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A Leadership Beyond

Waiting for a new normal? Don't hold your breath. It's not really new and it's not really normal. Go ahead and breathe. We've long endured change. It's just happening faster, so it feels more extreme. To thrive in these choppy waters, we can reevaluate and reinvent. You can do it. But not alone. Even if you could, what fun would that be? Tom Rosenak and Adrienne Guerrero are talent optimization specialists who can help us navigate this complex moment in the working world. If you’re feeling lost, isolated or simply seeking professional camaraderie, you’re invited to join our community today. We look forward to meeting you. Breathe: it will be fun. And we’ll navigate it together.

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Employee Wellbeing - What Can We Do About It?
To me, good health is more than just exercise and diet. It’s really a point of view and a mental attitude you have about yourself” {and your organization} ~Albert Schweitzer  “Good health IS good business” – Paul Drechsler (CEO, Wates Group Limited)  When planning our next conversational series, we asked the community to weigh in on the topic they were most interested in. Wellbeing weighed in (pun intended) as top priority for our community.   As we prepare for an upcoming expert panel discussion, we decided to kick it off with a few thoughts from the co-founders, Adrienne & Tom.  Time and compressed calendars did not permit us to come together live, so we answered separately and combined the responses on this week’s podcast.  Here is the set of questions Tom chose, and a few highlights of his response:  1. How can we foster a sense of belonging and connection among our employees, especially in remote and hybrid work environments?  Tom emphasized the importance of recognizing individual differences in fostering connection among employees.  He highlighted the need for meaningful conversations, both in-person and digitally, to promote a sense of belonging.  Tom advocated for creating choices for mindfulness and self-care, acknowledging that well-being initiatives should cater to diverse preferences.   2. How can we foster a culture of open communication and support where employees feel comfortable discussing their well-being concerns?  Tom stressed the significance of addressing concerns such as workload and job security through open communication and supportive systems.  He emphasized the role of managers in providing training and resources to support their teams, advocating for informal channels and personalized approaches.  3. How can we create choices that promote mindfulness, resilience, and self-caring among our employees?  Tom discussed the importance of integrating digital and in-person experiences to promote mindfulness and resilience.  He highlighted the value of workplace flexibility in accommodating personal and family needs, emphasizing the need for tailored strategies and supportive workplace cultures.  Here is the set of questions Adrienne chose, and a few highlights of her response:  1. Are there specific challenges or stressors impacting employee well-being that we, as employers and business leaders, need to address?  Adrienne delved into challenges such as workload and job security, emphasizing the importance of open communication and support systems.  She highlighted the significance of recognizing individual differences and providing resources to address diverse needs.  2. What kind of training and resources can we provide managers to better support their team members with well-being and recognizing signs of burnout and distress?  Adrienne discussed the role of managers in providing training and resources to support their teams, advocating for informal channels and personalized approaches.  She emphasized the importance of understanding employees' needs and aligning expectations with outcomes to enhance workplace flexibility effectively.  3. Are there opportunities to enhance workplace flexibility, such as scheduling, to better support employees' personal and family needs?  Adrienne encouraged organizations to align expectations with outcomes and foster a sense of purpose to enhance flexibility effectively.  She emphasized the value of accommodating personal and family needs, advocating for tailored strategies and supportive workplace cultures.  The conversation led by Adrienne and Tom underscored the dynamic and multifaceted nature of promoting employee well-being. They emphasized the importance of tailored strategies, open communication, and supportive workplace cultures in fostering a healthy and productive work environment.   We hope you enjoy the podcast and are inspired to join the conversation.  Your voice makes a difference.   Stay tuned for more insights on how to build resilience and cultivate A Leadership Beyond by promoting health and wellness throughout your organization.  A Leadership Beyond is led by Change Management Consultant Adrienne Guerrero and Leadership Communication Strategist Tom Rosenak, and exists to support the alignment between business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization).  Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.  To learn more visit https://aleadershipbeyond.com.  
31:47 3/26/24
Define the Win and Execute - A Conversation with Traci Austin
Define the win, align to people strategy, and execute! Simple and easy are not synonymous. It is easy to understand that aligning individual goals to the business goals of the organization is a win-win for both. And it might seem a simple activity to clearly define the win at every level and for every worker in the organization. Simple, yes, and equally hard to implement and sustain. There is no magic wand. Why is this so challenging? Well, because we are human, of course. We may have one vision through our organizational lenses, yet every individual, small group, and business unit is unique. This is why A Leadership Beyond is a big fan of leveraging people data to align differing behaviors, drives, and needs at the individual, team, and enterprise level.   Common language and common vision lead to aligned strategy of business and people—and that equals better results. We were thrilled to have Traci Ausin as our guest. Traci is an experienced HR leader with a blueprint for executing Talent Optimization and cascading the benefits throughout the organization.  raci helps the various functions see the big picture and align; and the big picture thinkers see the impact of aligning better with the functions. Organizational health and effectiveness depend on intentional leadership alignment. Everyone must speak the same language and see the same picture. This does not make it easy, but it does make true alignment possible as well as scalable. In this episode you can expect to glean insights on: Misalignment on goals: Traci highlights the challenge of not knowing what "winning" looks like at different levels of the organization, from the executive leadership team to individual teams. This lack of clarity can lead to inefficiencies and frustration among employees.  Importance of communication: Traci emphasizes the need for effective cross-functional communication to ensure everyone understands organizational goals and how their work contributes to achieving them. This includes aligning HR strategies with overall business objectives. Leadership and culture: Traci discusses the significance of leadership in fostering a culture that supports organizational goals. She provides examples of how leaders can inspire and engage employees by tying their work to the company's mission and values. Performance management: Traci outlines a comprehensive performance management approach that aligns individual goals with team and organizational objectives. This includes using a common language, such as core values, to drive behavior and reinforce desired outcomes. Balancing policies and people-first approach: Traci addresses the challenge of balancing HR policies and benefits plans with a people-first approach. She suggests addressing employees' needs and concerns while still holding them accountable for meeting performance expectations. Enabling employees: Traci advocates for understanding employees' needs and providing them with the support and resources to succeed. This includes coaching employees to articulate their requests effectively and aligning their priorities with organizational goals. Overall, Traci emphasizes the importance of aligning people strategies with business objectives, fostering a culture of accountability and communication, and empowering employees to contribute to organizational success. Thank you once again for your engagement and continued support. We look forward to hearing from you and continuing this journey of learning, growth and building leadership resilience together. A Leadership Beyond is led by Change Management Consultant Adrienne Guerrero and Leadership Communication Strategist Tom Rosenak, and exists to support the alignment between business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you. Connect with us at https://aleadershipbeyond.com.  
