10 episodes

As experts in leadership development, executive coaching, strategic human capital, and much more – David Hughen and Dr. Kris Potrafka are keenly aware that every manager has blind spots. The best workplaces foster high trust and commitment. Leaders who learn from the traps they fall into throughout their careers are better equipped to manage with humility and an intuitive sense of ‘the right thing’ in creating great organizational cultures. The Leadership Trap podcast’s purpose is to introduce its listeners to accomplished, successful leaders who learned along the way – converting hazardous traps to seizing big opportunities on the other side.

The Leadership Trap The Leadership Trap

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As experts in leadership development, executive coaching, strategic human capital, and much more – David Hughen and Dr. Kris Potrafka are keenly aware that every manager has blind spots. The best workplaces foster high trust and commitment. Leaders who learn from the traps they fall into throughout their careers are better equipped to manage with humility and an intuitive sense of ‘the right thing’ in creating great organizational cultures. The Leadership Trap podcast’s purpose is to introduce its listeners to accomplished, successful leaders who learned along the way – converting hazardous traps to seizing big opportunities on the other side.

    Marisa Murray on The Leadership Trap

    Marisa Murray on The Leadership Trap

    Episode 24: We sit down with Marisa Murray, CEO of Leaderley International and discuss the blinds spots that can cause leaders to fall into their own leadership traps.



    Marisa has more than two decades of success in leadership roles in business and technology. A former Partner with Accenture and Vice President at Bell, Marisa now applies her extensive executive experience to support the leadership development of her clients and their teams through consulting, coaching and speaking services.



    Marisa is a Credentialed Professional Coach (PCC) and is certified in Marshall Goldsmith's Stakeholder Centered Coaching,  Emotional Intelligence, Conversational Intelligence and WBECS Coach Master's Toolkit.  She holds an MBA from Queen's University and is a Professional Engineer from the University of Waterloo.



    Check out Marisa's three Amazon bestselling books:  Work Smart , Iterate! and Blind Spots as well as her TEDx Talk:  Success without Stress. 

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    Hosts: Dr. Kris Potrafka and David Hughen

    • 45 min
    Francis Cholle on The Leadership Trap

    Francis Cholle on The Leadership Trap

    Episode 23: ‘‘Francis Cholle is the ‘Al Gore of Creativity’, evangelizing an ‘inconvenient truth’ of an altogether different kind – that creativity is actually declining at an alarming rate. The Intuitive Compass is a sure path business leaders can use to guide them toward innovation, disruptive thinking and the creative atmosphere necessary to succeed in today’s disorienting business climate.’‘  – Mike Lundgren, Partner and Director of Innovation Strategy, VML (Young & Rubicam)



    In Francis' own words...

    I was born to a family of scientists and raised in Paris, where I received a master’s in science of management at Europe’s leading business school. After two years spent in Frankfurt, Germany in commercial banking, as part of my civil service I was fortunate to start my professional career at the helm of a publishing house. This demanding and thrilling experience took me around the world and through all aspects of producing art books and leading a private company, including becoming one of the main shareholders and millionaire at age 25.

    Then even more unconventional paths have stretched me and satiated my curiosity for life, the arts and humanities: professional training in theater and opera in New York, professional yoga training in India, and a degree in clinical psychology. All have shaped my personal take on life and provided me with insights into human nature, as well as awakened a concern for the sustainability of the modern world.

    I couldn’t help but ask myself, “How is it that we were able to get to the moon, and yet are unable to sustain a balanced relationship with nature?” What is the root cause to that split in the human mind? I imagined an answer to this question and a solution to our daunting sustainability challenge. If only we could include instinct (nature in us) in our thought processes and decisions, chances are we would design solutions unavoidably more respectful of nature.

    To prove that this approach of holistic decision making could help businesses better adapt, innovate, and succeed, I decided to start a consulting practice, The Human Company. We got hired and rehired by some of the most successful global companies because our unique methodology brought them unprecedented success.

    The time has come for me to help corporations more easily reach their business goals inclusive of all stakeholders, and contribute to systemic change by enriching leadership culture. 

