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The pace of change in the world is increasing exponentially. As COVID proved, leadership must evolve. And that gets to the heart of our mission: to bring you the latest thoughts on leadership so you can innovate, learn, and evolve...growing your team, your business, and yourself!

This series features a new interview every week. Host Maureen Metcalf interviews world leaders, global business and NPO executives, thought leaders, and researchers in a wide range of industries. It’s a breadth of perspectives unavailable anywhere else.

Become an innovative leader in your own right! Download the latest episode each Tuesday night on your favorite podcast platform.

Innovating Leadership: Co-Creating Our Future Innovative Leadership Institute

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    • 5.0 • 231 Ratings

The pace of change in the world is increasing exponentially. As COVID proved, leadership must evolve. And that gets to the heart of our mission: to bring you the latest thoughts on leadership so you can innovate, learn, and evolve...growing your team, your business, and yourself!

This series features a new interview every week. Host Maureen Metcalf interviews world leaders, global business and NPO executives, thought leaders, and researchers in a wide range of industries. It’s a breadth of perspectives unavailable anywhere else.

Become an innovative leader in your own right! Download the latest episode each Tuesday night on your favorite podcast platform.

    S9-Ep1: The Job I Love to Hate: It’s Never Too Late to Upgrade Your Career!

    S9-Ep1: The Job I Love to Hate: It’s Never Too Late to Upgrade Your Career!

    Guest: Tammy Alvarez
    You shudder when Monday rolls around. You dread checking overnight work messages on your phone when you wake up. Yup: it’s easy to find yourself in a career you don’t love, and not know how to get out.
    Take heart! Tammy Alvarez has been there. She found her way out…and now coaches people to help them forge the path to careers they actually love. She shares some of her tips with host Maureen Metcalf in this episode. One key mindset: think of your career as a business, and you are its CEO. If you’re still searching for the job that brings you joy, these tips from Tammy and her Career Winners Circle -- a comprehensive collection of coaching and training programs designed to strengthen leaders to grow their careers quickly and sustainably – will help!
    Here's what Tammy and Maureen cover:
    How to determine what parts of working can still make you passionate about a job,
    Why it’s never too late to switch jobs or careers – even as you near retirement, and
    Saying goodbye to quiet quitting as the leader of your team!
    For daily wisdom from our guests, be sure to follow us on Twitter:  @IL_Institute .
    Other episodes you'll enjoy:
    - Career Sponsorship and Being Sponsor Ready – with Ricky Robinson & Keith Powell
    - Finding Meaning, Joy, & Purpose in What You Do – with Paul Gibbons
    - The Career Toolkit: Essential Skills for Success No One Taught You – with Mark Herschberg
      
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    RESOURCES:  
    Learn more about Tammy’s career coaching firm at CareerWinnersCircle.com. You can also connect with Tammy on LinkedIn here.
    The book Maureen mentioned – Leadership 2050 – to which she contributed is available here.  
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    OUR PODCAST TEAM:  
    Host & Executive Producer: Maureen Metcalf
    Editor & Producer: Dan Mushalko
    Video & Graphics Editor: Devon Mushalko  
    Podbean Guru: Luigi Morelli
    CONNECT WITH US:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Innovativeleadership
    YouTube: @InnovatingLeadership
    Twitter: @InnoLeader
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/innovativeleadershipinsitute/
    Website: InnovativeLeadership.com
    Loved this episode? Leave us a review and rating!
     
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    About Our Guest:  
    Meet Tammy Alvarez, CEO and founder of Career Winners Circle: a comprehensive collection of coaching and training programs designed to strengthen leaders to grow their careers quickly and sustainably.
    Her spirited “Break all the Rules” approach blends decades of C-Suite experience on Wall Street with a pragmatic, results-based coaching style. She helps business professionals like you create impact so you can love every Monday morning again! 
    She is an inspirational coach, trainer, and epic storyteller who delivers transformative learning experiences for her global client base. She believes the heart of every successful business is leaders who inspire courage.

