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Leadership in Chaos

Author: Ian McClean

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Concise lessons in leadership in a world of chaos. Hosted by Ian McClean, leadership expert and founder of Flow Group and GreenLine Conversations.
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It’s been a year like no other. To commemorate one year on from the first Covid case in Ireland and the first Leadership in Chaos podcast episode I have Zoomed Out to look back over the past year and look forward to answer the question “How Now From Here?” In 4 connected episodes/parts I summarise and highlight the best principles to help navigate our way forward from here.Insights include:Reviewing the context for LeadershipThe Neurology of Leadership in ChaosThe 5 Cs of Being your Best when things are at their WorstLeaders eat last…but they gotta eat!Support the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
It’s been a year like no other. To commemorate one year on from the first Covid case in Ireland, and the first Leadership in Chaos podcast episode, I have Zoomed Out to look back over the past year and look forward to answer the question “How Now From Here?”In 4 connected episodes/parts I summarise and highlight the best principles to help navigate our way forward from here. Insights include:Reviewing the context for LeadershipThe Neurology of Leadership in ChaosThe 5 Cs of Being your Best when things are at their WorstLeaders eat last…but they gotta eat!Support the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
It’s been a year like no other. To commemorate one year on from the first Covid case in Ireland, and the first Leadership in Chaos podcast episode, I have Zoomed Out to look back over the past year and look forward to answer the question “How Now From Here?”In 4 connected episodes/parts I summarise and highlight the best principles to help navigate our way forward from here. Insights include:Reviewing the context for LeadershipThe Neurology of Leadership in ChaosThe 5 Cs of Being your Best when things are at their WorstLeaders eat last…but they gotta eat!Support the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
It’s been a year like no other. To commemorate one year on from the first Covid case in Ireland, and the first Leadership in Chaos podcast episode, I have Zoomed Out to look back over the past year and look forward to answer the question “How Now From Here?”In 4 connected episodes/parts I summarise and highlight the best principles to help navigate our way forward from here.Insights include:Reviewing the context for LeadershipThe Neurology of Leadership in ChaosThe 5 Cs of Being your Best when things are at their WorstLeaders eat last…but they gotta eat!Support the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
People out there are really struggling. And the Chaos has moved from external disruption (economy and autonomy) to internal questioning as we struggle for meaning. In this episode I focus on what this means for leaders and their role. Insights include:How the Leader today has now become the white-collar frontline workerThe 3 Migrating Stages of people’s struggle during the pandemicFinding Meaning as a key to ResilienceWhy Finding Meaning is not a Quest Related Episodes:Episode 31: “Your PPE for a Better 2021”Episodes 12 - 14: “Motivation in Chaos, Parts 1, 2, & 3”Episodes 9 - 10: “Remote Leadership, Parts 1 & 2”Listener Review - 5 Stars:Leadership in Chaos is a hot topic, deals directly with the challenges of Covid as well as suggesting simple and clear approaches to improve. Well worth the investment of 15 minutes a week. Support the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
In this episode I focus on what the leader’s role is in restoring a sense of control to help with people’s struggle around morale, motivation, and mental health. Insights include:Insights from Flow CEO Forum on what keeps them awake at nightFacebook CFO’s advice to graduating accountant for their future careerThe real answer to “Why people don’t do what they’re supposed to do”Motivation Psychology 101 – The 2 Simple Things you can do as a Leader that make the most differenceRelated Episodes:Episode 31: “Your PPE for a Better 2021”Episodes 12 – 14: “Motivation in Chaos - 1, 2, & 3”Episodes 9 – 10: “Remote Leadership Parts 1 & 2”Episode 5: “Clarity in Chaos”Support the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
In this episode I focus on why, counter-intuitively, Prioritising & Planning become even more crucial in Chaos. Insights include:How Leadership is a delicate blend of feeling and actionWhat is the leadership contributionWhy Prioritise and Plan when there are no right answersThe real reason Leaders resist setting direction3 Cs – How to set a Direction that inspiresRelated Episodes:Episode 26: “The Leadership Contribution”Episodes 12 - 14: “Motivation in Chaos - 1, 2, 3”Episode 5: “Clarity in Chaos”Support the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
In this important Omnibus episode, the first of 2021, I share a simple but profound and effective way to prepare yourself for a better 2021 – in spite of the Chaos. The Leader's PPE stands for:P – Perspective (Scripting the right Story)P – Priorities (Choosing the right Action)E – Equilibrium (Maintaining Resilience) The method is both holistic and human, and can be applied by both leaders and non-leaders.So feel free to share with anyone struggling to get started in the Chaos of 2021.Support the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
In the final Episode of 2020 I select the top 5 Leadership lessons we can extract from the most trying of years. Lessons include:Leadership is critical & not just necessary during ChaosLife is random, discriminating, and unfair: meet it where it isThe “What’s Possible” mindsetThe Old World wasn’t perfect anywayPeople double down on their real self during ChaosSupport the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
At a time when people are feeling increasing disconnection, this week I explore how to deepen connection.In this episode I explain:What Star Wars has to do with building connectionHow we often think we’re building connection when in fact we’re notHow our Tacit Wisdom is stronger than our intellectual knowledgeWhat to focus on to deepen connection…And ..our discomfort with silenceSupport the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
This week Ian discusses how to approach those Difficult Conversations.In this episode Ian explains:Why conversations are more difficult during a pandemic crisisHow you need to get “Comfortable with Uncomfortable”How your Mindset influences the conversation outcomeThe opportunity in the Difficult…And how – approached correctly – there is often an even better waySupport the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
In this episode Ian explains how leadership impact is real, and really matters. Also:Leadership and the Law of Cause and EffectHow the CEO is also the CCO (Chief Culture Officer)Leadership’s Great UnderestimationThe link between autocratic leadership and gun salesWhat 19th century detective novels have to do with LeadershipSupport the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
In this week's episode, Ian discusses a way of viewing leadership as a form of contribution, which differs from the conventional way of viewing leadership as somebody who is at the top of a hierarchy. So, what is the leadership contribution?Support the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
So far, the Leadership in Chaos Podcast has mostly focused on dealing with the "chaos" in the title. This week, Ian discusses leadership itself. So here's the question. What is leadership?Support the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
Ian reminisces on an old interview he did about how culture happens in organisations.Support the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
Presidential Leadership in Chaos: Ian reflects on the recent US presidential debate and what it means for leadership. Support the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
Listening Beyond Bias: Ian discusses how we need to learn to suspend our own biases if we are to really listen effectively and build trust.Support the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
EP 21: Bias in Chaos

EP 21: Bias in Chaos

2020-09-1008:35

Ian discusses the importance of identifying and addressing bias, especially during these times of heightened tension and ambiguity. Support the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
Ian discusses how building commitment is a key skill for successful leadership, especially during these times of increased uncertainty. Support the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
Ian returns from a period of "Zooming Out" on family vacation to share some thoughts.Support the show (http://flowukandireland.com/)
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