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Partnering Leadership

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 Follow the Partnering Leadership podcast on LinkedIn: Twitter: @PartneringLead Unleash Your Team's Potential: Follow Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn: Twitter: @mahany Email:


323 Collaborative Entrepreneurship: Leading Advertising's Adaptation to Disruption with Tim Ringel, Global CEO & Co-Founder of Meet The People | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
In this insightful episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli sits down with Tim Ringel, the visionary CEO of Meet the People, a trailblazing agency that's reshaping the advertising and marketing landscape. With a career spanning decades and continents, Tim Ringel brings a wealth of experience and a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing businesses in the digital age.Throughout the conversation, Tim shares his journey from a small town in Germany to the bustling streets of New York City, where he now leads a dynamic team of entrepreneurs and innovators. He goes into the evolving nature of consumer behavior and the critical importance of adapting marketing strategies to stay ahead of the curve.Tim Ringel's insights on the impact of artificial intelligence on the advertising industry are particularly illuminating. He explores the potential risks and rewards of leveraging AI in creative processes and emphasizes the need for transparency and human refinement in delivering value to clients.Actionable Takeaways:Discover how Tim Ringel's unconventional path from coding to advertising has shaped his approach to leadership and innovation.You'll learn why breaking down silos and fostering collaboration is crucial for success in today's fast-paced business environment.Hear how Meet the People is helping mid-sized businesses thrive in the digital age by offering integrated, generalist solutions tailored to their unique needs.Gain insights into the future of AI in advertising and learn how to leverage its power while maintaining transparency and human touch.Uncover the importance of cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset within your organization, regardless of its size or industry.Learn why stepping outside your echo chamber and seeking inspiration from diverse sources can lead to breakthrough ideas and strategies.You'll find out how to adapt your marketing strategies to keep pace with evolving consumer behaviors and expectations.Hear Tim's advice on navigating career transitions and embracing learning opportunities at every stage of your professional journey.Connect with Tim RingelMeet the People Website Tim Ringel Meet the People Tim Ringel LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
40:29 5/14/24
322 Leveraging the Yin and Yang: Secrets to Building a High-Performing CEO-COO Partnership with Cameron Herold, Founder of COO Alliance | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli sits down with Cameron Herold, a seasoned entrepreneur, speaker, and author of the book The Second in Command: Unleash the Power of Your COO. With a wealth of experience as a COO and having coached numerous companies worldwide, Cameron shares his invaluable insights on the critical role of the COO and how to create a high-performing CEO-COO dynamic.Throughout the conversation, Cameron dives deep into the complexities of the COO role and the importance of finding the perfect match for the CEO. He emphasizes the need for clear communication, trust, and a shared vision to build a successful partnership that can navigate the ever-changing business landscape.Drawing from his own experiences and the lessons learned from working with diverse organizations, Cameron Herold offers practical advice on how to identify the right COO for your company, onboard them effectively, and nurture a relationship that maximizes the potential of both the CEO and COO.Actionable Takeaways:Discover the key characteristics to look for when hiring a COO and how to ensure they complement your strengths and weaknesses as a CEO.Learn the secrets to building a strong CEO-COO relationship that can withstand the challenges of rapid growth and change.Hear how successful companies like Shopify have leveraged the CEO-COO dynamic to achieve incredible results.Gain insights into the evolving role of the COO and how to adapt your leadership approach to stay ahead of the curve.Understand the importance of clear communication and trust in fostering a productive partnership between the CEO and COO.Explore the concept of "yin and yang" leadership and how it can help you create a balanced and effective executive team.Learn how to navigate the challenges of onboarding a new COO and setting them up for success from day one.Discover the power of regular check-ins and "date nights" in maintaining a strong CEO-COO relationship over time.Connect with Cameron HeroldCameron Herold Website  COO Alliance The Second in Command: Unleash The Power of Your COO Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
34:11 5/7/24
