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In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Leidy Klotz, a professor at the University of Virginia appointed in the Schools of Engineering, Architecture, and Business and author of the book Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less. Leidy Klotz shares some of the reasons why we typically look to add rather than consider subtraction when looking to solve problems and improve systems. Leidy Klotz also discusses how subtraction can benefit leaders of organizations and managers of teams. Finally, Leidy Klotz shares how we can ensure that we don't overlook the power of subtraction in our organizations and daily lives.    Some highlights:-Why Leidy Klotz left professional soccer to pursue his education and become a professor-Leidy Klotz on finding patterns and how they impact the world-Why do we typically miss subtraction and look first to addition-Leidy Klotz on the biological and social contributors to a desire to add -How organizations can benefit from the power of subtraction -How leaders can use subtraction during the decision-making process-Leidy Klotz on effectively achieving the organization's purpose through subtractionMentioned:-Annie Paul, author of The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain  Connect with Leidy Klotz:Leidy Klotz websiteSubtract: The Untapped Science of Less on AmazonLeidy Klotz on TwitterLeidy Klotz on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/ More information and resources are available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Ron Adner, professor, keynote speaker, advisor, and author of Winning the Right Game: How to Disrupt, Defend, and Deliver in a Changing World and The Wide Lens: What Successful Innovators See That Others Miss. Ron Adner talks about his research on why companies fail and what they can do to advance in an era of ecosystem-based disruption. Professor Ron Adner also shares mindsets and frameworks necessary for leaders to develop new strategies. Finally, Ron Adner shares examples of the success of ecosystem thinking, including the HHS's (Department of Health & Human Services) Operation Warp Speed focused on developing and distributing COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S.   Some highlights:-Ron Adner on the true meaning of innovation and how everyone can use innovative thinking-How leaders can take advantage of the opportunities in the ecosystem-Leadership's role in the changing nature of strategy and strategic thinking -Ron Adner on why we need to change our thinking about competition-Professor Ron Adner on what it takes to build an ecosystem -The importance of winning the right game in business-How shifting to an alignment mindset can enable organizations to deliver results-Ron Adner on ecosystem thinking and its impact on the speedy development and rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines Mentioned:-Steven Sasson, Inventor of the digital camera  (Listen to Steven Sasson’s episode on Partnering Leadership here) Connect with Ron Adner: Ron Adner WebsiteThe Wide Lens on Amazon Winning the Right Game on Amazon Ron Adner on TwitterRon Adner on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/ More information and resources are available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/ 
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi,  astrophysicist, STEM educator, multi-patented inventor, keynote speaker, and author of A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars. In the conversation, Hakeem  Oluseyi shares his journey of overcoming adversities and becoming a leading astrophysicist of this generation. Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi also talked about his ability to explain astrophysics in a way that engages audiences and the value of exposing more children to science. Finally, Dr. Oluseyi shared some mind-stretching perspectives about the nature of our existence. Some highlights:-Hakeem Oluseyi on the importance of reading and how it impacted his life-Facing challenges as a young adult and falling in love with the universe and physics-Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi on a quantum life and the role of willpower-Astrophysics and the importance of learning about the stars-Hakeem Oluseyi on the sun, stars, and the future of life on earth Mentioned: - Art Walker, solar physicist and a pioneer of EUV/XUV optics- Dr. Kervin Evans,  research physical scientist with the USDA Agriculture Research Service  Connect with Hakeem Oluseyi:A Quantum Life on AmazonHakeem Oluseyi on FacebookHakeem Oluseyi on InstagramHakeem Oluseyi on TwitterHakeem Oluseyi on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/ More information and resources are available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Stephen M.R. Covey. Stephen M.R. Covey is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of The Speed Of Trust,  former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, and author of Trust And Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others. Stephen shares why many leaders are still operating with a command and control mindset and the need to develop the mindset and capabilities of becoming trusting and inspiring leaders. Stephen M.R. Covey shares stories and frameworks on how we can better understand trust in leadership and how trust and inspire leaders can unleash the potential of their teams and organizations.    