September 26, 2023

Celebrating My 50 Years as a Member of the US Workforce (Episode # 443)

In today’s special episode, Dr. Karen shares invaluable business insights from her remarkable 50-years in the tax paying workforce. As a guest on her own show, she highlights what she learned in early jobs about foundational qualities such as responsibility, punctuality, reliability, and keen observation. She also underscores what she later learned about the broader executive leadership concepts of vision, the importance of your network, openness to learning, agility, and flexibility. Listen to her examples and stories to see how the same principles can enrich and transform your executive leadership journey.

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September 19, 2023

The Care and Feeding of Orchids at Home and at Work (Episode # 442)

On today’s episode, Dr. Karen shares business leadership parallels, insights and strategies she observed while caring for her orchid. Did you know that complex and delicate care is necessary to maintain healthy and vibrant orchids? For them to bloom AND thrive, proper cultivation is crucial. Identify what you can do as a corporate executive to cultivate, grow, develop, and sustain a healthy organization.

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September 12, 2023

How to Use ChatGPT for Business Success: Interview with Chad Barr (Episode # 441)

What is the value of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool ChatGPT for business and personal life? How do you use it safely and avoid pitfalls? Guest Chad Barr demonstrates how to apply human intelligence to maximize the benefits and minimize the downsides of Chat GPT. He also addresses how to save time and get better business outcomes.

Chad Barr is the Digital Empire Creator. As the President of The Chad Barr Group, he and his company transform businesses through technological innovation. With more than 25 years of experience as an internet marketing strategist, Chad raises the “Barr” on the internet presence of his clients.

Chad is the author of “Transformation Visuals®” where a picture is worth a thousand words, “Under the Barr,” a look at the humorous side of business, and “The Bridge to Web Success,” the definitive book to stay current about what’s new in internet web presence.

Listen today as Chad shares relevant executive leadership examples with Dr. Karen.

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September 5, 2023

Meaningful Work (Episode # 440)

Did you know that wherever God sends you to work, there is a greater purpose than what you can now see? He gives you gifts and talents to enable you to participate in what He is doing in the present and for eternity. Even when the work is difficult or undesirable, God has a purpose. On today’s episode Dr. Karen shares five characteristics of Biblically meaningful work.

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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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July 25, 2023

Dennis Welch: If I Live to Be 100 (Episode # 434)

Songwriter, recording artist, and author Dennis Welch is a master storyteller. With over 500 songs, two books, and many concerts, Dennis creates a place to find yourself and love. Today, Wurld records released his newest recording project, “If I Live to Be a Hundred.” His previous collection, “What Love Makes Us Do” also produced by Little River Band Guitarist Rich Herring, made the first grammy ballot in five categories.

Privileged to write with some of the great songwriters: Allen Shamblin, Monte Warden, Fletch Wiley, Will Callery, and Lenny Cochrun, Dennis joins Dr. Karen today to talk about creativity, inspiration, calling, God’s blessings, and cautionary tales for executive leaders. Also hear five songs from the new release!

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