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Transformational Leadership with Henna Inam
30 minutes | May 19, 2021
Kevin Cashman - Growth Agility: Preparing CEO's To Navigate the Unknown
Kevin Cashman is a best-selling author, global thought leader and CEO Coach, keynote speaker and pioneer of the ‘grow the whole person to grow the whole leader’ approach to transformative enterprise leadership. He is the founder of LeaderSource Ltd, and the Chief Executive Institute recognized as one of the top three enterprise leadership development programs globally. In 2006, LeaderSource was acquired by Korn Ferry, where Kevin is now Global Leader of CEO and Executive Development across 130 offices internationally that touch the lives of 100,000+ leaders monthly. In this episode Kevin shared his personal experience of loss during the pandemic and what differentiates truly great leaders: "They have the unique ability to convert loss to learning that serves them and their ecosystem". He also shared the importance of an elevated mindset and "Being Mastery", how leaders confront challenges and bring compassion to pain and suffering, how they prepare to meet the unknown, and step up and step into purpose. "The growth of a CEO is critical to the growth of the organization...I view leadership as the force that can change everything for the better...ultimately we have to become ecosystem leaders". His story-telling and Korn Ferry's 2-year research is sure to inspire you. Take a listen!
34 minutes | May 7, 2021
Adam Symson - How CEO's Disrupt Themselves in Times of Disruption
Adam Symson is president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company, the fourth-largest local TV broadcaster in the U.S. Prior to becoming CEO in August 2017, Adam was Scripps’ chief operating officer, overseeing the company’s broadcast TV, radio and digital media divisions.In this episode, Adam shares the story of what it is like to lead during the pandemic as CEO and how to make decisions in ambiguity. He also shares his experience of managing multiple stakeholders (employees, shareholders, the public at large, etc.) in a turbulent time, the importance of aligning with core values, and how we must disrupt ourselves in times of disruption. He and his team undertook a multi-billion dollar acquisition in the middle of the crisis because he is focused on the long-term. His leadership advice to his children: "It's not about how you succeed. It's about how you fail. It's what you do when you inevitably get kicked in the gut...how you persevere."
32 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Paddy Hull - Part 2: How Unilever Grows Future-Fit Leaders
Paddy Hull is the VP of Future of Work at Unilever. In this role, he is responsible for bringing Unilever’s social commitments on the Future of Work to life, to help people stay fit for work – now and in the future. He is leading a program to deliver on three commitments, equipping people for the future of work, pioneering new flexible employment options, and partnering with others to create jobs and skills for young people outside of Unilever.In Part 2 of our conversation, we discussed how Unilever is thinking about bringing flexibility, purpose and sustainability to the career experiences of employees. As work becomes disrupted with the advent of artificial intelligence, robotics and other technologies, the work humans will do is rapidly changing. This can create a lot of fear and anxiety. The antidote to this anxiety is to help people become future-fit through thinking incorporating their purpose, strengths and interests in their career planning. Paddy explains how Unilever leaders facilitate this transition for employees and how it's time for different and more flexible employment options that fit employees' needs. You're sure to leave this conversation inspired to bring this thinking to your workplace.
31 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Paddy Hull - Part 1: Growing Purposeful Leaders at Unilever
Paddy Hull is the VP of Future of Work at Unilever. In this role, he is responsible for bringing Unilever’s social commitments on the Future of Work to life, to help people stay fit for work – now and in the future. This involves delivering on three commitments: equipping Unilever people for the future of work, pioneering new flexible employment options, and partnering with others to create jobs and skills for young people outside of Unilever. He has identified his purpose as "To bring the essence of Pollyanna into the room". He sees this as bringing joy, creativity and innovation into everything he does.In this episode (Part 1 of a two-part series) we spoke about Unilever's commitment to enabling over 60,000 associates to discover their own purpose and bring it to work. We spoke about the impact this has had on the workforce and how it fits in with Unilever's leadership values and purpose to make sustainable living commonplace.
