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Innovating Leadership Co-Creating Our Future

As a society, we face a dramatic loss of trust in each other and in our institutions. This reduction in trust impacts everything from people's inability to come together to solve problems to an escalation in mental illness and suicide. Mary Jo Burchard shares her experiences with struggle and how it impacts your ability to build trust.

Mark Shapiro, President and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays, joins the show to share his approach to effective leadership and discuss how this approach positioned the Toronto Blue Jays to navigate the challenges they faced -- and the solutions they implemented so that the game could go on amidst the COVID pandemic.  He reveals the leadership insights learned in these unusual times. Through this conversation, Mark’s comments and perspective illustrate the best of effective leadership.

Universities and medical schools do a wonderful job preparing their students for medical procedures, but the crucial element to great healthcare that is missed is leadership training.  Neil Grunberg joins the show to share his experiences and how the leadership framework he developed with Maureen can be used to build the leadership skills needed by medical staff to make our healthcare system stronger.

Every entrepreneur dreams of expanding their business from around the corner to around the world. While today those dreams look doubtful, hope can be found from the story of a CEO who managed to do so despite decades of economic downturns, near bankruptcy, and constant change. Robert Rosenberg joins the show today to share insights and lessons learned from his experience taking Dunkin’ Donuts from 100 shops to 6,500 outlets.  These lessons are also captured in his new book, Around the Corner to Around the World: A Dozen Lessons I Learned Running Dunkin Donuts.

Research has shown that diversity at every level of leadership leads to a more successful organization. Helle Bank Jørgensen joins Maureen to discuss the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion at every level of leadership, including the board room.

Theory U blends systems thinking, innovation, and leading change from the viewpoint of an evolved human consciousness. Guest Otto Scharmer’s first book on the topic sold over 100,000 copies (versus the average traditional book which sells 3,000 copies in its lifetime). Otto joins Maureen to discuss his latest book: The Essentials of Theory U: Core Principles and Applications, which meets a crucial need during this point in history in helping us bring necessary changes to our foundational systems from a place of deep consciousness and perspective-taking from all key stakeholders – including the future as a key stakeholder.

The need for system leaders, system literacy, and collaboration are more important than ever. The field of ‘awareness-based systems change’ is growing, and there are many very accessible ways to engage. Darcy Winslow joins Maureen to discuss that taking a more holistic, or systems, approach does not require a Ph.D. in Systems Dynamics - anyone can become a systems thinker and have a positive impact on the systems in which they work and live.

Business disruptions are occurring every day for entire business segments. Effective organizations are looking ahead to lead the disruptive efforts to set the new market. If you are not disrupting – you will get disrupted. Mark Kvamme joins Maureen to discuss how he works with organizations to identify opportunities and be the disruptor rather than being disrupted.

“Great leaders are great learners” is often quoted but how can leaders implement this into their very hectic day? Ron Riggio has created a year-long leadership development guidebook that offers day-by-day instruction in short excerpts to provide leaders with knowledge and practical application ideas. Ron joins the show to discuss his new book “Daily Leadership Development,” his lifetime achievement award and his views on the current state of leadership.

In a time when people are sharing more of their personal struggles, we talk to Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and Doug McCollough about their struggles -- and more importantly how they navigated those struggles so they could make their greatest impact on the world. Congresswoman Beatty not only overcame, she changed the view of what it is to be a successful black woman. She talks about how helping women succeed helps America succeed.

Among our greatest leaders are those driven by impulses they cannot completely control - by lust. Lust is not, however, an abstraction; it has definition. Definition that, given the impact of leaders who lust, is essential to extract. Barbara Kellerman joins the show today to discuss her views on leadership education, what it takes to build highly effective leaders, and her new book Leaders Who Lust.

We are addicted to prediction, desperate for certainty about the future. But the complexity of modern life won’t allow that; experts in forecasting are reluctant to look more than 400 days out. History doesn’t necessarily repeat itself, and even genetics won’t tell you everything you want to know. Margaret Heffernan joins us to discuss her new book, Uncharted, How to Navigate the Future, in which she drew on a wide array of people and places to look at long-term projects developed over generations that could never have planned for the way that they have been run.

Building a talented workforce is a key element in growing our community.

Mike Morrow-Fox joins Maureen to explore how vertical development is required to build the mindset and competencies leaders require to navigate this complexity and create long term thriving enterprises.

