visual production companies and copyright holders/administrators to conclude all the sync licensing tasks needed to professionally license music.
It runs on the principle that those who create music should have Equal Opportunity in sync placement, Regardless of Where They Are In The World, regardless of their connections, finances, or level of fame.
In an interview with CIOLook, Lionel shares valuable facts that highlight his professional tenure and the significance of SyncLodge in the dynamic business arena.
Below are the excerpts from the interview:
Brief our audience about your journey as a business leader until your current position at SyncLodge. What challenges have you had to overcome to reach where you are today?
Working in the entertainment industry, especially music entails a constant flow of change. Nothing remains the same for very long. Any business in the industry has to adapt to the changes or risk becoming obsolete.
Over the more than 40 years I have been in the industry, I have seen frequent changes to what was accepted as established modes of business. Staying current with the change and even foreseeing change, has been essential.
Tell us something more about your company and its mission and vision.
We all love to watch TV shows and films with great music, but most of us have no idea of the long hours, stress, and complications involved with legally placing the music in the visual content.
Our mission is to streamline the process of IP licensing in the entertainment industry. We are helping those licensing IPs to enjoy their work by letting them focus on the creative side while our software takes care of the time-intensive and tedious tasks.
Enlighten us on how you have impacted Media and Entertainment niche through your expertise in the market.
SyncLodge is state-of-the-art IP licensing management tech with intuitive tools and ease of access designed to build communication bridges throughout the music and visual production industries. SyncLodge facilitates direct relationship growth throughout the entertainment industry, driving digital transformation.
SyncLodge has no membership or signup fees. The SyncLodge portal assures exhaustive inclusivity so all independents can work on the same professional level as the large, multi-national companies.
Describe in detail the values and the work culture that drives your organization.
Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the SyncLodge mission. We focus on ability and enthusiasm. We are wholly transparent. Everyone at the company has access to all communications and initiatives. We value outside input.
Our social impact outside of our company team is to allow true inspiration to flourish. We offer education and mentoring to all who need it. Our system is designed to be inclusive; it does not allow for any barriers based on age, gender, race, sexual orientation, or financial limitations.
Undeniably, technology is playing a significant role in almost every sector. How are you leveraging technological advancements to make your solutions resourceful?
We are a technology company. We have looked at the needs of the industry and developed never-seen-before tech solutions to fulfil those needs. During the building of SyncLodge, we sat down with hundreds of industry professionals and built the tools they told us were needed.
This is a continuous process for us. We need to listen and not assume. We are also working with many other entertainment industry tech companies and combining their advancements with ours. So many really clever teams are doing great things for the industry. It is a very exciting time.
What, according to you, could be the next significant change in the Media and Entertainment Sector? How is your company preparing to be a part of that change?
Web3 and the Metaverse are the big changes that are here but are still in the early stages. We see them becoming central to entertainment consumption. We are working with groups like the Web3 Music Rights Group to ensure that the transitions allow the copyright owners to maintain control of their rights and to navigate and leverage the opportunities these new technologies offer.
Where do you envision yourself to be in the long run, and what are your future goals for SyncLodge?
The future is steeped with multiple chapters of growth for SyncLodge. The IP licensing industry is massive and constantly evolving globally. SyncLodge needs to bring guidance, understanding, and opportunities to copyright licensees and licensors.
We are always looking at the industry landscape and how it is evolving. By partnering with other innovators in the entertainment industry, we want to ensure the creative future of entertainment is very much alive and kicking up a storm.
What would be your advice to budding entrepreneurs who aspire to venture into the Media and Entertainment Sector?
It is a very big industry with many complicated, intertwined sectors. Investigate deeply, and make sure you understand how the different sectors work together. Find a missing piece that is needed and introduce it. Change is constant; getting those entrenched in the industry to adapt is not easy. You need to be patient and think long-term. Be willing and able to pivot.