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Lancefield on the Line

David Lancefield

This podcast is for leaders taking on a new role, transforming their organisation, tackling disruption or looking to improve their performance.I get under the skin of the world's leading management thinkers, entrepreneurs, executives and academics to find out what they really think, and how they feel. I take risk - hence "on the line" - by challenging their thinking, discovering ideas, research and practice they may not have shared before. And, I get a sense of their true self underneath their professional identity.

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Janice Lintz: Advocating for Access
Janice Lintz: Advocating for Access
Summary:Imagine your daughter or son, niece or nephew telling you that they couldn’t access the facilities like a museum, taxi, or arts gallery. What would you do? You’d feel disappointed. You might even write a letter to complain. But would you try to overhaul the system? That’s a big ask for any parent or relative. But that’s exactly what Janice Lintz did. Over the last twenty years she has fought for access for the deaf and hard of hearing like her daughter. Induction loops are now fitted in the NYC Transit, taxis and limousine. Airlines have closed captioning on films. All in all, her efforts have helped the 48 million Americans with hearing loss. Changing practices takes a lot of skill, determination, and commitment – it took nine years to introduce hearing loops in taxis. In this discussion Janice let us into her secrets of how she does it. This episode is for anyone who wants to become a strong advocate by: Getting attention. Sustaining interest. Making it easy for the sponsors/decision-makers to change. Following up with discipline. Strengthening your resilience.More about Janice: Janice Schacter Lintz is a passionate, accomplished hearing loss consultant and advocate, and CEO of Hearing Access & Innovations. Since 2002, Janice has become the global “go-to” person on all matters related to access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Janice works with domestic and international organizations to benchmark best practices and leverage the most effective solutions for their situations. The New York City resident and mother of two is a 2023 Harvard Kennedy School Mid-Career MPA Candidate and a 2022 NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame Inductee.You can find out more about Janice here and the organisation she leads My resources:Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox:If you're not subscribed already do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation.Take the Extraordinary Essentials test to identify your strengths and development areas.For more details about me:★Services to CEOs, entrepreneurs and professionals.★About me - my background, experience and philosophy.★Examples of my writing.★Follow me and engage with me on LinkedIn.★Follow me and engage with me on Twitter.
5d ago
41 mins
Roger Martin: Thinking afresh about business
Summary: Whether we realise it or not, we all use mental models to think about our context (customers, competitors), make choices, structure work, and undertake key activities (such as doing innovation or pursuing M&A).  But how often do you stop for a moment to challenge them? Often we operate on autopilot. If they don't work, we try again, and again, without thinking of an alternative. My guest in this episode, Roger Martin, has spent his career developing these alternative mental models and approaches that challenge conventional wisdom. This episode is for anyone who is curious about how to think differently about how to:- Lead effectively.- Develop strategies that work.- Make decisions.More about Roger:In 2017, Roger was named the world’s #1 management thinker by Thinkers50, a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers. He is a a trusted strategy advisor to the CEOs of companies worldwide including Procter & Gamble, Lego and Ford.He is a Professor Emeritus at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto where he served as Dean from 1998-2013.His newest book - his thirteenth - is  'A new way to think: your guide to superior management effectiveness.Also check out his weekly articles on strategy in Medium.My resources: Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox: If you're not subscribed already do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation.Take the Extraordinary Essentials test to identify your strengths and development areas. For more details about me: ★Services to CEOs, entrepreneurs and professionals.★About me - my background, experience and philosophy.★Examples of my writing.★Follow me and engage with me on LinkedIn.★Follow me and engage with me on Twitter.
