Michael Landers is the founder of Culture Crossing, LLC, a global consulting organization dedicated to finding innovative solutions for groups and individuals working in challenging global conditions. He joins us on this episode to discuss what the concept of “culture” means to him and how we can all challenge our personal cultural norms to adapt in new settings and thrive in global work. Michael walks us through Mental Models, the “7 Second Rule,” and where the crossover is between culture skills and core soft leadership skills that paves the way for effective global leadership.
The Intersection of Data and People
Dani Johnson, Co-founder and Principal Analyst at RedThread Research joins the show and takes a deep dive into the intersection of data and people. The conversation focuses on how we can leverage data to make the workplace and workspaces more human. She walks us through the importance and implications of risk-taking, tactical and strategic productivity hacks, where she sees the future of work headed with data in the driver’s seat, and how effective communication and data go hand-in-hand.
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Leading and Managing Through a Crisis
Eric McNulty, the Associate Director of The National Preparedness Leadership Institute at Harvard, talks us through the difference between “Leadership” and “Management,” specifically in the context of dealing with a crisis. He also discusses the importance of Meta-Leadership, relationship negotiation, and how leaders can become a bottleneck in a crisis (and how to avoid this).
McNulty spent over a decade traveling the U.S. towards the center of crises (Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Hurricane Sandy, Boston Marathon bombings, COVID-19). He explains the evolution of leadership from the days of hunting and gathering, to farming, to the present day, and he shares with us where he believes leadership is headed.
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The Conscience of an Organization
Amrita Subramanian, an Exec-Ed lecturer of Organizational Dynamics at Wharton School of Business who has lived in 17 different countries and boasts 25 years of robust experience in multiple industries.
In this episode, Amrita shares her philosophy on what the “Conscience” of an organization is and why it matters. We also explore profound ideas such as the paradox of corporate corruption and morality, the importance of leaders who regulate emotion, and, “Why do we exist?”.
How Harley Davidson Made Leadership Development “Cool”
Daniel Menden managed Leadership Development and Training Operations at over 1400 Harley Davidson dealerships for over a decade. In this episode, Menden shares with us how he achieved buy-in from each independently owned dealership for training programs, how HarleyU adapted its curriculum for the global needs of its dealerships and new product training, and how he made the shift from a steady career to founding his own business, Mensch Performance.
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Tuning Leadership Skills from the Stage
Singer-songwriter Stephen Kellogg joins us on this episode to talk about leadership from a different perspective: from the stage.
Stephen does a deep dive into the parallels between leadership in business and being the leader of a band. During the show he discusses job satisfaction, how to receive negative feedback, his TEDx Talk, and his book. He ends by leaving us with lots of great nuggets for leaders, regardless of your industry or craft.
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