Some highlights:-Stephen M.R. Covey on the crucial role that parents play in teaching responsibility, commitment, and initiative and how his father, Stephen Covey, applied trust and inspire principles in his parenting-On why traditional leadership models do not work with the changing world and in the new work environment-Stephen M.R. Covey on the stewardships of leadership-How leaders can lead behavior change in their organizations -Stephen M.R. Covey on the role trust plays in leadership and how leaders can become more trusting -The power of inspiring others and its impact on leadership-What it takes to become a trust inspire leader Mentioned:- Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People- David Marquet (Listen to David Marquet episode on Partnering Leadership)- Frances Frei and Anne Morriss, author of Unleashed: The Unapologetic Leader's Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You- Jim Collins, author of Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't  Connect with Stephen M.R. Covey:Trust and InspireTrust and Inspire on AmazonSpeed of Trust The Speed of Trust on AmazonStephen M.R. Covey on FacebookStephen M.R. Covey on TwitterStephen M.R. Covey on LinkedIn  Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/ More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Chuck Robb, Virginia's 64th governor from 1982 to 1986 and U.S. senator from 1989–to 2001. Governor Chuck Robb is also the author of In the Arena: A Memoir of Love War and Politics. In the conversation, Governor Chuck Robb shares his story of joining the Marines, being assigned to the White House, serving in Vietnam, and marrying President Lyndon Baines Johnson's daughter, Linda Bird Johnson. Chuck Robb also talked about his leadership journey in public service as Lieutenant Governor, Governor, and a U.S. Senator representing the Commonwealth of Virginia and being appointed as co-chair of The Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission by President Bush. Finally,  Senator Robb talks about how the best leaders approach leadership and their impact.Some highlights:-Chuck Robb's formative years in the Marines and being in the White House as a military social aid-On being a good leader and how to get the respect of people that you are working with-Chuck Robb recalls meeting, getting engaged, and then marrying President Johnson's daughter Linda -Why Chuck Robb asked to serve in combat in Vietnam-Going back to law school and what drove Chuck Robb to start his career in politics-Why Governor Chuck Robb didn't run for President-Senator Chuck Robb, on his vote against the Defense of Marriage Act-The appointment by President Bush to co-chair the Weapons of Mass Destruction CommissionMentioned:In the Arena: A Memoir of Love, War, and Politics on AmazonSenator Chuck Robb's speech on the Democratic National Convention Day Senator Chuck Robb's (D-VA) speech on the Defense of Marriage Act (September 1996)Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/ More information and resources are available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Ralf Specht, author of Building Corporate Soul: Powering Culture & Success with the Soul System. After two decades with McCann Erickson, Ralf Specht became a founding partner of Spark44, an innovative, industry-first joint venture with Jaguar Land Rover. Under his leadership as CEO, Spark44 grew to a 1,200 people business in 18 countries. In the conversation, Ralf Specht shares how organizations can create an environment where people do their best by developing their company soul.Some highlights:-Ralf Specht on corporate soul and its origins-The difference between organizational culture and soul-How leaders can plan for corporate soul-Ralf Specht on It's not up to the CEO to decide whether the organization has a soul-Be clear about how you incentivize people, which behaviors you reward and those you don't, and ensure your incentives and measures align with your stated values-Ralf Specht on Adobe's Little Red Box of Innovation-The importance of modeling to corporate soul-Ralf Specht on the origin of the Soul Index Connect with Ralf Specht:https://ralfspecht.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/ralf-specht-b21b8529/https://twitter.com/ralf_spechtBuilding Corporate Soul on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/yc83k7dzConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/ More information and resources are available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks about a critical leadership thinking skill that can be developed by asking ourselves a powerful question. Mahan shares why the complexity of the world requires us to rethink our approach and why asking better questions leads to better answers. Finally, Mahan talks about the power of this question for teams and team decision-making, as well as enabling leaders to demonstrate genuine humility, maturity, and confidence.  Some highlights:-Asking better questions leads us to better answers-The cognitive biases (heuristics) that get in the way-Applying the learning to our leadership-Enabling better team decision makingMentioned:- Azeem Azhar, author of The Exponential Age (Listen to Azeem’s episode on Partnering Leadership here)- Ed Hess, author of Hyper-Learning: How to Adapt to the Speed of Change (Listen to Ed Hess episode on Partnering Leadership here)- Eduardo Briceño, co-founder of Mindset Works (Ted Talk on Growth Mindset)- Mark Bidwell, founder of OutsideLens and host of OutsideVoices podcastConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/ More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Carolyn Dewar. Carolyn is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, McKinsey's Global Practice Leader for CEO & Board Excellence, and co-author of the book CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest. In the conversation, Carolyn Dewar shared how the authors identified the world's highest-performing CEOs using empirical data and determined the six mindsets that set the best apart. The six mindsets are Corporate Strategy (focus on beating the odds), Organizational Alignment (manage performance and health), Team and Processes (put dynamics ahead of mechanics), Board Engagement (help directors help the business), External Stakeholders (center on the long-term "why?"), and Personal Working Norms (do what only you can do). Carolyn Dewar also went over some of the critical practices of CEO excellence and what organizational leaders need to consider as they plan for the future of work. Some highlights:-The essential role of CEOs in the organization and how the CEO's role has changed over the years-Carolyn Dewar on why purpose and core values matter -How top-performing CEOs approach their roles differently-Carolyn Dewar on what being bold means for a CEO-Why leaders should prioritize high functioning teams over individual performance -Carolyn Dewar on building trust and strong relationships in senior teams-The role of ongoing growth, development, and coaching for CEOs-How the pandemic has shifted our expectations from CEOs Connect with Carolyn Dewar:McKinsey & Company WebsiteCEO Excellence on AmazonMcKinsey & Company on TwitterCarolyn Dewar on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/ More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Phil de Picciotto. Phil is the founder and president of Octagon and has been at the forefront of the sports, music, and entertainment industry for more than 35 years. In this conversation, Phil de Picciotto shared what led to his initial commitment to social justice, eventually pursuing his law degree and helping found Octagon. Phil de Picciotto also talked about how Octagon signed Moses Malone and Steffi Graf and the organization's choices in staying focused on impact by transitioning women's tennis from sponsorship by the Virginia Slims cigarette brand. Finally, Phil de Picciotto shared the reasons for Octagon going global and how the organization continues to stay ahead in a competitive field.  Some highlights:-Why attending Amherst ended up being a great choice for Phil de Picciotto-The impact of Phil de Picciotto's South Africa experience-Why Phil de Picciotto decided to start a sports agency-How Phil de Picciotto led the removal of tobacco sponsorship from professional tennis-The importance of an organization's purpose and how to navigate it to the optimal benefit of everyone-Octagon's Blue Ocean Strategy in going global -How Phil de Picciotto has continued to use his influence to  make a difference -How organizational leaders can align team members with organizational values and priorities Mentioned:-Ranjay Gulati (Listen to Ranjay Gulati's episode on Partnering Leadership here) Connect with Phil de Piccioto:Octagon WebsiteOctagon on FacebookOctagon on TwitterPhil de Piccioto on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/ More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Paul Smith, business storytelling coach and bestselling author of Lead with A Story, Sell with A Story, and The 10 Stories. In this episode, Paul Smith shares how leaders can use storytelling as a powerful business tool. Paul Smith also shared specific stories leaders need to tell to improve the clarity of their communications and motivate their teams.  