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    Hosts: Dr. Kris Potrafka and David Hughen

    • 50 min
    Gregg Ward on The Leadership Trap

    Gregg Ward on The Leadership Trap

    Episode 22: Gregg is the founder and executive director of the Center for Respectful Leadership and a bestselling, award-winning author, speaker, facilitator, and executive coach. He’s on a mission to transform lives and organizations through respect and respectful leadership.  His most recently published book, “Restoring Respect: A ‘how-to’ Guide for Supporting the Repair of Broken Work Relationships.” It truly is a guidebook for leaders to reference, packed with useful approaches to the respect restoration process. Gregg’s a kick and we enjoyed coming to know him in this show!

















    Taught By Sports Legends. The son of world-famous New York Daily News sportswriter Gene Ward, Gregg was introduced at a young age to scores of sports legends from professional football, tennis, and the Olympics. These heroes had a profound impact on Gregg, teaching him the enormous value of determination, hard work, leadership, and respect.



    Serving the NYPD. Then, in 1986 while working as a professional theater artist in New York, Gregg received an unexpected invitation from the NYPD that literally changed the course of his life. Collaborating with a team of experts, Gregg developed a powerful “experiential learning” program for police officers that utilized Gregg’s performance, improvisational, and facilitation skills. It was considered a huge success by NYPD’s leadership and was featured in major media including The New York Times and CNN.

























    Decades of Experience. Since then Gregg has developed and delivered over 2,500 separate keynote speeches, programs and seminars using his unique techniques; facilitated scores of strategic planning sessions and offsite meetings for global corporations; appeared on network television and radio, written numerous books and articles; and coached hundreds of senior executives and managers throughout North America and Western Europe.



    Custom-Created Presentations. From a keynote presentation for an audience as large as 3,500 for Kraft Foods to facilitating a strategic offsite meeting for the leadership of The US Navy, SPAWAR…from moderating a C-Suite executive panel discussion for Ericsson Wireless to leading small-group seminars for professional associations…Gregg Ward has experience in virtually every type of platform situation. Gregg will custom-create an interactive, powerful, and unforgettable motivating experience specially tailored for your unique audience.









     

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    Hosts: Dr. Kris Potrafka and David Hughen

    • 44 min
    Joseph Kopser on The Leadership Trap

    Joseph Kopser on The Leadership Trap

    Episode 21: Joseph recently stepped into the Trap for a wide-ranging, free-flowing discussion on the challenges of leading with humility and self-awareness. His breadth of experiences in the military, entrepreneurial tech, politics, and academia combine to shape his views on where leaders fall short and where they have opportunities to grow their leadership practice. Joseph brought lots of positive energy and wisdom to the Trap. His frames of reference inform a broader view of the work of leadership. Tons of guidance and ideas in this session!



    Joseph Kopser is a lifelong problem solver committed to building the teams needed to take on our toughest challenges. In addition, he is a technology entrepreneur and expert in transportation, smart cities, urban mobility, energy, and national security issues as well as an Army combat veteran. Currently, he serves as an Executive-in-Residence at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. In addition, he is President of Grayline where he works with people and companies to bring together experts, data, and solutions to help companies and public institutions manage disruptive change. Prior to co-founding Grayline, Joseph co-founded and served as CEO of RideScout, before it was acquired by Mercedes-Benz in 2014.

    Joseph served in the U.S. Army for 20 years earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab, and Bronze Star. He is a graduate of West Point with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and also received a Masters from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2002. In 2013, he was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for his efforts in Energy and Transportation. He is also an advisor and Chief Growth Officer for The Mentor Method, a company focused on bringing mentor methods to diverse talent at all levels. In 2014, his company, RideScout, won the U.S. Department of Transportation Data Innovation Award. In 2018, Joseph ran for Congress in a race that attracted more voters than any of the 36 districts in Texas. Losing by less than 3 points in a heavily gerrymandered district, Joseph demonstrated that voters want civility and problem solvers in Congress. In his free time, he works closely with The Bunker, an organization dedicated to supporting veteran entrepreneurs. In 2017, he co-authored the book, Catalyst, which serves as the foundation of his public speaking. In 2019, Joseph became the inaugural Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the CleanTX Foundation, an economic development and professional association for cleantech. Joseph and his wife of 25 years, Amy, live in Austin and they are extremely proud of their three adult daughters. 

