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The Way Forward Webcasts with Leon Goren

In hour long conversations and Q&A's with business thought leaders, Leon Goren, President and CEO of North America's premier peer network and advisory community, PEO Leadership, looks ahead, beyond the immediate crisis, to help leaders strategize in this unprecedented time amidst huge transition. Learn more at https://peo-leadership.com/.

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Surviving Solitary: Insights from Captivity with Sam Goodwin
In this special episode of The Way Forward podcast, we delve into Sam's remarkable life story, from Division One hockey player to traveling through North Korea, being wrongfully imprisoned in Syria, and co-founding a tech company in Singapore. Discover how his harrowing experience of surviving captivity shaped his approach to leadership and life in the business world.On a quest to visit every country in the world, Sam’s life took an unexpected turn when he found himself wrongfully imprisoned in Syria, accused of espionage and collaboration with terrorists. For 63 days, he endured the harsh realities of captivity, facing uncertainty, isolation, and unimaginable challenges. He shares with us three profound lessons that he learned while in solitary confinement that he continues as guiding principles for his day-to-day. Sam offers us invaluable insights on gratitude, resilience, and post-traumatic growth.PEO Leadership provides its business community the ability to leverage its collective knowledge, experience and network; to challenge and be challenged in a high disclosure, objective and trusted environment through a combination of Peer Advisory Boards, One-on-One Coaching, and Thought Leadership Executive Networking Events - all for the purpose of enhancing the personal and professional lives of its members.We have two upcoming in-person events that we would be delighted to have you join us for. The first, Catalyst 360: Give Us 15 Minutes to Solve Your Biggest Challenges & Opportunities will be on April 18th in Unionville, Ontario. The second, Compete on Culture: Unleash the Power of Your People for Strategic Success, will be on April 23rd in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Please visit the links to register.Our podcast is now listed at #7 amongst the top 30 CEO Podcasts.
24:46 4/2/24
Leading Through The Fog: Scott D. Anthony, World’s 7th Most Influential Mgmt Thinker by Thinkers50
In 2021,  Scott D. Anthony, was named the World’s 7th Most Influential Management Thinker by Thinkers50. Today’s turbulent times present unique and persistent challenges. Leaders are in a thick fog. Data to justify a decision comes in when it is too late to decide. Yesterday’s strengths become tomorrow’s weaknesses. Seemingly conflicting demands – purpose/profits, life/work, empowerment/decisiveness, meritocracy/inclusivity—feel paralyzing. When the fog of uncertainty descends, it is natural to want to slow down. The right mindsets, mental models, and approaches can allow leaders to navigate disruptive change, and own the future.Scott D. Anthony is passionate about helping individuals and organizations thrive in today’s world of never-ending change. He is a Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he teaches a course called “Leading Disruptive Change,” and a Managing Director and Managing Partner Emeritus at Innosight, where he helps leaders design new growth strategies, build innovation capabilities, navigate disruptive innovation, and manage strategic transformation.  PEO Leadership provides its business community the ability to leverage its collective knowledge, experience and network; to challenge and be challenged in a high disclosure, objective and trusted environment through a combination of Peer Advisory Boards, One-on-One Coaching, and Thought Leadership Executive Networking Events - all for the purpose of enhancing the personal and professional lives of its members.Our podcast is now listed at #9 amongst the top 30 CEO Podcasts.
59:12 2/5/24
Great Age Reboot: Cracking the Longevity Code with Dr. Michael Roizen, Health & Longevity Expert
We were thrilled to have Dr. Michael Roizen, one of the world's leading experts on aging and longevity, at our Summer 2023 Eye of the Executive In-Person Series in partnership with Cleveland Clinic Canada and Aird & Berlis LLP, on June 20, 2023. Dr. Roizen is the creator of the innovative RealAge concept, which motivates behavior change to promote wellness. He has authored over 190 peer-reviewed scientific publications, five New York Times #1 best sellers and ten overall bestsellers. His latest book, The Great Age Reboot: Cracking the Longevity Code for a Younger Tomorrow, focuses on how to navigate upcoming changes, to make the best decisions for your brain, your body and your bank account. He helped start 13 companies and co-invented a drug approved by the FDA. He and Dr Oz coauthor a daily column syndicated to over 100 newspapers that translates current scientific reports into actionable steps for all audiences. In his keynote, he provided key insights on prevention, treatment, and technology that will reshape how we think about aging.PEO Leadership provides its business community the ability to leverage its collective knowledge, experience and network; to challenge and be challenged in a high disclosure, objective and trusted environment through a combination of Peer Advisory Boards, One-on-One Coaching, and Thought Leadership Executive Networking Events - all for the purpose of enhancing the personal and professional lives of its members.
