In the past, to move up the corporate ladder and succeed at the top, you simply had to set goals, motivate the troops, delegate to underlings, and groom a successor. Now, if you are leading a team you must manage a kaleidoscope of people from a variety of cultures, across a range of ages, all of whom are wired together 24/7. These changing demographics and structures have led to a seismic shift in terms of the tools needed to successfully manage and grow within a company: charisma and strategic thinking abilities now matter less than qualities such as vulnerability and relatability.  Jeff Hull joins Maureen to discuss the research he has done on the art and science of leadership in a changing world that is featured in his book, Flex.

To be competitive in business over the next decade, it will not only be necessary to optimize the body for physical and mental health purposes, but it will also be necessary to ensure that cognitive optimization is a major focus. The human brain is simply not equipped to handle the deluge of data that is coming, nor the constant upskilling requirements that are inevitable. Dr. J.J. Walcutt joins host Maureen Metcalf to share information about Accelerate, a program that can get businesses stared on the right track toward building a culture of brain health, growth, and effectiveness.

Change is now a constant in all organizations. Is there a way to make it easier? Jake Jacobs joins Maureen to discuss his new book Leverage Change, and how leaders can use the concept of leverage to achieve faster, easier, better results related to all change work they are doing in their organizations -- at the individual, team or organizational levels. He shares practical actions leaders can take to achieve these much sought-after, but seldom accomplished, goals.

By their very nature, emerging industries present unique leadership challenges – and opportunities – rarely encountered in long-established businesses.  In addition to general entrepreneurism, you’re creating something new for the marketplace…and forging the team to shepherd it. Emerging industries often lend a new twist on businesses: they allow the opportunity to relook at old practices, and can lead to innovation in the business sector. James Brenza joins the show to discuss his recent venture into an emerging industry -- and how looking at an emerging industry can provide new challenges as well as the possibilities of new solutions.

Several of the Innovative Leadership Institute’s certified facilitators have taken the concepts that they learned from a 9-month program and applied them to their business functions.  GraduatesTom Grote and Christoph Hinske join Maureen to discuss how they have extended the program content, and built a values-based systems mapping technique that helped shape both of their professional and personal journeys.

We see lots of articles on the future of work, but few about the future of leadership. As work changes, leadership must also change to ensure organizations can meet their objectives. It is essential for leaders to "innovate how they lead" to keep pace, but what does that mean? Greg Moran joins the show to explore the changes leaders need to make in how they think about and perform the essential work of leadership.

Diversity recruiting and retention has become a hot topic and yet, many organizations don’t understand the nuances of recruiting and how to navigate the complexities of retention, and ensuring candidates and organizations create the best experiences and mutual success. Eric Douglas Keene joins Maureen to discuss changes occurring in the world of diversity recruiting.

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.

The Master

Sep 21, 2012

Masterful performances from Philip Seymour Hofman and Joaquin Phoenix.