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Mahan Tavakoli

CEO at Strategic Leadership Ventures

Washington DC, United States

Mahan Tavakoli is a highly accomplished executive with a multi-faceted background in the US and global operations management. Over a 20+ year career at Dale Carnegie Training, Mahan was instrumental in launching, marketing, revitalizing, and turning around underperforming operations on five continents. He is also credited with building the fastest growing, and highest performing operations for Dale Carnegie out of 90+ countries.

He transformed a money-losing operation into a profitability center in less than one year,
expanded Dale Carnegie’s global footprint on four continents, and led a stagnant global region to achieve double-digit growth for four consecutive years. Mahan eventually became the organization’s Chief Diversity Officer and Chief Strategist.

Mahan leveraged his diverse experience to launch a consulting practice focusing on organizational leadership. Partnering with leaders across organizations and various industries,

Mahan has significant experience working with executives from large divisions of multinational
companies, mid-sized organizations, government agencies, and SaaS startups.

The industries and size of the clients he works with vary, however, the needs are similar. The
organizations Mahan partners with all have great leadership, believe in the untapped potential
of their people, and want to get the winning edge as they align the entire organization towards
more effectively achieving their purpose.

Mahan is also a published author, co-author, and contributor to industry-leading publications.

In addition to Mahan’s business and consulting experience, giving back to the community is also a top priority. Among his many awards, Mahan was honored for demonstrating outstanding community leadership by The Greater Washington Board of Trade and was awarded The Golden Links Award.

Currently, Mahan serves as Board Chair of Leadership Greater Washington and has helped lead the board and the organization through a pivot to greater relevance, purpose, and impact through the crisis.

Available For: Consulting, Speaking
Travels From: Washington DC
Speaking Topics: Leadership, Strategy, OKRs

Speaking Fee $5,000 (In-Person)

Mahan Tavakoli Points
Academic 0
Author 698
Influencer 41
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 30
Total 769

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Individual

Areas of Expertise

Business Strategy 36.05
Change Management
Culture 62.97
Future of Work
Innovation
Leadership 52.44
Management 60.50
Entrepreneurship 30.26
Social 30.35
AI 30.08
ChatGPT 100

Industry Experience

Publications

2 Article/Blogs
IT’S YOUR IMPERFECTIONS THAT MAKE YOU BEAUTIFUL!
Mahan Tavakoli
September 05, 2020
For Starbucks fans like me, the Siren logo is a familiar face.

However, some might not know that initially the face had absolutely no flaws. The left and the right side were a perfect match.

Pretty quickly the team that was working on the logo realized why the look was “creepy” and didn’t do well in perception tests.

It was too perfect!

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Culture

ONLY THE PARANOID SURVIVE!
Mahan Tavakoli
September 05, 2020
Organizations need to keep reinventing themselves, not just because of technology, but because that’s the only way to remain competitive in a demanding marketplace.

Some believe Blockbuster failed because of “digital disruption”. I would argue that they failed in part because their business model was based on excessive fees & even when they realized the need to move to streaming, their franchise network & their reliance on fees kept them from changing.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Culture

1 Executive
Founding Executive Director, Genesys Works National Capital Region
Genesys Works National Capital Region
January 04, 2016
Planned and executed launch of social enterprise in the Greater Washington Metropolitan, focusing on establishing partnerships, business development, client service, marketing, sales, fundraising and program management. Successfully launched by recruiting corporate clients, securing funding, program management, social media, PR, networking and partnering with school systems to provide pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experiences and impactful relationships.

-Fastest first year ramp up with the most first year clients and internships of any site.
-Secured diverse clients including Accenture, AT&T, Intelsat, Kirkland & Ellis, Kratos Defense and Strayer.
-100% intern retention and matriculation to college.
-Successful business marketing and public relations PR/media outreach with coverage on radio, TV and print media including the Washington Post.

Below, you can hear a six minute interview from What's Working in Washington, read one of the articles from the Washington Post or watch a piece that aired on WJLA-ABC.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Culture

1 Founder
Strategic Leadership Ventures
Strategic Leadership Ventures
January 01, 2018
We help you unleash your team's potential through leadership consulting, coaching, and speaking.

You understand the value of having team members aligned and collaborating to execute effectively.

However, you also realize that team misalignment, lack of communication, and collaboration result in overwork, overwhelm, and poor execution.

We work with clients to help them unleash their teams' potential and turn strategy from well-intentioned ideas to aligned execution producing breakthrough results.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Business Strategy

232 Podcasts
232 How to Make Your Ideas Irresistible by Finding Your Red Thread with Tamsen Webster | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
January 26, 2023
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Tamsen Webster, renowned speaker, consultant, TEDx idea strategist, and author of Find Your Red Thread: Make Your Big Ideas Irresistible.

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231 The C2 Factor of Leadership and How it Can Help Leaders Become Champions and Lead Meaningful Lives with Joanne Irving | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
Partnering Leadership
January 24, 2023
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Joanne Irving, founder of Insight to Action Advisory and cofounder of The Chrysalis Group Inc. Joanne Irving is also the author of The C² Factor for Leadership: How the Alchemy of Curiosity and Courage Helps Leaders Become Champions and Lead Meaningful Lives. In the conversation, Joanne Irving talks about her upbringing in a small town in Vermont and an incident from her childhood where she was eager to play with a group of kids who all went to day camp in the summer. She talks about how her experience as a newbie to the group made her both excited and nervous. Joanne Irving shared the importance of courage and how it can be developed, and why it is important for that courage to accompany genuine curiosity. Joanne Irving also stresses the importance of taking moments to be conscious and reflect on our lives. She explains that it takes courage to do this, but it is worth it in the end. Taking time to reflect can help us learn and grow as individuals. Finally, Joanne Irving addresses how the practice of courage and curiosity can help teams thrive together.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Business Strategy

230 Show the Value of What You Do: Measuring and Achieving Success with World-Renowned Expert on Accountability, Measurement, and Evaluation, Jack Phillips | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
January 19, 2023
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jack Phillips, Chairman of ROI Institute, a world-renowned expert on accountability, measurement, and evaluation and author or editor of more than 75 books on evaluation, metrics, and analytics. The conversation focuses on Jack and Patti Phillips’ latest book, Show the Value of What You Do: Measuring and Achieving Success in Any Endeavor. In the conversation, Jack Phillips shares how his engineering background played a role in his understanding of measurement and how showing the value of what you do in a credible, logical, and rational way. Jack Phillips also shares the importance of measuring impact to show the value and recalibrate projects and organizational initiatives. Then Jack Phillips shares examples from various sectors on how measurement can be of real value to individuals, teams, and organizations. Finally, Jack Phillips shares ideas on how organizations can focus on the right measures for alignment.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Business Strategy

229 Rosa Parks Beyond the Bus: Life, Lessons, and Leadership with H.H. Leonards Founder and Chair of the O Street Museum Foundation & the Mansion on O Street| Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
Partnering Leadership
January 17, 2023
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with H.H. Leonards. H.H. Leonards is the founder and chair of the O Street Museum Foundation, headquartered in Washington, D.C., and the Mansion on O Street, where Mrs. Rosa Parks called her home-away-from-home for the last decade of her life. H.H. Leonards is also the author of the book Rosa Parks Beyond the Bus: Life, Lessons, and Leadership. Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. In the conversation, H.H. Leonards shares why they connected on a deep level when she met Rosa Parks. H.H. Leonards also shares both historical accounts recounted to her by Rosa Parks as well as her experience during the ten years Rosa Parks lived at the Mansion on O Street. Finally, H.H. Leonards shares what Rosa Parks felt it would take to end racism and her hope for future generations. The episode ends with the beautiful song “Enough” which was made to honor Rosa Parks. The song lyrics are by Oscar-winning songwriter Paul Williams, and the music was written by Mark Bryan (lead guitarist for Hootie & the Blowfish) and Ranky Tanky, both Grammy winners.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Business Strategy

228 AI Bootcamp for Leaders: Unlocking the Power of Artificial Intelligence for Your Organization with Tom Taulli | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
January 12, 2023
In this Partnering Leadership conversation, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Tom Taulli, author of multiple books, including Artificial Intelligence Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction, which serves as the focus of this conversation. Tom Taulli has been developing software since the 1980s. In college, he started his first company, which focused on developing e-learning systems. He also created other companies, including Hypermart.net, which was sold to InfoSpace in 1996. Along the way, Tom has written columns for online publications such as BusinessWeek.com, TechWeb.com, and Bloomberg.com. He also writes posts on Artificial Intelligence for Forbes.com and is the advisor to various companies in the space. In this conversation, Tom Taulli shares some of the key factors in AI and why understanding the role of AI in organizations will be critical for leaders. Tom Taulli shares examples of uses of AI, including the role that ChatGPT can play for organizations and in transforming other aspects of life, including education. Tom Taulli talks about some of the current use cases for AI in organizations and how leaders can start testing to familiarize themselves with the potential of AI for their teams and organizations. Finally, Tom Taulli shares how nontechnical leaders can stay on top of emerging trends and ensure they are leading their teams and organizations with an understanding of their application in various parts of their business.

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Tags: AI, Leadership, Business Strategy

227 Economic Development by Building an Inclusive Innovation Echosystem and Paving the Path for Startups with Troy LeMaile-Stovall, CEO of TEDCO| Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
Partnering Leadership
January 10, 2023
In this Partnering Leadership conversation, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Troy LeMaile-Stovall, CEO of TEDCO, Maryland's economic engine for technology companies. Troy LeMaile-Stovall has led the organization to cultivate an inclusive entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem.

In this conversation, Troy LeMaile-Stovall discusses his upbringing and how it has impacted the kind of leader he is today. He shares how his experience as a Texan and a Catholic has shaped his leadership style and how he looks to have a greater impact as he leads TEDCO into the future.

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226 How to Be an Inclusive Leader by Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive with Jennifer Brown | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
January 05, 2023
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jennifer Brown, an award-winning thought leader globally renowned for her diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Jennifer Brown is also the author of How to Be an Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive. In the conversation, Jennifer Brown shares why the need for inclusive leadership has never been more urgent, how leaders can build a more equitable future, and shares stories and strategies on the why and how of inclusion.

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225 The Future is Now: Open AI's Chat GPT and the Exponential Changes Ahead | Mahan Tavakoli Partnering Leadership Insight
Partnering Leadership
January 03, 2023
In this episode, Mahan Tavakoli discusses why open access to powerful conversational chatbots will be viewed in the future as a transformational moment, potentially equaling the wide use and disruptive impact of the internet or smartphones. Mahan shares why artificial intelligence is starting its exponential growth curve and will impact all aspects of our lives and organizations. He uses the introduction of the robust conversational AI platform, ChatGPT as an example of how AI will transform our relationship with technology, leading to what he believes will be an augmented future of work. Mahan also talks about why leaders at all levels of organizations need to familiarize themselves with artificial intelligence, its many applications, and its potential impact. That's why this year, Partnering Leadership will feature interviews with artificial intelligence experts on AI's impact on organizations and society. Finally, Mahan shares a couple of fun pieces written by ChatGPT to get the listeners to think about the potential of conversational AI, not just as it stands currently but its creative potential uses in the coming years.

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Tags: AI, Business Strategy, ChatGPT

224 [BEST OF] You Have More Influence Than You Think and The Science of Influence with Dr. Vanessa Bohns | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
December 29, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Professor Vanessa Bohns. Dr. Vanessa Bohns is a social psychologist, an award-winning researcher and teacher, and a professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University. Vanessa Bohns is also the author of the book: You Have More Influence Than You Think: How We Underestimate Our Power of Persuasion, and Why It Matters. In this conversation, Vanessa Bohns shares insights on how we influence those around us and how to harness our influence to make a positive difference in leadership.

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223 [BEST OF] Leading with Grit, Clarity and Empathy with Marriott International President and incoming President & CEO of Under Amour, Stephanie Linnartz | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
Partnering Leadership
December 27, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Stephanie Linnartz, currently President of Marriott International, Inc., the world's largest hospitality company.

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222 [BEST OF] How Minds Change: the Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion and Persuasion with David McRaney | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
December 22, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with David McRaney. David McRaney is a science journalist, host of the You Are Not So Smart podcast, and an internationally best-selling author of books, including his latest, How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion. In the conversation, David McRaney shares the origin of his fascination with persuasion and his thoughts on the basis of how we form our beliefs. David McRaney shared examples of psychological factors contributing to the rigidity of our opinions and beliefs. Finally, David McRaney shared the many challenges in changing minds and how minds change.

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221 [BEST OF] A Quantum Life: An Unlikely Journey from the Streets to the Stars with World Renowned Astrophysicist Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
Partnering Leadership
December 20, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, astrophysicist, STEM educator, multi-patented inventor, keynote speaker, and author of A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars. In the conversation, Hakeem Oluseyi shares his journey of overcoming adversities and becoming a leading astrophysicist of this generation. Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi also talked about his ability to explain astrophysics in a way that engages audiences and the value of exposing more children to science. Finally, Dr. Oluseyi shared some mind-stretching perspectives about the nature of our existence.

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220 [BEST OF] How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others with Stephen M. R. Covey | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
December 15, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Stephen M.R. Covey. Stephen M.R. Covey is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of The Speed Of Trust, former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, and author of Trust And Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others. Stephen shares why many leaders are still operating with a command and control mindset and the need to develop the mindset and capabilities of becoming trusting and inspiring leaders. Stephen M.R. Covey shares stories and frameworks on how we can better understand trust in leadership and how trust and inspire leaders can unleash the potential of their teams and organizations.