40 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Stakeholder Capitalism: How Delta Airlines Practices Stakeholder Agility
Carol Campbell is Managing Director – Consumer Insight for Delta Air Lines, responsible for guiding and shaping long-term strategies to deliver world-class experiences for Delta’s customers. Under Carol’s leadership, the Consumer Insight team plays a critical role in helping Delta to understand what’s most important to customers in the present and anticipate expectations in the future. Carol joined Delta in 2018 after 22-years with the Walt Disney Company. In this episode, Carol gave us a front-row seat view to how Delta Airlines managed the often competing needs of stakeholders (shareholders, customers, employees, communities) during the pandemic. Led by their purpose and core values, Delta leadership navigated tough decisions and doubled down on a culture of humility, deep listening to stakeholders and focus on restoring trust in travel. It's an inspiring and instructive story about how to manage the needs of our own stakeholders during rapidly shifting times of disruption.
31 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Kevin Delaney - The Power of Purpose & How To Find Your Many Purposes
Kevin John Delaney is a voracious reader, night owl, musician, husband, father of three and lives by the words of Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” He is the Vice President of Learning and Development at LinkedIn and the author of A Life Worth Living – Finding Your Purpose and Daring to Live the Life You’ve Imagined. In 2008, Kevin suffered a series of health issues that left him in a coma, very close to dying. He received an organ transplant that saved his life and left him determined to live a life of purpose.In this episode we discussed the power of being open to the many purposes in our daily lives. We don't have to wait for a bolt of insight to discover our true purpose in life. When we find ways to be useful to others which also bring us meaning, it is good for our own well-being as well as our impact in our workplace and community. This is also especially useful in times of disruption.
38 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Joe Whittinghill - Growth Agility: How To Create Agile Cultures At Scale
Joe Whittinghill is the Corp Vice President of Talent, Learning, and Insights for Microsoft. Joe leads a team responsible for activating culture and learning, building world-class leaders, and enabling the workforce of the future for Microsoft. Joe has expertise in strategy, organization development, learning, executive development, the neuroscience of leadership, and culture activation.In this episode, Joe shares the story of Microsoft's business and culture transformation, partnering with Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. He shares how growth mindset has been a proven driver of Microsoft's transformation. The underpinnings of the business and culture transformation is personal transformation and a new set of leadership principles. Here are Microsoft's three principles: leaders create clarity, leaders generate energy, leaders deliver (multi-stakeholder) success. These principles are driven by proven neuroscience of human performance. Take a listen into our conversation about the three simple leadership practices under each of these principles. Finally, we also spoke about Joe's aspiration for us as a leadership tribe, what we would have learned by 2030.
32 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
Sarah Devereaux – Growing Change – Agile Leaders At the Speed of AI
Sarah Devereaux has spent the last 14 years in the Learning and Leadership Development space at Google. Some of her more recent roles included: Head of Executive Development Programs, Head of Strategic Initiatives for The Google School for Leaders, and Global Lead of the g2g (Googlers-to-Googlers) program. She has a keen interest in the future of work and leadership and a passion for learning and helping individuals and organizations to realize their full potential.In this episode, Sarah shared lessons learned from creating the g2g program with over 11,000 people across the globe (about 10% of the workforce of 100.000+ at Google) teaching and learning from each other. If you want to create a peer teaching and learning network, listen to Sarah share both the benefits of and their failures along the way. We also spoke about how Google develops change-ready leaders. The executive leadership program helps leaders to upgrade their operating system (for humans this is our consciousness) to understand their own mindsets and grow in-the-moment self and situational awareness. Hint: this isn't the kind of program you're likely doing so take a listen. You're sure to leave energized by Sarah's passion for growing people and their happiness in the workplace.
24 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Simon Brown – Learning Agility: Growing Curious Leaders for The Future of Work
Simon Brown is Chief Learning Officer for Novartis, a leading global medicine company based in Switzerland focused on reimagining medicine. He is also author of the Amazon-bestselling book ‘The Curious Advantage’. He is leading the strategy for Novartis to ‘Go Big on Learning’ in support of the company-wide culture transformation to become ‘Curious, Inspired and Unbossed’.In this episode we spoke about Simon's new book and the steps each one of us can take to become more curious and learning agile. Simon shared the importance of learning in the future of work where most skills will be obsolete in 10 years (many in as few as three years). We also spoke about how we can create cultures of safety in teams for a world that is more disrupted and unpredictable, so people bring their naturally curious selves to their workplace.
