Lead With That Podcast

Looking for Leadership Lessons Through Current Events

Leadership lessons don’t need to be reserved for formal classroom and online trainings, they can be extracted from the stories we encounter every day. Join the Center for Creative Leadership’s Ren Washington and Allison Barr as they uncover and highlight the leadership lessons in today’s headlines and popular culture.

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image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, What Elon Musk Can Teach Us About Leadership & the Future of Work
June 23, 2022
Lead With That: What Elon Musk Can Teach Us About Leadership & the Future of Work
The future of work, the future of automobiles, and the future of free speech: At the nexus point of all of these is Elon Musk. Musk has never shied away from the public but recently, through his attempted purchase of Twitter and his recent comments about remote work, he’s once again caught our attention here at CCL. At the center of his comments stem 2 core issues of concern for leaders in this modern era: 1) Is leadership the role or realm of a single individual? And 2) What does the future of work really look like? Is Musk’s point of view a taste of things to come? Join Allison and Ren as they explore what lessons we can glean from the recent headlines involving Elon Musk and lead with that.
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, What Tragic News Can Teach Us About Leadership Communication & Trust
June 3, 2022
Lead With That: What Tragic News Can Teach Us About Leadership Communication & Trust
The recent news cycle has been difficult to take in. Tragic, sad, intense. The impulse for leaders and their team members may be to compartmentalize and pivot the conversation, but so much of what’s happening deserves recognition and discussion. What can leaders do to create an environment at work where employees can feel safe with their emotions, and don't have to pretend things are just okay? How can organizations prioritize the well-being and belonging of their employees, while keeping work moving? Let’s explore how tragic things happening in the world can be met with empathetic communication and trusting relationships, and lead with that.
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, What Awards Season Can Teach Us About Professionalism and Emotional Intelligence
April 15, 2022
Lead With That: What Awards Season Can Teach Us About Professionalism and Emotional Intelligence
The slap heard around the world has been the talk of the town, but Will wasn't the only one throwing hands out there. For some, Jane Campion's comments at the Critic's Choice Awards was a slap in the face to the Williams sisters and Black women across America. Are these just Hollywood problems for Hollywood people? Or is there an opportunity to glean lessons from these events on how leaders can better manage conflict on their teams, and create spaces where meaningful conversations can happen? Let’s explore how conflict in the workplace can be an opportunity to strengthen our professionalism and emotional intelligence skills, and lead with that.
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, What Forced Arbitration and the Oscars Can Teach Us About Allyship and Progress
March 11, 2022
Lead With That: What Forced Arbitration and the Oscars Can Teach Us About Allyship and Progress
On February 10th the U.S. Senate passed legislation that would end forced arbitration for workers who are victims of sexual assault and harassment – drastically changing an imbalanced power dynamic and hopefully leading to wider implications than what this has started. About 4 days later the Oscars announced Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, and Regina Hall are set to host the 94th Oscars. Join us as we explore what can we learn from these parallel events as we aim to democratize leadership, invite more people into the conversation, and change the way we treat each other inside and outside of work. How can and should we talk about the benefits and limitations of steps toward equity and lead with that?
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, What Cancel Culture Can Teach Us About Impact and Accountability
February 11, 2022
Lead With That: What Cancel Culture Can Teach Us About Impact and Accountability
Pepe Le Pew, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, even Minnie Mouse – all impacted by cancel culture. Dave Chappelle, Joe Rogan, Gina Carano, J.K. Rowling – whether an animation character or just simply an animated character, no one’s safe. But is it cancel or consequence? And really, how does it impact you, working with and on teams and leading people through change? Join us as we explore how leaders can make room for people to learn from their mistakes while also honoring the sentiments of those around them. We’ll take a look at how we as leaders can balance the benefits and consequences of cancel culture and lead with that.
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, What Betty White and Sidney Poitier Can Teach Us About Inclusion, Access, and Authenticity
January 20, 2021
Lead With That: What Betty White and Sidney Poitier Can Teach Us About Inclusion, Access, and Authenticity
On December 31st, 2021 actor, comedian, animal rights activist, and author Betty White died just weeks before she would have celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 17, 2022. Just a week later, the first black man to win an Oscar, an actor that paved the way for underrepresented actors around the globe, Sidney Poitier died at the age of 94, on January 7th, 2022. While their loss is sad, this conversation explores what we can celebrate about their legacies and the powerful leadership lessons they taught throughout their lives. Specifically, we’ll explore the things we can learn from Sidney and Betty about inclusion, access, authenticity and how we can lead with that in mind.
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, What Facebook’s Rebrand to Meta Can Teach Us About Change and Transformation
December 10, 2021
Lead With That: What Facebook’s Rebrand to Meta Can Teach Us About Change and Transformation
Facebook – a company that changed the way the internet was used and the way people connected with one another – recently announced their rebrand to Meta. What are the practical implications of a prominent company changing its name and its mission, and how can we examine the shift from a leadership perspective? In this episode we'll dive into the way an individual's leadership brand can impact their influence, and how leading change and transformation requires direction, alignment, and commitment. We apply what we know about change to what we see happening with Facebook's transformation and how we can lead with that in mind.

About the Podcast Hosts

Meet the hosts of our leadership podcast, bringing you fresh insights gleaned from today’s headlines.

Ren Washington

Ren Washington is a Leadership Solutions Partner committed to helping clients address their most challenging and complex issues around organizational change and innovation, equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), executive presence and image, influence, and resilience.

Allison Barr

Allison Barr is a Leadership Solutions Partner with a rich history in international business and public speaking. Allison enjoys supporting clients with their most complex obstacles, from organizational change, to psychological safety, to the nuanced nature of EDI.

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