We have talked extensively about the leadership skills required to handle the increasingly complex work challenges with an accelerating rate of change, interconnected workplaces across the globe and increasing pace of technology.

Sustainability is now a business-critical issue. Companies and industries that don't embrace it will be left behind. In fact, we are already starting to see this. Trista Bridges and Donald Eubank join the show today to discuss their new book Leading Sustainability: The Path to Sustainable Business and How the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Changed Everything, which is the culmination of 18 months of research from around the world.

We are facing unprecedented changes in our world today. These changes range from geopolitical uncertainty to the impact the pandemic has on everything from how we work to technology acceleration – and all that change creates a corresponding need to adjust leadership, too. Christopher Washington joins Maureen to discuss the top seven Leadership Trends for 2021 and Beyond.

Thriving during a crisis is a challenging feat for any leader. Aline Kamakian shares how she encountered the difficult decisions that many faced in the hospitality industry due to the pandemic –then dealing with the destruction of one of her restaurants during the massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, in August of 2020. Aline reveals how she adapted to the crises her business endured, and offers very real-world advice for leaders gleaned from those experiences.

Part of the challenge in building innovative leadership is learning to become more introspective and how to put that introspective knowledge into practice. Looking inside yourself—examining the very makeup of your inner world—enables you to function in a highly grounded way, rather than operating from reactive habits and biases that simply lead to more uninformed or unconscious decision making.

Mindsets are the most foundational element for why leaders do what they do. Unfortunately, most leaders are not conscious of their mindsets, and their negative mindsets wreak havoc on their effectiveness. Ryan Gottfredson joins Innovating Leadership Co-Creating Our Future to discuss his new book Success Mindsets: The Key to Unlocking Greater Success in Your Life, Work and Leadership, and what leaders can do to be aware of their mindsets -- and develop Success Mindsets, so they can unlock much more effective leadership.

We equip professional athletes and elite military units with the tools for resilience and recovery as they step into unknown, high-pressure + high-stress work.  The COVID pandemic has elevated a long-overlooked gap: we ask a LOT of the nurses, doctors, and frontline medical staff who shepherd our communities in times of public health crisis. Why don’t we equip them with these tools, too? Brian Ferguson joins the show to discuss how Arena Labs focuses on pioneering what they call "High Performance Medicine" in order to bring those same tools, training, and technology to frontline medical teams.

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Improvement only happens with change, and change is a constant for an effective military.  Yet implementing change takes high energy, an abundance of patience, and extreme flexibility. United States Navy Rear Admiral Deborah Haven (retired) discusses her experiences in leading change and working in uncertain environments.  The lessons she learned apply to situations all leaders – military and civilian --  face.

Greg Moran joins Maureen to discuss the challenges organizations are facing during the months of working from home and how his organization, Aware, is helping companies track employee engagement and satisfaction without invasion of privacy.

Telling your story is only the beginning.  The old adage “show, don’t tell” is true:  today’s most successful companies and leaders are StoryDoers, not storytellers. These leaders clearly define a higher purpose that frames their ultimate ambition and desired contribution to the world.  Every action they – and their company - take serves to achieve this goal. Ty Montague, CEO of co:, reveals what makes someone a Storydoer, why they are better leaders, and tools you can use to become a Storydoer.

We have been hearing from everyone that we are living in disruptive times. The question for many of us becomes – what does this really mean for me and what can I do. During this show, Terri Bettinger and Greg Moran join Maureen to explore disruption, what factors allow an organization to create sustainable disruption and how companies and leaders can create organizations that are truly disruptive.

Matt Qvortrup is a professor of political science at Coventry University. Described by the Financial Times as "a world authority on referendums," he has published more than a dozen books on democracy and presented the BBC Program How to Kill a Democracy.

Innovating Leadership, Co-Creating Our Future features interviews with Ohio and global business leaders. The podcast will include current conversations and archived editions of Maureen Metcalf's interviews. 

Here she celebrates the 5th year anniversary of the show with Dr. Christopher Washington, the Provost and Senior Vice President for Franklin University.

Maureen and Christopher will recap the biggest takeaways from the guests in the past 5 years and look forward at the opportunities and challenges facing our leaders. 

Mike Hardy, Founding Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University in the UK, joins Maureen to discuss his current work, trends in democracy, and what leaders can do to make a difference through better leadership for a more peaceful existence for us all.