Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders

Scott J. Allen

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live.

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Ethan Braden - Long Life Learning
3d ago
Ethan Braden - Long Life Learning
R. Ethan Braden serves as Executive Vice President and the chief marketing and communications officer at Purdue University and Purdue Global. Ranked as one of the Top Ten Most Innovative Schools in America by US News and World Report for four consecutive years, Ethan leads the system in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap by passionately positioning, promoting, and protecting the Purdue brand and portfolio worldwide.In October 2021, Fast Company Magazine selected Purdue University as one of its inaugural “Brands That Matter,” a list honoring companies and organizations that authentically communicate their mission and ideals and give people compelling reasons to care about them according to Fast Company editors. The only university and the only Indiana entity named a Brand That Matters, Purdue was selected alongside Nike, 3M, McDonald’s, Ford, Yeti, and other large multinational conglomerates, small companies, and nonprofits.In 2020, the American Marketing Association recognized Ethan as ‘Marketer of the Year,’ and Purdue University’s central marketing and communications team as ‘Team of the Year,' both for higher education.He has appeared in Fast Company magazine, the Washington Post, AdAge, The Hechinger Report, and The Morning Brew. Ethan has spoken at Google Marketing Live and Salesforce’s Dreamforce, as well as appeared on numerous podcasts related to brand management, marketing, and higher education. Ethan teaches personal branding to student-athletes in Purdue University’s Optimizing Personal Brand and Image class, an innovative partnership between Purdue’s School of Management and Purdue Athletics prompted by NIL.Previous to Purdue, Ethan worked for Eli Lilly & Company for over a decade, where he served in a variety of senior marketing and sales leadership roles in the U.S. and globally, building, launching, and managing some of Lilly’s and the pharmaceutical industry’s most successful and life-changing, billion-dollar brands.Ethan earned his MBA from the University of Notre Dame and his bachelor’s degree from Willamette University (Salem, Oregon). Ethan lives in West Lafayette, Indiana, with his wife, Betsy, their son, Benjamin, and their daughter, Margaret.Two Quotes From This Episode"When we read together, and we consume together, it creates common knowledge. And it creates a common language...there's a common language that pervades the community of employees as a result of referring to the same texts.""The transition that we've made in our industry over time went from marketing, to brand, to now storytelling. And I don't care what you're in, great stories beat great spreadsheets."Resources Mentioned in This EpisodeThe episode title is taken from the book Long Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don't Even Exist YetLinks to resources are located in the transcript!About The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals interested in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan for ILA's 24th Global Conference online on October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022. Register for the 24th Global Conference here!My Approach to HostingThe views of my guests do not constitute "truth." Nor do they reflect my personal views in some instances. However, they are important views to be aware of. Nothing can replace your own research and exploration.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Ethan Braden - Long Life Learning
3d ago
Ethan Braden - Long Life Learning
R. Ethan Braden serves as Executive Vice President and the chief marketing and communications officer at Purdue University and Purdue Global. Ranked as one of the Top Ten Most Innovative Schools in America by US News and World Report for four consecutive years, Ethan leads the system in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap by passionately positioning, promoting, and protecting the Purdue brand and portfolio worldwide.In October 2021, Fast Company Magazine selected Purdue University as one of its inaugural “Brands That Matter,” a list honoring companies and organizations that authentically communicate their mission and ideals and give people compelling reasons to care about them according to Fast Company editors. The only university and the only Indiana entity named a Brand That Matters, Purdue was selected alongside Nike, 3M, McDonald’s, Ford, Yeti, and other large multinational conglomerates, small companies, and nonprofits.In 2020, the American Marketing Association recognized Ethan as ‘Marketer of the Year,’ and Purdue University’s central marketing and communications team as ‘Team of the Year,' both for higher education.He has appeared in Fast Company magazine, the Washington Post, AdAge, The Hechinger Report, and The Morning Brew. Ethan has spoken at Google Marketing Live and Salesforce’s Dreamforce, as well as appeared on numerous podcasts related to brand management, marketing, and higher education. Ethan teaches personal branding to student-athletes in Purdue University’s Optimizing Personal Brand and Image class, an innovative partnership between Purdue’s School of Management and Purdue Athletics prompted by NIL.Previous to Purdue, Ethan worked for Eli Lilly & Company for over a decade, where he served in a variety of senior marketing and sales leadership roles in the U.S. and globally, building, launching, and managing some of Lilly’s and the pharmaceutical industry’s most successful and life-changing, billion-dollar brands.Ethan earned his MBA from the University of Notre Dame and his bachelor’s degree from Willamette University (Salem, Oregon). Ethan lives in West Lafayette, Indiana, with his wife, Betsy, their son, Benjamin, and their daughter, Margaret.Two Quotes From This Episode"When we read together, and we consume together, it creates common knowledge. And it creates a common language...there's a common language that pervades the community of employees as a result of referring to the same texts.""The transition that we've made in our industry over time went from marketing, to brand, to now storytelling. And I don't care what you're in, great stories beat great spreadsheets."Resources Mentioned in This EpisodeThe episode title is taken from the book Long Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don't Even Exist YetLinks to resources are located in the transcript!About The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals interested in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan for ILA's 24th Global Conference online on October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022. Register for the 24th Global Conference here!My Approach to HostingThe views of my guests do not constitute "truth." Nor do they reflect my personal views in some instances. However, they are important views to be aware of. Nothing can replace your own research and exploration.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Dr. Jill Arensdorf - A Good Challenge for Me
