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The Next Wave Leadership podcast is hosted by Dov Pollack where Dov talks to leaders about how they’re creating great places to work and more importantly great places to grow.


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The Next Wave Leadership podcast is hosted by Dov Pollack where Dov talks to leaders about how they’re creating great places to work and more importantly great places to grow.




Scott Simmons, the CEO of Ariel Group, On: Why People Matter More Than Process, the Value of Experiential Learning, and What It Means To Grow Up in a Spacesuit

Scott Simmons is the CEO of Ariel Group, an organization offering leadership training, relationship-building skills, and business consultation. He has experience leading teams of subject matter experts, analysts, and consultants. Scott has worked extensively with Fortune 500 clients, including a 13-year term as a Partner at The Gallup Organization. He believes in experiential learning and specializes in helping executives solve complex problems. In this episode… There seems to be a limitless quantity of software and processes to help businesses improve. Data, science, and metrics are all powerful tools, but they tell an incomplete story. Many companies focus on this form of success and still suffer long-term issues or plateaus. Focusing on the human element as a leader can be both personally and professionally rewarding. Yet, how do you implement such a broad concept? Scott Simmons, a consultant who specializes in this area, focuses on soft skills and experiential learning to help leaders connect to others. While some lessons are generally applicable, concrete advice can still be applied to those looking to grow. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack sits down with Scott Simmons, the CEO of Ariel Group, to discuss human-centric consulting and improving as a leader. They touch on lessons from Scott’s own life, including his time in healthcare and Montreal. They also break down AI, how consulting has changed over the years, and how to apply essential soft skills.


Lori Mazan, the Co-Founder, President, and Chief Coaching Officer, On: Helping Teenagers as a Therapist, the Masculine Ideal of Leadership, and Why Failure Is Not Always a Bad Thing

Lori Mazan is the Co-founder, President, and Chief Coaching Officer at Sounding Board, a tech-driven and human-centric leadership development firm. She spent two decades coaching CEOs and executives at both Fortune 100 companies and venture-backed companies. Some of those include Chevron Corporation, Sprint/Nextel, UC Berkeley, and Citibank. Lori’s background also includes leadership training and financial operations. In this episode… Executive coaching is a valuable tool for many leaders. Bringing on an experienced coach can give outside knowledge and a fresh perspective. However, many professionals fail to live up to their promises. This leads many to be skeptical of the entire profession rather than finding the right person for your team. Lori Mazan has coached many executives and worked closely with household brands. Her depth of knowledge comes from her own career, working alongside other successful executives, and finding what is best for developing leaders. Her story and expertise now serve to assist others in their journey. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack speaks with Lori Mazan, the Co-Founder, President, and Chief Coaching Officer at Sounding Board, to discuss coaching and businesses. They break down some inefficient leadership theories, what Lori has found to work, and how she helps her clients. They also touch on the differences between startups and large businesses and coaching women in a male-dominated industry.


Angelique Bellmer Krembs, Co-Founder of The Band of Sisters, On: The Likeability Trap, the Stories We Tell Ourselves, and Being a Chief Magic Officer

Angelique Bellmer Krembs is a marketing expert, the CMO in Residence at A.Team, and a founding member of The Band of Sisters. She spent 23 years at PepsiCo, leading turnaround and growth for many beloved brands, including Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and SoBe. She was also the CMO at News America Marketing, created a CMO Advisory practice, and was the Managing Director and Global Head of Brand at BlackRock. In this episode… In a previous episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack interviewed some of the co-founders of The Band of Sisters to discuss women in the current business world. Now, founding member Angelique Bellmer Krembs returns to discuss her own career trajectory. Having worked with PepsiCo for over 20 years, Angelique uncovered her leadership style as her responsibility grew. Her experience has carried over to her current positions — developing healthy work cultures and leading by example. So what knowledge and insights does she have to share? In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack once again talks with Angelique Bellmer Krembs, a Co-founder of The Band of Sisters, to discuss her leadership style. They go through her career and life lessons, how to lead high-output teams, and ways to create a great work culture. They also talk about her work with the Beyonce halftime show and other takeaways from her time with PepsiCo.


