Tag Archives

5 Articles

Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future Celebrates 5 Years!!

Posted by presspass on
Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future Celebrates 5 Years!!

To receive the Innovative Leadership Institute weekly blogs via email, please sign-up here.

Five years…what can happen in five years?  In a human, we go from our first breath and utterly dependent on our parents to walking, talking, feeding, and dressing ourselves and ready to begin our educational journey.  In later years, most people complete an academic degree in less than five years.  In cell phone terms, in five years Apple released five new generations of iPhones.  A lot can happen in five years.

To look back on the last five years and remember all the interviews conducted on our Voice America show takes us on a journey of much reflection and gratitude.  The show has been blessed by so many wonderful guests, those who are inspired speakers, brilliant academics, talented authors, and passionate leaders.  We are grateful that every one of them took the time to share their message for our listeners!  And to our listeners, thank you for supporting the show!  We understand your lives are busy, and you expect the highest quality conversation and insight from our host, Maureen, and our guests. We have now reached over half a million listens!  What a milestone! Only made possible by you trusting us with your time and interest.  Thank you! Together we hope to work with leaders to co-create a thriving future and elevate the quality of leadership across the world.

In honor of that five-year anniversary, this week’s blog is a recap of the top 10 all-time shows.

All-Time Top Ten Shows List:

  1. THE MIND OF THE LEADER: Driving Extraordinary Results with Jacqueline Carter, an International Partner and North American Director for Potential Project aired on 05/28/2018.

$46 billion a year is spent on leadership training, but a recent Gallup survey showed that 82 percent of employees find their leaders “uninspiring.” Why the gap? Because most leadership development focuses on outward skills like strategy, people management, and finance. Instead, new research shows that leadership should start inward with the mind. THE MIND OF THE LEADER: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results by Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter reveals how leaders can lead themselves, their people, and their organizations by training their minds. The authors found that three mental qualities are essential to becoming effective leaders. Leaders must be mindful (being present and attentive to their people’s needs), selfless (to model cultures based on growth and learning instead of ego), and compassionate (show their people they have their back).

  1. Is There Such a Thing as a ‘Level 5″/Teal Organization? with Terri O’Fallon, co-founder of STAGES International, aired on 5/2/2017.

In complex adaptive systems, those required to meet many of the challenges we currently face, leaders and organizations need to co-evolve to ensure their ability to respond to the opportunities and challenges. During this conversation, Terri and Maureen explore how individuals and organizations evolve. It starts with the question of how individuals “grow up” as leaders. They then map this same framework to exploring how organizations evolve. Terri presents a brief overview of the STAGES model, using it to frame to conversation about how a developmental model can be used to better understand the idea of organizational evolution. This is particularly useful when individuals use the developmental tools they employ for their development to help the organization mature. While this sounds like even more work for busy leaders, this is the focus that enables them to create truly adaptive systems.

  1. Why Digital Transformations Fail? with Tony Saldanha, former Procter & Gamble VP of Global Business Services, aired on 8/20/2019.

Digital transformations can be made routinely successful and are more important than ever now that we’re in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The lines between the physical, digital, and biological worlds are becoming more blurred. This however, does not eliminate the fact that 70% of digital transformations fail. That failure is not due to technology or innovation itself but comes down to the details. The lack of clear goals and having a disciplined process for achieving them is what leads to the failure of digital transformations. Tony Saldanha joined Maureen to discuss his new book, “Why Digital Transformations Fail.”

  1. A Case Study of Doing Well by Doing Good: The Internet Backpack with Dr. Dale Meyerrose, President and Board Chairman of Imcon International and a retired Major General in the United States Air Force, aired on 10/2/2018.

We have been hearing about the topic of doing well by doing good for a few years. Should tech leaders adopt this concept to reevaluate how they do business? If so, why would they? How would they? To take the question further, what accountability (if any) do leaders have for the uses of their products and services? During this conversation, Dale and Maureen will discuss the questions posed above and a project Dale has been involved with where Imcon International Inc., the developer of the Internet Backpack, a remote connectivity solution that allows users to communicate from almost every location on the planet, the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University and the Republic of Liberia will collaborate on a far reaching project that will digitally transform Liberia by increasing the nation’s current internet penetration of about 7% to 40% by 2021. This project is a strong example to illustrate how technology leaders can solve global challenges.

