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Innovative Leadership FieldbookWelcome to Leadership Insights and Trust thought leadership, designed to share interviews and blogs from successful executives and consultants discussing facets of leadership. This page is designed to share interviews and blogs from successful executives and recommendations on building leadership. We believe one key to innovating our leadership mindset and behaviors is to listen to executives and learn from them. Our Voice America series, Innovative Leaders Driving Thriving Organizations is designed to present genuine conversations with successful leaders across a broad spectrum of fields. This resource is intended to offer unique, high value conversations and research.

These conversations are often accompanied by blog posts from those interviewed.

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The Innovative Leadership Fieldbook provides field-tested integral approaches to developing leaders, transforming organizations and creating sustainability.  According to Susann Cook-Greuter, an internationally respected thought leader in the area of leadership development, “It is one of the first practical and field-tested approaches to supporting the development of leaders and their cultures using an integral perspective. The book brings pertinent new insights into five stages of leadership development. It presents a balanced set of assessment tools and practices for the reader to explore. It thus helps leaders as well as their coaches to deepen their self-awareness and become more effective and productive over time.  Best of all, it is an engaging read, carefully designed for optimal learning and richly illustrated with real-life examples and solid advice.”

  • Leaders Building On Moral Purpose to Create A Just World

    Jorrit Volkers, Dean of Deloitte University Europe Middle East Africa (DU EMEA), talks about the leadership journey Deloitte is creating for people from entering the firm through their retirement. They developed a narrative about self, other and what is connecting the two. A few key points from the interview: 1. Deloitte is not picking one framework or theory but rather pulling from a range of theories that can be agile. 2. There are taking a significant focus on purpose and values. 3. Remote working is improved when people launch in person then move to remote working. The second speaker in this interview is George Papandreou, Former Prime Minister of Greece. He talks about his leadership journey in democracy. He discusses the opportunity to take ownership or our voice as citizens to shape our societies? He also talks about use and abuse of power and ethics of leadership. There is a shared theme between Jorrit and George talking about leadership purpose and ethics required in leadership. This theme serves as a foundation for creating a just world.

  • Implicit Bias - What You Don’t See Hurts You!

    Rebecca Heiss, PhD discusses how implicit bias creates a disadvantage for leaders and their organizations. We would like listeners to have a clearer understanding of what implicit bias is and how it impacts each of us. As leaders, we need to understand and manage implicit biases because they impact our hiring choices, promotion and succession decisions and our policies. To hire and retain top talent, we need to remove bias from the decision making process as much as possible. During this show, Rebecca talks about her research and extensive work in this field.

  • The Nexis of Leadership and Practice - Royal Dutch Shell and ILA

    Jeroen van der Veer, Former CEO Royal Dutch Shell talks about his leadership strategy when you are talking about moving from A to B. Some of his key points about senior leadership are: 1. ensure you direction is very clear, 2. keep it simple, 3. focus on clear and simple communications. Then middle management translates the top leader messages to the middle level teams and create accountability. Harvest lessons learned with brutal honesty then focus on the future! We then shift focus and Cynthia Cherrey talks about her take away from the conference focusing on Leadership in Turbulent times. She brilliantly weaves together key themes from across the range of presenters that focused on thriving in times of turbulence and leveraging the chaos to create a better world now and in the future. Her comments include a recognition of the importance of leadership and the many different and nuanced roles of leaders. She also looks at the rich interplay between leaders, their organizations and their communities.

  • Book of Mistakes - 9 Secrets to Creating A Successful Future with Skip Prichard

    Skip Prichard, CEO OCLC, discusses THE BOOK OF MISTAKES, an inspiring business fable of a young professional named David. Two years into the workforce, David has already become embittered with lost confidence, misdirection, and growing apathy over a list of all-too-familiar stresses. That is, until he’s taken on a journey from “struggling young professional” to “promising entrepreneur, public speaker, and change-maker” by nine sage teachers readying him with the mistakes that lead to failure. We discuss a few of the nine mistakes, commonly made but rarely addressed. The list of nine includes: 1. Working on someone else’s dream. 2. Allowing someone else to define your value. 3. Accepting excuses. 4. Surrounding yourself with the wrong people. 5. Staying in your comfort zone. 6. Allowing temporary setbacks to become personal failures. 7. Blending in instead of standing out. 8. Thinking there is a fixed and limited amount of success available. 9. Believing you have all the time in the world.

  • Leadership Diversity Improves Business Results

    Eric Douglas Keene, Founder and President of Keene Advisory Group discusses diversity and its impact on business success.  There are lots of reasons to attract and retain diverse leaders and workforce ranging from expanding the talent pool, improved understanding of customer base, improved productivity, and greater innovation and creativity are just a few. During this interview, he shares his experience on how companies can attract and retain a diverse talent pool in leadership roles and why they should. Discussion includes: 1. Why does recruiting diverse talent matter? What is the business case? 2. How do you define diverse?

  • Navigating the Graying Demographic: Rock Your Age and Manage Intergenerationally

    Karen Sands MCC, BCC believes that “visionaries do indeed have wrinkles,” and that “older women will lead the way into the future as they meet the Greatness Challenge of our AGE. Women will shift the story on the leading edge of business, as innovative social entrepreneurs, change makers, leaders, and discerning, high-value consumers.” She fully owns her “destiny more than ever before: to empower people to rock their AGE; to help women especially, and the men that love them, to experience the power of Agelessness, so to shape a new story for our times.” “By the year 2020, 76 % of Americans will be 50 years or older. With age comes many challenges, but also a heightened appreciation for life along with a greater thirst for meaning in work and relationships.” As business leaders, we need to understand this demographic and how it impacts our workforce, marketplace, and clients. Karen talks about the Longevity Economy, the new story of aging across generations, and the potential business impact of new opportunities and challenges as our workforce changes. We need to have thoughtful strategies to navigate the new terrain of the future.

