Advisory Board {INSIDER} with Tom Adams

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The Advisory Board {INSIDER} podcast with Tom Adams explores all aspects of Advisory Boards including conversations with the global experts, the organization and company sponsors, the chairs and the board members who serve on them. read less
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From Branding to Advisory Boards: Scott Oxford on Portfolio Development
Oct 19 2023
From Branding to Advisory Boards: Scott Oxford on Portfolio Development
In this episode of the "Advisory Board {INSIDER}" podcast, we sit down with Scott Oxford, a multi-talented individual leading a creative agency, hosting a podcast, and serving on advisory boards. Scott shares his journey, emphasizing that everyone, regardless of their level of expertise, is a learner in life. He also opens up about co-leading a successful business with his wife. We uncover his multi-dimensional approach to life, business, and advisory boards.As the Founding Partner and Head of Strategy and Creative at New Word Order, Scott offers valuable insights into the world of branding. He discusses how branding is not just about logos or marketing but is a complex field that influences companies at multiple levels.Scott is also the host of the Brand Jam podcast, where he explores the nuances of branding. In our conversation, we explore the subject, illuminating how branding intersects with various facets of business and life.As a Certified Chair with the Advisory Board Centre, Scott offers a unique perspective on why he decided to add advisory board services to his professional capabilities. We learn about the decision to explore a portfolio career. He discusses his company experience determining if they should have one and the insights gained in the process. He the critical role they play in shaping company strategy and the attributes that contribute to a successful board.Additionally, Scott shares why understanding people's personalities, their deeper agendas and the difference between governance and advisory boards is essential. Listen in as Scott's unique perspectives make this conversation a rich and insightful one.+++++++++++++Scott OxfordCo-Founder & Head of Strategy and CreativeNew Word Order - https://newwordorder.com.au/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottoxford/Twitter: https://twitter.com/scottoxfordBrandjam Podcast: https://brandjam.co/
Crafting a Unique Legacy: Insights from Louis Gagnon
Sep 7 2023
Crafting a Unique Legacy: Insights from Louis Gagnon
Dive into a captivating journey with Louis Gagnon in this episode of the "Advisory Board {INSIDER}" podcast. A seasoned leader with a rich legacy spanning both domestic and international arenas, Louis's narrative transcends mere professional milestones, delving deep into the profound wisdom derived from his multifaceted experiences.Boasting an illustrious career with roles including Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Product Officer, CEO, and Managing Director, Louis has been an integral part of success stories at renowned companies like Monster.com, Yodle, and Audible. Steering organizations towards unprecedented success and growth, he also embodies the spirit of an entrepreneur, founding ventures that resonate with his distinct vision and values.A pivotal theme of our discussion revolves around the invaluable insights Louis offers on advisory boards. Drawing from his extensive leadership experience, he shares his encounters with advisory boards, revealing the intricacies of their dynamics, collaboration strategies, and decision-making processes. His insights present a novel perspective on refining board functions and ensuring they align seamlessly with organizational objectives.Louis candidly discusses transformative events in his life, events that have reshaped his perceptions of success and influenced his subsequent endeavors. He introduces us to his latest venture, Regenerative.group, providing a glimpse into its core projects and initiatives. With an emphasis on sustainable growth and meaningful solutions, Regenerative.group stands as a testament to Louis's commitment to pioneering projects that champion not only business success but also meaningful societal change.Join us to hear from a visionary leader whose journey traverses diverse roles, industries, and landscapes. Louis Gagnon's insights, born from his adaptability and passion for making a positive mark on the world, promise to leave a lasting impact. Be prepared to be inspired by Louis, his story, and his vision.+++++++++++Louis GagnonFounder - Regenerative.groupLinkedIn >> https://www.linkedin.com/in/louisgagnon/
Leading the Global Advisory Sphere: Insights from Louise Broekman
Aug 24 2023
Leading the Global Advisory Sphere: Insights from Louise Broekman
In this special episode of the Advisory Board {INSIDER}, I am thrilled to present a conversation with Louise Broekman, CEO and Founder of the Advisory Board Centre. Not just a leader, Louise stands as the "OG" in the advisory board arena, pioneering global standards and spearheading transformative research.Journey into the heart of advisory boards as Louise, a remarkable thinker and hands-on practitioner, unfolds her vast reservoir of knowledge. Beyond titles and accolades, discover her unwavering commitment to the advisory board field. Louise's research transcends mere academic boundaries, anchored in real-world application and fueled by an authentic drive to innovate.As she charts her course through this intricate domain, her methods resonate with thorough, groundbreaking insights that have reshaped global expectations. Learn about Louise's intriguing transition from a young 19-year-old restaurant owner to launching her HR business. Discover how her probing into leadership dynamics in isolated settings led her to craft distinctive models tailored for