Leadership Caffeine Podcast-Become the CEO of You, Inc. with Susan Butler

Cover art for Leadership Caffeine PodcastOne of the many pleasures of this podcast project is the opportunity it affords to connect with remarkable people. While Susan Butler’s excellent book, Become the CEO of You, Inc., offers great insight, wisdom and career guidance for all of us (with an emphasis on aspiring female executives), it is her fascinating, trailblazing biography that serves as true inspiration.

Susan ties in some priceless career guidance with her story as the rise to become the first female partner of Accenture.

The book, CEO of You, Inc., is framed around a four-part process for managing your career:

  1. You are the CEO of You, Inc.
  2. Create the Vision for You, Inc.
  3. Build Your Team
  4. Develop Your Plan

And it offers proven and practical guidance for “Navigating the Journey.” Susan’s input on taking ownership of your career, developing and acting on your vision and seeking help along the way in the form of feedback, journaling, establishing your own Board of Advisors and many others, are particularly important for all of us in this challenging world today.

While she’s moved forward from her days serving clients and developing young professionals at Accenture, Susan has adopted a bit loftier goal, “to change the world.” As the founder of the Institute for the Development of Women Leaders and an active educator, speaker and coach, she’s well on her way to doing just that!

Enjoy learning more about this inspirational human and remarkable role model and in particular, enjoy learning from Susan Butler. It was my pleasure to connect with Susan. Enjoy the interview!

(You can learn more about Susan and contact her, by visiting her website at www.sbbinstitute.org)

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Leadership Caffeine Podcast-J. Keith Murnighan on Do Nothing!

Cover art for Leadership Caffeine PodcastI confessed to J. Keith Murnighan, Northwestern (Kellogg School of Management) Professor and author of the new book, Do Nothing! How to Stop Overmanaging and Become a Great Leader, that the title had me just a little bit worried. I learned once I began turning the pages, that this was an unfounded fear. There’s nothing trite here as a title of “Do Nothing!” might suggest.

Keith offers up some fascinating and occasionally counter-intuitive (and research backed) ideas in Do Nothing! on how we can improve our effectiveness as leaders.

Reading the book was like spending a few days in a Kellogg School of Management Executive Education program. You’re exposed to some of the sharpest minds in management offering up research-backed ideas and approaches that are immediately actionable. You leave the program inspired, motivated and a little out of breath, and Keith achieves this same effect in Do Nothing!

In addition to guidance on what effective leaders should be doing (hint: it’s not their old jobs!), to his guidance on giving trust to get it, setting high expectations instead of testing people, and his “Leadership Law” there’s interesting, actionable advice in every chapter.

And while the chapters titled, “Ignore Performance Goals,” and “De-emphasize Profits” might sound like heresy for a Kellogg Professor, you can be certain that Keith has some great guidance here as well.

The final chapter, “Unnatural Leaders” is worth twice the price of admission, and offers profiles of 7 leaders who have been successful and who in Keith’s view, both exemplify the principles in the book and, do things differently than most. 

Bob Sutton, author of “Good Boss, Bad Boss” and “The No Asshole Rule,” offers up high praise with his jacket quote that the book is, “Among the most imaginative, fun and useful leadership books ever published. It delivers on all 3 counts: fun, useful and imaginative! It’s a great addition for your leadership library.

You can check out Keith Murnighan’s blog at http://keithmurnighan.wordpress.com/

 

 

Leadership Caffeine Podcast-Executive Coach Mary Jo Asmus

Cover art for Leadership Caffeine PodcastThere’s a secret to why I have so much fun producing this podcast. I only interview people who fascinate and inspire with their stories and ideas. The subject of this interview, Executive Coach, business owner at Aspire CS and popular leadership blogger, Mary Jo Asmus, hits the bullseye on all criteria.  And yes, as I offer in the opening of this fun interview, if Mary Jo had a fan club, I would be a card carrying member!

I’ve hosted a fairly steady stream of authors in the past few months, and it’s enjoyable in this interview to focus on a great person and professional and not a book.

Mary Jo describes a fascinating journey from executive inside Big Pharama to entrepreneur to someone celebrating the ten year anniversary of her successful coaching business.  Along the way, we gain some great insights into Mary Jo, her approach to business success and her ideas on the fast growing profession of executive coaching. In this last area, whether you are considering engaging a coach or becoming one, her insights and ideas are worth many times the price of admission to this podcast.

