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An Interview with Jill Ratliff, Leadership Speaker, Principal at Jill Ratliff Leadership

An Interview with Jill Ratliff, Leadership Speaker, Principal at Jill Ratliff Leadership

 

Jill Ratliff is an Author, Executive Coach, and Leadership Speaker with more than 20 years of Fortune 100 Human Resources Leadership experience. For Jill, conscious leadership is all about taking one-hundred percent responsibility for your life. Trust and collaboration are the entry point to leadership. People are better together, and no one does anything brave alone. Tune in as we talk about how joy is all around us, the importance of simplicity, and understanding your purpose.


In This Episode 

  • [00:50] Meet Jill Ratliff. Jill gives her definition of conscious leadership. 
  • [15:05] Collaboration and trust are solutions to leadership problems. 
  • [22:50] How people can understand collaboration and trust better.
  • [32:40] Why behavior change loves simplicity.  
  • [39:45] Learn from real examples in the workplace, not simulations

Key Takeaways:

  • Conscious leadership is taking 100% responsibility for your life.
  • Learn how to master your moments by knowing how to stay present in the
    moment.
  • Planet Earth is dominated by spirituality; find a spiritual practice to ground
    yourself.
  • Many valuable things are hard.
  • There can’t be conscious leadership without collaboration and trust.

Meet Jill Ratliff

Jill Ratliff is an Author, Executive Coach, and Leadership Speaker with more than 20 years of Fortune 100 Human Resources Management experience. She is author of the new book Leadership through Trust and Collaboration. Jill also is a longtime mentor with Pathbuilders, an organization that helps high-performing women accelerate their careers. Learn more at jillratliffleadership.com.

Resources 

Jill’s Website: https://jillratliffleadership.com
Jill’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jill-ratliff-78312113/

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.

Resources 

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.

Resources 
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ifywalker/
Offor:
www.offor.co
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/ifywalker

Ify Walker

An Interview with Aaron Hurst, Founder of Taproot Foundation and Imperative

An Interview with Aaron Hurst, Founder of Taproot Foundation and Imperative

 

Aaron Hurst’s goal is to activate conscious leadership and develop values-based leadership on a global scale. The idea of the more conscious we are, the greater impact we can make not only on a global scale but also in our daily lives. Being conscious is to notice the contradictions, the forces that pull you in different directions, and the things that trip you up. It is what enables you to go down the correct path.  

In This Episode: 

  • [01:04] Aaron Hurst quickly shares his career background and his audacity in his visions and his dreams 
  • [08:30] The importance of conscious leadership to make the right choices and to correct the wrong choices 
  • [17:48] The abundance mindset is what builds trust and safety relationship
  • [26:56] How Aaron creates harmony within ourselves and with others through his work 
  • [34:46] Working to build bridges between “tribes” 

Key Takeaways: 

  • If you don’t leave the world fundamentally in a better place than you found it, you didn’t do a good job. 
  • Disappointment and joy go together. 
  • Sometimes the best thing to do is to take a moment and hold the ground of where we are. 
  • It’s not going to be technology telling us what to think. It’s going to be technology creating space for us to act as human beings. 
  • At the end of the day and business people do business with people they know, they like, and they trust. 

Meet Aaron Hurst 

Aaron Hurst is the foremost expert on the science of purpose and fulfillment at work. In 2014, he brought global awareness to the rise of the fourth economic era in history, the Purpose Economy. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Imperative, the platform that connects and supports employees as peer career coaches. Imperative enables video-based peer coaching conversations across organizations that drive mindset and behavior changes that increase leadership abilities, productivity, and fulfillment. Previously, as the founder of the Taproot Foundation, Aaron catalyzed the $15 billion pro bono service market. He has written for or been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, Fast Company and was named a LinkedIn Influencer. He is a third-generation graduate of the University of Michigan. 

Aaron’s company, the Imperative, is a peer coaching platform that uses the power of peers to support each other over time to become increasingly effective and fulfilled. 

The science-backed platform combines the effectiveness of coaching with the impact of building trusted peer networks that are proven to build resilient and high performing cultures. 

Through Imperative’s video-based coaching platform, employees meet in rotating pairs for scripted peer-to-peer coaching conversations that are dynamically designed to adapt as their needs change. The individual behavior change, growth, and fulfillment of leaders are tracked over time. This enables companies to measure the ROI and generate insights about organizational behavior and culture gaps. Imperative is quickly being adopted by employee-centric Fortune 1000 companies with distributed workforces as a strategy to increase productivity, inclusion, and fulfillment. 