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219 [BEST OF] Love, War and Politics with Chuck Robb, Former Virginia Governor & Senator | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
Partnering Leadership
December 13, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Chuck Robb, Virginia's 64th governor from 1982 to 1986 and U.S. senator from 1989–to 2001. Governor Chuck Robb is also the author of In the Arena: A Memoir of Love War and Politics. In the conversation, Governor Chuck Robb shares his story of joining the Marines, being assigned to the White House, serving in Vietnam, and marrying President Lyndon Baines Johnson's daughter, Linda Bird Johnson. Chuck Robb also talked about his leadership journey in public service as Lieutenant Governor, Governor, and a U.S. Senator representing the Commonwealth of Virginia and being appointed as co-chair of The Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission by President Bush. Finally, Senator Robb talks about how the best leaders approach leadership and their impact.

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218 Leading Unstoppable Teams with Former Navy Seal Commander & Inc 500 CEO, Alden Mills | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
December 08, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Alden Mills, former Navy SEAL platoon commander and Co-Founder and C.E.O. of Perfect Fitness, an Inc 500 Fastest Growing Company. Alden Mills is also the best-selling author of Be Unstoppable: The 8 Essential Actions to Succeed at Anything and Unstoppable Teams: The Four Essential Actions of High-Performance Leadership. In the conversation, Alden Mills discusses his C.A.R.E. framework and the four essential actions of high-performance leadership. Alden Mills also shares specific strategies he uses in coaching leadership teams to higher performance levels.

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217 New Power Leadership Lessons from the Movement for Freedom in Iran: Woman Life Freedom: Zan Zendegi Azadi| Mahan Tavakoli Partnering Leadership Insight
Partnering Leadership
December 06, 2022
In this episode, Mahan Tavakoli speaks about the leadership lessons we can learn from the woman-led movement for freedom in Iran: Woman Life Freedom, Zan Zendegi, Azadi. Mahan shares why we need to think about power differently in society or organizations. The reasons for a shift away from the old power models based on hierarchies to new power models based on aligned movements. Mahan uses this example to show the need for a change of thinking in organizations with a greater need to align around purpose. Finally, Mahan shares the origins of the Stockdale Paradox and how that relates to the survival and success of all movements and change initiatives.

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216 How Organizations Can Earn Lifelong Loyalty Through the Four Factors of Trust with Deloitte’s Ashley Reichheld and Amelia Dunlop | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
December 01, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Amelia Dunlop and Ashley Reichheld. Amelia Dunlop is the Chief Experience Officer for Deloitte Digital and a Principal at Deloitte LLP. Ashley Reichheld is a principal at Deloitte Digital and the creator of the HX TrustID. Together they are the coauthors of the newly released book The Four Factors of Trust: How Organizations Can Earn Lifelong Loyalty. In the conversation, Amelia Dunlop and Ashley Reichheld share why trusted companies outperform their peers by up to 400% by impacting their employees, customers, and partners. In addition, Amelia Dunlop and Ashley Reichheld share why building trust is the greatest opportunity to create a competitive advantage and how leaders can build greater trust. They also talk about the Four Factors of Trust: Humanity, Capability, Transparency, and Reliability and the importance of each in creating better business outcomes by positively impacting human behavior. Finally, Amelia Dunlop and Ashley Reichheld share actionable strategies for leaders to improve trust with their customers, the workforce, and partners.

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215 How to Evolve as a Leader in a Fast Growing Organization with David DeWolf, President & CEO 3Pillar Global | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
Partnering Leadership
November 29, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with David DeWolf. David DeWolf is the Founder, President, and CEO of 3Pillar Global, a digital product development services organization building breakthrough software products that power digital businesses. He is also an Amazon best-selling author of The Product Mindset: Succeed in the Digital Economy by Changing the Way Your Organization Thinks. David DeWolf’s leadership at 3Pillar has been honored by numerous awards, including The Software Report’s Top 50 Tech Services CEOs, SmartCEO Magazine’s Future 50, Washington DC’s 40 Under 40, and Virginia’s Fantastic 50. In this conversation, David DeWolf shares why he decided to start 3Pillar Global and how he has continued to grow as a CEO as the organization has grown. He also shares the principled leadership practices which have helped the organization stay aligned over the years. Finally, David DeWolf talks about the challenges and opportunities as organizations navigate the changing landscape of work and collaboration.

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214 [BEST OF] Practical Decision Making with the Creator of The Terms FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and FOBO (Fear of a Better Option) Patrick McGinnis | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
November 24, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Patrick McGinnis. Patrick coined the term FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and FOBO (Fear of a Better Option) while attending Harvard Business School. Patrick McGinnis is the author of two international bestsellers, including Fear of Missing Out: Practical Decision-Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice, and the host of the hit podcast FOMO Sapiens. In this conversation, Patrick McGinnis discusses why our need to be included can be overwhelming and what we can do to overcome it. He also talks about FOBO (Fear of a Better Option) and its adverse impacts on our mental health and the quality and speed of our decision-making.

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213 Catalyzing Large-Scale Movements and Waging Justice as an Unapologetic Optimist with Dr. Paul Zeitz, Co-Founder of Brave Movement & Executive Director of Build a Movement | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
Partnering Leadership
November 22, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dr. Paul Zeitz. Paul Zeitz is a physician, epidemiologist, and award-winning global justice and human rights advocate with over 35 years of advocacy experience. As a survivor of early childhood incest, he serves as the interim coordinator of a newly forming global movement to end sexual violence against children and adolescents and Keep Kids Safe. Dr. Zeitz serves as the Executive Director of Build A Movement 2022 and co-leader of #breathewithme Revolution, where he co-convenes the U.S. National Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Movement. Dr. Paul Zeitz is the author of two books: Waging Justice and Waging Optimism. In the conversation, Paul Zeitz shares why he became involved in various movements and how movements can get traction. Dr. Paul Zeitz, who had the honor of working with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, shares how, with persistent Optimism, we can each make commitments and build movements to usher in a new era of justice.

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212 Living a Meaningful Life and Leading with Soul with Vitaliy Katsenelson | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
November 17, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Vitaliy Katsenelson about leading with soul and living a meaningful life. Vitaliy Katsenelson is the CEO of the Denver-based value investment firm IMA. He is also the author of Soul in the Game: The Art of a Meaningful Life. His recent book has received praise from leading thinkers, including Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Ret. General Stanley McChrystal. In the conversation, Vitaliy Katsenelson spoke about the impact of scarcity on our thinking, the value of creating psychologically safe work environments, and the importance of connection to building trust. Vitaliy Katsenelson shared thoughts on failure's role in achieving success and some mental models he uses for better decision-making. Finally, Vitaliy Katsenelson shared how Stoic philosophy can help us lead more fulfilling lives and why we need to have soul in the game.

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211 Designing a Better Future of Work with Bob Fox, Fox Architects Founder & Work Design Magazine Publisher| Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
Partnering Leadership
November 15, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli discusses how to design a better future of work with Bob Fox, founder of Fox Architects and Publisher of Work Design Magazine. As FOX Architects’ Principal, Bob Fox chairs the firm’s advisory board, focusing on building the firm to design more complex, integrated projects while also helping increase client value. Bob Fox is a leader in the architecture and interior design industry and is well respected for his open-minded and innovative approach to workplace design. In the conversation, Bob Fox shared why he is excited about this point as organizations rethink the office space and its potential in the future of work. Bob Fox also shares ideas on how physical space can support fundamental organizational cultural values and practices.

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210 How to Reframe Your Thinking to Free Yourself from the Patterns and People that Hold You Back with Lia Garvin | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
November 10, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Lia Garvin. Lia Garvin is the author of UNSTUCK: Reframe Your Thinking to Free Yourself From the Patterns and People that Hold You Back. In the conversations, Lia Garvin shares lessons from her experience working for some of the largest and most influential companies in tech, including Microsoft, Google, and Apple, on ways to use reframing to manage difficult situations and get unstuck. Finally, Lia Garvin shares thoughts on overcoming imposter syndrome and tackling challenges that hold us back from personal and professional breakthroughs.

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209 Leading the Transformation of an Organization and Upgrading the Brand for Greater Impact with Catherine Meloy, President & CEO of Goodwill of Greater Washington | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
Partnering Leadership
November 08, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Catherine Meloy. Catherine Meloy serves as President and CEO of Goodwill of Greater Washington and the Goodwill Excel Center Adult Charter High School. In the conversation, Catherine Meloy shared why she decided to leave a successful 20+ year management career in the radio industry to join Goodwill in 2003. Next, Catherine Meloy talked about the strength of the Goodwill brand and how she led the rebranding of Goodwill in the Greater Washington D.C. region. Finally, Catherine Meloy shared why and how Goodwill makes a positive difference in the community by transforming lives through the power of education and employment.

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208 How Minds Change: the Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion and Persuasion with David McRaney | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
November 03, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with David McRaney. David McRaney is a science journalist, host of the You Are Not So Smart podcast, and an internationally best-selling author of books, including his latest, How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion. In the conversation, David McRaney shares the origin of his fascination with persuasion and his thoughts on the basis of how we form our beliefs. David McRaney shared examples of psychological factors contributing to the rigidity of our opinions and beliefs. Finally, David McRaney shared the many challenges in changing minds and how minds change.

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207 Use These Three Leadership Practices To Significantly Increase Accountability In Your Team | Mahan Tavakoli Partnering Leadership Insight
Partnering Leadership
November 01, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks about one of the biggest challenges he sees in organizations and a struggle for many leaders: holding team members accountable. Mahan shares why outstanding leadership requires accountability and why it's hard to hold ourselves and others accountable. Finally, Mahan shares three leadership practices that can significantly increase accountability in your team.

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206 The Four Powerful Conversations that Help Us Connect with Chuck Wisner | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
October 27, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Chuck Wisner, author of The Art of Conscious Conversations: Transforming How We Talk, Listen, and Interact. Chuck Wisner spoke about the power of stories in shaping our lives and interactions with others, the importance of self-awareness, and our egos' role in conversations. Finally, Chuck Wisner shared the four universal types of conversations and how we can maximize the effectiveness of each.

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205 Connecting the Community by Bringing the World to Washington D.C. with President and CEO of Washington Performing Arts, Jenny Bilfield | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
Partnering Leadership
October 25, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jenny Bilfield. Jenny Bilfield is the President and CEO of Washington Performing Arts (WPA), one of the U.S.'s preeminent multi-disciplinary arts presenters. WPA was the first organization of its kind to receive the coveted National Medal of Arts conferred by President Obama at the White House. In the conversation, Jenny Bilfield shares the origin of her passion for the arts and how her career progressions eventually led her to take on her current role, leading Washington Performing Arts. Jenny Bilfield shared the challenges the organization had to face because of the pandemic and how WPA was able to pivot quickly, resulting in a more significant connection with artists and the community. Finally, Jenny Bilfield shared advice on growing as a leader.

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204 How Leaders Can Sucessfully Manage Confict and Have Difficult Conversations with Marlene Chism | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
October 20, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Marlene Chism. Marlene Chism is the leading authority on stopping workplace drama and the author of four books, including her most recent book, From Conflict to Courage: How to Stop Avoiding and Start Leading. In the conversation, Marlene Chism shares what leaders get wrong about conflict, the negative consequences of avoiding conflict, and how to most effectively address conflict by changing our narrative.

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203 Building Bridges Across the River and the Community with the President of BBAR Rahsaan Bernard| Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
Partnering Leadership
October 18, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Rahsaan Bernard. Rahsaan Bernard serves as the President of Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR). This nonprofit organization built and now manages the 16.5 acres of Townhall Health Education Arts Recreation Campus known as THEARC in Washington, DC. BBAR is also building the first elevated park in Washington, the 11 Street Bridge Park Project. In the conversation, Rahsaan Bernard shared the impact of his upbringing in Jamaica, critical parts of his leadership journey, and his focus on impact through Building Bridges Across the River. In addition, Rahsaan Bernard shared historical factors impacting the greater need of residents in D.C.'s Ward 8 and the need for the services provided. Rahsaan Bernard also shared how BBAR has involved the community in planning for the 11th Street Bridge Park Project and how that level of engagement can serve as a model for all leaders.

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202 How to Become a More Emotionally Intelligent Leader with Amazon Global Head of EPIC Leadership & Chief EQ Evangelist Richard Hua | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
October 13, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Richard Hua, Global Head of EPIC Leadership and Chief EQ Evangelist at Amazon Web Services. In the conversation, Richard Hua shared his origin story, why he became interested in the power of emotional intelligence, the importance of emotional intelligence to individual and organizational success, and how we can all develop our emotional intelligence EQ. Finally, Richard Hua shared leadership practices for leading with greater emotional intelligence.

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201 Transforming Lives Through The Power of Events with Rebecca Linder, Founder & CEO Linder Global Events | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
Partnering Leadership
October 11, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Rebecca Linder, founder, and CEO of Linder Global Events. Rebecca Linder shares her leadership journey and the joys and challenges of entrepreneurship. Rebecca Linder also shares her thoughts on the impact of the pandemic on the events industry and how technology is reshaping gatherings. Finally, Rebecca shares why expectations for all kinds of meetings have changed and how leaders can rethink gatherings for greater engagement and impact.

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200 How to Cultivate a Thriving Organizational Culture with Brad Federman | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
October 06, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Brad Federman, Leadership and Culture Expert, Speaker, Coach, and Author of Cultivating Culture: 101 Ways to Foster Engagement in 15 Minutes or Less. Brad Federman shares how leaders can cultivate a company culture that will help them succeed in creating a two-way dialogue and improving teamwork. Brad Federman also highlighted the eight key focus areas that will amplify values at work to achieve a healthy and productive organization. Finally, Brad Federman outlines how cultivating culture brings your team together and keeps them committed to the company's core values.

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199 Celebrating 200 Episodes & How to Achieve Your Purpose Through Genuine Gratitude, the Gap & the Gain and Living in Crescendo | Mahan Tavakoli Partnering Leadership Insight
Partnering Leadership
October 04, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli first acknowledges the 200th episode of the podcast. Mahan then shares his thoughts on the three practices that can help us stay aligned with our purpose: feeling and expressing genuine gratitude, focusing on the gain and not just the gap, and living life in crescendo.