34:59 2/27/24
Listening Tour Conversation – Current Top HR Topics for Business Leaders
In our latest episode we discuss our recent solicitation to this community for the top-of-mind topics related to their human resources for business leaders today. We appreciate everyone who took the time to participate in the poll. Your input is invaluable as we strive to tailor our content to address the most pressing challenges and interests of our community. The Results:  Based on the poll results, it seems like “Employee Wellbeing/Engagement” is a significant concern for our community members, with 53% of respondents indicating this topic. However, we also received interest in other areas such as self-leadership strategy and effective work/hybrid reality.  Here is the current breakdown: Self/leadership Strategy: 16% HR as Strategic Allies: 11%  Employee Wellbeing/Engagement: 53%  Effective Work/Hybrid Reality: 21% Don’t stop now! Even though the poll has concluded, we invite you to share your perspectives on these topics or any other leadership-related subjects that are important to you. Your insights, perspective and experiences are what make our community vibrant and enriching. What’s next? We are taking this insight to create a schedule of events and publications. As we’ve mentioned earlier, we’re looking to create more small group conversations to accompany our usual interview-style episodes with experts.  Join us! Please feel free to connect with us at https://aleadershipbeyond.com if you’d like to be part of our individual or small group conversations. Thank you once again for your engagement and continued support. We look forward to hearing from you and continuing this journey of learning, growth and building leadership resilience together.  A Leadership Beyond is led by Change Management Consultant Adrienne Guerrero and Leadership Communication Strategist Tom Rosenak, and exists to support the alignment between business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization).  Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you
13:17 2/20/24
C-Sweet Is Becoming the “Sweet Spot” for Female Executives
This week we interviewed Dianne Gubin and Beth Hilbing of C-Sweet, the premier global community of female executives. The genesis of C-Sweet serves as an inspiring tale for entrepreneurs. Dianne Gubin, actively engaged in running and participating in various networking groups, sought a new community that crossed industries and business boundaries. Faced with the challenge of not finding precisely what she was looking for, she embraced the entrepreneurial spirit: if it doesn't exist, create it. Collaborating with her trusted friend, Beth Hilbing, marked the beginning of C-Sweet, and the rest is history.  From its humble origins in a small conference room in Century City, C-Sweet has blossomed, now spanning seven cities with a membership of several hundred and a distribution list exceeding 25,000. Beth Hilbing shares a story that resonates with many women executives—a tale of being deeply immersed in her work during her corporate ascent, inadvertently letting her network fade. However, faced with a career transition, she recognized the importance of a vibrant network. In reconnecting and rebuilding her network, Beth did land her new position at Boeing. Joining forces with Dianne in C-Sweet ensures that other women never have to start over from scratch.  Beth's experience serves as a reminder for executive women at any stage of their career journey. C-Sweet offers a lifeline, allowing women to stay connected to a dynamic network where they can have fun, learn, grow, provide support and be supported. The message is clear: with C-Sweet, executive women can foster meaningful connections and navigate their professional journeys with resilience and support.  This conversation covers a lot of ground for business leaders including:  Discussion about what makes C-Sweet’s programming unique and powerful, including:  The challenge for leaders today, holding a special space for the challenges facing female leaders.  Acknowledgement that too often there are still very few females in the executive room and how we can support those doing it and make progress to change the statistics.  Tips for engaging (or not engaging) with toxic personalities. Creating a culture where ego driven toxicity is the exception rather than the rule.   The importance of shared values and vision is their key to success as Co-CEOs (not something that can be sustained very often). Their tips:  Stay focused on the shared value. For them, the member experience is what matters most. How can they serve their members drives everything they do? Keep sight of the vision. When individual differences pop up, they resolve them quickly through honest conversation.   Hold a sacred space for gratitude and appreciation for your partners, including their differences.  Maintain a lighthearted attitude about differences. They share about golf - something that Dianne enjoys and Beth prefers to participate if she can “drive the cart and drink the beer.”    We're thrilled to share this inspiring conversation with you, and we can't wait for you to join us on this journey with C-Sweet. Your questions and comments are always welcome. A Leadership Beyond is led by Change Management Consultant Adrienne Guerrero and Leadership Communication Strategist Tom Rosenak, and exists to support the alignment between business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization).  Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.  To learn more visit https://aleadershipbeyond.com.  