Apr 27 2022
42 mins
Bill Fischer: The myths and magic of innovation
Summary:Innovation is a topic that always comes up in my work with CEOs, senior executives and entrepreneurs. We focus on how to:create an innovation portfolio.balance different types of innovation.develop a more innovative culture.open up the organisation to external stimulus.But there are lots of myths and misunderstandings. Innovation "theatre" too. People talk a great game, but innovation practice doesn't live up to the promise. Who better to talk to about these topics than Bill Fischer, a guru on innovation and leadership; he worked with companies, like Haier, long before they became household names.  In this episode we talk about:innovation as a verb.CEOs who have the curiosity to be innovative.the power of conversations.the biggest myths of innovation.his challenges to design thinking and lean start up approaches.If you’re look for somebody to challenge conventional wisdom, and refresh your own mindset and approach to innovation, have a listen. More about Bill: Bill is an Emeritus Professor at IMD in Switzerland and a Senior Lecturer at MIT. He was inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame in 2019. He was the Executive President and Dean of the China Europe International Business School, in Shanghai, and served on the faculties of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Clarkson University.LinkedIn profile.Thinkers50 profile.Book 'Reinventing Giants: How Chinese Global Competitor Haier has Changed the Way Big Companies Transform'.My resources: Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox: If you're not subscribed already and do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation.  You can also find me here:LinkedIn.Twitter.Personal website, which includes more examples of my work, the services I offer and testimonials from clients.
Apr 20 2022
39 mins
Paul Leinwand and Matt Mani: Rethinking leadership beyond digital
Summary: “Digital transformation” is a big buzzword in business. But digital initiatives alone are not enough to win in the marketplace -- companies need to reimagine the compelling value they will offer and how they will create it in a differentiating way. Two senior partners from Strategy&, former colleagues and friends, set out seven leadership imperatives for transforming companies in the new digital era based on extensive research of twelve companies, including Philips, Microsoft and Adobe:Reimagine your company's place in the worldEmbrace and create value via ecosystemsBuild a system of privileged insights with your customersMake your organization outcome-orientedInvert the focus of your leadership teamReinvent the social contract with your peopleDisrupt your own leadership approachThis is a stimulating, immersive discussion leaving you with a new manifesto for leading your organisation. They even say which one of the leadership archetypes they are! I always try to get to the personal side too, as you know!More about Paul and Matt:Paul Leinwand is a thought leader on strategy, growth, and capability building for Strategy&, PwC's strategy consulting group. He is co-author of four books. Mahadeva Matt Mani is an advisor to executives on business model transformation and operating performance improvement for Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting business. He is the global leader of PwC and Strategy&'s transformation platform. Their book 'Beyond Digital: How Great Leaders Transform Their Organsation and Shape the Future', Harvard Business Review Press.My resources: Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox: If you're not subscribed already and do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation.  You can also find me here:LinkedInTwitterPersonal website, which includes more examples of my work, the services I offer and testimonials from clients.
Apr 13 2022
27 mins
Katy Milkman: How can you change for the better? And stick at it?
Summary:The last few years will have forced or encouraged us to make changes in our lives. In a positive light, some people have spent better quality time with family and friends, enjoyed the company of their neighbours, exercised more regularly and taken up hobbies again. But when the pressure's on, and there's no systemic "shock" to deal with, it's natural that we slip back to some of our old ways. To overcome this, Katy Milkman says we should understand our internal obstacles — or “opponents” — and then select the right strategies to overcome them. She picks seven obstacles we face - getting started, impulsivity, procrastination, forgetting, laziness, lack of confidence, and conformity. Whatever situation you’re in, she encourages us to do things that are enjoyable, otherwise we're not going to persist in changing our ways.More about Katy:Katy Milkman is the James G. Dinan Professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a secondary appointment at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. Her research explores ways that insights from economics and psychology can be harnessed to change consequential behaviors for good, such as savings, exercise, student achievement, vaccination and discrimination. To that end, she co-founded and co-directs the Behavior Change for Good Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2021 Katy was named one of the world’s top 50 management thinkers and the world’s top strategy thinker by Thinkers50. The New York Times also named her bestselling book How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be one of the eight best books for healthyliving in 2021. Resources: Book - How to Change: the Science of Getting from where you are to where you want to be.Choiceology podcast.Katy's newsletter - the Milkman delivers.My resources:Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox:If you're not subscribed already and do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation. You can also find me here: LinkedIn Twitter Personal website, which includes more examples of my work, the services I offer and testimonials from clients
