Peak Development Radio
Great conversations and practical advice for making your organization stronger
#1601 – For the past eight months, I’ve been asking a single question of our guests: “What 1-2 books would you recommend every leader have in their leadership library?” Recommendations from Pepper de Callier, Founder and Executive Director of the Prague Leadership Institute; Bill Carmody, author, speaker, and CEO of Trepoint; Bill Humphries, President and CEO of Merz North America; and Kevin Cashman, bestselling author and Senior Partner for CEO and Executive Development at Korn Ferry.
#1507 – The most successful leaders and entrepreneurs know that failure isn’t the opposite of success, it’s a part of it. What is it about adverse events that helps fuel our growth, and why do some leaders seem to weather adversity better than others? Dr. Mindy Hall talks with Pepper de Callier, Founder and Executive Director of the Prague Leadership Institute, who’ll be speaking on this topic at The Economist’s 2016 international conference on human resources in London.
#1506 – The most successful leaders are lifelong, voracious learners, with a seemingly bottomless curiosity and a passion for challenging their own thinking. How do they do it? What drives them to learn? How do they focus their efforts? How do they make the time in their crowded schedules? Dr. Mindy Hall talks with Bill Carmody, author, speaker, and CEO of Trepoint about the importance of actively investing in your own development.
#1505 – Leaders often over-engineer organizational change, taking an episodic approach rather than weaving change into the fabric of an organization. Isn’t “change management” really about leadership, communications, and good, solid project management than some massive body of HR science? Isn’t it more about answering the questions in people’s minds—the who, what, why, when, where, and how, and the congruence among these dimensions—than the exhaustive mapping of what is inherently a normal, human reaction to something new? Bill Humphries, President & CEO of Merz North America, talks about the significant changes they’ve experienced over the past three years, what worked and what didn’t, and how important leaders are in making organizational change efforts successful.
#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.