30:09 1/16/24
Resilience From the Well of Purpose - A Conversation With Jill Valdez
For this week’s conversation, you are invited to embark on a captivating journey with Jill Valdez as she shares her remarkable transition from full-time ministry to the world of senior care, complemented by a pursuit of an MBA to bridge the gap between non-profit and for-profit management. Today, her unwavering focus lies in serving executives within senior care facilities, recognizing the pivotal role of a people-centric strategy in sustaining such vital institutions. In our conversation, Jill's profound insights highlight the essential connection between a winning business strategy and a robust people strategy, emphasizing that removing the latter negates the very essence of "care" in senior care facilities. Her story unfolds with openness and vulnerability, showcasing resilience drawn from a deep well of purpose. The following quote is her response to the emotional experience of loss of a job: "I can step away from this and move on to this. And it doesn't change my identity. It simply changes how I'm living it out, and, and what that looks like on a day-to-day basis. And I think that the core of resilience is being able to say, no matter what, it doesn't change who I am. Because my purpose hasn't changed, and who I am hasn't changed." Jill's wisdom shines through as she shares practical tips: Navigate setbacks by taking a step back, reflecting on your identity, and asking, "What's next?" Embrace continuous anticipation of what lies ahead in our rapidly changing landscape.  Grant executives the space to lead with compassion, acknowledging the inseparable link between personal and professional lives.  Prioritize organizational health beyond mere efficiency, emphasizing pillars like Communication, Cohesion, Clarity, and Consistency.  Cultivate a mindset of curiosity, fostering healthy conflict resolution and embracing individual, team, and organizational needs.  Don't miss the full interview with Jill, a testament to the power of purpose, resilience, and the intrinsic connection between business success and human-centric strategies. Stay tuned for more enriching episodes from the Leadership Beyond community, where we champion the integration of humanity into every aspect of our business endeavors.  A Leadership Beyond is led by Change Management Consultant Adrienne Guerrero and Leadership Communication Strategist Tom Rosenak, and exists to support the alignment between business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization).  Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.  To learn more visit https://aleadershipbeyond.com.
37:17 12/19/23
Enlightened Leadership With Matt Poepsel – Leading Outside in and Inside Out
“For me, the wheels came off during the pandemic…” Who else can relate to that? I know those of us at A Leadership Beyond sure can. It’s what led us to create this community… but you already know that story.  That is the initial prompt that led our friend and colleague Matt Poepsel on a journey that culminated into his recently released book Expand the Circle: Enlightened Leadership for Our New World of Work.  In this week’s episode we interview Matt and discuss his new book. Matt’s Buddhism practice inspired a look-back to ancient philosophical leadership alongside a deep study of business methodologies to build his enlightened approach to leadership, where we abandon the ego to consider the broader world and humanity in the way we lead ourselves, our people, our organizations, and ultimately the world.   An enlightened leader, as Matt describes it, is one who has gone beyond outdated leadership attitudes and beliefs – in other words, focusing only on the financial bottom line. This won’t cut it anymore – people are demanding their work serve a higher, more important, purpose. Enlightened leaders want and see the need for something bigger than ourselves. We’re starting to see evidence in business that this evolution has begun and enlightened leaders are on the path to shift this thinking in a big way.  In his book, Matt provides a framework that can be visualized with circles. The premise: while it’s essential that we begin focusing beyond ourselves and our organizations, we must begin within ourselves. The difference from traditional leadership is that with enlightened leadership, we are leading ourselves for the purpose of serving others and beyond others, serving the world (and even universe?) at large.  Listen to this episode for a more detailed review with Matt and practical advice to begin your own journey to enlightened leadership.  We’re so grateful to Matt for spending time talking with us and sharing himself with our community. We’re sure you’ll be inspired and want more – lucky us, Matt has given so much more for us to delve into!  A Leadership Beyond is led by Change Management Consultant Adrienne Guerrero and Leadership Communication Strategist Tom Rosenak, and exists to support the alignment between business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization.  As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions. To learn more visit https://aleadershipbeyond.com.
34:18 12/5/23
Consciousness Rising Above VUCA - A Conversation with Marika Messager
We are hearing the clarion call for a new model of leadership in this age of unprecedented change.    In our latest conversation Marika Messager shares her early experience as a young woman, working in the toxic, fast-paced, male dominated financial services industry. Her first experiences of questioning the root causes of toxicity were about her personal survival in a difficult world.  Through her experiences, she came to understand that we needed a new paradigm of leadership based on different values of co-creation of understanding of inclusion, acceptance, compassion and collaboration.   Marika is one of the pioneers of Conscious Leadership, which is now becoming more and more a topic of discussion. Ten years ago, before it was generally understood, Marika began really unpacking what it means to be a conscious leader and how do we create conscious leaders one at a time?   In this riveting conversation, Marika brought forth a thought-provoking dialogue that underscored the importance of considering the topics discussed and the value of active listening. Her insights and perspectives hold significant value for both the individual leader’s development, the organization, and society, making this interview a valuable source of individual inspiration, reflection, and conversation with those you touch.   A few highlights:  - Marika's compelling perspective on environmental conservation stressed the urgency of adopting sustainable practices and individual responsibility, emphasizing the broader impact on the planet and future generations.  - Her personal journey, marked by milestones and challenges, offered a powerful testament to the transformative power of resilience and determination.  - Marika's current projects and initiatives, aimed at making a positive societal impact, served as a call to action for those looking to effect positive change in their communities.  - Her discussion on the evolving landscape of technology and its societal implications sparked a deeper consideration of the choices and consequences that accompany technological advancements.  - The interview's optimistic conclusion, where Marika expressed hope for a brighter and more sustainable future, underscored the collective power of informed decisions and active engagement, highlighting the interview's overall value in inspiring meaningful change.  To learn more about Marika Messager and her work visit https://consciousleadership.org  To connect with Marika on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/conscious-leadership-coaching-consulting.  A Leadership Beyond is led by Change Management Consultant Adrienne Guerrero and Leadership Communication Strategist Tom Rosenak, and exists to support the alignment between business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions. To learn more visit https://aleadershipbeyond.com.