Apr 6 2022
33 mins
Felix Oberholzer-Gee: Simplifying strategy for the better
Summary:Strategy is a mystery to many of us. It’s an over-used, misunderstood term in business. Put simply, a strategy is a plan to create value. Don’t start with profit though. That’s the result of strategy. Instead, use a "value stick" which provides a way of measuring the two fundamental forces that lead to value creation and increased financial success: (1) the customer's willingness-to-pay (the top of the stick); and (2) the employee's willingness-to-sell their services to the business (the bottom of the stick).Companies that "win", according to Felix Oberholzer-Gee, create value for customers by raising their willingness-to-pay, and they provide value for talent by lowering their willingness-to-sell. He describes how to do this in this fascinating discussion, talking about the distinction between the creation and capture of value, the potential of “near-customers”, strategy in ecosystems, the power of value-maps, and the relationship between strategyand culture.More about Felix:Felix Oberholzer-Gee is the Andreas Andresen Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School. He currently teaches competitive strategy in executive education programs such as the Program for Leadership Development, the Senior Executive Program for China, and in a program for media executives titled Effective Strategies for Media Companies. He hosts a HBR After House podcast, in which he discusses and debates current events that sit at the crossroads of business and culture with fellow HBS professors Youngme Moon and Mihir A. Desai. Here are some more of his resources:Research. Book ‘Better, Simpler Strategy’ HBR article ‘How to eliminate strategic overload’What is strategy video.My resources: Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox: If you're not subscribed already and do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation.  You can also find me here: LinkedIn Twitter Personal website, which includes more examples of my work, the services I offer and testimonials from clients
Mar 30 2022
38 mins
Alisa Cohn: Making the shift from start-up founder to world-class CEO
Summary:Being a founder of a start-up takes courage, grit, entrepreneurial spirit. It takes a special kind of person. Somebody who is enormously self-driven, -determined and -motivated. But how far will these traits take you as you look to scale your business? And what will you need to start, stop and change in your leadership style? How will you work hard and smart to avoid burn out and mental health problems?Alisa Cohn, confidante and coach the founders and CEOs of some of the world’s most successful start-ups and scale-ups shares her perspective on these shifts in perspective and practice. More about Alisa:Named the Top Startup Coach in the World at the Thinkers50/Marshall Goldsmith Global Coaches Awards in London, Alisa Cohn has been coaching startup founders to grow into world-class CEOs for nearly 20 years. A onetime startup CFO, strategy consultant, and current angel investor and advisor, she was named the number one “Global Guru” of startups in 2021, and has worked with startup companies such as Venmo, Etsy, DraftKings, The Wirecutter, Mack Weldon, and Tory Burch.Book: From Start-Up to Grown-Up: Grow Your Leadership to Grow Your BusinessPodcast.My resources:Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox:If you're not subscribed already and do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation.You can also find me here:LinkedInTwitterPersonal website, which includes more examples of my work, the services I offer and testimonials from clients.
Mar 23 2022
30 mins
Michael Bungay Stanier: How to start doing something that matters
Summary:How many of us set goals for ourselves? It might be in one of those dreadful HR processes at work. Or a memorable event during the year, like New Year or your birthday. We write them down, sometimes share them with family and friends, work at them. But how many of them help us really get somewhere?Too often we settle for the status quo, or baby steps. But what would it take to do something that really matters in life. To develop goals, Worthy Goals, that are thrilling, important and daunting. In this discussion, Michael Bungay-Stanier or MBS, the author, coach, and speaker shares the highlights of his book ‘How to Begin: start doing something that matters’. He sets out a process to find your Worthy Goal, commit to it, and cross the threshold to begin. He challenges us to avoid a life half-lived. To unlock our greatness to work on the hard things. More about Michael:Michael Bungay Stanier is the author of six books which between them have sold more than a million copies. He’s best known for The Coaching Habit, the best-selling coaching book of the century and already recognized as a classic. Michael was a Rhodes Scholar and plays the ukulele badly. He’s Australian, and lives in Toronto, Canada. Learn more here. Michael founded Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations transform from advice-driven to curiosity-led.Check out his:Books 2 pages podcast.Year of living brilliantly community.       My resources:Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox:If you're not subscribed already and do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation.You can also find me here:LinkedInTwitterPersonal website, which includes more examples of my work, the services I offer and testimonials from clients.
