April 17, 2014

Leadership Interviews


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Leadership Interviews

George Bradt - First-Time Leader


Foundational Tools for Inspiring and Enabling Your New Team

Published on April 17 2014
George Bradt, Managing Partner, Primegenesis,-TotalPicture Radio interviewGeorge Bradt

"People will follow a charismatic leader for a time... but it's all about the leader. On the other hand, they will commit themselves to the cause of a BRAVE leader over time."

According to our special guest and frequent contributor to TotalPicture Radio, George Bradt, 40 percent of first-time leaders fail within their first 18 months. "Leading is about inspiring and enabling others to do their absolute best, together, to realize a meaningful and rewarding shared purpose." Welcome to a Leadership Channel Podcast on TotalPicture Radio, with Peter Clayton reporting.

Much of this book focuses on building relationships, building teams, and how to hire great people. HR leaders and recruiters will find a fresh approach to the recruiting process, including tools like the Recruiting Brief which will give you the mindset of a senior executive and what is most important from a leaders perspective when assessing candidates, including mission/responsibilities, strengths, motivation, and fit. As with his past books, First Time Leader is really a workbook, including many downloadable tools and forms such as The Recruiting Brief.

In our exclusive Leadership Channel podcast, Bradt delves into the BRAVE leadership components articulated in his new book, from the outside in:
Environment: Setting the context for everything else by understanding the historical background and competitive environment in which you are playing
Values: Understanding your mission and getting clear on what really matters and why
Attitude: Learning and observing the current strategy before trying to change things
Relationships: Understanding the heart of leadership. If you can't connect, you can't lead
Behaviors: Determining the course of action that will make a lasting impact on others

Stay tuned... a complete transcript of this interview will be available soon


James M. Kerr - The Executive Checklist


A Guide for Setting Direction and Managing Change

Published on March 27 2014
James M. Kerr, BlumShapiro,-TotalPicture Radio interviewJames M. Kerr

The Executive Checklist is a new book I recommend for all talent acquisition and HR managers and executives, written by James M. Kerr,  a partner at BlumShapiro Consulting in West Hartford, CT. Jim specializes in strategic planning, corporate transformation and project & program development.

Welcome to a Leadership Channel podcast on TotalPicture Radio, this is Peter Clayton reporting. In the introduction to The Executive Checklist, Jim writes,"What better way to simplify the complex than to create a checklist? Checklists are a modest way to reduce failure, ensure consistency, and safeguard comprehensiveness." One thing you'll appreciate in reading the book: the author's insights and recommendations are based on real-world experiences with clients like IBM, The Home Depot, Zappos, and JP Morgan Chase.

The Executive Checklist includes ten items: Establish Leadership, Build Trust, Set Strategy, Engage Staff, Manage Work as Projects, Renovate the Business, Align Technology, Transform Staff, Renew Communications Practices, Reimagine Organizational Design.

In our conversation, we focus on Engage Staff, Align Technology, and Transform Staff.

The Executive Checklist is Jim's fourth business strategy book. Check the sidebar for links to his website and other resources.

Adam Bryant - Quick And Nimble


Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation

Published on February 04 2014
Adam Bryant, New York Times Corner Office Columnist -TotalPicture Radio interviewAdam Bryant

Quick and Nimble provides a playbook for organizations of all sizes about the biggest drivers of corporate innovation.

In his new book, Quick and Nimble, New York Times "Corner Office" columnist Adam Bryant draws upon interviews with over 200 CEOs to identify the biggest drivers of innovative corporate culture, and he brings them to life with real-world examples that reflect the hard-earned wisdom of experienced leaders whose ranks include Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, Tony Hsieh of Zappos, Angie Hicks of Angie's List, Steve Case of Revolution (and formerly AOL), and Amy Gutmann of the University of Pennsylvania.

Welcome to a Leadership Channel interview on TotalPicture Radio with Peter Clayton reporting. Though every company's culture is unique, a pattern and theme emerges through these interviews: to win in this economy, companies must be quick and nimble and attract the best and brightest employees by creating an environment where they can grow, contribute, and feel rewarded.

As the world shifts to more of a knowledge economy, the winners will be companies that can attract and retain the best and brightest employees by creating an environment where they can grow, contribute, and feel rewarded. Through the wisdom of these leading chief executives, Quick and Nimble offers a keen understanding of the forces that shape corporate culture and a clear road map to bring success and energy to any organization.


Boards That Lead


When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay Out of the Way. An Interview with Dennis Carey, Vice-Chairman Korn/Ferry

Published on January 03 2014
Dennis Carey, Vice-Chairman, Korn/Ferry Interational -TotalPicture Radio interviewDennis Carey

Welcome to 2014 and our first Leadership Channel interview of the new year! This is Peter Clayton reporting. Joining me today is our good friend and contributor to TotalPicture Radio, CEO advisor and keynote speaker, David Dalka. Joining David and myself is Dennis Carey, Vice Chairman of Korn/Ferry International.

Our focus today is on an important new book titled Boards That Lead, When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay Out of the Way, published by Harvard Business Review Press.

Dennis Carey has placed some of the most prominent chief executives and corporate directors in the United States, including those at 3M, American Express, Goldman Sachs, GSK, Humana, MCI, and Tyco International.

In his fourth book on CEO succession and corporate governance, co-authored by Ram Charan and Michael Useem, Boards That Lead explores the central question: "Is your firm's board creating value-or destroying it?"

According to the authors, "Leadership at the top is being redefined as boards take a more active role in decisions that once belonged solely to the CEO. But for all the advantages of increased board engagement, it can create debilitating questions of authority and dangerous meddling in day-to-day operations. Directors need a new road map-for when to lead, when to partner, and when to stay out of the way."

Based on personal interviews and the authors' broad and deep experience working with executives and directors from dozens of the world's largest firms, including Apple, Boeing, Ford, Infosys, and Lenovo, Boards That Lead tells the inside story behind the successes and pitfalls of this new leadership model.


Leadership Stamina


Research confirms that "power naps" really work. But how long should they be?

Published on December 19 2013
Jessica Payne, Ph.D., interview recorded with Peter Clayton at the NeuroLeadership Summit -TotalPicture Radio interviewJessiva Payne

Leaders are under ever-increasing pressure to make harder decision in less time, under more stress, and with less sleep. Given this is a recipe for poor cognitive performance, effective leadership at any level requres developing cognitive stamina - the ability to get the most from your brain.

In this exclusive interview with Peter Clayton, recorded at the NeuroLeadership Summit, Jessica Payne, Ph.D, one of the world's leading researchers around sleep, stress and memory, explores the foundations of developing cognitive stamina, drawing on a wide range of research as Director of the Sleep, Stress and Memory Lab, University of Notre Dame.

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Jessica Payne's research focuses on how sleep impacts memory, creativity and the ability to process new ideas - in particular, how new information is processed and transformed by a process known as consolidation, which solidifies memories. Dr. Payne uses two powerful tools to probe memory - sleep and stress. Both provide important mediums for targeting the consolidation process in humans. Dr. Payne combines behavioral, pharmacological and cognitive neuroscientific (EEG, MRI) approaches to investigate these questions. Another line of research examines how disturbances in sleep and stress influence memory consolidation in people with major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders such as post traumatic stress disorder, and how this, in turn, influences psychological functioning.

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