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The podcast for and about leaders that focuses on the development of their people, with Jennifer Mackin from The Oliver Group at OliverGroup.com and Gregg Stebben from ForbesBooks.

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The podcast for and about leaders that focuses on the development of their people, with Jennifer Mackin from The Oliver Group at OliverGroup.com and Gregg Stebben from ForbesBooks.

    Episode 03 | Part 2: Chris Griffin, President & CEO, USG Corporation

    Episode 03 | Part 2: Chris Griffin, President & CEO, USG Corporation

    As we continue our conversation about leadership with Chris,  he makes a striking statement:

    I joke all the time: I'm overhead. I don't make anything and I don't sell anything. So the only value I provide to the organization is getting the resources so that others can be successful. That's it. And so I need my teams to be effective, and if they're effective, that's how I'm successful. It's a simple as that. 

    Building on this idea, he talks about trust as an essential ingredient in a successful organization. He then reflects on how he has learned to embrace leadership as a practice that requires daily commitment, and has also learned that the most important thing he can do as a leader is focus on making his direct reports better and inspiring them to make their direct reports better, too.

    Chris is a proven business leader with more than 35 years’ experience leading multi-dimensional strategies to accelerate growth, optimize market position, and advance globalization.

    His previous roles with USG include chief operating officer; executive vice president, Operations; president, International; president of USG’s Canadian subsidiary CGC and several other roles in sales, product management, manufacturing and operations. He also previously served as chief executive officer of Knauf Insulation North America.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, and has completed the advanced management program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Chris is also a member of the Board of Directors of Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity and Make-A-Wish Illinois. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Construction Technology for Women association, a past member of the Board of Governors for George Brown Community College and has served volunteer roles with Junior Achievement.

    Since 1902, USG has led the manufacturing industry with innovations and products that set new standards for design, productivity and performance for customers all over the globe.

    In 2017, the company celebrated the 100th anniversary of its iconic Sheetrock Brand, the landmark product that revolutionized interior construction and enabled the lightweight, fireproof walls that continue to be built today. USG is also a leading manufacturer of building products and innovative solutions, including wall, ceiling, flooring, sheathing and roofing products, that help the construction industry build stronger, safer, more sustainable communities.

    In April 2019, USG joined the Knauf group under Chris’s leadership; Knauer is the world’s largest gypsum manufacturer with a diverse product portfolio and global footprint.

    • 15 min
    Episode 03 | Part 1: Chris Griffin, President & CEO, USG Corporation

    Episode 03 | Part 1: Chris Griffin, President & CEO, USG Corporation

    In part one of this interview, we talk with Chris Griffin about the path he took from a small family contracting business to leader of USG, a $3 billion company with over 7,000 employees. In 2019, USG was part of a large acquisition. We talk about what he learned from that experience and then begin to take a deeper look at his leadership journey and how he encourages others to grow as leaders.

    Chris is a proven business leader with more than 35 years’ experience leading multi-dimensional strategies to accelerate growth, optimize market position, and advance globalization.

    His previous roles with USG include chief operating officer; executive vice president, Operations; president, International; president of USG’s Canadian subsidiary CGC and several other roles in sales, product management, manufacturing and operations. He also previously served as chief executive officer of Knauf Insulation North America.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, and has completed the advanced management program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Chris is also a member of the Board of Directors of Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity and Make-A-Wish Illinois. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Construction Technology for Women association, a past member of the Board of Governors for George Brown Community College and has served volunteer roles with Junior Achievement.

    Since 1902, USG has led the manufacturing industry with innovations and products that set new standards for design, productivity and performance for customers all over the globe.

    In 2017, the company celebrated the 100th anniversary of its iconic Sheetrock Brand, the landmark product that revolutionized interior construction and enabled the lightweight, fireproof walls that continue to be built today. USG is also a leading manufacturer of building products and innovative solutions, including wall, ceiling, flooring, sheathing and roofing products, that help the construction industry build stronger, safer, more sustainable communities.