Resources: 
Imperative: https://www.imperative.com/about 
Taproot Foundation: https://taprootfoundation.org/
Aaron Hurst on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaronhurst/
Aaron Hurst email: aaron@imperative.com 
The Purpose Economy: How Your Desire for Impact, Personal Growth and Community Is Changing the World by Aaron Hurst: https://www.amazon.com/Purpose-Economy-Personal-Community-Changing-ebook/dp/B00JEMUB1S 
The Third Harmony Film: https://thirdharmony.org/ 

An Interview with Marti Glenn PhD, Co-founder and CEO Ryzio Institute

An Interview with Marti Glenn PhD, Co-founder and CEO Ryzio Institute

 

Marti Glenn, co-founder and Chief Education Officer of Ryzio Institute, conducts professional trainings and intensive retreats internationally that make it possible for leaders to move beyond coping into thriving. Awareness is the most critical skill that leaders can develop. With awareness, we have a choice.

Marti explains how the nerve you have never heard of is running your life. The polyvagal theory is how our vagus nerve tells our body what to do and how to do it. When we feel safe, the vagus nerve will develop around the heart and calm our nervous system. However, not everyone felt as safe as a child. We can grow the vagus nerve as adults through experiencing safety. Tune in as we talk about love, safety, and trust in the workplace.

In This Episode:

  • [00:45] Meet Marti Glenn. Marti reveals her definition of conscious leadership and how Ryzio helps leaders. 
  • [13:35] Marti has discovered the secret sauce that underlies all of her workplace research: LOVE!
  • [17:40] The ways leaders can show vulnerability in the workplace; it needs to be appropriate. 
  • [20:15] Marti reveals how a leader can create safety in the work environment. 
  • [25:10] When we can be in the prefrontal cortex, we can be in a window of tolerance.
  • [31:05] The relationship between trust and love in the workplace.  
  • [36:10] What is needed for individuals and organizations during COVID-19. 
  • [39:30] The importance of mindfulness and becoming more conscious as a leader.

Key Takeaways:

  • Consciousness has to do with awareness, being present, and being authentic. 
  • The vagus nerve runs our lives in terms of emotional regulation, social connection, and our response to fear. 
  • In most work environments, people do not feel safe to show up and be who they are; we need to change this. 
  • The way we show love in the workplace is by showing our interest in people. 
  • Leaders can show vulnerability in the workplace; it has to do with sharing authenticity and being as real as possible. 

Meet Marti Glenn:

Marti Glenn is dedicated to helping people transform their lives! As co-founder and Chief Education Officer of Ryzio Institute, she conducts professional trainings and intensive retreats internationally that make it possible for leaders to move beyond coping into thriving. Marti is particularly keen on crafting experiences and practices that develop the brain and nervous system and even change the trajectory of our DNA! Integrating the latest research in epigenetics, Polyvagal Theory, neuroscience, psychology, leadership and mindfulness, she and her team offer experiences and practices to help leaders live the lives they long for! She has discovered and delights in teaching the secret sauce that underlies all of this research: LOVE!

Resources:
Ryzio Institute: https://ryzio.com
Ryzio on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ryzio.com/
Marti on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marti-glenn-9455a4/

 

An Interview with Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners

An Interview with Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners

 

Peter Bregman coaches CEOs and senior leaders in many of the world’s premier organizations. He joins the show to talk about getting rid of the noise to focus on the most important things. Peter has been running his business for twenty-two years; continually pivoting and making significant changes. After making a change, Peter reevaluates if it’s working after six months. Then, Peter dives into how his work is changing during COVID-19. During the pandemic, it’s critical to have a clear strategy and a strong leadership team. Stay tuned as Peter speaks about the importance of DEI in the workplace, the future of organizations in the new normal, and how leaders can get it “right” during these uncertain times.

In This Episode:

  • [00:55] Meet Peter Bregman. Peter explains how the best leaders have a clear focus.
  • [12:55] How Peter is best supporting his clients during the pandemic.  
  • [23:00] The importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. 
  • [27:35] What organizations are going to need as we adjust to the new normal.
  • [34:50] How leaders can get it “right” during these uncertain times. 
  • [43:15] Peter’s definition of conscious leadership. We need to look and question ourselves continually.
  • [56:40] Peter’s takeaways from the conversation.

Key Takeaways:

  • Leaders are emotionally courageous enough to make tradeoffs. 
  • You need Zoom when you have multiple people in a room; it’s actually a relief for people to have a regular phone call. 
  • During the pandemic, you need to have a clear strategy and a strong leadership team.
  • Being an unpleasant person doesn’t help you get ahead. It won’t hurt you; but, it doesn’t help you either.
  • If you are open, curious, and humble, then you can take good risks to be really human.

