18 episodes

10,000 Swamp Leaders is a podcast that wades into muddy lowlands in search of people who have built social impact movements.The world needs 10,000 more people in the next five years who are willing to lead on issues like climate change, income inequality, peace building, and gender equality. If you are one of these people, you have found a home. Rick Torseth and his guests will unpack lessons learned, why small wins matter more than breakthroughs and how failure is our wisest teacher. We continue to confuse leading with authority. Leading is not a role or a position. It usually begins with a raised hand and an intervention into a heated environment. Our conversations will dig into what is at stake for leaders when the heat is high and the only way forward is into swampy conditions. These are human stories that don’t always have hero endings. We want to understand how these leaders’ lives are turning out differently because they chose to lead. What are the rewards for all this exposure and risk? Each episode will be a little different, as each guest will be different. Hit subscribe so you can prepare to lead.

10,000 Swamp Leaders Rick Torseth

    • Business
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10,000 Swamp Leaders is a podcast that wades into muddy lowlands in search of people who have built social impact movements.The world needs 10,000 more people in the next five years who are willing to lead on issues like climate change, income inequality, peace building, and gender equality. If you are one of these people, you have found a home. Rick Torseth and his guests will unpack lessons learned, why small wins matter more than breakthroughs and how failure is our wisest teacher. We continue to confuse leading with authority. Leading is not a role or a position. It usually begins with a raised hand and an intervention into a heated environment. Our conversations will dig into what is at stake for leaders when the heat is high and the only way forward is into swampy conditions. These are human stories that don’t always have hero endings. We want to understand how these leaders’ lives are turning out differently because they chose to lead. What are the rewards for all this exposure and risk? Each episode will be a little different, as each guest will be different. Hit subscribe so you can prepare to lead.

    Dave Cooper: A Navy Seals Who Swims Against the Current.

    Dave Cooper: A Navy Seals Who Swims Against the Current.

    017_Dave Cooper: A Navy Seals Who Swims Against the Current. Dave Cooper brings unique experiences to any conversation about leading. For twenty-five years, Dave was deployed to Bosnia, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq. It was on these battlefields that Dave learned to create the conditions for team effectiveness based on candid “after action reviews” that challenge all members of the team to reflect on the individual and team performance. His four favorite words: “I screwed that up.”
    Not a guy to stand down, Dave has moved on to study complex human systems and the power of storytelling. His mission today is to help teams and organizations tell a better story to all stakeholders by having greater awareness of complex systems we work inside.



    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-cooper-387aaa3b/ 


    Daniel Coyle: The Culture Code, Chapter 10 How to Create Cooperation in Small Groups

    • 47 min
    Sharon Wood: A Life Spent Leading In Cross-Cultural Environments.

    Sharon Wood: A Life Spent Leading In Cross-Cultural Environments.

    015_Sharon Wood: A Life Spent Leading In Cross-Cultural Environments. Sharon Wood began her leadership journey “at home” as a teenager on the island of Macau. Over the course of fifty plus years she has steered her leadership career from that home base to Executive VP of business development for a Chinese global enterprise. Along the way, she has refined her views on what it takes to lead in a cross-general world. That includes both cultural and generational differences. Sharon has much wisdom to share and she is both honest and direct in her advice to younger leaders.


    Read more about Sharon Wood here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharon-wood-52156b6/ 

    • 48 min
    Sadaffe Abid: Leading A Social Enterprise Focused on Women's Empowerment & Leadership

    Sadaffe Abid: Leading A Social Enterprise Focused on Women's Empowerment & Leadership

    014_Sadaffee Abid: Leading a Social Enterprise Focused on Women’s Empowerment and Leadership. Sadaffe is the Founder of CIRCLE: a social enterprise supporting the next generation of women leaders through the development of digital literacy, mentorship and greater participation in the economy. CIRCLE’S mission is to “Impact One Million women across Pakistan." She is well on her way to realizing that goal. In this episode, she shares her thoughts on leading, finding your voice and building leadership stamina. 


    Learn more about Sadaffe and Circle here: https://www.circlewomen.co/ 

    • 35 min
    Dennis Vergne: A Leader Who Doesn’t Intend To Lead.

    Dennis Vergne: A Leader Who Doesn’t Intend To Lead.

    013_Dennis Vergne: A Leader Who Doesn’t Intend To Lead. Dennis comes to the Swamp and shares his views on leading. And without giving it all away here, he displays his positive deviant orientation to building teams based on freedom and candor and trust. He also flips the field on how to lead change projects. He is more interested in taking actions than talking about “how to do it.” If you are tired of safe and vanilla strategies to lead change and build teams, Dennis Vergne’s ideas will provoke. 


    Learn more about Dennis’ work at: https://basis.co.uk/ 

    • 52 min
    The Four Virtues of Leadership: Kitty Nooy & Tycho Prins

    The Four Virtues of Leadership: Kitty Nooy & Tycho Prins

    012_Kitty Nooy & Tycho Prins: The Four Virtues of Leadership. We are living in a time of the rise of the oligarchy model of leadership. Which means giving power to a small group of people to decide the future of the larger collective. This is risky business. What the collective risks is the loss of fairness and justice to all. Kitty Nooy and Tycho Prins have made it their work to help groups and organizations develop ethical leadership built on the four virtues of leadership: Courage, Temperance, Justice and Wisdom. Kitty and Tycho combine their professional experience with philosophy to form a model ethical leadership that will help leaders navigate the moral and ethical challenges that come with leading.


    See more about Kitty and her work at https://kittynooy.nl/ 

    • 47 min
    012 Rana Adib: Ren21 Mobilizes Global Renewables Network

    012 Rana Adib: Ren21 Mobilizes Global Renewables Network

    012 We have arrived at a critical moment in the transition from fossil fuel to renewable sources of energy. Ren21 is located at the center of a community of energy players. The organization is using its knowledge and expertise to do the hard leadership work of mobilizing this network to sustain the momentum required to shift the balance away from fossil fuel and onto renewable energy. Rana Adib, the Executive Director of Ren21, outlines why this moment is different and what we can do to help sustain the movement.

    • 50 min

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