  • The Dance Between Leadership and Followership

    We start with Margaret Heffernan, named one of the “Top 25” by Streaming Media magazine and one of the “Top 100 Media Executives” by The Hollywood Reporter, talking about Turbulence as a chronic condition. Leadership is about building organizations that thrive in turbulence. 1. Acknowledge we are where we are. 2. Build an organization that is spectacularly alert to predict. 3. Be highly sensitive and responsive to what is happening. 4. Create and sustain information network. 5. Know what is going on. 6. Create an environment where it is safe to say what you see. Move away from fear to open to saying what you believe about what you are seeing. Then Ira Chaleff, thought leader in the field of Followership and the founder and president of Executive Coaching & Consulting Associates, talks about understanding that to bring out the best leadership requires the best followership. Influence is not unidirectional from leader to follower; it is bi-directional and multi-directional. They elevate each other’s performance in support of the mission that brings them together. We discuss how followers act with courage to collaborate with leaders and the idea of intelligent disobedience?

  • Buried in An Acalance: Finding Deeper Purpose in Failure

    This discussion is intended to help listeners come to know the deeper purpose of adversity or failure. In some ways to help dissolve judgement and move forward with new ways of seeing difficult events. Ken shares what he learned from being buried in an avalanche and the process he went through to find this deeper purpose.

  • Driving Transformation Success requires a trustworthy Leader

    Mike Sayre  has transformed several companies – mostly building for sale-exit. He is known for his ethical and caring approach to driving results over the past decades. In a time where people struggle to finding their own approach – Mike has lived his values and delivered strong results. Mike discusses: 1. His approach to transformation across multiple industries 2. Common themes 3. Leadership qualities required for successful transformation 4. His collaboration on the Innovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations – award winning guide 5. Key take-aways from his recent executive roles Mike provides great insight into what has made him successful. While a leader who is behind the scenes rather than grabbing credit – he is the quiet and stable force that ensures difficult challenges are resolved and companies thrive.

  • Ron Heifetz on Adaptive Leadership and His Journey

    Ron Heifetz, founder of the Center for Public Leadership and is the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, discusses his thoughts on leadership and his journey. Here is a preview: In times of change, people often try to hold onto the values of their culture that have had personal meaning and significance to them. When dominant cultures are confronted with stresses such as immigrants, they are called to examine their values and often required to take on very difficult integrative work. The leadership required must point out values such as: We stand for freedom and respect for all people, and our policy does not align with what we say we stand for. How do we make space for this evolution? What are the “gives” and “gets” required to evolve cultures? How can we hold steady to our cultural DNA and still evolve? In nature, when an organism adapts, it builds on its old capacity and generates radically new functionality. Ron suggested that “God didn’t do zero-based budgeting in evolution”. We honor our past and at the same time determine what can we release.

  • Lessons Learned from a High Impact Career

    Carla Paonessa talks about her ongoing impact in innovating organizations from the employee level, leadership level and board level. As they talk about how leaders innovate themselves and their organizations, Carla is one of the people Maureen looks to share significant insight! Questions include: • How did you get started with your career? • You were an early woman in a male focused industry – can you give us some insight about how you navigated this situation? What factors allowed you to blaze trails for people like me who followed and had an easier time because of your work • You were one of the key founders of the Change Management and Leadership practice at Accenture please share some thoughts about how you helped facilitate the innovation of that practice. • You retired from Accenture and moved on to the next phase of your career and you now serve on several boards including LeaderShape. What guidance can you share?

  • Women in Leadership: Why It Matters and How to Develop It

    Both guests are prominent researchers, experts and advocates for women as leaders talk about the role women leaders play in organizations and how we develop girls and women to prepare them to take leadership roles. They discuss: Why do we need more women leaders? How do they impact organizational success including financial performance, diversity of talent, and improved engagement and retention? They talk about: 1. the business case for why we need women in leadership roles, clarifying the benefits of women holding these roles. 2. specific tactics for girls and women to develop their leadership skills. 3. global female leadership role models 4. board roles impact women have.

  • Driving Successful Growth and Profitable Exit

    Hugh Cathey talks about how he developed his unique leadership niche as well as what he does to scale companies and prepare them for a profitable exit. This is a generative and open conversation with a highly effective CEO, board leader and consultant. Hugh talks about how he developed personally and who influenced his success as well as how he selects leaders to drive the ventures he supports. Discussion includes:  1. What was the most formative position you have held?  2. What are the primary factors you consider when working with a client?  3. How important is leadership in scaling a company?  4. How do you define effective leadership?  5. How did you build your leadership?  6. What do you consider when taking a client?  7. What causes you to turn down clients?  8. What do you do that sets you apart from other leaders and growth consultants?

  • CIO Perspective: Building Toward the “C” Suite

    Angelo Mazzocco has the rare distinction of being both CEO and CIO so he has a perspective on leadership from both roles. He is also a true thought leader in our community. He has been a university adjunct faculty and facilitates a large CIO forum and CIO Tomorrow conference. He is the “go to guy” for many leaders in our community and beyond. Angelo talks about his keys to success. He shares his insights and growth path very candidly. He talks about his fears and motivations for growth in a manner executives rarely share. 1. What differentiates you from the other successful CIOs? 2. What experiences did you have in life and how did you navigate them to position yourself for leadership success? 3. You were a highly successful CEO of a tech company then you moved back to being a CIO – why the shift when the company was posting record growth and profits? 4. What advice do you give young leaders as they manage their careers?

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