  1. Leveraging Technology to Deepen Human Performance with Brian Ferguson, founder and CEO at Arena Labs, aired 6/12/2018.

The greatest story of the 21st century is not technology, but how technology will be used as a tool for deepening the levels of human potential. Brian talks about his work leveraging the most proven performers, time-honored principles, and cutting-edge technology to develop unique performance solutions for a wide range of “arenas”  – from medicine to agriculture. He discusses the following questions? 1. Why has “innovation” become such a buzzword in recent years? 2. What trends are you focusing on, and how do they impact organizations and leaders? 3. What is the archetype of a leader who is effective in a world of dramatic change and dynamism? 4. Why is “human potential” such a powerful concept in today’s global environment? 5. What challenges do all modern leaders face? 6. What is the most important trait of today’s leaders? 7. What are “The First Principles of High Performance” 8. How does technology serve leaders and make for more high performing teams? What is singularity?

  1. Nationwide’s Journey to Build a Culture of Innovation and Continuous Learning with Guru Vasudeva, CIO of Nationwide Insurance, aired on 4/18/2017.

As a CIO with Nationwide Insurance, Guru shares his experience changing the culture of IT to accomplish its mission. He discusses what they are doing to build a culture of continuous learning and innovation as they continue to expand the scale of their agile and lean roll-out. Guru shares how the implementation has evolved since it was initiated in 2009. He compares how they began their journey and what they are doing now to continue to expand the scale as well as continue to evolve the leadership behaviors, mindset, and organizational culture. He will discuss specific examples of how they have shifted how leaders behave and think about their work as leaders. Additionally, he explores several specific steps they have taken to expand their culture of learning, including what is taught, who teaches, and how the team self manages their own learning choices.

  1. CIO Perspective – Building Toward the “C” Suite with Angelo Mazzocco, President, and CEO at 3SG Plus, aired on 11/24/2015.

Angelo Mazzocco joins Maureen to talk about his keys to success. He has the rare distinction of being both CEO and CIO, so he has a perspective on leadership from both roles. He is also a true thought leader in our community. He has been a university adjunct faculty and facilitates a large CIO forum and CIO Tomorrow conference. He is the go to guy for many leaders in our community and beyond. He shares his insights and growth path very candidly. He talks about his fears and motivations for growth in a manner executives rarely share.

3. A CIO Story of Leadership: Maria Urani – NetJets with Maria Urani, former CIO of NetJets, aired on 8/14/2018.

Leaders follow many paths to success – in a time of varying role models for exceptional leadership, Maria talks about how she developed over her career. She shares her values, her path to CIO, role models and the art of leadership. Many people develop visions but living them is the art. Maria talks about how she puts her values into action to create a positive workplace, excellent results, and strong successors.

  1. Should IT Executive Share Their “Soft Side?” with David White, CIO at Battelle, aired on 7/17/2018.

As an IT Leader and someone who works in technology, David White talks about why the soft side of what we do is a significant contributor to success. As technology leaders, we need a diverse set of skills, including a heavy dose of soft skills to be highly successful business leaders beyond our technical skills. These skills range from awareness and management or our mood, an ability to be present and focused, and skilled in establishing and managing a positive culture where a broad range of perspectives can be explored and synthesized. This is a new type of management and requires new skills. Battelle is working to ensure their culture and their leaders are prepared with the soft skills and culture to thrive and maintain agility as they lead in integrating new technology into companies and the US government. David also shares his perspective on his career path and the importance of seeking mentoring and being a mentor.

  1. Ron Heifetz on Adaptive Leadership and His Journey with Ron Heifetz, founder of the Center for Public Leadership and is the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, aired on 12/6/2016.

