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The podcast where the world's leading thinkers share their ideas about how to create greatness. Great leaders, great teams and great organizations. Why be good when you can be great!
Jul 24, 2020
Greatness Podcast (Ep 31) | Francesca Gino Discusses How to Achieve High Levels of Collaboration and Her Book Rebel Talent
Can you help someone develop collaboration skills? Absolutely according to Francesca Gino, Harvard professor and author of Rebel Talent. Francesca joined the Greatness podcast to discuss how critical collaboration is in today’s disruptive business environment and the six training techniques to build collaboration skills in yourself and others. Francesca also shares the five secret talents of the rebels in your organization, and why having rebels is a good idea.
Jun 30, 2020
Greatness Podcast (Ep. 30) - Mickey Connolly Discusses the Power of Authentic Conversations
How can we have productive conversations with no visual cues? And, what does that tell us about how to thrive amid the big crisis-driven move to virtual communication? Mickey Connolly, Founder and Chairman of Conversant, joined the Greatness podcast to talk about one of the foundational tools of the organization, the “conversation meter”. When used, this powerful tool elevates our conversations to a place of finding mutual purposes that drives productivity, collaboration, innovation and success. With many of us facing more virtual conversations, I think you will like the simple, powerful questions that drive conversations towards authenticity and trust.
Jun 24, 2020
Greatness Podcast (Ep. 29) | Bill Boyar Discusses the Impact of Creating a Culture of Authenticity
Does your organization have a soul? Bill Boyar, Founding Shareholder of BoyarMiller, joined the Greatness podcast to discuss why he left one law firm, which “had no soul”, to found another firm where growing and making money was the outcome, not the purpose. Bill shares some of the tough decisions he and his partners have faced over the years, and how they continue to focus upon consistently behaving in a way that aligns with their values - with each other, their clients, even opposing attorneys. It’s a great story of how to build transparency, curiosity, and ultimately success through the power of authentic conversations.
Jun 22, 2020
Greatness Podcast (Ep. 28) | Michael Beer Discusses His Book Fit to Compete On The Need For Honest Conversations
What could be more interesting that 30 minutes on the phone with acclaimed Harvard professor, consultant and author Michael Beer? Not much and he has offered just that during this Greatness podcast. In his latest book, Fit to Compete, Mike states that most strategic failures spring from an organization’s inability to have honest conversations. It was one of the most important factors in my decision to join Conversant. The underpinnings of our strategic advisement hinge on this critical ability – how to build transparent cultures with systems of human connectedness that unleash brilliance. Mike has many sound tips for any leader interested in achieving transparency and alignment within their organization.
Jun 16, 2020
Greatness Podcast (Ep. 27) | Anne Murray Allen Discusses How The Nature Conservancy Took a Systems Approach To Solving A Complex Challenge.
How do you effectively engage a system of stakeholders for an extraordinary outcome? How do you create a “system of human connectedness” versus “disjointed simultaneous monologues”? Anne Murray Allen of Conversant joined the Greatness Podcast to discuss how The Nature Conservancy took a systems approach in addressing water quality on the Mississippi River. Key to their success was framing the issue in a manner that united the various stakeholders along the river to build community and co-create innovative solutions that met their unique needs. This is a great story of success in changing the way people accomplish work and creating a system of learning to achieve a “moon shot”
Jun 2, 2020
Greatness Podcast (Ep 26) | Gretchen Gagel Discusses Lessons from Turning Around a Failing Company Through Community and Contribution
Thirty years ago this man, Ron Erps, had the courage to put a 27-year-old woman in charge of an 800 person manufacturing operation in a failing company that was given 12 months to turn it around or face closure. This leadership opportunity early in my career had a profound impact upon me and shaped my thinking on a number of topics – leadership, leading change, listening, and empowering a community of hundreds of people to drive success. I’m so thankful I was able to visit with Ron and his wife Janet in 2018 as he sadly passed away last year. I’ll never forget his mentorship and faith in me. Thank you, Mickey Connolly, for interviewing me for the Greatness podcast so that I could share this story. I think there are a few relevant tips in here for leaders in today’s turbulent business environment.
May 19, 2020
Greatness Podcast (Ep. 25) | Dr. Amanda Rischbieth Discusses The Social Imperative of Business and Wellbeing
Does your organization understand it’s role in bringing value to society? Are you exhibiting purpose-driven leadership? And is your organization focused upon a holistic approach to health and wellbeing? The Greatness podcast welcomed Dr. Amanda Rischbieth, business leader and visiting scientist at Harvard, to talk about these critical questions. The 2019 US Business Roundtable statement sent a clear message that business plays a critical role in the wellbeing of society, and Amanda discusses how investment strategies are shifting to recognize this need.