the small and medium-sized enterprise sector. She offers a window into her experiences helming virtual advisory boards and delves into the nuanced interplay between chair, advisor, consultant, director, and investor roles.We further explore the pivotal role of 'value exchange' in decision-making and demystify the "power of three" concept for optimal decision outcomes. Gain insights into Louise's predictions on future advisory board trends, the importance of understanding the role in advisory boards in governance systems, and her sage counsel on sidestepping prevalent missteps.This episode not only promises a rich tapestry of insights but also a profound understanding of advisory boards' role and relevance in our current business milieu. Be ready for a captivating exploration as we decode advisory board complexities and salute Louise Broekman's trailblazing journey. The essence of this episode transcends mere knowledge, inviting listeners into the heartfelt moments that bring the advisory board world to life.+++++++++++++Louise BroekmanFounder & CEO of the Advisory Board CentreWebsite: https://www.advisoryboardcentre.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/louise-broekman/Twitter: https://twitter.com/AdvisoryBoardAUPS: This is pure gold. Here is the link to the recently published State of the Market Report by Advisory Board Centre. https://www.advisoryboardcentre.com/our-research/state-of-the-market/
The Power of Narrative: A Conversation with Mohamed Amer
Aug 10 2023
The Power of Narrative: A Conversation with Mohamed Amer
Join us for a fascinating conversation with Mohamed Amer, Ph.D., a multifaceted leader with experience in military service, corporate leadership, and academic research. In this episode of the "Advisory Board {INSIDER}" podcast, we explore the convergence of these diverse experiences and how they have shaped Mohamed's approach to advisory boards, leadership, and problem-solving.We delve into Mohamed's time in the Navy, the lessons he learned there, and his transition to the business world. His journey is marked by self-discovery, taking advantage of opportunities, and following intriguing paths that opened up to him. Mohamed's work and research in organizations, leadership, strategy, and business-related subjects are central themes in our conversation. He shares his unique perspectives on how opportunities are co-created and how we influence our direction while embracing unexpected conversations and relationships. His views offer a refreshing take on decision-making and personal growth.In addition to his professional and academic achievements, Mohamed's unique insights into language and words offer a profound understanding of how communication and storytelling actually shape our world—both in life and business. We discuss how language is not merely a tool for conveying information but a powerful mechanism for creating reality and influencing actions.The insights gleaned from my conversation with Mohamed Amer have profound implications for advisory boards. His unique understanding of language and perspective, coupled with his diverse experience in leadership roles, offers a fresh approach to collaboration, decision-making, and strategic planning within advisory boards. Whether it's fostering effective communication, aligning goals, or navigating complex organizational challenges, Mohamed's wisdom provides actionable guidance for CEOs, advisory board members, and those supporting them. His approach emphasizes adaptability, empathy, and innovative thinking, all vital components for success in today's dynamic business environment.Whether you're a business leader, founder, or someone serving as an advisor, you'll benefit from this engaging exploration of narrative, perspective, and leadership with Mohamed Amer. His wisdom transcends traditional boundaries, providing applicable insights across various professional landscapes. Tune in for an episode filled with wisdom, inspiration, and thought-provoking discussion.+++++++++++++++Mohamed Amer, Ph.D.Independent Board Member, Certified ChairTechnology & Strategic Communications Advisor
The Interplay of Inspirational Leadership and Human Capital with Dr. John O'Dwyer
Jul 7 2023
The Interplay of Inspirational Leadership and Human Capital with Dr. John O'Dwyer
Growing up on a farm in Ireland, John O'Dwyer learned one thing - you're never done learning. From milking cows, slopping pigs, to eventually becoming a highly regarded Adjunct Professor and Executive in Residence at University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, John's journey is a testament to the power of perseverance and passion. In our conversation, we explored the nuances of his transition from corporate finance to the world of academia, his unique insights on management systems, and the importance of leveraging human capital within organizations.Dr. John is not just an academic. His career has seen him working in fields as diverse as accounting, corporate finance, aviation services and venture capital. He shares with us the challenges he faced in managing human capital, and emphasizes the critical role inspirational leadership at every level of an organization plays in overcoming these hurdles. Our conversation also took an enlightening turn as we talked about the power of advisory boards, and how the dynamic interplay between the CEO and their advisors can be a game-changer for organizations.Join us for this captivating conversation with Dr. O'Dwyer, and take the opportunity to challenge your own status quo. You will not only be confronted by his directness but also gain valuable insights into leadership, management, and the limitless power of human potential. By the end of our talk, it was clear that John's wisdom, insight, and drive have not only shaped his own life but have the potential to impact the way we approach our own professional journeys.