In times of change, people often try to hold onto the values of their culture that have had personal meaning and significance to them. When dominant cultures are confronted with stresses such as immigrants, they are called to examine their values and often required to take on very difficult integrative work. The leadership required must point out values such as we stand for freedom and respect for all people, and our policy does not align with what we say we stand for. How do we make space for this evolution? What are the “gives” and “gets” required to evolve cultures? How can we hold steady to our cultural DNA and still evolve? In nature, when an organism adapts, it builds on its old capacity and generates radically new functionality. Ron suggested that “God didn’t do zero-based budgeting in evolution.” We honor our past and, at the same time, determine what can we release.

Thank you again, to our guests and our listeners!  We hope as we journey together, we can make this world a better place by equipping leaders and co-creating our future.


To become a more innovative leader, you can begin by taking our free leadership assessments and then enrolling in our online leadership development program.

Check out the companion interview and past episodes of Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future, via iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify and iHeartRADIO. Stay up-to-date on new shows airing by following the Innovative Leadership Institute LinkedIn.

About the Author

Susan Harper is the Business Manager at Innovative Leadership Institute and sometimes a travel blogger.

Photo by StockSnap–894430

Celebrate Being Here! By Ariel & Shya Kane

Posted by Editor on
7th Wave
Celebrate Being Here! By Ariel & Shya Kane


January 18, 2017: Celebrate Being Here!

There’s a party happening and YOU are invited! Join hosts Ariel and Shya Kane as they celebrate the 500th episode of Being Here!!

Listen Live this Wednesday, January 18th at 9am PST / 12pm EST on the VoiceAmerica 7th Wave Channel 

After this Wednesday, you can stream or download this episode and over 400 episodes on a wide variety of topics from our archives here. 

You can also listen to Being Here on the go! Stream or download new and archived episodes to your smart phone or mobile device with these applications:
Podcasts app for iPhone 
Stitcher Podcast app for Any Device 
VoiceAmerica app for Apple 
VoiceAmerica app for Android

Ordinary Things by Ariel & Shya Kane

Posted by Editor on
Ordinary Things by Ariel & Shya Kane

Ordinary Things
By Ariel Kane

Sometimes I feel silly for how moved I am by ordinary things – but mostly I am profoundly grateful. I wonder from time-to-time if everyone gets drawn to things in their environment – things that are spectacular even if they are apparently everyday events or simple moments. I would like to share with you an example of being here for ordinary things and how it impacted my life. I hope it opens up a possibility for a sense of well being in your own life.

In honor of their 65th wedding Anniversary, I took my parents on a trip to the beach. My sister Cathy joined us and we stayed in a lovely condo at Pacific beach in Oregon. At 89 and 88 years of age, my mom and dad did not feel inclined to trek down to walk along the shore but the view from the unit was spectacular and the weather was fine. While the whole trip was memorable, particularly since my mother declared it would be the last to the beach given their advanced age, it was a few ordinary things that have been etched in my mind.

On the first evening, my father and sister went to bed early and mom and I watched a succession of old movies – silly and dramatically acted in the style of films from that era that were still influenced by the larger than life style of theater and vaudeville. Throughout the days we spent there, we had turkey chili and omelets, a fire in the gas fireplace behind surprisingly realistic ceramic logs. There were flaming sunsets, semi-tame wild rabbits, sun ripened blackberries along the road where I took my daily walk, sea breezes and morning fog – all of this was great, but the main thing that moved me was an extraordinarily intimate moment, for all that was an ordinary thing.

On the second day of our beach trip, I came in from a walk and found my folks in the living room asleep on the couch. Mom was snuggled down with a blanket and a pillow and Dad was listing slightly to his right, his arm draped across the armrest. I paused as I took in the sweetness of the scene. It was likely something they had done a thousand times before, yet the moment was no less profound for its familiarity. In fact, the very ease of these two people, who I love dearly, was all the more stunning in its simple grace. Quietly entering, I sat in the chair across from them as they slumbered. I knew in my heart that they were closing in on the final chapter of their lives together. And then I saw it once again – the love, the simplicity, how they anchored one another even in repose. Mom’s feet were pressed against Dad’s thigh as he held one foot with his left hand, wedding ring glowing faintly. It was a perfect moment and I was there to see it, there to experience it.
In the recent past, I have seen many things; the play of light on a blazing autumn tree, a jaguar’s lazy piercing gaze, a young child climbing into an enormous bin of brightly colored balls, my grandsons hair dyed in a bright purple Mohawk, a profusion of vegetables at the farmer’s market, a butterfly on a thistle, sheep being herded by a sheepdog that was being trained by a farmer in his field as they clustered around a horse, flowers of all colors and textures and the loving gesture of two people who have spent more time together than many people will spend on this earth – much less with another. I am happy to be here and grateful to have seen and have been moved by all of these “ordinary” things.