39:46 11/7/23
The Power of Networking and Curiosity - A Conversation with Diane Kubal
"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." -Albert Einstein Albert Einstein's quote above might lead one to believe that he possessed only a modicum of talent. However, history tells us a different story, as he was undoubtedly a genius in his own right. Nevertheless, the extent of our inherent talent is something we cannot control. What we can control, though, is how we harness and manifest our talents in our professional endeavors. As certified Predictive Index partners, our hosts Adrienne and Tom underscore the paramount significance of valuing every individual's unique talent while recognizing our shared humanity. They are experts in the realm of talent optimization, and their expertise empowers us all to unlock our full potential and collaborate more effectively by leveraging our distinct strengths. Adrienne and Tom's insights illuminate the path toward personal and collective growth, reminding us that even without possessing Einstein's level of talent, we can still excel and thrive in our respective domains. In this episode, we dive into the remarkable journey of Diane Kubal, the founder of Fulcrum Network and a longtime friend of our community. Early in her career, Diane's frustration with sales led her to an extraordinary revelation about her innate talents. She possessed a natural gift for networking and an insatiable curiosity about people's endeavors. Diane harnessed these talents to secure a job and eventually built a thriving business rooted in her passion for learning, development, and connecting people. Fulcrum Network, the brainchild of Diane's vision, assembles diverse talents to solve complex business challenges. But Diane's journey does not stop there. She continues to reinvent her business, guided by the same unwavering passion and strength. Her profound curiosity about people and their struggles, coupled with her keen listening skills, unveiled a new opportunity. Today, Fulcrum Network is at the forefront of supporting consultants, trainers, and coaches in adapting their wealth of knowledge and experience to the digital landscape of modern learners. Through gamification, social communities, written feedback, and more, Diane's team empowers professionals to create engaging blended learning experiences that connect with their audiences to learning in new ways. They are helping business leaders rethink their employee learning strategies as well as enabling consultants to revolutionize their delivery models. Diane's journey exemplifies how a profound love for people and the ability to connect can lead to unexpected and extraordinary pathways. Join us as we explore her inspiring story and the fascinating world of talent, curiosity, and passion. To learn more about Fulcrum Network’s services, check out the links below to Diane’s current programs: www.fulcrumnetwork.com/transformed-learning https://fulcrumnetwork.com/modernmanagersseries-2023 To connect with Diane, reach out to her at dk@fulcrumnetwork.com or connect with her on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/dianekubal. A Leadership Beyond is led by Change Management Consultant Adrienne Guerrero and Leadership Communication Strategist Tom Rosenak, and exists to support the alignment between business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions. To learn more visit https://aleadershipbeyond.com.        
39:18 10/10/23
The Themes Are Coming In – Our Research Hypothesis is Proving True!
This week's episode aims to connect with the A Leadership Beyond community shortly after launching our Leadership Resilience Research Project. We're excited about the insightful responses we've received on our Leadership Resilience Research from early participants. It’s a lot to ask, we get it! And we are confident it’s worth it! We acknowledge that some of our trusted community members have committed to the self-evaluation but haven't had the 20 minutes needed for thorough self-reflection. We get it! Asking for 20 minutes is a lot. This situation underscores one of the fundamental principles guiding our initiative: Advancing leadership to the next level requires creating room for reflection in a landscape filled with competing priorities and constant demands. Simply put, we aren’t committed to filling our own cups first and making time for our development. We hope the insights shared in this episode will encourage you to participate, both to gain self-awareness and add your insights to our research so we can fine-tune the events, interviews, and support that we plan in the future. To learn more about how you can benefit and participate in the research, visit the research page on our website at https://aleadershipbeyond.com/a-leadership-beyond-research-initiative/. We will keep you updated as the results flow in and as always welcome any questions or comments from you. A Leadership Beyond is led by Change Management Consultant Adrienne Guerrero and Leadership Communication Strategist Tom Rosenak, and exists to support the alignment between business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions. To learn more visit https://aleadershipbeyond.com.
30:28 9/26/23
Visit the WINNERs Circle with Coach Sherry Winn
In this inspiring conversation with Sherry Winn, a remarkable two-time Olympian, National Basketball Coach of the Year, and three-time bestselling author on Amazon, we delve into the profound lessons she has learned on her leadership journey.  Sherry's life began in a challenging environment, filled with dysfunction and bullying, but she refused to let adversity define her. She persevered, not only becoming an Olympian but also a world-renowned coach, author, and motivational speaker.  Sherry's story is a testament to the power of inner resilience. She urges us to consider how we respond to adversity, what we can learn from it, and who we can become through persistence. Leadership resilience, she emphasizes, is primarily an inner game. During our conversation, Sherry shares valuable insights on resilience. Join us in the Winner's Circle with Coach Sherry Winn as she dedicates her life and work to teaching, guiding, and empowering others.   For more inspiration and information, visit Sherry's website https://www.thewinningleadershipcompany.com/. Discover how to overcome setbacks, thrive in the face of adversity, and become a resilient leader by tuning in to this compelling conversation with Sherry Winn.  A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our channel to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. You can find us at https://aleadershipbeyond.com/. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.  
30:12 9/12/23
Retooling and Refueling - Holistic Leadership with Bryan Sykes
Building a leadership beyond is a holistic process. It requires nurturing our own growth while also fostering the growth of those we work with. We recognize and honor both our uniqueness and our shared humanity. Joining us in this episode is Bryan Sykes, a healthcare professional, neurobiologist, and martial artist working at the 4-way intersection of people, science, technology, and business to support human thriving.  Bryan shares his journey of exploring performance enhancement and how the realm of athletics emerges as an illuminating beacon. It is within this arena that the principles of performance management truly come to life, offering invaluable insights that can be applied to our VUCA corporate reality. Bryan's upcoming book, "Retooling and Refueling," is a work poised to offer a wealth of wisdom. As we eagerly await its release, Bryan shares some practical gems designed for high-performing individuals in the business arena.  A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.  
