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Leadership 2050 – Four Key Trends and Their Impact On Leadership

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Leadership 2050 – Four Key Trends and Their Impact On Leadership

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As we prepare for the inaugural broadcast of the Voice America Innovative Leaders Driving Thriving Organizations, we wanted to share a bit of what you might hear in the first show focusing on Leadership 2050.

Susan Cannon, renowned futurist, university faculty member, consultant and author, shares some of the competing trends we might expect to see. One thing that is clear from all of her work is the movement toward complexification and its connection to leadership, and the clear conclusion that leaders need to update their leadership “operating system” to respond multiple concurrent changes that will impact leaders and the businesses they run for the rest of most of their careers.

So, here is a preview of some of the trends Susan will talk about and what she has taken away from what she has seen.

1.Let’s start with the fact that the next 30- to 35 years is going to be even more dramatically different than the last. This is difficult to fathom because the past nearly half a century has been rife with monumental changes in technology. Susan has been watching inventor Ray Kurzweil for the last 20 years because he has been incredibly accurate in his technology forecasts. Now he’s director of engineering at Google, and he predicts that at the comparative rate for technological change based on 2001, the twenty-first century will experience 20,000 times more change than the twentieth century. So that’s a lot to be adapting to—and technology is just one sector of change.

2.Scanning the current literature in futures and foresight studies, professional scenarios, and government-sponsored research on global trends, is pretty sobering. Among the more likely trends are systemic change drivers such as abrupt climate change and sudden global financial disruption—those are biggies. Also, we see the possibility of unsustainable levels of production and consumption reaching a tipping point that rapidly deteriorates the biosphere. Likewise, runaway pandemics are a threat. We could see an even greater surge of armed conflict/failing states/terrorism potentially with weapons of mass destruction, and catastrophic water shortages over large parts of the earth.[i] Any of these trends have the potential of driving secondary trends.

3.Positive trends that came out of Susan’s doctoral research focusing on 2020, included a trend toward the feminine values. Its continued growth indicates that it will be a long-term trend. She also concluded that two of the most powerful levers of change toward a positive future would be the changes in the institution of business (especially as conscious or enlightened capitalism continues to emerge) and a greater emphasis on developing and promoting women leaders.

4.Former Vice President Al Gore, who is clearly a prescient guy, recently wrote a well-researched book called Six Drivers of Global Change. He concluded that “there is no prior period of change that remotely resembles what humanity is about to experience.” Gore talks about a “vacuum of leadership” and clearly supports the view that we need a radical new plan in leadership development.

The bottom line is that there is overwhelming evidence that we are already in a perfect storm of increasing complexity, accelerating change, and near constant uncertainty that exceed the mental and emotional capacities of most leaders. If leaders are overwhelmed by complexity, change, and uncertainty now, how will they cope in the future?

This isn’t intended to create fear; it’s actually good news. Historically, whenever the pressure of life conditions threatens our existence as a race, a new and more complex stage of consciousness—you can call it a mindset with a corresponding culture—has emerged. In a sense we are forced to evolve, forced to innovate and transform ourselves for our own good! There is a strong mandate for leaders to innovate and transform themselves so they can drive thriving organizations.

Even more promising is that through the study of how humans and cultures evolve over time, we know that already there is a small but increasing percentage of the population who has the mindset and capacities with the complexity and nuance that will be needed for 2050. They offer a blueprint we want to encourage.

Please tune in to the show to hear more directly from Susan about the trends, and from Mike Morrow-Fox about the leadership mindset and how to develop it.

Note: This post is drawn from a much more in-depth analysis conducted by Susan in a chapter co-authored by Susan Cannon, Mike Morrow-Fox and Maureen Metcalf in the upcoming International Leadership Association Book Leadership 2050: Critical Challenges, Key Contexts, and Emerging Trends (Emerald Group Publishing, 2015). This chapter includes a more comprehensive analysis as well as thorough referencing of all trends.”

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Body Talk, Kate White & The Wrong Man, Drought Garden Guide

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with Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices ofBe the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, LIVE, since 1998.
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Brittle fingernails? Dry,stringy hair? Or maybe it’s persistent acne or red patches on your skin? What ever it is, your body may be trying to tell you something. Heather Brittany looks out the outside to see what’s going on in the inside in Health Matters.
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Kate White, former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and New York Times bestselling author of acclaimed stand-alone novels Hush, The Sixes, and Eyes on You, chats about her newest exhilarating novel, The Wrong Man.