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How to Live Life in Crescendo: inspiring lessons from legendary leadership expert Stephen R. Covey’s powerful final book with co author Cynthia Covey Haller | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
September 29, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Cynthia Covey Haller, a teacher, speaker, an active participant in her community and co-author Live Life in Crescendo: Your Most Important Work is Always Ahead of You. Cynthia Covey Haller shares what it means to live life with a crescendo and how to face challenges and opportunities in the middle to later stages of life. Cynthia Covey Haller also tells inspiring stories on how we can enrich the lives of people around us, the community, and the world. Finally, Cynthia Covey Haller discusses how to be a better leader, to communicate worth and potential to people and the legacy we leave behind.

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197 Infusing Design with Innovative Thinking To Improve Business Performance with Steve Polo, Managing Partner OPX | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
Partnering Leadership
September 27, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Steve Polo, the Managing Partner at OPX, a design consultancy with a mission to help good companies work better. In addition to his leadership journey, Steve Polo shares his unique perspective on how to lead with authenticity and think about the future of the workplace enabling greater human connection and collaboration. In the episode, Steve Polo also talks about leading OPX through the pandemic and leaders' role in employee engagement. Finally, Steve Polo shared leadership practices for becoming a better team and organizational leader.

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196 How to Design a Company Culture That Will Help You Thrive in a Hybrid Workplace with Gustavo Razzetti | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
September 22, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Gustavo Razzetti, CEO and Founder of Fearless Culture, creator of the Culture Design Canvas, and author of Remote Not Distant: Design a Company Culture That Will Help You Thrive in a Hybrid Workplace. In the conversation, Gustavo Razzetti talked about the critical barriers to designing a great organizational culture and shared tools and approaches to intentionally design a great organizational culture. Gustavo Razzetti also shared the challenge of maintaining organizational culture in a hybrid environment and the opportunity the greater flexibility of work provides for organizations to rethink how they approach culture and design a culture that helps individuals and teams thrive. Finally, Gustavo Razetti offers a framework for leaders to facilitate greater collaboration through shifting workplace dynamics.

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Leading to Provide Opportunities for All through Education with CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools, Dr. Monica Goldson | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
Partnering Leadership podcast
September 20, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dr. Monica Goldson, Chief Executive Officer of Prince George's County Public Schools. In the conversation, Dr. Monica Goldson shared the source of her love for education and why she decided not to pursue accounting and become an educator. Monica Goldson also shared the many challenges in leading the school system during the pandemic and the role the school system had to play in supporting families throughout the pandemic. Finally, Dr. Goldson also shared her thoughts on the school system's role in supporting families and preparing young adults for the next stage of their lives.

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194 The Power of Perception in Leadership with Dr. Maja Zelihic | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
September 15, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dr. Maja Zelihic, Dean at the Forbes School of Business and Technology at the University of Arizona Global Campus. Dr. Maja Zelihic is coauthor along with Dr. Diane Hamilton of The Power of Perception: Eliminating Boundaries to Create Successful Global Leaders. In this conversation, Dr. Maja Zelihic talks about the power of perception, its influence on the working environment, and perception's role in leadership. Maja Zelihic also shared factors affecting our perceptions and how perception affects our behaviors. Finally, Dr. Maja Zelihic shared practical ideas on how leaders can better account for perceptions to communicate better and lead their teams more effectively.

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193 Relationships to Infinity: The Art and Science of Keeping in Touch for personal, professional and organizational success with Jason Levin | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
Partnering Leadership
September 13, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jason Levin, Founder of Ready, Set, Launch and author of Relationships to Infinity: The Art and Science of Keeping in Touch. In the conversation, Jason Levin talks about the power of building authentic relationships and the importance of deep connections in the workplace. Jason also shares the importance of strengthening weak ties, reconnecting with dormant ties, and how to do it well. Jason also talks about social media's impact on how we form and maintain relationships and how to use it well. Finally, Jason lays out strategies for leaders to build a greater connection with and among team members.

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The Importance of Empathy in Leadership and Empathy’s Role in the Future of Leadership with Sophie Wade | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
September 08, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Sophie Wade, founder of Flexcel Network, work futurist, speaker, and author of Empathy Works: The Key to Competitive Advantage in the New Era of Work. In the episode, Sophie Wade talks about why empathy is a crucial corporate value and how it enables workforce transformation. Sophie Wade also shared examples of leading with Empathy and Empathy's role in human collaboration. Finally, Sophie Wade talked about how leaders can gauge the appropriate level and role of empathy at work.

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How to Reduce Leadership Blind Spots and Nurture Deeper Connections through the Johari Window | Mahan Tavakoli Partnering Leadership Insight
Partnering Leadership
September 06, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli shares thoughts on the importance of reducing our blind spots and letting others connect with our humanity. Then, Mahan briefly explains the Johari Window and how understanding it can help us better understand how to reduce blind spots and why showing more genuine vulnerability in leadership is crucial. Finally, Mahan shares specific actions we can take to reduce our blind spots and let others better connect with us as leaders.

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190 The Impact of Blockchain & Web 3 on Organizations (DeFi, Crypto, NFTs, DAOs & more!) with Richard Carthon of Crypto Current Podcast |Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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September 01, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Richard Carthon, CEO of Crypto Current and host of the Crypto Current podcast. Richard Carthon talks about blockchain technology, Web3, DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations), DeFi (Decentralised Finance), NFTs (Non-Fungible

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189 [BEST OF] The Influencer’s Influencer Leading for Community Impact with Akin Gump’s Tony Pierce | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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August 30, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Tony Pierce. Tony Pierce is Akin Gump's Washington DC office partner in charge. He has more than three decades of experience in trial and litigation. In addition to his leadership at Akin Gump and impactful work on behalf of his clients, Tony Pierce has played a crucial leadership role in advancing business and philanthropic initiatives in the Greater Washington DC DMV region. Tony Pierce has served as past chair of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, serves on the Greater Washington Partnership board, and has played a leadership role in other civic and nonprofit organizations, including the Legal Aid Society of District of Columbia. In this conversation, Tony Pierce shares his leadership journey and the reason for his involvement to give back to the community through his involvement with many regional organizations.

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188 [BEST OF] How You Can Prepare for The Acceleration and Lead in The Exponential Age with Azeem Azhar | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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August 25, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Azeem Azhar - writer, technology analyst, and creator of the acclaimed Exponential View newsletter. Azeem Azhar is a senior advisor to PwC and is an investor in early-stage startups in AI, renewable energy, female health tech, self-driving cars, and marketplaces.

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187 [BEST OF] Leading with Purpose and Designing the Future of Collaboration and Work with Gensler Co-CEO Diane Hoskins | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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August 23, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Diane Hoskins. Diane Hoskins serves as co-CEO and chair of the board of directors for Gensler. As an MIT-trained architect and an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA, Diane's career has touched architecture, design, real estate, and business. She has broad responsibility for running the company, which spans over 6,000+ employees across the globe.

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186 [BEST OF] How to lead your organization through change to achieve hard to imagine results in uncertain and volatile times with John Kotter | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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August 18, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with John Kotter, professor emeritus at Harvard Business School, co-founder of a management consulting firm Kotter International and a pioneer in organizational change. John Kotter is the author of 22 books on change, including his most recent book, Change: How Organizations Achieve Hard-to-Imagine Results in Uncertain and Volatile times. John Kotter talks about the struggles leaders and teams face when it comes to change and how to transform organizations to adapt to change effectively and rapidly.

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185 [BEST OF] Building a Brighter Future for the Building Blocks of Society with Generation Hope Founder & CEO Nicole Lynn Lewis | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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August 16, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Nicole Lynn Lewis, founder and chief executive officer of Generation Hope. This non-profit organization provides holistic assistance to young families. Nicole Lynn Lewis shares her story as a young parent attending college, the challenges she faced, and how it served as the inspiration behind her founding of Generation Hope.

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184 [BEST OF] Simple Truths of Leadership, How to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust with Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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August 11, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley. Ken is the founder of the Ken Blanchard Companies and has co-authored more than 65 books on leadership, including all-time classics such as The One Minute Manager and Who Moved My Cheese, each with over 20 million copies sold. In this conversation, Ken Blanchard is joined by Randy Conley, Vice President of global professional services for the Ken Blanchard Companies. The discussion focuses on the leadership lessons from Ken Blancard and Randy Conley's latest book: Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust, which he co-wrote with Randy Conley. Ken and Randy share how to apply the leadership principles to build trust and become the kind of leader others would want to follow.

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183 [BEST OF] How to Choose Courage and Be Brave at Work with University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professor Jim Detert | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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August 09, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jim Detert, John L. Colley Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and author of Choosing Courage: The Everyday Guide to Being Brave at Work. In this conversation, Jim Detert shares how we can become more courageous by developing our courage capabilities. Jim Detert also shares how leaders can nurture a psychologically safe organizational culture, enabling and encouraging more courageous interactions and decisions at work.

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182 [BEST OF] The Future of Work Is Here: How To Lead In An Era of Disruptive Change with The Next Rules of Work author Gary Bolles | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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August 04, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Gary Bolles, chair for the Future of Work for Singularity University, co-founder of eParachute.com, and author of The Next Rules of Work. Gary Bolles shares how his father’s career advice book What Color Is Your Parachute impacted his early life and how he has gone through continual reinvention while guiding leaders through ongoing disruption. Gary Bolles also shares insights from his book The Next Rules of Work.

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181 Leading with Confidence and Humility | Mahan Tavakoli Partnering Leadership Insight
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August 02, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli shares thoughts on how to lead with more confident humility. Mahan also goes through five mindsets and practices of leading with confidence and humility. Finally, Mahan Tavakoli shares why we need to celebrate confident humility in leadership and the necessity of this approach to leadership through greater uncertainty.

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180 How to Leverage Public Relations in a Fast Changing World with Robert Dilenschneider, The Dean of American Public Relations Executives | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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July 28, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Robert Dilenschneider, founder of The Dilenschneider Group and strategic advisor to Fortune 500 companies. Robert Dilenschneider talks about the most effective way to use public relations to benefit organizations. Robert also shared the importance of engaging the community and how to use the power of words to more clearly communicate the organization’s message. Finally, Robert Dilenschneider addressed the specific skill sets that public relations leaders need today.

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179 Brain Science of Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace with Founder & Chief Scientist at Sapien Labs Tara Thiagarajan | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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July 26, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Tara Thiagarajan, Founder, and Chief Scientist at Sapien Labs. Tara Thiagarajan shares studies and insights on mental well-being, its key indicators, and how it influences people and communities. Tara Thiagarajan also highlighted the biggest factors contributing to mental well-being and its impact on economic outcomes. Finally, Tara Thiagarajan talked about Sapien Lab’s latest studies on the current state of the world’s psychological well-being, its driving factors, and how it impacts organizations.

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178 How to Build Deeper and More Meaningful Business Relationships Through the Gather, Ask, Do Method with Susan McPherson | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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July 21, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Susan McPherson, Founder, and CEO of McPherson Strategies, Serial Connector, Communications Expert, and Author of The Lost Art of Connecting: The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Business Relationships. Susan McPherson shares the power of building authentic relationships and fostering meaningful connections. Susan also talks about the three phases of proactively connecting with people and how to go beyond our bubbles. Finally, Susan shares what leaders must do to promote greater connection within their teams and organizations.

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177 Turnaround: How to Change Course When Things are Going South with Lisa Gable | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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July 19, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Lisa Gable, Former US Ambassador, UN delegate, CEO, and author of Turnaround: How to Change Course When Things Are Going South. In the conversation, Lisa Gable shares how leaders can get their teams and organizations back on track based on her experience as an executive responsible for turnarounds of various organizations. Lisa Gable also shared how turnaround principles can help teams stay aligned with organizational strategy in the face of an ever-changing external environment. Finally, Lisa Gable shared whether and how leaders who have been with an organization, rather than external hires, can lead turnarounds.

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176 [BEST OF] A framework to help leaders transform organizations into psychologically safe incubators of innovation with Dr. Timothy Clark | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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July 14, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talked with Dr. Timothy Clark, the founder and CEO of LeaderFactor and author of Four Stages of Psychological Safety. Dr. Clark has broken down the different stages to ensure psychological safety in teams. Dr. Timothy Clark shares how teams can build on the understanding of each stages in order to boost psychological safety in the workplace.

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175 [BEST OF] Resilient Leadership with a Drive for Excellence and Impact With Ridgwell’s CEO Susan Lacz | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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July 12, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Susan Lacz, principal, and chief executive officer of Ridgewells Catering, shared her leadership journey with Mahan Tavakoli. Susan Lacz spoke about how she has managed the obstacles in her life and has built a successful business that needs to continue changing and adapting through disruption. Susan Lacz also shared why she is so committed to giving back to the community through Ridgwell Catering's support and giving her time and energy to many institutions and organizations, including Marymount University and Junior Achievement of Greater Washington.

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174 How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration by Designing for Belonging with Susie Wise | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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July 07, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Susie Wise, founder and former director of the K12 Lab Network at the Stanford d.school. Dr. Susie Wise is a co-creator of Liberatory Design and author of Design for Belonging. Susie Wise shares the crucial role leaders play in creating feelings of inclusion within their organizations. She also shared practices for reducing chances of othering and increasing a sense of belonging in teams and organizations. Finally, Dr. Susie Wise shared perspectives on how managers can redesign their meetings for a greater sense of belonging.

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173 The Selfie CEO and the Impact of Selfie Culture on Leadership | Mahan Tavakoli Partnering Leadership Insight
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July 05, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks about the impact of selfie culture on leadership. Mahan shares thoughts on selfie leadership, servant leadership, and partnering leaders' fundamental mindset and behaviors. From storytelling to the pictures on social media, how we think about leadership impacts attitudes and behaviors.

