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Leadership Interviews

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.

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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.

The Role of Technology in Leadership Development

  

From the NeuroLeadership Summit, a Candid Conversation with Anje Dodson, Vice President, Human Resources, Oracle

Published on December 15 2013
Anje Dodson, vice president, HR, Oracle Corporation, interview recorded with Peter Clayton at the NeuroLeadership Summit -TotalPicture Radio interviewAnje Dodson

Speed as a Competitive Advantage

How does technology - Big Data in particular - help identify and develop better leaders? How does speed help enhance our decision making process? What technologies are being used by leading organizations to identify workforce management trends and opportunities?

These were some of the topics discussed in the Technology Solutions panel at the NeuroLeadership Summit in Washington, DC. Joining Anje Dodson from Oracle Corporation were Tony Stubblebine, Lift; Ann Herrman-Nehdi, Herrman International; Alvaro Fernandez, SharpBrains; and Dan Radecki, Allergan, NLI.

In this interview with Peter Clayton, Producer/Host of TotalPicture Radio, Anje Dodson explores how neuroscience can help in a large global organization like Oracle, develop better leaders and drive performance through understanding the basic biological drivers of learning.

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During her tenure at Oracle, Dodson has helped transform the talent and organizational effectiveness function to meet the needs of the rapidly growing global workforce of 120,000 employees in almost 70 countries. Leveraging a deep knowledge of the business, a strong talent vision and Oracle's technology assets, she has created programs and measurements that produce industry leading results in productivity, capability and organizational effectiveness. Her team's mission includes providing more meaningful intelligence to help the business make better workforce decisions and accelerate execution on its strategy.

Dodson oversees initiatives that drive targeted learning solutions for Oracle employees and leaders, including the Oracle Women's Leadership Initiative which aims at creating opportunities that support, educate and empower Oracle's current and future generations of women leaders.

Matthew Lieberman - Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect

  

Navigating the social landscape at work and why it matters.

Published on December 13 2013
Matthew Lieberman, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral science at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, interview recorded at the NeuroLeadership Summit -TotalPicture Radio interviewMatthew Lieberman

"If Facebook were a religion, it would be the third largest religion in the world."

Facebook and Twitter might seem to some like a waste of time, but they actually serve a basic human need. Our social lives at work really effect the bottom line. At the NeuroLeadership Summit in Washington, DC, Matthew Lieberman, a professor of psychology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science and a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral science at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, took the stage with Robin LaChapelle, Vice President of Total Rewards and Performance Management for Lockeed Martin, to discuss research that shows that the need to connect socially with others is as basic as our need for food, water and shelter... and what "social" means for corporations and workforce management.

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In his new book, Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect, (Crown Publishers) Lieberman argues that our need to reach out to and connect with others is a primary driver behind our behavior. We believe that pain and pleasure alone guide our actions. Yet, new research using fMRI - including a great deal of original research conducted by Lieberman and his UCLA lab -- shows that our brains react to social pain and pleasure in much the same way as they do to physical pain and pleasure.

Be sure to watch for our exclusive interview with Robin LaChapelle, coming soon to TotalPicture Radio.

Ryan Smith -Leading a Hyper-Growth Company

  

Exclusive interview recorded at the NeuroLeadership Summit with Ryan Smith, CEO Qualtrics

Published on November 29 2013
Ryan Smith, CEO Qualtrics recorded at the NeuroLeadership Summit -TotalPicture Radio interviewRyan Smith

"20 percent of our employees have been with the company for less than 90 days." Ryan Smith

At the Recent NeuroLeadership Summit in Washington, DC, " Ryan Smith (Qualtrics) participated in a session with Tony Bingham (CEO, ASTD), Giselle Martin-Kniep (President, Communities for Learning), David Rock (Director, NeuroLeadership Institute), and Josh Davis Ph.D. (Barnard College), for a fascinating conversation focused on Designing Learning. Specifically:

What are we learning from neuroscience about designing leadership development initiatives?

In the conversation on-stage, Ryan provided the "real-world" example. In this Leadership Channel interview with Peter Clayton, Producer/Host of TotalPicture Radio, Ryan describes the culture of "radical transparency" at his company, why it's "okay to fail" and the unique way all of the employees stay connected - and measure their progress. (How many CEO's do you know who post their expense reports online for all employees to see?)

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If you've not heard about Qualtrics you soon will: Ryan and his father, Scott Smith, bootstrapped their data-collection and -analytics company, from the family's basement to more than $48 million in sales last year. As CEO, he has led the company to the industry leader in online data collection and survey analytics. Qualtrics is one of the fastest-growing technology companies, experiencing triple-digit growth in the past four years. The company has more than 5,000 customers including 500 universities, BusinessWeek's top 30 business schools and almost all of the Fortune 500.

In 2012, Qualtrics received a $70 million investment for Accel Partners and Sequoia Capital, the largest-ever joint investment by these two firms.

Ryan is a frequent lecturer at the nation's leading business schools and is a member of the advisory board for the Masters in Market Research (MSMR) Program at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also serves on the executive advisory board of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Before Qualtrics, he worked at HP and Ford Motor Company and studied at the Marriott School of Management.

Stay tuned... the complete transcript of our interview with Ryan will be available soon!

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