May 4, 2020
Greatness Podcast (Ep 24) | Mickey Connolly Discusses How An Organization Successfully Averted A Major Strike Through Authentic Collaboration
How do you effectively bring the right 40 stakeholders together to collectively represent the interests of thousands of employees to avoid a seemingly unavoidable strike? How do you get the “system” in the conversation when your organization is facing seemingly insurmountable challenges? Conversant Chairman and Founder Mickey Connolly shares an incredible case study that is relevant in today’s turbulent business environment. Enjoy!
May 1, 2020
Greatness Podcast (Ep 23) | Evelyn Jonkman Discusses How Organizations Can Excel at Employee Wellbeing
Society is in a deep and vigorous discussion on the right trade-off between health and economy.. .. to many that is a shocking idea. Research into mental health in the workplace suggests that this trade-off is a reality of work, in fact “62% of managers* *have had to put the interests of their organization above staff wellbeing either sometimes, regularly or every day” .. now that is shocking .. It contributes to stress, anxiety, declining productivity and increasing business cost.! Evelyn has been exploring this paradigm and researching the foundations of healthy workplaces in a way that makes long term economic sense. Maybe it’s not a trade off after all?
Apr 20, 2020
Greatness Podcast (Ep. 22) | Mickey Connolly Discusses How A Technology Company Downsized While Adhering To Company Values
Many of you are facing difficult decisions about balancing the success of your business long term with the immediate needs of your people. Conversant Chairman and Founder, Mickey Connolly, discusses a timely case study where an organization handles the challenge of a plant closing with grace and respect for their employees.
Feb 17, 2020
Greatness Podcast (Ep 21) | Anna Meares Discusses Leadership and Team Lessons From Being an Olympic Athlete
Great leaders seek information from nontraditional sources. Track cyclist Anna Meares, the only Australian to medal individually in four consecutive Olympics, generously shares her insights on achieving sustained greatness as our guest on the Greatness podcast. From embracing change and controlling the controllable, to overcoming the adversity of a broken neck, Anna's lessons are remarkable and apply to us all.
Feb 3, 2020
Greatness Podcast (Ep 20) | Jan and Michelle Terkelson Discuss Creating High Performance Teams
Great teams aren't just about great leaders, they are about how people "show up" as great teammates. Jan and Michelle Terkelson share their amazing work with teams, including spot-on insights about the role of vulnerability in achieving team performance.
Jan 20, 2020
Greatness Podcast (Ep 19) | Dennis Doran Discusses His Book Soft as Steel On The Need For Soft Skills In The Construction Industry
Few argue that helping our employees more effectively communicate with each other, customers, etc. is critical to the success of our organizations and the people within them. Does your company's investment in building these skills reflect an unwavering commitment to this? The Greatness podcast welcomed Soft as Steel author Dennis Doran to discuss his research on the soft skills our employees care about and why.
Jan 6, 2020
Greatness Podcast (Ep 18) | Brent Darnell Discusses His Book The People Profit Connection on How to Take Great Care of People
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would your employees rate your company in taking good care of its people? You might be surprised by the response. Brent Darnell, author of the People/Profit Connection, joined the Greatness podcast to share tips on how we can truly take good care of our people, in construction and every industry.
Dec 23, 2019
Greatness Podcast (Ep 17) | Annalise Jennings Discusses Building Organization Community To Achieve Massive Shift
Are your employees hopeful? Do they feel a sense of community that galvanizes their efforts to the mutual benefit of themselves and your organization? Annalise Jennings shared her remarkable insights on these topics as the most recent guest on the Greatness podcast.
Dec 9, 2019
Greatness Podcast (Ep 16) | Mike Staun Discusses His Work at P&G To Lead Transformational Change
How do you create an atmosphere of psychological safety where employees will share the truth about what's working and what's not? Mike Staun joined the Greatness podcast to share how he used a listening tour to set a new strategic direction at Procter & Gamble for their $3.5 billion annual capital spend. Mike shares specific strategies for how you successfully influence change within an organization.
Nov 25, 2019
Greatness Podcast (Ep 15) | Michael Platow Discusses How Leaders Can Create a Psychological Connection to Their Team
Leaders, do you know if your team thinks you are fair? Are you accepted as a member of their "psychological group"? The *Greatness* podcast welcomed world-renowned social identity theory expert Michael Platow who shared four practical tips for how leaders create a psychological connection with their teams.
Nov 11, 2019
Greatness Podcast (Ep 14) | Michael Beer Discusses His Book Fit to Compete
Are you confident that your employees will bring critical issues to your attention? Ever nervous about being the next "bad ethics" headline in the WSJ? Michael Beer, Harvard, shares brilliant advice on how to create a culture of transparency and candor from his new book, Fit to Compete.
Oct 30, 2019
Greatness Podcast (Ep 13) | Amy Edmondson Discusses Her Book The Fearless Organization On Psychological Safety
What is the secret of creating psychologic safety in the workplace? The term “psychological safety” seems to have taken off recently, but Amy Edmondson, Harvard, has been studying the phenomenon for two decades. Amy joined the Greatness podcast to share tips from her latest book, The Fearless Organization – so much to learn from her!
