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Episode 31: Tiffany Dufu
Drop the Ball: Achieving More By Doing Less
Get clear about what matters most to you. Instead of focusing on the areas that matter, get clear about what you hope to achieve in the important areas of your life.
You have heard the saying you can’t have it all, at least not at the same time. Life is a juggling act and you need to let some balls drop to achieve success and freedom.
Join us as Lead Star’s Andrea Tecce speaks with Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer to Levo and author of Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less. Tiffany describes her life’s work as a being dedicated to advancing women and girls, though her message applies to all seeking to develop their leadership skills and find the rewarding life they seek.
Listen in as Tiffany discusses why it is important to get clear about what matters most to you, how to embrace imperfection, and how to delegate with joy.
Episode 30: Marsh Carter
Success is directly related to your ability to give clear instructions, follow up, and take responsibility for your actions.
Join us as Lead Star’s Angie Morgan speaks with Marsh Carter, lecturer in leadership and management at the Sloan School of Management at MIT and former Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, about his transition from the United States Marine Corps to the corporate world during the Vietnam War, and the leadership wisdom he developed through his experience.
Listen in as they discuss the three main components of leadership, the importance of communication, and tips for Veterans transitioning into the corporate world.
Episode 29: George Labovitz
Dr. George Labovitz
The Power of Alignment: How Great Companies Stay Centered and Accomplish Extraordinary Things
Alignment is absolutely fundamental to the concept of leadership.
Have you ever had the feeling that you were living in a different world than the rest of your company or organization? Perhaps it felt like the right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing? Or, maybe you are an executive and are wondering why your folks just don’t seem to “get it”. Most of us have been there, and these are strong indicators your organization may not be aligned.
Join us as Lead Star Partner Doug Swanson speaks with Dr. George Labovitz, author of The Power of Alignment and Rapid Re-Alignment, about the importance of alignment, and how aligned organizations outperform their peers and competitors. Dr. Labovitz has years of experience helping organizations align and realize their purpose.
Listen in as Dr. Labovitz describes four competencies that allow for alignment within an organization. When those competencies are working together, an organization will achieve vertical and horizontal alignment.
Episode 28: Constance Dierickx
High-Stakes Leadership: Leading Through Crisis with Courage, Judgment, and Fortitude
“In business, you have to go beyond your own perception and ask yourself how you come to a conclusion. The stories we tell ourselves impact our behavior.”
If asked what separates great leaders from poor leaders, you could likely identify a long list of characteristics. It can be more challenging, however, to differentiate between good and great leaders. When things are going well, it is relatively easy to be a good or great leader. The true test of leadership is during times of uncertainty, when risk is high and circumstances are changing.
Why are some leaders highly effective during crisis, while others disappoint or fail? What allows some leaders to thrive though high-stakes challenges?
Join Morag Barrett as she speaks with Constance Dierickx, high-stakes transition expert and author of High-Stakes Leadership: Leading Through Crisis with Courage, Judgment, and Fortitude. She shares the three core characteristics of successful high-stake leaders you can incorporate into your leadership practice, as well as why high-stakes leadership requires both self-awareness and awareness of your business environment.
Episode 27: Doug Stanton
The Odyssey of Echo Company:
The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War
No one can tell a story better than New York Times Bestselling author Doug Stanton. It’s both an art and a science, involving inspiration and structure.
A good story motivates, moves, and calls to action. Storytelling, in fact, is a powerful business skill. Whereas facts and data are easily forgotten, a story captures the imagination and is remembered for years to come.
Angie Morgan was privileged to sit down with Doug to hear how he weaves together his stories into expertly crafted historical nonfiction works. Take a listen to the conversation so you, too, can learn from this master.
In addition to The Odyssey of Echo Company, other books by Doug include In Harm’s Way and Horse Soldiers. Be sure to check out the upcoming film release of 12 Strong, based off of Horse Soldiers.
Episode 26: Mike Whitaker
The Decision Makeover: An Intentional Approach to Living Life the Way You Want
The secret of happy and successful people? Their ability to make good decisions.
Changing careers, launching a business, starting a family, buying a home, moving to a new city? How do you know whether you’re making the right decision?
In The Decision Makeover, Mike Whitaker offers a thoughtful and strategic approach for choosing wisely in all aspects of your life whether it’s about money, career, education, health, friends, or family. With his background in both business and psychology, he lays out a decision-making process that gives you the power to achieve your dreams. He even explains what to do if you’ve made some poor decisions along the way, so that you can move ahead without regret.
Join us as Lead Star Senior Consultant Patrick Nelson speaks with Mike who will discuss the importance of understanding the difference between small and big decisions, and shows why defining your essential goals is the key to overcoming the roadblocks that can derail your progress.