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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 Jim Kerr, Founder of Indispensable Consulting and Author of the book INDISPENSABLE: Build and Lead A Company Customers Can’t Live Without, and shares his thoughts and insights on how being indispensable is a very important aspect of leading and creating a great culture.Some highlights:Why Jim Kerr wrote his book INDISPENSABLEJim Kerr shares his thoughts on how to create a new culture of leadershipHow leadership by example changes the culture of the teamJim Kerr’s thoughts on why encouraging dissent is critical in nurturing a great organizational cultureHow to lead so your organization becomes indispensableAlso mentioned in this episode:Marshall Goldsmith, author and executive coachBOOK:INDISPENSABLE: Build and Lead A Company Customers Can’t Live Without Author James M. KerrConnect with Jim Kerr:Jim Kerr on LinkedinJim Kerr on Twitter Indispensable consultingConnect 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 Cary Hatch, CEO of MDB Communications. Cary Hatch discusses what it took for her to succeed as a female business owner and how difficulties can build up resilience, and the joy of having an impact on people and the entire Greater Washington DC DMV region.Some highlights:Cary Hatch shares how to use fear of failure as a driving force to move forward and achieve goals.The power of advertising and its influence on organizations and brands.How to build resilience through repeated setbacks.Cary Hatch on the importance to help others through volunteering.  Also mentioned in this episode:Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus of Ogilvy & Mather Rosie Allen Herring, President & CEO United Way National Capital AreaLyles Carr, Executive Vice President The McCormick GroupBob Buchanan, Principal Buchanan PartnersConnect with Cary Hatch:Carry Hatch LinkedInCarry Hatch TwitterMDB CommunicationsConnect 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 Jonathan Littman, co-author of The Entrepreneurs Faces: How Makers, Visionaries and Outsiders Succeed, and several other best-selling books. Jonathan Littman talks about the importance of innovation in business and how business leaders can learn to create an entrepreneurial spirit in their teams and organizations.Some highlights:The importance of creating an intrapreneurial culture to reinvent an organization.Jonathan Littman talks about a human-centric approach to entrepreneurship.The importance of understanding entrepreneurial archetypes.How to bring more entrepreneurship and an intrapreneurial spirit into the organizations.Jonathan Littman on the importance of embracing change and transformation. Also mentioned in this episode:Susanna Camp: Co-author The Entrepreneurs Faces: How Makers, Visionaries and Outsiders SucceedConnect with Jonathan Littman:Jonathan Littman on LinkedInJonathan Littman on InstagramEntrepreneur's Faces BookConnect 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 Howard Stone, Chair of the Board of Trustees for Prince George's Community College.  Howard shares the source of his passion for education, love for Leadership Greater Washington and commitment over the years to Prince George’s County, MD.Some highlights:Howard Stone’s focus on public serviceHow Howard Stone supported Wayne Curry and helped transform Prince George’s County, MDHoward’s love for and commitment to Leadership Greater WashingtonHow being rejected for an elected seat made Howard Stone more humble and focus more on serving his communityAlso mentioned in this episode:Ken Duncan, former council administrator Prince George’s County MDWayne Curry, former County executive for Prince George's County MDArtis Hampshire-Cowan, Senior Fellow at Association of Governing Boards of Universities and CollegesLionel Lockhart, former County Attorney for Prince George's County MDBookAll I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten Book by Robert FulghumConnect with Howard Stone:Howard Stone 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 Dr. Michelle McQuaid, a best-selling author, workplace wellbeing teacher, and playful change activator. Michelle McQuaid talks about how positive psychology has influenced her perspective on leadership and shares lessons for effectively leading teams and organizations.Some highlights:How Dr. Michelle McQuaid came to positive psychology and the science of behavior changeWhy and how positive psychology is critical to leadershipHow to be an authentic leader by embracing imperfectionsLessons learned from Carol Dweck’s research on Growth MindsetThe power of psychological safety in unleashing team performanceHow Dr. Michelle McQuaid uses a learning loop with her team for more effective team communicationsThe critical role wellness and wellbeing play in organizational cultureDr. Michelle McQuaid’s thoughts on how to navigate through struggle as a leaderAlso mentioned in this episode:Tal Ben Shahar,  author and founder of Happiness Studies AcademyMartin Seligman, Psychologist and father of Positive PsychologyCarol