53:40 8/29/23
Essential Qualities of Exceptional Leaders - from Elementary Education to Corporate Boards - A Conversation with Dr. Tim Arnold
Assessing the true quality of a leader can often be challenging. However, during a crisis, their true capabilities surface.   The co-founders of this community emphasize the value of “bringing your whole self to work, engaging your head, heart, and briefcase.”   Without a doubt this week’s guest, Dr. Tim Arnold earned his position as Superintendent of Will County District 92 through his intelligence and impeccable credentials. Adrienne Guerrero, a parent with two grade school daughters in the district, often praised Tim's exceptional communication skills and reassuring demeanor, especially during times of unprecedented challenges faced by the school system.   We were thrilled when Dr. Arnold agreed to engage in a conversation, granting us a glimpse behind the curtain to discover some of the key leadership principles that shape his philosophy.  We are confident you will find the same benefits from listening to this interview as we did while conducting it.  To see Dr. Tim Arnold’s leadership in action, visit the Will County District 92 website at www.d92.org. Connect with Tim directly on LinkedIn.  A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.
37:00 8/1/23
An Invite to A Leadership Beyond's Research Project
“Everybody is experiencing the same thing only differently.”  -Adrienne Guerrero, Co-Founder A Leadership Beyond  Our community of conversation has had the privilege to engage in dynamic conversation with remarkable thought leaders, even during one of the most challenging business environments in history. We hope you find these conversations as enjoyable to listen to as we find them rewarding to facilitate.   Through our interactions, we have noticed patterns and gained valuable insights into the barriers that often hinder the execution of our best personal and professional transformational ideas. It would be redundant to list all the challenges faced by leaders from various directions. We recognize that the runway is turbulent, messy, and filled with competing intentions, leaving leaders with limited bandwidth for thoughtful action.  We have stories to share, and we believe you do too. Our goal is to keep the conversation flowing! However, we acknowledge that our observations have been largely anecdotal, and we feel that YOUR experiences may be missing from the mix.  Leadership Resilience Research – Building leadership resilience in a VUCA reality (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous)  You’re Invited! Before we can build sustainable strategies, it is essential to understand the current situation, the desired situation, and the perceived gap between them. We are seeking data from your experience. (Held confidential unless you give explicit permission otherwise.)  Our target audience: This research is targeted at individuals who are responsible for others, ranging from team leads with one direct report to C-level executives accountable for the people within their entire enterprise.  What does it take to participate?  We are requesting 20-30 minutes of your focused time and thought to complete a survey. The questions we present require reflection on your personal experiences, professional wishes, and feelings. Yes, the activity is more than a few mindless questions that you can fill out quickly between meetings.   But, wait…we think it’s worth it to you as much as it is to us!  What’s in it for you?  We are aware of that sinking feeling, OH, NO, not another survey! We believe that the time you spend participating in this survey will return immediate valuable insight into areas that require greater attention or a shift in focus (at least, that’s what we heard from our pilot participants).  And, more than that, here are the details:  You will receive a detailed personal report, along with a short video that will help you interpret your results effectively.  You will be invited to optional live community conversations where we will delve into our findings and extract common themes about leaders’ challenges.  Once we conclude the data-gathering phase of this project, we will publish the findings in comprehensive reports, articles, and interviews.   We will provide follow-up summaries, webinars, and other activities and events that we believe will be beneficial based on the results. This will provide multiple opportunities to bring your specific expertise into the conversation.  The primary conversation we have is with ourselves. We don’t speak for you, but confess that our own inner conversations are often noisy and conflicted. We imagine that you might be feeling the same. Taking time to zoom out and think strategically adds value and clarity. It’s a solo activity that often requires a group effort to feel motivated to make the commitment. We hope to bring that to you with this research participation.  We are confident that your participation will benefit you in your quest to become the best leader you can be. We are hopeful you will make space to participate and have YOUR voice in the leadership mix.   Ready to join us?  Click this link to sign up to participate. We will be sending instructions in early July when we officially launch.  If you have any questions before signing up, please contact us at connect@aleadershipbeyond.com.  A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.
05:31 6/20/23
Communicating Through Change - A Conversation with Ben Baker
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” -George Bernard Shaw  Our community of conversation seeks guests with unique style and perspective, who also share our core values – people first, effective communication as the key to leading transformational change, and that change is not an event or project but rather an ongoing leadership responsibility. To quote Aristotle, “all communication must lead to change.”  This week we enjoyed the energy and insight of Ben Baker, who after years of applying his communication skills in high-tech sales and direct mail, ultimately turned his attention to supporting companies with their internal communications. Of course, we learn of this transition through story, as Ben discovered his Ikigai was not only storytelling but enabling and empowering others to tell their story.  Tune in to this engaging conversation with Ben. We are hopeful you will find this conversation as meaningful as we did.   A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.  
34:54 5/23/23
Highest Self is Whole Self at Work - A Conversation with Kristin Lamar
“Whether in business or our personal lives, clarity comes from having a clear sense of the self. When we are aligned with our inner wisdom all things are possible.”  -Kristin Lamar We hear the clarion call to “bring our whole selves to work.” Despite this, the fear of competing agendas and possible friction from diverse religious affiliations, can create an environment where people are hesitant to bring their spirituality to work.  We are body, mind, and spirit; the whole person is not present if we deny the soul in our work.  What’s a leader to do about this challenge? In this riveting 30-minute conversation, Kristin Lamar offers us tips on how to become more conscious as leaders and to muster the courage to better align mindsets – professional, mental, and soulful. The attempt to separate body, heart, mind and soul leads to dissolution and loss of power, insight, authenticity, creativity, resourcefulness, and creativity.  Kristin shows up in a way that builds instant trust as she encourages us to trust our inner wisdom and highest self – everywhere, including at work. Conscious alignment is our superpower! Listen to this episode to hear the gems gleaned from our conversation with Kristin.  A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.