    • 53 min
    S9-Ep2: Using Storytelling to Elevate Leadership

    S9-Ep2: Using Storytelling to Elevate Leadership

    Guest: Chris Nolan
    Does your world feel chaotic, unpredictable – lunging beyond your understanding or control? You’re not alone: in fact, the US military felt the same, and created the concept of VUCA to maintain a defensive edge. The good news: you can readily apply VUCA to your organization to maintain YOUR defensive edge!
    In this episode, Emmy award-winning filmmaker Chris Nolan reveals the power of storytelling to help leaders navigate the rapidly accelerating VUCA Max world. It’s an inspiring how-to in creating a compelling vision to shape and rebrand your future…and drive success in your organization.
    Here’s what Chris and host Maureen Metcalf cover:
    How to use future-back thinking to prepare for and accommodate rapid change;
    How storytelling can change the future; and
    The importance of vision in guiding and motivating your team.
    For daily wisdom from our guests, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/innovativeleadershipinsitute/ . We're on Mastodon, Facebook, and Twitter, too!  
    RELATED PODCASTS to Continue Your VUCA Binge:
    Facing Uncertainty: It’s VUCA – with Chris Nolan (this is a great primer on the VUCA concept)
    Expecting the Unexpected: VUCA in Action at Red Roof – with George Limbert
    Improve Virtual Team Success by Leveraging Paradox – with Jean Brittain Leslie
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    RESOURCES:  
    Chris’ VUCA documentary is on Amazon here. The website supporting the film and with more VUCA information is www.ItsVUCA.com . And to contact Chris, follow him on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-s-vuca/ .
    For just plain fun: Check out Chris’ musical comedy feature film about the teen vampire scene, I Kissed a Vampire.
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    OUR PODCAST TEAM:  
    Host & Executive Producer: Maureen Metcalf
    Editor & Producer: Dan Mushalko
    Video Editor: Devon Mushalko
    League of Extraordinary Podbean Gentlemen: Luigi Morelli & Connor Carson
    CONNECT WITH US:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Innovativeleadership
    YouTube: @InnovatingLeadership
    Twitter: @IL_Institute
    Mastodon: @InnoLeader
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/innovativeleadershipinsitute/
    Website: InnovativeLeadership.com
    Loved this episode? Leave us a review and rating!
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    About Our Guest:  
    Chris Nolan is a multiple Emmy Award-winning director, creative director, marketing strategist, branding story expert, writer, songwriter, playwright and author. His most recent projects include the award-winning “Unforgettable Happens Here” campaign for Disney earning 20M views on YouTube. Two ten minute spy movies “From The Adapt or Die Files” for Google‘s API division. And the “Your Life. Now Playing.” series for RealNetworks.  Chris has developed and directed brand storytelling campaigns and commercials for Fortune 100 companies and won countless advertising awards: Cannes, Clios, Addy's and Telly's. He has also directed several hours of episodic TV as well as directed and written feature films. His latest film projects are the documentary "It's VUCA: The Secret to Living in the 21st Century" and a feature about Jimi Hendrix entitled ‘Floating Bridge’. His most recent book is "It's VUCA: The Master Guide to Living in the 21st Century".

    • 51 min
    S9-Ep3: Courageous Followership

    S9-Ep3: Courageous Followership

    Guests: Neil Grunberg & Ira Chaleff
    “He who cannot be a good follower, cannot be a good leader.”
     
    Aristotle shared that wisdom over 2,000 years ago, but today we chafe at being labeled a follower. Yet, as Ira Chaleff and Neil Grunberg point out, if no one is following, then no one can be leading, either!
     
    Followership is critical in any organization. Think of followership and leadership as a yin and yang: each of us needs to be good at both of them, and each of us needs to know when to play which role.  It all depends on the context. Most critically, be a courageous follower: one with the values and integrity to let your leader know when things are amiss. Enron is a classic warning about what happens when an organization doesn’t have courageous followers!
    Here's what Ira, Neil, and Maureen cover:
    The importance of standing up to and for your leader (even at the same time);
    How strict hierarchies distort the flow between follower and leader, slowing down the organization; and
    Why a lack of courageous followership leads to catastrophes at work (such as Enron) and in our personal lives (such as Uvalde and other mass tragedies).
     
