Monthly Archives: June 2023

June 27, 2023

“My Mentor Walks on Water”: Donna Johnson (Episode # 430)

Donna Johnson, one of the most successful and highly respected sales professionals in her Direct Marketing Business is also the recipient of her company’s Lifetime Achievement Award. What is the secret of her success? In her book, “My Mentor Walks on Water,” Donna talks about the courage and power to step out of the boat to speak the truth with love in the workplace. Donna also knows that, with many voices all around her, she answers to only “One”. She further says, “My business is not my idol, rather a tool.”

Donna and her husband Thomas also operate “Spirit Wings Kids”, a charity that funds orphanages in India and Africa, along with a Permaculture farm and soccer academy in Uganda. Listen today as Donna Johnson and Dr. Karen explore more water walking mentor insights.

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June 20, 2023

Executive Leaders as Workplace Fathers (Episode # 429)

As an executive leader, how can you make a difference for the men and women in your corporation? In this special Father’s Day episode, Dr. Karen shares 7 powerful insights about ways to model, inspire, and develop your people to better lead your organization. Find out what you can learn from God, the Father, our ultimate role model.

For personalized advisement about your workplace leadership opportunities, Contact Dr. Karen at

June 13, 2023

Secret Sauce Success: Howard Behar, Founding International President of Starbucks (Episode # 428)

Howard Behar, Founding International President and former Board member of Starbucks says the Starbucks “secret sauce” of success is people first at every level of the organization. Howard adds, “You grow the people, they grow the organization, and the organization grows the business.” Howard’s leadership took Starbucks from 28 stores to more than 15,000 on five continents.

His career accomplishments span 50 years in consumer-oriented businesses, to include 21 years serving at Starbucks. Today in his conversation with Dr. Karen, Howard reveals the importance of shared values, diverse abilities, and the Monday night dinners of H2O, the top three leaders. He also gives powerful examples of how backing the innovative ideas of team members paid off with meteoric success.

Find Howard Behar’s books “It’s Not About the Coffee,” and “The Magic Cup” online and in stores.

Contact Howard Behar at; 206-972-7776

June 6, 2023

5 Essential Conversations to Develop and Transform Executive Teams (Episode # 427)

What kinds of conversations do you have with your executive team to promote an enterprise-wide perspective?  Dr. Karen identifies five essential dialogues to transcend silos and engage the power of constructive executive team collaboration. Two of those dialogues include the cultivation of shared learning and the exploration of new possibilities.

Contact Dr. Karen to develop and transform your executive team: