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Author: Mahan Tavakoli

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Learn from the leadership journey of Greater Washington DC region changemakers and global thought leaders so you can align better with your purpose, grow professionally with meaning, and have a greater impact. Each week Mahan Tavakoli sits down for an intimate conversation with diverse leaders to learn from their leadership journeys so we can all improve, grow, and have a greater impact. PartneringLeadership.com
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In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jean Case, Chairman of National Geographic Society, CEO of the Case Foundation, CEO of Case Impact Network, and author of Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose. Jean Case talks about the 5 Principles to cultivate fearlessness: 1) Make a Big Bet 2) Be bold, take risks 3) Make failure matter 4) Reach beyond your bubble and 5) Let urgency conquer fear. Jean discusses each principle, citing real-life stories and offering meaningful advice to truly Be Fearless.  Some highlights:-Why parents should encourage their children to take risks even at a young age-Jean Case’s upbringing and why it is usually ordinary people who tend do extraordinary things-On making a big bet, but starting where you are-Jean Case’s career at General Electric and why she took the risk and left-The important role of failure and how you can make it matter-Jean’s advice on taking risks and facing failure-Jean Case on intentionality and measuring what matters when breaking barriers-How diversity can benefit organizations-Why Jean Case believes fear is never absent and how you can let the power of urgency help you conquer fear -How to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in organizations-Jean Case on using social media for deep listening and connecting to your stakeholders -On starting your leadership journey by finding solutions to problems others don’t see Mentioned:Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour How We Got to Now by Steven JohnsonBrave Companions by David McCulloughThe Premonition by Michael Lewis  Connect with Jean Case:Be Fearless Book WebsiteBe Fearless on AmazonCase Foundation Be Fearless Hub WebsiteCase Foundation WebsiteNational Geographic Society WebsiteJean Case on FacebookJean Case on TwitterJean Case on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.com More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Phil Simon, a dynamic keynote speaker, and world-renowned technology and collaboration authority and an award-winning author of eleven business books and counting, most recently Reimagining Collaboration: Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and the Post-COVID World of Work. Phil Simon shares how to more effectively use technology in leading our organizations in a changing world of work.   Some highlights: Phil Simon talks about how the pandemic accelerated adoption and use of technology  Phil shares how technology can help people thrive at work How the hub-spoke model of collaboration can help nurture a positive organizational culture Phil Simon on how to choose the right Hub and Spokes for greater collaboration Phil’s take on the hybrid future of work and the challenges ahead Also mentioned in this episode: Toni Morrison, American novelist, essayist, book editor, and college professor Bryan Sommer, author of  Book- Digital with impact  Connect with Phil Simon: Phil Simon Twitter Phil Simon LinkedIn Phil Simon Website Phil Simon Amazon Reimagining Collaboration: Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and the Post-COVID World of Work Message Not Received: Why Business Communication Is Broken and How to Fix It   Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.com More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Bill Novelli, a distinguished professor of the practice at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, former CEO of AARP, co-founder of Porter Novelli, and author of the book Good Business: The Talk, Fight, Win Way to Change the World. Bill talked about the concept of doing well by doing good in business and how ethics is important when leading an organization. Some highlights:Bill Novelli on giving everybody a fair chance at having the same starting line.Bill shared his opinion on the greenwashing trend among leaders and organizations.The relevance of drawing a clear line and not having a grey area with respect to ethics even when there is a pressure from the top.Bill talked about how one can move mountains by building teams around one’s vision.   Also mentioned in this episode:Jim Clifton, Jim Harter,  authors of the book: It’s the Manager: Moving From Boss to Coach Connect with Bill Novelli:Billl Novelli websiteConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:mahantavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: partneringleadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jim Braun about pursuing what you are passionate about. Jim Braun shares the story of how he left his stable corporate job and 2 degrees to do what he loves the most. He also gives advice to young people still figuring out what they want to do for the rest of their professional lives. Some highlights:Jim Braun’s career as an aerospace engineer and how he found out it wasn’t for himWhy Jim Braun pursued his MBA How reading books helped Jim realize what he is truly passionate aboutJim Braun on giving up his 2 