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Learn from the leadership journey of purpose-driven changemaker CEOs & leadership insights from top global thought leaders and best-selling leadership book authors. Your host Mahan Tavakoli, who Thinkers360 recently named as one of the top 10 global thought leaders on management, has over 25 years of executive leadership experience and serves as a consultant and coach to some of the highest-performing organizations and CEOs. In the conversations, you will learn from the leadership journeys of successful CEOs and the latest in leadership thinking from top global thought leaders. Purpose-driven CEOs, including David Rubenstein, Jean Case, Marty Rodgers, Rosie Allen-Herring, David Gardner, Charito Kruvant, Tien Wong, Diane Hoskins, Dan Simons, Bill Novelli, Hakeem Oluseyi, Irma Becerra, Richard Bynum, Nicole Lynn Lewis, Ernie Jarvis, Tony Pierce, Stephanie Linnartz, Chuck Robb, Alex Orfinger and Linda Rabbitt. Global thought leaders and best-selling leadership book authors, including Ken Blanchard, John Kotter, Charlene Li, Steven M.R. Covey, Ram Charan, David McRaney, Gary Bolles, Aaron Hurst, Natalie Nixon, Greg Satell, Garry Ridge, Azeem Azhar, Rich Diviney, Maz Jobrani, Warren Berger, Whitney Johnson, David Marquet, Ranjay Gulati, Vanessa Bohns, Patrick McGinnis, Jim Detert, Jonah Berger, Tim Clark, and Michele Wucker. Partnering Leadership podcast is available on all podcast platforms and at partneringleadership.com. Follow the Partnering Leadership podcast on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/partnering-leadership Twitter: @PartneringLead Unleash Your Team's Potential: mahantavakoli.com. Follow Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/mahan Twitter: @mahany Email: mahan@mahantavakoli.com.

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Learn from the leadership journey of purpose-driven changemaker CEOs & leadership insights from top global thought leaders and best-selling leadership book authors. Your host Mahan Tavakoli, who Thinkers360 recently named as one of the top 10 global thought leaders on management, has over 25 years of executive leadership experience and serves as a consultant and coach to some of the highest-performing organizations and CEOs. In the conversations, you will learn from the leadership journeys of successful CEOs and the latest in leadership thinking from top global thought leaders. Purpose-driven CEOs, including David Rubenstein, Jean Case, Marty Rodgers, Rosie Allen-Herring, David Gardner, Charito Kruvant, Tien Wong, Diane Hoskins, Dan Simons, Bill Novelli, Hakeem Oluseyi, Irma Becerra, Richard Bynum, Nicole Lynn Lewis, Ernie Jarvis, Tony Pierce, Stephanie Linnartz, Chuck Robb, Alex Orfinger and Linda Rabbitt. Global thought leaders and best-selling leadership book authors, including Ken Blanchard, John Kotter, Charlene Li, Steven M.R. Covey, Ram Charan, David McRaney, Gary Bolles, Aaron Hurst, Natalie Nixon, Greg Satell, Garry Ridge, Azeem Azhar, Rich Diviney, Maz Jobrani, Warren Berger, Whitney Johnson, David Marquet, Ranjay Gulati, Vanessa Bohns, Patrick McGinnis, Jim Detert, Jonah Berger, Tim Clark, and Michele Wucker. Partnering Leadership podcast is available on all podcast platforms and at partneringleadership.com. Follow the Partnering Leadership podcast on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/partnering-leadership Twitter: @PartneringLead Unleash Your Team's Potential: mahantavakoli.com. Follow Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/mahan Twitter: @mahany Email: mahan@mahantavakoli.com.