    In April 2019, USG joined the Knauf group under Chris’s leadership; Knauer is the world’s largest gypsum manufacturer with a diverse product portfolio and global footprint.

    • 13 min
    Episode 02: Ben Breier, President & CEO, Kindred Healthcare

    Episode 02: Ben Breier, President & CEO, Kindred Healthcare

    Ben Breier shares with us how he began to understand the power of leadership as a high school and college athlete. He was voted captain of the varsity baseball team at the University of Pennsylvania three years in a row, starting when he was just a sophomore. He also recounts how his leadership journey continued once he graduated, as we discuss why strong, dedicated leaders are particularly important in the healthcare field, especially when leading a company like Kindred Healthcare with over 60,000 employees.

    Ben is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Kindred Healthcare, LLC, one of the largest providers of healthcare services in the United States. He assumed responsibility as CEO in March of 2015, after having been named President in 2012.

    Kindred Healthcare operates a diverse blend of health care service businesses including transitional care hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in approximately 1,800 locations across the United States.

    Ben currently serves on the Board of Kindred Healthcare, the Federation of American Hospitals, and is a member of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. He is also a former member of the Business Roundtable, and he serves on the Board of the University of Miami’s School of Business as well as on the Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania.

    • 16 min
    Episode 01 | Part 2: Mike Shaver, President & CEO, Children’s Home & Aid

    Episode 01 | Part 2: Mike Shaver, President & CEO, Children’s Home & Aid

    In part two of this interview, Mike explains why his first priority is to invest in the development and talent of his team. He also talks about how to embed building a talent-driven organization into the day-to-day operations of your organization.

    Mike is a longtime advocate for children and a recognized leader in the child welfare field. He believes in strategic collaboration and in using research, evidence, and data to develop, deliver, and analyze innovative practices and programs to ensure children and families receive only effective, quality services. He has extensive experience in developing collective impact strategies.

    Mike served as the President & CEO of Children’s Home Society of Florida from 2014 to 2019. He joined the agency after seven years as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Children’s Home & Aid. He earned an MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy and a BA in Political Science from Colorado College.

    Children’s Home & Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois. They help children recover their health, their hope, and their faith in the people around them.

    The organization links children to a network of opportunity and care, to extended family, teachers, mentors, and the resources of their neighborhood and community. For 135 years, Children’s Home & Aid has gone wherever children and families need them, and where their work has been proven to be most effective: at home, in the classroom, in the neighborhood, in the course of daily life. Their offices are located across Illinois and serve more than 40,000 children and families each year in over 60 counties.

    • 13 min
    Episode 01 | Part 1: Mike Shaver, President & CEO, Children’s Home & Aid

    Episode 01 | Part 1: Mike Shaver, President & CEO, Children’s Home & Aid

    In part one of this interview, Mike Shaver talks about why he believes leading in the non-profit sector can offer greater challenges than leading a for-profit organization. He also shares lessons he learned during his first CEO post, when he successfully led his team through a major reorganization of a $120 million-a-year business. Before Mike’s involvement, it was believed the organization had an uncertain future.

    Mike is a longtime advocate for children and a recognized leader in the child welfare field. He believes in strategic collaboration and in using research, evidence, and data to develop, deliver, and analyze innovative practices and programs to ensure children and families receive only effective, quality services. He has extensive experience in developing collective impact strategies.

    Mike served as the President & CEO of Children’s Home Society of Florida from 2014 to 2019. He joined the agency after seven years as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Children’s Home & Aid. He earned an MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy and a BA in Political Science from Colorado College.

    Children’s Home & Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois. They help children recover their health, their hope, and their faith in the people around them.

    The organization links children to a network of opportunity and care, to extended family, teachers, mentors, and the resources of their neighborhood and community. For 135 years, Children’s Home & Aid has gone wherever children and families need them, and where their work has been proven to be most effective: at home, in the classroom, in the neighborhood, in the course of daily life. Their offices are located across Illinois and serve more than 40,000 children and families each year in over 60 counties.

    • 15 min

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