degrees to pursue his passionWhy following your passion doesn’t necessarily mean the riches will follow, and why it’s still worth it in the endAdvice to young people about pursuing their passionMentioned:What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson BollesDo what You Love, the Money Will Follow by Marsha SinetarMarianne Williamson, authorConnect with Jim Braun:Jim Braun on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Herman Bulls, Vice Chairman Americas, JLL. Herman Bulls talks about his leadership journey, from modest beginnings to eventually becoming one of the most influential people in the real estate industry. Some highlights:How Herman Bulls has been able to stand out in leadership roles throughout his schooling, military service and professional career.Herman’s six keys to success Leading organizational culture changeDealing with microaggressions and serving as a role modelHerman Bulls being honored with Executive Leadership Council’s Achievement Award Also mentioned in this episode:Stuart Scott, commercial real estate executive and the first CEO of Jones Lang LaSalleMaya Angelou, American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activistBuddy Moore, coach at Coffee High School from 1970-81Connect with Herman Bulls:Herman Bulls LinkedInHerman Bulls TwitterHerman Bulls FacebookJLL WashingtonConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Todd Cherches, CEO of BigBlueGumball and author of VisuaLeadership: Leveraging the Power of Visual Thinking in Leadership and in Life. Todd Cherches shared experiences that transformed him as a leader. He also talks about the power of visual leadership and how it can improve communication as well as inspire those you lead.Some highlights:Todd Cherches’ upbringing and how reading became a big part of his leadership and lifeHow Todd’s experience with horrible bosses taught him to become a more compassionate and empathetic leaderTodd’s transformational experience becoming a Dale Carnegie TrainerWhy Todd Cherches encourages others to ‘Always Be Curious’ The significant meaning and symbolism behind VisuaLeadership’s title and coverThe importance of speaking the language of your stakeholders and why stories matter more than numbersHow visual imagery and visual language help with attention, comprehension, and retentionWhat mental models and frameworks are and how they can help convey abstract concepts and ideasTodd Cherches on the power of visual storytelling in bringing ideas to lifeStepping up to everyday leadership: how you can inspire, impact, and help other people realize their own visionsAlso mentioned in this episode:Dale Carnegie, author of How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleRobert Shiller, author of Narrative EconomicsChester Elton and Adrian Gostick, authors of Leading with GratitudeJohn Baldoni, author of GraceMarcel Proust, French novelistConnect with Todd Cherches:Todd Cherches’ websiteTodd Cherches on LinkedInTodd Cherches on TwitterVisuaLeadership on AmazonConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership,  Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Andy Grimm, CEO of Apple Federal Credit Union. Andy Grimm shares leadership lessons learned as he rose through the ranks at Apple Federal Credit Union, eventually to earn the position of CEO.  Andy Grimm also shares leadership insights on how he has led the organization through different transformation initiatives.  Some highlights:How Andy Grimm’s early years influenced his resilience.The role Andy Grimm’s mom played in his drive to help peopleLeading with empathy and providing an opportunity for all team members to contribute. Andy Grimm on the necessity for leaders to learn and grow and for organizations to continue transforming.  Also mentioned in this episode:Larry Kelly, former CEO of Apple Federal Credit UnionBeth Yingling, Apple Federal Credit Union Chief People Officer 2017-2019The Circle of Innovation, by: Tom HopkinsDare to Lead, by Brené BrownShoe Dog Phil Knight Story of Nike, by Phil KnightConnect with Andy Grimm:Andy Grimm LinkedInApple Federal Credit Union WebsiteConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Bob Johansen, renowned futurist and author of the book Full Spectrum Thinking. Bob Johansen talks about future back thinking, the importance of seeking clarity while avoiding certainty and how leaders can thrive in a VUCA World.  Some highlights:● Bob Johansen on what led him to become a futurist● Categorical thinking versus full spectrum thinking● Bob Johansen on how to develop foresight and insight for greater clarity● Finding a sense of purpose with greater clarity in a VUCA ● How to use clarity filters in leadership Also mentioned in this episode:Alan G Lafley, former CEO of Procter & GamblePeter Drucker, author of various top-selling business and leadership booksDan Buettner, author of the book, The Blue ZonesJane McGonigal, game designer at the Institute for the FutureStan McChrystal, author of the book A Team of TeamsThomas Malone, author of the book Superminds Connect with Bob Johansen:Bob Johansen on LinkedInFull Spectrum Thinking Book by Bob JohansenInstitute for the Future Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.com More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com 