88:33 12/22/23
Power & Prediction: The Disruptive Economics of AI with Avi Goldfarb, AI Expert
We were thrilled to have Avi Goldfarb, one of the world's leading experts on AI, kick off our 2023 Eye of the Executive In-Person Series in partnership with Aird & Berlis LLP, on March 23rd, 2023. Avi is the co-author of the bestselling book Power and Prediction, on how artificial intelligence is changing business, economics, and finance. In his keynote, he provided key insights on how AI is transforming the global economy and how companies can best leverage its capabilities.Avi Goldfarb is a renowned expert in AI and its impact on business, economics, and finance. He has written several books on the topic, including Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence, which was named a best business book of 2018 by strategy+business magazine. He is also a frequent speaker and commentator on the topic, having been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.PEO Leadership provides its business community the ability to leverage its collective knowledge, experience, and network; to challenge and be challenged in a high-disclosure, objective, and trusted environment through a combination of Peer Advisory Boards, One-on-One Coaching, and Thought Leadership Executive Networking Events - all to enhance the personal and professional lives of its members.
61:07 12/18/23
'The Future Doesn’t Fit Into The Containers of the Past' with Rishad Tobaccowala, Publicis Groupe
2022 PEO Leadership Conference Keynote. Over the past decade, globalization, demographic shifts, and technology have changed the very landscape in which businesses are operating. The speed of change continues to accelerate with the third connected-age technologies of AI, Voice, 5G, and cloud computing. To further add to the uncertainty of the future, the economy is highly volatile and the world is facing geopolitical strains not seen in a lifetime. Rishad will distill this uncertainty and confusion into the key drivers leaders should focus on to prepare them and their companies for the Great Re-Invention. He will reveal how new scale is replacing old scale, why data is key but like electricity, not really a differentiator, how the rules of brand building require an understanding of “God-like” power, and how to separate the signal from the noise. Rishad Tobaccowala is a Senior Advisor to the Publicis Groupe where he has spent his entire 38 year career, most recently serving as the Groupe's Chief Growth Officer and Chief Strategist. Tobaccowala was named by BusinessWeek as one of the top business leaders for his pioneering innovation and TIME magazine dubbed him “1 of 5 Marketing Innovators”. He is in  the Ad Age Interactive Hall of Fame and received a lifetime achievement silver medal from the Chicago Ad Federation.Rishad is also the author of “Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in The Age of Data” which helps people think, feel and see differently about how to grow their companies, their teams and themselves to remain relevant in transformational times. Each Sunday, Rishad publishes a post covering a variety of topics. Explore more of his insights by visiting https://rishadtobaccowala.com/100. Additionally, Rishad is the host of the 'What Next?' podcast, where he finds fresh takes on society, the advertising and marketing industry, and the way we work to guide us into the near future. Rishad is also the Chairman of The Tobaccowala Foundation which helps 10,000 people in India gain better healthcare and education. Rishad has a BS in Mathematics from the University of Bombay and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.PEO Leadership is one of the leading peer to peer leadership advisory for C-Level Executives. It provides its business community the ability to leverage its collective knowledge, experience and network; to challenge and be challenged in a high disclosure, objective and trusted environment through a combination of Peer Advisory Boards, One-on-One Coaching, and Thought Leadership Executive Networking Events - all to enhance the personal and professional lives of its members.
67:49 12/7/23
'The Future of Work: How to Build High Performing Teams in Turbulent Times' with Richard Skippon, EY
We were thrilled to have Richard Skippon, Partner at EY who leads the Workforce Advisory Practice in Canada, speak to our community in June of 2022 about the challenges and opportunities in the labour market as well as how to retain and engage your employees. Over his 25-year career, Richard has held HR leadership roles in both industry and professional services organizations. As part of his practice at EY, he supports clients in achieving business outcomes through effective alignment of their organizations and people. Key areas of focus for the practice include the evolution of talent in response to digital transformation, change management, culture, human resources strategy, and organization structure design.PEO Leadership provides its business community the ability to leverage its collective knowledge, experience and network; to challenge and be challenged in a high disclosure, objective and trusted environment through a combination of Peer Advisory Boards, One-on-One Coaching, and Thought Leadership Executive Networking Events - all for the purpose of enhancing the personal and professional lives of its members.