Aug 9 2022
Dr. Jill Arensdorf - A Good Challenge for Me
Dr. Jill Arensdorf is a professor in the Department of Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State University (FHSU), and currently serves as the FHSU Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs.  Before serving as Provost, she chaired the Department of Leadership Studies for eight years.  Her research interests include civic engagement and leadership, leadership behavior and skill development, and the transfer of learning. She has published numerous articles on the effects of service learning on the development of leadership skills, as well as the transfer of leadership skills to the workplace.  She has been active in civic engagement efforts at FHSU, co-writing FHSU’s Civic Investment Plan, and co-coordinated a freshman learning community at FHSU, L3-Live. Learn. Lead. for nine years. Dr. Arensdorf has received both the prestigious Navigator and Pilot Awards at FHSU for her exceptional advising and teaching.  She completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Kansas State University.Dr. Arensdorf is extremely passionate about teaching and participating in leadership.  Before her work at FHSU, she worked as a 4-H/Youth Extension Agent with K-State Research and Extension.  Jill is originally from Hill City, KS.  She and her husband Mike currently reside in Hays, KS.  Dr. Arensdorf's interests include spending time with her family, music, golfing, reading, cooking, and water skiing. Two Quotes From This Episode"I've really had to challenge myself to see the forest and not get mired in the trees where I'm more comfortable...that's been a really good challenge for me.""When it comes to doing (leadership)...my goodness! It's full of all these complexities, nuances, and critical thinking."Resources Mentioned in This EpisodeZoom by Istvan BanyaiAnna: The Biography by Amy OdellQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan CainAbout The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals interested in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan for ILA's 24th Global Conference online on October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022. Register for the 24th Global Conference here!My Approach to HostingThe views of my guests do not constitute "truth." Nor do they reflect my personal views in some instances. However, they are important views to be aware of. Nothing can replace your own research and exploration.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Cal Al-Dhubaib - Leadership and Artificial Intelligence
Aug 2 2022
Cal Al-Dhubaib - Leadership and Artificial Intelligence
Cal Al-Dhubaib is the Founder/CEO, AI Strategist of Pandata, a Cleveland-based AI design and development firm that helps companies like Parker Hannifin, the Cleveland Museum of Art, FirstEnergy, and Penn State University solve their most complex business challenges with trustworthy artificial intelligence solutions. He's a globally recognized data scientist, entrepreneur, and innovator in trusted artificial intelligence. Cal’s commitment to diversity and ethics is centered at the heart of his work. Years of experience as a data scientist and AI strategist have given Cal deep expertise in how business leaders can use AI to drive growth and improve outcomes. He is a technical expert on topics like:Applying machine learning to develop new AI capabilities. Ethical challenges around AI, like bias and explainability.How AI is used (and should be used) by top companies.Cal is especially passionate about inclusive workforce development, where he advocates for careers and educational pathways in data science. A Quote From This Episode"Artificial Intelligence is nothing more than software that does two things really well - recognizes complex patterns, and it automates actions, decisions, or recommendations based on these patterns.""When we talk about leadership plus artificial intelligence, something that is worth exploring is how can leaders prepare their teams? How can leaders understand when it's appropriate, where it can be used, where it might not work, or where it might need additional human support?""I'm a person that believes strongly AI needs to become boring for it to become useful."Resources Mentioned in this EpisodeAlpha GoTed TEDx Portland - Maurice Conti - The Incredible Invention of Intuitive AIAbout The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals interested in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan for ILA's 24th Global Conference online on October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022. Register for the 24th Global Conference here!My Approach to HostingThe views of my guests do not constitute "truth." Nor do they reflect my personal views in some instances. However, they are important views to be aware of. Nothing can replace your own research and exploration.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Dr. David Fearon - Practice as a Way of Being
Jul 18 2022
Dr. David Fearon - Practice as a Way of Being