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172 Innovate Like the Best with Kapil Kane, Former Leader of Apple’s Product Design on MacBook, iMac, iPad and Current Head & Co-Founder of Intel’s Growth Accelerator | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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June 30, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Kapil Kane, Director of Innovation at Intel China and co-founder of GrowthX- an award-winning corporate innovation accelerator. Kapil Kane shares lessons from his experience at the intersection of technology and innovation working for Apple and Intel. Kapil Kane also shared lessons learned and how teams and organizations of all sizes can encourage innovation and intrapreneurship.

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171 Innovative Thinking & Strategy by Tapping Into the Science of Subtraction with University of Virginia Professor Leidy Klotz| Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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June 28, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Leidy Klotz, a professor at the University of Virginia appointed in the Schools of Engineering, Architecture, and Business and author of the book Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less. Leidy Klotz shares some of the reasons why we typically look to add rather than consider subtraction when looking to solve problems and improve systems. Leidy Klotz also discusses how subtraction can benefit leaders of organizations and managers of teams. Finally, Leidy Klotz shares how we can ensure that we don't overlook the power of subtraction in our organizations and daily lives.

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170 Winning the Right Game: How to Disrupt, Defend, and Deliver in a Changing World with Ron Adner | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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June 23, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Ron Adner, professor, keynote speaker, advisor, and author of Winning the Right Game: How to Disrupt, Defend, and Deliver in a Changing World and The Wide Lens: What Successful Innovators See That Others Miss. Ron Adner talks about his research on why companies fail and what they can do to advance in an era of ecosystem-based disruption. Professor Ron Adner also shares mindsets and frameworks necessary for leaders to develop new strategies. Finally, Ron Adner shares examples of the success of ecosystem thinking, including the HHS's (Department of Health & Human Services) Operation Warp Speed focused on developing and distributing COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S.

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169 A Quantum Life: An Unlikely Journey from the Streets to the Stars with World Renowned Astrophysicist Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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June 21, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, astrophysicist, STEM educator, multi-patented inventor, keynote speaker, and author of A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars. In the conversation, Hakeem Oluseyi shares his journey of overcoming adversities and becoming a leading astrophysicist of this generation. Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi also talked about his ability to explain astrophysics in a way that engages audiences and the value of exposing more children to science. Finally, Dr. Oluseyi shared some mind-stretching perspectives about the nature of our existence.

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168 How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others with Stephen M. R. Covey | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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June 16, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Stephen M.R. Covey. Stephen M.R. Covey is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of The Speed Of Trust, former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, and author of Trust And Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others. Stephen shares why many leaders are still operating with a command and control mindset and the need to develop the mindset and capabilities of becoming trusting and inspiring leaders. Stephen M.R. Covey shares stories and frameworks on how we can better understand trust in leadership and how trust and inspire leaders can unleash the potential of their teams and organizations.

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167 Love, War and Politics with Chuck Robb, Former Virginia Governor & Senator | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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June 14, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Chuck Robb, Virginia's 64th governor from 1982 to 1986 and U.S. senator from 1989–to 2001. Governor Chuck Robb is also the author of In the Arena: A Memoir of Love War and Politics. In the conversation, Governor Chuck Robb shares his story of joining the Marines, being assigned to the White House, serving in Vietnam, and marrying President Lyndon Baines Johnson's daughter, Linda Bird Johnson. Chuck Robb also talked about his leadership journey in public service as Lieutenant Governor, Governor, and a U.S. Senator representing the Commonwealth of Virginia and being appointed as co-chair of The Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission by President Bush. Finally, Senator Robb talks about how the best leaders approach leadership and their impact.

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166 Building Corporate Soul to Power Culture and Success with Ralf Specht | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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June 09, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Ralf Specht, author of Building Corporate Soul: Powering Culture & Success with the Soul System. After two decades with McCann Erickson, Ralf Specht became a founding partner of Spark44, an innovative, industry-first joint venture with Jaguar Land Rover. Under his leadership as CEO, Spark44 grew to a 1,200 people business in 18 countries. In the conversation, Ralf Specht shares how organizations can create an environment where people do their best by developing their company soul.

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165 A Powerful Question to Ask Yourself and Your Team | Mahan Tavakoli Partnering Leadership Insight
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June 07, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks about a critical leadership thinking skill that can be developed by asking ourselves a powerful question. Mahan shares why the complexity of the world requires us to rethink our approach and why asking better questions leads to better answers. Finally, Mahan talks about the power of this question for teams and team decision-making, as well as enabling leaders to demonstrate genuine humility, maturity, and confidence.

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164 CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest with Carolyn Dewar, McKinsey Senior Partner | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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June 02, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Carolyn Dewar. Carolyn is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, McKinsey's Global Practice Leader for CEO & Board Excellence, and co-author of the book CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest.

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163 Leading at the Forefront of the Sports, Music & Entertainment Industry with Phil de Picciotto, Founder & President of Octagon | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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May 31, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Phil de Picciotto. Phil is the founder and president of Octagon and has been at the forefront of the sports, music, and entertainment industry for more than 35 years. In this conversation, Phil de Picciotto shared what led to his initial commitment to social justice, eventually pursuing his law degree and helping found Octagon. Phil de Picciotto also talked about how Octagon signed Moses Malone and Steffi Graf and the organization's choices in staying focused on impact by transitioning women's tennis from sponsorship by the Virginia Slims cigarette brand. Finally, Phil de Picciotto shared the reasons for Octagon going global and how the organization continues to stay ahead in a competitive field.

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162 How to Lead with a Story and The Ten Stories Great Leaders Tell with Paul Smith | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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May 26, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Paul Smith, business storytelling coach and bestselling author of Lead with A Story, Sell with A Story, and The 10 Stories. In this episode, Paul Smith shares how leaders can use storytelling as a powerful business tool. Paul Smith also shared specific stories leaders need to tell to improve the clarity of their communications and motivate their teams.

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161 How to Choose Courage and Be Brave at Work with University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professor Jim Detert | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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May 24, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jim Detert, John L. Colley Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and author of Choosing Courage: The Everyday Guide to Being Brave at Work. In this conversation, Jim Detert shares how we can become more courageous by developing our courage capabilities. Jim Detert also shares how leaders can nurture a psychologically safe organizational culture, enabling and encouraging more courageous interactions and decisions at work.

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160 How to Ethically Use the Principles of Influence to Lead Your Team with Brian Ahearn | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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May 19, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Brian Ahearn, keynote speaker, trainer, coach, consultant, and author of Influence People: Powerful Everyday Opportunities to Persuade that are Lasting and Ethical, and The Influencer: Secrets to Success and Happiness. Brian Ahearn goes through the principles of influence, reciprocity, consistency, social proof, authority, liking, and scarcity. He also shares examples of applying the principles at work and in organizational leadership.

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159 How to Command Attention at Work (and at Home) by Managing Your Social Presence with Georgetown McDonough School of Business Professor Jeanine Turner | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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May 17, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jeanine Turner, a professor at Georgetown University, where she teaches at the Communication, Culture and Technology Program and the McDonough School of Business. Jeanine Turner is also the author of Being Present: Commanding Attention at Work (and at Home) by Managing Your Social Presence. Jeanine Turner shares her research and interviews on factors that impact our social presence. Jeanine also shares four communication choices and their role in social presence.

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158 How to Become a Referrable brand, Access Anyone and Build Meaningful Connections with Michael Roderick | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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May 12, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Michael Roderick, founder, and C.E.O. of Small Pond Enterprises and host of the Access to Anyone Podcast. Michael Roderick shares practices and frameworks on connecting with others more effectively and becoming a referrable brand. Michael also shared that organizations can use the same lessons to make their brands stand out. Finally, Michael Roderick shares his thoughts on how we can become memorable both as individuals and organizations.

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157 A Life-Long Commitment to the Girl Scouts and Giving Back to the Community with Diane Tipton, CEO Self Storage Zone | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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May 10, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Diane Tipton, Chief Executive Officer and President at Self Storage Zone and Board Member at the Girl Scouts of the USA. Diane shares her humble beginnings in Georgia and how challenges shaped her into who she has become. Diane also talked about her work in accounting and why she decided to start a company. Finally, Diane Tipton shared the reason for her passion for Girl Scouts and the organization's impact on developing the next generation of leaders.

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156 How to Activate Your Brand Purpose and Transform Your Organization by Harnessing the Power of Movements with Chip Walker | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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May 05, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Chip Walker, head of Strategy at StrawberryFrog Movement, Brand Business and Cultural Strategist, and co-author of Activate Brand Purpose: How to Harness the Power of Movements to Transform Your Company. Chip Walker talks about brand purpose and its importance in guiding organizations. Chip Walker also shares actionable ideas on what leaders can do to activate brand purpose in their organizations.

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155 Lead with Kindness, the most powerful, least costly and most underrated agent of human change | Mahan Tavakoli Partnering Leadership Insight
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May 03, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli shares his perspectives and research about the need for kindness and how it can impact teams and organizations. Mahan also highlighted effective ways of showing kindness while initiating a ripple effect in our organizations and the community.

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154 Building a Thriving Organization by Helping Clients Implement OKRs, Achieve Better Alignment and Strategy Execution with Workboard CEO Deidre Paknad | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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April 28, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Deidre Paknad, co-founder and CEO of WorkBoard and founder of Results Foundry. Deidre Paknad shared her journey leading to her success as the founder of three start-ups. Deidre also talked about her founding of Workboard and how the organization supports its clients to execute their strategy faster by effective implementation of OKRs. Deidre Paknad also shared her thoughts on the future of work and what organizations can do to thrive through uncertainty.

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153 Leading Economic Development to Provide Greater Opportunities to Underserved Entrepreneurs with Washington Area Community Investment Fund CEO Harold Pettigrew | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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April 26, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Harold Pettigrew, CEO at Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif), Presidential Appointee at the CDFI Fund, and an Aspen Finance Fellow. First, Harold Pettigrew talked about his upbringing in Washington D.C. and the experiences that helped him find his voice. Harold also shared his experience serving in city government in New York and D.C. and how he plans to make a difference through his leadership of the Washington Area Community Investment Fund. Finally, Harold Pettigrew talked about how all leaders can play a more significant role in ensuring greater equity.

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152 Leading Change From The Inside Out So People Want to Follow You with Erika Andersen | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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April 21, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Erika Andersen. Erika is the founding partner of Proteus International, which is a coaching consulting and training firm that focuses on leader readiness. She and her colleagues at Proteus focus on helping leaders prepare and stay prepared to face whatever the future might bring. Driven by this mission, Erika shares in the conversation how leaders can approach challenges and uncertainty by applying the change-capable mindset.

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151 Leading with Grit, Clarity and Empathy with Marriott International President Stephanie Linnartz | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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April 19, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Stephanie Linnartz, President of Marriott International, Inc., the world's largest hospitality company. Stephanie Linnartz shares the role her upbringing played in her seeking a career at Marriott and how she rose through the ranks in the organization. Stephanie also shares the devastating impact of the pandemic alongside losing the organization's beloved CEO, Arne Sorenson, and how the leadership team was able to stay focused on their values through the most challenging days of the pandemic. Stephanie Linnartz also shared Marriott's commitment to ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) goals and examples of what the organization is doing to follow through on the commitments while growing.

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150 How to turn Your Organizational Culture Into a Competitive Advantage with Harvard Business School Professor James Heskett | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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April 14, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Professor James Heskett. Professor Heskett is UPS Foundation Professor Emeritus at the Harvard Business School. James Heskett has authored/co-authored nine books, including one with fellow Harvard Business School Professor John Kotter on Corporate Culture and Performance. In this conversation, Mahan and James Heskett talk about Professor Heskett's latest book, Win from Within: Build Organizational Culture for Competitive Advantage, and actions leaders can take to overcome barriers and nurture the right culture within their teams and organizations.

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149 Purpose-Driven Leadership: Putting People and Place Over Profits with Flock DC CEO Lisa Wise | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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April 12, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Lisa Wise, Chief Rooster, Chief Nester and Owner of Nest DC. Lisa Wise shares the origin story behind founding the company and how they bake purpose into everything they do. Lisa Wise also talks about her commitment to the community and how she was able to keep focused on purpose through the pandemic. Finally, Lisa Wise talks about her commitment to serving employees and other stakeholders.

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148 How to Lead Organizational Transformation through Intent Based Leadership and the Power of Leadership Language with Former Nuclear Submarine Commander David Marquet | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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April 07, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with David Marquet. David served as the commander of the US Navy nuclear submarine, USS Santa Fe. When he took over, he changed the command-and-control leadership style and empowered his crew to turn the lowest-performing sub into the best performer in the fleet. David Marquet shared leadership lessons from this experience, which he also wrote in his bestselling book Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders.

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147 Three Steps to Help You Stop the Uncontrolled Proliferation of Meetings and Make Sure Your Meetings are Productive | Mahan Tavakoli Partnering Leadership Insight
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April 05, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli shares why professionals are spending more time in meetings than ever before and what leaders of organizations and teams can do to combat overscheduling of meetings and meeting overwhelm. Mahan goes through a three-step process that can get you started to a more manageable number of meetings and more productive collaboration.

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146 How to Build a Real Workplace Culture of Inclusion that Delivers Results with Cynthia Owyoung |Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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March 31, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Cynthia Owyoung, the vice-president of inclusion, equity, and belonging at Robinhood. Cynthia is also the Founder of Breaking Glass Forums, which aims to elevate diverse talent and inclusive organizations. In addition, she has established and led diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for over 15 years as an executive at organizations in multiple industries.

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145 Strategic Leadership and Creative Branding with David Gorodetski CEO of Sage Communications | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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March 29, 2022
In this episode of the Partnering Leadership podcast, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with David Gorodetski. David is the co-founder and CEO of Sage Communications. David Gorodetski shares pivotal moments that led to his co-founding of Sage Communications. David also talks about the leadership challenges caused by the pandemic and how the crisis has helped him become a better leader. Finally, David Gorodetski shares why community involvement is essential for him and its role in Sage as the organization continues to bring value to its clients.

