ExecU the Podcast

Suzan Brinker, Ph.D

If you're looking to grow as a leader and want to root your journey in insights from executive education faculty at top business school like MIT, Columbia, and Yale, then have we got the podcast for you! Featuring conversations between Viv Higher Ed's founder, Suzan Brinker, Ph.D, and some of higher ed’s most forward-thinking business school professors, ExecU tackles topics from morality to productivity and everything in between. Join us now for all of season 1, available wherever you listen. read less
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Ep. 12 Inclusive Leadership, Anne Weisberg, NYU
Jan 14 2023
Ep. 12 Inclusive Leadership, Anne Weisberg, NYU
Join Suzan and NYU's Anne Weisberg as they discuss inclusive leadership, and how we can retain and advance talent inclusively. January 2023ExecU PodcastEpisode 12: Inclusive Leadership, Anne Weisberg, NYUBRIEF SUMMARY OF EPISODEAnne Weisberg designs strategies that foster high performing, inclusive workplaces that deliver on the “S” in ESG. Her private sector experience has focused on talent strategies with a gender lens.Most recently, Anne was the Women’s Initiative Director at the law firm Paul, Weiss, where she delivered a 40% increase in the number of women associates and created a Women’s Network that has 90% participation. At BlackRock, Anne created an award-winning women’s leadership program that is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study. She joined BlackRock from Deloitte, where she co-authored Mass Career Customization: Aligning the Workplace to Today’s Nontraditional Workforce (Harvard Business Press, 2007) that coined the phrase “corporate lattice.” Anne is a recognized thought leader on inclusive workplaces. She was asked to write the New York Times op-ed titled “The Workplace Culture That Flying Nannies Won’t Fix” about workplace culture and as a young mother, she co-authored Everything a Working Mother Needs to Know (Doubleday, 1994).Make sure to subscribe to the ExecU Podcast to learn from the most forward-thinking business professors about how to build a better future. KEY TAKEAWAYAnne: “It's very important when you're doing leadership development programs for specific groups within your organization, that they don't feel like it's remedial, and that it's not perceived as like something is wrong with these people that we need to fix, but rather, we're investing in these people because it's good for our business.”ADDITIONAL LINKSShare the podcast: https://execupodcast.buzzsprout.com/shareAnne’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anneweisberg/Take Anne’s Inclusive Leadership Course on March 27+28, 2023: https://execed.stern.nyu.edu/products/inclusive-leadership-a-competitive-advantageSponsored by Viv Higher Ed: https://vivhied.com/
Ep. 11 Speaking Up without Freaking Out, Matt Abrahams, Stanford
Jan 13 2023
Ep. 11 Speaking Up without Freaking Out, Matt Abrahams, Stanford
Join Suzan and Stanford's Matt Abrahams as they discuss tips on being a flexible and impactful presenter, even when anxiety presents itself. January 2023ExecU PodcastEpisode 11: Speaking Up without Freaking Out with Matt Abrahams, Stanford UniversityBRIEF SUMMARY OF EPISODEMatt Abrahams is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator and coach. He has published research articles on strategic communication, cognitive planning, persuasion, and interpersonal communication. Matt recently published the third edition of his book Speaking Up Without Freaking Out, a book written to help the millions of people who suffer from anxiety around speaking in public. Additionally, Matt developed a software package that provides instant, proscriptive feedback to presenters. Prior to teaching, Matt held senior leadership positions in several leading software companies, where he created and ran global learning and development organizations.Matt is also founder and principal at TFTS Communications LLC, a presentation and communication skills company based in Silicon Valley that helps people improve their presentation skills. He is also the host of the Stanford GSB podcast called Think Fast Talk Smart: The Podcast, and curator of the NoFreakingSpeaking.com website.Make sure to subscribe to the ExecU Podcast to learn from the most forward-thinking business professors about how to build a better future. KEY TAKEAWAY “As our species was evolving where you were within your group, [that’s where] you hung out. It meant survival, it meant  food reproduction, et cetera. So anything that put your status at risk was something