Mar 16 2022
27 mins
Dorie Clark: Taking Small Steps in your Long Game
SummaryMany of us are impatient. We’re ambitious, keen to see the spoils of success, but also a little insecure, wondering if we’re going to make it or whether a friend or colleague will get there first. So we go all in, putting in the hours, risking overwork or burnout. Or we focus on what feels easy, guaranteed or glamorous in the moment. At the same time we want to live healthier lives, more connected to our families, and friends. But it doesn’t seem possible to have it all. Or does it?Dorie Clark, the author, speaker, coach, and professor, argues that we should try a different approach. How can we create enough perspective to think about the big picture? And how can we make small, consistent steps forward that make a disproportionate impact? Dorie says that we have to be being willing to keep at them, even when they seem pointless, boring, or hard. And she should know given she practises what she preaches.She shares idea, principles and frameworks that we can apply at work and at home, as well as some fascinating stories from her own career and other professionals’ experiences. As ever, Dorie is a brilliant communicator, articulate and succinct, and a lot of fun too. More about Dorie:Dorie Clark has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and was recognized as the #1 Communication Coach in the world by the Marshall Goldsmith Leading Global Coaches Awards. Clark, a consultant and keynote speaker, teaches executive education at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School, and she is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Long Game, Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of the Year by Inc. magazine.Book: The Long Game: how to be a long-term thinker in a short-term world.Articles.Courses.My resources: Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox: If you're not subscribed already and do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation. You can also find me here: LinkedIn Twitter Personal website, which includes more examples of my work, the services I offer and testimonials from clients.
Mar 9 2022
34 mins
Deepa Purushothaman: Finding, feeling, and forging your power in the corporate world
Summary:Women of color are one of the fastest-growing segments in the corporate workforce, yet often we are underrepresented—among the first, few, or only ones in a department or company. For too long, corporate structures, the social zeitgeist, and cultural conditioning have left them feeling exhausted and downtrodden, believing that in order to “fit in” and be successful, we must hide or change who they are.How can they “find, feel and forge their power in the corporate world”? Understanding the systems of delusions that pervade the system is an important start, as is shedding messages we tell ourselves (or been told by those who’ve come before us). Playing this role, acting as the role model and mentor to others, is demanding, often taking its toil on mental and physical health. Improving the representation, inclusion, and belonging of women of colour requires allies – yes, men in the powerful positions – and collective action to confront, outdated behaviours, and workplace assumptions and inertia.The book ‘The First, The Few, The Only: How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America’ by Deepa Purushothaman sets out a manifesto for how to make sure their words are heard, our lived experiences are respected, and our contributions are finally valued.It is a powerful, shocking, substantive and story-filled book that moved me, and challenged me to step forward and help. This discussion will resonate if you are an co-worker, ally, or representative of another minority group facing similar challenges.More about Deepa:Deepa Purushothaman is a former senior partner at Deloitte, a corporate inclusion visionary and a co-founder of NFormation, a membership-based community for professional women of color, offering brave, safe, new space and helping place women of color in C-suite positions and on Boards. Check out her:Book ‘The First, the Few, the Only’: How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America 'Profile.My resources: Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox: If you're not subscribed already and do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation. You can also find me here: LinkedIn Twitter Personal website, which includes more examples of my work, the services I offer and testimonials from clients.
