Showing Up Courageously at Work

July 23, 2018
Hosted by Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio

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You’ve probably attended those “town hall” meetings where, when it comes time for Q & A, only a few souls—most of whom have been put up to the task by HR—ask a question or venture a comment? Or maybe you’ve heard stories like the one a friend shared with me. He told me that, after hearing from several of her direct reports, a senior leader said to them, “I really want your thoughts, so can somebody please say something that goes beyond repeating and agreeing with what I’ve already said?” Why are we so frightened of sharing our thoughts and opinions? What are we afraid of? Join Lisa Parker, author of Managing the Moment: A Leader's Guide to Building Executive Presence One Interaction at a Time and President and Founder of Heads Up Coaching and Consulting, and me for a frank conversation on fear and courage in the world of work. We’ll talk about what stops us from sharing our thoughts and, perhaps most important, what we risk by remaining silent.

Work Life Confidential

Work Life Confidential

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Work Life Confidential tackles problems at the workplace, home, and in life that are rarely mentioned because they’re uncomfortable or taboo. Or, the problems are so common that, like the air we breathe, we accept them with no questions asked. The host, guests, and listeners who call in break the silences and find solutions. We discuss how some of our workplaces are making us sick and what to do about it, why managers do nothing to stop bad behavior even when it includes warning signs for violence, and why saying “I’m racist, sexist, and homophobic” can be a good thing. On the home front, we talk about why couples should pay more attention to power than communication skills, how not to be the parents whose child throws tantrums in public, and how to help our kids navigate sex, drugs, and money. The legendary Mr. Rogers said, “If it’s mentionable, it’s manageable.” This show proves the value of his words. It’s for everyone who wants to trade silence for solutions and honest talk.

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Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio

Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio

Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio, MSW, LMFT is an award-winning author, speaker, leadership consultant, and family therapist. In 2017, Ken retired from his role as Vice President, Health and Wellness, at Prudential and founded GreenGate Leadership(r), a firm that provides keynotes, leadership training, consultation, and coaching.

At Prudential, Ken was responsible for behavioral health services for US employees, leadership consulting internationally, and violence prevention. His team's work led Prudential to receive the American Psychological Association's 2017 Organizational Excellence Award. Ken received the 2017 Leadership Award from the Employee Assistance Society of North America and was named 2016 Corporate Leader of the Year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s NYC Metro Chapter.

Ken is a monthly NBC TV affiliate on-air guest and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Fast Company, Bloomberg, Ignites, Entrepreneur, Fox Business News, Chicago Tribune, Inc. Magazine, Working Mother, HR Executive and other media.

His books include Simple Habits of Exceptional (But Not Perfect) Parents, The Pet Loss Companion: Healing Advice from Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups, and Making Love, Playing Power: Men, Women, and the Rewards of Intimate Justice. Ken has published many articles in the family therapy literature. A husband and father, Ken’s passions include fitness, permaculture, and animal companions of every description.

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