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The Positive Leadership Podcast

Jean-Philippe Courtois

Positive Leadership has the power to change the world. By focusing on trust, empathy and wellbeing, leaders can energize their teams to achieve success for individuals, their organization, and society overall. But it is still something that is relatively unknown outside academic circles. Join Jean-Philippe Courtois, a member of the Microsoft executive senior leadership team, as he brings Positive Leadership to life for anyone who acts in a leadership capacity, both personally and professionally. With help from his guests, Jean-Philippe will show you how purpose-led leaders can generate a positive energy that achieves commercial success, individual happiness and societal impact across a range of situations and sectors – from technology and social enterprise to sports and coffee. And most importantly, you’ll learn practical tips for applying it to your own life – so you can begin making a difference.

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Growing through personal disruption (with Whitney Johnson)
Jun 15 2022
Growing through personal disruption (with Whitney Johnson)
Can we approach self-growth like business growth? Can we ‘climb our mountains’ and achieve growth through personal disruption – in the same way that disruptive innovation transforms industries? And can we grow so much that we become the ‘keystone species’ for those we manage, feeding their own growth and development?  JP's latest #PositiveLeadership guest, best-selling author, leading business thinker and former Wall Street analyst @Whitney Johnson, certainly believes so.  Listen to the full episode to learn all about her seven-step method for achieving this high-growth.
Growing through personal disruption (with Whitney Johnson)
Jun 15 2022
Growing through personal disruption (with Whitney Johnson)
Can we approach self-growth like business growth? Can we ‘climb our mountains’ and achieve growth through personal disruption – in the same way that disruptive innovation transforms industries? And can we grow so much that we become the ‘keystone species’ for those we manage, feeding their own growth and development?  JP's latest #PositiveLeadership guest, best-selling author, leading business thinker and former Wall Street analyst @Whitney Johnson, certainly believes so.  Listen to the full episode to learn all about her seven-step method for achieving this high-growth.
Réinventer le leadership politique (avec Alice Barbe)
Jun 9 2022
Réinventer le leadership politique (avec Alice Barbe)
Lorsque vous aidez les autres et que vous leur donnez les moyens de s'épanouir et de laisser leur empreinte sur le monde, vous multipliez votre #PositiveImpact de façon exponentielle.Alice Barbe, avec qui JP a discuté en direct lors au Festival Génération Impact de Live for Good, le prouve abondamment. Alice a travaillé 10 ans comme cofondatrice de SINGA, une organisation internationale convaincue que donner des moyens aux migrants et les mettre au contact de projets utiles est la clé de l'innovation sociale et économique. Récemment, elle a lancé une nouvelle organisation, Academy for Future Leaders, dont le but est de créer une nouvelle génération de dirigeants politiques divers et bien enracinés qui transformeront le monde. Écoutez cet épisode pour en savoir davantage sur Alice et notamment sur la façon dont son parcours l'a aidée à devenir le leader qu'elle est aujourd'hui.
Donner des moyens aux nounous qui façonnent la nouvelle génération (avec Maïmonatou Mar)
Jun 9 2022
Donner des moyens aux nounous qui façonnent la nouvelle génération (avec Maïmonatou Mar)
L'an dernier, Maïmonatou Mar était mon invitée spéciale lors de l'épisode avec Satya Nadella, à qui elle a posé une excellente question de la part de tous les entrepreneurs #PositiveImpact.La semaine dernière, JP a eu l'occasion d'enregistrer tout un épisode avec Maï lors du Festival Génération Impact de Live for Good et il a pu en savoir davantage sur son parcours personnel en tant que cofondatrice de @Gribouilli.Cette entreprise sociale aide les nounous à progresser professionnellement et leur donne les moyens de mieux collaborer avec les parents sur des programmes efficaces d'éducation de la petite enfance. La discussion a été fantastique, grâce à la passion de Maï et à l'incroyable énergie qu'elle a déployée pendant l'événement.
Bonus WEF Episode: Eliminating poverty through green energy (with Dr. Rajiv Shah)
May 26 2022
Bonus WEF Episode: Eliminating poverty through green energy (with Dr. Rajiv Shah)
JP's third bonus WEF guest is Dr. Rajiv Shah.Rajiv has spent his career helping to solve many of society’s greatest issues – working to immunize the world with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, serving as the Administrator of USAID under President Obama.And now, as President of The Rockefeller Foundation, he is bringing green energy to people all around the world through the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, which aims to provide an onramp to opportunity for 1 billion people, while averting carbon emissions, expanding energy access, and creating jobs in the process.Listen to the episode to hear all about his work, his passion and his dedication.
