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Join internationally known business performance expert and author Pamela S. (“Pam”) Harper, Founding Partner and CEO of Business Advancement Inc., and her business partner/husband D. Scott (“Scott”) Harper, an internationally known innovation expert, for thought-provoking conversations with visionary leaders who are transforming the face of business. Each week, a new show focuses on sparking fresh insights, inspiration, and immediately useful ideas to take you and your organization to new heights of success in this rapidly changing world.

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Join internationally known business performance expert and author Pamela S. (“Pam”) Harper, Founding Partner and CEO of Business Advancement Inc., and her business partner/husband D. Scott (“Scott”) Harper, an internationally known innovation expert, for thought-provoking conversations with visionary leaders who are transforming the face of business. Each week, a new show focuses on sparking fresh insights, inspiration, and immediately useful ideas to take you and your organization to new heights of success in this rapidly changing world.

    Finding the Positive Side of Business Turbulence – with Amy Lee Segami

    Finding the Positive Side of Business Turbulence – with Amy Lee Segami

    How do you regard the turbulence and complexity in today’s business environment? While it can be extremely challenging, we’ve found that successful visionary business leaders recognize and embrace complex situations because they can also offer many opportunities.



    To find out more, listen to this Fan Favorite conversation with Amy Lee Segami, President and Managing Principal of Segami Studios and Consulting. We discuss a few of the parallels between physical turbulence and turbulence in the business environment. These can help you lead yourself and others through complex situations and times of crisis.

    NOTE: This episode was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic turbulence that followed. While the specific issues have evolved, the ideas we discuss are timeless.

    Amy is an award-winning artist and entrepreneur who formerly trained as an engineer. She uses her unique application of fluid dynamics (Painting on Water™) to help leaders and teams embrace turbulence and increase innovation. Her artwork is in museums’ permanent collections, and her artistic process was nominated for the 2020 Thomas Edison Innovation Award. Media, including BBC, NPR, Crain’s, and the TED Blog, feature her work.



    Anything that goes through a process to come up with a new or improved outcome has to go through turbulence. — Amy Lee Segami



    This week on Growth Igniters Radio:



    * How embracing the principles of turbulence can help you and your teams navigate disruptions from complex situations and crises such as COVID-19 and the volatile economy

    * What one of Amy’s clients learned about turbulence through Painting on Water™ that helped them to increase innovation

    * Three immediately useful ideas for leading to find the positive side of business turbulence



    Resources for This Episode:



    * Learn more about Amy Segami and connect with her on LinkedIn

    * Find out more about Amy Segami’s Painting on Water™ art

    * Listen to Pam & Scott’s conversation with Dr. Leslie Austin about “Leading Your Organization Through Major Change During a Crisis”

    * Find out more about Pam’s keynote “Break Orbit: Achieving Long-Term Growth in a Short-Term World”



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    • 29 min
    The Keys to Building a Family Business Legacy – with Thomasina H. Williams

    The Keys to Building a Family Business Legacy – with Thomasina H. Williams

    If you lead a family business, you probably deal with the challenge of building a lasting legacy for the business every day. Establishing good governance and nurturing leadership talent from inside and outside the family are important parts of a strong foundation. However, family dynamics also have a very powerful impact on how a family company’s legacy evolves.

    This week, we revisit our Fan-Favorite conversation about this challenge with Thomasina H. Williams, Founder and Principal Consultant of Sankofa Legacy Advisors. We discuss what she calls “the family side of family business,” and how it’s equally or even more important to building a lasting family business legacy than attending to the “business side.”

    Thomasina combines her decades of experience as an award-winning lawyer and nationally recognized philanthropy strategist to help families who own large businesses or significant financial wealth build transgenerational legacies of success. She does that by helping them focus on their most precious asset – who they are individually and collectively as a family.

    Thomasina is a member of a cadre of vetted family advisors for a family office network that’s part of financial giant Charles Schwab. She was also Wells Fargo Private Bank’s first in-house Family Dynamics Consultant. Thomasina has been profiled on NASDAQ and Thrive Global, and has written for Enterprising Women Magazine and the National Association of Women Business Owners, among others.