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144 How to Align Around Deep Purpose and Achieve High Performance with Harvard Business School’s Ranjay Gulati | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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March 24, 2022
In this episode of the Partnering Leadership podcast, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Professor Ranjay Gulati. Ranjay Gulati's work bridges strategy, organizational design, and leadership.

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143 Building on the Legacy of Pioneers to Become a Pioneer with Ernie Jarvis, CEO of Jarvis Commercial Real Estate | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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March 22, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Ernie Jarvis. Ernie is a fifth-generation Washingtonian and has established himself as a significant presence in the Greater Washington DC DMV region through his active involvement in the community and commitment to giving back. Ernie Jarvis has been a trailblazer on many fronts, including commercial real estate. In the conversation, Mahan and Ernie talk about how Ernie's heritage and upbringing have impacted his sense of responsibility to give back, involvement in various regional organizations, and perspectives on the future of the return to the office.

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142 How to Disrupt Yourself as a Leader and Build a High Growth Team by Mastering the S Curve of Growth with Whitney Johnson | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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March 17, 2022
In today's episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan speaks with Whitney Johnson. Whitney is the CEO of Disruption Advisors, a tech-enabled talent development company. She also co-founded Disruptive Innovation Fund with Clayton Christensen, is the host of the Disrupt Yourself podcast, and is the author of the book Smart Growth: How To Grow Your People To Grow Your Company. Whitney Johnson talked about the S-curve of personal, leadership, and organizational growth. Whitney also discussed creating a corporate culture that encourages continuous learning and development and leaders pursuing new S-curves of growth.

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141 Leading with Purpose and Designing the Future of Collaboration and Work with Gensler Co-CEO Diane Hoskins | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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March 15, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Diane Hoskins. Diane Hoskins serves as co-CEO and chair of the board of directors for Gensler. As an MIT-trained architect and an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA, Diane's career has touched architecture, design, real estate, and business. She has broad responsibility for running the company, which spans over 6,000+ employees across the globe.

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140 How to Lead for Productive Collaboration and Overcome Collaboration Overload with Rob Cross | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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March 10, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Rob Cross. Rob is the co-founder and chief research scientist at the Connected Commons business consortium. He is also the Edward A. Madden Professor of global leadership at Babson College. Rob Cross has been researching the underlying networks of influential organizations and the collaborative processes of top achievers for more than 20 years.

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139 How to Adapt to the Speed of Change Through Hyper-Learning and Humility with University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professor Ed Hess | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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March 08, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Edward D. Hess. Ed Hess is a Professor Emeritus of Business Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia. Ed Hess is the author of 13 books, including Learn or Die, Humility is The New Smart, and his latest Hyper learning: How to adapt to the Speed of Change.

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138 Challenging stereotypes through laughter and picking on bullies with Comedian & Actor Maz Jobrani | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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March 03, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Actor-Comedian Maz Jobrani. In addition to his comedy specials, Maz Jobrani has appeared on many of television's most popular shows, including Grey's Anatomy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Better Off Ted, and Shameless. He is also a regular on Stephen Colbert's late show, and he starred as the title character in the award-winning indie comedy, Jimmy Vestvood, which he co-wrote and co-produced.

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137 Why Feedback is Essential for High Performance and How You Can Do it Well | Mahan Tavakoli Partnering Leadership Insight
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March 01, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli shares his thoughts and research on the importance of providing regular feedback in the work environment. Mahan shares why many leaders avoid giving feedback and how to incorporate it into frequent interactions. Finally, Mahan shares tips on how to provide better and more productive feedback.

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136 Creating A Culture of Belonging by Leading Below the Surface with LaTonya Wilkins | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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February 24, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with LaTonya Wilkins. LaTonya Wilkins is the founder of The Change Coaches. She works with C-suite/executive leaders and their teams where human connection and cultural change happen: below the surface. LaTonya Wilkins is also the author of Leading Below The Surface: How To Build Real and Psychologically Safe Relationships With People Who Are Different From You. In this conversation, LaTonya shares how leaders can become more inclusive by creating cultures of belonging in the workplace. LaTonya Wilkins also shares concrete examples of how leaders can go below the surface to achieve a psychologically safe environment.

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135 Good Spirit Leadership at WGL, as Board Chair of Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and as an Entrepreneur with Luanne Gutermuth | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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February 22, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Luanne Gutermuth. Luanne formerly serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Washington Gas. In addition to co-founding Good Spirit Farm Winery with her husband, Luanne Gutermuth serves as Chair of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Luanne serves on the Washington Performing Arts and Northern Virginia Family Services board of directors.

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134 Simple Truths of Leadership, How to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust with Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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February 17, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley. Ken is the founder of the Ken Blanchard Companies and has co-authored more than 65 books on leadership, including all-time classics such as The One Minute Manager and Who Moved My Cheese, each with over 20 million copies sold. In this conversation, Ken Blanchard is joined by Randy Conley, Vice President of global professional services for the Ken Blanchard Companies. The discussion focuses on the leadership lessons from Ken Blancard and Randy Conley's latest book: Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust, which he co-wrote with Randy Conley. Ken and Randy share how to apply the leadership principles to build trust and become the kind of leader others would want to follow.

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133 The Six New Rules of Business: Creating Real Value in a Changing World with The Aspen Institute’s Judy Samuelson | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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February 15, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Judy Samuelson. Judy Samuelson is the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program's founder and executive director. Judy Samuelson is also the author of The Six New Rules of Business: Creating Real Value in a Changing World. In this conversation, Judy shares how societal shifts have changed traditional approaches to how businesses operate, a greater need for purpose, and the role of business in society. Judy also shares what leaders of organizations can do to create greater value and ensure success in the changing environment. Finally, Judy Samuelson also shares why we need to redesign the attitudes and mindsets that define leadership and business success.

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132 Practical Decision Making with the Creator of The Terms FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and FOBO (Fear of a Better Option) Patrick McGinnis | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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February 10, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Patrick McGinnis. Patrick coined the term FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and FOBO (Fear of a Better Option) while attending Harvard Business School. Patrick McGinnis is the author of two international bestsellers, including Fear of Missing Out: Practical Decision-Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice, and the host of the hit podcast FOMO Sapiens. In this conversation, Patrick McGinnis discusses why our need to be included can be overwhelming and what we can do to overcome it. He also talks about FOBO (Fear of a Better Option) and its adverse impacts on our mental health and the quality and speed of our decision-making.

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131 Building Community and a Thriving Entrepreneurial Ecosystem with Tien Wong | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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February 08, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Tien Wong. Tien is the Chairman and CEO of Opus8 - private investment and strategic advisory firm. He is also Chairman of Lore Systems, an IT services company, Chairman of tech 2000, Inc., an Edtech company. Tien Wong is also the founder and host of the Big idea CONNECTprenuer Forum, a community of over 7,000 founders, CEOs, angels, and VCs.

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130 How to Lead with Greater Curiosity and Creativity with Stanford D-School’s Sarah Stein Greenberg | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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February 03, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Sarah Stein Greenberg, executive director of Stanford D.school. Sarah leads a community of designers, faculty, and other innovative thinkers who help people uncover their creative potential and apply them to the world. She is also the author of Creative Acts for Curious People. In the conversation, Sarah Stein Greenberg shares ideas from the book and exercises that can bring out the creativity in any individual or team. Sarah also shares how design can help while leading through uncertainty.

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129 Four Critical Factors in Leading the Transition Back to the Office and Navigating the Hybrid Future of Work | Mahan Tavakoli Partnering Leadership Insight
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February 01, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli shares his insights about the future of work, the upcoming transition of many organizations back to the office, and strategies to make hybrid work a success. Mahan also shares how leaders can think about changes experienced by their team members over the past two years as they build for a better future of work. Finally, Mahan shares four critical factors leaders need to consider in the hybrid future of work.

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128 How You Can Prepare for The Acceleration and Lead in The Exponential Age with Azeem Azhar | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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January 27, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Azeem Azhar - writer, technology analyst, and creator of the acclaimed Exponential View newsletter. Azeem Azhar is a senior advisor to PwC and is an investor in early-stage startups in AI, renewable energy, female health tech, self-driving cars, and marketplaces.

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127 The Influencer’s Influencer Leading for Community Impact with Akin Gump’s Tony Pierce | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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January 25, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Tony Pierce. Tony Pierce is Akin Gump's Washington DC office partner in charge. He has more than three decades of experience in trial and litigation. In addition to his leadership at Akin Gump and impactful work on behalf of his clients, Tony Pierce has played a crucial leadership role in advancing business and philanthropic initiatives in the Greater Washington DC DMV region. Tony Pierce has served as past chair of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, serves on the Greater Washington Partnership board, and has played a leadership role in other civic and nonprofit organizations, including the Legal Aid Society of District of Columbia. In this conversation, Tony Pierce shares his leadership journey and the reason for his involvement to give back to the community through his involvement with many regional organizations.

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126 The Purpose Economy and The Science of Purpose & Fulfilment at Work with Aaron Hurst |Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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January 20, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Aaron Hurst, Co-founder, CEO of Imperative, the peer coaching platform, Founder of the Taproot Foundation, and the author of The Purpose Economy. Aaron Hurst shares why in the purpose economy value lies in connecting to employees to purpose through serving needs greater than their own, enabling personal growth, getting a greater sense of meaning, building community, and having a more significant impact. Aaron also talks about the different purpose drivers and how leaders can better connect their organizations and teams with greater purpose.

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125 The 5 Core Essentials for Leading Through Uncertain Times with Rebel Leadership author Larry Robertson | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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January 18, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Larry Robertson, innovation advisor, founder of Lighthouse Consulting, and author of three award-winning books, including his most recent, Rebel Leadership: How to Thrive in Uncertain Times. Larry Robertson shares insights from his first two books about entrepreneurship and creativity. Larry shares why he focused his third book on Leadership, specifically on leading through uncertainty. In the conversation, Larry Robertson shares five core principles of effective Leadership in uncertain times, including the importance of leading with soul.

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Secrets of Navy Seal Performance and Attributes as Drivers of Optimal Human Performance With Ex-navy Seal Commander Rich Diviney
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January 13, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Rich Diviney, author of The Attributes: 25 Hidden Drivers of Optimal Performance. Rich Diviney is a retired Navy SEAL commander with 20+ years of experience as a Navy SEAL Officer, having completed more than thirteen overseas deployments, including serving as the officer in charge of training for a specialized command. During his service, Rich Diviney was intimately involved in the highly specialized SEAL selection process and spearheaded the creation of a directorate that fused physical, mental, and emotional disciplines. Since his retirement, Rich Diviney has worked as a speaker, facilitator, and consultant with the Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute and Simon Sinek Inc., teaching leadership and optimal performance for teams and organizations.

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Building a Brighter Future for the Building Blocks of Society With Generation Hope Founder & CEO Nicole Lynn Lewis
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January 11, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Nicole Lynn Lewis, founder and chief executive officer of Generation Hope. This non-profit organization provides holistic assistance to young families. Nicole Lynn Lewis shares her story as a young parent attending college, the challenges she faced, and how it served as the inspiration behind her founding of Generation Hope.

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122 You Have More Influence Than You Think and The Science of Influence with Dr. Vanessa Bohns | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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January 06, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Professor Vanessa Bohns. Dr. Vanessa Bohns is a social psychologist, an award-winning researcher and teacher, and a professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University. Vanessa Bohns is also the author of the book: You Have More Influence Than You Think: How We Underestimate Our Power of Persuasion, and Why It Matters. In this conversation, Vanessa Bohns shares insights on how we influence those around us and how to harness our influence to make a positive difference in leadership.

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The Power of Subtraction: How You Can Do More With Less by Starting a Stop Doing List
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January 04, 2022
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli shares an unlikely goal-setting strategy for your team in the year 2022, subtracting goals instead of adding more. In addition, Mahan shares insights from Leidy Klotz's book Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less on why eliminating certain goals will lead you to achieve more and have a more significant impact.

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120 [BEST OF] Inspiring leadership with Accenture’s Marty Rodgers | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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December 30, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Marty Rodgers, Senior Managing Director to US Southeast which is responsible for Accenture’s business in 10 states, including Charlotte, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. Marty Rodgers shares his perspectives on inspiring leaders and service hood to create a successful team culture.

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119 [BEST OF] Be Fearless; 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose with Jean Case | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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December 28, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jean Case, Chairman of National Geographic Society, CEO of the Case Foundation, CEO of Case Impact Network, and author of Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose. Jean Case talks about the 5 Principles to cultivate fearlessness: 1) Make a Big Bet 2) Be bold, take risks 3) Make failure matter 4) Reach beyond your bubble and 5) Let urgency conquer fear. Jean discusses each principle, citing real-life stories and offering meaningful advice to truly Be Fearless.

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118 [BEST OF] Leadership lessons from billionaire philanthropist David Rubenstein | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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December 23, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, David Rubenstein, co-founder & co-chairman of Carlyle Group & President of the Economic Club of Washington DC, shares his journey from working at the White House to starting one of the largest private equity investment firms globally. He also talks about his leadership lessons, philanthropy, Peer-to-Peer interviewing for the Economic Club of Washington DC and Bloomberg TV, and the legacy he plans to leave behind.

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How to Think, Act and Inspire Your Way to Greatness with Wendy Ryan
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December 16, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Wendy Ryan. Wendy Ryan is the CEO of Kadabra, an interdisciplinary team of leadership and organizational change experts based in Silicon Valley, California. Wendy Ryan shares leadership lessons from her consulting experience and her book, Learn Lead Lift: How to Think, Act, and Inspire Your Way to Greatness.

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Making a Difference for the Community by Providing Greater Opportunities to the Blind and Visually Impaired With Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind CEO Tony Cancelosi
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December 14, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Tony Cancelosi, president and CEO of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. Tony Cancelosi shares delightful stories from his life, from when he was a child growing up in an Italian neighborhood to dressing up as Santa Claus annually earlier in his career. He also shares what eventually led him to start doing community service and what keeps him going through hard times like the pandemic.