Cie Nicholson, Co-Founder of The Band of Sisters, On: Maintaining Inclusivity in the Corporate Space, Defining a Quality Life, and Mirroring Your Staff and Customers

Cie Nicholson is a speaker, investor and advisor to several start-up companies, and a founding member of The Band of Sisters. She serves as the Public Board Director for Selective Insurance, as an Advisor for Yext, as the Senior Advisor for PLANT-AG and Tangelo, and she’s on the Board of Advisors for Lavit. Her career also includes 11 years at PepsiCo, serving as the EVP and CMO of Equinox and Softcard. In this episode… Many leaders are conditioned to have a narrow view of success. The image of a visionary entrepreneur or a radical new CEO is alluring but doesn’t provide a complete picture. Many successful leaders find flexible, nuanced versions of their lives and give back to their communities. So how do you find that delicate balance? Cie Nicholson has a storied career that includes a blend of corporate and entrepreneurial experiences and a proven track record of building brands and businesses. She has recently taken a new direction in her career, finding time for both professional ventures and her personal life. Now she offers her experience to others looking to do the same. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack joins Cie Nicholson, Co-founder of The Band of Sisters, again to talk about redefining a successful career and her work with other professionals. They start with Cie’s upbringing, the lessons she took from her leadership positions, and her “soft” retirement. They dive deep into the role of minority groups in the corporate space and how to provide a better platform for women in business.


Christine Tao, the CEO and Co-Founder of Sounding Board, On: Overcoming Career Disappointments, Devoting Yourself Fully to Your Goals, and Watering Your Own Garden

Christine Tao is the Co-founder and CEO of Sounding Board, a Silicon Valley startup that uses tech-enabled leadership coaching to transform how organizations develop their leaders. Christine has worked in leadership roles for multiple esteemed companies, including Senior Vice President of Global Developer Relations at Tapjoy and as a member of the Governing Board of Directors for HR West and Next Concept HR Association (NCHRA). Currently, Christine is an angel investor and advises startups. She’s also a Tory Burch Foundation Fellow, a foundation dedicated to investing in the success of female entrepreneurs. In this episode… Success can be a nebulous concept. Many societal standards exist for living a successful life or running an accomplished business, but none are definitive. Leaders are told to pursue excellence, but what does that look like in practice? How do you define success for yourself and your company? Christine Tao has faced both disappointment and success throughout her career, including starting her own business. These questions were present realities, and she was able to find an answer that suited her. Here is what she has to say to others pondering what prosperity means in their own lives. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack once again speaks with Christine Tao, the Co-founder and CEO of Sounding Board, about her life and how she defined her own success. They walk through her background, her experiences with disappointment, and how she ultimately founded her business. They also touch on her thoughts on entrepreneurship and working in the corporate world.


Julie Fletcher, Chief Human Resources Officer at TheKey, On: Making Hard Decisions for Culture, the Value of Transparency in Candidates, and Thinking Before Leading

Julie Fletcher is the Chief Human Resources Officer at TheKey, a home care company for seniors with dedicated support for clients and their families. Julie’s specialties include executive leadership, talent acquisition, organizational effectiveness, and healthcare HR. She has a rich human resources and talent management career, including over 10 years as the Chief Talent Officer for AMN Healthcare. Her first position was at the Disneyland Resort, leading its HR and working on client business strategy. In this episode… Human resources is one of the most neglected aspects of running a great company. The human element can turn a functional business into a thriving operation. HR has the ability not only to regulate and help employees but also to work with potential talent from the beginning. So what does this department look like at its best? An experienced HR executive, Julie Fletcher has worked for multiple leading businesses, specializing in both talent management and HR. Companies must have great leaders at the top who are transparent and offer opportunities to employees to leverage and develop their strengths. Your talent will thrive and support company growth when they’re allowed to progress in their roles and are vested in the values and culture of the company. Julie stresses the importance of HR and why it should be at the center of everything in a business. Her depth of experience has led to a wealth of knowledge, and now she offers her insights to you. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack sits down with Julie Fletcher, the Chief Human Resources Officer at TheKey, to talk about HR and how leadership can shine through it. They discuss her career trajectory, working for Susan Salka at AMN Healthcare, and what she learned from her positions. The two also go into detail on how to establish culture, outgrowing the need for constant affirmation, and advice for new CHROs.