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319 Becoming Unstoppable: Leadership Lessons from a Navy SEAL Turned CEO with Alden Mills | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

4/23/2024
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli sits down with Alden Mills, three-time Navy SEAL Platoon Commander and INC 500 CEO. Alden Mills is also the author of three books, the latest of which is Unstoppable Mindset: How to Use What You Have to Get What You Want. Throughout the conversation, Alden shares his insights on navigating change, fostering ownership, and cultivating a resilient mindset in both personal and professional contexts. Throughout the conversation, Alden draws upon his unique experiences as a Navy SEAL and successful business leader to provide valuable lessons on leadership in the face of uncertainty. He discusses the importance of embracing discomfort, learning from failure, and maintaining faith in oneself and one's team. Alden also shares the concept of the "mindset horizon," explaining how leaders can encourage their teams to venture beyond their comfort zones and take ownership of their roles. He emphasizes the significance of trust and autonomy in building high-performing teams and shares practical strategies for implementing these principles in organizations. Actionable Takeaways: Connect with the Alden Mills Alden Mills Website Be Unstoppable Website Alden Mills on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:49:06

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318 Bracing for Impact: How Generative AI Will Disrupt Education and Learning – and How to Ride the Wave with Jason Gulya | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

4/16/2024
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli sits down with Jason Gulya, a higher education AI Strategist, to explore the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in education and organizations. As someone who initially resisted the idea of becoming a teacher, Jason's journey is a testament to the power of adaptability and embracing change. Jason shares how his unique upbringing, with three brothers close in age, shaped his understanding of community and individual needs, laying the foundation for his approach to teaching and learning. He candidly discusses his initial skepticism towards ChatGPT, fearing it would enable plagiarism and undermine education. However, his willingness to approach the technology with an open mind led him to recognize its potential for enhancing learning experiences and driving organizational transformation. Drawing from his experiences as the chair of the AI council at his college, Jason offers a fresh perspective on AI's role in education. He emphasizes the need to cultivate foundational skills while leveraging technology as a complementary tool. He advocates for a shift towards a more dynamic and relevant approach to teaching, where AI serves as a cognitive partner, challenging assumptions and fostering critical thinking. Actionable Takeaways: Connect with Jason Gulya Jason Gulya LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:01:01:32

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317 The Future of Empowered Management: Insights on Systems, Mindsets, and Democratizing Performance from OnLoop's CEO &Co-Founder JJ (Projjal) Ghatak | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

4/9/2024
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli sits down with JJ (Projjal) Ghatak, a seasoned technology executive who has held key roles at companies like Uber and is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of OnLoop, a habit-forming, genAI-powered goals and feedback platform for high functioning teams. Projjal Ghatak shares his unique insights on building mission-driven cultures, fostering collaboration, and leveraging technology to empower managers and drive organizational success. Drawing from his experiences at Uber during its rapid growth phase, Projjal discusses how the company's decentralized structure and fighting spirit contributed to its success. He also delves into the importance of the founder's role in setting the tone for an organization's culture and attracting the right talent. As the co-founder of OnLoop, JJ (Projjal) Ghatak is on a mission to "productize" management, making it simple and effective for every manager to bring out the best in their teams. He breaks down the key responsibilities of a manager and shares how OnLoop is using AI and habit-formation science to drive better management practices. Throughout the conversation, Projjal touches on a range of topics relevant to today's leaders, from the challenges of hybrid work to the importance of self-awareness and continuous learning. Actionable Takeaways: - Discover how Uber's early culture of decentralization and fighting spirit fueled its rapid growth and success - Learn Projjal's framework for the five key responsibilities of a manager and how to excel at each one - Explore the science behind habit formation and how it can be leveraged to drive better management practices - Gain insights on the productivity challenges of hybrid work and strategies for building self-discipline in remote teams - Hear Projjal's unconventional approach to recruiting, which prioritizes raw talent over years of experience - Understand the importance of self-awareness for leaders and how to leverage resources for continuous learning and growth Connect with JJ (Projjal) Ghatak OnLoop Website JJ (Projjal) Ghatak LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:48:09

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316 Thursday Refresh Paul Daugherty, CTO Accenture on Human + Machine, Radically Human How New Technology Is Transforming Business and Shaping Our Future | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

