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The Leading Edge podcast is hosted by Tom Stewart where he talks to people who are taking enterprises to the next level of achievement and talk about the ideas that make that possible

The Leading Edge podcast is hosted by Tom Stewart where he talks to people who are taking enterprises to the next level of achievement and talk about the ideas that make that possible


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The Leading Edge podcast is hosted by Tom Stewart where he talks to people who are taking enterprises to the next level of achievement and talk about the ideas that make that possible




Cultivating a Network of Advocacy For Women in the World after Covid with Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Founder and CEO of Hewlett Consulting Partners

Sylvia Ann Hewlett is a world-renowned author, economist, and entrepreneur. She is the Founder and CEO of Hewlett Consulting Partners, a boutique consultancy focused on helping organizations leverage talents and bridge the divides of culture, gender, and generation. Dr. Hewlett is also the Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Center for Talent Innovation (formerly Center for Work-Life Policy), a non-profit leader in diversity and talent management that promotes diversity, equality, and...


How to Win Through Customer Experience--in a World where Customers Are in Control with Douglas Longenecker, Tara Baumgarten, and Patricia O'Connell

Douglas Longenecker is the CMO, CEO, and Chief Collaboration Officer at //NKST, a growth acceleration firm. He is an entrepreneur and leader who specializes in fostering environments of listening, curiosity, and innovation to help businesses and brands evolve. Longenecker is passionate about creating an atmosphere of open possibilities and forging human connections to drive real results. Tara Baumgarten is the Head of Public Relations at //NKST. She has experience providing creative senior...


Sustained Innovation: How to Keep Those Ideas Coming with Martin Reeves, Managing Director and Senior Partner at BCG

Martin Reeves is the Managing Director and Senior Partner at Boston Consulting Group’s San Francisco office. With over 30 years of experience in consulting, Reeves specializes in business strategy management and idea origination and development. He is also the Chairman of the BCG Henderson Institute, BCG’s think tank and laboratory. Reeves is the co-author of multiple books, including Your Strategy Needs a Strategy and his most recent release, The Imagination Machine. He has a triple...


Enhancing Dialogue and Collaboration in the Workplace with Nancy Dixon, Knowledge Transfer Expert

Nancy Dixon is an author, consultant, researcher, and expert in the field of knowledge transfer. Dixon launched her career in organizational learning as a researcher and professor at the University of Texas before moving to George Washington University. She has spent the last 15 years as a consultant helping NASA and other organizations build effective knowledge transfer processes. Dixon’s drive to use dialogue as an agent for change led her to write eight books, most notably Common...


Leadership Leverage: What You Get Done Depends on Where You Stand ? With Eric Herrenkohl, Managing Director of Executive Coaching and Executive Career Services at AchieveNEXT, and Milton Corsey, Director of Human Capital Solutions at AchieveNEXT

Eric Herrenkohl is the Managing Director of Executive Coaching and Executive Career Services for AchieveNEXT, a management consulting firm for emerging and mid-market enterprises. He is also the best-selling author of the book, How To Hire A-Players, the creator of the A-Player Executive and Leadership Leverage coaching systems, and works with executives to improve financial results. Milton Corsey is the Director of Human Capital Solutions at AchieveNEXT. Throughout his career, he’s also...


Strengthen Your Talent-Management Capabilities with Rob Sher, Founder and CEO of Mastering Midsized

Rob Sher is the Founder and CEO of Mastering Midsized, a company that partners with leading middle-market companies to maximize growth. Prior to founding Mastering Midsized, Sher was the Co-founder and CEO of Bentley Publishing Group for over 20 years. He has experience as a consultant, lecturer, and board member for various companies. Sher is also the author of multiple books, including the just-released Driving Midsized Growth and Mighty Midsized Companies. He earned his MBA from Saint...


Decision-Making in the Workplace with Bob Frisch, Founding Partner of Strategic Offsites Group

Bob Frisch is the Founding Partner of Strategic Offsites Group, a boutique consulting firm that designs and facilitates strategic conversations for executive teams and boards. Before founding Strategic Offsites Group, Bob was a Managing Partner for Accenture, the Vice President and Strategy Practice Head for Gemini Consulting & Services, and a Manager for Boston Consulting Group. Bob is also the best-selling author of two books and has published multiple articles in Harvard Business Review....


How to Hand Off the Reins

Jeff Sonnenfeld is the Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies at the Yale School of Management, where he also serves as the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management. Sonnenfeld is also the Founder of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute (CELI), a nonprofit educational and research institute focused on corporate governance and executive leadership. In addition to this, Sonnenfeld is the author of eight books on leadership — most notably, The Hero’s Farewell: What...


A Brand Is an Experience

Russell Klein is the CEO of the American Marketing Association, the force and voice of marketing. He is a master of digital marketing campaigns, and his pioneering thinking has changed the very definition of what a brand is and what marketing does. Over the years, Klein has led teams for Dr. Pepper, Gatorade, 7-Eleven, Burger King, and Arby’s. The teams he has led have won innumerable awards for their work, and more than four dozen people he trained have gone on to become CMOs in their own...


The Culture-Strategy Connection

Jame Cofran is the CEO of THRUUE, an expert management consultancy that works at the intersection of culture and strategy. Prior to his time at THRUUE, he served as the Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development at CGI and was the Vice President of Financial Services Products at American Management Systems. Jame has more than thirty years of experience promoting the connection between strategy and culture. He specializes in helping organizations and people recognize...


Make the Office a Competitive Advantage

Professor Larry Inks is an award-winning Clinical Associate Professor in the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. As a professor, he teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as within the college’s executive education programs. In addition to teaching, Professor Inks also offers management consulting to external organizations. He has many years of experience working in leadership positions for several prominent companies, including Cardinal Health,...


M&A Is Back — and It's Changing — Are You Ready?

Kenneth H. Marks is the Founder and Managing Partner of High Rock Partners, a boutique firm providing M&A and strategic advisory services to middle-market companies. Prior to founding High Rock Partners, he served as the President of JPS Communications, Inc. Kenneth also founded and grew the engineering and electronic manufacturing company Kenmar Business Groups, Inc., to $22 million in revenue while serving as the President and CEO during the ‘80s and ‘90s. Kenneth is the co-author of many...


From Entrepreneur to CEO

Jim Collins is a best-selling author, advisor, teacher, researcher, and expert in the field of business. Over three decades ago, when he was studying at Stanford Business School, Jim wanted to know what makes great companies tick. When he couldn’t find a satisfying answer, he set out to do the research himself. Those early discoveries would launch the beginning of a life-long exploration into uncovering the mysteries of success. Jim’s unrelenting curiosity has led to a considerable number...


“How Can I Help?”: The Radical Power of Empowering Others

Robert “Bob” Nicholas is the Director of Sales for Amerisure Insurance, where he has faithfully worked for more than 18 years. In this role, Bob leads the Field Marketing & Underwriting sales processes for Amerisure, creates new business top line goals, executes agency business planning, and much more. He started at the company as a Service Carrier Operations Supervisor in 2002, and has since worked up to his current role as Director of Sales. Some of Bob’s past positions include Youth...


Welcome to The Leading Edge

Thomas A. Stewart is the host of The Leading Edge, where he speaks with business leaders and thinkers about what it means to live and work on the leading edge — where new ideas emerge and are sharpened, and where leaders find the edge that brings success for themselves, their teams, and their enterprises. In this first episode, Dr. Jeremy Weisz of Rise25 talks to Tom about ideas and actions that have shaped his career, his work in the fields of intellectual capital and customer experience,...