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October 30, 2019
leading-resilience

The Resilient Leader: inspiring agile achievement

What is Resilient Leadership? At Conversant, we think of resilience as the ability to turn stress and disappointment into strength, achievement and joy. Leading change in […]
February 22, 2019

Leading Change? Organizational Evolution Requires Human Connection

Conventional wisdom says that a “burning platform” is essential to organization change. We’d like to challenge that.  In our experience, vibrant, innovative organizations don’t require a […]
February 2, 2017

Are You Killing or Encouraging Innovation In the Workplace? Interview with Peter Mulford

Innovation in the workplace is something we all want to see more of – IF we even know what we’re talking about! Today’s guest Peter Mulford, Chief Innovation […]
January 4, 2017

Organizational Problems: How to Find Them and Truly Fix Them, with Anne Murray Allen

Most of us have been in meetings where the topic of discussion is a particular problem that’s been going on in the organization for some time. […]
December 8, 2016

Transform Civil Discourse Using A 3 Letter Word, with Laura Huffman

  You may not use the word “civil discourse” in daily conversation much but you engage in it all the time. It’s the act of talking […]
November 21, 2016

Why Continuous Improvement is Dangerous

In this episode, Colin and Mickey discuss the dangers and limitations that come with striving for “continuous improvement” in an age that demands companies change and […]
November 10, 2016

Connected Leaders Keep Their Best Days in Front of Them

Connected leaders must work to inspire teams to keep their best days in front of them. They must create an environment that nurtures trust and relationship […]
October 26, 2016

Authenticity Is An Art of Correction Not Perfection

True authenticity is based upon curiosity rather than certainty. If we’re truly being authentic with one another we’re learning every moment so that we’re constantly adjusting. […]
October 19, 2016

Don’t Bastardize Your Apology

In today’s episode, Mickey is joined by senior Conversant consultant, Robin Anselmi, to discuss the importance apology plays within the realm of leadership, as well as […]
October 6, 2016

Good Leaders Kill The Annual Performance Review

In this episode, Mickey interviews a senior leader of Conversant, Jim Motroni, on his thoughts of why annual performance reviews might actually decrease performance. Leaders must […]
October 3, 2016

Authentic Purpose is Essential to Employee Engagement

Inspired and resilient workforces are led by a sense of purpose rather than the efforts of one or more individuals. Ultimately “purpose” is the one point […]
September 15, 2016

3 Questions Every Leader Should Ask

All people long to be valued and understood. As a leader, it really is your job to care and create that connection with the people with […]
September 1, 2016

The Simplest (and most important) Key to Being a Great Leader

If you want to be a good connected leader, you must be present to both the situation and the people around you. Practicing “presence” sounds simple, […]
August 25, 2016

Good Leaders Must Focus on Personal Development

Don Van Winkle joins the show to discuss the primary traits that lend themselves to “good” leaders. First and foremost, Mickey and Don discuss the overarching […]
August 9, 2016

Are your leaders killing the business? What to do about it…

We have analyzed thousands of employee surveys across the world and conducted live interviews with employees on six continents. We have discovered that when the “superior […]
July 7, 2016

3 Key Factors to High Employee Engagement

Employee engagement remains critical to the success of organizations. Studies show that higher engagement means more motivated employees resulting in better customer satisfaction and company profitability. […]
February 17, 2015

The Heart of Transformation

For anyone who has lived through, or led, large-scale change in today’s corporate environment, the notion that “people resist change” often stands as a taken-for-granted starting […]
March 17, 2014

Trust is Built, Not Granted

When people think about trust, they very quickly leap to thinking about someone’s character.

November 15, 2013

Is it so hard to pick up the phone?

Picking up the telephone can be key to creating a valuable conversation The Case of Whoopi and Oprah I heard Whoopi Goldberg interviewed on the radio […]
January 26, 2013

Stretching…

I like quotations, and I have a quotation site I especially like full of nuggets I often find timely and relevant.  Earlier this week, one showed […]
October 19, 2012

Leading Healthy Organizations

Leaders create the conditions for positive organizational health, and are a product of them.  Yes, you heard me right.  Leaders make organizations healthy or not, and […]
September 24, 2012

The Gift of Feedback

A few nights ago my wife said to me, “I don’t know if you realize it, the way you talk lately has become ponderous and you […]
June 15, 2012

The Agile Ascent: Leading in the Age of Agility

Recently, I saw a prominent leader in descent. His iconic business, hugely profitable for years, was in rapid decline.  Voices of customers, employees and investors were […]
June 15, 2012

Smarter Together: Accelerating Speed-to-Results

Last year, I worked with a group of senior leaders facing a tough administrative cost cutting environment. Faced with the potential for service reduction, they asked Conversant to help them save in a way that would grow their contribution and be true to their mission.