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Own It. Love It. Make It Work. How to Make Any Job Your Dream Job With Carson Tate
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December 09, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Carson Tate. Carson Tate is the founder and managing partner of Working Simply, Inc., a business consulting firm that partners with organizations, business leaders, and employees to enhance workplace productivity, foster employee engagement, and build personal and professional legacies. Carson Tate shares lessons from her most recent book: Own It. Love It. Make It Work: How to Make Any Job Your Dream Job.

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How to Balance Humility With Confidence in Leading Your Team Through the Ongoing Uncertainty
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December 07, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli shares a key challenge facing leaders: the continuation of uncertainty concerning many aspects of work, including a return to the office. Mahan talks about the need for leaders to continue leading with great empathy with genuine humility on the exact future, yet confidence with the ability to navigate whatever lies ahead.

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Together We Rise: How to Scale Impact and Lead Change With Dr. Gia Nardini
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December 02, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Gia Nardini, an assistant professor in marketing at the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business and co-author of the research paper, Together We Rise: How Social Movements Succeed. Gia Nardini talked about the elements that make social movements successful, and the lessons leaders can learn, whether in leading social movements or their teams and organization.

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Leading To Strengthen Communities by Eliminating Barriers to Opportunity With Goodwill International President & CEO Steven Preston
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November 30, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Steve Preston, President, and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. Steve Preston has extensive private sector experience and served as the US Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary and as the US Small Business Administration administrator. Steve Preston shared what influenced him to serve in government and how he led the US Small Business Administration and Department of Housing and Urban development during times of national crisis. Steve Preston also talked about his mission of helping people access employment opportunities, leading him to become CEO of Goodwill Industries International. Steve Preston shares strategies for bridging the opportunity gap, enabling organizations to tap into new pools of employees.

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How to Ignite Your Organization’s Culture With Jason Richmond
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November 25, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jason Richmond. Jason is the president, CEO, and Chief Culture Officer at Ideal Outcomes. Jason Richmond is the author of Culture Spark: 5 Steps to Ignite and Sustain Organizational Growth and his most recent book Culture Ignited: Five Disciplines for Adaptive Leadership. In addition to speaking about the importance of organizational culture, Jason Richmond shared specific actions leaders can take to ignite their team's culture.

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Leading With a Desire of Impact on the Community With Jerry Sachs
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November 23, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jerry Sachs. Jerry is the former president of Centre Group, the operating entity that included the Washington Bullets, Washington Capitals, and Centre Management. Jerry Sachs shared his leadership journey, including how he ended up working for the Baltimore Orioles, his move down to Atlanta to work for the Braves, and what brought him back to the Greater Washington DC DMV region.

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The Future of Work Is Here: How to Lead in an Era of Disruptive Change With the Next Rules of Work Author Gary Bolles
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November 18, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Gary Bolles, chair for the Future of Work for Singularity University, co-founder of eParachute.com, and author of The Next Rules of Work. Gary Bolles shares how his father’s career advice book What Color Is Your Parachute impacted his early life and how he has gone through continual reinvention while guiding leaders through ongoing disruption. Gary Bolles also shares insights from his book The Next Rules of Work.

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Resilient Leadership With a Drive for Excellence and Impact With Ridgwell’s CEO Susan Lacz
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November 16, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Susan Lacz, principal, and chief executive officer of Ridgewells Catering, shared her leadership journey with Mahan Tavakoli. Susan Lacz spoke about how she has managed the obstacles in her life and has built a successful business that needs to continue changing and adapting through disruption. Susan Lacz also shared why she is so committed to giving back to the community through Ridgwell Catering's support and giving her time and energy to many institutions and organizations, including Marymount University and Junior Achievement of Greater Washington.

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How Chick-Fil-a Became an Iconic Brand With Chick-Fil-a’s Former Chief Marketing Officer Steve Robinson
Partnering Leadership
November 11, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Steve Robinson, former executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Chick-fil-A. Steve Robinson shared lessons from his decades-long experience leading marketing at Chick-fil-A, including stories from his book Covert Cows and Chick-fil-A: How Faith, Cows, and Chicken built an Iconic Brand. In addition, Steve Robinson shared what made Chick-fil-A culture and marketing unique and continues to help the brand differentiate in a competitive market.

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Leading with Humanity and Compassion with Gina Schaefer
Partnering Leadership
November 09, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Gina Schaefer, the Co-Founder and CEO of A Few Cool Hardware Stores, a chain of ACE hardware stores located in the Greater Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia DMV region. Gina talks about her journey founding the hardware store, her commitment to shopping local, and providing opportunities to many who don't often get the first chance in our communities.

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Powerful Storytelling and Communication Through the Abt Framework With Park Howell
Partnering Leadership
November 04, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Park Howell, host of Business of Story Podcast, author of Brand Bewitchery, and co-author of The Narrative Gym for Business. Park Howell teaches one of the most powerful tools in storytelling: the And, But, and Therefore (ABT), going through the science behind it and how you can start crafting great stories and communicate more powerfully through the use of this framework. He also shares examples of ABT in history and pop culture and how they shaped and are continuing to shape our world as we know it.

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The Power of the Pareto Principle (The 80/20 Principle) As a Mental Model
Partnering Leadership
November 02, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli explains the power of the Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, in the world around us. Mahan talks about how we can observe the 80/20 principle in everything we do and use this mental model to focus our attention on the leverage points in systems enabling us to have a more significant impact on our teams, organizations, and the community.

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How to Lead and Innovate by Learning From the Amazon Way With John Rossman
Partnering Leadership
October 28, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with John Rossman, Author of The Amazon Way book series, and managing partner and business advisor on strategy, leadership, and innovation at Rossman Partners. John talks about many lessons leaders can learn from the rationale behind Amazon's 14 leadership principles. John Rossman also shares his experience and advice on navigating and leading through disruption.

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Conscious, Capable, and Ready to Contribute: How Employee Development Can Become the Highest Form of Social Contribution With Ed Offterdinger
Partnering Leadership
October 26, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Ed Offterdinger, chairman of AO People Partners, co-founder of Conscious Capitalism D.C., and co-author of the book Conscious, Capable, and Ready to Contribute. Ed Offterdinger shares lessons learned in his leadership journey and the reason behind his focus on coaching leaders, and his commitment to making a difference in the community through Conscious Capitalism.

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How to Develop a Disruption Mindset and Thrive Through Disruption With Charlene LI
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October 21, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Charlene Li, a Digital Transformation and Disruptive Leadership Expert, Founder of Altimeter, and author of best-selling books, including Open leadership, Groundswell, and her latest book called The Disruption Mindset. Charlene Li discussed how leaders and organizations can embrace and benefit from disruption.

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Equity: How to Design Organizations Where Everyone Thrives With Minal Bopaiah
Partnering Leadership
October 19, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Minal Bopaiah. Minal is the founder of Brevity & Wit, a strategy and design firm that helps organizations achieve the change they wish to see in the world through a unique approach that combines human-centered design, behavior change science, and the principles of inclusion diversity, equity, and accessibility. Minal Bopaiah discusses her book Equity: How to Design Organizations Where Everyone Thrives and shares frameworks and approaches for leading a more equitable organization.

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How to Cultivate Your Influence and Build Powerful Connections With Jon Levy
Partnering Leadership
October 14, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jon Levy, behavioral scientist and author of the book You're Invited: The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence. Jon Levy shares how we can build stronger and more trusting relationships and how leaders can use the science of connection to increase team trust and engagement.

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Shattering Glass Ceilings, Supporting Women’s Empowerment and Promoting Greater Diversity While Bridging Divides With Barbara Davis Blum
Partnering Leadership
October 12, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Barbara Davis Blum, one of the founders of Leadership Greater Washington and president of BDB Investment Partnership, shares stories from her early life and how it shaped her to become the resilient, feminist leader that she came to be. Barbara Davis Blum shared her journey as a pioneering female leader in government, business and the community.

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How to Lead Your Organization Through Change to Achieve Hard to Imagine Results in Uncertain and Volatile Times With John Kotter
Partnering Leadership
October 07, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with John Kotter, professor emeritus at Harvard Business School, co-founder of a management consulting firm Kotter International and a pioneer in organizational change. John Kotter is the author of 22 books on change, including his most recent book, Change: How Organizations Achieve Hard-to-Imagine Results in Uncertain and Volatile times. John Kotter talks about the struggles leaders and teams face when it comes to change and how to transform organizations to adapt to change effectively and rapidly.

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Purpose-Driven Leadership Is About More Than Just Saying the Right Words
Partnering Leadership
October 05, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli celebrates 100 podcast episodes by going back to the core of it all: purpose-driven leadership. Mahan shares why purpose is becoming an overused buzzword, gives examples of organizations not living up to their purpose, and how we can become genuinely purpose-driven leaders.

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Trillion Dollar Leadership Secrets of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos & Google’s Eric Schmidt With Ann Hiatt
Partnering Leadership
September 30, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Ann Hiatt, Leadership Strategist & Consultant and Author of the book Bet on Yourself. Ann Hiatt shared the many lessons she learned while working alongside the world's top tech CEOs—Google's Eric Schmidt, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Yahoo's Marissa Meyer. In addition to the story of her reinvention, Ann Hiatt shared common practices and approaches of these and other top-performing leaders.

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Tackling Systemic Inequities by Leading the Charge With Richard Bynum
Partnering Leadership
September 28, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Richard Bynum, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer at PNC, shares the many leadership lessons he learned while at the American Red Cross and in his various roles at PNC. Richard Bynum also shares why and how he intends to have an impact on reducing systemic inequities by leading the implementation of PNC’s Community Benefits Plan through which the company will provide at least $88 billion in loans, investments, and other financial support to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and communities, people and communities of color, and other underserved individuals and communities.

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How to Make Better Decisions by Understanding the Gray Rhino and the New Art and Science of Navigating an Uncertain World With Michele Wucker
Partnering Leadership
September 23, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Michele Wucker, author of The Gray Rhino and You Are What You Risk, explains the origin of the concept of gray rhino and how to use it to improve decision making. Michelle Wucker also shares how to spot a gray rhino and strategies for dealing with grey rhinos by applying her 5-stage framework. Michele also goes into the logic behind risk-taking and the necessity of understanding and assessing risk better as individuals and organizations based on her new book, You Are What You Risk.

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Leadership Lessons From Billionaire Philanthropist David Rubenstein
Partnering Leadership
September 21, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, David Rubenstein, co-founder & co-chairman of Carlyle Group & President of the Economic Club of Washington DC, shares his journey from working at the White House to starting one of the largest private equity investment firms globally. He also talks about his leadership lessons, philanthropy, Peer-to-Peer interviewing for the Economic Club of Washington DC and Bloomberg TV, and the legacy he plans to leave behind.

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How to Turn Visionary Thinking Into Breakthrough Growth by Leading From the Future With Mark Johnson
Partnering Leadership
September 16, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Mark Johnson, co-founder and senior partner at Innosight. Innosight is a growth strategy consulting firm focused on helping leaders design and create the future instead of being disrupted. Mark Johnson focuses on growth strategy and disruptive transformation and has authored many books, including his latest, Lead from the Future. In this conversation, Mark Johnson discusses steps leaders can take to help their teams think more clearly, creatively, and expansively in guiding the organization through ongoing disruption.

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Leading With a Commitment to People, Clients, and the Community With Beth Johnson
Partnering Leadership
September 14, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Beth Johnson, Founder and CEO of RP3 Agency. Beth Johnson shares the setback that helped birth RP3 and the organization's many successes over the years. Beth Johnson also shared why she initially became involved in the community and including her involvement in Washington Area Women's Foundation and Leadership Greater Washington.

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Shores Beyond Shores - From Holocaust to Hope: A Bergen-Belsen Survivor’s Story of Hope Over Adversity With Irene Butter
Partnering Leadership
September 09, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dr. Irene Butter, a professor, peace activist, and holocaust survivor. Irene Butter shares why she decided to break her silence and tell the story of her family's experience through the Holocaust, first by sharing her story on stages and at schools and by eventually publishing her book: Shores Beyond Shores - from Holocaust to Hope, My True Story: A Bergen-Belsen Survivor's story of Hope over Adversity. Irene ends the conversation with a powerful message for all!

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Not Letting Your Past Define Your Future and Leading To Make the American Latino Museum a Reality With Danny Vargas
Partnering Leadership
September 07, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Danny Vargas, US Air Force veteran, founder of VARCom Solutions, and community leader, shares impactful stories from his life, from growing up on welfare to becoming an award-winning and noted business & community leader. He also shares his mission to represent and give light to the contributions of the American Latino community to the country. Through and through, Danny Vargas’ story is one that is driven by mission and service.

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How to Lead Through the Certainty of Uncertainty
Partnering Leadership
September 02, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli shares how leaders can effectively lead through uncertainty. With everything going on in the world, leaders might find it frustrating not knowing or being able to predict what’s ahead. Mahan mentions why the only certainty in the near future is that there will be greater uncertainty and shares five elements to consider when leading in a world of ambiguity.

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Letters to My White Male Friends With Dax Devlon Ross
Partnering Leadership
August 31, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dax Devlon Ross, non-profit executive, equity consultant, and author of several books, including his latest work, Letters to My White Male Friends. Dax talks about his experiences growing up in Sheppard Park, DC, attending the mostly white Sidwell Friends school, and playing basketball in downtown DC. Dax speaks candidly about the scourge of racism and its impact on all of us and why he is committed to social justice and bringing about positive change.

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Cracking the Leadership Code: Three Secrets to Building Strong Leaders With Alain Hunkins
Partnering Leadership
August 26, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Alain Hunkins, keynote speaker, facilitator, coach, and author of the best-selling book Cracking the Leadership Code: Three Secrets to Building Strong Leaders. Alain Hunkins shared principles and practices of effective leadership and the power of connection, communication, and collaboration.