58:07 11/28/23
Interest Rates, Inflation & Investing: David Rosenberg, Former Chief Economist, Merrill Lynch & Gluskin Sheff + Assocs
PEO Leadership 2022 Conference - Special thanks to Focus Asset Management for making this fireside chat possible! David Rosenberg provides advice to 2,600 clients, both retail and institutional, across 40 countries. He is the founder and president of Rosenberg Research, an economic and financial market consulting firm he established in January 2020. Prior to creating his own company, David was chief economist and strategist at Gluskin Sheff + Associates from 2009 to 2019. Prior to that, from 2000 to 2009, he was at Merrill Lynch, where for the first two years he was the chief Canadian economist and strategist based out of Toronto; for the last seven, he was the chief North American economist at Merrill Lynch in New York, where he was consistently ranked in the top three of Wall Street economists polled by the annual Institutional Investors survey.PEO Leadership provides its business community the ability to leverage its collective knowledge, experience and network; to challenge and be challenged in a high-disclosure, objective and trusted environment through a combination of Peer Advisory Boards, One-on-One Coaching, and Thought Leadership Executive Networking Events - all for the purpose of enhancing the personal and professional lives of its members.
49:20 11/22/23
'Winning On Purpose' with Fred Reichheld, Founder of NPS
We are very excited to have Fred Reichheld, the creator of the Net Promoter system of management and the founder of Bain & Company’s Loyalty practice, as our special guest on The Way Forward podcast series. Fred is known for “putting loyalty economics on the map” and is a trusted expert in customer loyalty. Two thirds of the Fortune 1000 now use Net Promoter Score (NPS), the world’s leading customer success and loyalty framework. Companies that achieve the highest NPS in their industry consistently beat the stock market over the past decade, with annual returns of 26%+, and outperform the vast majority of private equity funds. The very best return across the universe of funds and ETFs tracked by Morningstar barely reached 19% over the decade.The issue at hand is that a July 2021 Bain & Co. survey of business executives revealed that only 10% of business leaders believe the primary purpose of their company is to enrich the lives of their customers. 90% of today’s executives dismiss the unbeatable advantages of a customer-centered purpose, which is sine qua non of loyalty leadership.In his latest book, Winning on Purpose, Fred Reichheld shows why all businesses should make enriching the lives of customers their primary purpose. It’s the best way to ensure sustainable growth, happily fulfilled employees, and robust investor returns. He unveils Net Promoter 3.0 – updated for our current business and social environment and introduces Bain’s latest invention, Earned Growth, which provides an accounting-based twin for Net Promoter Score.
61:10 5/22/22
'The Next Age of Uncertainty' with Stephen Poloz, former Governor of the Bank of Canada
We were extremely excited to have Stephen Poloz, the former Governor of the Bank of Canada, kick off our 2022 Eye of the Executive In-Person Series in partnership with Focus Asset Management, on April 6th, 2022. Stephen is a widely recognized economist with nearly 40 years of experience in financial markets, forecasting, and economic policy, including 35 years in the public sector.The economic ground is shifting beneath our feet. The world is becoming more volatile, and people are understandably worried about their financial futures. Stephen Poloz maps out the powerful tectonic forces that are shaping our future, and the ideas that will allow us to master them in his new book, The Next Age of Uncertainty: How the World Can Adapt to a Riskier Future. These forces include an aging workforce, mounting debt, and rising income inequality. Technological advances are adding to the pressure, putting people out of work, and climate change is forcing a transition to a lower-carbon economy. The implications of these tectonic tensions will cascade through every dimension of our lives—the job market, the housing market, the investment climate, as well as government and central bank policy, and the role of the corporation within society. The pandemic has added momentum to many of them. PEO Leadership provides its business community the ability to leverage its collective knowledge, experience and network; to challenge and be challenged in a high disclosure, objective and trusted environment through a combination of Peer Advisory Boards, One-on-One Coaching, and Thought Leadership Executive Networking Events - all for the purpose of enhancing the personal and professional lives of its members.
83:54 4/17/22
'You Have More Influence Than You Think' with Vanessa Bohns
PEO Leadership's Michele Calpin sits down with Vanessa Bohns to discuss why we fail to recognize the influence we have, and how that lack of awareness can lead us to miss opportunities or accidentally misuse our power.Vanessa Bohns is social psychologist and professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University. She argues that despite the popular opinion that we need to gain influence in order to get what we want, we actually already have it — we’re just not using it mindfully. If you’ve ever felt ineffective, invisible, or inarticulate, chances are you weren’t actually any of those things. Those feelings may instead have been the result of a lack of awareness we all seem to have for how our words, actions, and even our mere presence affect other people.Weaving together compelling stories with cutting edge science and original research, Bohns offers science-based strategies for observing the effect we have on others, reconsidering our fear of rejection, and even, sometimes, pulling back to use our influence less.
