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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Lead With That Podcast: What “Quiet Quitting” Can Teach Us About the Importance of Communication & Development
November 3, 2022
Lead With That: What “Quiet Quitting” Can Teach Us About the Importance of Communication & Development
Instead of selling Patagonia and taking the company public, the brand has been given to a not-for-profit, with the goal of putting any profit not reinvested back into Patagonia towards fighting climate change. In this episode Allison and Ren talk about an organization's role in doing the right thing, the kind of leaders it takes to do the right thing, some of the spaces in between, and lead with that.
Lead With That Podcast: What Pagagonia Can Teach Us About Ethical Leadership
October 5, 2022
Lead With That: What Patagonia Can Teach Us About Ethical Leadership
Instead of selling Patagonia and taking the company public, the brand has been given to a not-for-profit, with the goal of putting any profit not reinvested back into Patagonia towards fighting climate change. In this episode Allison and Ren talk about an organization's role in doing the right thing, the kind of leaders it takes to do the right thing, some of the spaces in between, and lead with that.
Lead With That: What Serena Williams Can Teach Us About Resilience & Leadership podcast
September 13, 2022
Lead With That: What Serena Williams Can Teach Us About Resilience & Leadership
Tennis superstar Serena Williams has began her farewell tour with tennis. She has won more Grand Slam singles titles than anyone, along with 3 gold medals in Olympic doubles, and nearly $100 million in prize money. She has taken her tennis success into venture capitalism as she takes a step back to focus on her family now. There is so much leadership wisdom to glean from her: What philosophies guided her on way to success? How is she going to lead her VC firm, and her other ventures with family and children? How has her ability to bounce back shaped her into one of the world’s Greatest Of All Time? In this episode – part profile, part exploration – Allison and Ren discuss the remarkable and resilient Serena Williams, and encourage listeners to lead with that.
Podcast: What Leaders Must Do to Cultivate Empathy & Perspective Taking
July 29, 2022
Lead With That: What Leaders Must Do to Cultivate Empathy & Perspective-Taking
In this episode Allison and Ren zoom out a bit. Instead of focusing on leadership at work, they talk more broadly about what leaders can and should be doing during these difficult times to navigate the hard conversations and make space for the tough questions. Join them as they explore how empathy and perspective-taking are more essential than ever as leaders around the world are challenged with today's uncertainties. Let's examine leadership in the world, leadership in the future, and the role that leaders who cultivate empathy can play in making things better, and lead with that.
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 & 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.

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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