    Other episodes for further learning:
    The New Rules of Work – with Gary Bolles
    Employees – Empowered! – with Rod Lacey
    Do No Harm: Ethics for Leaders – with Terri O’Fallon
     
    For daily wisdom from our guests, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn . We're on Mastodon, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, too!  
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    RESOURCES:  
    Ira Chaleff is a prolific writer. His books include The Courageous Follower, Intelligent Disobedience, The Limits of Violence (with Elan Le Vieux), The Art of Followership, and Setting Course: A Congressional Management Guide . Information on Ira’s consulting firm is at https://exe-coach.com/; his own website is https://IraChaleff.com .
    Neil Grunberg has a multitude of research papers and articles in leadership journals. He also cowrote Innovative Leadership for Health Care with Maureen and others, and edited A Distinctive Approach to Psychological Research.
    Our host Maureen Metcalf posts a newsletter every week on LinkedIn. You can follow her there at https://www.linkedin.com/in/maureenmetcalf/ .
    She’s also written several award-winning books on leadership development. You can peruse and purchase them here: https://amzn.to/3C4eSX0 .
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    OUR PODCAST TEAM:  
    Host & Executive Producer: Maureen Metcalf
    Editor & Producer: Dan Mushalko
    Video & Graphics Editor: Devon Mushalko
    Leaders of Fine Followership: Luigi Morelli & Connor Carson
    CONNECT WITH US:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Innovativeleadership
    YouTube: @InnovatingLeadership
    Twitter: @IL_Institute
    Mastodon: @InnoLeader
    InstaGram: @innovativeleader
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/innovativeleadershipinsitute/
    Website: InnovativeLeadership.com
    Loved this episode? Leave us a review and rating!
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    About Our Guest:  
    Ira Chaleff is an author, speaker, and innovative thinker. His latest work, Intelligent Disobedience, is now available on Amazon. He is founder and president of Executive Coaching and Consulting Associates. As a coach, Ira provides a stimulating and safe environment for executives and their teams to examine, evaluate and significantly improve their management styles, skills and processes. Through targeted interviews, work-climate surveys, and multi-viewpoint feedback instruments, he involves all those who have a stake in the change process, analyzes their input and provides frank, constructive feedback sessions.
     
    Neil Grunberg is a professor of Military & Emergency Medicine, Medical & Clinical Psychology, and Neuroscience in the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.  He is also a professor in the Graduate School of Nursing, Director of Research and Development in the USU Leadership Education and Development program, and Director of Faculty Development for Military and Emer

    • 43 min
    S9-Ep4: Intentional Leadership in a New Work World

    S9-Ep4: Intentional Leadership in a New Work World

    Guest: Monique Jefferson
    Are you a hybrid leader yet?
     
    That’s what today’s work world demands. Most workers prefer work from home. Others prefer to be in the office. Still others like hybrid work: a combination of both. In this episode in our Connex Partners Executive Insights series, we ask -- How do you lead people with such opposing preferences? And how do you accommodate the breadth of diversity in the workforce?
     
    Monique Jefferson says the answer lies in being intentional. The Chief People Officer of NYC’s Community Preservation Corporation successfully guides her leaders into intentionality and inclusivity. Done well, your team will have purpose, passion, and perspective…all of which lead to greater morale and loyalty. She shares her methods with host Maureen Metcalf.
    Here's what Monique and Maureen cover:
    The path to being an intentional leader in today’s hybrid work environment;
    Why flexibility ranks higher than compensation in importance to today’s workers; and
    The Three Ps, and their importance to your team…and you .
     
    Other episodes you'll enjoy:
    The New Role of Leadership in a Hybrid Workplace – with Greg Moran
    Five Trends to Know: Leadership in 2023 – with Christopher Washington
    Recruiting & Retaining Diverse Executives – with Eric Douglas Keene
     
    For daily wisdom from our guests, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn . We're on Mastodon, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, too!  
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    RESOURCES:  
    Monique Jefferson is on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/monique-d-jefferson-sphr-shrm-scp-8120712 .  Information on Monique’s 3-P haven, the Community Preservation Corporation, is at https://communityp.com/ .
    Information about this episode’s sponsor, Connex Partners, is at https://www.connexpartners.com/ .
    Our host Maureen Metcalf posts a newsletter every week on LinkedIn. You can subscribe here .
    She’s also written several award-winning books on leadership development. You can peruse and purchase them here: https://amzn.to/3C4eSX0 .
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    OUR PODCAST TEAM:  
    Host & Executive Producer: Maureen Metcalf
    Editor & Producer: Dan Mushalko
    Video & Graphics Editor: Devon Mushalko
    Our Intentional Podcast Support Team: Luigi Morelli, Jenna Reik, & Connor Carson
    CONNECT WITH US:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Innovativeleadership
    YouTube: @InnovatingLeadership
    Twitter: @IL_Institute
    Mastodon: @InnoLeader
    LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/ILI-LinkedIn2
    Instagram: @innovativeleader
    Website: InnovativeLeadership.com
    Loved this episode? Leave us a review and rating!
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    About Our Guest:  
    Monique Jefferson is an expert in human capital management with an instinct for determining the impact of organizational change, particularly on marginalized groups. She is a results-oriented, proven human resources executive with over 20 years of global experience in the financial services, legal, Insurance, media, non-profit and professional services industries. Her primary areas of expertise include talent and performance management, compensation, leadership development, diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging, talent acquisition, executive coaching, cultural change, employee engagement, training, and employee and labor relations.
     