62:33 2/27/22
`Power, For All' with Tiziana Casciaro
Listen to our most recent episode of The Way Forward Webcasts, with University of Toronto Professor Tiziana Casciaro. This was recorded live at our November PEO Conference. Tiziana Casciaro is a Professor of Organizational Behavior at Rotman and the holder of the Marcel Desautels Chair in Integrative Thinking at U of T. Her research explores how structural and psychological forces jointly shape behavior in organizations. Her work on organizational networks, power dynamics, change implementation, and professional networking is published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, and Harvard Business Review, and featured in the Economist, Financial Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, USA Today, Forbes, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBC Radio, Fortune and TIME. Professor Casciaro has served as Senior Editor at Organization Science. Her awards include the Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior Award of the Academy of Management, and Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers in the world most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led.
70:39 1/13/22
Net Positive - How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take with Andrew Winston
Runaway climate change and rampant inequality are ravaging the world and costing a fortune. Who will help lead us to a better future? Business.These massive dual challenges—and other profound shifts, such as pandemics, resource pressures, and shrinking biodiversity—threaten our very existence. Other mega trends, such as the push for a clean economy and the unprecedented focus on diversity and inclusion, offer exciting new opportunities to heal the world, and prosper by doing so. Government cannot do this alone. Business must step up.Sustainable business guru, Andrew Winston will explore:How addressing these challenges presents the greatest economic opportunity of our time;The repercussions of businesses not taking action on social issues;How leaders must rethink what business is, how it grows and profits, what its purpose is, and how it drives change in the world.This is no utopian fantasy. Courageous leaders are already making it real—and the stakes couldn't be higher. With bold vision and compelling stories, Net Positive sets out the principles and practices that will deliver the scale of change and transformation the world so desperately needs.
56:39 12/14/21
'Humor That Works' with Humor Engineer Andrew Tarvin
To achieve success and happiness in the workplace, it’s not about changing what you do, but how you do it. People who use humor at work are more productive, less stressed, and happier. In our fall opener of PEO Leadership's The Way Forward Live Webcast series, we hosted a conversation with Andrew Tarvin, humor engineer, leadership expert and author of Humor That Works. The current way of working isn’t actually working. 83% of Americans are stressed out at work, 55% are unsatisfied with their jobs, and 47% struggle to stay happy. Today, 18 months into this pandemic, workers are quitting their jobs in record numbers. What are you and your leadership team doing to retain, inspire and engage your people and attract great talent?The purpose of Humor That Works is to provide you with a compact, cohesive resource for understanding the ‘what’, ‘why’, and ‘how’ of using humor at work. The goal is to make you a better leader by implementing specific strategies, you’ll not only get better results, you’ll also have more fun. This is a way of working that is different and effective. Choosing a humor mindset means understanding the various styles of humor and knowing which are appropriate for the workplace.In this session, Andrew Tarvin will discuss how to use humor to: Be a better leaderTo think more creativelyTo execute with excellenceTo communicate more effectivelyTo create better connections in your professional and personal life
61:01 9/19/21
'The Invisible Leader' with Zach Mercurio
Research consistently finds that purpose may be the most powerful influencer of our behaviours, attitudes, and motivation in organizations, work, school, and life. Yet despite the increasing evidence of purpose’s power, many of the organizations, systems, and institutions which dominate human life aren’t built to elicit and leverage the fundamental human search for purpose and meaning. Zach Mercurio, a purposeful leadership expert and author of The Invisible Leader, joined The Way Forward webcast to help us figure out just these problems. In The Invisible Leader: Transform Your Life, Work, and Organization with the Power of Authentic Purpose, international purpose and meaningful work consultant and researcher, Zach Mercurio, shows business leaders, educators, students, athletes, and parents HOW to discover, clarify, and deliver their reason for existence―their authentic purpose.The Invisible Leader takes the next step and details both how purpose works and the research-backed practices to implement it in our lives, work, and organizations.
58:06 6/20/21
'Digital Body Language' with Erica Dhawan
Humans rely on body language to connect and build trust, but with most of our communication happening from behind a screen, traditional body language signals are no longer visible - or are they? Erica Dhawan, the world's leading authority on 21st century Collaboration and Connectional Intelligence, joined the Way Forward webcasts to bring key insights to our PEO audience. In her new book,Digital Body Language, she combines cutting edge research with engaging storytelling to decode the new signals and cues that have replaced traditional body language across genders, generations, and culture. In real life, we lean in, uncross our arms, smile, nod and make eye contact to show we listen and care.  Dhawan investigates a wide array of exchanges-from large conferences and video meetings to daily emails, texts, IMs, and conference calls-and offers insights and solutions to build trust and clarity to anyone in our ever-changing world. Digital Body Language will turn your daily misunderstandings into a set of collectively understood laws that foster connection, no matter the distance.
