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Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live. 

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders with Scott Allen Scott J. Allen

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 39 Ratings

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live. 

    Dr. Les Sylven - Meditation, Mindfulness, & Leadership

    Dr. Les Sylven - Meditation, Mindfulness, & Leadership

    Dr. Les Sylven has been a police officer in Canada for over 30 years, serving with three different police organizations in a wide variety of roles, from a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer in a rural community to a municipal Police Chief. During his policing career, he was actively involved in numerous public safety initiatives for which he was recognized by the Governor General of Canada, receiving the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in 2020. 

    He is a life member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and an active member of the International Leadership Association.

    A Quote From This Episode
    "For me, your breath is with you all the time."
    Resources Mentioned in This Episode
    Dissertation: Mindful of Authority: Exploring the Practice of Meditation, Mindfulness, and Leadership with Commissioned Canadian Police OfficersOrganization: Cascade Institute Book: Strength in Stillness by Bob Roth
    About The International Leadership Association (ILA)
    The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals interested in studying, practicing, and teaching leadership. Plan for ILA's 26th Global Conference in Chicago, IL - November 7-10, 2024. 
    About The Boler College of Business at John Carroll University
    Boler offers four MBA programs – 1 Year Flexible, Hybrid, Online, and Professional. Each track offers flexible timelines and various class structure options (online, in-person, hybrid, asynchronous). Boler’s tech core and international study tour opportunities set these MBA programs apart. Rankings highlighted in the intro are taken from CEO Magazine.
    About  Scott J. Allen
    WebsiteWeekly Newsletter: The Leader's Edge
    My Approach to Hosting
    The views of my guests do not constitute "truth." Nor do they reflect my personal views in some instances. However, they are views to consider, and I hope they help you clarify your perspective. Nothing can replace your reflection, research, and exploration of the topic.

    • 42 min
    Brian Fishel - The High Potential's Roadmap

    Brian Fishel - The High Potential's Roadmap

    Brian Fishel has more than 30+ years of strategic Human Resources and business experience across multiple industries. He has successfully provided thought leadership and advice to CEOs and C-Suite executives on various strategic business decisions and human capital matters.  Brian has extensive experience leading numerous CEO and C-suite successions and transitions, coaching and developing high-potential leaders, and leading merger-acquisition integration and culture alignment.  Brian is skilled at working with Executive teams and a company’s Board of Directors.

    Brian served as KeyBank’s (a top 15 bank in the United States) Chief Human Resources Officer from 2018-2024. He also served as Key’s Chief Talent Officer from 2013-2018, leading enterprise talent management, leadership development, recruiting, and training. Before joining KeyBank, Brian spent 15 years at Bank of America in various senior talent management roles, including the Global Head of Executive and High Potential Development.  Before Bank of America, Brian held various global senior-level Human Resources roles with The Coca-Cola Company and Pizza Hut, at the time, a subsidiary of PepsiCo.

    Brian currently serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Edwards High School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is a member of the Strategic Initiatives Committee.  In 2015, Brian won the prestigious Talent Management Executive of the Year Award from Crains Business Magazine of Cleveland, and in 2020, he was named to the Top CHRO list by N2Growth.

    A Quote From This Episode
    "Individuals earlier in their career begin to emerge and differentiate themselves from others by excelling at delivering results, taking on and succeeding in new and different challenges, and collaborating and working well with others."
    Resources Mentioned in This Episode
    Book: The Leadership Pipeline by Charan & DrotterBook: The Tao of Backup Catcher by Brown and KratzBook: Can't Hurt Me by David GogginsArticle: Muscle Build the Organization by PearsonArticle: Eighty-Eight Assignment for Developing in Place by Lombardo and Elchinger
    About The International Leadership Association (ILA)
    The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals interested in studying, practicing, and teaching leadership. Plan for ILA's 26th Global Conference in Chicago, IL - November 7-10, 2024. 
    About The Boler College of Business at John Carroll University
    Boler offers four MBA programs – 1 Year Flexible, Hybrid, Online, and Professional. Each track offers flexible timelines and various class structure options (online, in-person, hybrid, asynchronous). Boler’s tech core and international study tour opportunities set these MBA programs apart. Rankings highlighted in the intro are taken from CEO Magazine.
    About  Scott J. Allen
    WebsiteWeekly Newsletter: The Leader's Edge
    My Approach to Hosting
    The views of my guests do not constitute "truth." Nor do they reflect my personal views in some instances. However, they are views to consider, and I hope they help you clarify your perspective. Nothing can replace your reflection, research, and exploration of the topic.

    • 45 min
    Dr. Marianne Roux - Leadership Fit For The Future Of Work

    Dr. Marianne Roux - Leadership Fit For The Future Of Work

    Dr. Marianne Roux has 30 years of global experience as an HR Executive, Future of Work Strategist, and Professor of Leadership. She holds a Master's degree in HR and Organisational Psychology and is completing her Ph.D. in Leadership in the Future of Work context. She runs Roux Consulting, a global niche consulting firm based in Dublin, Ireland, and regularly teaches at Business Schools worldwide.

