Colleagues from Kenning discuss leadership, learning, and how to grow and advance at work.
Philip Holt of Undead Labs
Kenning Partner Daryl Ogden speaks with Philip Holt, head of Undead Labs, about his experiences running a gaming studio within the Xbox empire. Philip explains his unusual introduction to the business of gaming, and why he found joining Undead to replace a charismatic founder both challenging and rewarding. Daryl and Philip explore the deeper meaning of “State of Decay”, and how it might reflect on our own pandemic world.
They go on to discuss how Philip worked with his team to develop and codify working values for the studio, and the role that DEI concerns played in that effort. Daryl asks Philip how he has dealt with “The Great Resignation” and the ongoing challenge of attracting and keeping the highly skilled talent needed to create great games. They explore the value Philip has found in his own coaching, and what it might offer studio leaders more broadly. Philip reveals the 7 books that made up his original leadership book club, and points to where the club will go next. Finally, Philip and Daryl discuss how being a goalkeeper in his youth shaped the way Philip still sees risk and reward.
Ego is the Enemy
Leadership in Turbulent Times
Lead from the Outside
Dare to Lead
Effective Business Communications in a World of Distraction
Join Kenning Partners Cathy Boeckmann and Jerry Stauduhar as they speak with Mike Merrill about the challenges facing strategic business communicators today. Despite a wealth of data–or maybe even because it is so plentiful–drawing out the “so what” and generating business insights seems ever more difficult. Experts in technology, the creative arts, or medicine can do great work and gather excellent data, but they can find it challenging to pull it together and present it in a way that helps decision makers take action. And the tools that allow for greater collaboration–like virtual meetings and cloud-based documents–can actually make things worse.
Find out how Cathy, Jerry, and their Kenning colleagues have addressed these challenges using tried and true methods as well as innovative new ways of meeting today’s needs. From investing in communications skills to building a culture that rewards judgment over raw information, see how Kenning has helped clients to make shared meaning.
Coach Ron Adams on Coaching Across the Generations
Continuing our series with Assistant Coach Ron Adams of the Golden State Warriors, Kenning Partner Daryl Ogden talks with Ron about coaching across the generations. A collegiate and professional coach for over 50 years, Ron has seen a lot of changes, but as he tells Daryl, he’s had to adapt himself in order to “stay in the game.”
How has practice changed over the course of Ron’s career, and what does it have to do with disruptions in education? How can music serve as a bridge between generations and how is basketball like jazz? What role can generation markers–Boomers, X, Y, Z–play in helping you understand younger players and employees, and why are individual connections more important? Ron and Daryl discuss these issues and more, and then Daryl and Mike Merrill apply Ron’s lessons to challenges you may face in working across generations in your own business context.
Coach Ron Adams on Working with Superstars
“The Guru of NBA Defense” is how Raptors coach Nick Nurse recently referred to Ron Adams, assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors whose time with the franchise has included 3 NBA championships. Ron has coached not only Steph Curry and Kevin Garnett, but David Robinson, Ray Allen, and James Harden. In this wide-reaching conversation, Ron discusses with Kenning Partner Daryl Ogden how he builds rapport with players, especially superstars.
Are superstars just regular people, or should they be given extra privileges? How does Ron span the chasm of his years of experience and rural upbringing to speak with today’s young stars? Why was being left-handed a good way to build camaraderie with James Harden? How can you develop relationships with your stars while telling them the truth? What is the role of authenticity in leadership, and how can you build an inclusive culture, one founded on joy?
Join Ron and Daryl as they discuss this and more, and hear how Daryl and Mike Merrill apply Ron’s NBA wisdom to common business challenges.
Gaining Competitive Advantage Through 360° Feedback
Conventionally, we think of feedback as something we get from our immediate supervisor. But Kenning Partner Laurie Burkland Waller explains to Mike Merrill how we can use 360° feedback to broaden our perspective and ultimately provide us a competitive advantage. Laurie describes how Kenning uses both standard tools as well as custom interviews to gather feedback not only from senior leadership but peers and direct reports as well to provide a more comprehensive view of a leader’s performance.
Determining strengths and opportunities is key, but Laurie notes that a well-conducted review can uncover issues that might derail a leader–for example, an overuse of a strength in a particular situation where it is not warranted. Laurie goes on to explain the importance of pursuing a developmental plan based on what has been learned in the process, and how ongoing coaching can not only help a leader experiment with new ways of working, but find ways to make change stick as well.
Mentioned in the pod:
Korn Ferry 360° Assessment
The Leadership Circle
Time-travelling the Leadership Continuum
How is leadership like time travel? Kenning Partner Daryl Ogden explains to Mike Merrill an important tool he employs in his coaching practice: “The Leadership Continuum”. In this framework, Leadership is composed of three elements, all intrinsically associated with a facet of time: Administration, with the past; Management, with the present; and Vision, with the future. A good leader is one who can skillfully navigate through time, first gaining the measure of how much effort they expend on each element, and then intentionally focusing in turn on each with the amount of attention it warrants. Daryl explains how to Manage successfully in the present, plant yourself in the future to gain Vision, and even animate the past through inspired Administration.
Mentioned in the pod:
Neil Stroul, In Memoriam
The Eisenhower Matrix