10 Ways to Lead Your Team to Greatness – with Barbara Corcoran

July 18, 2014
Hosted by Olivia Parr-Rud

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Entrepreneurs, business managers and salespeople alike benefit from lessons in how to get people moving on the path to greatness. Barbara Corcoran, who built The Corcoran Group, New York’s largest real estate company, is an expert in the art of leading a team to success. From hiring the right people and firing the wrong ones, establishing an atmosphere that breeds innovation, persisting when all the chips are down and creating fun in the workplace, Barbara has developed and fine-tuned her unique and winning strategies. Join us and learn how to build a powerful team that will break through barriers, inspire collaboration, ignite innovation, and produce benefits that permeate every aspect of your business.

Quantum Business Insights with Olivia Parr-Rud

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In today’s fast-paced, high-tech, global economy, the business landscape is constantly changing. The confluence of big data, emerging technologies, and global connectivity puts unprecedented pressure on companies to become more innovative and agile. To maintain a competitive edge, companies must constantly adapt while continuing to identify and exploit new opportunities. Interestingly, new models are emerging from science and nature that offer a unique perspective – one that sees our global economy as a highly interconnected, continually evolving complex adaptive system. These models unveil powerful insights for optimizing our business strategies and processes. Each week on Quantum Business Insights, Olivia explores these concepts with thought leaders from around the globe. We look for ways to leverage their insights to ignite innovation, inspire our workforce, and create positive outcomes for our companies, our communities, and the planet.

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Olivia Parr-Rud

Olivia Parr-Rud

Olivia Parr-Rud is a renowned thought-leader, speaker, author, and consultant in the areas of business intelligence, innovative leadership, and organizational alignment. She is considered a pioneer in the integration of data science and holistic organizational practices that deliver success through the optimal blending of quantitative and qualitative methodologies and practices.

Her early research and innovative advancements in data mining and business intelligence led to the writing of her best-selling book, Data Mining Cookbook, Modeling for Acquisition, Risk and Customer Relationship Management (Wiley, 2001). Realizing the need for enhanced human competencies in fast-paced, high-tech organizations, she was inspired to conduct research in the areas the communication, collaboration, innovation, adaptability, and leadership. This led to the unveiling of links between the global economy, organizational dynamics and complexity science, highlighted in her second book, Business Intelligence Success Factors, Aligning for Success in a Global Economy (Wiley/SAS, 2009).

Olivia lectures and consults internationally in the areas of business intelligence, communication, innovation, and leadership. Her current research is focused on psychology, human capital, brain science, quantum physics, evolutionary biology, systems theory, and complexity science. She holds a BA in Mathematics and an MS in Statistics.

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Judi Neal, Ph.D.

Judi Neal, Ph.D., is Chairman of Edgewalkers International, a coaching and consulting firm and author of Edgewalkers: People and Organizations that Take Risks, Build Bridges and Break New Ground. She retired as Dir. of the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace at the Univ. of Ark. She was the founder of The Int. Center for Spirit at Work, and the Int. Spirit at Work Awards. Judi co-authored The Spirit of Project Management with Alan Harpham. She is the editor of The Handbook for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace, and author of Creating Enlightened Organizations: Four Gateways to Spirit at Work. She co-founded the Management, Spirituality and Religion Interest Group at the Academy of Management as well as the Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion. She is Professor Emeritus at the Univ. of New Haven, as well as Academic Dir. of the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership at the Graduate Institute. Learn more about judi at www.edgewalkers.org. View Guest page

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Tom Oliver

Tom Oliver is a social entrepreneur, author, artist, philanthropist, and visionary. He has worked with world leaders such as the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu as well as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies throughout the world. Based on a vision and grassroots effort, Tom Oliver created the World Peace Foundation and the World Peace Festival, which Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu has called “the most influential peace gathering in history.” He’s been called a “role model for the modern global social entrepreneur” by the founders of the Global Philanthropists Circle, the Rockefeller family, and the leading philanthropists of our time. His expertise is highly sought by various financial, academic, political, and corporate institutions such as the World Bank, the Manchester Business School, the Kellogg School of Management, the European Parliament, the United Nations, heads of state from Austria to India and China, and corporate powerhouses like Puma, Pepsi and Google. www.tom-oliver.com. View Guest page