Dweck,  Psychologist and author of mindsetAmy Edmondson, HBS professor and author of The Fearless OrganizationConnect with Michelle McQuiad:Michelle McQuaid’s websiteMaking Positive Psychology Work Michelle McQuaid on LinkedIn Michelle McQuaid 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 speaks with Linda Rabbitt, the founder and chairman of Rand Construction, who is recognized as Washingtonian of the Year, and is in Washington's Business Hall of Fame. Linda shares her experiences overcoming breakage and setbacks, and how she used adversity as a motivator to achieve success.Highlights:Why and how  Linda Rabbitt started all over again at age 32 Linda Rabbitt’s career at KPMG and how she rose in the organizationLinda’s bold step into the business world as a partner in the first female owned construction company in the Washington DC regionHow building a support group of women in the real estate industry helped her grow her company and give back to othersLinda Rabbitt’s battle with cancer as she became chair elect of the Greater Washington Board of TradeLinda’s passion for women in leadership and her advice to young female leaders on resilienceAlso mentioned in this episode:Steve Harlan, former Vice-Chairman-International at KPMGSherri Turner, Linda’s former business partnerMark Anderson, partner at Rand ConstructionJon Couch, former president at Rand ConstructionZig Ziglar, author and motivational speakerConnect with Linda Rabbitt:Linda Rabbitt on LinkedInRand Construction’s WebsiteRand Construction on InstagramConnect 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 about the importance of leading with love and why genuine love is critical to leadership and a core essence of leading as a partner-leader. Some highlights:Mahan Tavakoli builds on the defenition of love and its connection to leadershipFour essential factors for leading with loveMahan Tavakoli shares examples of leaders who have shown genuine care and love for their teams in leading their organizationsAlso mentioned in this episode:Harry Stack Sullivan, PsychologistDavid Gardner,  Co-Founder of  The Motley FoolJohn Chambers, former CEO of Cisco SystemsConnect 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 Steve Harlan, Founder of Harlan Enterprises. LLC, as he shares how he rose through the ranks at KPMG, the role he played on the DC Financial Control Board in turning around Washington DC’s finances and his commitment to the community.  Some highlights:Steve Harlan shares the story of his army days and how he ended up becoming an accountantSteve Harlan talks about the importance of asking for help and helping othersHow Steve Harlan ended up in Washington DC and the reason for his commitment to the community Steve Harlan’s involvement in founding Leadership Greater WashingtonSteve Harlan shares the successes and challenges of turning around the finances of Washington DCAlso mentioned in this episode:John Veihmeyer, former Global Chairman of KPMGEleanor Holmes Norton, Washington DC Delegate to US House of RepresentativesMarion Barry, former Washington DC MayorAnthony Williams, former Washington DC MayorLinda Rabbit, Founder and Board Chair of Rand Construction Books:Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon HillHow to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale CarnegieConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Henna Inam, CEO of Transformational Leadership,  talks about her journey to discovering her authentic self, her book Wired for Disruption and on how to be agile through times of disruption.Some highlights:Henna Inam shared her story of rediscovering her purpose in lifeHenna Inam talks about how to be your most authentic self and how to use that to be a force for goodThe story behind writing the book Wired for DisruptionHenna Inam discusses the five different types of agilityWhy empathy and self-compassion are critical to lead through disruptionLeading through shared ownership and shared actionConnect with Henna Inam:Transformational Leadership Official WebsiteTransformational Leadership PodcastWired for Disruption BookHenna Inam 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, Howard Ross, Author of Reinventing Diversity, Everyday Bias, and Our Search for Belonging, talks about his background, how he started his own consulting firm, and his work on unconscious bias.Some highlights:The story of Howard Ross’ journey of reinventing himselfThe influence of his Jewish heritage and the value of his parents in shaping his life and leadershipWhat inspired Howard Ross to write a book about unconscious biasHoward Ross on the importance of being open to guidance from other leadersAlso mentioned in this episode:Michael Amilcar, CEO of Cook Ross Inc.Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, National Chair of the National Council of Negro WomenJohn Griffin, Former Head of Washington Suburban Sanitary CommissionBooksThe Practice of Adaptive Leadership by Ron HeifetzConnect with Howard Ross:Howard Ross Official WebsiteUDARTA Official WebsiteHoward Ross 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 Chuck Swoboda, former Chief Executive Officer of Cree, author of Innovator Spirit, and podcast host of Innovators on Tap. Chuck Swoboda speaks in-depth about innovation and how to cultivate it as part of an organization’s culture.Some highlights:Chuck Swoboda talks about his upbringing and how that influenced the kind of leader he came to beChuck Swoboda shares why he left HP to join CreeThe difference between improvement, invention, and innovationChuck Swoboda’s insights on innovation and how to cultivate a spirit of innovation within a companyThe UFO Test in recruiting talent for your companyChuck Swoboda discusses how the crisis can be great for innovationMentioned:Clayton Christensen, author of the book “The Innovator's Dilemma”Connect with Chuck SwobodaChuck Swoboda’s Official WebsiteInnovators on Tap PodcastChuck Swoboda on ForbesChuck Swoboda on LinkedInChuck Swoboda 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, Dr. Mark Bergel, Co-founder of Shared Humanity Project, talks about his incredible life experiences and shares his profound love for humanity and how it molded his character to be the kind of leader he is now along with his vision to eradicate poverty. Some highlights:Mark Bergel’s upbringing and impact on his service mindsetHow morality created a foundation for successful leadershipMark Bergel’s life-changing momentHow Mark leads the community in supporting his vision of eradicating poverty.Leadership to change culture and have a positive impactAlso mentioned in this episode:A Wider CircleJurg Siegenthaler, Prof Emeritus Sociology at American UniversityDavid Bohm, Author Wholeness and the Implicate OrderFrederick Taylor, Author Scientific ManagementPeter Senge, Author, The Fifth DisciplineLeo Buscaglia, Author, Living, Loving and LearningDr. Katherin Phillips, Co-Founder, Shared Humanity ProjectRobert Karch, Professor Health Studies at American UniversityRichard Feynman, American theoretical physicistBooks:Tao of Physics by Fritjof CapraDancing Wu Li Master by Gary ZukavThe Fifth Discipline by Peter SengeConnect with Mark Bergel:Shared Humanity ProjectNational Poverty PlanMark Bergel 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 Bettina Stern, co-founder of Chaia Tacos. Bettina shares her experience leading a business through crisis and her plans for growing Chaia Tacos nationally.Some highlights: Bettina Stern shares how she and Suzanne Simon started Chaia Tacos through a mutual love for foodBettina Stern talks about the local food business scene and getting support from the Washington DC communityHow Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon did not let a skeptic stop their aspirations. How Bettina and Suzanne have led Chaia Tacos through the pandemicUsing the crisis to become antifragileBettina Stern’s future plans of growing Chaia TacosAlso mentioned in this episode:Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder”Brett Schulman, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Cava GroupFreshfarm Market Connect with Bettina SternChaia Tacos websiteBettina Stern on LinkedInConnect with Mahan TavakoliMahanTavakoli.com More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website:PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Ximena Hartsock, Co-founder of Phone2action and builder of tech for social good talks about how growing up in Chile and her father gave birth to her activism at an early age, how she battled injustice and hardship in Chile and as an immigrant to the United States and became successful while pursuing her advocacy as a way of life.Some Highlights:Ximena Hartsock on how building a great culture affects a community.How to lead and motivate people to act for change.Ximena Hartsock’s challenges as an immigrant and a woman of color and how she overcame them.How to build a positive culture so all people thrive. Also mentioned in this episode:Michelle Ray, Executive Director for The Walter Kaitz FoundationAdrian Fenty, Former Mayor of District of ColumbiaMarion Barry, Former Mayor of District of ColumbiaResources:Schools that Learn by Peter Senge Ninja innovation by Gary Shapiro How to lead by David Rubenstein Connect with Ximena Hartsock:Ximena Hartsock Official WebsiteXimena Hartsock LinkedInXimena Hartsock on MediumConnect 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 about how to think about goals differently and encourages leaders to think about their impact and legacy.Some highlights:The story behind Alfred Nobel’s legacyMahan Tavakoli shares insights on Bronnie Ware’s article about regretsSetting goals for impact and leaving a meaningful legacyAlso mentioned in this episode:Alfred Nobel, InventorBronnie Ware, AuthorConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Rosie-Allen Herring, President and CEO of the United Way NCA and Board Chair of  the Greater Washington Board of Trade, talks about leading with purpose, leading the transformation of United Way NCA  and reflects on the future leadership of the Greater Washington DC / DMV region.Some highlights:Rosie Allen-Herring