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Tom Fong. Tom Fong founded Compcierge USA and is currently with MYTA technologies. Tom shared his perspectives on leadership and disruptive technologies.  Additionally, Tom Fong shared the reason for his commitment to youth programs and leadership in the Chinese-American community. Some highlights:Tom Fong on how learning to use the cash register in his grandfather’s restaurant taught him life lessons. Tom on the opportunities of disruptive technology and how it helped him launch his business.How a simple word of praise or encouragement can be a catalyst for young people to be more confident in life.Tom Fong on the importance of building your network.  Also mentioned in this episode:The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People a book by Stephen CoveyConnect with Tom Fong:Tom Fong on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:mahantavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: partneringleadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Steven Sasson who invented the digital camera while working at Kodak, earning him The National Medal of Technology and Innovation award. Steven Sasson shares the story of how digital photography came to be, the many inventions that made it more accessible to eventually take the place of film photography.  Steven Sasson also talks about the support for the invention at Kodak and the many cultural and leadership challenges that got in the way of Kodak taking full advantage of the technology.  Some highlights:Steven Sasson’s love for tinkering with technologyWhy Steven Sasson chose to work at KodakConceptualizing and envisioning the first handheld electronic cameraThe first image taken with the first prototype of the portable digital cameraKodak’s initial reaction to Steven Sasson’s invention and questions for the future of digital technologyHow the support and belief of Steven Sasson’s supervisor motivated him to push his idea forward despite doubts from Kodak executivesWhy Steven Sasson’s project was kept secret by Kodak for many yearsThe story behind ECAM, the first operational DSLR camera The story behind QuickTake 100, Kodak’s collaboration with Apple Cultural and leadership challenges preventing Kodak from being able to take full advantage of digital photographyHow internal struggles, and short-sighted decisions impacted KodakSteven Sasson’s experience receiving The National Medal of Technology and Innovation award from President Barack Obama in 2009Mentioned:Don Reinertsen, authorGareth Lloyd, former supervisor at KodakJim Sheckler, former technician at KodakGilda Radner, actress and comedianJoy Marshall, former laboratory technician at KodakSteve Jobs, co-founder and former chairman and CEO of AppleSteve Wozniak, co-founder of AppleDr. Majid Rabbani, former fellow at KodakDr. Brad Paxton, former director at KodakRobert Hills, co-inventor of the first DSLR cameraJim McGarvey, former lead engineer at KodakGeorge M. C. Fisher, former CEO of KodakDaniel Allen Carp, former chairman and CEO of KodakAntonio M. Pérez, former CEO of KodakBarack Obama, 44th U.S. PresidentPete Souza, former Chief Official White House PhotographerConnect with Steven Sasson:Steven Sasson on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Robert Morgan, founder and CEO of Talaria Media, Pivotal Moments, Managing Partner at Caneel, co-founder of GoodSeeker, and former CEO of MorganFranklin Consulting. Robert Morgan discussed how his personal life experiences aided him in establishing multiple successful and how he effectively worked with co-founders to nurture a great organizational culture.Some highlights:The lessons Robert Morgan learned from battling cancerRobert Morgan on the key elements of the organizational culture at MorganFranklinHow to deal with difficult people and still maintain a great cultureWhy self-awareness and empathy are critical in maintaining great partnershipsAlso mentioned in this episode: Ron Morgan, co-Founder of MorganFranklinRob Franklin, co-Founder of MorganFranklinWho Moved My Cheese? Book by Spencer JohnsonConnect with Robert Morgan:Robert Morgan on LinkedInRobert Morgan on Twitter: @Remorgan2Robert Morgan on FacebookPivotal Moments on FacebookPivotal Moments on InstagramPivotal Moments on TwitterConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli discusses the importance of appreciating your team members and celebrating well-planned effort rather than just celebrating success. He also shares why who we choose to celebrate and what we choose to celebrate makes a big difference in nurturing a growth mindset and a great organizational culture.    Some highlights:Appreciation in the workplace and the underwhelming statisticsThe magic ratio of positive versus negative interactionsHow to incorporate sincere appreciation in your leadershipWhy we need to start celebrating effort versus just celebrating successHow recognizing effort led to the success of Amazon echoThe importance of celebrating the right things in nurturing a growth mindset and a great organizational cultureMentioned:Mahan Tavakoli’s Webinar for Georgetown University: Your Team Doesn't Want Your "Feedback:"' Build Greater Connection, Retention, and ResultsDr. John Gottman, psychological researcher, clinician, and authorCarol Dweck, psychologist and authorAidan McCullen, author and host & founder of The Innovation Show ➡ Listen to Aidan McCullen’s Partnering Leadership podcast episode here. Jeff Bezos, CEO of AmazonConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, John Veihmeyer, former global chairman of KPMG, looks back on how he started rising through the ranks at KPMG and why leading with self-awareness and empathy was critical in rebuilding morale. John Veihmeyer also shares