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Develop a Fortune 500 Strategy for Your Small Business - Interview with Micah Lorenc Ep41

Micah has been involved in the corporate world, facilitating and developing strategic plans, as well as in the entrepreneurial world, working on new and interesting creative projects. He recently merged these two worlds through the development of an online course aimed at helping entrepreneurs and small businesses learn about strategic planning. Read his interview summary here:


How the Best Leaders Use Applied Mindfulness: Interview with Art Kleiner Ep40

Art Kleiner is the Editor in Chief of Strategy and Business and a PWC Global thought leader and he shares how continuous learning helps leaders to grow and evolve their capabilities so that they can learn how they think and how their brain processes information. Read our about our interview with Art here:


How to Encourage High-Performance Collaboration in Your Organization - Carlos Valdes Dapena Ep39

Carlos Valdes Dapena is the managing principal at Corporate Collaboration Resources and the Author of Lessons from Mars. Carlos shares his experiences as well as his best practices for developing strategies, teams, and collaboration. Read our interview summary with Carlos:


How to use Strategy to shape the Future of Your Organization - Interview with Ron Carucci Ep38

For this episode of our Strategy and Leadership Podcast, we were joined by Ron Carucci, the managing partner at Navalent, a small firm dedicated to assisting organizations and leadership teams through transformation and change. They help these businesses build their pathways strategically, organizationally, and culturally to create and implement the transformations they seek. Read our interview summary with Ron:...


How to Monitor and Track Your Strategic Plan Progress: Interview with Carl Cox Ep37

In this episode of our Strategy & Leadership Podcast, we were joined by Carl Cox who is the CEO for for Cascade Strategy North America. Originally an accountant and CFO, Carl started off as a client of Australian based Cascade Strategy. As he developed in his executive roles, he became deeply involved in strategy work and eventually opened Cascade’s US office. Read our interview summary with Carl:...


How to expand your ability to lead. Interview with Rebecca Zucker of Next Step Partners Ep36

Rebecca Zucker joined us for this episode to share her process for developing and coaching organizational leaders. Check out our summary of our interview with Rebecca: If you're developing your strategic plan, we also have a starter kit to guide you through every step of the process:


How to create lasting success in your family business- Interview with Jacob Engel Ep35

Jacob Engel, the CEO of YEDA LLC, a consulting and leadership training company in New York joined us for this episode of our Strategy & Leadership Podcast. Jacob’s work began in his family business that was started by his father, a Holocaust survivor. Over time, Jacob developed this organization, and when the financial market crashed in 2008, he was approached by various organizations and communities for guidance on developing and reinventing their businesses. Jacob has also written about...


How to Develop a Culture of Long-Term Growth - Interview With Paul Supal Ep34

In this episode, we were joined by Paul Supal, the President at DigiStream Investigations. DigiStream is a private intelligence firm, specializing in research and investigation. Their role is to uncover, interpret and preserve open source intelligence for a variety of clients. Paul joined the organization in 2004, when there were around 20 staff members. Over the past 13 years, the organization has grown to include 265 employees, or “streamers”. Paul started in an entry-level position and...


How Leaders and Entrepreneurs Can Inspire Action - Interview with Dave Blanchard Ep33

In this episode, we are joined by Dave Blanchard, the CEO of the Og Mandino Leadership Institute, who is also an author, speaker and coach. With a background in the real estate industry, he was deeply affected by the downturn in 1989, and began to pursue other career options, including writing and working with film and television commercials. This path eventually connected Dave with an opportunity to work with source material written by Og Mandino, “The Greatest Salesman in the World”, which...


How a People First Approach Can Maximize Your Strategy - Interview with Ryan Ouwehand Ep32

In this episode of our Strategy and Leadership Podcast, Ryan Ouwehand, joins us to share his tips on motivating teams and leading strategy. With a love of people and a diverse background in sales, marketing, management, and brand strategy, Ryan explains why your people (both employees and clients) and business strategy are so closely linked. Learn about his best practices for leading strategy and developing people. See the full post here:...


How Culture & Strategy Keep Your Tech Company Ahead of the Game - With Gilad Berenstein Ep31

As the leader of a tech organization, Gilad explained how strategy development is critical for technology companies, due to the rate of change and development in the field: it’s crucial to be proactive rather than reactive. Learn about his best practices for leading strategy in the competitive technology sector. See the full post here: Working on your strategic plan?...