4/4/2024
In this engaging episode of the Partnering Leadership podcast, host Mahan Tavakoli engages in an insightful conversation with Paul Daugherty, the group chief executive of technology and chief technology officer at Accenture. During the episode, Paul Daugherty emphasizes the criticality of adopting a technology-focused mindset and embracing constant reinvention and agility in the face of evolving technologies. He highlights the importance of organizations becoming learning organizations equipped with empathetic listening capabilities to navigate the era of generative AI effectively. The conversation delves into the significance of responsible AI and data ethics within organizations utilizing AI. Paul Daugherty underscores the need for CEOs to prioritize the implementation of responsible AI, emphasizing its role in shaping the future of business and society. Additionally, the episode touches on the transformative impact of the metaverse on business operations, the integral role of data in AI, and the necessity of rescaling individuals displaced by automation. Finally, Paul Daugherty shares his predictions on the future impact of AI on organizations. Accenture Thought Leadership Accenture Foresight App Accenture Technology Vision 2023 When Atoms Meet Bits Connect with Paul Daugherty Paul Daugherty at Accenture Paul Daugherty on LinkedIn Also Referenced: Partnering Leadership Conversation with Ajay Agrawal on Prediction Machines & Power and Prediction Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:36:00

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315 [Best of] Leadership lessons from billionaire philanthropist David Rubenstein, Carlyle Group Co-Founder and Co-Chairman

4/2/2024
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with David Rubenstein, co-founder & co-chairman of Carlyle Group & President of the Economic Club of Washington DC. In the conversation David Rubenstein shares his journey from working at the White House to starting one of the largest private equity investment firms globally. He also talks about his leadership lessons, philanthropy, Peer-to-Peer interviewing for the Economic Club of Washington DC and Bloomberg TV, and the legacy he plans to leave behind. Some highlights: - David Rubenstein’s childhood and how he became an avid reader - David’s experience at the White House working for former U.S. President Jimmy Carter - The story behind David Rubenstein helping co-found the Carlyle Group - On becoming Carlyle Group’s fundraiser and how David increased its visibility - David Rubenstein’s leadership practices and values - ‘Patriotic Philanthropy’ and David Rubenstein’s signing of the giving pledge - David Rubenstein on the value of family and the importance of raising successful children - Why David Rubenstein accepted to become the President of The Economic Club of Washington DC and then decided to change the format. - Becoming a Peer-to-Peer interviewer: on self-deprecating humor, being a good listener, and more - Leadership lessons from David Rubenstein’s book, How to Lead - On his passion for capturing the ‘American experiment’ and his opinion on America today - David Rubenstein’s desire for impact as he ‘sprints’ to leave a legacy - Why David Rubenstein reads over 100 books a year and encourages others to read more - On moving forward post-COVID with ongoing transformation and change Connect with David Rubenstein David Rubenstein Website How to Lead by David Rubenstein The Carlyle Group Website The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer The Economic Club of Washington D.C. Website Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:35:21

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314 Leading Excellence: Greg Wooldridge's Leadership Secrets as the Blue Angels' Only 3-Time Commanding Officer | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

3/26/2024
In this captivating episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli sits down with Greg Wooldridge, the only person to have led the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy's renowned flight demonstration squadron, three times. With his unparalleled experience and unique insights, Greg Wooldridge shares valuable lessons on leadership, team dynamics, and the pursuit of excellence that is applicable not only in the cockpit but also in the boardroom. Throughout the conversation, Greg Wooldridge discusses the core elements that make the Blue Angels a high-performing team despite the built-in turnover of members. He reveals how the squadron's culture, founded on humility, gratitude, and trust, is the bedrock of its success. Wooldridge also emphasizes the importance of effective debriefing, which he considers the "secret sauce" of the Blue Angels' continuous improvement. Greg Wooldridge goes on to share his wisdom on the importance of selecting team members based on character rather than just skill and how to foster a sense of ownership and respect among all team members. Actionable Takeaways: Connect with Greg Wooldridge Greg Wooldridge LinkedIn Greg Wooldridge Website Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:44:52