Thursday Refresh with Dave Ulrich, Father of Modern Day HR on Leading the Organization of the Future | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dave Ulrich. Known as the Father of modern-day HR, Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and a partner at the RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value. Dave Ulrich has published over 30 leadership, organization, and human resource books.    The discussion with Dave Ulrich touches on measuring a leader's effectiveness, the difference between being a leader and leadership, and how HR has evolved to become more crucial to company success. Next, Dave Ulrich addresses why leaders should focus on certainty while leading through greater uncertainty. Dave Ulrich went on to talk about the importance of positive accountability and emphasized the value of creating leadership brands that cater to customers' expectations. Finally, Dave Ulrich shared why good leadership involves empowering others and building their brands rather than just promoting the leader's brand and how that connects to the concept of value creation for stakeholders.Some Highlights:- Dave Ulrich on the characteristics of good leaders--The role and importance of HR in creating value for stakeholders- How leaders can focus on creating value in uncertain times- -Why positive accountability is a necessity in outstanding leadership and how to do it well-Dave Ulrich on how to empower others to build their brands- Why the receiver defines value and the importance of that perspective in leadership- The role of human resources in creating value for stakeholders through talent, organization, and leadership.- The necessity of focusing on customer expectations in creating successful leadership models.- Dave Ulrich on the one trait that all great leaders have in commonConnect with Dave Ulrich:The RBL Group Website Dave Ulrich on LinkedIn Dave Ulrich at University of Michigan Ross Dave Ulrich books on AmazonConnect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
52:22 5/2/24
320 Reboot Your Leadership: The CEO Whisperer Jerry Colonna on Humanity, Courageous Leadership, and Belonging | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
In this thought-provoking episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli engages in a deep and insightful conversation with Jerry Colonna, CEO of and the renowned CEO coach known as the “CEO Whisperer.” Jerry Colonna is also the author of the groundbreaking books Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up and Reunion: Leadership and the Longing to Belong.With his unique background as a successful venture capitalist turned executive coach, Jerry brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to the discussion, offering invaluable insights into the challenges and opportunities of modern leadership.Throughout the conversation, Jerry shares his personal journey of self-discovery and transformation, highlighting the importance of radical self-inquiry and emotional authenticity in cultivating effective and purposeful leadership. He explores the paradoxical nature of success, discussing how the pursuit of external achievements can often lead to feelings of hollowness and disconnection from one's true self.Drawing upon his extensive work with CEOs and executives, Jerry Colonna offers a fresh perspective on the role of business in society, arguing that purpose-driven leadership has the potential to create meaningful change and contribute to the healing of the world. He challenges listeners to confront the uncomfortable truths of our shared history and to embrace the power of vulnerability and empathy in building more inclusive and compassionate organizations.With his trademark blend of wisdom, humor, and provocative questioning, Jerry invites leaders to embark on a journey of self-reflection and growth, offering practical guidance and transformative insights along the way. Actionable Takeaways:Discover the surprising connection between childhood experiences and adult leadership styles, and learn how to turn past challenges into sources of strength and resilience.Explore the power of radical self-inquiry to unlock your full potential as a leader and create more authentic and purposeful organizations.Gain insights into the paradoxical nature of success and learn strategies for navigating the dissonance between external achievements and internal fulfillment.Understand the importance of emotional authenticity in leadership and discover techniques for cultivating greater self-awareness and empathy in your interactions with others.Learn how to harness the power of purpose-driven leadership to create meaningful change and contribute to the healing of the world through your work.Hear why confronting uncomfortable truths and embracing vulnerability are essential for building more inclusive and compassionate organizations.Discover the transformative potential of coaching in helping leaders align their inner values with their outer actions and create more impactful and fulfilling careers.Connect with Jerry Reunion: Leadership and Longing to Belong Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up Jerry Colonna LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
41:42 4/30/24
319 Becoming Unstoppable: Leadership Lessons from a Navy SEAL Turned CEO with Alden Mills | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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:Discover the three levels of leadership and how they impact your organization's successLearn how to identify and overcome the fears that hold you back from venturing into the unknownHear how to cultivate a culture of ownership and accountability within your teamUnderstand the power of the "commander's intent" in setting clear boundaries while fostering autonomyGain insights on building trust and faith among team members, a critical component of high-performance teamsExplore the concept of the "mindset horizon" and how it can help you navigate change and uncertaintyLearn how to reframe failure as an opportunity for growth and resilienceDiscover practical strategies for applying Navy SEAL leadership principles in civilian organizationsHear how to balance the need for structure with the importance of adaptability in today's fast-paced business environmentGain valuable tips on seeking out strategic, emergency, and tactical advisors to support your leadership journeyConnect with the Alden MillsAlden Mills Website Be Unstoppable Website Alden Mills on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