Practice is Dr. Dave Fearon's way of being. His practice?  Irrepressible Teaching. Before, during, and after the 50+ years, he was a professor. His subject?  You; and why your practice matters to him, to everyone, and, of course, to you.His medium?  Wherever and to whomever digital takes him.Accordingly, his new digital-first book with the late, highly regarded Leadership thinker Peter B. Vaill is titled: Practice as a Way of Being: Peter Vaill’s Conjectures on Why Your Practice Matters.His long-running podcast that Dave originated with Peter is called Practice? “Irrepressible” because six years ago, David S. Fearon, Emeritus Professor of Management & Organizational Behavior, Central Connecticut State University, capped off 55 years as a successful Management Educator, practicing leadership in how he taught and how he served colleges and communities as dean and professor.Retired, Dave tried leisure, taking up golf and offering the occasional workshop, but he could not stop being a teacher. So, when the call came from Peter, his own most revered teacher, inviting a chance to draw attention to Practice as a tantalizingly under-taught but universally important question, Dave gave up the leisure (but not the golf).Now Practice is Dave’s practice, and it’s all about You.Resources Mentioned in This EpisodeBook - On Practice as a Way of Being Website - Enation ResearchPodcast - Practice?Television show -  The Bear on HuluTelevision show - Get Back on Disney+Film - In and of Itself on HuluA Quote From This Episode"So imagine now the wonderful journey someone's making - assuming they're continuing to get better, no matter what the conditions, the payoff is your practice. And it will take you into a context and land you in a moment in time.""I think leadership is summoned...and it's summoned by genuine question."About The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals interested in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan for ILA's 24th Global Conference online on October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022. Register for the 24th Global Conference here!My Approach to HostingThe views of my guests do not constitute "truth." Nor do they reflect my personal views in some instances. However, they are important views to be aware of. Nothing can replace your own research and exploration.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Dr. Suze Wilson - No Shared Notion of Reality
Jul 17 2022
Dr. Suze Wilson - No Shared Notion of Reality
Dr. Suze Wilson,  is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management at Massey University. She is passionate about all things leadership along with an abiding interest in how we can make organisations both effective for external stakeholders and enjoyable places to work for employees. Her doctoral research examined why and how it has become normalized in recent decades to equate 'leadership' with grandiose expectations of 'transformation', 'vision', and 'charisma'. She argues these ideas, when examined closely, actually create undesirable pressures on leaders, grant them excessive powers, and rely on the problematic assumption that 'followers' are inherently inadequate. She is interested in theorising and practising leadership in ways that are more inclusive and humble.More recently, she’s written a short op-ed exploring how conspiratorialism and the so-called infodemic are undermining the good pandemic leadership we had benefitted from in New Zealand and thinking about the wider undermining of legitimate authority and the potential for a shared reality that these dangerous and toxic influences pose and what that might mean for leadership. Articles by Dr. Suze WilsonPandemic leadership: Lessons from New Zealand’s approach to COVID-19Articles at The ConversationGoogle ScholarA Quote From This Episode"You can't even begin to lead when you have no shared notion of reality. We have no shared discourse about what is real and what isn't real. And that poses a real threat."About The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals interested in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan for ILA's 24th Global Conference online on October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022. Register for the 24th Global Conference here!My Approach to HostingThe views of my guests do not constitute "truth." Nor do they reflect my personal views in some instances. However, they are important views to be aware of. Nothing can replace your own research and exploration.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Dr. Gordon Schmidt & Dr. Sy Islam - Leadership and the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Jul 9 2022
Dr. Gordon Schmidt & Dr. Sy Islam - Leadership and the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Dr. Gordon Schmidt is a professor of management and the Director of the David and Sharon Turrentine School of Management at the University of Louisiana Monroe. He has a doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Michigan State. He wrote a book on teaching leadership through Marvel superhero films.  He co-edited a book on social media use in employee selection. He is currently writing a book teaching leadership concepts through Avatar: The Last Airbender. Dr. Schmidt does research related to the Future of Work, including the gig economy and virtual leadership. He has researched the future of the field of I-O Psychology. He also researches leadership in lean production and Corporate Social Responsibility. He consults with organizations on various topics, including how superhero examples can help learning. Dr. Schmidt teaches courses in leadership and human resources. His teaching innovations have been published in journals. He is the co-editor of Management Teaching ReviewDr. Sy Islam is a co-founder and Vice President of Consulting with Talent Metrics Dr. Islam has over 15 years of experience providing data analytic, training, and organizational development support to organizations in a variety of workplace settings. Dr. Islam’s consulting work was recognized by the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, when he won the Scientist-Practitioner Presidential Recognition Award for his focus on science driven practices in training and talent development. Through Talent Metrics he has consulted with fortune 100 companies like IBM and teams like the Florida Panthers.  Dr Islam has also served in leadership roles with ATD NYC and ATD Long Island. His upcoming book is entitled “Leaders Assemble! Leadership Lessons from the Marvel Cinematic Universe” and was published by Emerald Publishing on June 7th,  2022. The Book!Leaders Assemble! Leadership in the MCUA Quote From This Episode"To me, this is part of outreach...we really need to think about how can we (academics) help people understand these concepts through things that matter to them."About The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals interested in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan for ILA's 24th Global Conference online on October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022. Register for the 24th Global Conference here!My Approach to HostingThe views of my guests do not constitute "truth." Nor do they reflect my personal views in some instances. However, they are important views to be aware of. Nothing can replace your own research and exploration.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Dr. Matt Sowcik - The H-Factor