you should be very concerned about. And getting up in front of others and doing something embarrassing or wrong could negatively impact your status. And that's why we see anxiety around speaking in front of others across most cultures.” Share the podcast:https://execupodcast.buzzsprout.com/shareMatt’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maabrahams/No Freaking Speaking Website with resources to help improve your public speaking: https://nofreakingspeaking.com/Think Fast Talk Smart: The Podcast:https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/business-podcasts/think-fast-talk-smart-podcastMatt’s book: Speaking Without Freaking Outhttps://nofreakingspeaking.com/thebook/Sponsored by Viv Higher Ed: https://vivhied.com/
Ep. 10 Consumer Behavior and Morality, Chethana Achar, Northwestern
Jan 13 2023
Ep. 10 Consumer Behavior and Morality, Chethana Achar, Northwestern
Join Suzan and Northwestern's Chethana Achar as they discuss how understanding the moral DNA of your market should inform decisions about products at every stage. January 2023ExecU PodcastEpisode 10:  Morality and Consumer Behavior with Chethana Achar, NorthwesternBRIEF SUMMARY OF EPISODEChethana Achar is currently an Assistant Professor Of Marketing at Northwestern University in the Kellogg School of Management. She studies social stigma and how it shapes consumer behavior, with a focus on public health marketing. Chethana investigates how stigmatization of health issues and risky behaviors shapes consumers' likelihood for seeking healthcare support for mental health issues, vaccinations, illness screenings, etc. She investigates a broad spectrum of beliefs about morality, including the strength of moral beliefs and variance in what people perceive to be moral and not moral. Make sure to subscribe to the ExecU Podcast to learn from the most forward-thinking business professors about how to build a better future. KEY TAKEAWAY “We now,  in the last 10- 15 years or so, are seeing this sort of value-angle come up to business, where it's not just about defining the features of your product, it's also about what the product stands for and what the person that's selling the product stands for.  I think our society clearly has reached this point where moral beliefs and values that go behind a brand are an important feature of the brand itself.”Share the podcast:https://execupodcast.buzzsprout.com/shareChethana’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chethana-achar-8192918/Sponsored by Viv Higher Ed: https://vivhied.com/
Ep. 9 Conscious Accountability, David Tate, Yale
Jan 13 2023
Ep. 9 Conscious Accountability, David Tate, Yale
Join Suzan and Yale's David Tate as they discuss how conscious accountability can be transformational as opposed to transactional.January 2023ExecU PodcastEpisode 9:  Conscious Accountability with David Tate, Yale UniversityBRIEF SUMMARY OF EPISODEDavid C. Tate is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Yale University. His areas of practice in organizational consulting include coaching and leadership development, conflict resolution, team-building, succession planning and promoting healthy organizational development. David is a co-author of Sink or Swim: How Lessons from the Titanic Can Save Your Family Business. He earned a certificate in family business advising from the Family Firm Institute, and serves as the facilitator for the National Association of Corporate Directors Connecticut Chapter’s Family Business Roundtable. He also is the co-founder of the Connecticut Consulting Psychology Group.Dr. Tate received his B.S. at Cornell University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. He completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University before joining the faculty.Make sure to subscribe to the ExecU Podcast to learn from the most forward-thinking business professors about how to build a better future. KEY TAKEAWAY “ In sort of standard accountability, we often think of it as an individual's domain or  sometimes I call it an ‘individual sport’. So in other words, ‘I just need to be responsible for me and the things that I'm supposed to do, and if I do that, then that's being accountable.’ Whereas conscious accountability invites a shared response. Something that we share together that we're also thinking about. [We are thinking about] our larger shared goal and how the people around me are doing and [asking] ‘what do they need in order to achieve the goal?’.”Share the podcast:https://execupodcast.buzzsprout.com/shareDavid’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-klepper-39b3a2/David’s Books:Sink or Swim: https://www.amazon.com/Sink-Swim-Lessons-Titanic-Business/dp/0313398348Conscious Accountability:https://www.amazon.com/Conscious-Accountability-Connections-Elevate-Results/dp/1950496716Conscious Growth Partners:https://consciousgrowthpartners.com/Sponsored by Viv Higher Ed: https://vivhied.com/