57:31 5/30/21
'The Psychology of Money' with Morgan Housel
Doing well with money isn't necessarily about what you know. It's about how you behave. And behaviour is hard to teach, even to really smart people. Listen to PEO Leadership's The Way Forward Live Webcast 's conversation with Morgan Housel, award winning columnist, financial behaviour expert and author of The Psychology of Money. Money - investing, personal finance, and business decisions - is typically taught as a math-based field, where data and formulas tell us exactly what to do. But in the real world people don't make financial decisions on a spreadsheet. They make them at the dinner table, or in a meeting room, where personal history, your own unique view of the world, ego, pride, marketing, and odd incentives are scrambled together.During this interactive and live session, you should expect to learn the following: Getting Wealthy vs. Staying Wealthy - Good investing is not necessarily about making good decisions. It's about consistently not screwing up.The importance of Room for Error - The most important part of every plan is planning on your plan not going according to plan.It's all about Freedom - Controlling your time is the highest dividend money pays.Tails, You Win - You can be wrong half the time and still make a fortune.Nothing's Free - Everything has a price, but not all prices appear on labels.
62:40 5/17/21
'Diversity and Inclusion Frameworks' with Kim Scott and Trier Bryant
We - all of us - consistently exclude, underestimate, and underutilize huge numbers of people in the workforce even as we include, overestimate, and promote others, often beyond their level of competence. Not only is this immoral and unjust, it's bad for business. In a hugely impactful webcast with Kim Scott, leadership expert and author of Radical Candor, and Trier Bryant, diversity and inclusion expert, Leon Goren asked them about how a leader can use these teachings to change the culture of a workplace. Using examples and learnings from Kim's new book, Just Work: Get Sh*t Done, Fast & Fair, discuss a framework of how we can recognize, attack, and eliminate workplace injustice while transforming our careers and organizations in the process.  Just Work reveals a practical framework for both respecting everyone's individuality and collaborating effectively. This is the essential guide business leaders and their employees need to create more just workplaces and establish new norms of collaboration and respect.If you’re interested in tuning into the live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/.Tune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127.If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
63:11 4/25/21
'The Art of Impossible' with Steven Kotler
In a conversation with New York Times bestselling author and peak performance expert, Steven Kotler, on his new book, The Art Of Impossible, Leon Goren speaks with Steven about what he has learned from studying how people pull off the impossible in every domain imaginable: sports, science, technology, business, art, music, culture, etc. Building on his research and cutting-edge neuroscience, he has systematized an easy-to-follow how-to format that anyone can use to significantly improve their lives and their performance. Find out what it takes to accomplish the impossible, to shatter our limitations, exceed our expectations, and turn our biggest dreams into our most recent achievements!  Steven decodes the secrets of elite performers - athletes, artists, scientists, CEOs, etc. - who have achieved what was previously thought of as 'impossible'. He explains how we can stretch far beyond our capabilities, making impossible dreams much more attainable for all of us. We are all capable of so much more than we know. It doesn't really matter what the "more" that you want is - maybe you want more productivity; maybe you want a more meaningful life; maybe you want to be the first person to live on Mars - the formula is always the same. We all share the same biology, and the secret to peak performance is getting our biology to work for us rather than against us.In this interactive fireside chat, we cover:We are all capable of so much more than we know. Human potential is invisible especially to ourselves. There is a formula to achieve what you may believe is impossible.Learn how to get to a 'state of flow' - an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.Explore a quartet of cognitive abilities: motivation, learning, creativity and flow; and why these skills are so crucial to peak performance.Why not going big is so detrimental to us as leaders and individuals.It all begins with curiosity.
63:00 3/24/21
'A Leadership & Real Estate Conversation' with Mitchell Goldhar, SmartCentres REIT
In a personal and engaging conversation, Leon spoke with the successful Canadian businessman and visionary, Mitchell Goldhar. Learn about the defining moments of his life and career,  the candid leadership and life lessons learned along the way, a bold outlook on the future of Canadian retail, office and residential real estate and receive an insider's perspective and entertaining anecdotes about working with Walmart. Mitchell is the founder, Executive Chairman and largest shareholder of SmartCentres REIT, a commercial and residential real estate company with 166 properties in each province across Canada. SmartCentres is publicly traded on the TSX with assets valued at $10.4 billion.Mitchell started SmartCentres with the vision of offering Canadians fair pricing on their weekly shopping needs. He put everything at stake to help Walmart enter the Canadian market, based solely on a handshake deal. That relationship deepened and he remains Walmart's only real estate development partner in the world. Mitchell's current focus is an unprecedented $12 billion transformation of SmartCentres' existing properties, from shopping centres to city centres. This includes SmartVMC, the new 100-acre master planned city centre in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre; one of the largest urban mixed-use developments in Canada. 