Jul 5 2022
Dr. Matt Sowcik - The H-Factor
Dr. Matthew Sowcik has been teaching for over 20 years and is currently an Assistant Professor of Leadership Development at the University of Florida. Dr. Sowcik serves as a faculty member for the Challenge 2050 Project, a program aimed at developing human capacity and leadership to meet the challenges of a growing population.Originally from Wilkes-Barre, PA, Dr. Sowcik earned his Bachelor of Arts at Wilkes University, majoring in psychology and business, and his Master of Arts in organizational leadership from Columbia University. He followed that up with his doctorate in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University.Matt focuses his research on humility and the creation of organizational leadership programs. He also teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level courses concentrated on interpersonal leadership development, organizational leadership, and advanced leadership theory. Outside of his research and teaching, Sowcik serves as a consultant to The New York Times, where he focuses on the newspaper’s educational programming for faculty and students within leadership studies.Matt's Latest BookThe H-Factor - The book covers the importance of humility, why we lack humility in leadership, who needs humility, and how we can develop humility. The H-Factor highlights practical examples, stories, interviews, and 10 years of research on the topic.A Quote From This EpisodeThe H-Factor is, “A proper perspective of oneself, one’s relationship with others, and one’s connection to something bigger.”Resources Mentioned in This Episode Wabi-Sabi by Beth KemptonDr. Bradly OwensPrinciples for Dealing with the Changing World Order by Ray DalioAbout The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals interested in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan for ILA's 24th Global Conference online on October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022. Register for the 24th Global Conference here!My Approach to HostingThe views of my guests do not constitute "truth." Nor do they reflect my personal views in some instances. However, they are important views to be aware of. Nothing can replace your own research and exploration.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Dr. Susan Madsen - The Scholarly Practitioner
Jun 24 2022
Dr. Susan Madsen - The Scholarly Practitioner
Professor Susan R. Madsen, Ph.D., is the Karen Haight Huntsman Endowed Professor of Leadership in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. She is also a Visiting Fellow of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Zagreb (Croatia) and a former Fellow of The Leadership Trust Foundation in Ross-on-Wye, England. Dr. Madsen is considered one of the top global thought leaders on the topic of women and leadership, has authored or edited eight books, and has published hundreds of articles, chapters, and reports. Her research has been featured in the U.S. News and World Report, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Parenting Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, and she is a regular contributor to Forbes. She is a well-known speaker in local, national, and international settings. Susan has founded many women’s networks, and she serves on a host of nonprofit, community, and association boards and committees. Madsen has received numerous awards for her teaching, research, and service. Connecting with Dr. Madsen Talks by Dr. Madsen From This Episode"I have CEOs all the time that say to me, 'okay, I'm hiring women, but they're not staying.' And I'm like, 'describe your culture.'""The research is so clear that when you have a mix of great men and great women working together in leadership teams...better things are going to happen - more innovation, and more creativity...If we really care about doing better for this world, for our kids and grandkids, we have to move forward with greater diversity, inclusion, and belonging.""I've always said the difference between a guru and a scholar is that the gurus have all the answers and scholars have all the questions. I have way more questions.""When you can get into that wonderful space where your head, heart, and hands all connect - then it really is powerful."About The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals interested in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan for ILA's 24th Global Conference online on October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022. Register for the 24th Global Conference here!My Approach to HostingThe views of my guests do not constitute "truth." Nor do they reflect my personal views in some instances. However, they are important views to be aware of. Nothing can replace your own research and exploration.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Funto Boroffice - A Passionate African Woman
Jun 17 2022
Funto Boroffice - A Passionate African Woman
Funto Boroffice is the founder/C.E.O. of award-winning Chanja Datti Ltd, a waste collection & recycling social enterprise dedicated to transforming the waste in her environment to value and creating jobs, and Quidroo, a fintech startup providing access to working capital for Nigeria SMEs, especially women-owned SMEs. Before starting Chanja Datti, she spent three years as a Senior Aide to Nigeria’s Honorable Minister of Power, covering Investments, Finance & Donor Relations, and before that, 17 years gaining global financial, strategy, and project improvement experience - 12 of which were as a G.E. executive in the U.S., where she was a Vice President, working in the largest G.E. Capital Americas business. She graduated with a Masters’ degree in Financial Management from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York and has a Bachelors’ degree in Accounting and Finance from Northeastern University in Boston, where she graduated cum laude (with honors).She is a founding member and Vice President of the Recycling Association of Nigeria (R.A.N.), founder of Initiative for the Advancement of Waste Management in Africa (aka W.A.S.T.E. Africa), a Fellow of the Waste Management Society of Nigeria, and an alumnus of the several prestigious local and international programs and sits on several boards. She was recognized in 2021 by Global Citizen.org as one of 11 Change-making Africans that the world needs to know about, recognized by CNBC Rising Woman Africa series as one of 31 African women leaders in 2021, and winner of the 2021 WE Empower UN SDG Challenge.Quotes From This Episode"Passion, started the whole process. I knew that I couldn't rely on the government to solve some of the issues I was seeing around me. I also knew that it wasn't a simple case of 'copy and paste' from what I did in the US, because people's needs are so different.""One of the things that I tried to do is let the result speak for itself.  Because regardless of what you do, when you see results, you can't argue with results. Plus, not taking 'no' for an answer."About The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals interested in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan for ILA's 24th Global Conference online on October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Emilio Iodice - A System of Control, Command, and Fear