Some highlights:-Paul Smith on why many leaders are not good at telling stories-Defining a story and what makes a good story-Paul Smith on clarity of communication objectives-Understanding the process of compelling storytelling-What leaders can do to influence their organization through storytelling-Paul Smith on the importance of storytelling skills-How you can turn a good story into a great oneConnect with Paul Smith:Lead With A Story WebsiteLead With A Story on AmazonThe 10 Stories on AmazonSell With A Story on AmazonPaul Smith on FacebookPaul Smith on InstagramPaul Smith on YouTubePaul Smith on TwitterPaul Smith on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/ More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jim Detert, John L. Colley Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and author of Choosing Courage: The Everyday Guide to Being Brave at Work. In this conversation, Jim Detert shares how we can become more courageous by developing our courage capabilities. Jim Detert also shares how leaders can nurture a psychologically safe organizational culture, enabling and encouraging more courageous interactions and decisions at work.  Some highlights:-Why attributing courage just to historical figures can be counterproductive -The importance of being more courageous and how to develop our courage muscle-Jim Detert on the benefits of courage at work-How leaders can create a psychologically safe environment that encourages team members to speak up and contribute their best at workMentioned:-Amy Edmondson, Professor of Leadership at Harvard Business School and author of Fearless Organization and Creating Psychological Safety-Vanessa Bohns (Listen to Partnering Leadership conversation with Vanessa Bohns)-Gary Bolles (Listen to Partnering Leadership conversation with Gary Bolles)-Difficult Conversations by Bruce Patton, Douglas Stone, and Sheila Heen-Radical Candor by Kim Scott-Giving Voice to Values by Mary C. Gentile -The Silent Language Of Leaders by Carol GoldmanConnect with Jim Detert:Jim Detert WebsiteChoosing Courage on AmazonJim Detert on FacebookJim Detert on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/ More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Brian Ahearn, keynote speaker, trainer, coach, consultant, and author of  Influence People: Powerful Everyday Opportunities to Persuade that are Lasting and Ethical, and The Influencer: Secrets to Success and Happiness. Brian Ahearn goes through the principles of influence, reciprocity, consistency, social proof, authority, liking, and scarcity. He also shares examples of applying the principles at work and in organizational leadership. Some highlights:-Brian Ahearn on the science and ethics behind the influence principles-How leaders can apply the principles in leading teams and organizations -The role the principles can play in deepening team relationships -Brian Ahearn on how leaders can overcome unity challenges in a hybrid work environment-The principles leaders can apply during times of uncertainty and how to motivate action-How to use questions to encourage engagement among team members-What leaders must do to establish a new culture in their organizationsMentioned:- Robert Cialdini, author of Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, and president of Influence at Work- Trond Undheim (Listen to the Partnering Leadership conversation with Trond Undheim)- Azeem Azhar (Listen to the Partnering Leadership conversation with Azeem Azhar) Connect with Brian Ahearn:Influence PEOPLE WebsiteInfluence PEOPLE on AmazonThe Influencer: Secrets to Success and Happiness on AmazonBrian Ahearn on FacebookBrian Ahearn on TwitterBrian Ahearn on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/ More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jeanine Turner, a professor at Georgetown University, where she teaches at the Communication, Culture and Technology Program and the McDonough School of Business. Jeanine Turner is also the author of Being Present: Commanding Attention at Work (and at Home) by Managing Your Social Presence. Jeanine Turner shares her research and interviews on factors that impact our social presence. Jeanine also shares four communication choices and their role in social presence. Some highlights:-The impact of technology on presence and relationships-Jeanine Turner on different types of social presence -Jeanine Turner on multitasking and budgeted presence -The importance of learning to allocate social presence-Jeanine Turner on how to be intentional in managing presence -The challenges of presence in virtual and hybrid interactions -The impact of social presence on organizational cultureConnect with Jeanine Turner:Jeanine Turner Website Being Present on AmazonJeanine Turner on TwitterJeanine Turner on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/ More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Michael Roderick, founder, and C.E.O. of Small Pond Enterprises and host of the Access to Anyone Podcast. Michael Roderick shares practices and frameworks on connecting with others more effectively and becoming a referrable brand. Michael also shared that organizations can use the same lessons to make their brands stand out. Finally, Michael Roderick shares his thoughts on how we can become memorable both as individuals and organizations. Some highlights:- The importance of building connections and how to do it well - Michael Roderick going from high school teacher to a Broadway producer- How to share your message in a way that keeps others interested- Michael Roderick on organizational branding- How to make yourself and your message memorable - How to develop deeper connections- Michael Roderick's principles for creating a referrable brand- Becoming more memorable through L.E.S.S.