Ep. 8 Tough Love in the Boardroom, Bill Klepper, Columbia
Jan 13 2023
Ep. 8 Tough Love in the Boardroom, Bill Klepper, Columbia
Join Suzan and Columbia's Bill Klepper as they discuss how the partnership of strong teams & boards can impact even the most vulnerable CEOs. January 2023ExecU PodcastEpisode 8:  Tough Love in the Boardroom with Bill Klepper, ColumbiaBRIEF SUMMARY OF EPISODEBill Klepper is an experienced executive with over forty years of leadership in higher education. He is currently a member of the Columbia Business School faculty within the Management Division. He teaches the Executive MBA course on Executive Leadership and is a regular guest professor in the MBA course on High Performance Leadership. He also serves as Academic Director of Executive Education and teaches globally within a number of corporate custom programs, focusing on Executive Learning, Strategic Leadership, Corporate Governance, High Performance Cultures and the Creation and Implementation of Strategy.Bill is the author of The CEO's Boss: Tough Love in the Boardroom.Make sure to subscribe to the ExecU Podcast to learn from the most forward-thinking business professors about how to build a better future. KEY TAKEAWAY “I think even when I get up close and personal in talking with CEOs, there's in many ways a belief that they are  all knowledgeable, all powerful, right? And therefore can manage all things. What I found out the closer I get to them is no, they feel just as vulnerable as the next leader, and in many cases, the expectations of them, are beyond their own capabilities. The side difference is who they surround themselves with. So, I'm a firm believer that we can focus on the CEO, but what we really want to learn more about is the team of the CEO, because it's in the team.”Share the podcast:https://execupodcast.buzzsprout.com/shareBill’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-klepper-39b3a2/Bill’s Book:https://www.amazon.com/CEOs-Boss-Boardroom-Columbia-Publishing/dp/0231149883Sponsored by Viv Higher Ed: https://vivhied.com/
Ep. 7 How People and Organizations Learn, Aravind Chandrasekaran, Ohio State
Jan 13 2023
Ep. 7 How People and Organizations Learn, Aravind Chandrasekaran, Ohio State
Join Suzan and OSU's Aravind Chandrasekaran as they discuss how leaders can make the space necessary for allowing teams to solve the biggest business challenges.January 2023ExecU PodcastEpisode 7:  How People and Organizations Learn with Aravind Chandasekaran, Ohio State UniversityBRIEF SUMMARY OF EPISODEAravind Chandrasekaran (AC) is the Fisher Distinguished Professor in Operations and Business Analytics at the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. He received his PhD in Operations and Management Sciences from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Chandrasekaran’s research investigates innovation, learning and knowledge creation issues in a variety of industries including high-tech R&D, manufacturing and health-care delivery. In recent years, he has begun to study the challenges involved in developing patient-centric healthcare models by conducting field experiments in collaboration with several physician and nursing leaders in the United States.  His research has been published in all top OM journals including Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (MSOM), Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, as well as other premier journals.Make sure to subscribe to the ExecU Podcast to learn from the most forward-thinking business professors about how to build a better future. KEY TAKEAWAY “As soon as you start saying, “okay, let's fix the problem, and I know the solution, just follow me,’ things fall down because solutions have to be invented by the people who are doing the work. So people who have the problem should find their own solution. What, as a leader, you can do is create the opportunity for them to find that solution. But, we make that mistake of saying, I know how to solve it, so I'm gonna help you solve it.”Share the podcast:https://execupodcast.buzzsprout.com/shareAravind’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aravind-chandrasekaran-0234a96/Sponsored by Viv Higher Ed: https://vivhied.com/