Enjoy meeting Mary Jo Asmus! 

After listening to the interview, make certain to check out her blog and services at Aspire-CS.  She consistently inspires, educates and provokes some important and often introspective thinking on our work as leaders.  I think so highly of her writing and blogging that with her permission, one of our collaboration efforts was included in my recently published book.

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Leadership Caffeine Podcast-Getting Ahead with Joel Garfinkle

Cover art for Leadership Caffeine PodcastFor many of us, the idea of “self promotion” is uncomfortable. The concept conjures images and memories of famous a**-kissers we’ve known and not liked, and many of us firmly believe that our work speaks for itself.

Unfortunately, good work alone is not always enough to stand-out from the crowd. In a noisy, competitive workplace, where others choose us for big projects and new opportunities, finding a way to stand-out…while not becoming one of those aforementioned obnoxious characters, is a fact of life.

Joel Garfinkle, a leading executive coach, speaker and author, offers some excellent and practical guidance for all of us on this important but awkward topic in his latest book, Getting Ahead-Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level.

Joel through his book and this fun and engaging interview, helps us focus in on three key areas: perception, visibility and influence (PVI), in pursuit of getting noticed, building a strong value proposition/brand and extending our reach and impact. Learning the PVI model is worth the price of admission both to the podcast and this extremely helpful and engaging book. Enjoy!

About Joel Garfinkle:

Joel Garfinkle helps his executive and corporate coaching clients become effective and influential business leaders. He helps them achieve career advancement, gain promotions, and earn the respect of upper management by proving themselves to be highly capable leaders. You can learn more about Joel, his services and other books and resources by visiting his website.

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Art Petty is a Chicago-based management consultant focusing on strategy and leadership development. Art regularly speaks on innovation in management and leadership, and his work is reflected in two books, including the recent, Leadership Caffeine-Ideas to Energize Your Professional Development. (download a free excerpt at Art’s facebook page.)

Art publishes regularly at The Management Excellence blog at http://artpetty.com/blog/

Prior to his solo career, Art spent 20+ years leading marketing sales and business units in systems and software organizations around the globe. You can follow Art on twitter: @artpetty and he can be reached via e-mail at art.petty@artpetty.com

Leadership Caffeine Podcast: Brook Manville on Judgment Calls

Cover art for Leadership Caffeine PodcastDecisions are the lifeblood of organizations. Nothing happens without a decision. Yet, judging by the news headlines from the past decade, allegedly smart people and name-brand organizations can make some truly miserable decisions.

The importance of looking at decision-making as an organizational capability that can be exercised and improved upon was underscored in an empirical study by Blenko, Mankins and Rogers, published in the Harvard Business Review (The Decision Driven Organization, fee), suggesting a strong correlation between decision-making effectiveness and financial results. The study went on to suggest that the typical organization may be able to improve decision-making effectiveness by at least 50%. If they are right, that’s a big pile of decision-making opportunity left out on the corporate table.

Run a literature search on decision-making, and you’ll find a broad range of content, much of it focused on the cognitive issues and traps surrounding the process, and the balance focused on the disasters so widely dissected in our culture. For a fresh and refreshing view on decision-making, enter Tom Davenport and Brook Manville with their book, Judgment Calls-12 Stories of Big Decisions and the Teams that Got Them Right.

By design, the authors eschew bullet lists, “How To” narratives and neuroscience lectures so commonly found in this field, and instead, focus on these positive stories and the approaches the various teams took to go from big challenge to effective decision. Instead of serving up their own form of framework for the process of decisions, the authors let the stories and approaches emerge, commingle and ultimately, educate. Refreshing, instructive and memorable!

Enjoy this podcast…Brook is a fascinating guest.  And enjoy the book. It’s a great addition to your management library.

For more information on our podcast guest, Brook Manville, visit his website. Brook and his co-author, Tom Davenport, both blog for HBR.org.

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Art Petty is a Chicago-based management consultant focusing on strategy and leadership development. Art regularly speaks on innovation in management and leadership, and his work is reflected in two books, including the recent, Leadership Caffeine-Ideas to Energize Your Professional Development. (download a free excerpt at Art’s facebook page.)

Art publishes regularly at The Management Excellence blog at http://artpetty.com/blog/

Prior to his solo career, Art spent 20+ years leading marketing sales and business units in systems and software organizations around the globe. You can follow Art on twitter: @artpetty and he can be reached via e-mail at art.petty@artpetty.com