shares how her brothers and sisters inspire her to become a better leaderRosie Allen-Herring's experience working at Fannie Mae and leaving for United Way NCA to serve an even greater purposeThe challenges Rosie Allen-Herring faced as the new CEO of United Way NCAHow "community commitment" transformed United Way NCAHow the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice issues impacted Rosie Allen-Herring's perspective and leadership Rosie Allen-Herring shares her purpose in the world and the legacy she hopes to leave behindRosie Allen-Herring’s application of the Stockdale Paradox by being a realistAlso mentioned in this episode:Jim Dinegar, former president at Greater Washington Board of Trade Jack McDougle, current president at Greater Washington Board of Trade Kevin Smith, Chief Financial Officer at United Way NCAConnect with Rosie-Allen Herring:Rosie-Allen Herring on LinkedInUnited Way Official WebsiteConnect 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 Dr. Elia Gourgouris, founder of Happiness Center and author of 7 Paths to Lasting Happiness and co-author of 7 Keys to Navigating a Crisis, A Practical Guide to Emotionally Dealing with Pandemics & Other Disasters.  Dr. Elia Gourgouris shares some of his thoughts and perspectives on how we can nurture happiness in ourselves, and use happiness to become better leaders of organizations. Some highlights:Dr. Elia Gourgouris talks about his Greek heritage and culture and how that influenced him to study happinessDr. Elia discusses the importance of self-care for leaders and its importance to great leadershipThe connection between happiness and leadership based on Dr, Elia Gourgouris’ research and experience with leadersWhy leaders should extend forgiveness for mistakes in leading teamsHow following your passion relates to leading and leadershipDr. Elia Gourgouris’ advice on how to become an authentic leaderAlso mentioned in this episode:Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, the founder, and CEO of Thrive GlobalConnect with Dr. Elia Gourgouris:Dr. Elia Gourgouris Official WebsiteThe Happiness CenterThe Kindness and Happiness PodcastBooksLinkedInInstagramConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Shannon Huffman Polson, author of The Grit Factor and CEO of the Grit Institute, talks about her experiences as an Apache attack helicopter pilot, and the lessons learned on grit from women leaders in the US military.Some highlights:The story behind Shannon Huffman Polson being one of the first women to fly an Apache attack helicopterThe inspiration behind the book “The Grit Factor”How owning your own story is critical to leadership and gritThe key to connecting to your core purposeShannon Huffman Polson’s lessons for leading through adversityAlso mentioned in this episode:Angela Duckworth, author, and professor at the University of Pennsylvania,Captain Shaye Haver, US Army, Infantry serviceConnect with Shannon Polson:Shannon Polson Official WebsiteThe Grit InstituteLinkedInTwitterConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, David Fagiano, former Chief Operating Officer of Dale Carnegie Training and former CEO of American Management Association, talks about his career, leadership lessons learned, and how he led organizations to achieve significant growth. Some highlights:                 How David Fagiano started out his career in the mail order business and ended up in a career in the training industryHow David Fagiano managed to engage an organization in working towards a shared vision and achieving breakthrough growthDavid Fagiano’s leadership insights on how to improve team performance with the concept of ownership and empowering peopleDavid Fagiano’s views on the fundamentals of great leadershipAlso mentioned in this episode:Bob FarmerThe Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer Wiliam ShakespeareConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Patricia McGuire, the president of Trinity Washington University,  talks about how she led the transformation of Trinity, the leadership principles that she has learned, and advice she has for other leaders, as they're looking to lead their organizations through transformation. Some highlights:Pat McGuire shares the story of her early years of activismHow Pat McGuire transitioned from law to becoming president of Trinity UniversityPat McGuire’s reinvention of Trinity UniversityHow to effectively lead organizational transformationBuilding partnerships and finding allies to support the visionAlso mentioned in this episode:Henry Kissinger, Former United States Secretary of StateRichard Nixon, 37th U.S. PresidentRonald Reagan, 40th U.S. PresidentBart Giamatti, President of Yale University Bill Conway, co-founder of the Carlisle groupBooksA Free and Ordered Space by Bart GiamattiConnect with Pat McGuire:Trinity Washington University Official WebsiteTwitterConnect with Mahan Tavakoli:MahanTavakoli.comMore information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: PartneringLeadership.com
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