36 minutes | Nov 22, 2020
Jim Loehr – Leadership Character: The #1 Driver of Sustained Success
Dr. Jim Loehr is a world-renowned performance psychologist and Co-Founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute. He is also the author of 17 books including his most recent Leading with Character: 10 Minutes a Day to a Brilliant Legacy. In this book he examines the relationship between character and leadership and the timely importance of writing and living your own personal credo. From his more than 30 years of experience and applied research, Dr. Loehr believes the single most important factor in successful achievement, personal fulfilment and life satisfaction is the strength of one’s character. Dr. Loehr has worked with hundreds of world-class performers from the arenas of sport, business, medicine and law enforcement. In this episode, we explored how discovering our leadership character through personal reflection is a key anchor for us particularly in times of disruption. His research from the J&J Human Performance Institute shows that character is the #1 driver of sustained success and fulfillment in life. Take a listen to understand how to develop your own personal credo.
33 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Atul Khosla-Creating Human-Centered Organizations
Atul Khosla is the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Talent, Learning & Organization Effectiveness at Mondelēz International. Atul's international HR experience, spanning more than 25 years and three continents, has been primarily focused on driving large scale transformation, strategic Organizational Development and Talent Management initiatives. Atul’s passion is to bring back humanity in leadership.In this episode, Atul shares his personal story of evolution to becoming a more human-centered leader. He also shares how he and his team are evolving how potential and performance are measured and rewarded for the 70,000 leaders at his company, to shape a human-centered culture.
31 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Kurt Harrison — How to Grow Sustainable Leaders for Stakeholder Capitalism
Kurt Harrison is a Partner for Russell Reynolds and Co-Head of the Global Sustainability Practice. In this role, Kurt specializes in executive assessment and succession planning advice for clients. Russell Reynolds is a global leadership advisory and search firm with 46 offices in 26 countries. This perspective from their website inspired me: “Sustainability has emerged as the defining issue of our time. There is now an urgent need for a new type of business leader—one who can deliver financial success while also making the long-term sustainability and resilience of our world a top priority. We call these people sustainable leaders.”In our podcast interview, we talked about what sets these sustainable leaders apart: multi-level systems (ecoystem) thinking, inclusion mindset, ambition & ability to drive change, and long-term view. We also spoke about the gap between our need for these leaders and the current availability of sustainable leaders, how to embed sustainable leadership in the organizational culture and HR practices and the specific action steps we need to take. Take a listen if you want to be part of the movement to change the way the world is led!
31 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Noam Bardin – Stakeholder Agility: How to Create A Community of Ecosystem Partners
Noam has served as CEO of Waze since March 2009, building the company to become one of the world's most talked-about startups through its acquisition by Google. Noam continues to lead the global Waze team within Google to help users around the world enjoy faster, safer drives. He also led the launch of Waze Carpool - the company’s carpooling initiative aimed at taking cars off the road to dramatically reduce traffic - which, in 2019 alone, reduced CO2 emissions equivalent to planting 420,000 trees. Waze fosters a community of over 140 million monthly active users and 500,000 volunteer map editors who work to improve the Waze experience and deliver the mission.In this episode we spoke about how organizations partner with their stakeholders to create impact in their ecosystem. Hint: it's about partnership and finding common goals. It's also about how we understand and care for the needs of our ecosystem partners. Noam is a great story-teller, listen to the Waze story.
32 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
Shelley Zalis – Stakeholder Agility: How Shared Purpose Creates Collective Action
Shelley Zalis is an internationally renowned thought leader for advancing equality in the workplace and is the CEO of The Female Quotient. As the first female chief executive ranked in the research industry’s top 25, she changed the game, helped elevate feminine values in the workplace and has devoted herself to becoming a mentor and role model to women and leaders in her industry. She is co-founder of #SeeHer, a movement led by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) to increase the accurate portrayal of women and girls in advertising and media.In this conversation, we spoke about how she created The Female Quotient and how it brings together communities of women at 70 global events each year to enable us all to reach for equality in the workplace. We also spoke about what it takes to create communities of stakeholders across an ecosystem to enable collective action (hint: it’s about heart and inspiration).