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313 Strategies to Help You and Your Organization Thrive in a Fast-Changing World by Anticipating What's Next with Futurist Daniel Burrus | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

3/19/2024
In this episode of the Partnering Leadership podcast, Mahan Tavakoli interviews Daniel Burrus, a world-renowned futurist, strategist, and author of The Anticipatory Organization: Turn Disruption and Change into Opportunity and Advantage. In the conversation, Daniel Burrus shares his powerful framework for anticipating the future and shaping strategies accordingly, emphasizing the importance of identifying hard and soft trends to gain certainty in an uncertain world. Throughout the conversation, Daniel Burrus dives deep into the principles and mindsets that enable leaders to become anticipatory rather than reactionary. He highlights the transformative power of the "both/and" principle, the "ideal use" principle, and the concept of disrupting yourself and your organization before others do. Daniel's expertise and engaging storytelling make this episode a must-listen for anyone looking to create a better future for themselves and their organization. Key Insights You'll Gain: Connect with Daniel Burrus The Anticipatory Organization: Turn Disruption and Change into Opportunity and Advantage Daniel Burrus Website Daniel Burrus LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:48:55

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312 The Great Engagement: How Leaders Inspire Exceptional Organizational Cultures by Unlocking Team Potential with Brad Zimmerman | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

3/12/2024
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli sits down with Brad Zimmerman, a seasoned business consultant and coauthor of The Great Engagement: How CEOs Create Exceptional Cultures. With over thirty years of experience guiding businesses to success, Brad brings a wealth of knowledge and practical insights to the table. Throughout the conversation, Brad and Mahan delve into the critical importance of employee engagement and how leaders can effectively align individual purpose with organizational goals. They explore the shifting attitudes towards work in our society and the implications for leaders seeking to foster cultures of engagement and fulfillment. Brad Zimmerman shares powerful examples and anecdotes from his work with clients, illustrating the transformative impact of a purpose-driven culture on employee motivation, retention, and overall organizational performance. He emphasizes the need for leaders to be intentional, conscious, and self-aware in their approach to engaging and empowering their teams. Listeners will gain valuable insights into the three essential tools of leadership - leading, managing, and coaching - and how mastering these skills can create a supportive and accountable environment where people thrive. Actionable Takeaways: - Discover the three critical elements leaders must focus on to create a culture of engagement and purpose - Learn how to overcome the invisible barriers that prevent employees from offering honest feedback and challenging ideas - Hear powerful examples of organizations that have successfully navigated turbulent times by fostering a deep sense of purpose and pride among their teams - Gain practical strategies for implementing "supportive accountability" and driving results through regular, forward-looking conversations - Understand the importance of creating a coaching culture and how to model openness to feedback as a leader - Explore the shifting attitudes towards work-life balance and how leaders can adapt to engage their teams in this new landscape - Learn the key differences between leading, managing, and coaching and why all three are essential for effective leadership - Discover how to use mission moments to consistently connect your team's work to a greater purpose Connect with Brad Zimmerman Phoenix Performance Partners Webpage with Additional Resources Including Free Download of Engaged Life Inventory The Great Engagement: How CEOs Create Exceptional Cultures Brad Zimmerman on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:49:51

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311 Thursday Refresh with Ajay Agrawal on Prediction Machines, Power & Prediction and Leading Through The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