63:24 2/26/21
Launching 2021 of The Way Forward Webcasts: 'Relentless Solutions Focus' with Dr. Jason Selk
We kick off our 2021 The Way Forward Webcasts, with our good friend Dr. Jason Selk, CEO of Enhanced Performance and the former Director of Mental Training for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. He helps business leaders, executives, and top sales people develop mental toughness, increase confidence and focus, and substantially grow their bottom line. Some of you may recall that Dr. Selk was our top speaker at the PEO Leadership Conference in 2013 - he was outstanding! He is recognized as one of North America's top performance coaches to both athletes and business executives. He helped the Cardinals win their first World Series in over 20 years in 2006, in 2011 he assisted the Cardinals in the historic feat of winning their second championship in 6 years and in 2013 he helped them once again make their way to the World Championships against the Boston Red Sox. Dr. Selk is a regular contributor to Forbes, ABC, CBS, ESPN, USA Today and NBC radio and television. His latest book Relentless Solution Focus will be published in January 2021. Here is what you should expect to take-away from our hour conversation and Q&A:THE #1 obstacle to mental toughness is our biological tendency to focus on the PROBLEM before the SOLUTION. As humans we tend to have a problem-centric focus (PCF)The opposite of a problem-centric focus is a Relentless Solution Focus replacing all negative thoughts about a problem with a solution based focused thinking.Relentless Solution Focus is confirmed and accomplished often with one simple question: "What is the one thing I can do differently right now that could make things better?"You should expect to walk away with some of the starting blocks of increasing your mental toughness allowing you to accelerate more effectively towards your professional and personal goals and objectives.
60:20 1/27/21
'Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution' with Rob Chesnut
In this week's episode of The Way Forward, Robert Chesnut, former Chief Counsel and Ethics Officer of Airbnb and author of his new book Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution, speaks with Leon Goren.  In the talk, Rob argues that the “do no evil” mantra is no longer enough, and companies that do not think seriously about a crucial element of corporate culture – integrity – are destined to fail. Defining integrity is difficult. As our workplaces become more diverse, global, and connected, integrity matters more than ever. It requires leadership from the top, but it also requires that everyone in the company have a shared sense of what integrity means and a strong, empowered voice to put that integrity into practice. Sounds difficult to achieve, but through his 6 C’s, Rob shares how leaders can engage and empower employees to recognize and tackle integrity dilemmas as they would any other business challenge, by considering both short- and long-term consequences. Join us for our  PEO Leadership Annual Conference. We are expecting 1,500 C-level executives, many with their entire leadership team, to join us on November 18th and 19th. Tune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127.If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
59:49 11/1/20
'How to Lead with Soul and Manage Change in a Time of Great Reinvention' with Rishad Tobaccowala
On this episode, we hear strategy advice from BusinessWeek's "top business leader" for his pioneering innovation and TIME magazine's 1 of 5 top "Marketing Innovators". Rishad Tobaccowala is in the Ad Age Interactive Hall of Fame and has received a lifetime achievement silver medal award from the Chicago Ad Federation. He discusses how the hidden key to successful transformation in any organization lies between human intuition and data-driven insights. Rishad combines learning from his book  Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in the Age of Data and recent perspectives on Covid-19, The Great Re-Invention, to help you see, feel and think differently about how to grow yourself, your team and your company.  In this interactive fireside chat, Rishad explores the following topics:How to grow and remain relevant in transformative times by understanding what it takes to make sense and thrive in a world of rapid technological, demographic, and global upheavalHow to grow yourself, grow those around you, and grow your practice, passion, and companyWhy data is often not the way forward and we may have too much of itWhy it is essential to have a culture and courage that calls out "the turd on the table"Why COVID-19 is the start of a great re-invention of society, business and peopleIf you’re interested in tuning into the live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/.Tune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127.If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
63:22 10/14/20
'High Performance in Times of High Stress' with Dr Greg Wells
For Dr. Greg Wells, health and performance, particularly under extreme conditions, are personal and professional obsessions. As a scientist and physiologist, he has dedicated his career to making the science of human limits understandable and actionable.On September 25th, our CEO, Leon Goren spoke to Dr. Wells who offers dozens of insights about what it takes to perform at a high level in very challenging circumstances. He translates complex science into actionable insights and tactics you can use to optimize mental health and navigate the COVID19 environment. Dr. Wells teaches our audience how to leverage proven techniques and technologies to achieve peak performance and optimal health. This in-depth presentation covers topics ranging from mental and physical activation to optimizing brain function. It’s a session you won’t want to miss as we explore the following:What it takes to be ultra healthy and perform in the 1%How to rise above mental and emotional exertion What athletes do in high stakes, high pressure situations, when the end is no where in sight, and translate that to what CEOs and business leaders should be doing to achieve a similar level of mental toughnessOUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER:Dr. Greg Wells, CEO & founder of Wells PerformanceFor over 25 years, Dr. Wells has worked with some of the highest-performing individuals on the planet, including Olympic and World champions, and with organizations ranging from General Electric to BMO, Deloitte, KPMG, BMW, Audi, Sysco Foods, YPO and Air Canada. He is also committed to inspiring children and young adults through his close working relationship with several school boards and independent schools.A veteran endurance athlete, Dr. Wells has participated in the grueling Nanisivik Marathon 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Ironman Canada and the Tour D’Afrique, an 11,000 km cycling race that is the longest in the world. He is also a travel and expedition adventurer who has journeyed through every imaginable terrain and conditions in over 50 countries around the world.Dr. Wells is author of four best-selling books – Superbodies, The Ripple Effect, The Focus Effect and Rest, Refocus, Recharge. He also hosted the Gemini award-winning Superbodies series, which aired on Olympic broadcasts worldwide in 2010 and 2012.Dr. Wells has a Ph.D. in Physiology, and continues to serve as a Senior Scientist in Translational Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.He is the CEO and founder of Wells Performance, a global consulting firm committed to achieving the moonshot of helping teams, schools and businesses become places where people get healthy, perform optimally and reach their potential.