Lori Tauber Marcus, Executive Coach at Crenshaw Associates, On: The Generational Value of Education, Being Present in the Moment, and Helping People Find Their “Aha” Moment

Lori Tauber Marcus is a corporate board director, executive coach, founding member of The Band of Sisters, and an Executive Coach and Advisor for Crenshaw Associates, which provides world-class talent services for senior executives and leading corporations. After 24 years in multiple roles at PepsiCo, including Senior Vice President, Marketing Activation, she served as SVP of The Children’s Place Retail Stores and Chief Global Brand and Product Officer at Keurig Green Mountain. Lori also has significant board experience and presently sits on the board of directors for Fresh Del Monte Produce and 24 Hour Fitness. Lori is also one of the authors of You Should Smile More, a book that tackles gender bias in the corporate space. In this episode… Much can be learned from hearing a leader’s whole story — every influence, moment, and mentor work to shape each person’s career. For successful and inspiring leaders, their hardwon lessons are invaluable for the next generation. Lori Marcus spent her career serving major brands before turning her focus to executive coaching. She works directly with leaders, co-founded The Band of Sisters to help women in the corporate space, and sits on several leading companies' boards. Lori’s upbringing, background, and early career taught her many lessons and shaped her future. So what can you learn from her story? In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack invites Lori Tauber Marcus, Executive Coach and Advisor with Crenshaw Associates, back onto the podcast to speak about her own leadership lessons and personal journey. They go through her education, upbringing, and living in the time before social media. They also talk about how leaders perceive you and Lori’s coaching style.


Erin Hatzikostas, Founder & CEO of b Authentic inc, On: Authenticity as a Strategy, Choosing To Play a Different Game, and Making the Compromise Calculation

Erin Hatzikostas is the Founder and CEO of b Authentic inc, where she teaches people and companies how to use authenticity as a strategic advantage. Previously, she was CEO and President of PayFlex, leading a massive financial and cultural turnaround. She worked with Aetna for nearly two decades, honing her leadership and helping others find their own leading voices. In addition to b Authentic inc, Erin is a board member for Orbit and is the co-host of b Cause Work Doesn't Have to Suck, a podcast especially designed for Gen X women who are fed up with corporate life. In this episode… Each successful leader in the business space has a story to tell and hard-won wisdom to share. The common theme among many of the greatest stories is authenticity. These noteworthy figures have found their personal version of passion, authority, and helpfulness that got them to where they are today. Erin Hatzikostas had two distinct stages in her career that formed her authentic leadership style. She not only turned around and led a company back on track to success, but now she coaches and leads others to do the same. This is her story about the power of authenticity. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack sits down with Erin Hatzikostas, the Founder and CEO of b Authentic inc, to discuss her life and career and the lessons earned throughout. They talk about her time at Aetna, how she led the company toward a cultural and financial rebound, and how she found her authentic self. They also touch on what she is doing now through b Authentic inc.


Ann Latham, Author of The Power of Clarity, On: The M&M Theory, Learning To Eliminate Difficult Conversations, and Finding Solutions for Holding People Accountable

Ann Latham is a writer, consultant, and the President of Uncommon Clarity, Inc. Known as the Queen of Clarity, her consultancy works with companies and organizations to streamline and accelerate their processes. Some notable clients she’s worked with include Boeing, PBS, and United Way. Ann synthesized many of her ideas into her books, The Power of Clarity, The Clarity Papers, and her new book, The Disconnect Principle. She is a frequent guest speaker and has been featured in publications such as Bloomberg, The New York Times, and Forbes. In this episode… Leaders have the responsibility of problem-solving and communicating feedback. The dynamic is tricky, finding a balance between results and empathy, and even experienced leaders can struggle with the proper way to have difficult discussions. However, there is an approach that avoids needless conflict, and few people know this better than Ann Latham. With a career focused on solving common communication problems in organizational leadership, Ann has helped many with this exact issue. Her book, The Power of Clarity, answered the question of direct and honest conversation. Now she comes on to further those ideas and gives her feedback on feedback. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack welcomes back Ann Latham, the author of The Disconnect Principle, to talk about how to have fruitful communication and fix problems in a better way. They talk about avoiding unnecessary conflict, treating employees as partners, and removing blame from the equation. The two also break down how these concepts relate to her last book and some of the common pitfalls of feedback from leaders.