- Michael Roderick on the "Giver's Fix"- The value of weak ties and how to tap into them- How to stay connected with your networkMentioned:-Mark Sanford Granovetter, an American sociologist known for his theory on spreading information in social networks known as "The Strength of Weak Ties."-Dorie Clark, an American author and executive education professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business-Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist and bestselling author Connect with Michael Roderick:Small Pond Enterprises WebsiteAccess To Anyone PodcastThe Referability Rater Michael Roderick on FacebookMichael Roderick on TwitterMichael Roderick on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/ More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Diane Tipton, Chief Executive Officer and President at Self Storage Zone and Board Member at the Girl Scouts of the USA. Diane shares her humble beginnings in Georgia and how challenges shaped her into who she has become. Diane also talked about her work in accounting and why she decided to start a company. Finally, Diane Tipton shared the reason for her passion for Girl Scouts and the organization's impact on developing the next generation of leaders.  Some highlights:-Diane's origin story and being judged on her appearance -Diane Tipton on the importance of female role models-Diane's journey in the corporate and why she founded her own company-Diane's passion for service to the community -Diane Tipton's leadership in Girl Scouts of Nation's Capital and Girl Scouts USA Mentioned:- Lyles Carr, Senior Vice President at The McCormick Group (Listen to the Partnering Leadership Podcast episode with Lyles Carr)Connect with Diane Tipton:Self Storage Zone WebsiteGirl Scouts OrgDiane Tipton on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/ More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Chip Walker, head of Strategy at StrawberryFrog Movement, Brand Business and Cultural Strategist, and co-author of Activate Brand Purpose: How to Harness the Power of Movements to Transform Your Company. Chip Walker talks about brand purpose and its importance in guiding organizations. Chip Walker also shares actionable ideas on what leaders can do to activate brand purpose in their organizations.   Some highlights:- The difference between defining a purpose and activating a purpose- Chip Walker on how to make purpose statements actionable- Actions that leaders can take in activating movements within their organizations- Movement thinking as a way to activate an organizational purpose. - Chip Walker on purpose in a hybrid work environmentMentioned:- Aaron Hurst (Listen to the Partnering Leadership conversation with Aaron Hurst)- Ranjay Gulati (Listen to the Partnering Leadership conversation with Ranjay Gulati)- Greg Satell (Listen to the Partnering Leadership conversation with Greg Satell)- How Companies Can Balance Social Impact and Financial Goals by Marya Besharov, Wendy K. Smith, and Michael L. Tushman Connect with Chip Walker:Activate brand Purpose Book WebsiteActivate Brand Purpose on AmazonChip Walker WebsiteStrawberryFrogChip Walker on TwitterChip Walker on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli shares his perspectives and research about the need for kindness and how it can impact teams and organizations. Mahan also highlighted effective ways of showing kindness while initiating a ripple effect in our organizations and the community. Some highlights:-Pre and post-pandemic effects on kindness-How showing kindness can be contagious -Two specific ways of being kinder to those around us -Starting a kindness ripple Mentioned:- Christine Porath, Associate Professor of Management at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University; Why being respectful to your coworkers is good for business- Jamil Zaki, Professor of Psychology; Author of THE WAR FOR KINDNESS- Bob Kerry, American politician who served as the 35th Governor of Nebraska from 1983 to 1987 and as a United States Senator from Nebraska from 1989 to 2001Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/ 
