In this interview, I talk with Roman Travers on Magic Talk Radio about the significance of Joe Biden’s victory, and tracing your resilience and well-being, especially in a year like 2020.
BIDEN'S VICTORY Joe Biden’s victory signifies the importance of character and empathy in leadership.
Four years ago, Trump won on the promise that he would change things (drain the swamp). He had no track record as a political leader, but people trusted his business experience. Four years later, he has a record – and it certainly is not pretty. America got to see a lot about his character, perhaps the major reason he was defeated.
RESILIENCE Anxiety & depression have spiked in a number of countries, including New Zealand. It is very important for people to look after themselves with a greater sense of purpose and proactivity.
Three resilience factors from 2015 article in the Harvard Business Review:
The ability to accept staunch reality quickly
Deeper meaning to life | Ability to take the long view
2020. What a year so far! In this interview, I'm reunited with Roman Travers on Magic Talk Radio and talk about the year to date, and reflect on the importance of leadership, resilience, and positive energy in times like this.
Prior to the global COVID-19 pandemic, I talked with L. David Marquet, a top graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and commander of the nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine USS Santa Fe from 1999 to 2001. As commander, he transformed the sub from “worst to first,” and achieved the highest retention and operational standings in the navy.
In this interview, David discussed his realisation that the traditional leadership approach of “take control, give orders,” wouldn’t work. He “turned his ship around” by treating the crew as leaders, not followers, and giving control, not taking control.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I talked with John Spence, one of the top 100 business thought leaders in America. In this interview, John discussed his interesting path through the education system, his work with global executives, and his thoughts on leadership and navigating the ever-changing business world. As the interview was conducted prior to COVID, so many of the points discussed are more pertinent now than ever before.
Dr. Harold Hillman discusses the importance of 'building your personal brand' with Roman Travers from Magic Talk Radio.
When we think about a brand, we usually think about something in retail – something that we purchase – and are even very loyal to. Do the same principles apply with your personal brand? Can you build loyalty through your personal brand?
Where do you start? Is there a basic framework for how to build your personal brand? Harold discusses the things to focus on.
Can you over-engineer your brand – to the point where it starts to feel manufactured and inauthentic?
Dr. Hillman talks with Dr. Charlotte Roberts about navigating and embracing change and uncertainty in the world. Charlotte offers some great insights and practical tips on how we can navigate through this turbulent time.
Charlotte's Bio Dr. Charlotte Roberts is an executive consultant, speaker and writer who focuses on organizations’ sustainability and competitiveness. She is co-author of two cutting-edge leadership books with her colleagues Peter Senge, Art Kleiner, Rick Ross, Bryan Smith and George Roth. The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization is a practical guidebook used for creating an enduring competitive advantage; over a million copies have been sold worldwide. Their second Fieldbook, The Dance of Change: The Challenges of Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations (1999) maps a pathway to sustaining system-wide change beyond the leadership team’s personal drive and commitment. In 2007 Dr. Roberts’ research, “Executives’ Fractured Spirit and Dissociation at Work,” was published in The Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, an international refereed journal.
Empathy is a word that is being used a lot over the past few months. Given its relevance in how we all make our way through the pandemic, I thought it might be helpful to unpack the meaning behind the word. We last talked about empathy at the top of the year, making a distinction between sympathy and empathy – using the Christchurch shootings as the backdrop. Now in the face of a global pandemic, the word empathy is being used a lot. It is no longer abstract for people; it has become very real. Given its relevance in how we make our way together through the pandemic, I thought it might be helpful to unpack the meaning behind the word. There are three elements of empathy: (1) Cognitive, (2) Emotional, (3) Compassionate. I would like to quickly walk the audience through the three elements and what each might look like in the current context.
DISCUSSION POINTS: 1. How does empathy fall into the broader realm of emotional intelligence? How has EQ been put to the test over the past few months? Is it living up to the premise that it outweighs IQ, especially in a crisis? 2. What is Empathy? (Perhaps the distinction between sympathy and empathy) 3. Three elements of empathy • Cognitive – to understand • Emotional – to feel • Compassionate – to act
Before COVID 19, one of the biggest factors that caused burnout was the inability to keep work out of your personal space. For many people who are now working virtually, that fine line has disappeared. Many people are working harder, even longer hours in what may become part of the ‘new normal.’ The American Psychological Association has done extensive research on ‘psychologically healthy workplaces’ and validates that burnout is a true syndrome that can take a huge toll on the mental and physical health of employees. Women under 30 (millennials) are particularly susceptible to burnout, especially with self-imposed pressures to succeed early and often balancing the demands of home and work.
POINTS OF DISCUSSION: 1. What is burnout? Are there certain jobs where it is more prevalent? 2. What causes burnout? 3. What are the symptoms of burnout? 4. What can you do to prevent it, or get back on top of it?
There is a model called ‘situational leadership,’ which requires leaders to adjust their way of leading depending on the circumstances they are facing. COVID-19 definitely qualifies as a ‘crisis’ – which means that leaders have had to adjust their style over the past month to keep their teams positive and moving forward in these uncharted waters.
DISCUSSION POINTS INCLUDE: 1. What’s is the general take on how businesses and teams are working their way through the COVID-19 crisis? 2. What is situational leadership? 3. What are we learning about the kind of leadership required to take people through a crisis scenario like COVID-19?
Today, I discussed the topic of ''COVID-19: Our New Normal' with Roman Travers from Magic Talk Radio.
DISCUSSION POINTS INCLUDE: 1. An update from my daughter and her recovery 2. Ways to Counter Fear, Panic and Anxiety 3. The Worst of Times Brings out the Best in People 4. Workplace Flexibility is Working