32 minutes | Sep 6, 2020
Michael Bush – How Trust Creates Agile Teams & How To Create Trust in Virtual Teams
Michael Bush is the global CEO of Great Place to Work® a people analytics and consulting firm with operations in more than 60 countries. Through certification programs, Great Place to Work® recognizes outstanding workplaces and produces Fortune’s annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, the World’s Best Workplaces™ list, the 100 Best Workplaces for Women™ list, the Best Workplaces for Diversity™ list and dozens of other distinguished workplace rankings around the world. The company’s mission is to build a better world by helping every organization become a Great Place to Work For All™ by the year 2030. In this episode, we spoke about the importance of trust in creating not just a great place to work, but also in creating more agile teams and organizations. We also spoke about how to create this kind of trust, particularly when so many of us are working virtually in these times. Michael speaks passionately about how his growing up in a working-class family shaped his personal mission to measure and improve the experience of all workers, and how it is the frontline supervisors and mid-level managers who make or break the experience of a great place to work for all. Michael is truly a transformational leader to watch and be inspired by!
34 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Abbe Luersman – How To Build An Agile Organization
Abbe Luersman is the Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) for Royal Ahold Delhaize, an international retailing group with strong local consumer brands in Europe and the United States – €63bn in revenue, 383,000 associates and serving over 50 million customers in-store and 20 million online weekly. Prior to joining Ahold, Abbe spent 6.5 years with Unilever where she held two distinct roles, SVP Unilever Europe and SVP HR Transformation & Strategy. She is Co-Chair and on the Board of Directors for Gartner’s CHRO Global Leadership Board. She has lived on 4 continents, run 25 marathons and loves sports, travel, and movies. Abbe is married to her husband, Paul – just celebrating their 19 year wedding anniversary…. and they have a 16-year-old daughter named Emma, who is their best little coach.In this episode we spoke about how Ahold-Delhaize was able to respond with great agility to the pandemic, hiring 45,000 furloughed workers from other companies and ensuring the health and safety of associates and customers. Abbe shared how the organization is innovating in finding ways to create flexibility in work schedules, in capturing input from associates and in preparing for the future of work. We also spoke about how pivotal experiences in her life shaped her mission of creating communities to win as one. If you want to learn from among the best CHRO’s and an authentic and passionate leader, take a listen!
15 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Listen with Empathy
In a time of unprecedented change and disruption increasingly leaders need to manage emotional wellbeing, our own and that of others we work with. In my book "Wired for Disruption", I describe neuro-emotional agility as the ability to move ourselves and others from a state of threat to a state of curiosity and creativity. We do this by activating the empathic neural network in our brain. In this unscripted live coaching, one of our leadership community members LaToia volunteered to be coached for the podcast. I used Listening at Level 3 (one of the 15 accelerators of agility in my book) and asking open ended questions. Take a listen. My hope in doing these live unscripted coaching podcasts is to help you learn and practice these tools for yourself to help you grow in your own ability to be agile.
31 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
Bruce Broussard – How Leading With Purpose Aligns Stakeholders
Bruce Broussard is President and CEO of Humana, a Fortune 50 company with $65 Billion in revenues and 46,000 team members. Under his leadership, Humana has created an integrated care delivery model with a focus on improving health outcomes, lowering costs, and creating a personalized member experience. Bruce also plays a leadership role in the Business Roundtable, which is driving stakeholder capitalism. He is a member of the Board of Directors of KeyCorp and the World Economic Forum Health Governors Board. In this episode, we spoke about his humble beginnings (he was the first in his parents' families to go to college), how his values were shaped by crucible experiences, and the role of a CEO in being an agent for all stakeholders. He also spoke about how his values help him make tough decisions balancing multiple stakeholder needs.
34 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Tami Simon - Listening to Purpose & The Inner MBA
At age 22, Tami Simon started Sounds True, now a multimedia publisher, with a dream, a tape recorder, and a guiding mission to disseminate spiritual wisdom. Over its 35-year history, Sounds True has produced over 3,000 titles and been nominated twice for the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing companies. In this episode, we spoke about devoting ourselves to living a life of purpose, how to listen to our inner guidance and intuition, and why we each need an Inner MBA so we can be a force for good in times of disruption.
29 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Tanuj Kapilashrami – Reimagining Leadership For An Unpredictable World
Tanuj Kapilashrami is the Group Head of Human Resources for Standard Chartered Bank, a British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Tanuj built her career at HSBC where she worked across multiple HR disciplines in many of their footprint markets - Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, India and London. In this episode we spoke about how leaders today need to be willing to be vulnerable to admit they don't have all the answers (in a highly unpredictable world) and find the best ideas from deeper in the organization. We also spoke about how Standard Chartered Bank is driving culture change through making it safe to talk about failure.
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