Bonus WEF episode: Transforming healthcare through self-management (with Jos de Blok)
May 25 2022
Bonus WEF episode: Transforming healthcare through self-management (with Jos de Blok)
JP's next guest, Jos de Blok, doesn’t believe in management.So how is he a Positive Leader?Because he believes in empowering employees by giving them the freedom to develop their own skills and careers, and providing quality coaching when needed. It’s why he created the self-managed model that has allowed his community healthcare organization Buurtzorg to transform the Dutch healthcare industry, become one of the country’s top employers, and touch the lives of patients all around the world. JP was so inspired by the conversation they had in WEF, and is sure you will be too!
Bonus WEF Episode: Being a cultural translator (with Cheryl Dorsey)
May 24 2022
Bonus WEF Episode: Being a cultural translator (with Cheryl Dorsey)
In the first of 3 bonus, bite-sized episodes, JP talks to Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green, about how she is changing the world by being a 'cultural translator' - someone who brings different classes, races, ideas together to create a more equitable, sustainable and just world. This episode was recorded on-location at WEF 22 in Davos!
Generating positive energy as a leader (with Kim Cameron)
May 16 2022
Generating positive energy as a leader (with Kim Cameron)
This episode had some very special moments for JP.Firstly, he got to speak with the person who wrote the book that introduced him to the concept of Positive Leadership: Kim Cameron.He also learned some valuable tips about creating stronger, more authentic relationships with teams, even when delivering negative feedback.And finally, he had the opportunity to do the Reflected Best Self Exercise with Kim, which involved hearing from significant people in his life about times when he had a positive impact on them.Don’t miss this episode. Listen now to learn along with JP.
[FR] Être le plus fidèle possible à soi-même (Pauline Laigneau)
May 4 2022
[FR] Être le plus fidèle possible à soi-même (Pauline Laigneau)
Que faire lorsque la vie vous force à prendre un autre chemin ? Si vous avez un état d'esprit positif, comme c'est le cas de Pauline Laigneau, l'invitée de cet épisode, vous vous en servez comme d'une chance pour réévaluer vos objectifs et devenir encore plus fidèle à vous-même. C'est ainsi qu'elle est passée d'études qui la destinaient à devenir fonctionnaire à un rôle d'entrepreneure influente, décidée à aider les autres à être les plus fidèles possible à eux-mêmes. Ne manquez pas sa conversation passionnante avec JP, dans laquelle ils discutent de toutes sortes de choses, depuis l'importance des mentors jusqu'à ce qui fait de Gladiator l'un des meilleurs exemples de #PositiveLeadership au cinéma !
Being a changemaker (with Bill Drayton, Ashoka Founder and CEO)
Apr 20 2022
Being a changemaker (with Bill Drayton, Ashoka Founder and CEO)
This week's Positive Leadership Podcast guest is JP has long admired: Bill Drayton, the founder of  Ashoka and widely considered to be the father of #SocialEntrepreneurship.We can all learn so much from Bill about leading purpose-led individuals and empowering them to turn their ideas into actions that make an impact. And we can all be inspired by his deep belief that everyone is a Changemaker – capable of solving the problems that they see in the world around them.Listen to the full episode now.
Empowering people to achieve more (with Kathleen Hogan)
Apr 5 2022
Empowering people to achieve more (with Kathleen Hogan)
What do you say when you get a call from Satya Nadella himself, asking you to help him transform a culture?Luckily for Microsoft, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Kathleen Hogan said yes. From that moment on, she became an integral part of the journey that brought a new purpose, growth mindset and manager expectations to the company.In this episode, JP heads to the Microsoft Redmond campus to speak to Kathleen in-person. Listen now to hear her insights on celebrating failure, the importance of managers, being a working parent and more.
Becoming a courageous leader (with Paul Polman, ex-Unilever CEO and IMAGINE Co-Founder)
Mar 24 2022
Becoming a courageous leader (with Paul Polman, ex-Unilever CEO and IMAGINE Co-Founder)
It takes real courage to be purpose-driven leader, who ensures that their team and company has a Net Positive impact on the world. So how can we be courageous leaders? This episode’s guest, Paul Polman, is the perfect person to help us answer this question.Not only has Paul recently written a book about it, but he has also demonstrated immense courage himself – such as when he launched the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan to decouple the company's growth from its environmental impact.Tune in to hear all the advice he shared with JP.
