Chatting About Change is about organizational change and helping individuals and organizations experience life to the fullest, and engaging in positive, transformational change. I am a university professor, OD consultant, and Change Strategist. Each episode I will engage in conversations with a guest from diverse backgrounds around the topic of change.
Career journeys – through the eyes of a Surgical Neurophysiologist: Personal growth, exploration, and evolution. A Conversation with Jamie Pearson, M.S., C.N.I.M.
My guest this episode is Jamie Pearson, who is a Surgical Neurophysiologist and former business consultant for family-owned businesses. Jamie shares her fascinating career journey and her current role in the emerging field of intra operative neural monitoring. We discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding personal growth and career evolution. We discuss how each individual has the potential and opportunity to bring all aspects of themselves to whatever job or career path they pursue. Jamie shares insights regarding trusting the process and avoiding comparing your career journey with others. Life is all about putting yourself out there and embracing change.
Contextual Intelligence and the Role of Insight, Foresight, and Hindsight, in Navigating Complexity, Uncertainty, and Ambiguity: A conversation with Matt Kutz, Ph.D.
My guest this episode is Dr. Matt Kutz, leadership catalyst, talent developer, professor, and award winning author. Matt shares his fascinating story of how he has combined his expertise as a certified, licensed athletic trainer with the world of global leadership development and organization development. We take a deep dive into his book, Contextual Intelligence and the role of insight, foresight, and hindsight. We talk about the importance of understanding context and contextual cues and being able to adapt our behavior to match our environment. We discuss the role of mental models and schema and how to use his Contextual Intelligence and his 3D thinking model to solve problems around complexity, uncertainty, and ambiguity. Matt takes us through the 12 behaviors of contextually intelligent people and shares the empirical research behind his ideas.
Social Activism, Fighting Racism, and Spreading Awareness: Hip Hop For Change and a Conversation with Khafre Jay
My guest this episode is Khafre Jay, Executive Director on Fire, Hip Hop Organizer, Entrepreneur, and Pedagogist; Nonprofit Strategist, Speaker, DOPE MC, Songwriter, & Best Dad Ever. Khafre heads up the nonprofit, Hip Hop for Change and shares his powerful story of growing up in San Francisco Hunter’s Point, and how he is using his platform as an artist and social activist to bring awareness and change around racism and racial injustice. He has spoken to over 20,000 youth across the globe and shares his passion and anger around the problems facing our society. He is fighting to change dangerous stereotypes and is driven to make the world just a little bit easier for kids to walk through this earth being who they are. We discuss the importance of owning one’s narrative and claiming your own voice and the importance of authenticity.
Confronting and Integrating our Shadow: The Importance of Self-Compassion, Emotional Intelligence, and Authenticity. A Conversation with Dr. Will Sparks, Author of Actualized Leadership.
My guest this episode is Dr. Will Sparks, who currently serves as the Dennis Thompson Chair and Professor of Leadership at the McCall's School of Business at Queen's University in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a best-selling author and consultant in the area of leadership and organization development.
We discuss his newest book, entitled Actualized Leadership: Meeting your Shadow and Maximizing your Potential, that was published by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in June of 2019. The book is based upon the work of Carl Jung and his concept of the shadow. Will describes how each of three needs identified by David McClelland, the need for achievement, the need for affiliation, and the need for power, and how each of these translates into different leadership styles and how each has an accompanying shadow.
In a similar manner, Will discusses Viktor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning, and his concept of “paradoxical intent”. That the more you fear something the more likely you are to experience it, when you let fear drive your behavior. For more on his work on actualized leadership, you can check out Dr. Sparks’ free leadership profile assessment at https://alpfree.com/
Be sure and check out some of the artists and songs we discuss near the end of the podcast!
Developing Global Thought Leaders and Innovators and Facilitating Organization Development & Change at the World Bank: A Conversation with Dr. Paul Cadario.
My guest this episode is Dr. Paul Cadario, Distinguished Fellow in Global Innovation at the University of Toronto. Paul shares his insights and experiences from his 37-year career at the World Bank, where he served World Bank clients on five continents, and helped the Bank prepare for and live in the world of transparency and accountability. Paul discusses how he continues to leverage his background as a civil engineer along with his education and experience in organization development to focus on global development, governance and accountability, and helping develop the next generation of thought leaders, innovators and practitioners in civil engineering, global affairs and public policy.
Conscious Leadership and Conscious Capitalism: A conversation with an Organization Development Scholar-Practitioner
My guest this episode is Dr. Corrie Voss, who is an Organization Development Scholar-Practitioner. Dr. Voss focuses on leadership development and helping organizations and leaders practice what she refers to as “conscious capitalism” and “conscious leadership”. We discuss how COVID-19 has turned the volume up on the challenges organizations were already facing prior to the pandemic. Corrie shares that “whatever you were saying to your employees about COVID, you might as well make it your marketing strategy for the next 20 years, because everyone is going to remember what you chose to do.” In terms of leadership development trends, we discuss how leaders are tending to focus more inward and focusing more on themselves rather than focusing on how to fix ‘them’. She shares how this is a reflection of a couple of areas of her deep expertise, and that is the concept of conscious leadership and conscious capitalism (an authentic focus on the triple-bottom-line. A key dimension around this notion of consciousness is the question of what behaviors are you choosing to starve and which behaviors are you choosing to feed?