Since 1987, internationally acclaimed authors, seminar leaders, radio show hosts and business consultants Ariel and Shya Kane have acted as guides, leading people through the swamp of the mind into the clarity and brilliance of the moment. Find out more about the Kanes, their seminars in NYC, in the UK, Germany and Costa Rica, the Say YES to Your Life! Meetups their work has inspired, their Being Here radio show or join their email newsletter. Also get information about their four award-winning books.  Their newest book, Practical Enlightenment, is now available on Amazon.com.

More Here!

Let’s Talk About Relationships

Posted by Editor on
7th Wave


9/16/15 – Let’s Talk About Relationships

In honor of Ariel and Shya Kane’s 31st wedding anniversary, this episode of Being Here is about what it takes to keep a relationship vital and alive, in this moment as well as over time! Callers welcome at Tel# 1-866-472-5795!

Listen Live this Wednesday, September 16th at 9am PST / 12pm EST on the VoiceAmerica 7th Wave Network.

After this Wednesday, you can stream or download this episode and over 400 episodes on a wide variety of topics from our archives Here.

You can also subscribe to BEING HERE on iTunes!


Happy 17th Anniversary Be the Star You Are!® with special guest, Dr. Don Martin

Posted by Editor on
Happy 17th Anniversary Be the Star You Are!® with special guest, Dr. Don Martin

2014 radio starstyle banner

with Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, LIVE, since 1998.
This hour is fun, informative, and lively. Join us!

On September 9th, 1999, Be the Star You Are!® was born as a 501c3 to empower women, families, and youth through improved literacy, increased positive media messages, and tools for living. Cynthia Brian conceived and founded the charity and Heather Brittany was a young teen co-founder. A big part of our outreach program has been this radio broadcast, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®, broadcasting weekly and featuring acclaimed authors, experts, and pioneers on the planet as well as the youth oriented radio program, Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio.
Today we celebrate 17 years of making a difference as a TOP NON PROFIT and will share stories of our trials, triumphs, and tribulations.

2015 EY square ad

Longtime supporter of Be the Star You Are!® and author of Road Map for Graduate Study, Dr. Don Martin, joins Cynthia Brian for a discussion about how to get started, get going, and get in to grad school.  Don has spent 28 years in student services and graduate enrollment at prestigious universities. He has coached potential grad students on five continents and will offer his expertise and guidance.

Dr. don Martin RoadMaptoGraduateStudies

Happy Anniversary Be the Star You Are!® and congratulations to all the volunteers and supporters who have helped BTSYA serve the world. Make a donation at www.BTSYA.org.

Listen at Voice America

Listen at StarStyle Radio with photos and descriptions
Come visit our Be the Star You Are! booth at the Pear and Wine Festival on Sept. 26th from 10-4pm and pick up a copy of The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob.


Catch up with all broadcasts on ITunes
BTSYA Button
Buy books by Cynthia Brian
Check out the online fundraiser for BTSYA
The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia’s expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather’s healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness.
Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.

Tune in the Power Hour every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT/70-8pmET and join our empowerment party.
For photos, descriptions, links, archives, and more, visit StarStyle Radio.
Get inspired, motivated, and informed with StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®
Lend us Your Ears!!!
Make a donation today to Be the Star You Are!® charity
2015-EY Banner @ 300dpi
Cynthia Brian talks about the empowering outreach programs offered by Be the Star You Are!® charity.

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)

Follow by Email