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Working to end poverty in the community by learning to say YES with Msgr. John Enzler | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
Partnering Leadership
August 25, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Monsignor John Enzler, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, shares impactful stories from his childhood, his journey becoming a priest, and leadership lessons he’s learned through leading many charitable initiatives. Father John also explains the power of “yes” and the importance of collaborating with organizations of different faiths to fulfill a shared purpose.

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The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation and Intuition at Work With Dr. Natalie Nixon
Partnering Leadership
August 19, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Dr. Natalie Nixon, creativity strategist, global keynote speaker, and author of the award-winning book The Creativity Leap, shares why it is essential to unleash creativity for ourselves and in leading our teams and organizations.

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Leading To Build on a Heritage of Service: Industrial Bank and Its 3 Generations as a Black-Owned Bank With Doyle Mitchell
Partnering Leadership
August 17, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Doyle Mitchell, President and CEO of Industrial Bank, shares memories from his childhood and how Industrial Bank, the largest and oldest minority-owned commercial bank in the Greater Washington DC DMV region, came to be. He also shares the struggles he’s faced as a black business owner and his hopes for black-owned businesses.

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The Leadership Decision: Decide to Lead Today With Dr. Catherine Rymsha
Partnering Leadership
August 12, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dr. Catherine Rymsha, a lecturer, Tedx Speaker, and author of the book The Leadership Decision: Decide to lead today. Dr. Rymsha shares how our choices and decisions define our leadership and help develop our leadership brand.

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Becoming Antifragile, Thriving, and Leading Through Setbacks With Carla Reid
Partnering Leadership
August 10, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Carla Reid, General Manager and CEO of WSSC Water. Carla Reid talks about overcoming setbacks in life, resilience in leadership, and rebranding organizational culture with a vision and strategy for a positive impact on customers and the community.

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To Become Better Leaders, We Need to Learn to Disconnect and Reflect
Partnering Leadership
August 05, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks about one of the lessons he learned from Italians on the value of disconnecting from work and the value of that disconnection to deep thinking required for leadership in disruptive times.

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Leading With Purpose, From Commanding in a War Zone to Fighting Corporate Corruption With Joe Gardemal
Partnering Leadership
August 03, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Joe Gardemal. Joe serves as a managing director in the Washington DC office of Alvarez and Marcel and has over 30 years of experience in accounting, including in forensic accounting. He is a veteran of the Iraq war and is a recipient of a bronze star for his command during the Iraq campaign. Currently, Joe is the court-appointed independent monitor over GPB Capital Holdings.

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The Alchemy of Truly Remarkable Leadership With Dr. Jonathan Westover
Partnering Leadership
July 29, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dr. Jonathan Westover, Chair of Organizational Leadership Development at Utah Valley University and author of The Alchemy of Truly Remarkable Leadership. Dr. Jonathan Westover shares how you can tap into your own personalized leadership journey, expand your leadership potential, and grow as a leader while also helping others grow.

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A Masterclass in Purpose-Driven Leadership, Leadership Lessons From Winnie the Pooh and Three Moments of Joy With Robert Bies
Partnering Leadership
July 27, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Professor Robert Bies. Bob Bies is a Professor of Management and founder of the Executive Masters in Leadership program at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business. Dr. Robert Bies shares different frameworks and models on how to become a more purpose-driven and impactful leader.

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Cascades: How to Create a Movement That Drives Transformational Change With Greg Satell
Partnering Leadership
July 22, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Greg Satell, writer, speaker, innovation advisor, an expert on transformational change, and author of Cascades, shares lessons on how leaders can lead transformation in their organizations and the community. Greg Satell shares lessons learned from past transformations and how leaders can help lead change in organizations, especially through ongoing disruption.

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A Business Leader’s Passion for Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion With Kim Alfonso
Partnering Leadership
July 20, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Kim Alfonso, co-founder, and CEO of Results One. Kim Alfonso talks about advocating for people with disabilities, immersing herself in the disability world, and her mission to create a community that embodies dignity, respect, accessibility, and inclusion.

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How to Be a Better Leader by Being Yourself With Minter Dial
Partnering Leadership
July 15, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Minter Dial, a keynote speaker, storyteller, book author, and award-winning film producer. Minter Dial shares lessons learned in leading brands, building communities, and about his latest book: You Lead: How Being Yourself Makes You a Better Leader.

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Bridging Divides to Build on the Legacy of the Daughters of the Dream With Tamara Copeland
Partnering Leadership
July 13, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Tamara Copeland. Tamara led the Voices of America’s Children early on and was appointed legislative director for former Congressman Bobby Scott, and eventually served as the president of The Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. She is also the author of “DAUGHTERS OF THE DREAM: Eight Girls from Richmond Who Grew Up in the Civil Rights Era”, a book about friendship formed from shared experiences during the civil rights and racial justice movements era.

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Transforming a Moment Into a Movement With a Purpose Mindset With Dr. Akhtar Badshah
Partnering Leadership
July 08, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Dr. Akhtar Badshah, expert on social impact, philanthropy, CSR and international development, and author of The Purpose Mindset: How Microsoft Inspires Employees and Alumni to Change the World, shares impactful stories from his time heading Microsoft philanthropies and the many transformative movements Microsoft employees and alumni have started. He emphasizes that all it takes is a moment to recognize how we can bring change to our communities and turn it into a movement.

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Semper Fi Leadership With Intelligent Waves President Tony Crescenzo
Partnering Leadership
July 06, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Tony Crescenzo, a Marine Veteran, former Chief Executive Officer of IntelliDyne, and now President of Intelligent Waves LLC. Tony Crescenzo shares lessons from his service as a Marine, being willing to take on the costs of standing up for what’s right, and the many leadership lessons learned in leading teams and organizations through change.

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The Hybrid Future of Work Will Require a Different Leadership Mindset and Skill Set
Partnering Leadership
July 01, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks about the challenges of a hybrid work environment for organizations and what leaders can do to successfully transition into a hybrid work environment.

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Principle Centered Leadership With Dan Simons
Partnering Leadership
June 29, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Dan Simons. Dan Simons is the co-founder of the Farmers Restaurant Group. In this episode, Dan shares his journey of becoming a purpose-driven individual and leader. Dan Simons also shares the inspiring story of how Farmers Restaurant Group and his team faced the crisis while staying focused on their values and becoming better as a result.

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Rethinking Competitive Advantage: New Rules for the Digital Age With Ram Charan
Partnering Leadership
June 24, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Ram Charan, a world-renowned business consultant, former professor, and author of over 30 best-selling leadership books, including his most recent book, Rethinking Competitive Advantage. Ram Charan talks about digital transformation and how organizations can adapt to achieve a competitive advantage.

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Inspiring leadership with Accenture’s Marty Rodgers
Partnering Leadership
June 22, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Marty Rodgers, Senior Managing Director to US Southeast which is responsible for Accenture’s business in 10 states, including Charlotte, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. Marty Rodgers shares his perspectives on inspiring leaders and service hood to create a successful team culture.

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A Framework to Help Leaders Transform Organizations Into Psychologically Safe Incubators of Innovation With Dr. Timothy Clark
Partnering Leadership
June 17, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talked with Dr. Timothy Clark, the founder and CEO of LeaderFactor and author of Four Stages of Psychological Safety. Dr. Clark has broken down the different stages to ensure psychological safety in teams. Dr. Timothy Clark shares how teams can build on the understanding of each stages in order to boost psychological safety in the workplace.

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Be Fearless; 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose With Jean Case
Partnering Leadership
June 15, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jean Case, Chairman of National Geographic Society, CEO of the Case Foundation, CEO of Case Impact Network, and author of Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose. Jean Case talks about the 5 Principles to cultivate fearlessness: 1) Make a Big Bet 2) Be bold, take risks 3) Make failure matter 4) Reach beyond your bubble and 5) Let urgency conquer fear. Jean discusses each principle, citing real-life stories and offering meaningful advice to truly Be Fearless.

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Reimagining Collaboration With Phil Simon
Partnering Leadership
June 10, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Phil Simon, a dynamic keynote speaker, and world-renowned technology and collaboration authority and an award-winning author of eleven business books and counting, most recently Reimagining Collaboration: Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and the Post-COVID World of Work. Phil Simon shares how to more effectively use technology in leading our organizations in a changing world of work.

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Good Business With Professor Bill Novelli
Partnering Leadership
June 08, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Bill Novelli, a distinguished professor of the practice at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, former CEO of AARP, co-founder of Porter Novelli, and author of the book Good Business: The Talk, Fight, Win Way to Change the World. Bill talked about the concept of doing well by doing good in business and how ethics is important when leading an organization.

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Follow Your Passion to Do What You Love and Love What You Do With Jim Braun
Partnering Leadership
June 03, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jim Braun about pursuing what you are passionate about. Jim Braun shares the story of how he left his stable corporate job and 2 degrees to do what he loves the most. He also gives advice to young people still figuring out what they want to do for the rest of their professional lives.

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Executive Leadership With Jll’s Vice Chairman Herman Bulls
Partnering Leadership
June 01, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Herman Bulls, Vice Chairman Americas, JLL. Herman Bulls talks about his leadership journey, from modest beginnings to eventually becoming one of the most influential people in the real estate industry.

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The Power of Visual Leadership With Todd Cherches
Partnering Leadership
May 27, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Todd Cherches, CEO of BigBlueGumball and author of VisuaLeadership: Leveraging the Power of Visual Thinking in Leadership and in Life. Todd Cherches shared experiences that transformed him as a leader. He also talks about the power of visual leadership and how it can improve communication as well as inspire those you lead.

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Leading Ongoing Transformation With Andy Grimm
Partnering Leadership
May 25, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Andy Grimm, CEO of Apple Federal Credit Union. Andy Grimm shares leadership lessons learned as he rose through the ranks at Apple Federal Credit Union, eventually to earn the position of CEO. Andy Grimm also shares leadership insights on how he has led the organization through different transformation initiatives.

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Full Spectrum Leadership for a Vuca World With Dr. Bob Johansen
Partnering Leadership
May 20, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Bob Johansen, renowned futurist and author of the book Full Spectrum Thinking. Bob Johansen talks about future back thinking, the importance of seeking clarity while avoiding certainty and how leaders can thrive in a VUCA World.

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Chinese American Values Driven Leadership With Tom Fong
Partnering Leadership
May 18, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Tom Fong. Tom Fong founded Compcierge USA and is currently with MYTA technologies. Tom shared his perspectives on leadership and disruptive technologies. Additionally, Tom Fong shared the reason for his commitment to youth programs and leadership in the Chinese-American community.

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Inventing Digital Photography at Kodak With Steven Sasson
Partnering Leadership
May 13, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Steven Sasson who invented the digital camera while working at Kodak, earning him The National Medal of Technology and Innovation award. Steven Sasson shares the story of how digital photography came to be, the many inventions that made it more accessible to eventually take the place of film photography. Steven Sasson also talks about the support for the invention at Kodak and the many cultural and leadership challenges that got in the way of Kodak taking full advantage of the technology.

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Pivotal Moments of Leading With Impact With Robert Morgan
Partnering Leadership
May 11, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Robert Morgan, founder and CEO of Talaria Media, Pivotal Moments, Managing Partner at Caneel, co-founder of GoodSeeker, and former CEO of MorganFranklin Consulting. Robert Morgan discussed how his personal life experiences aided him in establishing multiple successful and how he effectively worked with co-founders to nurture a great organizational culture.

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Showing Leadership Values Through Who We Choose to Celebrate
Partnering Leadership
May 06, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli discusses the importance of appreciating your team members and celebrating well-planned effort rather than just celebrating success. He also shares why who we choose to celebrate and what we choose to celebrate makes a big difference in nurturing a growth mindset and a great organizational culture.

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Leading With Humility and Empathy With John Veihmeyer
Partnering Leadership
May 04, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, John Veihmeyer, former global chairman of KPMG, looks back on how he started rising through the ranks at KPMG and why leading with self-awareness and empathy was critical in rebuilding morale. John Veihmeyer also shares valuable lessons in developing resilience in leadership, inspiring a purpose-driven culture in a company, and leading for impact.

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How to Lead Yourself and Your Organization to Become Undisruptable With Aidan McCullen
Partnering Leadership
April 29, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Aidan McCullen, the host and founder of The Innovation Show and author of the book Undisruptable: A Mindset of Permanent Reinvention for Individuals, Organisations and Life. Aidan shares examples on how organizations and individuals can embrace reinvention in order to become undisruptable.

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Leading With a Commitment to Education and Belief in the Power of Public Policy With Jim Dyke
Partnering Leadership
April 27, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jim Dyke, a partner in the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP. Jim Dyke served as Virginia’s Secretary of Education under former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, and as Domestic Policy Advisor to former Vice President Walter Mondale. Mr. Dyke shares lessons learned based on his vast leadership experience.

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The Transformative Power of Okrs and Leading With Empathy With Doug Dennerline
Partnering Leadership
April 22, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Doug Dennerline, the president and CEO of BetterWorks, a performance enablement solution company that aligns workforces to the organization's top priorities with their market-leading OKR (Objectives and Key Results) software. Doug Dennerline shares his thoughts on leading with empathy, the transformational power of OKRs and the future of work.

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Leading With a Belief for the Greater Good and Honoring a Legacy With Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis
Partnering Leadership
April 20, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis, neuroscientist and former Washington DC council member and chair of the committee on economic development, recounts stories of her father, Dr. Charles Drew, and shares stories of her life as a scientist and politician, and how the intersectionality of her passions empowers her to ask the right questions in solving complex problems and leading a community.

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How to Lead, Care and Win With Authenticity With Dan Pontefract
Partnering Leadership
April 15, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Dan Pontefract, CEO, and Founder of Pontefract Group and author of four books including his most recent book Lead, Care, Win: How to Become a Leader Who Matters. Dan Pontefract shares his thoughts on how to lead with greater humanity, care, and compassion.