    For me, our most precious legacy is who we are, not what we own. It’s about how you walk in the world, how you treat people, and how you show up. — Thomasina H. Williams



    This week on Growth Igniters Radio:



    * What Thomasina believes is the key to building a family business legacy that can thrive across generations

    * How “default family dynamics” can repeat across generations and impact a family company’s legacy, for good or ill

    * An important principle for leading a family business to overcome communication challenges

    * Three immediately useful ideas for leading to build a family business legacy while preserving relationships



    Resources for This Episode:



    * Learn more about Thomasina H. Williams and connect with her on LinkedIn

    * Download Thomasina’s 3-Circle Model infographic to better understand the family business ecosystem

    * Find out more about Pam’s keynote “Break Orbit: Achieving Long-Term Growth in a Short-Term World”



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    • 51 min
    Celebrating our 10th year – Answering Your Questions

    Celebrating our 10th year – Answering Your Questions

    How do you celebrate your company’s major milestones? Maybe you have a party; some companies ring bells. It’s important to celebrate in meaningful ways that fit with your company’s culture. Beyond the celebration, milestones can serve as an opportunity to reflect on your vision and what you’ve learned so far. This can help you make the important decisions about what’s next.

    As for us, we’re celebrating our three-hundredth episode and entering our tenth year of Growth Igniters® Radio!  As you’ll hear, this is about much more than a podcast. We’ve found that it’s been an important part of continuing to build significant relationships in our business community!  It means so much to us when you tell us about an episode that’s had an impact on you.

    That’s why In this week’s episode, we’ll answer some of the questions about Growth Igniters® Radio we’ve been asked over the years. Our answers will reflect on what’s changed, what’s stayed the same, and what’s next for us on the journey.

    What milestone are you celebrating? How are you going to build on that to create new value in the changing world? – Pam Harper

    This week on Growth Igniters® Radio:



    * How we have adapted our focus on emerging trends in response to the constant stream of unexpected changes in the world that have emerged since we started our podcast in 2015

    * The things we have been and are happy about and grateful for across our years of conversations with amazing executives, thought leaders, and ourselves, and looking to what’s next

    * Three immediately useful ideas about developing what we call a “Growth Igniters® mindset,” based on our past 9+ years of experience as podcasters and strategic advisors

    * A special offer for our listeners in honor of our 10th year celebration: Contact us to tell us about which Growth Igniters® Radio episode is your favorite, and why — the first 3 people to do by April 10, 2024 will receive a complimentary Kindle edition of Pam’s critically acclaimed book, “Preventing Strategic Gridlock“



    Resources Mentioned:



    * Read our press release announcing our 10th year of Growth Igniters® Radio

    * Learn more about Pam’s keynote address at Pam Harper Speaks





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    • 10 min
    Leadership & the Ethics of Gen AI – with Andrea Bonime-Blanc, JD/PhD

    Leadership & the Ethics of Gen AI – with Andrea Bonime-Blanc, JD/PhD

    As Chat GPT and other forms of generative AI emerge as potentially powerful resources for accelerating momentum for game-changing growth, we’re finding that many top leaders are discussing questions of the ethics of generative AI.  What is top leadership’s role in mindfully creating a culture of ethics and reasonable governance around these complex matters?

    In this week’s episode, we discuss these issues with Andrea Bonime-Blanc, JD/Ph.D. She’s the founder and CEO of GEC Risk Advisory, a governance, risk, ethics, and tech advisor to businesses, NGOs, and government.

    A former C-suite executive, Andres serves on several boards and is an Independent Ethics Advisor to the Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico. She is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a keynote speaker, and author of several books, including Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience and Value (Routledge 2020). Andrea also is a 2023 Diligent Governance 100 award recipient and a 2022 National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship 100 awardee. She is currently writing a new book on the governance of exponential technology, due in 2025.

    Leadership must manage the ethics and the risks of the seemingly ungovernable while simultaneously leaving room for creativity and innovation. | Andrea Bonime-Blanc, JD/PhD

    This week on Growth Igniters® Radio:



    * Andrea shares the biggest challenges CEOs, C-Suite teams and Boards face around the governance of AI and other “exponential technology”

    * Andrea’s views on what it means to “Lean-In to generative AI governance and leadership”

    * A comparison and contrast of how Microsoft and Open AI deal with the issue of the ethics of generative AI

    * Three immediately useful ideas for leading “a measurable culture of AI ethics”



    Resources for This Episode



    * Read more about Andrea Bonime-Blanc JD/PhD and connect with her on LinkedIn

    * Read more about Andrea’s book, “Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience and Value“

    * Read Andrea’s article, “8 steps to make your organization generative AI resilient“

    * Read the Athena Alliance “AI Governance Playbook“

    * Read Andrea’s article in NACD Directorship, “Governing Exponential Tech“

    * Visit PamHarperSpeaks.com to find out more about her new keynote “Break Orbit: Leading for Long-Term Growth in a Short-Term World”



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    • 35 min
    How Everyday Adventure Can Be Fuel For Game-Changing Growth

    How Everyday Adventure Can Be Fuel For Game-Changing Growth

    As a visionary top leader, you’re already thinking big and seeking out new adventures to help you challenge your boundaries of what you think is possible. Maybe you’ve climbed Kilimanjaro or sailed to the Antarctic. However, adventures such as these can be few and far between. Fortunately, there is another route to redefining what’s possible to keep fueling game-changing growth. You can deliberately embrace the eye-opening new adventures that are all around you. We call these “Everyday Adventures.”