Meet Peter Bregman:

Recognized as the #1 executive coach in the world by Leading Global Coaches, Peter Bregman coaches CEOs and senior leaders in many of the world’s premier organizations. Having started his career teaching leadership on wilderness and mountaineering expeditions, Peter is CEO of Bregman Partners, an executive coaching company that helps successful people become exceptional leaders and stellar human beings.

Peter is ranked as a top 30 thought leader by Thinkers 50 Radar and selected as one of the top 8 thought leaders in leadership. He is the award-winning, best selling author and contributor of 16 books, including, most recently, Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work. His book, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller, winner of the Gold medal from the Axiom Business Book awards, named the best business book of the year by NPR, and selected by Publisher’s Weekly and the New York Post as a top ten business book. He is also the author of Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Replace Counter-Productive Habits with Ones That Really Work, a  New York Post  “Top Pick for Your Career” in 2015, and Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change.

Resources:

Website: bregmanpartners.com
LinkedIn 
Facebook 
Twitter 

An Interview with Tiffany Jana, CEO TMI Consulting Inc & Partner at Now Partners

An Interview with Tiffany Jana, CEO TMI Consulting Inc & Partner at Now Partners

 

Dr. Tiffany Jana joins the show to talk about equity gaps in the workplace. Equity is about making sure that everyone has the tools they need to succeed. Is everyone in your workplace just as likely to succeed and get a promotion? Most likely “no” because of the collective injustice that has taken place over time is affecting the workplace. Leaders and companies have the tools to make things right that were once wrong in service of greater justice for all. By optimizing your workplace culture through diversity, equity, and inclusion, your employees will feel a fantastic sense of belonging. Plus, it’s essential to understand the areas of opportunity to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

In This Episode:

  • [00:55] Meet Dr. Tiffany Jana, and hear how Tiffany’s mother is a pioneer in the diversity space around the world. 
  • [03:20] Dr. Tiffany reveals the evolution of diversity and inclusion in the workplace – The quantitative and qualitative approaches to measuring equity in the workplace. 
  • [09:55] How Loom The Culture Map works and what types of things it will measure about diversity, equity, and inclusion.  
  • [11:55] The strategy conversation that needs to happen for diversity training to work.
  • [19:00] The importance of Chief Diversity Officers and how their role can be best utilized.  
  • [26:15] The challenges that Dr. Tiffany needs to overcome with clients as they go through diversity work.

Key Takeaways:

  • Everyone has the right and should have the opportunity to earn an honest living doing what they love. 
  • Visionary leaders should build space to create inclusion and create greater diversity to cultivate a healthy workplace. 
  • It’s important to allow the best of all identities to actually show up and come to bear on the solutions that your business is trying to create. 
  • Loom The Culture Map will allow your organization to retain top talent through proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies.
  • All diversity work starts at the individual level. One person can derail any sort of change process. 

Meet Dr. Tiffany Jana

Dr. Tiffany Jana is the CEO of TMI Portfolio, a collection of companies working to advance inclusive workplaces. TMI Consulting, a TMI Portfolio company, is a 2018 Best for the World B Corporation. Jana is also the coauthor of Overcoming Bias and the second edition of the B Corp Handbook. Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify and Stop Microaggressions (BK, March 10, 2020), offers a pathway to a more inclusive, respectful society. Learn more at subtleactsofexclusion.com

Resources:

Subtle Acts of Exclusion 
Dr. Tiffany Jana on LinkedIn 
Loom The Culture Map 
Loom The Culture Map on Instagram 
TMI Consultin

An Interview with John Montgomery, Lex Ultima & NOW Partners

An Interview with John Montgomery, Lex Ultima & NOW Partners

During John Montgomery’s time in the startup world, he realized that there was a certain charisma of all the best leaders – they would emanate a field of consciousness and create a flow state. When your business is in a flow state, you attract all of the best employees, customers, and investors. An infectiously positive work environment will be a complete game-changer for any business. While observing these CEOs and organizations, John learned that companies that adopt sustainable principles provide five points greater return per year to investors than their conventional peers. Plus, businesses that lead from the heart will have more engaged employees and half of the turnover as their competition.

In This Episode:

  • [01:00] Meet John Montgomery. John reveals the journey behind his career and the inspiration for his global movement of business as a force for good.
  • [16:15] What John learned after observing a dozen successful CEOs and organizations.
  • [26:15] The importance of meeting Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in an organization and why leaders should not be fear-based. 
  • [47:40] The inspiration behind John’s book and documentary to touch on the spiritual change that is necessary for our world.  
  • [53:55] Conscious leadership is people who are committed to waking up, growing up, cleaning up, and showing up. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Leaders in a startup environment will emanate a field of consciousness that is harmonious and effective for peak performance. 
  • A flow state will make your business a magnet for success – you will attract the best customers, investors, and employees. 
  • An infectiously positive work environment is the secret to gaining market share, beating the competition, and increasing profits.  
  • When you’re a visionary, you can easily be ten or twenty years in front of the market. 
  • Leading from the heart will give you employees that are twice as productive, twice as engaged, and half of the turnover.