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Being Prepared to Lead the Girl Scouts Way With Lidia Soto-Harmon
Partnering Leadership
April 13, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO of Girl Scouts of National Capital Region, and Chair and a trustee of the Migration Policy Institute. Lidia Soto-Harmon shares her inspiring story, the importance of being open to opportunities and how to lead a purpose driven organization through crisis.

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The Essential Leadership Skills for the Next Normal With Kon Apostolopoulos
Partnering Leadership
April 08, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Kon Apostolopoulos, founder and CEO of Fresh Biz Solutions and the co-author of 7 Keys to Navigating a Crisis. Kon Apostolopoulos shares how leaders can lead their organizations through and post-crisis.

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How to Speak Up, Speak Your Truth and Make a Difference With Rynthia Rost
Partnering Leadership
April 06, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Rynthia Rost, former GEICO Vice-President for Public Affairs, and the current executive advisor to IBM International Foundation. Rynthia Rost talks about the importance of finding your voice and using it to impact positive change.

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Example Is Leadership
Partnering Leadership
April 01, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks about how leaders can set an example for those they lead through their behaviors. Mahan shares examples of leadership behaviors that aren’t aligned with values and why team members pay attention to the smallest details of leadership behavior to determine values and priorities.

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Regional Leadership for Lasting Impact With Michael Rogers
Partnering Leadership
March 30, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Michael Rogers, Former Executive Director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). Prior to his appointment at COG, Mr. Rogers enjoyed a distinguished career as City Administrator and Deputy Mayor for Operations for the District of Columbia, was Director of the Mayor’s Office of Contracts/Chief Procurement Officer for the City of New York and Vice President/Municipal Services for Ogden Services Corporation.

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Putting Significance Before Success and Building on Gifts of Devastation With John Chappelear
Partnering Leadership
March 25, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with John Chappelear, president and founder of Changing the Focus and author of the Daily Six, Six Simple Steps to Find the Perfect Balance between Success and Significance. John Chappelear shares how a gift of devastation created the perfect opportunity for him to be a better mentor, a better leader and most of all a better person.

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The Performing Art of Leadership With Doug Wheeler
Partnering Leadership
March 23, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Doug Wheeler, Former President of Washington Performing Arts. Doug shares leadership lessons learned as he engaged the community with the organization’s mission and service to the community.

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Leading Dunkin Donuts From Around the Corner to Around the World With Robert Rosenberg
Partnering Leadership
March 18, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Robert Rosenberg, CEO of Dunkin Donuts for 35 years and author of the book “Around the Corner to Around the World: A Dozen Lessons I Learned Running Dunkin' Donuts.” Robert Rosenberg shares his origin story, leadership successes and mistakes, and lessons learned in growing Dunkin Donuts to the household name it is today, and his advice on how to effectively lead an organization.

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Responding to the Call of Leadership With Kathy Hollinger
Partnering Leadership
March 16, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Kathy Hollinger, President, and CEO of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), who has been recognized as one of the Most Influential Minorities in Cable and honored by Washington Business Journal as one of 20 Women Who Mean Business. Kathy shares how she has been able to create a positive culture within the community even during the pandemic.

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The Reinventionist Mindset With Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva
Partnering Leadership
March 11, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, Founder & Chief Reinvention Officer at Reinvention Academy and author of the book, How to Thrive in Chaos. Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva shares how reinvention can help individuals and organizations thrive in constant change.

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Leading With a Passion for Education With Dr. Irma Becerra
Partnering Leadership
March 09, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Dr. Irma Beccera, the seventh president of Marymount University, talks about her journey becoming a higher education leader, her research in knowledge management, how to see setbacks as opportunities for growth and her vision for the future of Marymount University.

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Renew, Rethink, Reimagine, Reinvent and Nowruz
Partnering Leadership
March 04, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks about Persian New Year, Nowruz, and its relevance to renewal, rethinking, reimagining, and reinventing which is needed by all, most especially now. The episode ends with a fun surprise, set to powerful music magnifying a message of hope and renewal.

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Ethical Leadership to Make a Difference With David Rutstein
Partnering Leadership
March 02, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with David Rutstein, former general counsel at Giant Food. David shares inspiring stories in his journey, what an ‘Ethical Will’ is, his 10 principles for leadership, and most important of all—how to lead with integrity and have an impact in the community.

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How to Build and Lead a Company Customers Can’t Live Without With Jim Kerr
Partnering Leadership
February 25, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jim Kerr, Founder of Indispensable Consulting and Author of the book INDISPENSABLE: Build and Lead A Company Customers Can’t Live Without, and shares his thoughts and insights on how being indispensable is a very important aspect of leading and creating a great culture.

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Leading With a Winner’s Mindset With Cary Hatch
Partnering Leadership
February 23, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Cary Hatch, CEO of MDB Communications. Cary Hatch discusses what it took for her to succeed as a female business owner and how difficulties can build up resilience, and the joy of having an impact on people and the entire Greater Washington DC DMV region.

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How Makers, Visionaries, and Outsiders Succeed With Jonathan Littman
Partnering Leadership
February 18, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Jonathan Littman, co-author of The Entrepreneurs Faces: How Makers, Visionaries and Outsiders Succeed, and several other best-selling books. Jonathan Littman talks about the importance of innovation in business and how business leaders can learn to create an entrepreneurial spirit in their teams and organizations.

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Helping Lead the Transformation of a County and the Region With Howard Stone
Partnering Leadership
February 16, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Howard Stone, Chair of the Board of Trustees for Prince George's Community College. Howard shares the source of his passion for education, love for Leadership Greater Washington and commitment over the years to Prince George’s County, MD.

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Using research-based positive psychology to become a better leader with Dr. Michelle McQuaid | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
Partnering Leadership
February 11, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dr. Michelle McQuaid, a best-selling author, workplace wellbeing teacher, and playful change activator. Michelle McQuaid talks about how positive psychology has influenced her perspective on leadership and shares lessons for effectively leading teams and organizations.

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Succeeding Against All Odds to Become a Profile in Success With Linda Rabbitt
Partnering Leadership
February 09, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Linda Rabbitt, the founder and chairman of Rand Construction, who is recognized as Washingtonian of the Year, and is in Washington's Business Hall of Fame. Linda shares her experiences overcoming breakage and setbacks, and how she used adversity as a motivator to achieve success.

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How to Lead With Love
Partnering Leadership
February 04, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks about the importance of leading with love and why genuine love is critical to leadership and a core essence of leading as a partner-leader.

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Impactful Leadership With a Genuine Drive to Help With Steve Harlan
Partnering Leadership
February 02, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Steve Harlan, Founder of Harlan Enterprises. LLC, as he shares how he rose through the ranks at KPMG, the role he played on the DC Financial Control Board in turning around Washington DC’s finances and his commitment to the community.

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Disruption Is Hard but Full of Opportunity With Henna Inam
Partnering Leadership
January 28, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Henna Inam, CEO of Transformational Leadership, talks about her journey to discovering her authentic self, her book Wired for Disruption and on how to be agile through times of disruption.

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Principle Centered Leadership for a Better World With Howard Ross
Partnering Leadership
January 26, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Howard Ross, Author of Reinventing Diversity, Everyday Bias, and Our Search for Belonging, talks about his background, how he started his own consulting firm, and his work on unconscious bias.

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Billion-Dollar Leadership Success With an Innovator’s Spirit With Chuck Swoboda
Partnering Leadership
January 21, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Chuck Swoboda, former Chief Executive Officer of Cree, author of Innovator Spirit, and podcast host of Innovators on Tap. Chuck Swoboda speaks in-depth about innovation and how to cultivate it as part of an organization’s culture.

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An Inspiring Vision to Eradicate Poverty With Dr. Mark Bergel
Partnering Leadership
January 19, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Dr. Mark Bergel, Co-founder of Shared Humanity Project, talks about his incredible life experiences and shares his profound love for humanity and how it molded his character to be the kind of leader he is now along with his vision to eradicate poverty.

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Antifragile Leadership in Action With Bettina Stern
Partnering Leadership
January 14, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Bettina Stern, co-founder of Chaia Tacos. Bettina shares her experience leading a business through crisis and her plans for growing Chaia Tacos nationally.

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Advocacy as a way of life and as a business with Ximena Hartsock
Partnering Leadership
January 12, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Ximena Hartsock, Co-founder of Phone2action and builder of tech for social good talks about how growing up in Chile and her father gave birth to her activism at an early age, how she battled injustice and hardship in Chile and as an immigrant to the United States and became successful while pursuing her advocacy as a way of life.

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Leading Ourselves With More Meaningful Goal Setting
Partnering Leadership
January 07, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks about how to think about goals differently and encourages leaders to think about their impact and legacy.

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Leading With Deep Values and a Service Mindset With Rosie Allen-Herring
Partnering Leadership
January 05, 2021
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Rosie-Allen Herring, President and CEO of the United Way NCA and Board Chair of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, talks about leading with purpose, leading the transformation of United Way NCA and reflects on the future leadership of the Greater Washington DC / DMV region.

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The Why and How of Leadership Happiness With Dr. Elia Gourgouris
Partnering Leadership
December 29, 2020
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dr. Elia Gourgouris, founder of Happiness Center and author of 7 Paths to Lasting Happiness and co-author of 7 Keys to Navigating a Crisis, A Practical Guide to Emotionally Dealing with Pandemics & Other Disasters. Dr. Elia Gourgouris shares some of his thoughts and perspectives on how we can nurture happiness in ourselves, and use happiness to become better leaders of organizations.

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Developing Grit to Lead Through Adversity With Shannon Huffman Polson
Partnering Leadership
December 22, 2020
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Shannon Huffman Polson, author of The Grit Factor and CEO of the Grit Institute, talks about her experiences as an Apache attack helicopter pilot, and the lessons learned on grit from women leaders in the US military.

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Leadership That Wins Hearts, Minds, and Produces Breakthrough Results With David Fagiano
Partnering Leadership
December 15, 2020
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, David Fagiano, former Chief Operating Officer of Dale Carnegie Training and former CEO of American Management Association, talks about his career, leadership lessons learned, and how he led organizations to achieve significant growth.

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Transformational Leadership With a Focus on What Really Matters With Patricia McGuire
Partnering Leadership
December 08, 2020
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Patricia McGuire, the president of Trinity Washington University, talks about how she led the transformation of Trinity, the leadership principles that she has learned, and advice she has for other leaders, as they're looking to lead their organizations through transformation.

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Leading With Empathy and Hope: Learning From Admiral Stockdale and the Stockdale Paradox
Partnering Leadership
December 03, 2020
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks about the Stockdale Paradox, the difference between hope and optimism, and the necessity for antifragility in leading your organization and team during times of crisis.

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Rule Breaking to Achieve Success as an Entrepreneur and Leader With David Gardner
Partnering Leadership
December 01, 2020
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, David Gardner, co-founder and chief Rule Breaker at The Motley Fool, talks about the origins of the company, the importance of purpose and culture in their organization, and David’s belief in Conscious Capitalism.

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Leading With Soul, Scheduling More Meetings and Brownies on the Table With Rishad Tobaccowala
Partnering Leadership
November 24, 2020
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Rishad Tobaccowala, Author of Restoring the Soul of Business, talks about the turd on the table, the story behind his book, and his perspective on the future of work.

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Carrying the Leadership Torch to Make a Meaningful Difference With A. Scott Bolden
Partnering Leadership
November 17, 2020
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, A. Scott Bolden, Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Reed Smith, talks about his background and history, failures, and successes that led him to make a real difference.

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Entrepreneurial Work Ethic and Optimism as a Leader With Victor Hoskins
Partnering Leadership
November 10, 2020
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Victor Hoskins, President and CEO of Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, shares how his upbringing influenced him and the many successes and challenges Victor has faced along the way.

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Antifragile Leadership Case Example With Scott Kratz
Partnering Leadership
November 05, 2020
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Scott Kratz, Vice President of Building Bridges Across The River, talks about how the pandemic crisis accelerated his organization's focus on partnering to better serve the community. Antifragile leadership in action.

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Doing Good to Do Well as a Leader With Lyles Carr
Partnering Leadership
November 03, 2020
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Lyles Carr, Senior Vice President of The McCormick Group, shares how his upbringing and value system influenced his commitment to giving back to the community, helping found and supporting dozens of organizations in the Greater Washington DC region.

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Pandemic Aftermath and Making Better Decisions for the Future With Trond Arne Undheim
Partnering Leadership
October 27, 2020
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Trond Arne Undheim, Author of Leadership From Below, Disruptive Games and Pandemic Aftermath, shares his views and ideas on leadership, the pandemic and future of work.

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Leadership for Community Impact With Alex Orfinger
Partnering Leadership
October 20, 2020
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Alex Orfinger, Publisher The Washington Business Journal, shares what drives him, how he came to lead The Washington Business Journal, and his thoughts on major community issues in the Greater Washington DC region.

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Leading With Purpose and Values With Charito Kruvant
Partnering Leadership
October 13, 2020
In this episode of the Partnering Leadership Podcast, Charito Kruvant, Founder & Board Chair Creative Associates International, talks about her childhood, what inspired her to focus on education and conflict resolution, and leadership lessons she has learned on her journey.

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How to Become an Antifragile Leader
Partnering Leadership
October 08, 2020
In this episode, Mahan Tavakoli talks about the concept of antifragility and its value in leading your team and organization through disruption and uncertainty.

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Becoming a Better Leader Through Adversity With Mary Abbajay
Partnering Leadership
October 06, 2020
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mary Abbajay, President Careerstone Group and author of Managing Up, talks about her story of resilience, journey to leadership transformation and becoming a successful consultant and author.

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Partnering Leadership
Partnering Leadership
September 01, 2020
Learn from the leadership journey of Greater Washington DC region changemakers and global thought leaders so you can align better with your purpose, grow professionally with meaning, and have a greater impact. Each week Mahan Tavakoli sits down for an intimate conversation with diverse leaders to learn from their leadership journeys so we can all improve, grow, and have a greater impact.

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