Rebekah Bastian, Founder and CEO of Owntrail, On: Opportunities by Walking Through the Wrong Door, Intentionally Building Culture, and Why There Is No One Right Path

Rebekah Bastian is an entrepreneur, author, tech executive, and mentor. She is the Founder and CEO of OwnTrail, a tech platform that uses experience graphs of people's lives with the tools and community they need to reach their goals. Rebekah spent 15 years at Zillow, with roles including VP of Product and VP of Community & Culture. She wrote Blaze Your Own Trail and frequently speaks on the same topics of finding your own path, both personally and professionally. In this episode… Life is virtually never a straight line but comes with twists, turns, and setbacks. Despite many leaders' intentions, they will undoubtedly face problems and missteps along the way, but is preventing mistakes the key to success? Making a mistake or confronting a problem isn't always the worst thing that can happen. The important thing is to recognize that those issues can be a catalyst for change, growth, and opportunity. Rebekah Bastian had her ups and downs and navigated her way through them. Once she learned the power of understanding and embraced a complicated path, she realized she could help others, and she took her knowledge and turned it into a business. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack interviews Rebekah Bastian, the Founder and CEO of OwnTrail, about her winding career and how she helps guide others. They discuss culture management, making the most of opportunities, learning from mistakes, and capitalizing on epiphanies. They also give advice on better living on a personal level.


Laura Fravel, a Communications Coach and Keynote Speaker, On: What It Means To Live a Good Life, Making Your Story Effective, and How To See Your Life as a River

Laura Fravel is a keynote speaker, communications coach, and storytelling expert. She spent over 16 years as a story producer at National Geographic, having developed and produced over 100 stories. Across her career, she worked with executives from Adidas, helped train the Warner Bros. Discovery global leadership team, and regularly spoke for Forbes Business Council. Laura works with leaders to hone their stories, learn how to articulate them and make them more impactful, whether speaking to those inside or outside your company. In this episode… What does it mean to tell your story? What does that look like within the world of business? Leaders are often called to either tell their story or their company’s story. This abstract idea has real effects, shaping how others view you and leaving them with valuable insight. It is a learned skill to communicate effectively and, through that practice, become a better leader. Now you can learn directly from a gifted storyteller and thought leader. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack is joined by Laura Fravel to discuss how to be a better leader and how to tell your story. They start with Laura’s career in television and how she found her new line of work. The two also discuss vulnerability, finding your voice, living a good life, and much more.


Rory Sutherland, the Vice Chairman at Ogilvy, On: Creative Solutions Over Logical Fixes, Avoiding Artificial Optimization, and the Calculus of Risk Management

Rory Sutherland is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy and co-founded a behavioral science practice within the agency. Ogilvy is a British advertising and consulting agency that has worked with industry titans, including Dove, Samsung, BP, and IBM. Before founding Ogilvy Change, Rory was a copywriter and creative director at Ogilvy for over 20 years, having joined as a graduate trainee in 1988. He is the author of two books: The Wiki Man and the best-selling Alchemy, The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don't Make Sense. In this episode… Every leader is burdened with decision-making and problem-solving; they are the foundation of all organizational progress. However, it's the process of arriving at those decisions that matter. Much of modern culture is centered on immediate solutions, singular fixes, and tangible numbers. These are incomplete approaches that leave a great deal of potential on the table. Rory Sutherland has built his storied career around the powerful and creative solutions that are overlooked. He works in behavioral sciences and helps clients with their unseen opportunities. This is an incredible opportunity, but one that’s difficult to grasp at first. Rory shares insights into his process. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack sits down with Rory Sutherland, the Vice Chairman at Ogilvy, to discuss creative solutions and finding the actual issues. They talk about how companies miss the bigger picture, creative reversals, and coming up with better fixes. The two also touch on AI and how times have changed.