Strategic Hiring to Support Your Culture - Interview With Melissa Jaalaid Ep30

Melissa Jaalaid joined us for this episode of our Strategy and Leadership Podcast to talk with us about developing strategy and leading teams in the restaurant industry. Melissa is the Director of Growth and Development at the local Vancouver chain, MeeT Restaurants. With a background in communications and human resources, Melissa has a passion for working directly with people and leading growth initiatives within the organization. Learn about how strategic hiring can support your...


The Importance of Developing a Cohesive Team - Interview with Ashli Komaryk Ep29

Ashlii shares her tips and best practices for strategy and leadership, including: The importance of employee culture building and tools, like DISC, that can be used to build self-awareness around personal behaviour and communication styles, as well as learning about how to relate to others. These same tools can help leaders understand how to encourage their team members to contribute in their own styles. For example, those who are focused on accuracy and precision may be less likely to share...


How Listening Can Help You Gain Perspective & Better Position Your Product W/ Catherine Halprin Ep28

In this episode of our Strategy & Leadership Podcast, we spoke with Catherine Rigod Halprin, the Vice President, Head of Strategy Geometry Global. She directs the business and creative outcomes for clients, steering their brand or products in the direction of their goals. She then works together with her team members to help the organizations put their plans in place. Learn more about how listening to others can improve your leadership skills and enhance your organizational strategy. See the...


How to develop a culture of success and innovation - Interview with Wesley Middleton Ep27

In this episode of our Strategy & Leadership Podcast, we spoke with Wesley Middleton, managing partner of MRZ, a certified public accounting firm in Houston, Texas. MRZ is a top 300 firm in the USA, and a top 25 firm in Houston. As a managing partner, Wesley has helped form an organization that is focused on growth and committed to culture – he even wrote a book about it: Violent Leadership: Be a Force for Change: Disrupt, Innovate. Learn about his best practices for leading strategy and...


Strategic Board Leadership & Understanding Your People - Interview with Vivian Smith Ep26

In this episode, we were joined by Vivian Smith who is the Executive Director for the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation. Vivian has worked with the not-for-profit sector for the past 30 years and has held roles such as the Director of Development, Chief Fundraising Officer, and as a consultant, working with small grassroots organizations as well as major universities within BC. Most recently, she joined the team at the Langley Memorial Hospital, and currently volunteers on the Board of...


Developing a Strategy for Constant Change - Interview with Jeong Pyon Ep25

In this episode of our Strategy and Leadership Podcast, we were joined by Jeong Pyon who is the Senior Manager of Group Strategy for an international hotel chain in Vancouver. Hotel strategy is intertwined with revenue management, with the primary goal focusing on booking rooms to the right market segment. To best achieve this, group strategy managers must understand at both transient and group demands and how to plan strategically around these segments. Learn about his best practices for...


Host your most effective meeting - Interview with Ruth Nicholson Ep24

In this special episode of the strategy and leadership podcast, we were joined by Ruth Nicholson, an IAF certified professional facilitator, and the founder of Go Governance and Operations Resources for Youth Sports, and is a partner of SME Strategy. She has been facilitating for over 25 years, starting out in the science and technology field, and has branched out to work with a variety of sectors. She has also served as a mediator for large groups discussing complex topics like nuclear...


People and Strategy from a Global Perspective with Archana Iyer Ep23

In this episode of our Strategy and Leadership Podcast, we talk with Archana Iyer. Archana is the Strategy Director at Weber Shandwick. She is a dreamer, a thinker, and a ‘culture vulture’. Originally from India, she worked for nine years in the advertising industry, and won various awards for her work in advertising strategy. She eventually moved to New York City, where she is currently leading strategy with Weber Shandwick and working with a variety of industries and organizations. Learn...


How to create openness and teamwork with your strategy- Interview with John Pankert Ep22

There are 70 people in the Montreal office, including advertising teams, front and back end developers, content creators, and an in-house strategy team. There are six people on the strategy team who are able to work with diverse strategy needs a client might have. John and his team help clients define their strategy and positioning, create team buy-in, and then build the organization's branding and positioning from that strategy. Learn about his best practices for leading strategy and...