Adventure, Leadership & Workplace Ecology with Allan MacKenzie
Jun 13 2023
Adventure, Leadership & Workplace Ecology with Allan MacKenzie
What if you could transform your workplace into a thriving ecosystem that enhances talent, productivity, and communication? Join me as I catch up with an old friend and guest, Allan MacKenzie, a Teaching Professor of Leadership and Management at the W. Booth School of Engineering at McMaster University in Canada.With an extensive background in outdoor adventure, Allan brings a unique perspective to his work at McMaster. We explore his journey from adventure tourism to corporate training and development, and how his experiences have shaped his approach to workplace ecology.Discover the importance of viewing organizations as living ecosystems and understanding them holistically. Allan shares his insights on biophilic design and the impact of bringing nature into the workplace. Listen as we discuss the benefits of a more human-centric approach to hiring and the crucial role of training and mentorship in today's workforce.As our conversation unfolds, we touch on the evolving landscape of business and leadership, and the importance of transferable skills in management. Allan discusses his work as an advisor, helping companies overcome obstacles and embrace new ideas in their approach to ecology and talent management.Don't miss this enlightening discussion with Allan MacKenzie. Grab your favorite chai tea and settle in for a captivating journey through leadership, adventure, and wildlife.+++++++++++++Allan MacKenzieTeaching Professor, Leadership & ManagementW. Booth School of EngineeringMcMaster University in CanadaLinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allanmac/
Scaling Businesses, Creative Deals, and Philanthropy with Jim Estill
May 16 2023
Scaling Businesses, Creative Deals, and Philanthropy with Jim Estill
What can you learn from a business and philanthropic rock star who successfully scaled his entrepreneurial startup into a publicly traded company worth two billion dollars? Join us as we meet Jim Estill, the CEO and Owner of Danby Appliances, and embark on a captivating journey through the realms of business and community giving. From his early days as a painter to his venture into the public market, investment in over 150 technology startups, and acquisition of an appliance company, Jim's insights are invaluable for aspiring entrepreneurs, board members, and individuals striving to make a meaningful impact.We delve into the pivotal role of board members, emphasizing the significance of asking naïve questions and orchestrating successful board meetings. Explore Jim's wealth of experience serving on boards, his advice for navigating business pivots during challenging times, and the immense value of establishing an advisory board. With an unwavering focus on mentorship and environmental causes, Jim's distinct approach to success and wealth offers a refreshing perspective on modern business leadership.Jim's dedication to supporting causes dear to his heart, such as aiding Syrian refugee families, has earned him the prestigious Order of Canada and a remarkable philanthropic legacy. He candidly shares his "eccentric" views on wealth and how they have guided his life's decisions.Join us as we immerse ourselves in a captivating conversation with Jim, brimming with nuggets of wisdom that can ignite inspiration and motivate you to carve your own path in the world of business and beyond. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a true trailblazer in the realms of entrepreneurship and philanthropy!+++++++++++Jim EstillCEO & Owner,Danby Appliances
Launching Purposeful Advisory Boards with Galvanizer Annette Taber
Apr 13 2023
Launching Purposeful Advisory Boards with Galvanizer Annette Taber