49:06 4/23/24
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
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:You'll learn how Jason uses ChatGPT in his English classes to facilitate engaging discussions and encourage students to critically analyze their beliefs, pushing back against AI-generated counterarguments.Hear how AI can be leveraged as a powerful brainstorming tool for organizational change and strategy development, allowing leaders to explore innovative solutions and break out of traditional silos.Discover Jason's advice on embracing adaptability and critical thinking as essential skills for navigating the rapidly evolving AI landscape, where job roles and pipelines are constantly shifting.Understand the importance of allowing emotional reactions to new technologies while maintaining an open mindset and focusing on practical applications rather than getting caught up in hype or fear.Learn about Jason's approach to exploring AI's potential, starting with a single program and investing time to understand its capabilities and limitations before strategizing its implementation.Connect with Jason GulyaJason Gulya LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
61:32 4/16/24
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
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 growthConnect with JJ (Projjal) GhatakOnLoop WebsiteJJ (Projjal) Ghatak LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
48:09 4/9/24
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
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.Discover the untapped potential of AI. Find out why reskilling is crucial for individuals affected by automation.Uncover the origins of the digital revolution and the birth of artificial intelligence.Gain insights into the transformation of every business into a technology company, and learn why technological prowess is indispensable for successful digital transformation and total enterprise reinvention.Explore how AI can support learning within organizations.Understand the importance of placing technology at your company's core and adopting a mindset of total enterprise reinvention.Dive into the symbiotic relationship between humans and machines and unlock the potential and value that AI offers when they work together.Delve into responsible AI, establishing structured policies and tools to ensure ethical and unbiased outcomes while appropriately handling data.Discover the transformative impact of generative AI, affecting 40% of working hours across companies.Explore the metamorphosis of the metaverse and its profound influence on business operations.Embrace the concept of a Technology Quotient (TQ) as an essential addition to IQ and EQ in every company, and recognize the importance of training all employees in various technologies. Accenture Thought LeadershipAccenture Foresight App Accenture Technology Vision 2023 When Atoms Meet Bits  Connect with Paul DaughertyPaul Daugherty at Accenture Paul Daugherty on LinkedIn Also Referenced:Partnering Leadership Conversation with Ajay Agrawal on Prediction Machines & Power and PredictionConnect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
36:00 4/4/24
315 [Best of] Leadership lessons from billionaire philanthropist David Rubenstein, Carlyle Group Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
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 changeConnect with David RubensteinDavid Rubenstein WebsiteHow to Lead by David RubensteinThe Carlyle Group WebsiteThe David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-PeerThe Economic Club of Washington D.C. WebsiteConnect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
35:21 4/2/24
314 Leading Excellence: Greg Wooldridge's Leadership Secrets as the Blue Angels' Only 3-Time Commanding Officer | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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:Discover the three essential elements that form the foundation of a high-performance culture and how to cultivate them in your organization.Learn the secret behind the Blue Angels' exceptional teamwork and how you can apply it to your own team, regardless of size or industry.Hear how embracing vulnerability and transparency during debriefs can lead to breakthrough improvements and stronger trust among team members.Understand why selecting team members based on character and humility is just as important, if not more so, than technical skills alone.Gain insight into how small acts of respect and appreciation can have a profound impact on team morale and performance.Learn how to create a psychologically safe environment where team members feel empowered to speak openly and take ownership of their work.Discover the dangers of cockiness in leadership and how to foster a culture of humility and continuous learning instead.Connect with Greg WooldridgeGreg Wooldridge LinkedInGreg Wooldridge WebsiteConnect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
44:52 3/26/24
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
