We are living in the decade of disruption. Henna Inam, author, executive coach and board member shares on-the-spot coaching exercises you can apply immediately to leadership challenges. Learn from experts about how to be an inspired and agile force for good in the midst of disruption.
Adam Symson - How CEO's Disrupt Themselves in Times of Disruption
Adam Symson is president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company, the fourth-largest local TV broadcaster in the U.S. Prior to becoming CEO in August 2017, Adam was Scripps’ chief operating officer, overseeing the company’s broadcast TV, radio and digital media divisions.
In this episode, Adam shares the story of what it is like to lead during the pandemic as CEO and how to make decisions in ambiguity. He also shares his experience of managing multiple stakeholders (employees, shareholders, the public at large, etc.) in a turbulent time, the importance of aligning with core values, and how we must disrupt ourselves in times of disruption. He and his team undertook a multi-billion dollar acquisition in the middle of the crisis because he is focused on the long-term. His leadership advice to his children: "It's not about how you succeed. It's about how you fail. It's what you do when you inevitably get kicked in the gut...how you persevere."
Paddy Hull - Part 2: How Unilever Grows Future-Fit Leaders
Paddy Hull is the VP of Future of Work at Unilever. In this role, he is responsible for bringing Unilever’s social commitments on the Future of Work to life, to help people stay fit for work – now and in the future. He is leading a program to deliver on three commitments, equipping people for the future of work, pioneering new flexible employment options, and partnering with others to create jobs and skills for young people outside of Unilever.
In Part 2 of our conversation, we discussed how Unilever is thinking about bringing flexibility, purpose and sustainability to the career experiences of employees. As work becomes disrupted with the advent of artificial intelligence, robotics and other technologies, the work humans will do is rapidly changing. This can create a lot of fear and anxiety. The antidote to this anxiety is to help people become future-fit through thinking incorporating their purpose, strengths and interests in their career planning. Paddy explains how Unilever leaders facilitate this transition for employees and how it's time for different and more flexible employment options that fit employees' needs. You're sure to leave this conversation inspired to bring this thinking to your workplace.
Paddy Hull - Part 1: Growing Purposeful Leaders at Unilever
Paddy Hull is the VP of Future of Work at Unilever. In this role, he is responsible for bringing Unilever’s social commitments on the Future of Work to life, to help people stay fit for work – now and in the future. This involves delivering on three commitments: equipping Unilever people for the future of work, pioneering new flexible employment options, and partnering with others to create jobs and skills for young people outside of Unilever. He has identified his purpose as "To bring the essence of Pollyanna into the room". He sees this as bringing joy, creativity and innovation into everything he does.
In this episode (Part 1 of a two-part series) we spoke about Unilever's commitment to enabling over 60,000 associates to discover their own purpose and bring it to work. We spoke about the impact this has had on the workforce and how it fits in with Unilever's leadership values and purpose to make sustainable living commonplace.
Carol Campbell – Stakeholder Capitalism: How Delta Airlines Practices Stakeholder Agility
Carol Campbell is Managing Director – Consumer Insight for Delta Air Lines, responsible for guiding and shaping long-term strategies to deliver world-class experiences for Delta’s customers. Under Carol’s leadership, the Consumer Insight team plays a critical role in helping Delta to understand what’s most important to customers in the present and anticipate expectations in the future. Carol joined Delta in 2018 after 22-years with the Walt Disney Company.
In this episode, Carol gave us a front-row seat view to how Delta Airlines managed the often competing needs of stakeholders (shareholders, customers, employees, communities) during the pandemic. Led by their purpose and core values, Delta leadership navigated tough decisions and doubled down on a culture of humility, deep listening to stakeholders and focus on restoring trust in travel. It's an inspiring and instructive story about how to manage the needs of our own stakeholders during rapidly shifting times of disruption.
Kevin Delaney - The Power of Purpose & How To Find Your Many Purposes
Kevin John Delaney is a voracious reader, night owl, musician, husband, father of three and lives by the words of Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” He is the Vice President of Learning and Development at LinkedIn and the author of A Life Worth Living – Finding Your Purpose and Daring to Live the Life You’ve Imagined. In 2008, Kevin suffered a series of health issues that left him in a coma, very close to dying. He received an organ transplant that saved his life and left him determined to live a life of purpose.
In this episode we discussed the power of being open to the many purposes in our daily lives. We don't have to wait for a bolt of insight to discover our true purpose in life. When we find ways to be useful to others which also bring us meaning, it is good for our own well-being as well as our impact in our workplace and community. This is also especially useful in times of disruption.
Joe Whittinghill - Growth Agility: How To Create Agile Cultures At Scale
Joe Whittinghill is the Corp Vice President of Talent, Learning, and Insights for Microsoft. Joe leads a team responsible for activating culture and learning, building world-class leaders, and enabling the workforce of the future for Microsoft. Joe has expertise in strategy, organization development, learning, executive development, the neuroscience of leadership, and culture activation.
In this episode, Joe shares the story of Microsoft's business and culture transformation, partnering with Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. He shares how growth mindset has been a proven driver of Microsoft's transformation. The underpinnings of the business and culture transformation is personal transformation and a new set of leadership principles. Here are Microsoft's three principles: leaders create clarity, leaders generate energy, leaders deliver (multi-stakeholder) success. These principles are driven by proven neuroscience of human performance. Take a listen into our conversation about the three simple leadership practices under each of these principles. Finally, we also spoke about Joe's aspiration for us as a leadership tribe, what we would have learned by 2030.
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