A Podcast About Exemplary Leadership

#32: Speak Up, Stand Up | Dr. Chris Johnson on Becoming Fierce

Can your voice be heard?  Is your value being recognized?

Dr. Chris Johnson has joined me again in this episode to discuss a foundational leadership capability:  the ability to speak up about the value we personally bring to our work.  Our conviction is contagious and compelling, inspiring others to trust and believe in us as well.

Note:  Our first conversation was Episode #25  The Leadership Pause

Episode 33  | 46:53 min   | December 22, 2020

Sofiya Deva This Same Sky

#31: What’s Your Cathedral Story? | Jonathan Haberkorn

Are you completing a task or working towards a bigger vision?  If you have a Cathedral Story, your work, your goals – your life will have more meaning.

As the co-founder of Intrizen, Jonathan Haberkorn specializes in making sense of complex processes and organizing them in a way that emphasizes human interactions first.  By prioritizing the people who will be using the system and through promoting connections, Jonathan’s purpose fuels his craft.

Episode 31  | 40:32 min   | December 8, 2020

Sofiya Deva This Same Sky

#30: Local Economy Multipliers | Michael H. Shuman

Shop local is a mantra we’re hearing – and hopefully practicing – more often these days.   Did you know we can also invest local?  Michael H. Shuman is an expert in local economies.  He’s a lawyer, economist, entrepreneur, author and activist when it comes to local.  We cover the positive social and economic impact of local investment and talk about challenges and new solutions local business owners face.  Hint: those that innovate – teaming up with like-minded small businesses in their vicinity, crowdsourcing, engaging their customers – are more likely to thrive.


Episode 30  | 34:36 min   | December 1, 2020

Sofiya Deva This Same Sky

#29: How to Own Your Attention | Seth Braun

Our attention is in demand.  It’s up to us to know how to keep it focused on what matters most so that we spend more time enjoying what’s in front of us:  other humans, nature, pets, art, etc.  Managing our attention also provides a pathway for bringing our unique gifts to the world. Join me and Seth Braun as we explore the grander implications of Attention Management and a few strategies for living and working with intention.


Episode 29  |  37:02 min   | November 24, 2020

Sofiya Deva This Same Sky

#28: A High-Integrity Coaching Ecosystem, with  Jerry Magar

I called in a lifeline for this one.  I wanted to talk about the importance of a supportive ecosystem when engaging in leadership coaching and didn’t like what I was producing on my own.  So when my esteemed colleague, Jerry Magar, offered to interview me, I gladly accepted. And he delivered!


Episode 28  |  32:15 min   | November 18, 2020

Sofiya Deva This Same Sky

#27: Offering Goodness, Truth + Beauty| Sofiya Deva, This Same Sky

Sofiya Deva didn’t waver from her commitment to launch a new business, This Same Sky, even in the face of a pandemic.  She was unwilling to turn away from any of her ‘loves’ – of beauty, for supporting multi-generational artisans, ethical and sustainable fashion and her self-described geeky love of strategy and business.  I believe Jim Collins would give her an A+ in building a business with a clear Core Ideology (Vision, Purpose, Values).  Listen in and you’ll also be gifted with Sofiya’s reading of This Same Sky’s brand poem.


Episode 27  |  43:52 min   | November 3, 2020

Sofiya Deva This Same Sky

#26: A Vaccine Against Closed-Mindedness | Jay G. Cone

Jay Gordon Cone Ph.D. has decades under his belt working with leadership teams to build successful strategies and navigate challenging times. These days he is also focusing his considerable intellectual horsepower and passion on creating a “vaccine against mind traps and closed-mindedness”.

Jay believes if we can boost our immunity to chaos, we can respond with creativity and compassion rather than paralysis and tribalism.  Join us as we talk about bias, quicksand questions, and four disciplines for getting unstuck.


Episode 26  |   51:29 min   | October 27, 2020

Jay Cone

#25: The Leadership Pause | Dr. Chris Johnson

Dr. Chris Johnson’s background combines psychology, Aikido (she’s a 3rd degree Black Belt!) and mindfulness training.  The result is a powerful and pragmatic approach for moving wisdom into action.  We talk about Embodied Leadership and the importance of creating a Leadership Pause habit.