3/7/2024
In this Partnering Leadership conversation, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Professor Ajay Agrawal, the Geoffrey Taber Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. Ajay Agrawal is also the founder of the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), a not-for-profit program for early-stage, science-based companies, and coauthor of two outstanding books on Artificial Intelligence: Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence and Power and Prediction: The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence. In the conversation, Professor Agrawal shared the origin of his passion for studying the intersection of technology and economics and the increasing importance of artificial intelligence for organizations as a decision-making tool that brings down the cost of prediction. Ajay Agrawal then explained why this shift would significantly impact individuals, organizations, and industries as machines enable better predictions while humans focus on the judgment required for decision-making. Finally, Ajay Agrawal shared examples of the transformative impact of the reduction in the cost of prediction and how leaders can help guide their organizations through the significant changes ahead. Some highlights: - Three people that helped shape Ajay Agrawal's career path - Why looking at AI from an economic perspective clarifies its potential to transform organizations and industries - Ajay Agrawal on the role of predictions in artificial intelligence - The importance of human judgment in decision making - How AI decision-making will redefine roles in the workplace - The disruptive economics of artificial intelligence - How generative AI such as ChatGPT works and what causes mistakes and misstatements - Ajay Agrawal on the importance of upskilling professionals - How organizations can redesign their structures and processes to take into account the new predictive world - The impact of AI on systems-level change - How organizations can leverage AI for business success - Why we're on the brink of a set of transformations that none of us have seen in our lifetimes - How AI can help create a better future Connect with Professor Ajay Agrawal: Ajay Agrawal website Ajay Agrawal at Rotman School of Management Ajay Agrawal on LinkedIn Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence on Amazon Power and Prediction: The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence on Amazon Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:40:50

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310 Unlearning Certainty: Leadership in an Age of Exponential Uncertainty, Mahan Tavakoli interviewed by Tim Windsor on the UNCOMMODiFiED Podcast

3/5/2024
This episode of Partnering Leadership features Mahan Tavakoli in an interview on the Uncommodified podcast with host Tim Windsor. They explore AI's impact on leadership in an increasingly fast-changing world. Mahan and Tim have an insightful dialogue around evolving leadership approaches for exponential times driven by technological advances like AI. They discuss the pitfalls of certainty and why leaders can no longer rely on having all the answers today to be successful. Instead, they examine why perpetual curiosity, learning, and questioning are becoming competitive advantages to drive innovation. From analyzing biases ingrained by education systems to rediscovering childlike wonder, Tim and Mahan offer wisdom for leaders to "unlearn" outdated notions that will hamper future success. They also explore why confidence must be balanced with humility. Modeling an appetite for life's uncertainties can inspire the same in teams. Actionable Takeaways: Partnering Leadership Conversations Referenced Leading Through The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence with Professor Ajay Agrawal Connect with Tim Windsor Tim Windsor Website The Uncommodified Podcast Tim Windsor on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:34:56

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309 Big Bet Leadership to Win in the Hyper Digital Era with John Rossman | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

2/27/2024
As the pace of digital change accelerates, how should leaders guide their organizations to stay ahead of disruption? In this episode of Partnering Leadership, author John Rossman makes the case that betting big on transformation is essential, though risky. Drawing on his experience spearheading Amazon's bold expansions, Rossman argues that the coming era of "hyper-digital" will necessitate even bolder moves than we've seen. In the conversation, John Rossman lays out a playbook for leading change with the same fearless spirit of innovation embodied by pioneers like Bezos, Musk, and Jobs. His new book, Big Bet Leadership: Your Transformation Playbook for Winning in the Hyper-Digital Era, offers tools and frameworks to drive clarity, speed, and calculated risk-taking in your team. Listen as Rossman shares insider tips on writing focused memos, rapidly testing central assumptions, and clearly communicating to carry stakeholders through uncertainty. You'll learn tangible systems to define the problems worth attacking and to design minimal viable tests that reveal which bold solutions show the most significant promise. Rossman also prescribes remedies for the cultural obstacles that often sideline transformative thinking. Get actionable methods to investigate multiple futures, facilitate critical debate, and budget in stages rather than over-committing. In an exponential era where leaders must think big while mitigating existential risk, Rossman delivers the wisdom needed today to build resilient, adaptive organizations ready to lead the future. In the episode, you will learn: - How to frame your boldest ideas as "Big Bets" to spark smarter experiments - Ways to accelerate and test transformational initiatives before overcommitting - How Jeff Bezos's "Day 1" outlook drives fearless innovation - How writing memos instead of slide decks uncovers flaws and misalignments - Why Simon Sinek says leaders repeating messages drives progress - How to balance dream-big thinking with de-risking core assumptions - How to run small tests that reveal which big bets deserve doubling down Connect with John Rossman Big Bet Leadership: Your Transformation Playbook for Winning in the Hyper-Digital Era John Rossman Website John Rossman LinkedIn John Rossman Partnering Leadership episode on The Amazon Way Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:33:52