60:05 9/27/20
'A Crisis Always Separates the Great Leaders from the Rest of the Pack' with Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry
There is nothing like a crisis to separate the great leaders from those that have been floating through good economic times. Most leaders know how to deal with certainty, but few understand the importance of being agile when uncertainty surrounds them. On July 28th, as PEO Leadership President and CEO, I will share some of my learnings over my 25 years experience of working with leaders from all over North America, as well as my observations of what has separated the great leaders from the rest of the pack over the last 4 months. I will be joined by special guest, Dr. J.P. Pawliw-Fry, world-renowned leadership expert, New York Time bestselling author, co-founder and president of IHHP, a Fast 100 company (Profit Magazine's fastest growing companies), who will moderate our webcast.   When times are good, it's very difficult to distinguish between average and great leaders - it takes time and numerous interactions. In a crisis, leadership skills, or a lack thereof, become evident very quickly - it's black and white, there is no gray area. In fact, the impact of leadership skills over the last four months has been so substantial that many leaders will be asked to step down and will be replaced by individuals who rose to the occasion.   This insightful webcast will provide you with the following takeaways:What differentiated great leaders from the rest of the pack?The importance of EQ and FQ.The importance of having spent the time building the right connections and relationships well before the crisis.How the first 3 weeks of the crisis set the stage of whether a leader would succeed?Why the following 90 days won't get any easier?
60:06 8/8/20
'The Dislocation between the Market and the Economy' with Morgan Stanley's Thane Stenner
On February 16, 2020, I wrote an article titled: Pull Your Head out of the Sand - Something's Gotta Give. The first paragraph opened as follows: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, ..." so goes the famous opening line by Charles Dickens in March 1869. That line from A Tale of Two Cities perfectly captures where we find ourselves today. Its time to start thinking about reducing your risk exposure in both your business and investments and prepare to take advantage of various opportunities as they arise. A month later the S&P 500 collapsed just over 33%. No one can call the timing of any collapse but in this case the writing was on the wall.Today we are in the midst of a V shaped recovery, with the market as of June 18th, recovering just over 30%. Yet there exists almost as much uncertainty in what the future holds as we noted back in February. Should we be jumping on the exuberant momentum or derisking our portfolios and heeding Warren Buffet's wisdom "We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when other are fearful". Thane Stenner, Managing Director of the StennerZhony Group, part of Morgan Stanley's Wealth Division and Chairman Emeritus of TIGER21 joins us in our The Way Forward Webcast Series for a fireside chat on July 17th. The StennerZohny Group has been recognized in Barron's 2020 Top 50 Institutional Investment Consultants ranking #8 in all of North America and #1 in California.Our interactive conversation will focus on providing you with some market insights and confidence on how you should be managing both your wealth creation and preservation during these uncertain times. "To buy when others are despondently selling and sell when others are greedily buying requires the greatest fortitude and pays the greatest reward" as John Templeton is famously quoted. It's a session you won't want to miss as we explore the following:What's happening in the markets and why the dislocation between the real economy?Are we in a "V" shaped recovery or is this really a lazy W with a slow recovery?The importance of having a well diversified asset allocation to ensure you don't lose those hard earned dollars.Why are there so many well-known value investors sitting on the sidelines?Are we in for another market reckoning? 
