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Learn from the leadership journey of Greater Washington DC region changemakers and global thought leaders so you can align better with your purpose, grow professionally with meaning, and have a greater impact. Each week Mahan Tavakoli sits down for an intimate conversation with diverse leaders to learn from their leadership journeys so we can all improve, grow, and have a greater impact. PartneringLeadership.com

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Learn from the leadership journey of Greater Washington DC region changemakers and global thought leaders so you can align better with your purpose, grow professionally with meaning, and have a greater impact. Each week Mahan Tavakoli sits down for an intimate conversation with diverse leaders to learn from their leadership journeys so we can all improve, grow, and have a greater impact. PartneringLeadership.com

    How to Cultivate Your Influence and Build Powerful Connections with Jon Levy | Global Thought Leader

    How to Cultivate Your Influence and Build Powerful Connections with Jon Levy | Global Thought Leader

    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jon Levy, behavioral scientist and author of the book You're Invited: The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence. Jon Levy shares how we can build stronger and more trusting relationships and how leaders can use the science of connection to increase team trust and engagement.   


    Some highlights:
    -Jon Levy's interest in building community and relationships
    -Jon Levy talks about culture and psychological safety as essential keys to increasing connection in organizations.
    -Leading with Benevolence
    -Vulnerability loops as a way to build trust
    -Jon Levy's Influencer Dinners and the science behind attracting Noble Prize winners, Olympic athletes, business leaders, artists, and royalty.   
    -The Ikea Effect and how to use it to build trust and greater connection.  
    -The mere exposure effect and its role in team collaboration. 



    Also mentioned in this episode:
    -Kent Grayson, associate professor at  Kellogg School  and the faculty director of The Trust Project


    Books by Jon Levy:
    You're Invited: The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence by Jon Levy

    Book Recommendations:
    Thinking Fast and Slow by Dan Kahneman
    Predictably Irrational by Dr. Dan Ariely
    Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
    Dream Team by Shane Snow


    Connect with Jon Levy:
    Jon Levy Official Website
    Jon Levy on LinkedIn
    Jon Levy on Instagram
    Jon Levy on Facebook
    Jon Levy on Twitter




    Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:
    MahanTavakoli.com


    More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: 
    PartneringLeadership.com

    • 47 min
    Shattering glass ceilings, supporting women's empowerment and promoting greater diversity while bridging divides with Barbara Davis Blum | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker

    Shattering glass ceilings, supporting women's empowerment and promoting greater diversity while bridging divides with Barbara Davis Blum | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker

    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Barbara Davis Blum, one of the founders of Leadership Greater Washington and president of BDB Investment Partnership, shares stories from her early life and how it shaped her to become the resilient, feminist leader that she came to be. Barbara Davis Blum shared her journey as a pioneering female leader in government, business and the community.  
    Some highlights:
    -Barbara Davis Blum's early life and her father's community involvement
    -The impact of Barbara Davis Blum’s first divorce.
    -Barbara's passion for the environment and saving the Chattahoochee River
    -Diving into politics and coming to Washington DC
    -How Barbara Davis Blum negotiated her role as Deputy Administrator of the EPA in the Carter administration
    -On recognizing failure in handling the Love Canal tragedy
    -How her second divorce prompted her to start a career in banking and eventually lead a woman-owned bank
    -On supporting women’s leadership at the Greater Washington Board of Trade
    -On founding Leadership Greater Washington with diversity as a core value


    Mentioned:
    -Steve Harlan, founder of Harlan Enterprises LLC ( Listen to Steve Harlan's Partnering Leadership podcast episode here)
    -Andrew "Andy" Young, former Congressman from Georgia and 55th Mayor of Atlanta
    -Jimmy Carter, 39th U.S. President
    -Lester Maddox, former Governor of Georgia
    -Walter Frederick "Fritz" Mondale, 42nd U.S. Vice President
    -Leo M. Bernstein, investor and banker
    -Abigail Adams, former First Lady of the United States
    -John Tydings, former Greater Washington Board of Trade President
    -Julia M. Walsh, the first woman to serve as president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade
    -Betty Friedan, feminist activist and author of The Feminine Mystique



    Connect with Barbara Davis Blum:
    Barbara Davis Blum on LinkedIn


    Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:
    MahanTavakoli.com


    More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: 
    PartneringLeadership.com

    • 43 min
    How to lead your organization through change to achieve hard to imagine results in uncertain and volatile times with John Kotter | Global Thought Leader

    How to lead your organization through change to achieve hard to imagine results in uncertain and volatile times with John Kotter | Global Thought Leader

    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with John Kotter, professor emeritus at Harvard Business School, co-founder of a management consulting firm Kotter International and a pioneer in organizational change. John Kotter is the author of 22 books on change, including his most recent book, Change: How Organizations Achieve Hard-to-Imagine Results in Uncertain and Volatile times. John Kotter talks about the struggles leaders and teams face when it comes to change and how to transform organizations to adapt to change effectively and rapidly.