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:Discover the difference between hard trends and soft trends and how they can help you develop low-risk, high-reward strategiesLearn how to become anticipatory and proactively identify and solve problems before they occurUnderstand the importance of embracing the "both/and" principle for accurate predictions and innovative thinkingExplore the "ideal use" principle and how it can help you cut through the hype surrounding new technologies and innovationsGain insights into the power of disrupting yourself and your business before others doUncover the potential of AI and how to harness its benefits while protecting against its risksDiscover why humans are infinitely upgradable and the importance of staying open-minded to learning new thingsLearn how to apply the "both/and" principle to various scenarios, from paper vs. digital to gas vs. electric carsConnect with Daniel BurrusThe 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
48:55 3/19/24
312 The Great Engagement: How Leaders Inspire Exceptional Organizational Cultures by Unlocking Team Potential with Brad Zimmerman | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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 purposeConnect with Brad ZimmermanPhoenix 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
49:51 3/12/24
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
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 futureConnect 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
40:50 3/7/24
310 Unlearning Certainty: Leadership in an Age of Exponential Uncertainty, Mahan Tavakoli interviewed by Tim Windsor on the UNCOMMODiFiED Podcast
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:Hear why the world's accelerating pace demands leaders evolve approaches rooted in the pastLearn how to foster radical curiosity that invites insight over projecting certaintyDiscover leadership behaviors to model that ignite innovative thinking in teamsUnderstand the risks leaders face by sticking to hubris versus humilityGet tactics to encourage curiosity and unlearning within your cultureLearn why leaders adept at questioning will thrive through greater uncertainty Hear how childlike wonder and imagination can fuel breakthrough leadershipGet insights on how to apply insights from Brene Brown and Adam Grant for personal growthPartnering Leadership Conversations ReferencedLeading Through The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence with Professor Ajay AgrawalConnect with Tim WindsorTim Windsor Website The Uncommodified Podcast Tim Windsor on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
34:56 3/5/24
309 Big Bet Leadership to Win in the Hyper Digital Era with John Rossman | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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 RossmanBig 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
33:52 2/27/24
308 Leading with Arete: Inspiring Heroic Action in Yourself, Your Team and Your Organization with Brian Johnson |Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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:Why leaders should see adversity as a creative "wrestling partner" sent to build skills, like an ancient Greek heroThe moment-by-moment visualizing tactic for closing gaps between your potential and reality How an elite military leader defined the key to emotional resilience (and how to develop more of this quality)Why protocols and checklists matter as much personally for CEOs as they do for pilots and surgeonsThe four timeframes for properly assessing progress while avoiding imposter syndrome  How one trusted advisor coaches building "anti-fragile confidence" to thrive when problems intensifyThe critical question to ask when overwhelmed: "What's your protocol?" (and how to architect one)Why leaders should ask "What now?" rather than "Why me?" when adversity strikes  Connect with Brian JohnsonHeroicBrian Johnson Arete: Activate Your Heroic PotentialConnect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
40:11 2/20/24
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
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:Learn why "validate and act" is vital after employees report issues. Hear the common leadership pitfall that invalidates people's experiences.Find out how a simple "BS check" can help leaders connect with frontline realities they miss from the top floor.Discover why listening without assuming you already know the answers is key for inclusion efforts to work.Get examples of how to challenge your own potentially outdated mental models and see situations through others' eyes.Hear Risha's perspective on balancing inclusion with constructive debate so neither is compromised.Learn small ways we can all extend "radical acceptance" through everyday interactions on the elevator, in the office, and beyond titles.Recommended ResourcesBe Better than Your BS: How Radical Acceptance Empowers Authenticity and Creates a Workplace Culture of InclusionPartnering Leadership Conversation with Howard Ross on Belonging, Bias and Building Inclusive Cultures Connect with Risha GrantRisha Grant Website Risha Grant LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
25:30 2/13/24
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 G
