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The Connected Leadership Podcast
16 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
The Thursday Connected Leadership Podcast
Sabra Horne, former chief of the Innovation Hub at the US Government CISA agency is Andy Lopata's guest this week. The professional relationships that had most impact on Sabra's life and career were mainly centred around 9/11. Involved in academic research at the start of her career, she saw the power of research to make a difference in a positive way. After 9/11 she moved into government to work to make the world a better place. She was influenced by a CIA Chief of Station who used her leadership role to care for her staff and taught how to interact and work with teams. In terms of negative relationships, Sabra's view is to have the courage in the moment, to have the difficult conversation that might solve the situation. Andy and Sabra finish the podcast by talking about her favourite resources.
49 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Technology Friend or Foe? with Sabra Horne
In this week's Connected Leadership Podcast, Andy Lopata talks about cyber security and changes in technology with Sabra Horne, sometime Chief of Innovation Hub at CISA, Cyber Security Infrastructure and Security Agency in the US government. The view of the world shifted after 9/11 as criminals are able to utilise simple ways to affect us all at a very dramatic level. The need for collaboration, partnerships and innovation was recognised globally and Sabra was involved in agencies in the US taking up the challenge. She discusses hacking (for good), and how we work together to achieve common goals. Andy and Sabra also look at how businesses and individuals can protect themselves and the innovation and use of AI.
18 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
The Connected leadership Podcast with Joe Hirsch
Joe Hirsch, author of 'The Feedback Fix' talks to Andy Lopata about the professional relationships that have had the most impact on his career and how he deals with negative relationships. Joe remembers the 'mirror holder' who challenged him with a mindset changing question during a personal career crisis and the question 'Why do you think that?' which was asked often forcing him to stop and think before acting. It made him be reflective rather than reflexive and to have the confidence to rely on his principles and beliefs. Finally, he shares his favourite resources.
53 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Fearless Feedback with Joe Hirsch
In this fascinating discussion on giving and receiving feedback with columnist and author Joe Hirsch, Joe and Andy explore a wide range of issues of interest to leaders who look for a successful process that builds rather than damages relationships. Feedback should help participants to evolve rather than provoking fear, resistance and retreat. There needs to be a change of mindset, creating a constructive partnership between the 'giver' and the 'receiver'. Joe suggests specific ways of achieving productive feedback both formal and informal. He emphasises the importance of care, caution and collaboration in a trusted relationship. Andy suggests a followup podcast to cover particularly the problem of how to receive feedback.
11 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
The Connected Leadership Podcast: Devon Harris
The importance of serving to lead in professional relationships is discussed by Andy Lopata with his guest Devon Harris member of the first Jamaican bobsled team at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Devon found that the army do this well. You need to work with people who value you as an equal. Without this, there is no trust. Devon suggests moving away from a relationship if your principles don't align. Finally , Devon recommends his favourite book and podcast.
40 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
'Cool Running': Devon Harris
From the slums of Kingston, Jamaica to Sandhurst Military Academy. That was the massive culture change for Devon Harris. He had to prove his ability to himself and believe in himself. Devon was a member of the first Jamaican bobsled team at the 1988 Winter Olympics, a story made into the film 'Cool Running'. The training for the Olympics was similar to the intensive training at Sandhurst. The team had to learn to be supportive, despite the fierce competition to be the leader. The team had to learn to be good followers if they wanted to be good leaders. They also had to manage conflict and develop trust.
11 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
The Connected Leadership Podcast: 'Ask Andy'
In this month's 'Ask Andy', Andy Lopata answers three questions from recent presentations. First, he looks at how to deal with toxic work relationships that could create mental health issues. The second question relates to personality issues with leaders. And finally, an unusual question: 'I am anti-social, I don't like people. I can be charismatic and know that relationships are important'. Difficult but interesting topics to reflect on.
38 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
The Connected Leadership Podcast: Andy Lopata chats to Ruth Gotian
In the first of Andy Lopata's new regular conversations with Ruth Gotian, contributor to Forbes Magazine and Psychology Today, they discuss high achievers and how to encourage and develop their talent. Topics covered include an organisation's role in investing in and recognising their potential stars. The framework that will instill curiosity and creativity and give opportunities to learn and progress. Andy and Ruth also look at the role of mentoring and the importance of rotating through departments and divisions to establish relationships. Mentoring will be discussed more fully in future podcasts.
14 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Professional Relationships with Caterina Kostoula
In a fascinating second discussion with Caterina Kostoula, Andy Lopata asks Caterina about the professional relationships that have had the most impact on her career. They then talk about what happens when a relationship goes wrong. Caterina remembers early important relationships and learning how to manage the ending of those work relationships while retaining the connection. They also discuss struggles with authority, avoidance and establishing common ground before meetings. The resources that have had the most influence on her, including the work of Michael Meade.
49 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Having Great Meetings: Caterina Kostoula
In today's Connected Leadership Podcast, Andy Lopata and Caterina Kostoula discuss what makes a great meeting and how leaders can plan and improve when meetings are less productive for both the organisation and the participants. They examine the myth of the lonely genius and teamwork. What changes can be made to improve meetings and what is the best number of particpants. Sometimes there is a place for an outside facilitator to improve the planning for a meeting, the number of attendees and the bonding of those taking part. Andy and Caterina also talk about getting your voice heard. Finally they look at problems for meetings during the pandemic.
