A critically Important Responsibility of any Leader that is too often overlooked

June 10, 2015
Hosted by Jim Blackburn

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A major reason that many of today's business organizations are in chronic struggle is the lack of understanding of the basic differences between leading an organization and managing within an organization. In this edition of “The SURVE Hour”, listeners will hear about how the two roles, which are typically described as one and the same, are not interchangeable as each has very distinctly different responsibilities to their respective organizations. Listeners will hear about the importance of each role while at the same time learn about how destructive these roles become when assumed to be one and the same. In conversation about this most intriguing topic with host Jim Blackburn will be Chris King, the dynamic Athletic Director of the newly formed U. of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Chris has extensive experience in both roles, and has a wealth of knowledge about the importance of each.

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The SURVE Hour is a different kind of listening experience. This counterintuitive broadcast has been created as a conversation inviting you to be part of the bigger conversation. Each broadcast will consist of an insightful and provocative conversation between Jim Blackburn and a guest who will share how she or he is seeing and experiencing his or her world differently as a business leader, educator, or parent.

The SURVE broadcasts will be of interest to those of us responsible for overseeing the work and development of other people. A wide range of topics will be discussed in a format that will challenge your current beliefs about your awareness of such things as the side effects of busyness and how it undermines core values, the unspoken causes of burnout, the double-edged sword called success, how competing limits growth, the redefinition of work, and how the majority of our struggles are self-imposed, and more.

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Jim Blackburn

Jim Blackburn

Jim Blackburn founded the consulting firm SURVE Partners in 1995 based on his observations of the crucial need for the development of strong leadership acumen and acuity at all levels of business management. His work has been with executives of public companies, owners of family businesses, and their management teams facilitating SURVE’s unique learning process that focuses on talent development as a key differentiator in a business’s sustainable success. This personalized learning process contributes to the significant increase in a leader’s ability to work more productively with and through other people. The process, known as “SURVE Learning” has resulted in the development of high-impact leaders as well as increased workforce productivity for businesses that include such brand names as Sara Lee, ConAgra, CRAYOLA, Merrill Lynch, MetLife, Lincoln Financial, Prudential, and more.

Jim is also an author having published his first book, “seeds of Intent”, in 2011. This Amazon Best-Seller was written with the intention of helping the reader discover how to create a more fulfilling and meaningful way of life while experiencing less worry, fear and/or struggle.

Jim is a graduate of Kent State University and has completed Post-Graduate Studies at The Harvard Business School and The American College. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the U. of Iowa and UNC Business Schools.

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Rebecca Bagley


Vice Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh
Rebecca serves as Vice Chancellor for Economic Partnerships and is responsible for cultivating and developing public and private partnerships that advance the University of Pittsburgh's regional and national economic impact. Her responsibilities include serving as a liaison with local and national leaders in government, business and various communities on matters pertaining to economic development initiatives. Rebecca was formerly the President/CEO of NorTech, a Cleveland technology-focused organization whose primary focus was to contribute to the strengthening of Northeast Ohio's economic vitality by accelerating the pace of innovation in the region. Prior to joining NorTech, Rebecca served as Deputy Secretary for the Technology Investment Office of the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. Rebecca also has investment banking experience where she advised energy and technology companies on mergers and acquisitions. View Guest page

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Nancy Sommers Board


After receiving her accounting degree from the University of Maryland, Nancy was a practicing CPA prior to deciding to devote full-time to raising her children and supporting her husband’s professional endeavors. She soon realized she needed to stay involved in activities beyond her family, so she volunteered to serve on various non-profit boards usually in the capacity of Treasurer. As a volunteer treasurer, she led numerous large capital campaigns as well as watched over the financial affairs of many non-profit organizations in the Research Triangle Area of North Carolina. Nancy’s next opportunity to serve will be as a Hospice Support Volunteer for Transitions Hospice of Wake County. Nancy is the mother of four grown children, a grandmother and currently lives in Raleigh, NC. Her additional interests include documentation of her family’s history, her fitness program, Italian cuisine, NCAA sports and travel. View Guest page

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Chris King


Chris King is in his sixth year as Director of Athletics at The University of Texas-Pan American, which is currently transitioning into The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. King has led UTPA Athletics through unprecedented growth while laying a foundation for continued improvement. His most significant accomplishment was securing a spot in the Western Athletic Conference, providing all programs access to NCAA Championship automatic qualifiers for the first time since 1998. Additionally, UTPA Athletics built a new soccer and track & field complex, secured the donation of the baseball stadium from the City of Edinburg, and completed close to 2 million dollars in renovations, including a new weight room and renovations to the basketball and tennis facilities. The departmental cumulative grade point average is 3.07. This past spring, 129 of 220 student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA or higher, including 18 4.0s. The graduation success rate has increased from 54-75 percent from 2010-15. View Guest page

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Susan Nastasi


Susan Nastasi is a Regional Sales Director with a US based global financial services company. Her primary responsibilities are to contribute to the growth and development of the company’s financial advisors throughout the company’s Eastern Region of the United States. Her financial services career began 25 years ago in Florida advising clients how to plan for retirement while preserving and protecting their life savings. Throughout Susan’s career, she has been recognized for her exceptional sales accomplishments as well as for her ongoing mentoring and developing of other sales professionals as they strived to reach their full potential.

Susan has served as a council member at her church, the Board of Directors with Women in the Arts, coached undefeated basketball teams and has been a mentor for Big Brother Big Sister in Orlando. 

Susan is a graduate of Clemson University and currently resides in Florida with her two children, Megan and Matthew. 
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Morrie Shechtman


Morrie Shechtman, Chairman of Fifth Wave Leadership, a human capital development firm that works with key decision-makers, has consulted worldwide about managing disruptive change, creating growth-oriented self-sustaining corporate cultures, and developing leaders who impact bottom line results and quality of life. He has lectured on the connection between personal and professional transformation and productivity throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Australia, India and New Zealand. He has authored Working Without A Net: How To Survive And Thrive In Today’s High Risk Business World and Fifth Wave Leadership: The Internal Frontier. He has been a national policy advisor to the United States House of Representatives Leadership Council and guest lectured the World Economic Summit. Past clients are Hewlett-Packard, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, McGraw-Hill, Time Warner, Allianz Life, United Technologies, and The Young Presidents Organization. View Guest page

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