Monthly Archives: August 2023

August 29, 2023

Learning from Failure (Episode # 439)

Should you create a culture that has a high tolerance for failure? What are the reasons to embrace failure? How do you best respond in a failure situation? In this episode, Dr. Karen presents research from Dr. Amy Edmondson’s book, “The Right Kind of Wrong: Learning to Fail Well.” Dr. Karen answers the proposed questions and more to strengthen your organization’s mindset about learning from failure.

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August 22, 2023

Brian Smith, Founder of UGG Boots: The Journey from Vision and Infancy to Billions (Episode # 438)

Brian Smith, The Founder of UGG Boots has charted his own course to become one of the great entrepreneurial success stories of our time. As a native Australian, his vision in 1978 was to put a pair of UGG sheepskin boots on every American. In each of the past five years, sales of UGG products have exceeded a billion dollars.

Brian calls his book, “The Birth of a Brand,” an entrepreneurial road map. Today, on The Voice of Leadership, Brian speaks with Dr. Karen about growing his company from vision to infancy, the toddler years, and beyond. In this insightful interview Brian shares important lessons on sales and marketing, raising capital, financial forecasting, manufacturing, competition, and how to ride the entrepreneurial waves to a billion dollar company. No matter where you are in your executive leadership journey, these insights are for you.

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August 15, 2023

Why Every Organization Needs Troublemakers? (Episode # 437)

Did you know that “troublemakers” bring an essential decision-making ingredient to their companies? And what does that assertion have to do with blue fish and red fish? In this episode, Dr. Karen shares research based perspectives from psychologist colleague Dr. Charlan Nemeth as well as her own insights and experiences about the pitfalls of consensus thinking.

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August 8, 2023

Peter Christian: What I Learned at Crayola and Beyond (Episode # 436)

Peter H. Christian served as an executive for Crayola Corporation. After 17 years with Crayola, he then became a founding partner of espi, Enterprise Systems Partners, Inc. The author of two Amazon best-selling books, “What About the Vermin Problem?” and “Influences and Influencers” Pete has worked with more than 300 clients to realize millions of dollars in cost reductions and profit improvements in multiple areas such as business development, operations, IS selection and implementation, supply chain, and Project Management.

Today, with unusual candor and vulnerability Pete talks to Dr. Karen about what he has learned and how his Christian values have helped him to navigate corporate culture and organizational politics. He also shares how to exit a company on the best of terms even in challenging circumstances.

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August 1, 2023

7 Ways to Prepare Leaders for Their First Executive Roles (Episode # 435)

To learn how to operate as an executive, leaders need to be around, interact with, and build relationships with executives. “Executives in Development” also need opportunities to make strategic decisions, to “test drive” the executive role, and to get feedback on their strategic thoughts and ideas. Dr. Karen outlines 7 critical actions to successfully groom your next generation of executive leaders.

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