Episode 25  |   36:30 min   | October 20, 2020

Jennifer Touchet lead a bold community vision

#24: Leadership, Wellbeing + Ethnicity | Renee Moorefield & Jane Cocking

Renee Moorefield and Jane Cocking share important findings from research they conducted on the relationships between leadership, ethnicity, and thriving. Based on data from 900+ leaders in the BWLW database, Black and Hispanic leaders who completed surveys about their well-being scored significantly higher than leaders who identify as white or Asian. To gain a better understanding, Jane and Renee interviewed 20+ leaders across a wide swathe of industries and ethnic identifications to unpack the data. 


Episode 24  |   48:12 min   | October 13, 2020

Renee Moorefield, CEO of Wisdom Works and creator of the Be Well Lead Well Pulse assessement
Jane Cocking

#23: Taking a Collective Stand | Achieving a Bold Stakeholder Vision

This episode is being re-published because the content feels incredibly relevant given our political and social environment.  In the late-1990s Jennifer Touchet and a group of committed citizens took a clear and unified stand against a powerful and complex system and won!  They used positive political strategies based on a win-win-win approach and intentional inclusivity.


Episode 23  |    41:18 min   | October 6, 2020

Jennifer Touchet lead a bold community vision

#22: Social Impact | From Idea to Enterprise with Suzanne Smith

Organizations committed to sustainable change bake it into their business model.  There are a host of labels and designations for those that “do good”: conscious capitalism, social impact, social entrepreneurship, BCorp, etc. In this episode, we explore the differences and how they function. Suzanne Smith, founder & CEO of Social Impact Architects and adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and the University of Texas at Arlington unpacks it for us.


Episode 22  |    45:43 min   | September 29, 2020

Suzanne Smith, Founder Social Impact Architects

#21: Owning Your Value | Key Elements to Authenticity and Personal Power

There are times in our professional lives where we need to advocate for ourselves. – to take a stand. Recognizing our worth and being able to communicate it isn’t rude, nor is it bragging.  But it can be uncomfortable.  Owning our value supports our authenticity, which liberates our spirit and launches excellent performance.  


Episode 21  |    13:27 min   | September 22, 2020

Gloria Park, PhD

#20: Silicon Mountain | Finding Multi-Stakeholder Wins in the eWaste industry

Hillary and Joel Patterson transformed a business opportunity into a passion project.  After designing ERP solutions for clients in the electronic waste recycling industry, they jumped into the fascinating world of recycling, repair and redistribution of the electronics we regularly toss in our trash.   They became SO passionate that they privately funded and produced a documentary, Silicon Mountain.


Episode 20  |   37:28 min   | September 15, 2020

Gloria Park, PhD
Gloria Park, PhD

#19: Achieving Workforce Excellence | Trudy Bourgeois: Equality, Inclusion + Diversity Expert

Trudy Bourgeois came to the work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) reluctantly.  She wanted ‘nothing to do with’ previous ineffective efforts to improve DEI in organizations.  Yet the work kept calling her.  As a former executive in a Fortune 500 consumer products company she brings pragmatism and passion. And results.


Episode 19  |   39:19 min   | September 8, 2020

Gloria Park, PhD

#18: Using Poetry to Expand Perspective | Start Close In

Poetry can be a powerful developmental tool to help high-achieving personalities transcend the linear and analytical world of business in order to integrate a world of beauty and whole-system thinking.  Rick Voirin has incorporated poetry in his coaching and leadership for years and has seen firsthand the profound impact that it can have in professional growth and self-development. In this special episode, LeeAnn and Rick discuss the work of author and poet David Whyte, and how the poem “Start Close In” directs us to take the first step that leads to change.


Episode 18  |   33:17 min   | September 1, 2020

Gloria Park, PhD

#17: Building Trust at Work | The Trust Equation

High Trust environments invite people to focus their precious energy and passion on creating and delivering value rather than on managing politics, their reputation and their image.  In this mini-episode, I walk through The Trust Equation, a model that illustrates distinct, yet nuanced elements of trustworthiness.