valuable lessons in developing resilience in leadership, inspiring a purpose-driven culture in a company, and leading for impact. Some highlights:● How performing in musicals in high school helped John Veihmeyer later in his career● Why John recommends aspiring leaders study accounting● The value of building and nurturing work relationships without expecting anything in return● How John Veihmeyer became deputy chairman of KPMG, a role he wasn’t ready for but felt responsible to undertake● The importance of ‘doing the hard thing now and building resilience in leadership● How John Veihmeyer inspired trust and regain confidence in a demoralized organization● Why John believes empathy and self-awareness are the two most important leadership traits● Why you should surround yourself with people that are going to be willing to disagree with you● Laying bricks vs. building a cathedral: the perspective John Veihmeyer promoted to inspire a purpose-driven culture● How the KPMG Family For Literacy Program started and its impact Mentioned in this episode:Steve Harlan, former managing partner at KPMG➡ Listen to Steve Harlan’s Partnering Leadership podcast episode here. Linda Rabbitt, Founder & Chairman of rand Construction ➡ Listen to Linda Rabbitt’s Partnering Leadership podcast episode here. Susan Flynn and Beth Veihmeyer, Co-founders of the KPMG Family For Literacy Program (KFFL)Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Connect with John Veihmeyer:John Veihmeyer on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.com More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Aidan McCullen, the host and founder of The Innovation Show and author of the book Undisruptable: A Mindset of Permanent Reinvention for Individuals, Organisations and Life. Aidan shares examples on how organizations and individuals can embrace reinvention in order to become undisruptable. Some highlights:● Aidan McCullen talks about the reason why most change initiatives fail.● The transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly and lessons for leaders.● How Amazon reinvented a failed product and transformed it into a killer product.● Aidan McCullen shares how seeing life as cyclical rather than linear helps us with a reinvention mindset. Also mentioned in this episode:● Rita McGrath author of The end of competitive advantage and Seeing around corners● Scott D. Anthony author of The Little Black Book Of Innovation: How it works, How to do it and co-author of Eat, Sleep, Innovate: How to Make Creativity an Everyday Habit Inside Your Organization ● Daniel Z. Lieberman author of The Molecule of More● Robert Sapolsky author of Behave Buy Aidan McCullen’s Book:  Undisruptable: A Mindset of Permanent Reinvention for Individuals, Organisations and Life         Connect with Aidan McCullen: Aidan McCullen @ theinnovationshow.ioAidan McCullen LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:mahantavakoli.com More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: partneringleadership.com 
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jim Dyke, a partner in the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP.  Jim Dyke served as Virginia’s Secretary of Education under former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, and as Domestic Policy Advisor to former Vice President Walter Mondale. Mr. Dyke shares lessons learned based on his vast leadership experience.Some highlights:● Jim Dyke shares how his upbringing impacted his commitment to leadership and a desire to leave a legacy of impact.● Jim Dyke talks about his experience in leading the fight for the rights of women to be admitted to the Virginia Military Institute● How leadership can create the kind of culture necessary for successful change.  ● Jim Dyke talks about the significant role his wife Ellen played in helping him to become the best possible husband, father, and leader.● Leadership lessons Jim Dyke shares with others on how to become more impactful leaders. Also mentioned in this episode: Walter Mondale, Former Vice President of the United StatesClifford Alexander, First African-American Secretary of the Army Griffin Bell, 72nd Attorney General of the United StatesBen Civiletti, first Italian American to serve as Attorney General.Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ellen Dyke, Author of Adam and Steve Connect with Jim Dyke: Jim Dyke Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.com More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Doug Dennerline, the president and CEO of BetterWorks, a performance enablement solution company that aligns workforces to the organization's top priorities with their market-leading OKR (Objectives and Key Results) software. Doug Dennerline shares his thoughts on leading with empathy, the transformational power of OKRs and the future of work.Some Highlights:Doug Dennerline on the HP Way, John Chambers and growth at Cisco.How leading with empathy shaped Doug’s leadership values.Doug Dennerline talks about the transformative power of OKRs not just as a process but also as a leadership methodology.Doug Dennerline’s perspective on the future of work.Webinar on OKRs for Georgetown University Also mentioned in this episode:John Chambers - Chairman Emeritus, Cisco / CEO, JC2 VenturesJohn Doerr - Chairman at Kleiner Perkins and author of Measure What MattersEric Yuan - CEO of ZoomConnect with Doug Dennerline:Doug Dennerline on BetterWorksDoug Dennerline on LinkedInBetterWorks WebsiteConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis, neuroscientist