Benji Baer, the Chief Marketing Officer at CBRE, On: The Importance of Grit, Taking People Along With You, and Using Intuition to Build the Right Team

Benji Baer is the Chief Marketing Officer at CBRE, a global leader in commercial real estate services. She is a senior executive with extensive experience in brand strategy, strategic marketing, and business planning. Benji’s previous positions have spanned J.P. Morgan, Legg Mason, and AllianceBernstein. Over her long career, she has become a globally-recognized marketing innovator focused on driving transformation in complex business environments. In this episode… Some people appear to be natural-born leaders, and others struggle in leadership positions. What characteristics, values, and attitudes make for an influential leader? Benji Baer’s upbringing and the core values she was taught led her to where she is today. With over three decades of experience in senior-level and executive positions, she’s established herself as a transformative, innovative leader in the business world. Her focus as the Chief Marketing Officer has allowed Benji to use her unique leadership abilities to stimulate a growth strategy for CBRE in three central areas: company profile, profit, and pride. Using her experiences in large, complex business environments, she brings teams together and breaks down traditional silos to cultivate new business growth opportunities. As a marketing pioneer, there are many takeaways and lessons we can learn through Benji’s career trajectory. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack talks with Benji Baer, the Chief Marketing Officer at CBRE, to discuss leadership and how she views life. They break down her upbringing and some of the essential lessons she learned. They also talk about empathy, building the right team, how to foster a culture of trust, and what the future holds for Benji’s career.


[Best of Next Wave Leadership] Kristin Engvig: On Ushering in an Era of Authentic Leadership Where Feminine Values Are Embodied and Our Global Interconnectedness Is Prized

Kristin Engvig is the Founder and CEO of WIN (Women’s International Networking), a global leadership initiative for women and men who want to lead authentically by embracing feminine values. She is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and worldwide authority on feminine leadership. Kristin is also a Board Member at Global Citizen Forum Network, a Board Member at UNISMO, and an Advisory Board Member at B-Corp Europe. Kristin was awarded the CEO of Life award in March 2021, was named in DiversityGlobal Magazine’s Top 10 Influential Women in Global Diversity, and won the International Alliance of Women Award. In this episode… Do you want to become a more holistic entrepreneur, employee, or executive? Are you looking for ways to embrace both masculine and feminine energy in your career? While traveling the globe for her job, Kristin Engvig noticed something: women are undervalued and underutilized in business. As a result of growing up and living in a society that embraced female empowerment, Kristin felt frustrated with the degradation of women she saw both inside and outside the office. This prompted Kristin to create WIN, a feminine-forward initiative that is taking the world by storm by helping men and women everywhere embrace feminine values and discover their purpose in life and business. So, how can you learn more about WIN today? In this revisited episode of Next Wave Leadership, Kristin Engvig, the Founder and CEO of WIN (Women’s International Networking), sits down with Dov Pollack to talk about the power of feminine leadership. Listen in as Kristin discusses what motivated her to start WIN, how the seven pillars of WIN’s values propel more holistic leadership, and the value of prioritizing creative output as a thriving professional. Stay tuned!


Best of Next Wave Leadership - Sylvia Rohde-Liebenau, Former Senior Expert of Leadership Development and Coaching at the European Investment Bank, On: The Presence and Stillness of Leadership, Managing Your Own Stress, and Why Organizations Don’t Change

