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Welcome 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.
Innovative Leadership FieldbookThe 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.”
Interview 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.
Mike also wrote an eight part blog series looking at being a first time CEO called At “C” level. This series explores Mike’s journey as he took his first CEO role.
Interview 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.
Interview Lessons Learned from a high impact careerLessons 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?
Interview Women in Leadership: Why It Matters and How to Develop It: Susan R. Madsen and Karen Longman 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.
Mason Leadership Symposium – Trust a Foundation for Leadership – TED style talk Building Trust
Interview 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?
Interview 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?