and former Washington DC council member and chair of the committee on economic development, recounts stories of her father, Dr. Charles Drew, and shares stories of her life as a scientist and politician, and how the intersectionality of her passions empowers her to ask the right questions in solving complex problems and leading a community.Some highlights:Dr. Charles Drew’s life and legacy as the pioneer of blood bankingDr. Charlene Drew Jarvis’ career as a neuroscientistWhy and how Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis left science for politicsThe importance of asking the right questions and how it helped Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis in contributing to the economic development of Washington DCHow Dr. Drew Jarvis’ passion for helping women and people of color led to her becoming president of Southeastern UniversityWhy Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis believes that expanded support for mental health in insurance is highly crucialDr. Charlene Drew Jarvis’ advice to young leaders.Advice on becoming an active older personMentioned:EB Henderson, Former coach at Dunbar High SchoolJudge William Hastie, Former Federal judgeMercer Cook, Former Chair at Howard University and second American ambassador to NigerWilliam Montague Cobb, Former head of anatomy at Howard UniversityJulius Rosenwald, Businessman, philanthropist, and founder of the Rosenwald FundBooker T. Washington, Educator, author, orator, and adviser to presidentsSpencie Love, Author of “One Blood”Dr. DeMaurice Moses, Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis’ husbandArrington Dixon, Former chair and member of the council of the District of Columbia Sharon Pratt, Attorney, politician, and the third mayor of the District of ColumbiaMarion Barry, Former mayor of the District of ColumbiaMuriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington DCJack Evans, Former member of the council of the District of ColumbiaAbe Pollin, Former owner of Washington Wizards & Washington Capitals Connect with Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis:Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis on TwitterConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Dan Pontefract, CEO, and Founder of Pontefract Group and author of four books including his most recent book Lead, Care, Win: How to Become a Leader Who Matters. Dan Pontefract shares his thoughts on how to lead with greater humanity, care, and compassion.Some highlights:Dan Pontefract on the pandemic as a potential to resetDan Pontefract shares how crisis can impact leadership valuesHow to increase employee engagement even with remote workDan Pontefract on the need for greater authenticity and humility in leadershipAlso mentioned in this episode:Eric Yuan, Founder of ZoomConnect with Dan Pontefract:Dan Pontefract Official WebsiteDan Pontefract on LinkedInLead. Care. Win BookDan Pontefract on Twitter: @dpontefractConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO of Girl Scouts of National Capital Region, and Chair and a trustee of the Migration Policy Institute. Lidia Soto-Harmon shares her inspiring story, the importance of being open to opportunities and how to lead a purpose driven organization through crisis. Some highlights:● Lidia Soto-Harmon on the need for generosity in relationships. ● Importance of patience and humility in leadership.● How leaders, especially women, can step up and take advantage of opportunities.● The importance of establishing and maintaining relationships.● How Lidia Soto-Harmon has led the Girl Scouts through the crisis and what she expects the future holds for the organization and leadership development. Also mentioned in the Episode: Madeline Albright - Former United States Secretary of State Lyles Carr – Senior Vice President at The McCormick GroupMichelle Obama – Former First Lady of the United States  Connect with Lidia Soto-Harmon:Lidia Soto-Harmon on LinkedInLidia Soto-Harmon on TwitterLidia Soto-Harmon on Facebook Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com    
In this episode of Partnering Leadership Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Kon Apostolopoulos, founder and CEO of Fresh Biz Solutions and the co-author of 7 Keys to Navigating a Crisis. Kon Apostolopoulos shares how leaders can lead their organizations through and post-crisis. Some highlights:● Kon Apostolopoulos shares his perspective on what it takes to lead post-crisis● How purpose-driven leaders create great organizational culture● Kon Apostolopoulos talks about the importance of flexibility in leadership● The Leadership Paradox and how it relates to successful leadership● The role of resilience in building a positive organizational culture● How to lead effectively with greater gratitude   Also mentioned in this episode: James Kerr, Founder of Indispensable Consulting and author of INDISPENSABLE: Build and Lead A Company Customers Can’t Live Without Andrea Simon, CEO of Simon Associates Management Consultants (SAMC) and Author of Rethink: Smashing the Myths of Women in Business Todd Cherches, Co-Founder & CEO of Big Blue GumballAuthor of Leveraging the Power of Visual Thinking in Leadership and in Life   Connect with Kon Apostolopoulos:Fresh Biz SolutionsKon Apostolopoulos LinkedIn7 Keys to Navigating a Crisis Book on Amazon  Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.com More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
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