Mar 2 2022
38 mins
Niko Canner: Finding your extraordinary path
Summary:Organisations are crying out for more strategic leaders. These are the people who are brave enough to make a commitment to an extraordinary path, and skilful enough to make a multitude of choices to get there. They’re able to reframe complex problems as they shape brighter futures for those around them. In conversation they stretch and support, nourish and confront in equal measure. In this podcast, Niko Canner, founder of Incandescent, speaks eloquently about their traits, mindsets, and practices of these strategic leaders. He describes how it feels t the beginning of a strategy process – the stimulation, the vulnerabilities, the mistakes, and ultimately progress towards a coherent set of choices that enables the organisation to get closer to that extraordinary path. About Niko:Niko Canner founded Incandescent in 2013. His work spans the firm’s three major areas of focus: serving as a thought partner to leaders of large enterprises on strategy, organization and innovation; advising founders on the development of their ventures; and partnering with foundations and non-profits engaged in systems change. Here’s his profile.On Human Enterprise blog - highly recommended. Beautifully written, deep, and practical too. Full of wisdom.My resources: Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox: If you're not subscribed already and do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation. You can also find me here: LinkedIn Twitter Personal website, which includes more examples of my work, the services I offer and testimonials from clients.
Feb 23 2022
39 mins
Matt Dawson MBE: Managing elite career transitions
Making a career transition is hard at the best of times. And it’s likely that more of us will make them, either by our own making or by necessity as we live longer. It can be even harder when you’ve operated at an elite level. How do you take the best bits of your performance and use them in a new field? How do you reposition yourself, recreating your brand, and establish credibility in a new space when people know you for something else? And when you have a new career and you’ve established yourself with a strong brand, and following, how do you work out which opportunities to pursue, and which ones to turn down.Matt Dawson MBE has faced these shifts in his career, and challenges. In this illuminating podcast he shares his own journey from being a Rugby World Cup winning player to a business career and media career after he retired from sport. He opens up about how it felt when making these transitions, and how he made wise decisions along the way. More on Matt:Matt Dawson MBE, is a TV and radio personality, Strategic Sales Consultant and former England Rugby Player.His Profile.My resources: Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox: If you're not subscribed already and do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation. You can also find me here: LinkedIn Twitter Personal website, which includes more examples of my work, the services I offer and testimonials from clients.
Feb 9 2022
36 mins
Whitney Johnson: Mastering your learning curves
How do you master the process of changing as a professional and as a person? How do you understand where you are on the S-curve of learning? And when you do, what will you do next? Dig into exploring the possibilities in front of you, shift gear and career, or disrupt yourself once you’ve reached mastery? How to avoid the distractions that impede your progress, and focus your attention wisely?Whitney Johnson, CEO of Disruption Advisors, and the author of a brilliant book called Smart Growth: how to grow your people to grow your company, describes three phases on this S-curve of learning: launch, sweet spot, and mastery, and the six roles you play along the way: explorer, collector, accelerator, metamorph, anchor, mountaineer.It's clear that our development, our learning is a strategic exercise. We need to make choices about where we go next, who we serve, and how we win. Whitney left me optimistic about the potential of humankind to do this, armed with her insights, stories, and tools More about Whitney: Whitney Johnson is CEO of the tech-enabled talent development company Disruption Advisors. One of the top ten business thinkers in the world as named by Thinkers50, Whitney is an expert at smart growth leadership. Book 'Smart Growth: how to grow your people to grow your company'S Curve Insight Platform.Whitney Johnson profileDisrupt Yourself podcast. Grow through Disruption newsletter My resources: Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox: If you're not subscribed already and do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation. You can also find me here: LinkedIn Twitter Personal website, which includes more examples of my work, the services I offer and testimonials from clients
Feb 8 2022
37 mins
Saiyyidah Zaidi: Belonging in the workplace
Summary:Take a moment and ask yourself: what do you stand for, and how do you want to show up at work? These are the two critical questions to address when you think about your identity. And if you feel a sense of belonging, a concept far richer and deeper than just inclusion, you’re going to feel that you can express your identity fully and openly. Creating the conditions for this requires deep listening to what people say, don’t say, how they express themselves, as well as the curation of great questions. Great conversations require people to leave their egos behind, and be courageous in addressing what really matters.In this discussion, Saiyyidah Zaidi, author, researcher, and coach, describes these concepts clearly and vividly, explaining why they matter so much. She draws on her experience in her own career, family life, and as a coach, and doctoratal student. This is a thoughtful, reflective conversation that left me feeling clearer about these concepts, and in awe of Saiyyidah’s drive to foster a greater sense of belonging of all people at work. More on Sayyidah:Saiyyidah Zaidi (pronounced say-ee-dah, meaning female leader) is an experienced coach, facilitator, and supervisor working internationally and across sectors. This is her:Profile.Podcast.Coaching services.My resources: Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox: If you're not subscribed already and do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation. You can also find me here: LinkedIn Twitter Personal website, which includes more examples of my work, the services I offer and testimonials from clients.
