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June 02, 2021 04:58 PM PDT

Sue Bethanis hosts Larry Robertson, author of the new book "Rebel Leadership: How to Thrive in Uncertain Times." Larry is a recognized expert in creativity, entrepreneurship, and leadership, and a highly sought-after advisor, speaker, and facilitator in public, private, and academic forums. He was recently awarded and named a Fulbright Scholar.

Larry is the founder of Lighthouse Consulting, a strategic advisory firm focused on the practical realities of adaptability, change management, and making breakthrough ideas real. He writes recurring columns for Inc. Magazine and The Creativity Post, is a regular contributor to Fast Company, Thrive Global, CEOWorld Magazine, Productive Flourishing, and SmartBrief, and has been featured on or in MSNBC, the Chicago Tribune, AdAge, Business Insider, The Weekly Roundup, and numerous podcasts.

Larry and Sue discuss:

- What Rebel Leadership means, why it’s vital to your company culture, and its direct effect on your bottom line.
- How moving culture from a concept to a priority creates a huge competitive advantage.
- Specific ways to plan for culture as you return to the office (in whatever form that is.)
- Why a long-term view is mostly about what you do with this moment and dealing with uncertainty will dictate how your company does.

May 10, 2021 01:54 PM PDT
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Sue Bethanis hosts David Dye, co-author of Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates. As a former executive and elected official, David has over two decades of experience leading teams and building organizations. With his wife and co-author, Karin Hurt, they founded Let’s Grow Leaders, a training firm focused on human-centered leadership development for those determined to get breakthrough results without losing their humanity.

Since 2013, Karin and David have helped grow over 10,000 leaders in 14 countries with their live leadership development programs, keynotes, blogs, videos, and books. They also provide clean water to the people of Cambodia through their Winning Wells philanthropic initiative. David also hosts the popular podcast, Leadership Without Losing Your Soul.

David and Sue discuss:

- Why a Courageous Culture is such a huge competitive advantage in an era of unprecedented change
- How to identify the courage crushers you need to remove
- Tools, best practices, and approaches you can use to help your leaders build a Courageous Culture
- Ways to celebrate and reinforce your momentum for long-term success

March 23, 2021 03:24 PM PDT

Sue Bethanis hosts Diane Kaufman, author of HR Bullcrap! Revolutionizing Your Workplace Culture. Diane is the President and CEO of HR BullCrap! LLC and is a workplace game-changer, providing HR expertise that can reform and revolutionize workplace cultures, leadership, talent, and strategy.

Diane is a former Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources for Ergotron, headquartered in the United States with 4 subsidiaries, China operations, and representation in 67 countries. She has vast expertise in multiple functions and industries in the global HR and business world, including championing cultures of pure productivity that get results with a no-nonsense approach.

In addition, Diane is a mentor to young female athletes, combining personal growth and development with building strong, healthy relationships. Diane is a former NCAA Division I athlete, which provides her the “know-how” to share her knowledge and experiences.

Diane and Sue discuss how to revolutionize workplace culture, including:

- How to build a trustworthy culture in a two-step process
- How to gain employee accountability
- How to secure and retain top talent in a Covid-era workplace
- How to get rid of the HR non-sense in HR

February 25, 2021 01:06 PM PST
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Sue Bethanis hosts Bob Zukis, the CEO and Founder of Digital Directors Network the world’s only organization working to advance the practice and profession of digital and cybersecurity risk oversight in the corporate boardroom. He is an Adjunct Professor of Management and Organization at The USC Marshall School of Business where he teaches corporate governance, strategic management, and global business issues.

Bob is a Conference Board ESG Center Fellow and a retired PwC Advisory Partner where he worked and lived on four continents across twenty countries on the front lines of globalization.  He is the author of the book "Social Inc." and co-author of "THE GREAT REBOOT: Succeeding in a World of Catastrophic Risk and Opportunity," and several book chapters on digital and cybersecurity risk oversight and writes regularly in Forbes.

Bob and Sue discuss:

- How systemic risk is at the heart of the global failures
- Building a risk culture in your organization
- COVID’s Forces of Systemic Change
- How betters systems thinking can help us reboot the world
- How to use STEEPLED, a useful, strategic management method for analyzing external forces of change

February 04, 2021 09:05 PM PST

Sue hosts Tim Spiker the founder of The Aperio and the Who* Not What Principle, a profound and research-based truth that has powered 15 years of leadership success. Tim’s book, "The Only Leaders Worth Following," explores Who* Not What in depth, inviting readers into a journey that can truly change the way they lead—from the inside out.

Tim and his organization help people become, be, and stay leaders who are actually worth following. His work includes delivering keynote talks, creating unique and customized learning experiences, and guiding long-term development journeys. Tim has worked with leadership teams in North America, Australia, and Asia. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and four children.

Tim and Sue discuss:

- The Who* Not What Principle
- How to determine which leaders are worth following
- What companies fail to do in growing leaders among their employees
- Establishing and maintaining an organizational culture of leadership development
- Leading effectively in the midst of significant uncertainty

February 04, 2021 09:03 PM PST

Sue hosts Sonia Layne-Gartside, a dynamic and results-oriented global consultant, educator, and facilitator in Leadership Development and Change Management. She is the author of Workplace Anxiety: How to Refuel and Re-Engage. Sonia helps professionals to become stronger, more effective leaders and solve their biggest people related pains, dysfunctions, and challenges. She has been developing and implementing customized training and executive education programs for for the past 20 years. As a coach, Sonia helps her clients leverage their strengths to improve performance.