A drought can be a gardener’s worst nightmare. When a hot, dry weather pattern settles in, it affects your landscape in a variety of ways. There’s nothing you can do to prevent a drought, but there are some strategies you can enact to help minimize the effect it has on your yard. Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian, gives us hope for a thriving garden throughout the worst drought in California history.
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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.

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The Gift of Curiosity

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Every week, Express Yourself!™ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens.
The rich earth is filled with marvels in every nook and cranny.  Don’t merely accept this grandeur, but rather seek it out. Strive to be curious. Reporters and writers are high on the list of professionals who need to be curious. Former newspaper reporter turned travel guidebook writer, author, and radio host, Fran  Silverman shares how curiosity has shaped her career.

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Host Henna Hundal discusses how being curious and creative sets us free and offers unlimited possibilities in all realms.

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Alex Pawlakos brings his new segment HealthRap to Express Yourself!™ with the curious and exciting happenings in the medical arena.

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Co-host Asya Gonzalez talks about how curiosity leads to self-discovery and without curiosity nothing in life would be accomplished or achieved.
Put on your thinking cap, view the world through an inquisitive lens. Your life will never be the same. Be curious.

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Francine Silverman is an author and radio host who sharpened her writing skills as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer. Her latest book is Talk Radio Wants You: An Intimate Guide to 700 Shows and How to Get Invited The book contains everything a potential guest needs to know before contacting a host, including the theme of the show and guest criteria. Besides several e-books, Fran also authored Book Marketing A-Z with a foreword by Cynthia Brian. Her publicity service has placed clients in major media outlets.


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The “Psychic Lawyer” discusses Evidence of Eternity

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The “Psychic Lawyer” discusses Evidence of Eternity

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Mark Anthony the “Psychic Lawyer ® (also known as the Psychic Attorney®),” is the author of the best-sellers Evidence of Eternity and Never Letting Go. He is a world-renowned fourth generation psychic medium who communicates with spirits. He will address poignant questions such as “What happens when we die?; what about suicide?; and what’s it like on the other side?” Using his new book “Evidence of Eternity” as a starting place we will have an open-ended discussion about his abilities as a medium and his experiences with those on the other side. It is almost guaranteed that this show will take on a life of its own and be exciting, compelling, interesting and enlightening. Put it on your calendar so you don’t miss it.

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To Create the Future, Change the Conversation

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Cheryl Esposito welcomes Peter Block award winning author, thought leader, and consultant to corporate, government, and community organizations in the realm of empowerment, stewardship, chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of community.

Peter’s many books include The Answer to How Is Yes: Acting on What Matters, which won the Independent Book Publisher Book Award for Business Breakthrough Book of the Year; and Community: The Structure of Belonging. Peter suggests that our major challenge in moving toward a relevant future is to focus on what we can create, rather than what problems we can solve. He has stopped talking about what’s wrong and how to fix it. Instead, he observes, “Nothing new gets created by better problem solving or by focusing on low-hanging fruit,” he says. “No matter how sophisticated we are as a learning organization, if our conversations are limited to measurable outcomes, we are simply getting better at a system, not creating a new future.”

Want to know how to do this? Join Cheryl Esposito & Peter Block on ‘Leading Conversations‘ to explore creating the future by changing the conversation!

Dan Millman: Living On Purpose And Determining Your Life Path Number

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Dan Millman: Living On Purpose And Determining Your Life Path Number

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Millions have read Dan Millman’s books, Author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior (adapted to film by Universal Pictures),  he distills his powerful teaching through decades of exploration and experience into a concise map of what we’re here to accomplish in our life’s journey. For those at a crossroad or facing a challenge or change, listen in to take a quantum leap in self-knowledge, insight, and wisdom. The seeds planted will bear fruit for years to come. Learn how to determine your Life Path Number; a method for helping to clarify and fulfill your life purpose map by expanding your awareness of yourself and others.

If you missed this interview you can still listen at VoiceAmerica Empowerment: ‘You Are Not Alone -How To Rise Above Life’s Challenges‘ to hear the full episode.