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:Learn a workflow auditing process to identify the fastest executive generative AI productivity gainsGain insights around behavioral change triggers that spark resistance to adopting these technologies  Understand how to structure ethical governance models that proactively upskill staff for positive AI integrationDiscover real-world examples of sprint-based experimentation approaches to find replicable quick winsConnect with Jordan WilsonEveryday AI Jordan Wilson on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
28:44 2/6/24
305 Thursday Refresh with H.H. Leonards on Rosa Parks Beyond the Bus: Life, Lessons, and Leadership | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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 generationsResources:YouTube Video of Enough Rosa Parks Beyond the Bus: Life, Lessons, and Leadership on Amazon Connect with H.H. LeonardsThe Mansion on O Street H.H. Leonards on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
41:11 2/1/24
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
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:Learn why strategic plans often lack traction and how to avoid pitfallsDiscover a simple yet powerful model for strategic thinkingIdentify key blindspots even seasoned leaders have around strategyUnderstand how competitive advantage stems from being different, not betterSee why you must create space for strategic reflectionGain insight on customer needs versus feedbackFind out why continual iterations matter more than annual planningHear how to leverage AI and data for strategic advantageFoster strategic thinking at all levels of an organizationUse a tactical approach to uncover opportunitiesPartnering Leadership Episodes ReferencedInnovative Thinking & Strategy by Tapping Into the Science of Subtraction with University of Virginia Professor Leidy KlotzWinning the Right Game: How to Disrupt, Defend, and Deliver in a Changing World with Ron AdnerLeading Through The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence with Professor Ajay AgrawalHow to Lead and Innovate by Learning from The Amazon Way with John RossmanConnect with Rich HorwathStrategy Skills Website Rich Horwath on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
47:00 1/30/24
303 Making an Impact Through Informed Decisions: Lessons on Philanthropic Leadership with Charity Navigator CEO Michael Thatcher | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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:Learn how to gain board member trust as a new CEOHear how to motivate staff and maintain culture while transitioning to fully remote workDiscover effective strategies for measuring and improving nonprofit impact Learn the approach behind Charity Navigator's upgraded evaluation methods assessing transparency, responsibility, and outcomesGain insights on trends in philanthropy like impact investing and effective altruismUnderstand opportunities and ethical considerations for applying AI in the social sectorReferenced Partnering Leadership ConversationsAI 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 ThatcherCharity Navigator Website Michael Thatcher on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
45:26 1/23/24
302 Strategic Clarity: The Executive’s Guide to Impactful Messaging & Communications with Steve Woodruff | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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:You'll learn the 4 core rules of effective communication and how to apply them to leadership messaging and meetings Understand why you need analytical clarity about your own strengths and story before trying to communicate personal brandingLearn ways symbolic language through metaphors, analogies, and anecdotes can make messages more memorable Discover how sequencing information creates "brain-friendly" communications tuned to relevance Find out why specificity is key and how telling leadership stories gives life to ideasSee how constructive personal branding comes through identifying and settling on just a few core descriptive keywordsConnect with Steve WoodruffSteve 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
37:55 1/16/24
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 Leade
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: Learn Andy's tactics for optimizing asynchronous decision-making in remote environmentsHear Andy's perspective on the "human cloud" future of work and economic opportunityUnderstand why Andy sees global remote hiring as a gamechanger most companies fail to utilizeLearn why hybrid work models are often "the worst of both worlds" Discover Andy's approach to acquiring and scaling companies through private equityFind out why reading classics on relating well to people is an unexpected Andy leadership habit Get Andy's optimistic view that AI will augment rather than replace most knowledge worker rolesConnect with Andy TrybaAndy Tryba on X Andy Tryba LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
40:14 1/9/24
300 Thursday Refresh with David Marquet on Intent-Based Leadership and Transforming Organizations through the Power of Language | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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 businessBooks 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 MarquetConnect with L. David Marquet:LinkedIn: David MarquetIntent-based Leadership InternationalWebsites: NudgesConnect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
30:32 1/4/24