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Eleni Pallas

Eleni Pallas is co-founder of Leaders for Good, a leadership design boutique that empowers leaders to solve today's organizational and societal challenges by humanizing the world. After 20 years working in global strategy and business development for clients such as Deloitte, The World Bank and Booz Allen Hamilton, Eleni began to see the connection between leadership style, human capital, and organizational success. Today, she focuses on leadership ecology−designing the internal and external environments needed to lead successfully over time, across varying contexts. She is highly skilled at helping leaders remain confident and stable during self-growth or tumultuous transitions such as mergers and acquisitions, business model changes, economic shifts, as well as transforming global, divisive teams into cohesive, game-changing pods. She has an MBA from George Washington Univ and a BS in from the Univ of MD. Clients include Cartier, Whole Foods, UC Berkeley, SFSU. Leaders-for-good.com View Guest page

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Gene Pease

Gene Pease, a CEO for over 25 years, brings his seasoned perspective to Vestrics, where he and his team translate their breakthrough statistical methodology into software and consulting to link human capital investments to ROI. Gene is a renown thought leader, author, and speaker at numerous industry events. He excels at building management teams in several stages including startup, early-stage development, and turn-around. His success at raising capital, developing businesses, and establishing strategic partnerships has earned his companies numerous awards. Vestrics (Capital Analytics) has been recognized by Bersin by Deloitte as a “2012 Bersin Learning Leader;” by the ROI Institute for “Best Innovative Approach to ROI” in 2011; by Gartner in 2009 and 2011 in their Hype Cycle for Human Capital Management; and by Gartner as its 2008 “Cool Vendor of the Year.” Gene has a Master’s Degree in Business in Entrepreneur and Venture Management and a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture. View Guest page

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Leslie Pratch, Ph.D.

Leslie Pratch, Ph.D., MBA is a clinical psychologist, author, and business consultant who advises private equity investors, boards of directors, and senior executives of both public and privately held companies in their leadership hiring decisions. In this capacity, she has conducted in-depth assessments of over 400 existing or potential CEOs or other top management. She continues to conduct research and publish in the area of personality and leadership. Leslie received her Ph.D in Psychology from Northwestern University, her MBA in Strategy and Finance from the University of Chicago, and her BA in Religion from Williams College. Her forthcoming book, Looks Good on Paper, will be published later this year. View Guest page

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Dr. Janice Presser

Dr. Janice Presser CEO of The Gabriel Institute, is a behavioral scientist and the architect of Teamability® - a completely new technology that measures how people will perform in teams. Dr. Presser has been engaged in the research and development of talent science for over 25 years. A recognized thought leader in qualitative assessment and human infrastructure management methods, she is the author of six books, including the new @DrJanice: Thoughts and Tweets on Leadership, Teamwork & Teamability®. Her forthcoming book, A Person is a 'Who', Not a 'What': Teamability and the Future of Work, will explore the theoretical and physical foundations of teaming, and the profound impact of teaming metrics on the structure, development, and leadership of teams. View Guest page

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Master Winston Price

Master Winston Price focuses on the practical interpersonal, and intrapersonal, relation skills gained by properly training in the Martial Arts; focusing on developing control of one’s physical self to better understand one’s mental and emotional being. Master Winston started studying Martial Arts in 1989. He instructed Tai Chi Chuan, Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, and Self-Defense at Indiana University in Bloomington for 10 years. He holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Hapkido through the U.S. Hapkido Federation, a 4th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and has trained Tai Chi Chuan and Ba Gua Zhang since 2000. Winston also has an extensive business background with over a decade and a half of marketing, advertising, sales, management and public relations experience. Master Winston has come to find that once you learn how to center yourself you are better able to interact with your personal and professional environments. You can learn more about master Winston at www.InternalMagnfication.com View Guest page

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Dr. G. Clotaire Rapaille

Dr. Rapaille is a global expert in Archetypal Marketing, Creativity and Innovation. His unique approach combines a psychoanalyst’s depth of analysis with a businessman’s attention to practical concerns. Author of 14 books, his bestselling The Culture Code is available in 12 languages. Dr. Rapaille’s technique for market research grew out of his work in the areas of psychology, social psychology, psychoanalysis and cultural anthropology. He developed a new process for understanding how we are imprinted for the first time by what he calls the Logic of Emotion – the code for each Cultural Archetype within the collective unconscious of a given culture. Dr. Rapaille’s world travels and research on product and brand archetypes for international corporations, have given him a fresh perspective on global business and the interactions among the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He lectures on culture codes, creativity, communication, cultural literacy and intercultural relations. View Guest page

