Peak Development Radio
Great conversations and practical advice for making your organization stronger
#1504 – As individuals climb higher in organizations, functional skills are not a differentiator of great leadership or a source of long-term competitive advantage, they are merely the price of entry. But while systematic processes for developing functional skills are carried out daily in organizations and at business schools worldwide, much less attention is given to the development of leadership skills. Mindy Hall talks with Kevin Cashman, author and Senior Partner for CEO & Executive Development at Korn Ferry, about what it takes to grow these skills, and how both organizations and individuals should approach their leadership development.
#1503 – How much is the same or different in leading a nonprofit versus a for-profit organization? Are any differences simply what you’d expect in moving between any two organizations? Or are there unique leadership challenges in each environment? Guest Nick Valeriani shares his unique perspective, having led companies in both environments, formerly as a senior executive at Johnson & Johnson, and in his current role as Chief Executive for West Health.
#1502 – Startup is a unique phase in the lifecycle of an organization, especially for those few companies who realize rapid, exponential growth. Leading these organizations requires a specific set of skills and characteristics, which can be dramatically different than those needed of leaders in more established organizations. Guest C. Patrick Machado, a member of the boards of directors for both Medivation and Chimerix, Inc., has experienced that growth first hand, and shares his experience on what it takes to lead in a fast-growing company.
#1501 – While analysts still see strong potential in the biotech sector, they also acknowledge that life sciences industry is in an era of significant transition. What does this mean for biotechnology companies? Will the industry continue to expand? Will M&A pressure blur the lines between biotechnology and pharmaceuticals even further? What skills do leaders need to shape the biotechnology companies of the future? We discuss the changing landscape of the biotechnology industry with President and CEO of Pennsylvania Bio, Chris Molineaux.
#1416 – Rather than simply a means to prevent negative consequences, what would happen if we instead focused on the positive effects of business ethics? Is there a dividend—financial or otherwise—that can be associated with behaving ethically? If so, how does it show up in our organizations, and what can leaders do to leverage it? Eric McNulty, author and Director of Research and Professional Programs at Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, discusses.
#1415 – Author Clive Thompson discusses how today’s digital tools are improving our interactions in the real world, why we should learn to use them more deliberately, and how leaders can harness these tools to improve their organization’s performance.
#1414 – Claire Shipman, correspondent for ABC News and Good Morning America and co-author of “The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance,” discusses why confidence is so important and practical ways for developing it.
#1413 – Dr. Mindy Hall answers questions about her newly released book, “Leading with Intention: Every Moment Is a Choice”: what exactly it means to lead with intention, why it’s a crucial skill for leaders at every level, and how leaders can begin to build their awareness, choose their impact, and inspire others to achieve extraordinary results.
#1412 – At key points in the lives of our organizations, success depends on little more than a conversation, and the outcomes rest on factors that are often intangible: whether the right people are in the room, how fully they choose to invest, and whether they feel a sense of ownership in the outcomes. But while these factors may be intangible, they should not be left to chance. Guest Lisa Kay Solomon, innovation strategist and co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Moments of Impact, discusses how, by being more intentional in the design of these strategic conversations, leaders can ensure they’ll have a lasting impact.
#1411 – Nearly half of executives hired from externally this year will fail within their first 18 months on the job. The direct and indirect costs associated with these failures often far exceed the cost of the search that found the executive in the first place. The reason these new hires fail so often is not because their skills don’t match, but because they’re a poor fit for the culture of the organization and team they’re joining. Sally Stetson, Co-Founder and Principal at Salveson Stetson Group, talks with Mindy Hall about why fit is so important when attracting top talent, what organizations and individuals should look for, and the most desirable attributes for senior executives today.