38:23 4/25/23
You Are What You Risk - A Conversation With Michele Wucker
Awareness is the starting point of most of our leadership discussions within this community of conversation. Once aware, we need a framework to guide our thinking and do authentic discovery.   This week’s guest Michele Wucker, deepens our awareness of the peril we face if we ignore risk, as well as the opportunity for success, happiness and fulfilment presented by learning to navigate risks more effectively. Her newest book examines evaluating risk from the highly personal reflection, to cultural and global implications.  You Are What You Risk builds on, and in many ways mirrors, Michele’s masterpiece The Gray Rhino, How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore.   We are confident you will benefit from this thought-provoking and inspirational conversation. Michele has a gift in her ability to bring academic depth to life through the power of story.   A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the A Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.    
44:15 3/28/23
Finding our Ikigai - A Conversation with Milan Batinich
With a background in staffing, our guest this week, Milan Batinich developed a passion for helping companies and individuals find the right talent and the right work. He started with a company that utilized Predictive Index (PI) for their hiring. At first, he was not a believer, but came to see how powerful a behavioral assessment is in leveraging behaviors and drives to support creating alignment between the individual, the culture of the organization, and the work to be done.  From the foundation of staffing contact centers, Milan has become a certified PI trainer and is certified through Stanford University on human behaviors and how to coach people for high performance. Recently, Milan has launched a motivational speaking business helping leadership teams learn about finding their Ikigai (Japanese concept that combines the terms iki, meaning “alive” or “life,” and gai, meaning “benefit” or “worth”).  Among the key points emerging from our conversation:  You can’t manage what you can’t measure. For example, Milan sites a company he worked for with 60 employees experiencing a 90% turnover. Using people data, this company lowered their annual attrition rate from 90% down to 14.9%.        Knowing what the job entails and the requirements of the work both cognitively and behaviorally makes it possible to do a better job of matching people to work.        Finding the right fit works as well for existing employees as it does for recruiting. Milan shares an example of two internal employees mismatched and the solution turned out to be switching roles. We tend to throw work at people and people at work. Predictive Index used with the Talent Optimization framework helps us be more intentional.        Coaching becomes more effective when we understand ourselves, the person we are communicating with, and the shared goals we are striving toward. Without this awareness we tend to coach based on our own style.        The default of most companies for motivation is extrinsic. We establish rewards and benefits but ignore the intrinsic motivation. Predictive Index helps uncover internal motivations.    Listen as Milan shares his insights and experience of using Predictive Index to optimize talent.  A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization).  Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.
35:43 3/14/23
Thriving Beyond Pandemic - a Conversation With Dr. Michele R. Kramer and Dr. Lesley Page
We are called to thrive.   Yes, we must first of all survive as signified in Maslow’s Hierarchy.   Our community of conversation is dedicated to nourishing the siren call to go beyond, and to be sure to join others as we learn to thrive, despite our challenges. Thriving together. We can get beyond the shock to our world brought to us by accelerated change and exacerbated by the pandemic. But never alone!  For this episode we had the opportunity to chat with two experts who have collaborated with a team to research, write about, teach, and share ways we can seize the pain of change to create better leaders and transform this pain into an opportunity for better work, better lives, better world.  Welcome our guests from Lewis University, Adrienne’s alma mater, Dr. Michele R. Kramer, PhD, MSN, RN, AHN-BC and Dr. Lesley Page, PhD. We mention this because it relates to our recently published networking strategy guide. Adrienne got the diploma and easily could have just moved on with life. But as a lifelong learner, she made the effort to stay connected to Lewis and her friends and educational mentors. Lucky us that she did!  Michele and Lesley had been focusing on new approaches of leadership, with a more wholistic and spiritual foundation. They recognized that the comprehensive tome published every decade was not sufficient to address the ever-changing field of leadership and leadership study. They began writing articles on the subject.   And then COVID hit! Each of us can identify and follow that statement with how radically their work was upended. Yes, and the field of health care, even more! Their recent research is driven by the collision of understanding leadership and navigating the pandemic.   Listen as our guests share insights into leadership in a VUCA environment (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous). A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.  
34:59 2/28/23
Practice What We Teach
Rather than having a guest this week, we decided to record the co-founders of this community having a conversation using Your Strategic Networking Guide. The strategy guide is the first module in our Strategic Leadership Series. Download your copy  at https://aleadershipbeyond.com/your-strategic-networking-guide. If we are not already connected, you’ll be automatically subscribed to become part of our community to whom we bring the expertise of leaders as well as insights on optimizing your leadership excellence.  Your Strategic Networking Guide is comprised of a series of generative questions that help you focus your networking activities according to your values, style, and goals.   We are preparing to initiate a research project to discern the greatest challenges that leaders are facing in strategy, execution, and all points between. We will focus our outreach for participants within our own networks, rather than a broad solicitation to the masses.  We desire to get beneath the buzzwords (Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting, you know them) to the day-to-day, real-world challenges on the messy runway of leadership execution. Our intention is to harness this research to tailor services that support addressing the most pressing leadership needs.   We hope by hearing our example of this guide in action inspires you to try it for yourself. We invite you to play around with the Strategic Networking Guide and we welcome thoughts on your experience.  Stay tuned for more on our Leadership research initiative.   A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.  
27:54 2/14/23
Disconnect Principle - A Conversation with Ann Latham
For this episode we had the opportunity to chat again with the Queen of Clarity, Ann Latham.  The discussion was about her newest book, The Disconnect Principle.  A continuous struggle in business communication is giving and receiving feedback well. While formulas focusing on behavior and impact may help to a certain degree, we are still left uncomfortable giving feedback, tend to procrastinate or sugarcoat our feedback until the message and meaning are lost.  The disconnect principle is as simple as it is powerful:  “If someone doesn’t do as you expected, all you know for sure is that he or she didn’t do as you expected. Period. There is a disconnect between what you expected and what happened.”  We are too quick to assume we know the cause of the disconnect: He’s not committed, she’s not reliable, he’s inconsiderate, she needs more training…. and endless speculation that ends the real communication, and thwarts the process of realignment.   Ann shares, the best response to a disconnect is “I think we have a disconnect.” Our assumptions, judgments and speculation allow our disclarity to appear as clarity. We claim to know, therefore disrupting discovery into what truly is going on and how we can work together to prevent disconnect in the future.  The Disconnect Principle is something we can begin to practice today, as well as something we can build on individually, in our teams and throughout the culture to grow in building better relationships and producing better results.  Listen to this episode as Ann shares some people-centered, collaborative problem-solving insights from her new book. A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.
