Mark C. Crowley

Transformational Leadership For The 21st Century

What people feel in their hearts has profound influence over their motivation & workplace performance.
“In contrast to longstanding management thinking, the heart is the driving force of human achievement, and employee engagement is a decision of the heart.”
– Mark C. Crowley
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Jim Kouzes: A Leadership Giant!

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in Podcast | 0 comments

Podcast 001: Jim Kouses

Jim KouzesThirty-years ago, Jim Kouzes and his collaborator Barry Posner wrote “The Leadership Challenge” – a book that has sold 2.5 million copies (so far) and is taught in universities and management classes around the world.

As the author of five other best-selling leadership books, a consultant and a Fellow of Leadership at Santa Clara University’s Leavey Business School, Kouzes was one of the earliest people to urge managers to purposefully engage employees’ hearts.

There is simply no accident that Jim Kouzes is the first ever guest on the Lead From The Heart podcast. It simply couldn’t have been anyone but him to launch the effort. And early listeners have described this podcast as Kouzes’ “last lecture” in the sense that he does a truly magnificent job of distilling all of his proven management wisdom into a one hour discussion (where he holds court).

If you’re looking to be inspired while learning the key attributes of the most effective 21st Century managers, listening in will be time very well spent.

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Adam Bryant: Leadership Insights From Over 500 Corner Offices

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Podcast 002: Adam Bryant

Adam BryantImagine having the opportunity to interview hundreds of the world’s top CEOs and hear them describe their leadership philosophy, not to mention the successes and failures that shaped them as managers.

For eight years, Adam Bryant did that exact thing as the creator and writer of the New York Times’ highly popular “Corner Office” column.

As a journalist, Bryant developed and refined an exceptional ability to ask deep questions, pick up on nuance, probe for understanding — and come away with an unbiased conclusion of what makes C-Suite leaders tick.

And what he discovered about all of the 525 CEOs he interviewed is that none of them were completely alike — nor do they lead and manage exactly the same way.

Nevertheless, they did all share some very important commonalities (almost all were highly curious people, for example). And what makes this podcast so interesting comes from learning what these top executives collectively have to teach us that can help make us all better managers.

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Mark C. Crowley: Glad You’ve Joined Us!

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Podcast 000: Mark C. Crowley

The expression “Lead From The Heart” elicits different meanings to different people, so Mark uses his first podcast to introduce himself, his vision for the show and some clarity around his leadership philosophy. Interviewed by his friend and “Blip” author, Ken Boynton, Mark talks about his best-selling book, the kinds of guests he plans to bring on the podcast and why he believes listening in will be highly worthwhile for anyone seeking to excel as a 21st Century leader.


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Here’s Why Bill Gates Calls Steven Pinker’s “Enlightenment Now” The Greatest Book He’s Ever Read

Posted by on Mar 3, 2018 in Current Affairs, Leadership, Wisdom From Other Authors | 0 comments

As I started reading Steven Pinker’s new bestseller, Enlightenment Now: The Case For Reason, Science, Humanism And Progress, I must admit I was curious to learn why Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, called it the greatest book he’s ever read.

And after making it through only a few pages of the preface, I thought I had my answer. Harvard psychology professor, Pinker packs more information into his sentences than any mere mortal could ever accomplish. Filled with astonishing erudition, brilliant references, and stunning conclusions, this is a book written by a genius for geniuses! The thought even crossed my mind that only a Mensa member could fully benefit from this book. “No wonder Gates loves this!”

But as I kept reading through its nearly 500 pages, I soon realized my initial assessment was entirely wrong. Gates didn’t herald this book for its style. He lauded it for it’s research – and for Pinker’s perfect timing in urging readers to start embracing optimism instead of the negativity that pervades so much of today’s discourse and thinking.

“Ordinary people think the world is going to hell in a hand basket,” Pinker writes, “and a solid majority of us believe our country is headed in the wrong direction.” And it’s easy to see why people feel this way. “Every day the news is filled with stories about war, terrorism, crime, pollution, inequality, drug abuse and oppression. We never see a journalist report live from a country to say ‘war has not broken out here.’”

In response, Pinker fills his book with chapter upon chapter of evidence that proves human life is only getting progressively better. We have fewer wars, less violence, more freedoms – and life expectancy has increased by 10 years in just the past half century. In areas of health, wealth, equality, the environment and overall wellbeing, all of it is ascending.

Consider these compelling examples of how life is actually improving:

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