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Month: December 2020

An Interview with Gerrard Schmid, President and CEO of Diebold Nixdorf

An Interview with Gerrard Schmid, President and CEO of Diebold Nixdorf

Gerrard Schmid is President and CEO of Diebold Nixdorf, a financial services technology including the largest provider of ATMs. As a conscious leader, Gerrard works to be present; for him, it means being self-aware of what’s going on in the organization and being very keenly attuned to what employees are saying and feeling. Being present also means he is attuned to what customers are saying and doing; the same holds true for their investors. He believes as a leader, it is critical to understand what factors you control. During Covid, he has learned how very little control we all have. Tune in as we talk about the importance of courage, vulnerability, and self-awareness for conscious leadership.

In This Episode 

  • [01:00] Meet Gerrard Schmid. Gerrard speaks about how he became a conscious leader.
  • [07:00] How a conscious leader can be vulnerable in the workplace.  
  • [15:00] What Gerrard has learned as a leader during Covid. 
  • [22:25] The importance of self-awareness in conscious leadership.  
  • [27:30] How organizations can create a safe working environment for their employees. 

Key Takeaways 

  • Vulnerable leadership is something teams need to fuel their future success. 
  • During Covid, there is little we can control as leaders; the one thing a leader can control is how they choose to show up for their employees. 
  • Learn to be present more often; adopt a meditation practice to help you on your self-awareness journey. 
  • Conscious leaders make difficult decisions using empathy. 

Meet Gerrard Schmid

Gerrard Schmid is President and CEO of Diebold Nixdorf, a role he has held since Feb 2018.
Diebold Nixdorf is a global leader in self-serve technologies for the Financial Services and Retail sectors, and generates approximately $4billion in revenues and employs 23,000 people in over 60 countries.

Prior to joining Diebold Nixdorf he served as chief executive officer of D+H Corporation, a $1.7 billion global FinTech company. Under his leadership from 2012 to 2017, the company evolved to a global leader in real-time payments and lending software.

Prior to D+H, he held senior executive roles at financial institutions in the UK and Canada, and worked for several years at McKinsey working across financial services, e-commerce and technology. Gerrard has a Bachelor’s of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and a Master’s of Aerospace Engineering.


Diebold Nixdorf: https://www.dieboldnixdorf.com/en-us
Gerrard’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerrard-schmid/


An Interview with Ify Walker, CEO/Founder of Offor

An Interview with Ify Walker, CEO/Founder of Offor

Ify Walker, CEO of Offor, the talent broker company, explains how she helps people see their personal narratives. We are so often taught to give the most significant thing we have done, but it’s not necessarily the most meaningful thing that we have experienced. There is a difference between meaningful and significant. Listen in to learn more. Tune in as Ify reveals the importance of culture, how leaders respond to grief, and the systems we can implement to ensure equity in the workplace.

In This Episode

  • [01:10] Meet Ify Walker. She comes from an education and legal background – they influence the work that she does today.
  • [05:25] How Ify helps people see their personal narratives.
  • [08:40] The ways conscious leadership affects how Ify shows up in the world.
  • [18:30] How an organization can get to the hidden aspects of workplace culture.
  • [24:25] Understanding that your employees need to hear you confront the brutal facts.
  • [40:10] The systems that Ify will incorporate to ensure equity in the workplace.

Key Takeaways 

  • Conscious leadership means you have the power to choose to respond instead of reacting.
  • Look for the things in your organization that you reward and the things you punish – commit to changing them.
  • Leaders are responsible for the culture of their organization. If your culture isn’t supporting the organization, then you’re failing.
  • If you have a system designed for inequity, it can be redesigned for equity.
  • Switching leaders doesn’t change a system.

Meet Ify Walker 

Ify Walker is the CEO of Offor, the talent broker company. Clients come to Offor for Offor’s trademark no-nonsense results-oriented approach to challenging who decides and how we decide to hire, promote, and pay executive women in our country. Offor’s portfolio of clients includes organizations like Beyond 12, Citizens of the World Charter Schools, /dev/color, and OneGoal. Over the past several years, more than 90% of new hires — joining historically white institutions — identified as executives of color from Asian, Black, and Latinx backgrounds. Her work has been featured in The Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fast Company, and PBS NewsHour.

Ify is an attorney by training and a proud product of Nigerian parents, the original dairy state, and Head Start. She is a mother of two, a sister to five, and wife to the best decision she’s ever made. When she’s not running a growing national firm and challenging the meritocracy myth, you can find her running Mom’s School of Excellence.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ifywalker/

Ify Walker
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