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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 the Withdrawal of US Forces From Afghanistan Can Teach Us About Leading Change
September 3, 2021
What the Withdrawal of US Forces From Afghanistan Can Teach Us About Leading Change
In a matter of days in August, the Taliban captured most of the country just weeks before the US was set to withdraw its last troops. Today we want to look at leadership’s role in forging a better future. What are the lessons we can take from this situation to be better every day? In this episode, we discuss the importance of establishing commitment in order to create real and sustainable change, along with the importance of allyship to drive progress towards equity for historically marginalized groups, and what leaders today can do to lead with that.
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, What the Frito-Lay Labor Strike Can Teach Us About the Future of Flexible Work
August 6, 2021
What the Frito-Lay Labor Strike Can Teach Us About the Future of Flexible Work
In late July, hundreds of union workers won a big victory over Frito-Lay and so-called suicide shifts. Their 20-day strike in tandem with perceived labor shortages in certain sectors — or a living wage shortage, depending who you ask — suggests changing employee expectations about the future of work. In this episode, we explore how a rise in strikes and a perceived labor shortage do and don’t overlap with an increase in flexible workplaces, and what leaders today can do to lead with that in mind.
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, What Naomi Osaka Can Teach Us About How Leaders Can Support and Manage Mental Health
July 9, 2021
What Naomi Osaka Can Teach Us About How Leaders Can Support and Manage Mental Health
In June, 23-year-old Naomi Osaka, the No. 2 ranked tennis player in women’s tennis, withdrew from Wimbledon. This happened in the wake of Osaka withdrawing, in the second round from the French Open in a storm of controversy caused by her decision to skip mandatory post-match news conferences. In this episode we explore how Osaka's acknowledgment of her own anxiety and depression is helping to normalize the conversation around mental health, and what leaders today can do to lead with that.
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, what jacinda ardern can teach us about leading with authenticity, empathy, and transparency
June 7, 2021
Lead With That: What Jacinda Ardern Can Teach Us About Leading with Authenticity, Empathy, and Transparency
When Jacinda Ardern became Prime Minister of New Zealand in 2017 she grabbed international attention for her commitments to national well-being and emphasis on social issues. She was the first leader to have a child while in power since Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 1990, and became the first leader to go on maternity leave while in office, returning to work 6 weeks later. Let's explore Ardern’s leadership characteristics that have landed her on Fortune’s Greatest Leaders list and lead with that.
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, what the suez canal can teach us about accountability and resilience
May 7, 2021
Lead With That: What the Suez Canal Can Teach Us About Accountability and Resilience
What happened with the Ever Given can be chalked up to basic physics, the massive size of the actual ship, potential human error, and maybe even climate change. But at CCL, we don’t only look at the circumstances or the symptoms of a problem, we want to find out the source and the root of issues. So where was leadership during all of this? How did leaders make a difference or contribute to this accident in the first place? How did leadership find the fix? Let’s take a look at the lessons in accountability and resilience that we can learn from the Suez Canal and lead with that.
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, what gamestop can teach us about disruption and culture change
April 16, 2021
Lead With That: What GameStop Can Teach Us About Disruption and Culture Change
In December, GameStop was trading at a little under $13. And at the time of this recording, it is trading at $193. This feels like a lot of disruption. A group of subredditors took on the Wall Street Establishment an disrupted the way Wall Street does business, at least for a bit. It got us thinking about disruption and its role in behavior change. Is this kind of disruption the key to changing the way work is done? From a leadership perspective, is harnessing disruption the missing piece of culture change in the workplace? Let’s talk about the lessons we can learn from the GameStop headlines and lead with that.
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, what solar energy can teach us about mindset and organizational change
April 2, 2021
Lead With That: What Solar Energy Can Teach Us About Mindset and Organizational Change
Solar is officially the cheapest energy in history. According to the International Energy Agency, solar is 20-50% cheaper than traditional energy sources. As solar becomes a profitable way to save our planet, it might seem to be the renewable energy of choice. So why aren’t we making solar the primary source of energy? As you might imagine, the answer to this is complex and simple, but fortunately for us offers some great insights into why change, both at an individual and organizational level, is more difficult than you might think. Let’s talk about why, despite its merits, people are resistant to adopting solar energy and lead with that.

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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