Sylvia Rohde-Liebenau is the former Managerial Advisor of Leadership Development and Coaching at the European Investment Bank, where she advanced leaders for almost 18 years. Sylvia also served as a Senior Consultant for Ramboll Management and a Program Manager for the European Commission. Over the last 25 years, Sylvia has amassed experience as a leadership development expert and senior professional coaching in international and financial institutions backed by a PhD in international and global studies. Today, she uses her skills at ADAPTAA as a Chief Simplicity Officer and is self-employed as an Executive and Team Coach, where she helps people and organizations emerge and excel as impactful leaders. In this episode… It can be all too easy for leaders to get tunnel vision inside their companies. With constant pressure and demands, their focus zeros in on the numbers, leaving room for little else. A lot can get lost in the mix, from mental health to employee satisfaction to the long-term performance of the business. According to Sylvia Rohde-Liebenau, a successful coach and leadership expert, improving as a leader comes from self-awareness and a priority for stress management. Sylvia has worked for the European Investment Bank and the European Commission, accumulating over 25 years of leadership development experience. She has witnessed the lasting effects of burnout, stress, and ineffective communication, and she made it her mission to guide passionate leaders to increase their impact with joy and ease. Dov Pollack invites Sylvia Rohde-Liebenau, the former Managerial Advisor of Leadership Development and Coaching at the European Investment Bank, on the podcast to learn about her unique approach to leadership coaching. She explains her techniques for centering yourself and improving communication. She also dives into her philosophy on embodying your emotions and how that translates into performance.


Best of Next Wave Leadership - Graham Barkus, the Managing Director of The Human Factor, On: The Relationship Between Stress and Innovation, Clearing the Path, and Taking a Different Approach to Healthcare

Graham Barkus is the Founder and the Managing Director of The Human Factor, a management consulting firm designed to help people and businesses through major changes. The Human Factor helps clients address transformation, improve relationships, and enhance performance. In addition to his business, Graham is a Non-Executive Director of Peak Pacific Group and a Partner at Transformation Worldwide. Before founding The Human Factor in 2002, he worked with Cathay Pacific Airways as its Head of Organization Development and Change for almost nine years. In this episode… What does well-being in the workplace look like? The response can vary wildly from generation to generation, job to job. The latest trend is holistic thinking. Being healthy isn’t just about physical performance — it’s also about your mind, emotions, and social relationships. Many companies fall short of this standard and wonder why their employees’ performance is not up to par. You must ensure your team’s success and well-being to have them at their best. In his own line of work, Graham Barkus noticed what works — and he’s made it his mission to help companies reach the next level through the human touch. In this episode of the Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack talks to Graham Barkus, Founder and Managing Director of The Human Factor, about how improving your employees’ well-being will increase company performance. They detail the relationship between stress and innovation, reconsidering the definition of “healthy” and why we need proximity. They also discuss Graham’s interesting career and what led him to become a leadership expert.


Marco Aurelio, Former Senior Practice Leader at Amazon Web Services and Current Executive Advisor at SandboxAQ, On: Invoking Other People’s Power, the Case for Inquiry Instead of Command, and Leading Against the Grain

Marco Aurelio is the Executive Advisor for SandboxAQ, an enterprise SaaS company that seeks to solve some of society's most challenging problems. With more than 30 years of information management experience, Marco is a recognized figure among businesses and a trusted consultant. He worked in executive roles at Amazon Web Services, Delphix, Oracle, and SAP, to name a few. He specializes in system development, managing global programs, and team building. In this episode… Creating great workplace cultures and connections with employees may seem exclusive to small businesses. Startups and minor companies have an easier time developing a positive culture because of their size. At larger, more expansive organizations, that same intimacy and unity can feel unattainable. Yet some leaders can accomplish the seemingly impossible. Marco Aurelio is a proven executive and consultant who has worked with Amazon, Oracle, SAP, and many other leading businesses. Despite the size of these brands, he cultivated quality cultures within them. His approach has been refined over a long and storied career, and now you can learn directly from him. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack has an insightful conversation with Marco Aurelio, Executive Advisor at SandboxAQ, to talk about the finer details of leadership and building great cultures. They discuss the difficulties and opportunities of working within larger businesses, nurturing relationships with employees, and bringing your authentic self to work. The two also touch on the power of inquiry over command and how to lead against the grain.