    She has worked for PWC, Accenture, Deloitte, and Mercer and held two HR Director roles in two countries—Woolworths Food South Africa and Cricket Australia. Her experience spans several industries, and she focuses mainly on the Future of Work Strategy, Leadership Development, Organisation Redesign, and HR transformation.

    She has recently published a book on Adaptive HR and a Personal Agility reflection journal, Knowing Your Superpowers is the Key to Your Success in a Changing World, and she is featured in Maturing Leadership: How Adult Development Impacts Leadership.


    A Quote From This Episode
    "I was really frustrated...every leader I worked with had pretty much gotten an MBA, had one or two coaches, done several executive development plans, and was still woefully inadequate as a leader." Resources Mentioned in This Episode
    Book:  Leadership Fit For The Future Of Work by RouxBook: The Right Kind of Wrong by EdmonsonAbout The International Leadership Association (ILA)
    The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals interested in studying, practicing, and teaching leadership. Plan for ILA's 26th Global Conference in Chicago, IL - November 7-10, 2024. 
    About The Boler College of Business at John Carroll University
    Boler offers four MBA programs – 1 Year Flexible, Hybrid, Online, and Professional. Each track offers flexible timelines and various class structure options (online, in-person, hybrid, asynchronous). Boler’s tech core and international study tour opportunities set these MBA programs apart. Rankings highlighted in the intro are taken from CEO Magazine.
    About  Scott J. Allen
    WebsiteWeekly Newsletter: The Leader's Edge
    My Approach to Hosting
    The views of my guests do not constitute "truth." Nor do they reflect my personal views in some instances. However, they are views to consider, and I hope they help you clarify your perspective. Nothing can replace your reflection, research, and exploration of the topic.

    • 44 min
    Eric Svaren - A Trained Eye

    Eric Svaren - A Trained Eye

    Eric Svaren coaches executives, as well as senior and emerging leaders, in business, tech, health care, research, higher education, government, associations, and NGOs. He is also an organization development (OD) consultant, serving local, national, and international clients.

    He teaches Leadership in Action for the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. Eric is also a developmental leadership coach for Global Leadership Associates in the United Kingdom.

    With students and clients, he focuses on the practical application of theories and models to pressing leadership, organizational, and societal problems. He draws on research and writing on adult development theory, adaptive leadership, team dynamics, culture, equity, engagement, adult learning, and polarity management.

    Eric served in internal roles supporting clinical operations in a national cancer center, staffing a Seattle city council member, and running a joint labor-management program.

    He earned his Master’s degree in sociology at UW, with concentrations in social psychology and organizational sociology. He also holds certifications in many coaching and OD methods and instruments.

    A Quote From This Episode
    "Leadership is all around us, but most of the time, we're not recognizing it. And that leadership is usually "Little L" leadership. It's not broadcast, it's not announced, and it doesn't have a marquee like a movie theater; it’s something that is happening very subtly, and it takes a trained eye to notice it. And one of the things I'd like to leave my students with is that trained eye."
    Resources Mentioned in This Episode
    Infographic: Technical Problems vs. Adaptive Challenges by SvarenArticle: The Principles of little 'L' leadership by SvarenBooks:  The Wager, Killers of the Flower Moon by David GrannBook: The Secret Hours by Mick Herron

    About The International Leadership Association (ILA)
    The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals interested in studying, practicing, and teaching leadership. Plan for ILA's 26th Global Conference in Chicago, IL - November 7-10, 2024. 

    About The Boler College of Business at John Carroll University
    Boler offers four MBA programs – 1 Year Flexible, Hybrid, Online, and Professional. Each track offers flexible timelines and various class structure options (online, in-person, hybrid, asynchronous). Boler’s tech core and international study tour opportunities set these MBA programs apart. Rankings highlighted in the intro are taken from CEO Magazine.
    About  Scott J. Allen
    WebsiteWeekly Newsletter: The Leader's Edge
    My Approach to Hosting
    The views of my guests do not constitute "truth." Nor do they reflect my personal views in some instances. However, they are views to consider, and I hope they help you clarify your perspective. Nothing can replace your reflection, research, and exploration of the topic.

    • 35 min
    Amiel Handelsman - Conversations for Possibility

    Amiel Handelsman - Conversations for Possibility

    Amiel Handelsman is a seasoned executive coach with 20+ years of experience helping leaders and teams navigate complexity. His clients have included college presidents, C-level business executives, and teams at every level. He is passionate about climate solutions and specializes in helping people deliver what they promise and build highly engaged workforces. Amiel is the author of four books, including Practice Greatness and the free e-books Reimagining American Identity and How To Be An Anti-race Antiracist, and is a frequent guest on podcasts. He holds a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Amiel lives with his wife and two children in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    A Quote From This Episode
    "Emotion is like the weather, which changes frequently, and mood is like the climate."
    Resources Mentioned in This Episode
    Amiel's Podcast - How My View Grew

    About The International Leadership Association (ILA)
    The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals interested in studying, practicing, and teaching leadership. Plan for ILA's 26th Global Conference in Chicago, IL - November 7-10, 2024. 