    Monique currently serves as Chief People Officer of Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) (a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) within the multi family affordable housing sector) where she develops the human resources strategic plan and builds a culture that will enable CPC to attract, engage, grow and retain a high performing,diverse workforce.  Monique previously served as the Chief Human Resources Officer of New York Public Radio, the second largest public media company in the U.S., where she led a culture transformation and implemented the first Race Equity Action plan for the organization.

    • 55 min
    S8-Ep1: Do It on Purpose

    S8-Ep1: Do It on Purpose

    Featured Guest: Nell Derick Debevoise
    If you don’t know your own purpose, can you really get behind your organization’s purpose?
    Nell Derick Debevoise found that a critical component of success is knowing how your personal purpose intersects with your organization’s purpose.  That holds true for the individual members of your team, too:  if you understand what their personal or professional purpose has in common with the company’s purpose, you’ll foster a happier and more productive team.
    With purpose in mind, you can then look at decisions through the Me/We/World dimensions: how does this affect me and the individual members of my team; how does this affect my organization; and how will it affect the world?
    Nell draws from her years of experience in both the non-profit and private sectors to reveal the commonalities of good, purpose-driven leadership in both, highlighting the techniques within her new book, Going First: Find the Courage to Lead Purposefully and Inspire Action.

    • 55 min
    S8-Ep2: What Leaders Won’t Talk About (When Scaling their Business)

    S8-Ep2: What Leaders Won’t Talk About (When Scaling their Business)

    Guest: Greg Moran
    When young companies scale their business, there are many challenges…some obvious, and some no one talks about. Greg Moran joins the show for a discussion about the topics that are often avoided.  Some have even been considered taboo!  We’ll learn about back-office processes and tooling, hiring and diversity, space: culture and people, keeping the value chain in balance, pricing and value creation, establishing ESG processes, and minimizing distraction. It’s a primer for entrepreneurs on the threshold of growth!
    Here's what Greg and Maureen cover:
    The struggles that happened before the start-up success stories everyone publicizes;
    Why scaling the back office is just as important as scaling your product or service; and
    How truth with your growing staff is critical to continued success.
     
    More episodes with Greg Moran for binge-listening:
    The New Role of Leadership in a Hybrid Workplace
    Evolving Leadership to Navigate Disruption
    What Your Team REALLY Thinks…in Real Time!
     
     For daily wisdom from our guests, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn . We're on Mastodon, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, too!  
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    RESOURCES:  
    To learn more about Greg’s company, surf over to https://www.awarehq.com/ .
    Our host Maureen Metcalf posts a newsletter every week on LinkedIn. You can subscribe here .
    She’s also written several award-winning books on leadership development. You can peruse and purchase them here: https://amzn.to/3C4eSX0 .
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    OUR PODCAST TEAM:  
    Host & Executive Producer: Maureen Metcalf
    Editor & Producer: Dan Mushalko
    Video & Graphics Editor: Devon Mushalko
    Pod People Leaders WILL Talk About: Luigi Morelli, Jenna Reik, & Connor Carson
    CONNECT WITH US:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Innovativeleadership
    YouTube: @InnovatingLeadership
    Twitter: @IL_Institute
    Mastodon: @InnoLeader
    LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/ILI-LinkedIn2
    Instagram: @innovativeleader
    Website: InnovativeLeadership.com
    Loved this episode? Leave us a review and rating!
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    About Our Guest:  
    Greg Moran is a C-level digital, strategy and change leadership executive with extensive global operations experience. He led corporate strategy for Ford and designed the plan that Alan Mullaly used to turn around the company. Greg held C-level IT positions in app dev, infrastructure, and core banking applications at Ford, Nationwide Insurance, and Bank One/JPMC, respectively. He began his career in consulting with Arthur Andersen Accenture, working across industries with 100 companies over the course of a decade. He is passionate about leadership and culture, and teaches part time on the topic at Ohio University.

    • 56 min

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