64 episodes

Leadership, by its very definition, is a human experience. We operationalize, optimize, and codify leadership as an experience we get better at doing. This podcast is about Humans Being Leaders as much as the "doing" of leadership.

These episodes help reveal the potential of what can be to leaders who balance growing a business, leading a team, and being fully engaged and present with their families.

The Leadership Mind massimo backus

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    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Leadership, by its very definition, is a human experience. We operationalize, optimize, and codify leadership as an experience we get better at doing. This podcast is about Humans Being Leaders as much as the "doing" of leadership.

These episodes help reveal the potential of what can be to leaders who balance growing a business, leading a team, and being fully engaged and present with their families.

    Leading a Team and What it Means to Truly be of Service with Geoffrey Roche

    Leading a Team and What it Means to Truly be of Service with Geoffrey Roche

    In today’s episode, Massimo is joined by Geoffrey Roche. Geoffrey is currently the Senior Vice President of National Healthcare Practice and Workforce Partnerships at Core Education PBC. He speaks often on healthcare workforce topics at national conferences such as Becker's Annual Conference, HIMMS, and ViVE. In 2022, Roche was also nominated to the Forbes Business Council for his national-level work.



    Roche has over nine years of hospital administration experience, including senior leadership roles in various departments at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono. He also held leadership positions at Lebanon Valley College and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, focusing on strategic partnerships, organizational strategy, and business development. Roche earned his Master of Science degree in Management and Leadership: Public Administration at East Stroudsburg University and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Moravian University. He also holds several certificates, including a Mini-MBA in Healthcare from the University of Arizona’s Eller Executive Education, Innovation in Healthcare Management from Arizona State University, Healthcare Leadership from Duke Corporate Education, and Heroic Leadership from Santa Clara University.



    Geoffrey Roche’s Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/geoffreymroche



    Highlights from today's podcast include:


    What it means to truly be of service to both your team and your customers


    The importance of having empathy when running a business and overseeing a team of people 


    Treating your team members as if they are customers


    How to protect yourself from the potential of being let go in a volatile work landscape


    Why succession planning and mentoring for the future need to be focused on more in leadership.

    • 45 min
    The Power of Building Strong Relationships When Organizing a Business with Dr. Johanna Pagonis

    The Power of Building Strong Relationships When Organizing a Business with Dr. Johanna Pagonis

    In today’s episode, Massimo is joined by Dr. Johanna Pagonis. She is the CEO and founder of Sinogap Solutions Leadership Consulting, and the author of Choose to Be a Leader Others Would Want to Follow. Dr. Pagonis launched Sinogap Solutions after recognizing many habitual workplace challenges while in her role as a manager. Her workplace experiences contributed to her attaining a Ph.D. in adult education, with a focus on uncovering how workplace managers can advance into emotionally intelligent leaders. The discoveries she made inspired her to quit her senior management position with the Government of Alberta and launch her own business. Since the full-time establishment of Sinogap Solutions in 2020, Dr. Pagonis’ firm has worked with over 50 companies to develop customized leadership programs that have successfully equipped supervisors and managers with the skills necessary to maximize the human potential within their teams. She also hosts a podcast called Tackle Tuesdays that addresses meaningful topics that challenge us in the workplace.

    Highlights from this interview include:


    The necessity of trust and relationships within a team for success 


    Understanding and working through the systems we’re born into


    The importance of safe spaces/psychological safety in the workplace 


    Practising self-compassion, especially in our mistakes and failures 


    Listening to the champion and challenger within yourself to stay motivated yet humble

    • 44 min
    People Hold the Tools: Making a Difference Through a Mindset of Belief and Commitment with Richard Lewine

    People Hold the Tools: Making a Difference Through a Mindset of Belief and Commitment with Richard Lewine

    In today’s episode, Massimo is joined by Richard Lewine. He is the Founder of Executive Concierge Services and President of RSL Consulting Group. He is a grand vizier & mentor who uses his extensive life experience and wisdom to help change the lives of his clients. Richard is relentless in his approach and guides his clients to set and achieve their most important goals. His methodology results in sustainable skills that positively impact people’s careers, the bottom line of their businesses, and their personal lives. Lewine has created a series of services including; organization goals sessions and sales plus-leadership, vision building and strategy formulation, the presidents' alliance, the objective performance appraisal system, and succession planning. Richard is currently focused on preparing the next generation of Family Offices to steward the vast wealth that will be handed off to them over the next 5 years. A few of his goal-directed workshops include; Job-Matching That Works, Tapping Your Family Office Potential, and B2B Selling Success!