Jun 9 2022
Emilio Iodice - A System of Control, Command, and Fear
Emilio Iodice is an award-winning author, presidential  historian, executive, decorated American diplomat, and professor. He spent over three decades as a senior executive in the public and private sectors, educator, and university administrator.  He is among the most decorated officers in American history with a gold medal for heroism, a gold and silver medal for exemplary service, nominations for the Bronze Medal, and numerous commendations and citations. At age 33, he was named by the President of the United States to the prestigious Senior Executive Service as a Charter Member.  He was the youngest career public official to reach this distinction. After the Foreign Service, he was named Vice President of Lucent Technologies, in charge of operations in numerous countries. In 2007, he was named Director and Professor of Leadership of the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) of Loyola University Chicago.  He served as Director until 2016. Publications by Professor IodiceWebsite: Emilio IodiceBook: The Commander in Chief: The Qualities Needed of Leaders of Freedom-Loving Nations in the 21st CenturyArticle: Will the Real Commander in Chief Please Stand Up?Book: Reflections, Stories of Love, Leadership, Courage and Passion. Book: When Courage Was the Essence of Leadership: Lessons from HistoryBook: Across Time and Space: Chronicles of Courage, Hope, Love, Persistence and LeadershipQuotes From This Episode"Mussolini was a man of enormous charisma and detail. Detail was everything for Mussolini…and Mussolini understood how to control and disseminate messages. He was a master at it.”“Putin’s following Mussolini’s playbook. The manual is, I’m sure, on his desk somewhere."Quick to judge; Quick to anger; Slow to understand; Ignorance and prejudice; And fear walk hand in hand..." - Neal Peart of the band RushResources Mentioned In This EpisodeReturn of Mussolini by Emilio IodiceAbout The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals interested in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan for ILA's 24th Global Conference online on October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Dr. Theo Dawson - Something You Can Practice
Jun 1 2022
Dr. Theo Dawson - Something You Can Practice
Theo Linda Dawson, Ph.D. (U.C. Berkeley, 1998) is the Executive Director of Lectica, Inc. Dr. Dawson—a recovering serial entrepreneur whose mid-life crisis led to an advanced degree in human development—has practiced midwifery, run several businesses, taught at Harvard and Hampshire College, published numerous peer-reviewed academic articles, and received several awards for her developmental research.  During the last 25 years, Dawson and her colleagues—using novel developmental research methods—have created (1) a powerful approach to measuring learning & development, (2) several written response assessments that measure the complexity level of real-world skills, (3) a universal learning model (VCoL+7™), and (4) a fundamental learning practice (Micro-VCoLing™) that optimizes skill development. She and her team are dedicated to ensuring that humans of all ages have an opportunity to realize their full developmental potential by making these tools freely available to anyone who teaches the world’s children.Quotes From This Episode"We define skills as 'something you can practice.'""The dopamine/opioid cycle is a cycle in the brain (probably from a natural perspective, most used for learning and love). It is the fundamental process that supports learning... you get a certain amount of satisfaction from that periodic achievement.""The highest level thinkers are the people with an enormous amount of experience and expertise - plus more diverse expertise.""We should not be privileging that the academy is the way to learn at all. We should actually be prioritizing expertise... the ability to build skill over time to the point where you have expertise."Resources Mentioned In This EpisodeVUCA Unpacked #1 - IntroductionVUCA Unpacked #2 - Collaborative CapacityVUCA Unpacked #3 - Perspective CoordinationVUCA Unpacked #4 - Contextual ThinkingVUCA Unpacked #5 - Design Making ProcessAbout The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals with a keen interest in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan now for ILA's 24th Global Conference online October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Dr. Khaleel Seecharan - There Are Many Layers of Complexity Here
May 27 2022
Dr. Khaleel Seecharan - There Are Many Layers of Complexity Here
Dr. Khaleel Seecharan is co-founder and managing partner at DEI Ready, an organizational consulting firm offering an evidence-based and data-driven approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. His twenty-year career in higher education has involved leading and advising effective executive operations and integrated strategic planning and delivery. Among his notable achievements: helping launch a new medical school, helping launch a joint Harvard-Brigham public health research center, and overseeing the planning and development of an institutional strategic plan. Khaleel earned a doctorate in higher education management with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a master's of public administration from Harvard University in addition to two degrees from Florida International University.Quotes From This Episode"Very few leaders either have the capacity or the comfort level to speak about race, gender equality, and inequality.""People who lead diversity, equity, or inclusion offices can help their leadership feel comfortable with what’s going on and help design a strategy.""I'm a first-generation immigrant. I came to the United States as a child and grew up in the United States. And I talk a lot about hyphen identities...you make your own space, which is your hyphen, and then you have people meet you at your hyphen and stop trying to meet them in these categories your put in. So I find that to be a really interesting facet of myself that I've embraced."Resources Mentioned In This EpisodeThreeFoundational Tenents of DEI Ready's WorkDeliverologyAdaptive LeadershipPositive DevianceThe Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff and E. H. Shepard About The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals with a keen interest in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan now for ILA's 24th Global Conference online October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Akram Boutros, M.D. - Leading From a Place of Love