The Essential Moment: Click!

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Cheryl Esposito welcomes Carl Studna, world-renowned photographer, teacher, and author of CLICK! Choosing Love…One Frame at a Time. Carl’s intimate portraits of influential people ranging from Paul McCartney to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, are published and known worldwide.

Why do photos matter? Carl says they are a “split moment in time” that is forever stilled. His work is to love the moment into being…with patience, compassion, and a way of seeing that allows the moment to reveal itself. People often tell him that they hate having their photo taken – even celebrities whose photos are seen around the world. Carl sees his role as helping them through the door of self-doubt, self-judgment and fear of being seen a certain way. Carl has created the LuminEssence Method©, a transformative process to help people show up in full presence of who they are…in front of the camera and beyond. Join Cheryl Esposito and Carl Studna on ‘Leading Conversations‘, 6/19, at 10am PT to learn to allow your essential self to be revealed…Click!

To Become a Leader, You Must First Become A Human Being…

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Cheryl Esposito welcomes Peter Senge, PhD., a Senior Lecturer at MIT, & founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SOL). He is author of many books including The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization; Presence: Human Purpose & the Field of the Future; and Necessary Revolution: How Individuals & Organizations are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World.
As a systems thinker, Peter sees the world as a plethora of possibility for collaboration and co-creation. He sees deep connection to self and to nature as key to successful and sustainable organizations that make a difference to our future.
How do we do this in a world that values short-term results and immediate gratification? A world where we are told to leave our emotions outside of work and focus on killing the competition? Join Cheryl Esposito & Dr. Peter Senge as they explore leadership and the field of the future! Tune in 6/12 @ 10am to Leading Conversations

Blending Spirituality and Activism: The Message and Journey of James O’Dea, Renowned Conscious Activist

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Blending Spirituality and Activism: The Message and Journey of James O’Dea, Renowned Conscious Activist


As children, many of us felt called to DO something to help our world. Some became dedicated activists. But many of us became discouraged or burnt out from the anguish and the anger of the movement itself. Then some of us found a new way. One such person is James O’Dea, former president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the Washington office director of Amnesty International, author, philosopher and international peace worker. James is joining host Beth Green to talk about his latest book The Conscious Activist, where he describes his own journey from mysticism, to outrage, to a mature blending of his spirituality and his commitment to help. James is calling us to work on ourselves and face the suffering of the world and to learn to act from the insight gained from the depths of compassion. The Inner Revolution is the movement of people to change the world from the inside out. Meet James O’Dea, who is doing just that and lighting the way for others to do the same. Tune in, call in. Tune into InsideOut: The Inner Revolution with Beth Green, 6/9 at 3pm PT.

Are We Really Connected to Each Other and Something Bigger? Meet a Doctor Who Says Yes and It Matters!

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Are We Really Connected to Each Other and Something Bigger? Meet a Doctor Who Says Yes and It Matters!

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On June 2, Beth Green, host of InsideOut radio is thrilled to announce her next guest, Larry Dossey. A guy steps on your foot. Ouch! Are you feeling his pain or just yours? It’s horrible to see people getting blown up in Iraq, but is it as painful as your spouse dumping you after 25 years? Oneness is a great idea, but is it real? Hear a scientist who says yes. Dr. Larry Dossey is a physician, executive editor of Explore: Journal of Science & Healing, former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind-Body Interventions, renowned world lecturer and author of ONE MIND, and he says he knows that we’re not separate, but rather part of something bigger. Not only is he ready to share his evidence, he says connecting to One Mind is better for our world and our health. Overcoming the feeling of separateness is part of the Inner Revolution, so let’s welcome Dr. Dossey to our show. If you’ve had experiences that showed you’re connected to others, you are not alone. Learn about scientists and lay people alike who’ve experienced that, too. Tune into our show. Or, better yet, call! The doctor will be in.

Talk about a fellow Inner Revolutionary…it’s Dr. Dossey! Dr. Larry Dossey is an internal medicine physician, former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital, and former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health.  He is executive editor of the peer-previewed journal Explore:  The Journal of Science and Healing.  He is the author of twelve books on the role of consciousness and spirituality in health, which have been translated into languages around the world.  His most recent book is ONE MIND:  How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters.  He lectures around the world.

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