299 A New Dawn, A New Day, A New Year: Transforming Your Mornings & Your Life with The Miracle Morning author Hal Elrod | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Hal Elrod, the international bestselling author of The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life, which has been translated into 37 languages and has sold over 2.5 million copies, brings his unique perspectives on establishing daily practices that foster personal growth and leadership excellence based on his recently updated and expanded edition of The Miracle Morning. Drawing on personal experiences overcoming adversity, including life-threatening events, Hal developed the acclaimed Miracle Morning methodology to optimize and actualize his full potential intentionally.   In this inspiring discussion, Hal shares the origins of Miracle Morning's "6 Saver" routine of silence, affirmation, visualization, exercise, reading, and writing. He offers compelling insights on leveraging these personal development pillars for individual growth to elevate teams and build organizational culture. From establishing new habits to sustainability tactics and the neuroscience validating this methodology, Hal provides an often overlooked formula to embody more empowered, activated life and leadership. With insightful examples, Hal translates proven self-optimization techniques into accessible daily actions that yield exponential dividends over time for conscious, purposeful leaders ready to partner at higher levels.Actionable Takeaways:- Hear Hal's incredible story of personal tragedy becoming a transformational purpose- Learn the "5 Minute Rule" for processing adversity and finding freedom  - Understand the power and common pitfalls of correctly practicing affirmations- Apply visualization rehearsals to ensure execution and peak performance - Realize how the Miracle Morning fuels individual and collective actualization- Discover principles and strategies to shift from morning reluctance to ritual advocate- Grasp how to customize and scaffold the 6 Saver practices for beginners to advanced- Utilize emotional optimization meditation for programmed, on-demand mindset activationRecommended ResourcesThe Miracle Morning Website The Miracle Morning (Updated and Expanded Edition): The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) (Miracle Morning Book Series)  Connect with Hal ElrodHal Elrod Website Hal Elrod LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
56:58 1/2/24
298 [BEST OF] How to Use Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas with the Author of A More Beautiful Question & The Book of Beautiful Questions with Warren Berger | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Le
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Warren Berger. Warren is the author of multiple books on innovation and the power of questioning in leadership and everyday life. The conversation focused on Warren Berger's books A More Beautiful Question and The Book of Beautiful Questions. Warren shared thoughts on his study of the world's foremost innovators and creative thinkers, revealing what he has learned. Warren Berger also shared his insights into the natural tendency of questioning as a young child, the connection between curiosity and questioning, and why we suppress our questioning ability as we get older. Warren shared what leaders can do differently to encourage a culture of curiosity and tap into the power of inquiry. Finally, Warren Berger shared thoughts on developing the questioning skills critical for innovation, collaboration, and leading through uncertainty.   Some Highlights:- Why we become more reluctant to ask questions as we grow up - The external factors that shape our behavior and discourage us from asking questions- Warren Berger on the power of questioning and how to do it well  - Reasons why we tend to want leaders to have answers - The importance of questioning in the workplace - How leaders can encourage more effective questioning in the workplace  - Warren Berger on the relationship between curiosity and questioning - How to ask better questions and collaborate for innovation.   Referenced:Partnering Leadership conversation with David McRaney on How Minds Change Connect with Warren Berger: Warren Berger Website Warren Berger on LinkedIn A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas on Amazon The Book of Beautiful Questions: The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect, and Lead on Amazon Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
46:53 12/26/23
297 [BEST OF] Innovative Thinking & Strategy by Tapping Into the Science of Subtraction with University of Virginia Professor Leidy Klotz | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Leidy Klotz, a professor at the University of Virginia appointed in the Schools of Engineering, Architecture, and Business and author of the book Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less. Leidy Klotz shares some of the reasons why we typically look to add rather than consider subtraction when looking to solve problems and improve systems. Leidy Klotz also discusses how subtraction can benefit leaders of organizations and managers of teams. Finally, Leidy Klotz shares how we can ensure that we don't overlook the power of subtraction in our organizations and daily lives.    Some highlights:-Why Leidy Klotz left professional soccer to pursue his education and become a professor-Leidy Klotz on finding patterns and how they impact the world-Why do we typically miss subtraction and look first to addition-Leidy Klotz on the biological and social contributors to a desire to add -How organizations can benefit from the power of subtraction -How leaders can use subtraction during the decision-making process-Leidy Klotz on effectively achieving the organization's purpose through subtractionMentioned:-Annie Paul, author of The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain  Connect with Leidy Klotz:Leidy Klotz websiteSubtract: The Untapped Science of Less on AmazonLeidy Klotz on TwitterLeidy Klotz on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