    Highlights from this interview include:


    Learning to make good judgement calls by doing due diligence for yourself
    Breaking out of a hostile work environment and creating a better, safer, workspace
    The importance of your own morals and interpersonal relationships in the work field
    How to work based on goals versus out of fear and survival
    The differences and harmony between coaching, consulting, and counselling

    • 42 min
    Identifying and Following the Natural Order of Business in Order to Succeed with Simon Severino

    Identifying and Following the Natural Order of Business in Order to Succeed with Simon Severino

    In today’s episode, Massimo is joined by Simon Severino. He is the CEO of Strategy Sprints™, a method that doubles revenue in 90 days by getting owners out of the weeds. He also helps business owners run their companies more effectively, resulting in soaring sales! Simon is trusted by many platforms and companies, including; Google, Roche, Consilience Ventures, Amgen, and AbbVie. He is also a TEDx speaker, a Contributor to Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine, and a member of the SVBS Silicon Valley Blockchain Society.

    Highlights from this interview include:


    Turning ideas (or assumptions) into promises
    Identifying and following the natural order of business to succeed
    Building habits to establish systems versus relying on discipline
    Seeing your business and role as a team unit versus as individuals
    How creating smaller, incremental goals boosts productivity, agility, and morale better than large, long-term goals

    Connect with Simon: 

    Website: https://www.strategysprints.com/

    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/strategysprints/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/strategysprints

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/strategysprints/

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonseverino/

    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnSFgJd0CrsEdQdO21txR2A

    • 39 min
    Taking Steps to Solve Interpersonal Conflicts While Learning to Break Down Personal Biases with Liz Kislik

    Taking Steps to Solve Interpersonal Conflicts While Learning to Break Down Personal Biases with Liz Kislik

    In today’s episode, Massimo is joined by Liz Kislik. She is a management consultant and executive coach, and a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and Forbes. She also specializes in developing high-performing leaders and workforces, and for 30 years has helped many companies like American Express, Girl Scouts, Staples, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Highlights for Children solve their thorniest problems. Liz is also a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches initiative, which brings together the world’s top coaches and thinkers. She has taught at both Hofstra University and New York University; and is a frequent podcast guest. She has also received her BA from Yale University and earned an MBA in Management from NYU.

    Highlights from this interview include:


    Breaking down the cause, and steps to solutions of interpersonal conflicts
    Learning to break down and question personal biases
    Making reasonable and attainable commitments to hold oneself accountable
    Dealing with bullies within organizations, and how bullies may self justify
    Learning to reflect and regulate your emotions in work and personal scenarios

    Connect with Liz: 

    Website: https://lizkislik.com

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizkislik/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/lizkislik

    • 35 min
    Thinking Big and Getting Creative to Achieve More Especially when Resources are Limited with Adam McGraw

    Thinking Big and Getting Creative to Achieve More Especially when Resources are Limited with Adam McGraw

    In today’s episode, Massimo is joined by Adam McGraw. 3 years ago Adam walked away from a VP/GM job at American Express and all of its stability and equity to do what he didn’t have the mental fortitude or skills to do at 25.

    It was a great run but he was being pulled to pursue things that he knew if he didn't try he'd regret later in life.

    Adam has always applied a “go for it” mentality when it comes to things he’s passionate about.

    From voiceovers in his college apartment, to starting his first band, to leadership roles at American Express, to running revenue in start-ups, and launching a consulting and coaching business.

    Through his ambitions and journey, the thing he has become most passionate about (and admit requires the most intentional work) is finding proper balance.

    Adam is currently obsessed with being able to connect his inner drive to his true passions, while ensuring relationships and fulfillment are the true markers of “success”. He’s a self-admitted WIP on this inward journey to truly self-actualize and he loves inspiring and helping others realize how they can create systems and processes to do the same.

    He has recently supported and coached hundreds of senior executives and their teams at some of the top fortune brands and fast growing SMEs.

    Now, he’s thrilled to also be building a private, members only community curated exclusively for Senior Leaders that helps them connect, give, grow, and continue to find ways to enrich their lives and careers.

    Highlights from this interview include:


    How he got his career started by creating voice overs and the lessons he learned from that experience
    How thinking big leads to more opportunities in your life and how to identify the external factors that act as barriers to thinking big
    How leaders can be resourceful and creative when resources are limited
    How to blend patience with ambition as a young leader and a hyper achiever
    The one book that changed his life and how he turned it into a daily practice that allowed him to change the way he operates in the world
    The unique community he and his dad created for senior executives to feel safe, courageous, and authentic.

    Connect with Adam:

    www.crewexec.com

     www.adammcgraw.com

    linkedin.com/in/adammcgraw7



    To download my Conscious Communication Workbook to support you in turning toxic conflict into collaborative gold, please visit Massimobackus.com/workbook

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Karlostroski ,

Love the investment in my leadership

I really appreciate the variety of speakers and topics, allowing me to reflect on my own leadership and grow in empathy and understanding for leaders in different contexts than my own. People get real and deep - thanks, Massimo, for asking the right questions.

Andy Storch ,

A great leadership podcast

Massimo is one of those amazing people who connect so well with others and truly understand what great leadership is all about and he brings that to the forefront in this podcast. I am a big fan and highly recommend.

Andy Storch
Host of the Talent Development Hot Seat and Own Your Career podcast

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