21 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Professional Relationships with Vidusha Nathavitharana
Vidusha and Andy discuss the type of relationships you need in your network if you are going to be successful. The baseline for success are personal relationships . At work Vidusha believes you need a variety of relationships; those giving support, challenging you, the risk assessor, the mentor/coach and the technical expert. You also need the person who will always ask 'so what?' and 'now what?' When relationships go wrong, be introspective and realise that the professional relationship may be wrong but he/she is not a bad person. The podcast finishes with some of the resources that have influenced Vidusha during his career.
52 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
The Connected Leadership Podcast: Vidusha Nathavitharana
Vidusha Nathavitharana is a leadership trainer, coach, and consultant. He has written over 50 books and he took the TEDx stage, talking about facilitating ‘learning’ not training and how learning can be linked to ROI when delivered exactly right. Andy Lopata and Vidusha discuss a variety of leadership topics including, organisational culture, qualities of leadership and creating eco-systems to encourage and support. They also talk about target orientation and the relationship between leaders and followers. The importance of vulnerability and credibility and the distinction between leaders as mentors and coaches follow on from their discussion. They finish with a look at introverts and extroverts as leaders.
14 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
The Barefoot Mediator: Jane Gunn
In his second interview with Jane Gunn, the Barefoot Mediator, Andy Lopata asks Jane about the professional relationships that have had the most impact on her career. Jane gives him one example where she received the support and trust she needed from her senior partner despite the challenge of being a junior and a women in a male dominated environment. When relationships become challenging, taking a step back to think about it calmly is usually the best strategy. Jane recommends two books that have influenced her thinking.
42 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
The Role of Professional Relationships in Managing Conflict: Jane Gunn
In this edition of the Connected Leadership Podcast, Andy Lopata discusses managing conflict in professional relationships with Jane Gunn, The Barefoot Mediator and former lawyer. If professional relationships underline executive success, what happens when conflict arises and threatens to breakdown relationships or collaboration? Jane explains how conflict is a process by which we express our disatisfaction with a person or a situation. A bad conversation or assumptions can escalate and cause resentment and misunderstanding. Strategies to overcome these problems include a clear mindset, a constructive response and mediation. Also important is a framework within organisations for managing conflict in these situations.
13 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
In this month's 'Ask Andy', Andy Lopata covers three areas he wants to share. First is 'small talk' and its role in supporting and helping us. The relational rather than transactional approach helps to really get to know people and make stronger and more authentic connections. Andy then discusses coming back from the pandemic, and the importance of recognising and empathising with those who may find the transition back to meeting face to face, uncomfortable or difficult. Finally, Andy shares some tools and infographics he has produced to help you develop your professional relationships and to assess your vulnerability. Available at assessment.lopata.co.uk and support.lopata.co.uk
38 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Agile Leadership with Luca Signoretti
Agile Leadership: how strong connections and strong professional relationships can help you to make better decisions and respond more quickly to events on the ground. In their end of month discussion, Andy Lopata and Luca Signoretti look at how companies are adapting and becoming more agile with the decision making process pushed down the hierarchy empowering middle and high ranking leaders. But, when you empower decision making, you should also give access to resources and information needed to make the best decisions. Luca and Andy discuss the individual's responsibility for their own development, what they need to do that and what blockers are in the way. Finally, they talk about 360 degree networks and Luca's workshops on LinkedIn.
18 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
The Connected Leadership Podcast: Dr Alison Horstmeyer
Andy Lopata follows up his conversation with Dr Alison Horstmeyer about the value of being curious. They discuss professional relationships and the resources that have most influenced Alison in her career. Her perspective is different in that she used negative relationships and feedback to be curious about herself, to help herself move forward and to see what were her blindspots. Andy and Alison also talked about the importance of honesty and trust when asking for feedback. Alison concludes by sharing her favourite books and Ted Talk.
42 minutes | May 31, 2021
The Connected Leadership Podcast with Alison Horstmeyer
Dr Alison Horstmeyer is a 'curious person'. A former Fortune 500 business executive , she turned to academia and describes herself as a curiosity activator. Her view of professional relationships concentrates on the emotional and motivational attributes of ourselves and our teams. Within that is curiosity, a core skill and tool for connected leadership. Accepting vulnerability can help us to be authentically curious. The definition of leadership has changed in the digital age. Leaders enable the 'how?' and teams are asked for their input. Social media enables curiosity, using technology to breakdown silos and build genuine connections.
15 minutes | May 27, 2021
Happiness - Paul McGee
Following their previous discussion, Andy Lopata and Professor Paul McGee look at the impact of professional relationships on a career. Paul talks about Jacqueline Guthrie who believed in him and gave him the chance he needed. She was the game changer, opening up global opportunities for him. Paul then shares some of his favourite authors includng Damian Hughes, Tim Lovejoy, Simon Mundy and Peter Thomson.
56 minutes | May 24, 2021
I'm H.A.P.P.Y - Exploring Happiness with Paul McGee
Andy Lopata and the SUMO guy, Professor Paul McGee, discuss happiness and his new book 'The Happiness Revolution: A Manifesto for Living Your Best Life' by Andy Cope and Paul McGee. Lockdown has changed perspectives. The role of technology and social media in maintaining connections has been very important, but has also caused problems when it hasn't been used properly. A balance is required in identifying 'happiness', it doesn't always need to be goal orientated, you can be happy but still have further ambitions. Unhappiness has led to mental health problems. It is ok not to feel happy all the time. Happier people find it easier to form professional relationships.
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