Ep. 6 Food Access and Policymaking, Lauren Chenarides, Arizona State
Jan 13 2023
Ep. 6 Food Access and Policymaking, Lauren Chenarides, Arizona State
Join Suzan and ASU's Lauren Chenarides as they discuss food access and policymaking, and what can help us lead from a place of connection. January 2023ExecU PodcastEpisode 6:  Food Access and Policymaking with Lauren Chenarides, Arizona State UniversityBRIEF SUMMARY OF EPISODELauren Chenarides is an Assistant Professor at the Morrison School of Agribusiness in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. She holds an undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross, where she majored in Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental, and Regional Economics from Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated in 2017. Her research background is in food economics, studying the nexus between food choice, retailer competition, and public policy. Lauren’s research focuses on understanding barriers to accessing affordable, healthy foods and the consequences of poor food access on consumer spending, diet, and health; analyzing trends and developments in food retailer competition, market concentration, and marketing strategies; and, examining the impact of entry by non-traditional food retailers on local competition. Make sure to subscribe to the ExecU Podcast to learn from the most forward-thinking business professors about how to build a better future. KEY TAKEAWAY “Organizations and the environments in which people are working change over time. What leadership means to me is curiosity, inclusivity, and connection. And connection with who it is we're trying to serve and we're working with.Share the podcast: https://execupodcast.buzzsprout.com/shareLauren’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenchenarides/Lauren’s FastCompany article:https://www.fastcompany.com/90780087/are-dollar-stores-the-villains-theyve-been-made-out-to-beSponsored by Viv Higher Ed: https://vivhied.com/
Ep. 5 Leading High-Performing Teams, Rodrigo Jordan, UPenn
Jan 13 2023
Ep. 5 Leading High-Performing Teams, Rodrigo Jordan, UPenn
Join Suzan and UPenn's Rodrigo Jordan as they discuss how to build and lead high-performing teams.January 2023ExecU PodcastEpisode 5: Leading High Performing Teams with Rodrigo Jordan, University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) BRIEF SUMMARY OF EPISODERodrigo Jordan is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Leadership and Change Management under The Wharton School at UPenn. He is widely recognized in Latin America for his work in leadership and innovation, and his book, Experiential Leadership: From Theory to Practice (Spanish, Prentice-Hall 2008). Jordan regularly runs seminars on leadership and the development of high performance teams to a wide variety of clients throughout Latin America and beyond, including extensive work with the Wharton Leadership Ventures program. Rodrigo Jordan holds a Ph.D in Organizational Administration from Oxford University. Fun fact about our guest: Rodrigo Jordan is also considered one of Chile's most accomplished mountaineers, having led several successful expeditions to the Himalayas and Antarctica! Make sure to subscribe to the ExecU Podcast to learn from the most forward-thinking business professors about how to build a better future. KEY TAKEAWAY “Your main purpose as a leader is… not to attain whatever dream, whatever purpose, whatever goal, whatever results you want to achieve. On the contrary, your main objective as the leader is to set up the best team to achieve those results.”ADDITIONAL LINKS:Share the podcast: https://execupodcast.buzzsprout.com/shareRodrigo’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rodrigo-jordan-b213764/Rodrigo’s Book: https://www.amazon.com/Experiential-Leadership-Principles-Rodrigo-Jordan-ebook/dp/B08C4LS9QTSponsored by Viv Higher Ed: https://vivhied.com/
Ep. 4 Extreme Productivity, Bob Pozen, MIT
Jan 13 2023
Ep. 4 Extreme Productivity, Bob Pozen, MIT