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John Renesch

John Renesch is the Founder of FutureShapers, LLC, a company that forms executive peer groups which focus on conscious leadership, the nexus of his work since the early 1980s. He has published 14 books, the latest being The Great Growing Up, which was named the 2013 Grand Prize Winner for Non-Fiction by the Indie Book Awards. USC distinguished professor Warren Bennis, PhD calls John “a wise elder who shines with wisdom.” Stanford Business School Professor Emeritus Dr. Michael Ray calls him “a beacon lighting the path of the new paradigm in business.” The Futurist magazine calls John a “business visionary.” Learn more at www.renesch.com or www.futureshapers.com View Guest page

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Julie Roberts, Ph.D.

Julie Roberts, Ph.D. consults with groups and individuals to help them achieve their full potential. She specializes in personal and professional change that allows individuals and organizations to overcome obstacles to productivity. She teaches graduate courses in leadership, and conducts workshops that improve leadership skills, teaches energy psychology and conducts Family Constellation Workshops. Additional information about Julie is available at www.changeworksinc.com. Mercedes Alonso supports individuals in becoming more effective and compassionate leaders while helping organizations transform into vibrant communities of common purpose through strategic planning, leadership development, team building and change management. In addition to a master’s degree in education, Mercedes has a second masters in executive coaching and organizational consulting from The University of Pennsylvania. View Guest page

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Brian Robertson

Brian Robertson, partner at HolacracyOne, is a seasoned entrepreneur, organization builder, and recovering CEO - a job from which he now helps free others with Holacracy. As primary developer of Holacracy, Brian’s work allows leaders to release the reins of personal power and persuasion into a trustworthy and explicit governance process. Beyond joyfully crafting legal documents, Brian enjoys filling a broad variety of the company’s roles. He's particularly grateful to hold no fancy titles and wield no special powers, so he can show up as just another partner doing his part to support something he cares about. HolacracyOne, founded in early 2007, matured the Holacracy prototype into a comprehensive operating system and novel authority structure, and packaged it for implementation by other organizations. Holacracy is now an international movement with a broad community of practitioners and consultants facilitating its adoption across the globe. For more information, visit holacracy.org View Guest page

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Amy L Robinson

Amy L Robinson is an Executive Leadership Coach who supports high performing clients to ‘Aspire Higher’ in their business and lives. Through her leadership development coaching and management consulting business, Amy helps her clients to think about their most challenging work and life situations in a more healthy, holistic and empowering context by providing a new “tool box” of behaviors. Amy’s mission is to teach, influence, and inspire all of us to reach and live into our full potential. ‘Aspire Higher’ is Amy’s nationally-recognized women’s leadership group coaching program which attracts female leaders from Fortune 500 companies. She is certified through The Life Coach Institute, Rice University’s Foundation of Leadership program, The Mastery Group in the Field of Executive Coaching, Temple University’s Leadership and Management program, and Meyers-Brigg’s. Clients include BP, ORACLE, Dow Chemical, Baker Hughes, AIG, and Independence Blue Cross. More at www.AmyLRobinson.com. View Guest page

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Maria Moraes Robinson

Maria Moraes Robinson is an economist and consultant in strategy, change management and the Balanced Scorecard methodology. She started her career in 1994 in finance at BankBoston and Lloyd’s Bank. As a business consultant she helped to introduce Kaplan and Norton’s Balanced Scorecard methodology into Brazil across many sectors including telecoms, technology, petrochemicals, steel, energy, transportation and education. Her current work is focused on developing innovative new business courses which integrate the teachings and philosophy of Schumacher College, human values in education, and insights from complexity science with business strategy, change management, process and organizational redesign. Maria is a teacher and lecturer, and is the co-author of Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter, Strategy Management: Experiences and Lessons of Brazilian Companies and The Strategic Activist. Learn more at www.transitionconsciousness.org View Guest page