Oct 16, 2019
Greatness Podcast (Ep 12) | Zach Mercurio Discusses His Book The Invisible Leader On Finding Purpose At Work
Do you know the three leading indicators of employee engagement? Do your employees find purpose in their work? Zach Mercurio, author of The Invisible Leader and acclaimed expert of mindfulness and purpose at work and life, visited the Greatness podcast to help leaders understand the importance of these questions, and the answers.
Oct 9, 2019
Greatness Podcast (Ep. 11) | Steve Farber Discusses His Book Love is Just Damn Good Business,
Ready to talk about *“love”* at your organization?! Steve Farber has devoted his life to inspiring people to “do what they love to do in the service of those who love what they do”. I LOVED having Steve as a guest on the Greatness podcast to discuss his new book, Love is Just Damn Good Business, and you will LOVE his research on how to be a great leader and inspire great performance. It’s about “kindness with very high standards”. Enjoy
Sep 16, 2019
Greatness Podcast (Ep. 10) | Amanda Blesing Discusses Her Book Invisible to Invincible On Personal Branding
Amanda Blesing, author of "Invisible to Invincible", joins Greatness to discuss how to know who your fans are in business, whether or not you have a "visibility strategy" and many other critical business topics.
Sep 3, 2019
Greatness Podcast (Ep. 9) | Pamela Meyer Discusses Her Book The Agility Shift
World-renowned organization agility expert, Pamela Meyer, joins Greatness to share her insight on the key aspects of great leaders helping organizations be great. Pamela shares her tips for how to build a company culture where people thrive on turning challenges in to opportunities and informal leadership flourishes.
Aug 22, 2019
Greatness Podcast (Ep 8) | Joseph Brewer Discusses His Book When Mega Goes GIGA
Joseph Brewer discusses his new book, When Mega Goes Giga. Joseph shares the invaluable insights gained from several years spent executing the largest industrial petrochemical project ever attempted, including how to align hundreds of suppliers and thousands of employees in such a way as to ensure that the "flotilla" arrives in port at exactly the right time in exactly the right sequence.
Jul 29, 2019
Greatness Podcast (Ep 7) | Kristen Hansen Discusses Her Book Traction: The Neuroscience of Leadership
Kristen Hansen, acclaimed author of Traction: The Neuroscience of Leadership and Performance and global thought leader on neuroleadership joins Greatness. Kristen shares specific techniques for how *great leaders* apply the concepts of neuroleadership and mindfulness to the practice of leadership, thereby achieving improved organizational performance. And Kristen shares tips for generating the great ideas necessary to stay nimble in a VUCA business environment.
Jul 22, 2019
Greatness Podcast (Ep 6) | Tanya Hammond Discusses The Impact of Culture on Team And Individual Performance
Tanya Hammond, one of Australia's leading thinkers on talent, teams and leadership joins Gretchen Gagel on the Greatness podcast. Tanya shares insights on how culture impacts individual and team performance, and how leaders can ensure they understand the culture of their organization.
Jul 8, 2019
Greatness Podcast (Ep 5) | Chris Worley Discusses His Book The Agility Factor
Chris Worley, a global expert on organization agility and co-author of The Agility Factor, offers up tips on how leaders create agile organizations. Chris also discusses the existence of four agile routines in the research of hundreds of organizations and their ability to achieve sustained financial performance.
Jun 24, 2019
Greatness Podcast (Ep 4) | Ed & Peter Schein Discuss Their Book Humble Leadership
Edgar and Peter Schein join Greatness to discuss their recent book, Humble Leadership. Ed and Peter share tips on how to build genuine, "level 2" relationships that propel teams and organizations to higher levels of performance, and the importance of leadership as a characteristic of all members of the team.
Jun 10, 2019
Greatness Podcast (Ep 3) | Linda Holbeche Discusses Her Book The Agile Organization
Linda Holbeche, author of The Agile Organization and one of the leading thinkers globally on organization agility, shares insights from her research and consulting work on how you build an agile culture and the notion of "failing fast".
May 21, 2019
Greatness Podcast (Ep 2) | Gabrielle Dolan Discusses Her Book Real Communication
Gabrielle Dolan, talented consultant and author of several books, including the newly released book Real Communication: How to be You and Lead True shares her thoughts on authentic leadership. These thoughts resonate with how leaders can achieve greatness by building trust, using "real word", and exploring what "real" means to others.
May 10, 2019
Greatness Podcast (Ep 1) | Dr. Brendan Nelson Discusses Leadership And Personal Values
Dr. Brendan Nelson, Australia's Ambassador to NATO, Minister for Defense, Minister for Education, Science and Training, and leader of the Liberal Party shares insights on *great leadership* including - "no one has the monopoly on right", "People are remembered for who you are, not what you are", and many more.