May 21 2022
Akram Boutros, M.D. - Leading From a Place of Love
From the moment he arrived in Cleveland, Dr. Akram Boutros' visionary thinking has inspired MetroHealth to elevate medical care by providing and integrating social services to build equity, promote justice, and improve the health of people and communities.With the 2019 creation of the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, and Empowerment), MetroHealth is connecting patients and neighbors to fresh food, stable housing, education, career training, and other services that keep them healthy. Dr. Boutros paired that work with a $1 billion reimagination of the system's main campus on West 25th Street. The new MetroHealth Glick Center, which opens in October 2022 and will be the first hospital in a park in the country, has sparked the rebirth of the surrounding neighborhood while preserving its Hispanic culture. Dr. Boutros' focus on inclusion, diversity, and equity is just as significant. In 2020, 39% of MetroHealth's new hires were racially or ethnically diverse.Under his leadership, MetroHealth has grown to more than 20 community health centers, four hospitals, five MetroExpressCare locations, and ten pharmacies. Those are in addition to MetroHealth's main-campus medical center, which is home to the area's most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, Ohio's only Ebola Treatment Center, and the only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center in the state.MetroHealth's annual revenue grew from $785 million to more than $1.5 billion during his tenure. MetroHealth now treats more than 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits annually. Since 2013, the health system has created more than 1,800 new jobs, sent doctors into more than a dozen local schools, and received the largest donation in its history – $42 million from JoAnn and Bob Glick.  A Quote From This Episode"You only have to lead from a place of love. Leaders don't lead organizations; they lead other people. And if you don't truly love the people you work with and who put the time in to support the organization's goals, you're not going to fare very well."Resources Mentioned In This EpisodeMetroHealth Video Campaign - Healing Begins With ListeningDwight LeeLisa RamirezMary Massie-StoryJohn Hariston Jr.Leadership and Self Deception by the Arbinger InstituteAbout The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals with a keen interest in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan now for ILA's 24th Global Conference online October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Team JCCC - A Chat with the 2022 CLC Champs!
May 12 2022
Team JCCC - A Chat with the 2022 CLC Champs!
This episode was a lot of fun. I had the chance to speak with the 2022 CLC champs from Johnson Country Community College (JCCC). I talked to JCCC's coaches Cassie Fulk and Carson Couch, and several team members - Yassin, James, Rick, Mila, and Kristin! We talked about their experience, some key learnings, and their thoughts on teaming.What is the CLC?Collegiate Leadership Competition (CLC), a nonprofit founded in 2015, creates a practice field where students can actively apply what they learn. We believe that leadership can be learned. With practice, our participants develop knowledge, build skill, and learn with other like-minded teammates who are passionate about leadership. CLC’s curriculum explores the attributes of effective leaders, leadership/followership styles, creative problem solving, influencing others, navigating difficult conversations, conflict resolution, ethical decision making, stressors, and effective teaming.Colleges and universities identify a coach and recruit teams of six students. Any student interested in practicing leadership is welcome. Each team member leads one challenge at the competition and receives extensive feedback based on their performance.Academic Journal Articles about the Collegiate Leadership CompetitionCompetitive Team Environments and Student Leader Capacity GrowthExploring Deliberate Practice & the Use of Skill Sheets in the Collegiate Leadership Competition Competition As Leadership Pedagogy: An Initial Analysis of the Collegiate Leadership CompetitionCollegiate Leadership Competition: An Opportunity for Deliberate Practice on the Road to ExpertiseReflections on How Learning in Other Domains Inform Our Approach to Coaching LeadershipOther Phronesis Episodes About the Collegiate Leadership Competition.Ep. 56 - Bela Jevtovic & Dr. Dan Jenkins - The Collegiate Leadership CompetitionEp.57 - Meghan Pickett & Dr. Bruce DeRuntz - Coaching a Leadership Team (Online)Ep. 58 - Dr. Kaitlin Wolfert - The Influence of Action Learning, Coaching, and Intrapersonal Reflection on Individual ResilienceEp.59 - Meg U'Ren, Ashley Li, & Allison White - Leaders Developing Leaders at Western UniversityEp. 61 - Team Blue Hens - A Chat with the CLC Champs (2021)About The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals with a keen interest in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan now for ILA's 24th Global Conference online October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Nidhi Pant - One Team, Seven Superpowers
May 8 2022
Nidhi Pant - One Team, Seven Superpowers