Edward Woodford, Co-Founder and CEO of Zero Hash, On: Opening Your Mind to What You Don’t Know, Acting as a Leader While Being Skeptical of Power, and Writing the Obituary for Your Own Company

As a successful serial entrepreneur, Edward Woodford has become an expert in leadership and fintech. He is the CEO and Co-founder of Zero Hash, a company that integrates crypto products and services into ecommerce platforms. He previously co-founded Seed CX and How App and worked with several other businesses as a research analyst. Edward’s education includes a master’s degree in finance from MIT and a bachelor’s in politics, philosophy, and economics from the University of Warwick. In this episode… Power is one of the key attributes of leadership, for better or for worse. The best leaders are skeptical of their own power and look for better ways to use their influence. This looks different for everyone, but Edward Woodford found his approach in distributing ownership throughout his company. He slowly fleshed out his style of leadership through starting several companies and embracing the uncomfortable. In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack interviews Edward Woodford, the CEO and Co-founder of Zero Hash, to discuss leadership and using influence over power. The two go through Edward’s background at MIT, thriving in controversial spaces, and giving ownership to your employees. They also touch on the keys to successfully leading in a remote setting. Stay tuned for more!


Michael Landers, Founder of Culture Crossing, On: Reconnecting With Your Inner Purpose, Being In Integrity With Oneself, and Why America Doesn’t Produce Gurus

Michael Landers is the Founder and President of Culture Crossing Inc., a company that offers strategic consulting for the global marketplace. His workshops and speaking events have drawn over 100,000 people worldwide. As a specialist in multicultural environments, he has consulted for organizations such as The Oxford Group and ALC Education Inc. Michael authored the bestselling book Culture Crossing, where he details how to work and thrive in today’s multicultural workplace. Michael holds a bachelor’s in international business and a master's in cross-cultural studies. Additionally, he is fluent in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese and proficient in Italian and Japanese. He brings extensive experience from living and learning in various global cultural environments to his consultancy to help establish connections with his clients. In this episode… Refining and reconnecting with your inner purpose is a lofty goal. However, it’s an attainable objective that leads to a more satisfying life and better leadership skills. Many modern-day leaders can “miss the forest for the trees,” making supporting those they are supposed to lead harder. Fortunately, there are key ways all of that can change. Michael Landers is a consultant who helps manage and improve cross-cultural interactions. Along with this experience, he has developed organizational leadership styles and uncovered the underlying factors many overlook. Michael’s story of recapturing his inner purpose has led him to where he is today. So what actionable steps can you take to embark on the same journey? In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack invites Michael Landers, the Founder and President of Culture Crossing Inc., to talk about purpose and advice for today’s leaders. They talk about Michael’s retreat, the lessons he learned from it, and how he helps others find their inward and outward purposes. They also touch on the human condition in the workplace, different books for different times, and why the United States doesn’t create gurus.


Dr. Heidi K. Gardner, Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School and Co-founder of Gardner & Co., On: The Illusion of Inclusion, How Performance Management Kills Collaboration, and Where the Next Frontiers of Smarter Collaboration Are Headed

Dr. Heidi K. Gardner is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School and the Faculty Chair of the school’s Accelerated Leadership Program. She is also the Co-founder of Gardner & Co., a respected research and advisory firm. Additionally, she is a recognized thought leader and a highly acclaimed keynote speaker. Previously, Dr. Gardner was a professor at Harvard Business School and continues to teach executive education at other Harvard graduate schools. She is the author of more than 80 books, chapters, case studies, and articles. In this episode… Businesses are built on the backs of collaboration. Teamwork and mutual participation are at the core of every thriving organization but are often neglected. Meetings become tensely political, and corporate ecosystems revolve around everything but the work itself. Fortunately, there are simple yet powerful ways to improve collaboration. As an executive coach, Dr. Heidi K. Gardner has centered her career around improving collaboration in the business world. Through research and education, she has developed a robust approach to enhancing cooperation among leaders and teams. Executives in every environment can drive change by harnessing the inherent strength of every team member and creating the collaborative culture necessary to drive success. These concepts have significant practical applications, and now you can learn to use them too. Dov Pollack speaks with Dr. Heidi K. Gardner, Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School and Co-founder of Gardner & Co., on how to improve collaboration throughout your organization. They touch on the common weaknesses of most businesses, how diversity plays a valuable role in collaboration, and how to foster a productive company ecosystem. Hear all this and more on this informative episode of Next Wave Leadership.