34:08 1/31/23
Your People Philosophy - A Conversation with Paul LaLonde
The word “philosophy” means love of wisdom. Wisdom is not contained in abstract concepts, nor in academic mental gymnastics.  Such exercises can be effective as they sharpen our ability to think critically. But philosophy at its core has always been about living a great life, aligned as best we can to the highest imaginable good.   Life optimized! For this week's episode we had the opportunity to chat with Paul LaLonde, Vice President of People and Culture at the Community Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA).  Paul happened across a modern perspective on the ancient work of Epictetus. He grabbed this book in the bargain bin at the bookstore and this philosophy continues to impact his personal and professional life.   Paul is a contributor to the soon to be released book, People Fusion: Best Practices to Build and Retain a Strong Team. Paul contributes the chapter entitled “The HR Philosopher: How Philosophy Can Be a Difference Making Pursuit for Business Leaders.” Listen as Paul shares some gems of wisdom with our community.  A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.  
28:48 1/17/23
Welcome 2023!
Adrienne and Tom, co-founders of this growing community of conversation, decided to practice what they continually teach and need to remind themselves and others to do.  For the last recording of 2022 (first post of 2023), rather than have a guest, they took time to breathe, pause, celebrate, and reflect. Before digging in for the work of the exciting new year, let’s reflect on where A Leadership Beyond has been and set intentions for the new year. Watch as Tom and Adrienne reflect on 2022 and share their plans for 2023.  A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization).   Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.  
05:21 1/3/23
Leadership Lessons From the Performing Arts - A Conversation With Robert Snyder
This week we had the opportunity to interview Robert Snyder, author of the soon to be released book, Innovation Elegance: Transcending Agile with Ruthlessness and Grace.  In our community’s name is the word “beyond.” What we intend to imply is that leaders must manage the messy runway while at the same time collaborating, innovating, and creating a compelling future of work – at the individual, team, organization, and societal levels.  The good news is we don’t create from scratch, we can draw from what is currently working and find new applications.  Robert draws leadership and management ideas from the Performing Arts with a unique style, using analogy and metaphor in a way that makes the business application accessible and immediately actionable.  A glance at his bio and his business experience clearly shows how he’s made this strong connection. Listen as Robert tells of his journey from an awkward male beginner in Latin dance, to being part of a dance team, and now teaching dance. Every phase of his dance learning journey contains lessons for us all.  A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.  
34:18 12/6/22
Welcome Back Y’All – Staying Grounded to Your Roots While Moving Fast - A Conversation With Liz Brigham
Our guest this week is Liz Brigham. Liz is the W. Spencer Mitchem Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Davidson College.   Liz has had vast and varied experiences in her career, which includes Disney, industrial supply distribution, and leadership in a global financial company. That journey finally led to her current role of being a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship within higher education. Liz’s role is not confined to higher education but is focused on serving Davidson College, the community, students, alumni, and faculty, as well as the local community and the world at large.  That winding road moved fast for Liz, but she stayed grounded and brought her love for people and desire to be a builder to every turn of her career. Listen as Liz shares what keeps her grounded in a fast-paced, result-oriented world.  A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions. To learn more visit us at https://aleadershipbeyond.com.  
42:41 11/22/22
Employee Engagement: A Survey Is Just The Beginning - A Conversation with Olivier Aries
The principals at A Leadership Beyond are Predictive Index practitioners precisely because we are passionate about putting people at the center of leading change at the global and local level. Putting people first is the right thing to do, but we need to establish the business case as well as the moral case. Without a framework (Talent Optimization and tools (Predictive Index Assessment), even the most well-intentioned people initiatives fall short.   In our latest conversation we spoke with Olivier Aries Co-Founder/Talent Optimization Implementer at Thrive Collective. Our conversation focused on the Diagnose component of Talent Optimization, which is a tool to measure engagement of the people that leads to strategic action to fill any identified gaps.  Here are a few of the highlights of this dynamic conversation:  The importance of pulling people data in at the start of the change initiative. Engagement defined as the amount of discretionary effort employees put into their work above and beyond what is necessary to stay employed. You can’t directly impact engagement. Instead, we must focus on what drives engagement, and what causes poor engagement. To impact engagement, leaders need to understand and act on the primary levers to better engagement. Right people in the right environment. Even the best people will fail in a toxic environment. We need to address the company culture, the team design, and the individual drives. The importance of evaluating your readiness to act before you stir the pot with an engagement survey. You lose credibility if you aren’t committed to act. Be mindful of your capacity to change. The power to leverage data in an aggregate, team, and individual level. Just as self-awareness is a critical leadership skill for individuals, so can it be for teams and the entire system. Predictive Index empowers organization to scale awareness to create action to drive results (execution) by aligning business strategy to people strategy.     At the end of the day, creating an environment for high engagement results in execution. This is where business strategy and people strategy meet. People who are proud to be a part of the strategy, producing better work, and creating a better world.  That’s Talent Optimized! To discover how to realize these benefits for your organization and your people, contact us at connect@aleadershipbeyond.com.  A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.  