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Simon Robinson

Simon Robinson is an author and founder of Holonomics Education and Consulting, based in São Paulo, Brazil. He is co-author, along with Maria Moraes Robinson, of Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter. Simon was co-founder of Genie Internet, the award-winning world’s first mobile phone portal for the internet, where as Head of Music and Games he developed partnerships with global entertainment companies including MTV, EMI, Endemol and Big Brother. He began his career at BT Laboratories (British Telecom) in ergonomics and human factors, responsible for the user interfaces and the customer experience of fixed and mobile consumer products. In 1996 he became the Business Development Manager of BT Cellnet (now O2) responsible for smart phones, helping to develop global standards for internet and mobile phones. He has been responsible for new media strategies at MTV, Big Brother, Electronic Arts, Disney, Sky and Mirror Group. More at www.transitionconsciousness.org View Guest page

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Carol Sanford



Carol is a thought leader, business visionary, and author of 8 ground-breaking books. She believes we all want to create a better world and that business can and will play a major role. To that end, Carol has been leading major consulting change efforts in both Fortune 500 and new-economy businesses for over 35 years.

Her 2011 book, The Responsible Business: Reimagining Sustainability and Success, won numerous awards including 800CEOREAD, Top Five for General Business, and the CNBC top 12 Business Book. Her new book The Responsible Entrepreneur: Four Game-Changing Archetypes for Founders, Leaders, and Impact Investors has won numerous awards including the 800CEOREAD award, and the USA Int’l Book Awards, Winner, Entrepreneurship and Small Business.

These books are required reading at leading business schools including Harvard, Stanford, Haas Berkeley, and MIT. Her clients include Colgate (Europe/Africa), DuPont (US/CA/Asia/Europe), Intel, Agilent, Google, and Seventh Generation. www.carolsanford.com View Guest page

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Henri Schauffler

Henri Schauffler is a thought leader, management expert, and a seasoned small business specialist. He has 30 years of experience building, leading, and managing small businesses and non-profits, as well as coaching CEOs and managers in all aspects of business and organizational development. His particular expertise lies in marketing, sales, human resources, business development and strategic planning. Most recently, Henri was President of Times Digital Marketing, a digital marketing and printing company owned by The Washington Times Corporation. Prior to that tenure, he worked with small business owners in human resource outsourcing, which placed him as a trusted advisor to all aspects of the business. In the 1980’s and 1990’s Henri was a management development coach and trainer with such prestigious organizations as The Management Institute and New York University Seminars. www.ceofocus.com View Guest page

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John Spence

At age 26, John was named CEO of a Rockefeller foundation, overseeing projects in 20 countries and reporting directly to the Board Chairman, W. P. Rockefeller III. Twice, Trust Across America has named John as one of the Top 100 Business Thought Leaders in America and has been recognized by that organization on their global list of the top 100 Thought Leaders in the area of "Trustworthy Business Behavior." Since John established his firm in 1994, he has presented workshops, speeches and executive coaching to more than 300 organizations globally including; Microsoft, IBM, GE, Apple, Merrill Lynch, AT&T, Verizon, and many more. John is the author of four books, co-author of several more and has been a guest lecturer at over 90 colleges and universities across the US as well as an instructor at the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT. John currently serves as the Director of Best Practice Innovation for the Best Practice Institute and as an adviser/board member to several companies. View Guest page

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Andrea Sullivan

Andrea Sullivan, is President of BrainStrength Systems, a learning and performance organization providing training programs in, and presentations on, leadership development and personal mastery. An expert in learning design and facilitation, Andrea brings current neuroscience into her work with organizations to improve performance and culture, and with individuals to achieve their goals and dreams. Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology, and has introduced brain-compatible training programs into many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies such as Merck, Aetna, and Northrup Grumman.. The integration of the principles of brain function into training programs allows for an acceleration and depth of learning that translates into sustainable behavioral change. Clients benefit from customized programs that blend training with business coaching to produce an engaged, high-performing workforce and a strong, aligned organizational culture www.brainstrength.net View Guest page

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Michael Sussman

Michael Sussman is founder of OnTrackAmerica, a nonprofit organization helping the North American rail industry and government collaborate across agencies, companies, regions, and stakeholder groups. His consulting company, Strategic Rail Finance, applies collaborative principles to financing the most challenging situations, creating funding breakthroughs for its clients that incorporate multiple lenders and government entities. Sussman’s new company, E-Nact Solutions, LLC, is developing a software program that facilitates large-group, multi-stakeholder thinking and action-planning, including methods for resolving conflict and embracing wide-ranging perspectives and agendas. Sussman’s career in railroad finance, government consulting, and multiparty relations is designed to forge new ground in aligning commercial activity and related public policy to support the long-term, best interests of the common good. Learn more about Sussman at www.strategicrail.com or www.ontrackamerica.org. View Guest page