Transforming organizational culture (with Herminia Ibarra)
Mar 8 2022
Transforming organizational culture (with Herminia Ibarra)
Welcome back to a brand new season of the Positive Leadership Podcast! We are kicking off with someone JP knows very well: Herminia Ibarra – academic, thought leader and author. JP first met Herminia while he was leading a massive transformation of Microsoft’s sales organization. Five years later, he has become one of the case studies in her MBA classes, and they are reuniting in this episode to reflect on that time together, draw out lessons from the experience, and discover more actionable insights about leadership and change management.
The Best of Season 2 (with Jean-Philippe Courtois)
Feb 16 2022
The Best of Season 2 (with Jean-Philippe Courtois)
Why are we better leaders when we get enough sleep or smile at strangers? How can we coach others to greatness by being lazy? And how do we use both our strengths and our weaknesses to start movements that change the world?Listen to this special ‘Best Of’ episode, featuring JP’s favorite moments from Season 2, to learn the answer to all of these questions and more.This episode uses clips from Michael Bungay Stanier, Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, Akhtar Badshah, Arianna Huffington and Jeroo Billimoria.
[FR] Créer un futur positif (avec Jacques Attali)
Jan 31 2022
[FR] Créer un futur positif (avec Jacques Attali)
Pour ce dernier épisode en français de la saison 2, JP discute avec Jacques Attali de la façon dont nous pouvons créer un avenir meilleur pour nous-mêmes, pour le monde et pour la prochaine génération. Ne manquez pas cette occasion unique d’apprendre de quelqu’un qui, tout au long d'une carrière longue et riche, a participé activement à de nombreuses discussions qui ont changé la face de divers pays et du monde, qui a côtoyé des dirigeants internationaux légendaires et qui est considéré comme l’un de nos plus grands penseurs mondiaux.
Changing the world (with Dr. Iffat Zafar, Wendy Gonzalez and Emmanuel Ekwueme)
Jan 18 2022
Changing the world (with Dr. Iffat Zafar, Wendy Gonzalez and Emmanuel Ekwueme)
Our final English episode of Season 2 features a big surprise: JP is speaking to not just one, but three incredible guests! Say hello to Dr. Iffat Zafar (co-founder and COO of Sehat Kahani), Wendy Gonzalez (CEO of Sama) and Emmanuel Ekwueme (CEO of ICE Commercial Power). While they all have very different lives and backgrounds, they are united by the fact that they have dedicated themselves to making the world a better place as social entrepreneurs. Learn more in this special season finale of the Positive Leadership Podcast.
Creating and scaling social impact (with Jeroo Billimoria)
Dec 22 2021
Creating and scaling social impact (with Jeroo Billimoria)
Welcome to the first episode of 2022! We’re starting off the year with a truly inspiring guest, Jeroo Billimoria.She has been a serial social entrepreneur for over 20 years, focusing on empowering youth. She is also an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow.Listen to her conversation with JP to become energized by her strong sense of duty, her endless optimism, and of course, her wealth of knowledge on being a changemaker.
[FR] Aspirer à toujours s'améliorer (avec Justine Hutteau)
Dec 21 2021
[FR] Aspirer à toujours s'améliorer (avec Justine Hutteau)
Cofondatrice de Respire, ultra marathonienne et gagnante du prix Forbes « 30 Under 30 », Justine Hutteau se joint à JP pour discuter de l’importance de se faire entendre même si on pourrait avoir tort et de ne pas rechercher la perfection, mais plutôt d’aspirer à toujours s’améliorer.
Learning to thrive (with Arianna Huffington)
Dec 7 2021
Learning to thrive (with Arianna Huffington)
This week, JP welcomes a very special guest: Arianna Huffington! What does “success” mean to one of the world’s most inspirational leaders and entrepreneurs? And what are her tips on how to achieve it?Listen to the episode to find out. Hint: the answer involves quality sleep, 60-second resets and the importance of giving.
Enabling greatness around you (with Michael Bungay Stanier)
Nov 21 2021
Enabling greatness around you (with Michael Bungay Stanier)
JP will never forget the time he was coached live on stage, in front of thousands of Microsoft employees, by one of the world’s leading coaches: MBS. The experience was both humbling and empowering – it showed JP the full extent of the impact that a great coach could make.In this episode, JP and MBS reconnect to discuss the steps we can all take to become that great coach – for ourselves and the people around us.
Activating Purpose Mindsets (with Akhtar Badshah)
Nov 8 2021
Activating Purpose Mindsets (with Akhtar Badshah)
Every one of us has a purpose mindset – a true desire to do good and to contribute to society’s wellbeing. But how do you activate it, both in yourself and in those you lead, so that you can make a real impact?Listen to JP’s conversation with old friend and colleague, Akhtar Badshah, to find out.