44:56 11/8/22
The Power of Founder & Force Multiplier - A Conversation with Manal Kheen
The Power of Founder & Force Multiplier  Manal Keen, CEO of Founder & Force Multiplier brings passion and commitment to every conversation.   In this conversation, Manal gives us her story, the drive behind her biggest why, as well as a good overview of the book The Founder & The Force Multiplier.  We won’t give too much away, but her career journey toward her “why” is amazing – relatable and inspiring. She excelled in the male-dominated field of financial services, holding various roles in large financial institutions heading finance and strategy positions. (Eye-opening fact that she shares: females currently manage fewer than 2% of assets under management.)  Wanting to make a bigger difference and impact women and minorities in a more direct way, Manal is going to help lead the way to change that fact through her new roles as the first female adjunct professor at the University of North Texas in Denton to teach investments. Additionally, Manal is part of the Investment Management Board focused on driving internship opportunities for females, minorities, and students in underserved communities.  But she’s not stopping there! Manal reconnected with Adam Hergenrother and became fascinated by the story of how the strategic partnership between Adam and Hallie Warner allowed Adam to become a serial entrepreneur.   Going from blog, to book, to movement requires new strategic partners and Manal is all in as this opportunity meets her passion for teaching, mentoring and inspiring business leaders. This already includes a recently launched podcast, a curriculum, white papers and much more to come.  A few insights from our conversation with Manal:  A clear definition on the role of Force Multiplier and key distinction among operation manager, executive assistant, and chief of staff.  The foundation of successful partnerships is a shared vision and values.   Success in these partnerships is predicated in strong communication: open mind, constructive feedback, and trust. Soft skills aren’t so soft, are they?  Leveraging the 80/20 rule-with intention, by design, and with collaboration.  We thank Manal for sharing her passion and commitment with us.  A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions. Tom & Adrienne   
32:35 10/25/22
Hire the Right People to Execute Your Strategy - A Conversation with Dan Adams
Hire the Right People - A Conversation with Dan Adams   We are excited to share our conversation with Dan Adams, an experienced Learning & Development Leader who is passionate about Tech, Cars, and Saving the Planet.    In this conversation we are taking a case study approach to demonstrate the practical application of using Predictive Index to quickly hire the right people to execute a new strategy.    This is a case study on how Predictive Index, “quite frankly saved our butts. Predictive Index was the difference between success and failure.”    Thank you to Dan for sharing his experience using @Predictive Index to drive results (high sales, lower returns) by aligning his business strategy and his people strategy.    A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization).   Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions. We welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions. To discover how to realize these benefits for your organization and your people, contact us at connect@aleadershipbeyond.com.  
24:15 10/11/22
Courage of a Leader with Amy Riley
Our guest this week is Amy Riley, author of The Courage of a Leader.    Amy has spent decades teaching leaders how to step up, inspire, engage, and get extraordinary results. She helps them lead with courage.   "I want to help leaders, there is so much coming at them from all directions. I want to support them. If leaders are doing it correctly, there is a lot of processing and a lot of care, and a lot of head and heart that goes into their work.”  Why Courage?   After collaborating with leaders in multiple industries, with diverse strengths, personalities, styles, and backgrounds, Amy observed that the common virtue present in all inspiring leaders was a bold demonstration of courage. These leaders said and did the necessary -- easy or not -- while maintaining authenticity. That’s courage.  We are grateful to have Amy Riley in our community and confident you will benefit as we have from our conversation. A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.  
33:15 9/27/22
Pay Attention to Tension with T. Falcon Napier
Our guest this week is T. Falcon Napier, an internationally-recognized human development expert, specializing in sales, leadership and change management. He is the Founder of the Institute for Productive Tension® — an organization that researches the role of Productive Tension® in human performance. Mr. Napier is best known for bringing the principles, tools and techniques of professional Tension Management® to corporate audiences worldwide through his three flagship programs: ChangeWorks!®, MasterStream® and Pride-Based Leadership®. He is also creator of the ChangeGrid® — the world’s only client-driven, activity-specific coaching and management tool. When we hear the word tension, our thoughts immediately go to high levels of tension, stress. The terms “tension” and “stress” have almost become synonymous.   Oh, I’m so stressed, so tense.   While it’s true that leaders need a strategy for dealing with stakeholders experiencing high levels of tension, it is equally true and often overlooked that leaders need a strategy for dealing with little to no tension and all points between.   If we want to positively influence change, we must pay attention to where people experience tension.   In this episode, T. Falcon Napier helps us to see how to help people in a personal or professional situation to lead desired change more successfully by monitoring and managing the level of productive tension in themselves and others.  A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.  
31:36 9/13/22
7 Forms of Respect - a Conversation with Dr. Julie Pham
On this episode of A Leadership Beyond podcast, we had a conversation with Dr. Julie Pham, author of the book, 7 forms of respect. Julie Pham was born in Vietnam, came to the United States with her parents as a boat person. That is a strong part of her identity, and she learned early both the challenges and rewards of being bicultural. She had to adapt to being Vietnamese at home, American at school and work. Added to this is her experience studying and working in the UK, Germany, and Vietnam. These experiences have influenced and shaped the way Julie thinks about respect.  Julie launched research around how we like to be treated at work. The word “respect” kept showing up and she realized that people clearly sought respect, but there was fuzziness around what it is. This led her to create a new framework, 7 forms of respect™ to help us navigate gaining a deeper understanding of one another. This framework is highly actionable at the individual, team, organizational, and even societal level.   7 forms of respect™ is built on a foundation of sound research including focus groups, interviews, surveys, and personal experience. The real plus is that Julie presents in the form of conversation, just the way our community prefers.  Adrienne and Tom left the conversation wanting to learn more.  A Leadership Beyond exists to support the alignment between the business strategy and people strategy - to drive results with people not at the expense of people (Talent Optimization). Subscribe to our podcast to join the Leadership Beyond Community of Conversation and hear insights from thought leaders and human development experts leading the way in the field of Talent Optimization. As always, we’d love to hear from you about your insights, challenges, and successes around leading (self and others) through transitions.  
26:55 8/30/22