68:08 7/19/20
Marketing Legend, Joe Jackman and His VP of Engagement, Stefan Read, Discuss Changing Customer Attitudes and Values as a Result of the COVID-19 Crisis
In today's episode of The Way Forward Webcasts, Joe Jackman and Stefan Read reflect on how you should respond to the new attitudes and values your core customers have developed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.  Despite what Instagram would have you believe, not everyone is responding to COVID-19 by taking up baking. Different people are reacting differently to the crisis. As businesses start to re-open, it's critical to see beyond the general trends and understand what has changed with your particular customer. In our The Way Forward Webcast, Joe Jackman, strategy and customer engagement expert and founder of Jackman Reinvents, alongside his VP of Engagements, Stefan Read, reveal the insights from a comprehensive study of 5,000 consumers to answer the question: Which attitudes and values are changing for your customers, and how should you respond? This interactive discussion arms business leaders with the tools needed to dig deep with customers and focus on what they care most about now - preparing you to come out of this stronger. Joe Jackman and Stefan Read provide the following main take-aways for this session:Insight into which attitudes and values are changing for your target customer as a result of the crisis.Understanding of how to build engagement with your customers now, and set yourself up for relevance after the crisis.Recommended tactics to execute now to help you come out of this stronger.If you’re interested in tuning into the live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/.Tune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127.If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
61:41 6/21/20
'Your 168: Finding Purpose and Satisfaction in a Values-based Life' with Kellogg's Harry Kraemer
Now more than ever, leaders are faced with the challenges of finding balance in their lives. As the lines between personal and professional lives are blurred, prioritization of what is important becomes that much more complicated. Having written two best sellers, the first on how to become a values-based leader "From Values to Actions" and the second on how to build a values-based organization "Becoming the Best", strategy and management expert, Harry Kraemer, realized that he was missing one very important pillar in his writing: how does one live a value based life? Harry's new book "Your 168: Finding Purpose and Satisfaction in a Values-based Life", will help you work through the demands, distractions, and challenges that tend to never go away as a leader. Harry's insights will guide you to be able to identify the specific areas where all of your time, effort, and attention are spent - your life buckets - and reallocate them to reflect your priorities, choices, and unique circumstances.In this webcast, Harry Kraemer spoke to the CEO of PEO Leadership, Leon Goren, about: The importance of self-reflection in being able to make those choices that are deep rooted in your values.A framework to help you think about building new habits, in order to plan and re-prioritize the demands on your time.Understanding your process on how to effectively work on balancing your action plan in real timeIf you’re interested in tuning into the live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/.Tune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127.If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
72:20 6/7/20
'The Long Road Ahead: From Restart to Recovery to Growth' with Goldy Hyder
In today's webcast, Leon Goren, CEO and President of PEO Leadership, speaks with Goldy Hyder about government response and the requirements for the comeback of SME's and big businesses. As the President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, Goldy Hyder, represents some of the TSX‘s largest companies. Further to this, he has extensive experience as a policy maker, serving as the Director of Policy and Chief of Staff, to the former Prime Minister and former leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party, the Right Honourable, Joe Clark. Mr. Hyder’s understanding of the ins-and-outs of Canadian politics at the highest levels, as well as his understanding of the implications of policy on the very organizations that he now represents, gives him a unique perspective to be able to provide us with an understanding of things to come.If you’re interested in tuning into the live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/.Tune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127.If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
55:54 5/25/20
'Leading the Internal Coup' with Ron Tite
Let’s face it, most of us just can’t convert an assembly line into making ventilators over night. Our businesses are being forced to adapt but aside from throwing around popular phrases like “digital transformation” and “re-engineering revenue”, many aren’t exactly sure what to change, what to chase, and where the real opportunities are.  It’s time for a coup. But this time it’s from within your own castle walls. This May 15th ‘The Way Forward‘ live webcast is lead by Ron Tite, who is the founder of marketing agency Church+State and Executive Producer and Host of the podcast The Coup, recently awarded Canada’s “Outstanding Business Series” by the Canadian Podcast Awards and a Finalist in Best Business Podcast by the New York FestivalsTune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127.If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
59:48 5/20/20
'Fit to Compete' with Harvard's Michael Beer (May 7, 2020)
We are very excited to have Michael Beer, the Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School, specializing in organization effectiveness, organizational change, high commitment, high performance organizations, leadership, as well as HR management, speak on our The Way Forward Webcast Series on May 7th. Professor Beer draws from his award-winning research and new book Fit to Compete: Why Honest Conversations about Your Company’s Capabilities Are the Key to a Winning Strategy, to discuss the importance of the honest conversation in preparing an organization to successfully strategize, pivot and execute with success. Fit to Compete’s insights and frameworks are extremely relevant to what we’re faced with today as we contemplate how to engage with our people and develop our next steps forward.If you’re interested in tuning into the live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Tune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
63:12 5/8/20