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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Brad Staats: A Framework For Staying Relevant In A Rapidly Changing World

Posted by on Mar 22, 2019 in Podcast | 0 comments

When we consider the future of our careers, most of us fully realize that the only way we can ensure our continued relevance & viability is by learning & growing.

We know we have a need to get increasingly better at our existing jobs while, at the same time, preparing ourselves to do entirely new things.  And given the many challenges we already have on our plates, most of us feel oppressed & overwhelmed by these demands.

It would therefore be especially helpful if we had informed guidance on how to acquire new knowledge & skills during our normal work days – & that’s the theme of this podcast.

After 15 years of research – including as an MBA & Ph.D student at the Harvard Business School – University of North Carolina professor, Brad Staats, became an expert on learning.  And what he discovered is that most of us aren’t good learners in any environment. In his words, we’re actually “supremely” bad at learning – news that would be rather discouraging were there no remedies.

It turns out we routinely get in the way of our own growth. For starters, we hate to experience failure, & therefore intentionally avoid taking on challenges that often deliver profound new wisdom. We also have a strong inclination for answering questions rather than asking them (another blow to learning) – and our need to feel busy in every given moment takes us away from the reflection & relaxation known to cement new knowledge into our brains.

In his new book, “Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself & Thrive,” Staats shows us that there are several ways we  limit our own growth & development – and understanding how to correct all of these blind spots is the key to becoming a dynamic learner.

In this podcast, Staats shares some powerful research – not to mention many wonderfully illustrative anecdotes – that will bring your understanding of learning to an entirely new level.  Stanford Business School business school professor, Bob Sutton calls “Never Stop Learning,” “the best book ever written on learning,” and you’ll understand why after you hear the rapid-fire insights Brad Staats shares.

Get ready to be a dynamic learner – you’re going to need it!

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Amy Edmondson: Why Psychological Safety Breeds Exceptionally High Performing Teams

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in Podcast | 0 comments

Harvard Business School professor, Amy Edmondson, is one of the world’s top experts on building highly cohesive, cooperative and productive teams.

And much of her expertise comes from her decades of research into “Psychological Safety,” recently confirmed by Google to be the single most important quality found in all super-achieving groups.

Simply put, psychological safety means that people work in environments where they feel comfortable expressing & being themselves. They know they can speak up without fear of being humiliated, ignored or blamed – & it’s because their leaders fully accept that fostering this kind of workplace promotes exceptional performance.

Today’s Harvard MBA students are not only learning the profound importance of psychological safety in leadership, but also the most effective ways of building it into their overall management philosophy.

The good news for those of us who don’t attend Harvard is that Dr. Edmondson shares many of her same remarkable insights on this podcast – a discussion that’s focused on her best-selling new book, “The Fearless Organization – Creating Psychological Safety In The Workplace For Learning, Innovation & Growth.”

If your goal is to manage teams that routinely & repeatedly excel, Amy Edmondson has the formula you’ll want to follow.

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