The Minor Consult explores leadership with innovators, changemakers, and risk-takers.
Hosted by Stanford School of Medicine Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, the podcast convenes top minds from across fields to share their perspectives, impart lessons from their careers, and discuss the complex challenges leaders face today. Through their conversations, Dr. Minor unearths the qualities and skills that leaders need to succeed in turbulent times.
Dr. Minor has served as Dean since 2012 and is also a professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine. Under his leadership, Stanford Medicine has emerged as a leader in the Precision Health revolution, which emphasizes preventive, personalized health care and leverages advances in biomedicine to treat and cure complex diseases. With more than 160 published articles and chapters, Dr. Minor is an expert in balance and inner ear disorders. In 2012, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
Disclaimer: Lloyd Minor has no financial interests in or formal relationships with the organizations of his guests.
Trauma expert Katharine Manning on Responding to Distress & Creating an Empathetic Workplace
Dean Lloyd Minor welcomes Katharine Manning, author, victim rights attorney, and expert on empathy in the workplace, for a conversation about how to support people in distress. They discuss the universal needs of people who have experienced traumatic situations, from being victims of a crime to losing a loved one. They also explore effective ways to respond to people who have confided problems, strategies for coping in professions that are emotionally trying, and how leaders can cultivate a culture of empathy and mental wellbeing at work.
Executive Coach Matt Abrahams on How to Connect & Engage in a Time-Starved World
Dean Lloyd Minor welcomes Matt Abrahams, executive communications coach and Stanford Graduate School of Business lecturer, for a conversation about how to connect and engage different audiences in a wide range of settings. They explore key principles for effective communications, the importance of focusing on audience needs, and how to prepare for spontaneous speaking opportunities. They also discuss how to build trust through collaboration, the pitfalls of going negative, and balancing the efficiency gains of generative AI with the loss of authenticity and human connection.
Author & Physician Abraham Verghese on Family, Medicine, and Writing “The Covenant of Water”
Dean Lloyd Minor welcomes Abraham Verghese, MD, physician, educator, and bestselling author, for a conversation about literature, medicine, and his latest book “The Covenant of Water.” They explore the family history and medical mystery at the heart of the critically acclaimed novel, along with the synergies of writing and medicine. They also discuss the books that inspired Verghese’s career, how he found his artistic voice, and what it’s like when your creation receives enthusiastic support from Oprah Winfrey.
Fmr. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer on the Future of AI and Pioneering Transformative Technology
Dean Lloyd Minor welcomes Marissa Mayer, former Yahoo CEO, early Google employee and co-founder of Sunshine, for a conversation about the past, present, and future of AI and lessons learned from the evolution of search engine technology. They explore her experience pioneering iconic Google applications, what to expect as AI technology matures, and what it will take for a company to distinguish itself in the competitive world of AI. They also discuss the importance of building AI systems around the human experience, how to best regulate emerging technologies, and how to earn the public’s trust when developing transformative innovations.
Philanthropist Alice Walton on Building Bridges to Art & Medicine in Underserved Regions
In a special episode recorded from his home state of Arkansas, Dean Lloyd Minor welcomes Alice Walton, philanthropist and fellow Arkansan, for a lively conversation about the importance of creating opportunities and access to art and health care, particularly in underserved regions.
They explore the intersections of medicine and the humanities, and discuss how Walton’s newly established Whole Health Institute and Alice L. Walton School of Medicine will support human health with a holistic, integrated approach. Walton also shares leadership lessons from her father, Sam Walton, and her insights about building institutions to benefit rural communities.
Rite Aid CEO Busy Burr on Practicing Ruthless Vulnerability in Corporate America
Dean Lloyd Minor welcomes Busy Burr, interim CEO of the drug store chain Rite Aid, for a wide-ranging discussion on driving transformational change in the tech and health care sectors and fostering an organizational culture of honesty and vulnerability.
Burr also provides insights on designing products that people truly want, the evolving role of pharmacists in patient care, and why she feels optimistic about the future of digital health and behavior change technologies. Plus: Find out how lessons from the art of improv translate to the business world in surprising ways.
Back in the days of my MBA program, we had local leaders who came for the talk. Now, I have the opportunity to listen to the top leaders within the industry few times a week. Highly recommend this Pod Cast to everyone because we are all leaders in some shapes or forms.
Andrew Samel, MD
Thoughtful questions on important topics with calm and cerebral guests. Dr. Minor does a wonderful job of giving the listener insights into effective leadership styles.
Great line up and great interviewers. Well worth the time!