Feb 2 2022
36 mins
Costas Markides: Mastering clarity in strategy
Summary:The world of business is packed full of terminology, jargon, buzzwords. I’ve probably used too much of it myself. But what do we mean by innovation, customer centricity, agility? Too often we’re not clear so we have parallel conversations, or simply people disengage leaving the important decisions to a clique or the dominant few. My guest in this podcast, Prof. Costas Markides of the LBS, is a stickler for clarity – he thinks that a lack of clarity is one of the biggest problems we have in management. We talk about the critical ‘who, what, how’ questions of strategy, what it takes to win over peoples’ hearts and minds when you’re looking to effect organisational change – he also talks how distributed, autonomous organisations really work. And, importantly, how leaders can turn their intent, their thoughts and words, into action. He concludes by sharing how we measures his own success, and impact, in his research and teaching. More on Costas:Professor Costas Markides is recognised as one of the world’s foremost experts on strategy and innovation. An internationally acclaimed teacher and conference speaker, Professor Markides has researched the topics of strategic innovation, business model innovation, diversification and international acquisitions.His book "Organizing for the New Normal: Prepare Your Company for the Journey of Continuous Disruption".Costas' profile.My resources: Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox: If you're not subscribed already and do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation. You can also find me here: LinkedIn Twitter Personal website, which includes more examples of my work, the services I offer and testimonials from clients
Jan 26 2022
40 mins
Liz Wiseman: becoming an impact player
Being competent, solid, committed isn't enough in extraordinary times - of ambiguity, complexity and uncertainty. Impact players do far more than these typical contributors. They:1.     Do the job that’s needed2.     Step up, step back3.     Finish stronger4.     Ask and adjust5.     Make work lightThey have a healthy disregard for rules, although are savvy enough on how to garner support. Focusing their attention on what truly matters means they don't need to over-work. And they find ways to solve complex problems whilst others get flustered or ask for help. They're open to guidance, happy to share the limelight, and committed to serving others. They're remarkable people. Liz Wiseman has studied these impact players from a wide range of organisations, understanding their mindests, habits, and practices. She shares the highlights of the book she's written on the subject, along with some fascinating stories of inspirational people.More about Liz:Her BioImpact Players book.Impact Players resources (practices, guide).Diagnostics.My resources: Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox: If you're not subscribed already and do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation. : You can also find me here: LinkedIn Twitter Personal website, which includes more examples of my work, the services I offer and testimonials from clients.