Nidhi Pant is Co-Founder of Science For Society - S4S Technologies. Nidhi works at the intersection of agriculture, gender, energy access, and financial inclusion. S4S trains smallholder women farmers to be entrepreneurs by providing the right combination of technology, finance, and market and increases their household income by 100-200% annually. S4S is working with more than 20,00 farmers and 800 women entrepreneurs, and in the process saving more than 300,000 tons of CO2 from entering the environment. Nidhi is the winner of the Women Transforming India Awards by NITI Aayog & United Nations (UN) and has also been listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia and India. She's also the winner of the Unilever Young Entrepreneur Award 2019 by Unilever and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She was also named 'Emerging Innovator of the Year' at the inaugural edition of the Economic Times Women Leadership Awards (ETPWLA)Nidhi holds a bachelor's in Chemical Technology from the Institute of Chemical Technology. A Few Quotes From This Episode"We were a group of college students working on different ideas, with different approaches and strengths but united with the common purpose to use our scientific knowledge in service to people.""All of us have very unique and different strengths that are very complementary.""After seven years, I'm still learning more and more - I am never done."About The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals with a keen interest in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan now for ILA's 24th Global Conference online October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Michael Gothe - Safe to Fail Experiments
May 1 2022
Michael Gothe - Safe to Fail Experiments
Michael Gothe is an Agile Organizational Coach at Crisp in Stockholm, Sweden. He has 20+ years of experience in building high-performance team-based Agile organizations and has worked with large multi-national/cultural organizations and start-up companies. Michael is passionate about transforming businesses to become truly Agile organizations that create fantastic value for customers and are an inspiring place for people to work. He also loves capturing the moment through photography, lives close to nature outside Stockholm, and is a proud father of three.Connecting with MichaelTwitter:  A Few Quotes From This Episode"I don’t think there is  a formal study of or body of knowledge about 'Agile leadership.' I think it’s about leading in complexity.""The key to success is learning. And the biggest hindrance for learning is when you think you know.""So as a leader, you first need to kind of shift from a 'know it all' to 'learn it all' approach." (attributed to Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella)"In Agile, you work with creating faster feedback loops and high-quality feedback loops. You want to have both quantitative and qualitative data."Resources Mentioned In This EpisodeBlog: CrispUpcoming Event/Learning Opportunity: Leading ComplexityDocumentary: Atari: Game OverBook: Deliberately Developmental Organization by Kegan and colleaguesWebsite: The Agile ManifestoBook: Empowered: Ordinary People Extraordinary Products (Silicon Valley Product Group) by Cagan and JonesAbout the 2022 ILA Healthcare Conference2022 ILA Healthcare ConferenceAbout The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals with a keen interest in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan now for ILA's 24th Global Conference online October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Sara Saeed Khurram, M.D. - So Many Myths to Fight
Apr 25 2022
Sara Saeed Khurram, M.D. - So Many Myths to Fight
Sara Saeed Khurram, M.D. is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sehat Kahani. Sehat Kahani works on improving basic health care in communities through a spectrum of services focused on primary health care consultation, health awareness, and health counseling. Dr. Sara Saeed recently won the APTECh Young Entrepreneurs award for Sehat Kahani, and her work was also featured in a BBC documentary (see below). Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram has won notable awards including CRDF Global, Ashoka Changemakers, ISIF Asia, the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards, and the Unicef-Global Goal Campaigner Award 2016 for her role formerly with doctHERs. She has been part of a well-known accelerator in Pakistan, Invest2 Innovate. She is also a part of the regional Acumen fellowship cohort 2016. Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram grew up in Karachi, Pakistan. She completed her MBBS from DOW University of Health Sciences, and she is a graduate of the Health Policy Management Programme at The Aga Khan University of Health Sciences. A Couple Quotes From This Episode"So they thought that until a doctor checks a pulse of a patient, there is no healthcare. So many myths to fight...""What motivates me is my two daughters. I'm doing this for the day that they don't have to ask anyone when they do something for themselves. So I believe that if they see me making my own decisions, they will feel much more empowered to make their own decisions."About the 2022 ILA Healthcare Conference2022 ILA Healthcare ConferenceResources Mentioned In This EpisodeSehat KahaniTED Talk - Who are the doctor brides?BBC - Helping midwives save mums-to-be in PakistanAbout The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals with a keen interest in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan now for ILA's 24th Global Conference online October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Ming-Ka Chan, M.D. - True Belonging and Dignity
Apr 17 2022
Ming-Ka Chan, M.D. - True Belonging and Dignity
Ming-Ka Chan, MD is a Clinician Educator and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. She's a Chinese immigrant grateful to live and work in Treaty 1 Territory and the Homeland of the Metis Nation (currently known as Winnipeg) in Turtle Island (presently known as Canada). A Pediatrics Clinician Educator at the University of Manitoba, her scholarship focuses on leadership education and social justice in the health professions.She is currently the Co-Director, Office of Leadership Education, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, and Director of the Shantou University Medical College-University of Manitoba Academic Exchange. Chan is also Co-Chair of the Canadian Association for Medical Education CLIME 2.0 leadership intensive.She looks at leadership education across the educational continuum in the five health colleges and the inaugural Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity, and Social Justice Lead for the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health. Dr. Chan is the current chair of Sanokondu, a global community of practice focused on health leadership education emphasizing learners.Quotes From This Episode"It's really hard to be well if you've never felt welcome.""You talked about 'successful,' I think each person might have a different word or metric for what that looks like. More recently, in the last decade, it's really about this idea of having true belonging and dignity, and that's the starting point to get to our best self.""It's important to be equity-seeking and really respect diverse voices. It can be hard to do - you may not even realize who is not at the table, or for that matter, the circle...asking questions, being curious and really listening with intent."About the 2022 ILA Healthcare Conference2022 ILA Healthcare ConferenceResources Mentioned In This EpisodeDare to Lead by Brene BrownMy Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem About The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals with a keen interest in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan now for ILA's 24th Global Conference online October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Brian Barren - Becoming the Guardians