Episode 17  |    15:49 min   | August 25, 2020

Gloria Park, PhD

#16: High Fidelity Conversations:  Nine Elements to Launch Culture Change

They’re considered High Fidelity because they provide strength and resonance for the people who engage in them.  They’re designed to support the core ideology of the organization and especially support the people experiencing the change.  LeeAnn describes nine elements important for a successful launch and sustainable program.


Episode 16  |    12:19 min   | August 18, 2020

Gloria Park, PhD

#15: How to Talk About Race at Work

Publishing Concepts (PCI) didn’t wait for the perfect long-term solution to address concerns about race in their organization.  Drew Clancy, President, and Lori Bishop, CPO, saw people hurting and responded. They thoughtfully organized Meaningful Conversations as a way to talk about race.  This is their first step for improving long term trust and for healing throughout the entire workplace.

Episode 15  |    46:20 min   | August 11, 2020

Gloria Park, PhD
Drew Clancy

#14: Regoal + Reframe for Resilience:  Gloria Park, PhD

As an applied positive psychology and sport and performance psychology practitioner, Gloria Park, PhD is uniquely qualified to speak about how we continue to learn, grow, evolve and even thrive in the face of challenge. And we are certainly being challenged in 2020! Gloria shares transformative skills and strategies during the interview.  For more exploration, many links to resources are provided in the show notes.

Episode 14  |    46:06 min   |  July 14, 2020

Gloria Park, PhD

#13: 3 Vital Questions for Transformative Results

David Emerald Womeldorff has followed up his wildly popular and super sticky book, The Power of TED: The Empowerment Dynamic with the award-winning 3 Vital Questions: Transforming Workplace Drama.  When we answer these questions and re-orient our perspective, we become more resilient and more likely to create the results we desire.

Season 2   |   Episode 13  |    45:47 min   |  May 12, 2020

#12: Boot Up Your Inner Game:  Bob Anderson

Bob Anderson has dedicated his career to exploring the intersections between leadership and personal mastery, and between competence and consciousness. Over the past 35 years, he has helped leaders gain deep, personal insight into their creative competencies that promote effective leadership, and their reactive tendencies that limit it. He is the creator of The Leadership Circle Profile, a 360 leadership assessment tool that provides integrated feedback in multiple domains across the Creative and Reactive categories.

In our conversation, we focus on recent findings based on qualitative data provided by senior leaders in complex organizations.

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Season 2   |   Episode 12  |    44:14 min   |  April 8, 2020

#11: Alexander McCobin:  Conscious Capitalism – An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Conscious capitalism is a term, a movement and the name of the non-profit organization, Conscious Capitalism, Inc. (CCI), whose role it is to be the foundation of the movement. CCI brings business leaders together to share best practices for implementing the ideals of conscious capitalism.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when and where the term originated, but aspects of conscious capitalism have been around for decades. As we discuss in the interview, Conscious Capitalism provides an organizing principle for many business practices that put humans at the center of the business ecosystem.

Season 2   |   Episode 11  |    36:59 min   |   March 3, 2020

#10: Awe + Art + Observation:  Bonnie Pitman

Bonnie Pitman shares how Doing Something New inspires us to make each day extraordinary. Her Power of Observation Framework instructs us on the critical steps for moving from the first glance to making new meaning of our observations. She is both delightful and incredibly grounded in her approach to appreciating the banal and sublime.

Season 1   |   Episode 10   |    44:52   |   February 11, 2020

#09: The Rhythm of a Great Place to Work:  Drew Clancy, President of PCI

Drew Clancy, President of Publishing Concepts (PCI), is a self-proclaimed ‘cultural enthusiast’.  His commitment to the core elements of culture has resulted in year-over-year growth and consistent recognition as a Best Place to Work.  As a third-generation leader he has brought this near 100year-old family business solidly into the 21st Century through innovation and servant leadership. 

Season 1   |   Episode 9   |    38:11 min   |   November 12, 2019

Doing Good + Doing Well:  Lauren Clarke & Turn Compost

Lauren Clarke is the founder of Turn Compost, a wildly successful social enterprise focused on reducing food waste and improving how we utilize our urban environment.  She shares alarming and exciting statistics about food waste and the blooming food waste industry.  She also gives essential advice to anyone with the vision of launching a social enterprise, and it applies to all startups.