    About The Boler College of Business at John Carroll University
    Boler offers four MBA programs – 1 Year Flexible, Hybrid, Online, and Professional. Each track offers flexible timelines and various class structure options (online, in-person, hybrid, asynchronous). Boler’s tech core and international study tour opportunities set these MBA programs apart. Rankings highlighted in the intro are taken from CEO Magazine.
    About  Scott J. Allen
    WebsiteWeekly Newsletter: The Leader's Edge
    My Approach to Hosting
    The views of my guests do not constitute "truth." Nor do they reflect my personal views in some instances. However, they are views to consider, and I hope they help you clarify your perspective. Nothing can replace your reflection, research, and exploration of the topic.

    • 45 min
    Celina Caesar Chavannes - Finding My Voice in the Unlikeliest of Places

    Celina Caesar Chavannes - Finding My Voice in the Unlikeliest of Places

    Celina Caesar-Chavannes is a business consultant, coach and international speaker, who currently serves part-time as the Sr. Advisor, EDI Initiatives and Adjunct Lecturer at Queen’s University. Her memoir, Can You Hear Me Now?   was published in 2021. Her leadership development app, MaximizingU, is available on Google Play and the App Store.

    Celina was the former Member of Parliament for Whitby, Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Parliamentary Secretary for International Development. During her term as a Member of Parliament, Celina was awarded several distinctions, including a feature in the April 2018 edition of O (Oprah Winfrey) Magazine entitled, “What would you stand up for?” 

    She has a Bachelor of Science, an MBA in Healthcare Management, and an Executive MBA from the Rotman School of Management. She is currently enrolled in a neuroscience PhD program at Queen’s University, exploring the intersection of empathy, leadership, and equity. Celina is also a [Deepak] Chopra Certified Health and Meditation Instructor and bases much of her work on Ayurvedic principles, self-awareness, and development.

    Before politics, Celina founded Resolve Research Solutions, Inc. This research management consulting firm provides research, consulting, and education services to organizations seeking equity and advancing progress for those with multiple intersecting identities. 

    A Quote From This Episode
    "This is the story of me falling in love with, at last with, who I am and finding my voice in the unlikeliest of places."
    Resources Mentioned in This Episode
    Book: Can You Hear Me Now? by Celina Caesar-ChavannesBook: The Conversation by Robert LivingstonAuthor: Isabella WilkersonAuthor: Bell HooksAuthor:  Michel Foucault

    About The International Leadership Association (ILA)
    The ILA was created in 1999 to bring together professionals interested in studying, practicing, and teaching leadership. Plan for ILA's 26th Global Conference in Chicago, IL - November 7-10, 2024. 

    About The Boler College of Business at John Carroll University
    Boler offers four MBA programs – 1 Year Flexible, Hybrid, Online, and Professional. Each track offers flexible timelines and various class structure options (online, in-person, hybrid, asynchronous). Boler’s tech core and international study tour opportunities set these MBA programs apart. Rankings highlighted in the intro are taken from CEO Magazine.

    About  Scott J. Allen
    WebsiteWeekly Newsletter: The Leader's Edge

    My Approach to Hosting
    The views of my guests do not constitute "truth." Nor do they reflect my personal views in some instances. However, they are views to consider, and I hope they help you clarify your perspective. Nothing can replace your reflection, research, and exploration of the topic.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Ghost Light Leadership ,

Real conversations about the changing nature of leadership

Scott J. Allen’s work of spreading the word about the different ways leadership manifests in our world, the different conceptions of what leadership is and can be, is so very important. It was an honor to be a small part of that exploration on an episode this year. Two of the things that I think makes Phronesis and Scott’s hosting of it extraordinary: 1. His extensive preparation. Scott does his homework and exposes himself deeply to the ideas and practices that he will be exploring with his guests. 2. He brings himself vulnerably and fully into the ideas...Scott tries them on, walks around in them, reflects on where they have shown up for him in the past, and how they are alive for him currently...and makes that available to his listeners. Bravo, Scott! Bravo, ILA!

cyclingjs ,

Maturing Leadership (ADT) series is outstanding

I am a regular listener of this thought-provoking podcast. I am definitely a fan. I have especially appreciated the episodes with the contributors to Maturing Leadership: How Adult Development Impacts Leadership. Jonathon Reams and the other authors bring diverse perspectives and a range of insights that have deepened my understanding of ADT and its relevance for leadership in our complex times. Definitely worth a listen!

savvy_entrepreneur ,

Not just for leaders

This is a podcast where you think it will be all "business-y", and yes, it is. But so much of what they cover can be applied to your personal life. The ideas presented, back by research, can really make you re-think the way you conduct your business and your life. Well worth the time.

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