Join Suzan and MIT'S Bob Pozen as they discuss the best ways to measure productivity in a rapidly changing world.January 2023ExecU PodcastEpisode 4:  Extreme Productivity with Bob Pozen, MIT BRIEF SUMMARY OF EPISODERobert C. Pozen is currently a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a National Bestselling author for Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours and his co-authored book, Remote Inc.: How to Thrive at Work…Wherever You Are.Bob is the former president of Fidelity Investments and executive chairman of MFS Investment Management. He is an expert who has made hundreds of appearances to companies, television audiences and leaders around the world, and is a writer for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Harvard Business Review, and more around the globe.Make sure to subscribe to the ExecU Podcast to learn from the most forward-thinking business professors about how to build a better future. KEY TAKEAWAY“If you're in a knowledge-based company, is it really important how many hours you work or spend at the office? Or is it more important what results you actually achieve? I argue strongly that the key is what you achieve…what you want to do is maximize the output and the output is measured by your results. ”Share the podcast: https://execupodcast.buzzsprout.com/shareBob’s Website: https://bobpozen.com/index.htmlBob’s Books:https://www.amazon.com/Remote-Inc-Thrive-Work-Wherever/dp/0063079372https://www.amazon.com/Extreme-Productivity-Boost-Results-Reduce/dp/0062188534Take Bob’s Productivity Course:https://executive.mit.edu/course/maximizing-your-personal-productivity/a056g00000URaZTAA1.htmlSponsored by Viv Higher Ed: https://vivhied.com/
Ep. 2 Structuring for Innovation, Anat Lechner, NYU
Jan 13 2023
Ep. 2 Structuring for Innovation, Anat Lechner, NYU
Join Suzan and NYU's Anat Lechner as they discuss the importance of psychological safety in building a structure within organizations to support innovation and realize change. January 2023ExecU PodcastEpisode 2: Structuring for Innovation with Anat Lechner, New York University (NYU)BRIEF SUMMARY OF EPISODEAnat Lechner is a Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at NYU Stern. Professor Lechner earned her Ph.D. in Organization Management from Rutgers University in 2000. She is also the recipient of the GE Teaching Excellence award. Professor Lechner's research focuses on how organizations can best structure to develop innovation capabilities and outcomes. Her research encompasses various areas including the effective leverage of multidisciplinary teams, leading adaptive change, and the development of workplace environments supportive of creativity and innovation.Her current work looks at the complexities of managing high performance cross-functional teams, and the ways by which physical workplace environments enable organization members to cope with uncertainty, change, and the demand for increased innovativeness.Make sure to subscribe to the ExecU Podcast to learn from the most forward-thinking business professors about how to build a better future.KEY TAKEAWAY: “When an environment becomes psychologically unsafe for people, many retreat, or in any case [are] thrown out of balance. So instead of being assertive you'll either become more aggressive or you'll become more defensive…”Share the podcast: https://execupodcast.buzzsprout.com/shareSponsored by Viv Higher Ed: https://vivhied.com/
Ep. 1 Systems Leadership, Robert Siegel, Stanford
Jan 13 2023
Ep. 1 Systems Leadership, Robert Siegel, Stanford
Join Suzan and Stanford's Robert Siegel as they discuss his latest book, The Brains and Brawn Company: How Leading Organizations Blend the Best of Digital and Physical, and how to be successful in a world that blends the digital and the physical.January 2023ExecU PodcastEpisode 1: System Leadership with Robert Siegel, Stanford UniversityBRIEF SUMMARY OF EPISODERobert Siegel is a tech executive, venture investor, author, and lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has taught courses ranging from Financial Management for Entrepreneurs to The Industrialist’s Dilemma, and he has led research and written cases on companies including Google, Charles Schwab, and many others. He is also a General Partner at XSeed Capital and Venture Partner at Piva, and he sits on the boards of various enterprises.Make sure to subscribe to the ExecU Podcast to learn from the most forward-thinking business professors about how to build a better future. KEY TAKEAWAYRobert: "Disruptors are not ordained, and incumbents are not doomed. It's really going to be the leaders who are going to make it happen and can really bring in the competencies and best practices from both. That's what's going to be successful over the next couple of decades."ADDITIONAL LINKSShare the podcast: https://execupodcast.buzzsprout.com/shareRobert's Book: https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/faculty-research/books/brains-brawn-company-how-leading-organizations-blend-best-digital-physicalRobert’s Website: https://robertesiegel.com/Take a Course from Robert:https://systemsleadership.io/ Sponsored by Viv Higher Ed: https://vivhied.com/