Innovating Leadership Co-Creating Our Future

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.

During this edition of Innovating Leadership Co-Creating Our Future, Maureen speaks with Greg Moran and Terri Bettinger on the topic of aspirations over the courses of their leadership careers. Aspiration has the power to expand our limits and potential by motivating us to test our capabilities and competencies further and in new ways. 

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.