44:57 12/19/23
296 Harnessing the Power of Generative AI: A Practical Guide for Organizational Leaders with Conor Grennan | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
In this Partnering Leadership conversation, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Conor Grennan, Dean of Students at NYU Stern and co-host of the AI Applied Podcast. Conor shares insider perspectives on where generative AI is headed and how organizations, teams, and professionals can fully tap the opportunities it provides.You’ll learn about the vital role change management plays in integrating generative AI across your company, how to prioritize AI fluency, govern usage responsibly, and stay on top of constant AI advancements. Conor makes a compelling case that developing AI capabilities needs to be urgent, providing tangible examples of techniques you can activate now. He sheds light on the sweeping impacts of AI on remaking talent strategies and even the nature of management roles themselves.Key lessons you’ll take away include how to:Lead change initiatives that adapt workflows, job roles, and organizational structures for the AI ageCreate training programs focused on boosting AI fluency while tied to employee productivity goalsInstall appropriate guardrails and oversight that enable beneficial experimentation but ensure ethical AI usePinpoint tasks and processes ripe for AI augmentation to accelerate valueContinually learn about the latest generative AI advances to get in front of possibilitiesConnect with Conor GrennanConor Grennan LinkedIn AI Applied Podcast Recommended EpisodesLeading Through The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence with Professor Ajay Agrawal Exploring AI's Impact on Business with Paul Daugherty: Accenture CTO & Co-author of Radically Human: How New Technology Is Transforming Business and Shaping Our Future AI’s Impact on Marketing and the Future of Business with Paul Roetzer, Founder & CEO, Marketing AI Institute & Co-Author of Marketing Artificial Intelligence Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
45:57 12/12/23
295 Thursday Refresh with Tim Clark: A framework to help leaders transform organizations into psychologically safe incubators of innovation | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talked with Dr. Timothy Clark, the founder and CEO of LeaderFactor and author of Four Stages of Psychological Safety. Dr. Clark has broken down the different stages to ensure psychological safety in teams.  Dr. Timothy Clark shares how teams can build on the understanding of each stages in order to boost psychological safety in the workplace.Some highlights:-Dr. Timothy Clark on why leaders cannot be neutral-The skills that leaders need to cultivate-Dr. Timothy Clark on his definition of psychological safety-The barriers to creating psychological safety in the workplace-Improving the learning process by disconnecting fear from failure-Dr. Timothy Clark on how leaders can ensure employee accountability-How to achieve the highest level of psychological safety by challenging and changing the status quo Also mentioned in this episode:Partnering Leadership podcast conversation with Dr. Michelle McQuaid, best-seller author (Listen to Dr. Michelle McQuaid’s episode here)The Four Stages of Psychological Safety Behavioral GuideFour Stages of Psychological Safety Book Connect with Dr. Timothy Clark:LeaderFactor Official WebsiteDr. Timothy Clark on LinkedInDr. Timothy Clark on TwitterConnect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
49:54 12/7/23
294 Agility Reimagined: Fresh Perspectives to Thrive in Disruptive Times with Joshua Kerievsky | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli explores the concept of agility with his guest, Joshua Kerievsky, CEO of Industrial Logic and author of Joy of Agility: How to Solve Problems and Succeed Sooner. They discuss why agility is far more than speed and how leaders can hone the mindset and skillset of agility. Joshua Kerievsky provides a crisp definition of agility and shares why it highlights how agility is crucial in all aspects of business and life. He also shares balanced ways leaders can enable experimentation and learning without the hurry and pressure that leads to mistakes. Through sharing his agility mantras and powerful examples, Joshua Kerievsky makes agility accessible and practical for leaders across organizations.Actionable Takeaways:Hear how agility applies across industries and all of life. Learn the true meaning of agility beyond just speed.Understand balanced ways to experiment and adapt quickly.  Discover how to drive out toxic fear hindering your team.Master mantras like "Be quick, don't hurry" for business and life.Find out how psychological safety enables prudent risk-taking.Learn how Amazon's culture empowered an intern to override an executive.Appreciate the role leaders play in enabling organizational agility.Recommended ResourcesThe Joy of Agility by Joshua Kerievsky Testing Business Ideas by David J. Bland Connect with Joshua Kerievsky The Joy of Agility WebsiteIndustrial Logic Website Joshua Kerievksy LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
34:11 12/5/23

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