Meet John Montgomery

John Montgomery is a corporate lawyer whose current project is producing a full-feature documentary film, Awakening a Force for Good, about the global movement of business as a force for good. Here is a link to the trailer: https://vimeo.com/386398166 The password is “4good”.

John’s firm, Lex Ultima, provides transformation management to boards of directors, senior executives, and stockholders to help them adopt the triple-bottom-line approach to business necessary to become a benefit corporation and leverage its advantages. He also provides transformative executive coaching to senior executives through Lex Ultima and the Center for Creative Leadership, where he is an adjunct executive coach and is a partner with NOW Partners, a global management consulting firm.

A corporate lawyer since 1984, Montgomery served as a co-chair of the legal working group behind California’s historic benefit-corporation legislation and is a leading authority on this new corporate form. He is co-founding director and President of the Benefit Company Bar Association and co-founding director and Secretary of the Conscious Leadership Guild. Montgomery also serves on the advisory boards of B Lab Europe, The Purpose of the Corporation, Reporting 3.0, Vista Caballo, and Trimergence to help develop new approaches to capitalism and leadership. 

Prior to starting Lex Ultima in 2017, Montgomery co-founded Chrysallis, a behavior change company, in 2010 (acquired by Aduro in 2016) and founded Montgomery & Hansen, a prominent Silicon Valley corporate law firm, in 2003. Montgomery also founded Startworks Ventures, a benefit capital firm that has provided seed capital to new businesses since 2007, and is the author of Great from the Start: How Conscious Corporations Attract Success.

Resources:
John Montgomery on LinkedIn 
NOW Partners
NOW Partners on LinkedIn 
Center For Creative Leadership 
Reinventing Organizations 

What Is Conscious Leadership? A Special Edition Episode Featuring 13 Well Renowned Leaders In the Space

What Is Conscious Leadership? A Special Edition Episode Featuring 13 Well Renowned Leaders In the Space

This special edition episode is a compilation of 13 CEOs and Leaders answering the question, “What is Conscious Leadership?” along with sharing their takeaways for action oriented next steps. This compilation is pulled from informative interviews with a range of Conscious Leaders and change agents who know that true leadership comes from the inside out. This episode features Jim Dethmer, Rose Fernandez, Eric Kaufman, Runa Bouius, Gary Shapiro, Diana Chapman, Cory Smith, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Bob Chapman, Rich Fernandez, John Renesch, David Helfant, and Leif Cocks. 

An Interview with Leif Cocks, Founder of The Orangutan Project

An Interview with Leif Cocks, Founder of The Orangutan Project 

Leif Cocks is a passionate campaigner for orangutans and has been the President of The Orangutan Project since its formation. Leif hopes to create a world where conservation organizations are no longer needed. Through working with orangutans closely, Leif has discovered a lot about humanity. Our genetics and culture have given us the ability to destroy ourselves, therefore we need to reform our own lives before we can reform the planet. Leif shares his take on conscious leadership and how he utilizes conscious leadership in a conservation organization.

In This Episode:

  • [00:30] Meet Leif Cocks. He’s a zoologist by trade and started a mission to save the orangutans. Along the way, he has discovered a lot about humanity. Leif gives his definition of conscious leadership. 
  • [03:00] How Leif shows up in the corporate setting and utilizes conscious leadership in a conservation organization. 
  • [05:55] When you meet and become close friends with an orangutan, you will see the humanity in their eyes. Orangutans are far more independent, confident, and self-assured.  
  • [08:00] The problems that our planet faces.  
  • [14:40] Reform yourself before you and try and reform the world. Take time to become active in expressing compassion in an intelligent way. 

Key Takeaways:

  • The organization becomes subservient to the cause. We cannot lose sight of what we are there to achieve. 
  • If we are happy, then we can’t help but make other people happy. 
  • The problem our society faces is cognitive dissonance. 
  • Reform yourself before you try and reform the world. 

Meet Leif Cocks

The Orangutan Project was established in 1998 by founder and world-renowned orangutan expert, Leif Cocks, as a result of his almost 30-year career working with orangutans. Leif is a passionate campaigner for orangutans and has been the President of The Orangutan Project since its inception. 
Facebook
The Orangutan Project 

Resources:

The Orangutan Project: https://www.theorangutanproject.org/about-us/leif-cocks/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMBZGn2tMFg
Book: Finding Our Humanity: An inner journey towards understanding ourselves and our way forward
Book: Orangutans My Cousins, My Friends: A journey to understand and save the person of the forest

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