The Challenge to Change as CEO

June 28, 2017
Hosted by Pam Lassiter

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Pam Lassiter, Host of the CEO Academy, interviews Dr. Peter Hirst, Assoc Dean, Executive Education, at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Ralph S. Sheridan, former CEO of American Science & Engineering and member of the global leadership team for Young Presidents Organization – Gold on CEO Academy about “The Challenge to Change as CEO.” Faster, smarter, and constant change for leaders is a given, they agree. Four types of change that you, as a leader, can initiate to improve your nimbleness and results are discussed. One is prioritizing the glut of information that constantly surrounds you, a second is developing a choice of leadership styles so you can select an appropriate one for the situation, and the third and fourth you’ll hear as you’re listening. Come join us!

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You’re the competitive advantage. If you don’t keep your professional edge sharply honed, how can you and your company continue to succeed? Who else is going to plan your professional growth for you? Good news! Pam Lassiter, your host on CEO Academy, is your partner and she is here to help you stay ahead of the game.

Our show addresses your most pressing questions about setting up your success. How do you develop a plan for becoming the CEO? How do you scale your company to international success? How do you negotiate and influence on behalf of yourself and your stakeholders? How do you motivate your employees and the company to follow your leadership? When and how do you shift your leadership style?

Whether you are currently a CEO or are on your way to becoming one, having the right answers to these questions will set you apart as a leader. We’ll cover these topics and others related to your professional growth on your trusted source for career success.

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Pam Lassiter

Pam Lassiter

Pam Lassiter improves your competitive edge and success at work. Author of The New Job Security, recipient of the Wall Street Journal’s Editor’s Choice Award, she is Principal of Lassiter Consulting, a global career management firm that co-creates paths with you to the work goals that you seek.

For over 30 years, Pam has worked with senior executives through her private practice, with global coaching firms, and with Harvard Business School’s Executive Education global leaders as they move into leadership roles. Lassiter teaches “Career Leadership” at Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education, leads the career series for HBS Boston Alumni, and gives keynote speeches to organizations and professional associations who know that growing their people will grow their business. Her interviews are on television and in business publications including Fast Company, Fortune, The Financial Times, Bloomberg radio, Financial News Network and CFO.

Her private clients are up-skilling their leadership competencies at their companies, are either confidentially transitioning into new companies or going through outplacement, or are planning active retirements. Her corporate clients need discreet coaching for senior leaders or outplacement and transition coaching during change.

Pam serves on multiple boards and coaches clients about strategies for including boards in your professional development.

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June 2017

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Dr. Peter Hirst

Dr. Peter Hirst is Associate Dean, Executive Education, at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He leads partnerships to develop, design, and deliver innovative executive education programs for global clients. Formerly CEO of the commercialization, consulting, and executive education business of the London School of Economics, he has over 20 years of experience in international strategy and technology consulting. He is past president of the British American Business Council of New England and is co-chair of the Education Working Group of the Internet of Things World Forum. Peter earned a PhD from the University of St Andrews, Scotland in plasma physics and microwave engineering. He was appointed Westminster Fellow and advised MPs and Peers on policy issues in the physical sciences, defense, and IT. In 2012, Peter was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his service to British and American business and academia interests. Guest Dr. Peter Hirst

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John Humphrey

John is Chair of Humphrey Enterprises, a private equity company, and CEO of Humphrey Companies. a holding company that includes Hadley Products, Corvac Composites, and Nelson Metal Products, an automotive castings supplier. Nelson was named GM Supplier of the Year for 3 consecutive years then acquired. John co-founded the Forum Corporation which became the global market leader in corporate training. It was acquired by Pearson as it provided outsourced training to over 1mm people globally in 13 languages. On the non-profit side, John was national Chair of the American Society of Training and other organizations, receiving several life time achievement awards. He is currently serving as Chair Emeritus of the Boston Ballet.
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Bruce Walton

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Tom Wilson

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