    Examples include having conversations with people you don’t usually interact with, embracing pushback rather than rejecting it, finding the opportunity in a setback, and other ways that expand your imagination, resilience, and curiosity. These are all characteristics of what we call “Growth Igniters® Leadership.”

    In this fan-favorite “Quick Take” episode, we describe how “Everyday Adventures” can ignite game-changing growth in your organization. We also share three immediately useful ideas for embracing your own new adventures every day as a leader to expand your horizons.

    “Everyday adventures can help us challenge the boundaries of what we think is possible.” – Pam Harper

    This week on Growth Igniters Radio:



    * How seeking out new adventures can help us grow as individuals and leaders

    * Why “everyday adventures” can help us improve our lives as much as “big adventures”

    * Ideas for embracing your own everyday adventures as a top leader



    Question:

    What can I do, starting today, to expand my awareness and embrace the everyday adventures all around me?

    Resources Mentioned:



    * How many of your Conventional & Unconventional Stakeholders do you know? Download Pam Harper & Scott Harper’s Expanding Your Company’s Stakeholder Perspectives Checklist

    * Learn more about Pam’s keynote address at Pam Harper Speaks





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    • 7 min
    Becoming Predictably Lucky – with Monica Laurence

    Becoming Predictably Lucky – with Monica Laurence

    Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be luckier than others? What if there were ways to go beyond random chance to make luck more predictable?

    This week, we feature our Fan Favorite conversation with Monica Laurence, a TEDx speaker, global entrepreneur, business strategist, and mentor. We discuss what she’s learned about using what she calls “lucky behaviors” to become more predictably lucky.

    Monica draws upon her experiences as an executive at Lucasfilm, Disney, and Accenture, international consulting, and veteran of Silicon Valley startups with 7 exits, along with her MBA from UCLA.  An explorer at heart, Monica is the creator of Tavola Fiji – her luxe private villa and venue for transformational retreats.

    Monica shares what she discovered about the behaviors that can make the difference between lucky and unlucky people. She discusses the practice of  “quantum surfing.” This is a mindset training that combines quantum mechanics, neuroscience, and spiritual principles to create a winning mental game and new business opportunities. She also recommends three immediately useful ideas for increasing luck.

    Lucky people remain curious and open and engaged with their environment, even when they’re under time pressure or under stress. | Monica Laurence

    This week on Growth Igniters® Radio, we discuss:



    * Contrasting conventional wisdoms about being lucky vs. the social science around attracting luck

    * The difference between lucky and unlucky behaviors

    * Monica’s practice of “quantum surfing,” a mindset training to create a winning mental game

    * Immediately useful ideas for reimagining your approach to becoming more predictably lucky



    Resources for This Episode



    * Read more about Monica Laurence and connect with her on LinkedIn

    * Find out more about Quantum Surfing and download Monica’s “Be Lucky” ebook

    * Explore Robbie Samuels’ Thought Leadership Resources

    * Visit PamHarperSpeaks.com to find out more about her new keynote  “Break Orbit: Leading for Long-Term Growth in a Short-Term World”



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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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16 Ratings

16 Ratings

PeteSteg ,

The dynamic duo for leader growth

Great podcast with a unique “team” style that is chock full of value for CEOs and other leaders. As a company president, the insights help my business grow, but also me personally.

Thanks Pam and Scott for all of the value bombs!

Tim Ash PrimalBrain.com ,

A great show for the C-suite

Pam and Scott Harper are gracious and talented hosts who make sure that their guests get the most out of each episode. If you are a C-suite or senior executive, and want to dig below the surface for solid growth insights, this is the podcast for you - highly recommended!

Nucklz63 ,

Fuel Your Growth with Pam and Scott

"Insightful. Entertaining. Actionable."

If growth is your business engine, you want the best fuel and plenty of fresh cool air.

Growth Igniters Radio (hosted by Pamela Harper and D. Scott Harper) is like Fresh Air - literally and figuratively. The thoughtful discussions with their guests offer fresh perspectives for growth—like breathing in pure oxygen. (For NPR fans, it is like listening to "Fresh Air," but for growth-minded business leaders.)

Sharing my fuel — #PeripheralThinking™ — with Pam and Scott was a blast. I hope you enjoy it too!

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated. So, have a listen and share your thoughts in the comments.

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