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    Hosts: Dr. Kris Potrafka and David Hughen

    • 50 min
    Ron Carucci on The Leadership Trap

    Ron Carucci on The Leadership Trap

    Episode 20: Ron Carucci stepped into the Trap in support of his recently released book: “To Be Honest: Lead with the Power of Truth, Justice, and Purpose”. He starts with a simple premise – tell the truth by saying the right thing, emphasizing truth for justice, and developing the muscles needed to say and do the right things for the right reasons.



    Ron Carucci is the best-selling author of 8 books, and a popular contributor at Harvard Business Review and Forbes. Ron’s newest book and passion, “To Be Honest: Lead with the Power of Truth, Justice, and Purpose”, is based on 15 years of research with more than 3200 interviews with leaders around the world. To Be Honest explains how four factors (Clear Identity, Accountability, Governance, and Cross-Functional Relationships) affect honesty, justice, and purpose within a company. When these factors are absent or ineffective, the organizational conditions compel employees to choose dishonesty and self-interest. But when done well, the organization is 16 times more likely to have people tell the truth, behave fairly, and serve a greater good. Ron’s passion shines through as he recounts the stories of the exemplars he studied and interviewed.



    Ron is co-founder and managing partner at Navalent, working with CEOs and executives pursuing transformational change for their organizations, leaders, and industries. He has a thirty-year track record of helping some of the world’s most influential executives tackle challenges of strategy, organization, and leadership. He’s a former faculty member at Fordham University Graduate School as an associate professor of organizational behavior. And, if that wasn’t enough, he has served as an adjunct at the Center for Creative Leadership. From start-ups to Fortune 10’s, turnarounds to new markets and strategies, overhauling leadership and culture to re-designing for growth, he has worked in more than 25 countries on 4 continents. In addition to being a regular contributor to HBR and Forbes, and has been featured in Fortune, CEO Magazine, BusinessInsider, MSNBC, Inc, Business Week, Smart Business and is a 2-time TEDx speaker. Finally, you can read more of Ron's insights at HBR and Forbes, and at the Navalent blog. 

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    Hosts: Dr. Kris Potrafka and David Hughen

    • 54 min
    Ray Areta on The Leadership Trap

    Ray Areta on The Leadership Trap

    Episode 19. Ray Arata joined the Trap to discuss his passion to heighten expectations for what we should expect of male leaders in the workplace. He’s a writer, speaker, and business leader – pressing a new message at a time when minds are being opened by social powerhouse moments: ‘me-too’, ‘black lives matter’, ‘a global pandemic’, and more. His message is raising consciousness for fathers, husbands, and gay-straight men who are ready to take on the preferred path of inclusive masculinity in roles of influence. If you’re ready to break out of the boys club of leadership styles, take a listen to Ray’s interview on the Trap.



    Ray Arata is the author of two books, Wake Up Man Up, Step Up: Transforming Your Wake Up Call to Emotional Health and Happiness, and Showing Up: How Men Can Become Effective Allies in the Workplace. As an expert in leadership, inclusion, allyship, and emotional literacy, professionals connect with Ray because he leads from his heart and practices what he teaches in his own businesses and personal life. He brings an extensive business background and more than 15,000 hours in leading men to develop emotional literacy. Through his keynote presentations, workshops, executive coaching, and management training, he applies the same heart-based principles that have helped him to lead a thriving business and fulfilling personal life. Ray’s personal mission involves going into the corporate world and getting male executives to stand up when it comes to including and advancing women and minorities in the workplace. In writing, Showing Up for men, DEI professionals seeking to engage men, as well as historically marginalized people who seek to support and be supported. Ray provides content that places a fundamental baseline for the emerging male leader.



    Ray seeks to engage men as allies and advocates for diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice. He is committed to the transformation of the gender perspective from which organizations engage with all stakeholder groups, customers, employees, investors, partners, and the global community.

    Ray has delivered engaging talks to audiences featuring corporate leadership from organizations such as Oxy Petroleum, Manulife, Kaiser Permanente, Visa, Intel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, PWC, PG&E, Genentech, and Chevron. 

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    Hosts: Dr. Kris Potrafka and David Hughen

    • 49 min

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