    Some highlights:
    -John Kotter on the role of human nature on our resistance to change
    -The essential components for initiating change in the organization
    -Understanding the Survive and Thrive mode and how it impacts our ability to change
    -The power of Guiding Coalition to help bring expertise, energy, and perspective across the organization
    -The difference between management and leadership



    Also mentioned in this episode:
    Kelly King, Chairman, and CEO of Truist Financial



    Book by John Kotter:
    Change: How Organizations Achieve Hard-to-Imagine Results in Uncertain and Volatile Times


    Connect with John Kotter:
    John Kotter - Kotter International Inc
    John Kotter on LinkedIn
    John Kotter on Facebook
    John Kotter on Twitter


    Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:
    MahanTavakoli.com


    More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: 
    PartneringLeadership.com

    • 48 min
    Purpose-driven leadership is about more than just saying the right words | Leadership Insight

    Purpose-driven leadership is about more than just saying the right words | Leadership Insight

    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli celebrates 100 podcast episodes by going back to the core of it all: purpose-driven leadership. Mahan shares why purpose is becoming an overused buzzword, gives examples of organizations not living up to their purpose, and how we can become genuinely purpose-driven leaders.  
     
    Some highlights:
    -Mahan celebrates you, the purpose-driven audience of the Partnering Leadership podcast, in helping it become a top global leadership podcast. 
    - 100 episodes of conversations with regional Greater Washington DMV changemakers and global thought leaders 
    - Why purpose statements can sometimes be meaningless
    - Examples of companies acting in ways not aligned with their purpose.
    - Defining purpose-driven leadership
    - Critical factors driving purpose-driven organizations and leaders. 
     
    Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:
    MahanTavakoli.com
     
    More information and resources are available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: 
    PartneringLeadership.com

    • 11 min
    Trillion Dollar Leadership Secrets of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos & Google’s Eric Schmidt with Ann Hiatt | Global Thought Leader

    Trillion Dollar Leadership Secrets of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos & Google’s Eric Schmidt with Ann Hiatt | Global Thought Leader

    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Ann Hiatt, Leadership Strategist & Consultant and Author of the book Bet on Yourself. Ann Hiatt shared the many lessons she learned while working alongside the world's top tech CEOs—Google's Eric Schmidt, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Yahoo's Marissa Meyer. In addition to the story of her reinvention, Ann Hiatt shared common practices and approaches of these and other top-performing leaders.  


     
    Some highlights:
    - Ann Hiatt on how she ended up working at Amazon and supporting Jeff Bezos
    - How Ann Hiatt handled the crisis when the helicopter she booked for Jeff Bezos ended up crashing
    - The leadership models, habits, thought processes Ann Hiatt learned from working closely with Jezz Bezos and Eric Schmidt
    - Ann Hiatt on how to hire people who are value-aligned and a good culture fit for your company
    - Why you should and how you can Bet on Yourself.
     
     Also mentioned in this episode:
    -Jeff Bezos, Founder and Executive Chairman of Amazon
    -Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google
    -Andy Jassy, President and CEO of Amazon
    -John Doerr, Venture Capitalist at Kleiner Perkins, an early investor in companies including Amazon & Google, and OKR advocate
     
     
    Book Recommendations:
    Bet on Yourself by Ann Hiatt
    Measure What Matters by John Doerr
     
    Connect with Ann Hiatt:
    Bet on Yourself Website
    Ann Hiatt on LinkedIn
    Ann Hiatt on Twitter
    Ann Hiatt on Instagram
    Ann Hiatt on Facebook
     
    Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:
    MahanTavakoli.com
     
    More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: 
    PartneringLeadership.com
     

    • 53 min
    Tackling systemic inequities by leading the charge with Richard Bynum | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker

    Tackling systemic inequities by leading the charge with Richard Bynum | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker

    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Richard Bynum, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer at PNC, shares the many leadership lessons he learned while at the American Red Cross and in his various roles at PNC. Richard Bynum also shares why and how he intends to have an impact on reducing systemic inequities by leading the implementation of PNC’s Community Benefits Plan through which the company will provide at least $88 billion in loans, investments, and other financial support to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and communities, people and communities of color, and other underserved individuals and communities.
     
    Some highlights:
    -How moving cities while growing up impacted Richard Bynum’s outlook on diversity.
    - Richard Bynum on the lessons he learned while at the Red Cross, including on 9/11.
    - A painful lesson Richard Bynum learned as a young manager.
    - Richard on the need to balance trust and expectations as a leader.
    - PNC’s $1 billion effort to help end systemic racism and support economic empowerment for Black Americans
    - What Richard Bynum’s hobby in genealogy has taught him about himself, his family, and the privileges Americans have today.
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    -Michael N. Harreld, former Regional President of PNC Bank, Greater Washington, D.C. Area
    -D. Jermaine Johnson, Regional President for PNC Bank, Greater Washington, and Virginia
    -William “Bill” S. Demchak, CEO of PNC Financial Services
    -Eddie Meyers, Regional President of PNC Bank Georgia
     
     
    Connect with Richard Bynum:
    Richard Bynum on LinkedIn
    Richard Bynum on Twitter
     
    Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:
    MahanTavakoli.com
     
    More information and resources are available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: 
    PartneringLeadership.com

    • 40 min

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One of my very favorite leadership podcasts!

When it comes to leadership, Mahan Tavakoli definitely knows his stuff! And when it comes to engaging and informative conversations with a wide range of terrific guests talking about leadership, the Partnering Leadership podcast is one of the best show out there. It is one of the few podcasts that I make it a point never to miss an episode of.

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