In this episode of the Advisory Board {INSIDER} podcast you'll meet Annette Taber, who has had an impressive career in technology products with such companies as Tech Data and the IT industry's major association, CompTIA. In this episode we explore Annette's early beginnings in fashion marketing, her experiences in modeling, and her decision to pursue a more structured career at Tech Data Corporation.We delve into her transition from sales to operations and her subsequent moves up the corporate ladder. We talk about Annette's move to smaller companies and her time on the Board of Directors at CompTIA. She shares the career move to CompTIA and the strategic development of industry advisory boards at the technology association, combining industry leaders to solve problems collectively. Annette shares her behind-the-scenes process of building and managing these boards and establishing self-governance within them.We also discuss her decision to move on from her position at CompTIA and create her new company, BoardSwap, which focuses on formalized advisory boards, project-based boards, and peer groups. We explore into the importance of understanding a company's needs and priorities before creating an advisory board, and the role of a Certified Chair in providing guidance.Join me in this captivating conversation with Annette Taber to learn more about her incredible journey and the impact she continues to have.Annette TaberFounder & CEO, BoardSWAPCertified Chairhttps://boardswap.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/annettetaber/
From Aspiring Vet to Global CIO Success with Renée Lahti
Apr 6 2023
From Aspiring Vet to Global CIO Success with Renée Lahti
In this episode of Advisory Board {INSIDER}, I had a fascinating conversation with Renée Lahti, a seasoned veteran of Silicon Valley. We discussed her journey from aspiring veterinarian to a successful career in technology leadership.We explore Renée's experiences working for major companies like PeopleSoft, Oracle, Symantec, and SC Johnson and into her current role leading and serving on advisory boards.We dive deep into the importance of gaining technical knowledge for career success. Renée describes the transformation she led at Hitachi Vanatara as their CIO and the challenges faced in implementing change on a global scale.We discuss the transition for Renée from industry into advisory and mentoring roles, driven by a desire to create a positive impact not only within her client companies but also for the rest of the world. Renée also shares valuable insights on the concept of emotional independence in the members of advisory boards. She gives insight into the process of engaging with potential board members, and navigating the "known unknowns" in today's rapidly changing world.Additionally, we discuss the differences between advisory boards and governance boards, as well as the increasing relevance of advisory board work in various sectors.Don't miss out on this compelling story and valuable advice from an industry expert!++++++++++++++Renée B. LahtiHelping Humans be more Human with Technology and Datahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/reneeblahti/
Leverage an Advisory Advantage for Future-Proofing with Mike Richardson
Mar 23 2023
Leverage an Advisory Advantage for Future-Proofing with Mike Richardson
In this energetic and engaging episode, I have a fascinating conversation with Mike Richardson, an expert on agility and a member of the 4 AM club. We explore Mike's journey from his early days building hovercrafts in school to working on a Shell oil rig and how these experiences shaped his understanding of agility. Mike shares insights on staying within the green zone of organized chaos, the importance of innovation, and his powerful concept of "conversation flow to cash flow. " We also discuss the value of different types of advisory boards and the importance of external input in future-proofing businesses, leadership, and careers. We discuss the essential elements of a successful advisory board and how to avoid common pitfalls. We emphasize the importance of having a balanced mix of left and right-brain thinkers, as well as a tactical and strategic focus on both short-term and long-term goals. Additionally, we explore the concept of "future hunting" and the fringe and the importance of engaging with external perspectives to stay ahead of the curve. By understanding these key principles, businesses can effectively future-proof themselves and tackle uncertainties with confidence. Join us on this enlightening journey and learn how to navigate the chaotic world we live in with agility and confidence.+++++++++++++++++Mike RichardsonAgility Expert, Coach & FacilitatorPeer Groups & Advisory Board LeaderWebsite: https://mikerichardson.live/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/agilityexpertmikerichardson/Podcast Main Links: Podcast Home Page: https://tomadams.com/advisory-board-insider-podcast/YouTube PlaylistTom Adams