Episode 8   |    28:29 min   |   October 24, 2019

Doing Her Work:  Michelle Kinder Leading From the Inside Out

Michelle Kinder is well-known in the domains of social-emotional learning, education and family counseling. She is also an authoritative voice in the discourses of leadership, stress, emotional health, trauma and parenting. Her increasing passion about historical and structural inequities has led her to make an important shift in her career, which we explore in depth in our conversation.  In the midst of her transition, Michelle has taken time to slow down and adjust her focus from striving to one of getting results with a sense of ease and groundedness.  This inside-out approach takes self-awareness, persistence and patience.  She talks honestly about her experience in this episode.

Season 1   |   Episode 7   |    41:55 min   |  October 1, 2019

An Essential Link:  Wellbeing and Leader Effectiveness

What does wellbeing mean to you?  Are you thriving?  How would you know?

Renee Moorefield is a dear friend, a spectacular creator and a wise woman.  She and business- and life- partner, David, have developed a groundbreaking assessment for wellbeing. Be Well Lead Well Pulse® is based on over thirty years of experience in the areas of wellness, change management and leadership transformation.  In this conversation, we follow the thread that began in exercise physiology, winds through Renee’s own experience as a leader and has evolved into a very integrated way to assess wellbeing.

Season 1   |   Episode 06   |  46:22 min   |   September 17, 2019

How To:  Build a High-Performing Culture and a Thriving Business

Jacqui Bliss and Renee Reed, owners of Anytime Fitness Bishop Arts District share how they’ve built a great culture through relationship-based leadership and continuous learning.  We also talk about how they stay relevant in a changing industry and their experience in growing the business even as their own relationship was tested. 

Season 1   |   Episode 5   |    36:58 min   |   September 5, 2019

Christian Chernock:  Designing a Life|Building for the Future

Christian’s success in residential development is built on lessons he learned while training as a professional golfer.  From mentors like Hank Haney and ‘Psycho Dave’ Esterbrook, he learned how to set and achieve goals, practice with intention and how to work hard.  His professional golf plans were shattered due to a back injury when he was 28 years old.  In this interview, Christian shares his journey to his current and very fulfilling life.

Season 1   |   Episode 4   |    59:18 min   |   August 21, 2019

Chad West:  Activating a Historical and Diverse Community and Staying Accessible

Dallas City Councilman Chad West shares his vision, the importance of accessibility, community engagement and creating a sense of place.

Season 1   |   Episode 3   |    28:35min   |   August 1, 2019

Meaningful Work at Good Space: David Spence

David shares his thoughts on meaningful work, spotting talent and the complex topic of gentrification. He riffs on developing real estate by reinvigorating beautiful old buildings and how a community developed an independent spirit.

Season 1   |   Episode 2   |    34:47min   |   July 19, 2019

Jennifer Touchet’s Visionary Leadership & Creating A Win-Win-Win

Season 1 of Rise Leaders Radio is focused on a unique type of entrepreneurial leadership that happens in Oak Cliff (Dallas, TX) at the community, business and civic levels. Jennifer Touchet kicks off the storytelling by sharing how Twelve Hills Nature Center was envisioned, fought for and created by the community. It’s a story of win-win-win with a variety of stakeholders, shared vision, positive politics and power.

Season 1   |   Episode 1   |    48min   |   July 5, 2019

Launching Rise Leaders Radio – Starting Close In

Rise Leaders Radio is a podcast about Exemplary Leadership. Season 1 highlights leaders in Oak Cliff, a community just south of Downtown Dallas, TX. The land itself has fostered a sense of independence and built resilience and resourcefulness in its citizens; the business and community leaders amplify this. I interviewed several people that tell different stories of leading in Oak Cliff. 

Season 1   |   Episode 0   |    3:26min   |   July 5, 2019

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LeeAnn Mallory

I’m a leadership coach and organizational consultant.  I work with leaders who are navigating the complexity of the times and who are committed to building financially successful businesses that stretch beyond the traditional profit metric.  They and their organizations leave a clear net positive impact in their broad ecosystem.  

I’m hyper-aware of signs of leadership that seems committed to this positive impact.  I created this podcast in order to share with you what I’m finding.

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