Sonia holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Management Studies and a Master’s in Education from the University of the West Indies. She holds advanced certification in change management from Prosci®, and is also certified as a Master Trainer, Online Instructor, Case Writer and Instructional Designer. She currently works with C-Suite and senior leaders in Fortune 1000 companies to design leadership programs for managers and high-potentials, and to get their employees to embrace needed changes by designing and implementing change management strategies and plans.

Sonia and Sue discuss:

- How to overcome self-doubt at work
- How to thrive in a distributed workplace
- How to harness organizational chaos
- How to lead in an uncertain world

November 20, 2020 09:00 AM PST

Sue Bethanis hosts Michael Solomon and Rishon Blumberg, co-authors of "Game Changer: How To Be 10x In The Talent Economy" and cofounders of 10x Management, the world’s first tech talent agency that has rocketed to the forefront of the tech industry, carving out its place as a trusted and exclusive resource for companies seeking the best and most coveted freelance tech experts. 10x matches top contract technology experts, designers, and brand innovators with companies ranging from startups to the Fortune 500. Customers include American Express, HSBC, Google, Verizon, Yelp, and more.

Michael, Rishon, and Sue discuss:

- How the crisis has changed the talent economy
- How to navigate the stress of hiring in uncertain times
- How to multiply the performance of your employees
- How to adapt to the changing relationship between managers and talent
- How the role of the manager is changing

October 05, 2020 01:49 PM PDT

Sue hosts Yvonne Wassenaar, a seasoned C-level executive, having led numerous company transformations focused on unleashing new areas of growth.

Yvonne is the CEO of Puppet, a trusted enterprise provider of pervasive automation across traditional and cloud-native environments. She is one of very few female CEOs in enterprise tech and has more than 25 years of experience scaling companies globally and driving enterprise transformation with technology. Prior to Puppet, Yvonne served as CEO of Airware, CIO at New Relic, and held multiple leadership roles at VMware and Accenture. She is currently a board member of Forrester (FORR) and Harvey Mudd College. Amidst growing concerns with how modern technology could be used, Yvonne is championing it to drive a safer, more efficient, and innovative planet.

Sue and Yvonne discuss:

- How virtual connections can enhance our lives
- How to shift business-as-usual to remote work
- How to create a resilient workforce
- How the pandemic is separating out the future winners from losers
- How scenario planning can help get a clearer glimpse of what different potential futures might mean to your business strategy and workforce

August 27, 2020 11:28 AM PDT

Sue hosts Frances X. Frei and Anne Morriss, authors of the leadership book, "Unleashed: The Unapologetic Leader’s Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You."

Frances X. Frei is a professor at Harvard Business School. She recently served as Uber’s first Senior Vice President of Leadership and Strategy to help the company navigate its very public crisis in leadership and culture. Frances regularly works with companies embarking on large-scale change and organizational transformation, including embracing diversity and inclusion as a lever for improved performance. Her TED Talk on the topic of building trust has logged over four million views.

Anne Morriss is a highly sought-after leadership coach and the Executive Founder of The Leadership Consortium, a first-of-its-kind leadership accelerator that works to help more and varied leaders thrive. Her collaborators have ranged from early-stage tech founders to Fortune 50 executives to public-sector leaders building national competitiveness. Anne has spent the last twenty years building and leading mission-driven enterprises, serving most recently as CEO and founder of GenePeeks, which addressed the urgent need for better personal health information.

They discuss:

-How leaders can maximize trust and minimize stress during the COVID-19 pandemic
-How to unleash the full potential of leaders to increase safety and inclusion in the workplace
-How to bring out the best in people who are different than you
-Practical tools based on their work in companies such as Uber and Walmart

July 31, 2020 11:09 AM PDT
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Sue Bethanis hosts Alyssa Westring, Ph.D., an associate professor of management at the Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University and an award-winning educator and an inaugural Presidential Fellow at DePaul. As the Director of Research for Total Leadership, Alyssa brings her expertise to evaluating the impact of Total Leadership on clients and program participants. Findings from this research are used both for continuous program improvement and for disseminating the authors’ discoveries and their implications for both scholars and practitioners.

Alyssa is the co-author of Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life (Harvard Business Review Press, March 2020) and a scholar of diversity and inclusion, with a focus on women’s careers in STEM fields. Her work on women in medicine has been funded by the National Institutes of Health. She is a founding member of the Research Partnership for Women in Science Careers, and my scholarly writing can be found in numerous academic journals and regularly speaks to Fortune 500 companies about creating organizational cultures that facilitate work-life integration, diversity, and inclusion. In her TEDx talk, The Secret Life of a Work-Life Insider, she shares how her research questions and personal journey into motherhood have shaped one another.

Sue and Alyssa discuss:

- How to best navigate WFH as a parent — how do we really do this juggling act in the New Normal?
- How to engage with your kids in meaningful ways, generally, and during Covid-19
- How to get community support virtually
- How to best deal with your own stress levels so you can be a more patient parent

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