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308 Leading with Arete: Inspiring Heroic Action in Yourself, Your Team and Your Organization with Brian Johnson |Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

2/20/2024
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, host Mahan Tavakoli interviews philosopher, CEO, and bestselling author Brian Johnson on activating your organization's heroic potential. Having spent over half his career as a founder and business leader, Brian shares powerful insights on perseverance and excellence drawn from ancient wisdom and modern science. In the conversation, Brian offers key lessons from his newest book, "Arete: Activate Your Heroic Potential," for overcoming adversity and leading teams through hardship. You'll discover Brian's fascinating concept of "anti-fragile confidence" and the rituals enabling leaders to cultivate it. Hear how Brian trains his mind and body with world-class dedication - and why peak physical condition enables peak psychological performance when tackling stress. Finally, Brian defines the one "ultimate game" leaders must keep sight of in business and life. In this conversation, you will learn: Connect with Brian Johnson Heroic Brian Johnson Arete: Activate Your Heroic Potential Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:40:11

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307 Challenging Your Own BS to Foster Inclusion: Getting Real About Internal Bias and Promoting Authenticity in the Workplace with Risha Grant |Partnering Leadership Global Thought

2/13/2024
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are more vital than ever for organizations today. But how can leaders move beyond good intentions to drive real impact? In this engaging episode, inclusion strategist Risha Grant, author of Be Better than Your BS: How Radical Acceptance Empowers Authenticity and Creates a Workplace Culture of Inclusion, offers paradigm-shifting insights for leaders seeking to foster authentic belonging in their teams. Drawing on over two decades of experience guiding executives, Risha dives into the key traps that derail well-meaning leaders. You'll hear surprising takeaways like why your company's implementation matters more than your intent. Risha also shares how a "BS check" can reveal blindspots and how transparency drives trust when handled right. Actionable Takeaways: Recommended Resources Be Better than Your BS: How Radical Acceptance Empowers Authenticity and Creates a Workplace Culture of Inclusion Partnering Leadership Conversation with Howard Ross on Belonging, Bias and Building Inclusive Cultures Connect with Risha Grant Risha Grant Website Risha Grant LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:25:30

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306 The Executive Playbook for Mastering Generative AI: A Guide to Transforming Performance by Leveraging Cutting-Edge Capabilities with Jordan Wilson, Founder of Everyday AI | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

2/6/2024
What if AI could free up bandwidth, spark creativity, and boost productivity for executives and teams? Jordan Wilson, Founder of Everyday AI and host of the Everyday AI podcast, joins Mahan Tavakoli, sharing pragmatic tips so leaders can harness cutting-edge generative AI. Jordan advises an agile, sprint-based approach to rapidly experiment rather than get stuck in opaque long-term AI projects that often trigger resistance. He recommends executives audit workflows to systematically evaluate where AI could automate tedious tasks - starting with their most time-consuming administrative work before expanding. Rather than reacting as generative AI enters offices, Jordan makes the case that executives can proactively embrace this change, unlocking new creative opportunities. Actionable Takeaways: Connect with Jordan Wilson Everyday AI Jordan Wilson on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:28:44

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305 Thursday Refresh with H.H. Leonards on Rosa Parks Beyond the Bus: Life, Lessons, and Leadership | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