Apr 11 2022
Brian Barren - Becoming the Guardians
Brian Barren enters his ninth season with the Cleveland Guardians and sixth as President of Business Operations. He joined the organization in January 2014 and served as Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing over his first three seasons. Brian oversees all aspects of the club l s business functions in his present capacity.Barren joined the Guardians following an accomplished, 24-year career with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, OH. He developed a wide variety of skill sets and expertise in Customer Business Development and general management of multi-functional business teams. As a senior leader at P&G, Brian had team leadership responsibility on the Wal-Mart and Kroger Teams, two of P&G's top customers globally.Brian is a 1989 graduate of Princeton University, where he earned a degree in History that included his senior year thesis researching the integration of Major League Baseball. He played football for four years at Princeton as a classmate and teammate of Toronto Blue Jays President & CEO Mark Shapiro. Brian was also an Army ROTC scholarship student at Princeton, fulfilling his commitment to the U.S. Army as a tank commander upon graduation.Brian and his wife, Kris, reside in downtown Cleveland and have two sons, Billy and Brad. Brian was one of Dan and Catherine Barren's six children. His late father was a well-respected teacher and high school football coach for many years at Columbus Academy (where Brian graduated in 1985) and finished his coaching career as the inaugural Head Football Coach at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin (Hall of Fame Class of 2004). Brian serves as a board member for College Now Greater Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.A Quote From This Episode"When we think about our intent as a sports team, it's ultimately to unite and inspire our city and our fan base."Resources Mentioned In This EpisodeCleveland Guardians - Tom Hanks Narrated VideoAbout The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals with a keen interest in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan now for ILA's 24th Global Conference online October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite
Brigadier Gen. Tom Kolditz - Sloppy and Uncoordinated Leader Development
Apr 3 2022
Brigadier Gen. Tom Kolditz - Sloppy and Uncoordinated Leader Development
Dr. Tom Kolditz is the founding Director of the Ann and John Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University–the most comprehensive, evidence-based, university-wide leader development program globally. The Doerr Institute was recognized in 2019 as the Association of Leadership Educators' top university leader development program. Before Rice, he taught as a Professor in the Practice of Leadership and Management and Director of the Leadership Development Program at the Yale School of Management.A retired Brigadier General, Tom led the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point for 12 years. In that role, he was responsible for West Point’s teaching, research, and outreach activities in Management, Leader Development Science, Psychology, and Sociology and was titled Professor Emeritus after retirement. A highly experienced global leader, General Kolditz has more than 35 years in leadership roles on four continents. His career has focused on either leading organizations himself or studying leadership and leadership policy across sectors. In 2017, he was honored with the prestigious Warren Bennis Award for Excellence in Leadership—an honor also bestowed on Doris Kearns Goodwin, Howard Schultz, Tom Peters, and Benazir Bhutto. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and is a member of the Academy of Management. Professor Kolditz has presented leadership content to more than 300 governmental, corporate, and social sector audiences worldwide. As a professor, he has led academic seminars or given lectures to students from Babson, Wellesley, Duke, Columbia, Yale, the University of Missouri, the Military Psychology Center of the Israel Defense Forces, Peking University, the Beijing International MBA program, Harvard Law School, & Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. He’s worked with the CIA, FBI, and DEA. Kolditz has appeared on Bloomberg TV, 60 Minutes Sports, ABC World News, ABC 20-20, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, CBS, NPR, Calgary Today, Morning Ireland, and interviews with reporters from the New York Times, the Associated Press, Time, Discovery, the Washington Post, and more than a dozen national and international news agencies.Dr. Kolditz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Vanderbilt University, three Master’s degrees, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Missouri. A Quote From This Episode"In the first chapter of Leadership Reckoning we excoriate universities, for sloppy, uncoordinated, amateurish leader development, that just doesn't match their excellence. "Resources Mentioned In This EpisodeDoerr Institute for New LeadersCarnegie Elective Classification for Leadership for Public PurposeHigherLedLeadership Reckoning by Kolditz, Gill, & BrownInclusify by JohnsonThe Inclusive Leader's Playbook: The Work of the Inclusive Leader by MacKenty BradyAbout The International Leadership Association (ILA)The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals with a keen interest in the study, practice, and teaching of leadership. Plan now for ILA's 24th Global Conference online October 6 & 7, 2022, and/or onsite in Washington, D.C., October 13-16, 2022.Connect with Scott AllenWebsite