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Deidre Paknad, co-founder and CEO of WorkBoard and founder of Results Foundry. Deidre Paknad shared her journey leading to her success as the founder of three start-ups. Deidre also talked about her founding of Workboard and how the organization supports its clients to execute their strategy faster by effective implementation of OKRs.   Deidre Paknad also shared her thoughts on the future of work and what organizations can do to thrive through uncertainty.Some highlights:- What led Deidre Paknad to become an entrepreneur- The challenges faced by the first time entrepreneur - Deidre Paknad on the advantages and disadvantages of working at IBM - The origin story of Workboard- Deidre Paknad being told that she has three strikes against her- How Workboard helps companies achieve alignment through OKRs - How the pandemic sped up the pace of change - Deidre Paknad's advice on how to get every member of an organization to focus- Deidre on the leadership capabilities that are required throughout the organization.- How to transform a culture of complacency into a culture of ambition - Deidre Paknad on facing personal and business challenges as a CEO during the pandemic- How presence can help unlock an organization's potential    Mentioned:- Larry Robertson (Listen to the Partnering Leadership conversation with Larry Robertson)- Azeem Azhar (Listen to the Partnering Leadership conversation with Azeem Azhar)- Sarah Stein Greenberg (Listen to the Partnering Leadership conversation with Sarah Stein Greenberg)- John Doerr, chairman of Kleiner Perkins and the author of Measure What Matters- Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize-winning economist, and psychologistConnect with Deidre Paknad:WorkBoard WebsiteOKR Podcast Deidre Paknad on TwitterDeidre Paknad on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:https://mahantavakoli.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: https://www.partneringleadership.com/ 
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Harold Pettigrew, CEO at Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif), Presidential Appointee at the CDFI Fund, and an Aspen Finance Fellow. First, Harold Pettigrew talked about his upbringing in Washington D.C. and the experiences that helped him find his voice. Harold also shared his experience serving in city government in New York and D.C. and how he plans to make a difference through his leadership of the Washington Area Community Investment Fund. Finally, Harold Pettigrew talked about how all leaders can play a more significant role in ensuring greater equity.  Some highlights:- Harold Pettigrew on his upbringing in D.C. and how it impacted his passion for activism. - On moving to North Carolina, embracing his identity and taking on a leadership role- The impact of serving in the New York City on Harold's view of government- Coming back to Washington D.C. and the challenge of government service- How to create better ecosystems that work for the people who live in them- The role of representation in our communities - What we can do to leave the space we occupy better than we first found it- Harold Pettigrew on the importance of staying open to new ideas and possibilitiesMentioned in this episode:Commissioner Robert W. Walsh, Bloomberg Administration's Commissioner of Small Business ServicesConnect with Harold Pettigrew:WACIF WebsiteThe Aspen Institue WebsiteWACIF on Twitter Harold Pettigrew on TwitterHarold Pettigrew on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/More information and resources are available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Erika Andersen. Erika is the founding partner of Proteus International, which is a coaching consulting and training firm that focuses on leader readiness. She and her colleagues at Proteus focus on helping leaders prepare and stay prepared to face whatever the future might bring. Driven by this mission, Erika shares in the conversation how leaders can approach challenges and uncertainty by applying the change-capable mindset.Erika Andersen is the author of 5 books, including her most recent work, Change from the Inside Out: Making You, Your Team, and Your Organization Change-Capable. In it, she discusses the approaches to learning and business-building to help leaders and organizations prepare and adapt to change. In this conversation, Erika Andersen shares how leaders and organizations can become change capable.   Some Highlights:- Erika Andersen on how leaders can guide their organizations with greater clarity - Erika shares the future skills that will be most impactful in leading organizations- Understanding the five-step model of effective change- Erika Andersen on the four change levers- How leaders can better manage the future of workBooks Mentioned:- Change from the Inside Out: Making You, Your Team, and Your Organization Change-Capable - Erika Andersen- The Inner Game of Tennis - Tim Gallwey- Cascades: How to Create a Movement that Drives Transformational Change - Greg Satell (Listen to Greg Satell's episode on Partnering Leadership)Connect with Erika Andersen:Erika AndersenProteus International Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/mahan/More information and resources are available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
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