2/1/2024
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with H.H. Leonards. H.H. Leonards is the founder and chair of the O Street Museum Foundation, headquartered in Washington, D.C., and the Mansion on O Street, where Mrs. Rosa Parks called her home-away-from-home for the last decade of her life. H.H. Leonards is also the author of the book Rosa Parks Beyond the Bus: Life, Lessons, and Leadership. Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. In the conversation, H.H. Leonards shares why they connected on a deep level when she met Rosa Parks. H.H. Leonards also shares both historical accounts recounted to her by Rosa Parks as well as her experience during the ten years Rosa Parks lived at the Mansion on O Street. Finally, H.H. Leonards shares what Rosa Parks felt it would take to end racism and her hope for future generations. The episode ends with the beautiful song “Enough” which was made to honor Rosa Parks. The song lyrics are by Oscar-winning songwriter Paul Williams, and the music was written by Mark Bryan (lead guitarist for Hootie & the Blowfish) and Ranky Tanky, both Grammy winners. Some Highlights -Why Rosa Parks came to Washington DC to live at the Mansion on O Street -H.H. Leonards and Rosa Parks bonding over their shared values of family, love, and helping others -Rosa Parks' role in the civil rights movement and the many challenges she faced after the Montgomery Bus Boycott -The many myths surrounding Rosa Parks not giving up her seat on the bus and what really happened that fateful day and why -H.H. Leonards on getting to know Rosa Parks even better, by accompanying her to meetings and through her touch -Rosa Parks’ role in the founding of the National Organization for Women -How Rosa Parks' meeting with Pope John Paul II came about and its significance -Rosa Parks’ view on what it would take to help end racism -The Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom -The three-city funeral for Rosa Parks -A message that Rosa Parks would want to be passed on to future generations Resources: YouTube Video of Enough Rosa Parks Beyond the Bus: Life, Lessons, and Leadership on Amazon Connect with H.H. Leonards The Mansion on O Street H.H. Leonards on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:41:11

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304 How to Apply Strategic Thinking at All Levels to Set Direction and Achieve Sustainable Competitive Advantage with Rich Horwath | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

1/30/2024
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, host Mahan Tavakoli interviews strategic thinking expert Rich Horwath, author of six books on strategy, including his latest Strategic: The Skill to Set Direction, Create Advantage, and Achieve Executive Excellence. Rich shares his decades of expertise, shining a light on common pitfalls that executives and leadership teams face as they approach strategic planning. He then outlines his practical 3A framework – Acumen, Allocation, Action – that leaders at any level can use to begin thinking and behaving more strategically daily. The conversation explores important concepts around strategic agility, competitive advantage, customer insight, and leading change during times of greater uncertainty. With so many models and approaches promising the "secret formula" to developing winning strategic plans, Rich cuts through the noise with relevant and impactful principles and perspectives. Actionable Takeaways: Partnering Leadership Episodes Referenced Innovative Thinking & Strategy by Tapping Into the Science of Subtraction with University of Virginia Professor Leidy Klotz Winning the Right Game: How to Disrupt, Defend, and Deliver in a Changing World with Ron Adner Leading Through The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence with Professor Ajay Agrawal How to Lead and Innovate by Learning from The Amazon Way with John Rossman Connect with Rich Horwath Strategy Skills Website Rich Horwath on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:47:00

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303 Making an Impact Through Informed Decisions: Lessons on Philanthropic Leadership with Charity Navigator CEO Michael Thatcher | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

1/23/2024
In this Partnering Leadership conversation, Michael Thatcher shares insights from his extensive leadership experience spanning the nonprofit and technology sectors. As the CEO of Charity Navigator, the largest charity evaluator in the U.S., he provides an inside look at leading this influential organization through a period of rapid growth and digital transformation. Touching on topics from building trust with boards to measuring nonprofit impact, Michael Thatcher offers thoughtful perspectives on leadership. He discusses the journey of evolving Charity Navigator's rating system to provide more holistic assessments focused on transparency, accountability, and tangible outcomes. With over 200,000 charities now rated, he looks ahead to further enhancing evaluation methods and considering international expansion. Thatcher also explores trends in philanthropy and optimistically envisions greater collaboration between sectors to drive social impact. Actionable Takeaways: Referenced Partnering Leadership Conversations AI Ethics, Leadership & Governance with Renee Cummings, Professor of Practice in Data Science at UVA Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, The Metaverse & AI's Impact on The Future of Work with Louis Rosenberg, AR/VR Pioneer & CEO Unanimous AI Connect with Michael Thatcher Charity Navigator Website Michael Thatcher on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:45:26