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John Tschohl

John Tschohl is called the “Guru of customer service” by USA Today, Time and Entrepreneur magazines. He is a best-selling author and internationally recognized service strategist and president of Service Quality Institute. For the last 31 years, he has solely focused on helping organizations drive a service culture and create a customer experience through his technology built on practicality, simplicity and common sense. With his credibility and focus on empowerment, he understands what drives success and has the ability to communicate these principles to top executives as well as their workforce. Featured on major television shows from Good Morning America, CNBC and PBS to USA Today’s cover story, newspapers, radio stations, and magazines, John’s technology and books are available in 11 languages, represented in over 45 countries, and 90 percent of Service Quality Institute’s business is international. Learn more about John at www.customer-service.com. View Guest page

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Bob Vanourek

Bob is a thought leader, author, and the former CEO of five companies from start-up to a $1 billion NY stock exchange company. Bob’s businesses have won numerous awards, including a Malcolm Baldrige Quality Prize and the Shingo Prize for Manufacturing Excellence. He co-authored Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations, a 2013 USA Best Book Awards Winner. His writing has been featured in numerous magazines. Bob has taught leadership at the University of Denver and Colorado Mountain College and is Chairman Emeritus of the Vail Leadership Institute. He’s consulted for and made leadership presentations to many corporations, non-profits, state, and local government organizations. He is a Baker Scholar graduate of the Harvard Business School and a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University. Bob has been named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America in 2013 and 2014. triplecrownleadership.com View Guest page

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Cindy Wigglesworth

In addition to a best-selling author, Cindy Wigglesworth, is founder and CEO of Deep Change, a multinational network of experienced leadership development consultants, executive coaches, leadership development trainers, team facilitators, and multiple intelligence experts. She and her partners work with highly successful leaders who strive to push themselves into the uppers limits of leadership capacity, i.e. leaders on the edge of greatness. Her company uses a proprietary approach ‐ the Deep Intelligence Diagnostic. We take a deep look into who you are as a person and who you are as an organization. We work to understand your role, your situation, your near‐term objectives and your unique gifts and vision. For more information on Cindy and her ground-breaking work, please visit www.deepchange.com. View Guest page

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Jonathan Wygant



Jonathan Wygant is CEO and founder of BigSpeak, Inc. one of the largest business-oriented speakers bureaus in North America focused on serving the Fortune 1000 and multinational companies worldwide. BigSpeak addresses the needs of corporations, associations, non-profits and government agencies by providing motivational speakers, thought leaders and subject matter experts as well as facilitating strategic change initiatives and executive development programs through BigSpeak. www.bigspeak.com View Guest page

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David Zeitler

David Zeitler, is founder and President of Zeitler Executive Dynamix, an executive coaching firm with a focus on sustainable leadership transformation. He also serves as Director of Coaching for Minds at Work, www.mindsatwork.com. David’s powerful approach comes from his unique blend of knowledge and experience from multiple disciplines. He spent years studying mindfulness practices with a focus on mind-body integration, including mediation and martial arts. He integrates these somatic-cognitive-emotional practices with his knowledge from his undergraduate training in neuroscience. David has worked with executives in healthcare, education, government, banking, finance, pharmaceuticals, and strategic consulting across corporate, non-profit, public, and private sectors. He currently divides his time between coaching leaders and advancing the coaching industry through research, publications, and training. Learn more about David’s work at www.mindfullnesscoach.biz. View Guest page

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Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva

Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva is a business owner, author, and educator working at the intersection of innovation, leadership, and sustainable growth. As a business owner, Nadya oversees a group of companies active in real estate, investment, and consulting. She teaches courses in leadership, strategy, change management, design thinking, and sustainability at business schools across the globe. Nadya chairs the Resourcefulness Advisory Board at OMV, an oil and gas company, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. In 2014, Nadya released her second book, “Overfished Ocean Strategy: Powering Up Innovation for Resource-Deprived World.” In 2011, she co-authored her first book, “Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage.” Her recent clients include Coca-Cola, ERG, Erste Bank, Henkel, Knauf Insulation, and Vienna Insurance Group. http://www.overfishedoceanstrategy.com View Guest page

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