Jan 19 2022
46 mins
Ron Carucci: lead with the power of truth, justice and purpose
Summary:Look around you in the worlds of business and politics. Think of leaders and organisations you admire. Or those that disappoint you. How honest are they in their intentions, and actions? How purposeful are they? In his book 'To Be Honest: Lead with the power of purpose, truth, and justice' Ron Carucci argues that these three elements are fundamental to an organisation's performance and positioning.  He  tackles how to eliminate the cultural conditions that prompt otherwise honest people to distort the truth and behave unfairly.He shows that "When these factors are absent or ineffective, the organizational conditions compel employees to choose dishonesty and self-interest. But when done well, the organization is 16 times more likely to have people tell the truth, behave fairly and serve a greater good." The book is based on fifteen years of research, and more than 3,000 interviews, mined for insights using IBM Watson. And it's packed full of riveting and remarkable stories from the world of business and beyond, including FARC terrorists in Columbia, the cave rescue in Thailand, the leadership of New Zealand during the pandemic, restorative justice from tribal rituals in the Congo, and how two companies – Patagonia and DuPont – took different approaches when they realized their products were poisoning people.  More on Ron:Ron has a thirty-year track record helping executives tackle challenges of strategy, organization, and leadership — from start-ups to Fortune 10s, non-profits to heads-of-state, turn-arounds to new markets and strategies, overhauling leadership and culture to re-designing for growth. With experience in more than 25 countries on 4 continents, he helps organizations articulate strategies that lead to accelerated growth, and then designs programs to execute those strategies. LinkedIn profile.Navalent bio.To Be Honest book.HBR articles.My resources: Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox: If you're not subscribed already and do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation. : You can also find me here: LinkedIn Twitter Personal website, which includes more examples of my work, the services I offer and testimonials from clients.
Jan 12 2022
39 mins
Christian Stadler and Julia Hautz: Opening Up Strategy
For too long, strategy has been conceived and designed behind closed doors, at the top table. For leaders to invite others to contribute is often seen as a sign of weakness, diminishing the leaders’ stature, authority, and control. However, the reality is that leaders often find it difficult to develop imaginative ideas on their own, shackled as they are by their conventional wisdom and groupthink. It's no wonder that many fail.  Opening up the strategy process through contests, crowdsourcing, communities generates better ideas, more realistic plans, and more effective execution than a traditional, closed approach. We shouldn’t confuse an open strategy process with a free-for-all. There are important nuances of when, how and by how much to open-up the process. Leaders must act forcefully (sometimes unilaterally) to frame the strategic question, choose whom to involve, establish the rules and incentives of engagement, select the platform for participation, and, ultimately, take the decisions. Professors Christian Stadler and Julia Hautz, two of the four authors of the book ‘Open Strategy: Mastering Disruption outside the C-suite’, describe how to do open strategy skilfully and why it matters.More about Christian and Julia:Their book, and resources.Their profiles - Christian, Julia.My resources:Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox:If you're not subscribed already and do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation. :You can also find me here:LinkedInTwitterPersonal website, which includes more examples of my work, the services I offer and testimonials from clients.
Dec 8 2021
40 mins
Ruth Gotian: What we can learn from the super successful
Think of your favourite role model, superstar, elite professional. It may be somebody who’s won a Nobel Prize, won an Olympic gold, or flown to the moon. What can you, we, learn from them? Surely they’re out of league, in a different stratosphere, literally in some cases? Not so, we can actually learn a lot. They share similar mindsets and practices that helped get them there. When you hear the four elements you might think they’re common sense. And they are. But doing them, all of them, consistently, day in day out takes real dedication, and skill.My guest, Dr. Ruth Gotian, has been studying these superstars for decades now, and has been taking her own medicine, becoming a recognised expert speaker, coach, educator, and now author of the book ‘Success Factor: developing the mindset and skillset for peak business performance’. This episode is packed full of tips, lessons and anecdotes from Ruth. She’s an inspirational professional and person. More about Ruth:Her roles, work and background here. Success Factor book.Mentor show.Articles.My resources: Sign up to my Flashes+Sparks for stimuli, ideas, guidance and tips on how to lead your team, organisation or self more effectively, delivered straight to your inbox: If you're not subscribed already and do subscribe to my youtube channel where you can watch the conversation. You can also find me here: LinkedIn Twitter Personal website, which includes more examples of my work, the services I offer and testimonials from clients.
Dec 2 2021
31 mins
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