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302 Strategic Clarity: The Executive’s Guide to Impactful Messaging & Communications with Steve Woodruff | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

1/16/2024
In this Partnering Leadership episode, host Mahan Tavakoli speaks with clarity expert Steve Woodruff about the importance of clear communication for leaders. As the torrent of digital information competes for our attention, Steve emphasizes how leaders must craft focused messages that cut through the noise. Drawing from decades of consulting experience, Steve shares the core principles from his book "The Point" on transmitting ideas effectively amidst the modern barrage of disruption. He outlines specific techniques like storytelling and analogies that make messages stick in the minds of listeners. With humor and humility, Steve advocates that the starting point begins with self-awareness – leaders first know their own strengths before trying to communicate them. The conversation revolves around neuroscience, explaining why unclear communication fails. Steve offers research on how our brains filter information, only latching onto what seems immediately relevant. This biological filtering system demands that leaders prioritize clarity, first having a clear point themselves. Steve provides thought-provoking ideas on how to sequence messages, using illustrations and examples so others can readily comprehend key concepts. Steve analyzes common communication pitfalls that prevent alignment and action. He shares wisdom on the clarity necessary for personal branding, settling on the right descriptive words and stories that capture individual uniqueness. Actionable Takeaways: Connect with Steve Woodruff Steve Woodruff Website Steve Woodruff LinkedIn The Point: How to Win with Clarity-Fueled Communications Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:37:55

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301 Reshaping Leadership for the Remote Revolution: AI Integration, Motivating Dispersed Teams, and Scaling Through Change with Veteran Tech CEO Andy Tryba | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

1/9/2024
In this Partnering Leadership episode, host Mahan Tavakoli has an expansive dialogue on leadership and the future of work with serial entrepreneur and tech optimist Andy Tryba. As a 19x founder and CEO, Andy currently leads private equity firm Ionic Partners and two of its high-growth acquisitions, Gigster and Sparkrock. Andy previously built and led software juggernaut Think3, acquiring and optimizing 12 SaaS companies. He also founded one of the world's largest online talent marketplaces, Crossover, which grew to over $500 million in revenue before its acquisition. In addition, Andy served as an advisor to President Obama on spurring job creation and competitiveness. Key Insights and Actionable Takeaways: Connect with Andy Tryba Andy Tryba on X Andy Tryba LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:40:14

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300 Thursday Refresh with David Marquet on Intent-Based Leadership and Transforming Organizations through the Power of Language | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

1/4/2024
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with David Marquet. David served as the commander of the US Navy nuclear submarine, USS Santa Fe. When he took over, he changed the command-and-control leadership style and empowered his crew to turn the lowest-performing sub into the best performer in the fleet. David Marquet shared leadership lessons from this experience, which he also wrote in his bestselling book Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders. David Marquet also shared leadership insights from his latest book, Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say and What You Don't. In it, David Marquet highlights how choosing your words can dramatically improve organizational decision-making and execution. Some Highlights: - David Marquet on becoming the commander of the lowest-performing submarine in the US Navy - Why it's not the lack of leadership but the wrong kind of leadership that results in poor team performance - David Marquet on moving beyond the traditional approach to leadership - How David Marquet shifted his own and his crew's mindset to transition from permission-based decision making to intent-based decision making - Why leadership in most organizations still operates using outdated mindsets and approaches - David Marquet on what all leaders can learn from the communications breakdowns on the El Farro - The importance of language in leading organizations to better decision making and execution in the business Books Mentioned: - Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders - L. David Marquet - Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say and What You Don't - L. David Marquet Connect with L. David Marquet: LinkedIn: David Marquet Intent-based Leadership International Websites: https://davidmarquet.com/ https://intentbasedleadership.com/what-is-intent-based-leadership/ YouTube: Leadership Nudges Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website

Duration:00:30:32