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Podcast | June 28, 2023

In this episode of the Control Room podcast, Leanne Hughes, author of "The Two-Hour Workshop Blueprint," shares her secrets to designing and delivering workshops that are efficient and effective. Leanne emphasizes the importance of being purposeful and grounded as a facilitator, and discusses the concept of co-creating to achieve real collaboration.

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Podcast | May 8, 2023

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Lisa Solomon about how she felt disillusioned with how leaders were behaving after the dot com crash and wanted to understand their decision-making process when facing uncertainty and how that shaped her work. Later, Lisa explores how the disruption of AI could change the way we educate and the effect it is having on students, teachers and policymakers. We also discuss the skills that every leader should have to be successful. Listen in to reflect on what can make your meetings more generative and level up your facilitation skills.

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Podcast | February 28, 2023

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Anne Libera about her time teaching comedy and improv at The Second City.  She starts with reflections on the relationship between improv and behavior.  Later, Anne shares why she created the first Comedy Writing Degree in the U.S.   We also discuss the three elements of Comedy: Recognition, Pain, and Distance.  Listen for thoughts on how and why we might bring comedy into our lives.

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Podcast | February 21, 2023

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Reed Coke about his decades of experience teaching others about AI.  He begins with reflections on how he started.  Later, Reed explores human learning with machine learning.  We also discuss what new roles may emerge for humans.  Listen in to reflect on what makes humans inherently unique as humans.

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Podcast | February 14, 2023

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Nick about his experience working in Design Systems and adopting tech while keeping the people in mind. He begins with reflections on collaboration. Later, Nick explores cultures of innovation and the importance of ‘first draft thinking’. We also discuss feedback loops, governance, and starting small when implementing change. Listen in for example of the value of design system.

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Podcast | January 31, 2023

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Skye Osunde about her journey helping organizations improve team dynamics.  She shares how her experience in Higher Education, travel, and as a young manager influenced her career.  Later, Skye explains how her windy career background has helped her communicate confidently with leaders from different industries.   We also discuss simple tips for helping companies create space for authentic connection and rapport.  Listen in for thoughts on how companies can move beyond performative inclusion efforts.

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Podcast | January 24, 2023

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Adam Luepke about his experience supporting change initiatives at Quantive. He begins with reflections on what helped him discover a passion for solving complex business problems. Later, Adam talks about OKRs and best practices for changing your business. We also discuss what makes a successful Chief Of Staff. Listen in for tips on how to synthesize communication.

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Podcast | January 17, 2023

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Maria Giudice about her decades of experience leading design, creative, and business leaders. She begins with reflections on how a Professor reframed her perspective on design and its value to others. Later, Maria shares her thoughts on transition and how to approach it best. We also discuss one of Maria’s learning experiences leading design initiatives at a large software company in detail. Listen in for tips on how to keep making progress even during failure.

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Podcast | January 10, 2023

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Nicole Brauckmann about her journey leading Organizational Change initiatives.  She begins with reflections on why it’s important client understand what the change process feels like and where they’re going.  Later, Nicole dives into the four forces that support change.  We also discuss the importance of storytelling and how organizational change starts with the individuals.  Listen in for more tips on how to create the conditions for change to emerge.

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Podcast | January 3, 2023

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Brian Ardinger about his work helping entrepreneurs and organizations innovate.  He begins with how and why he decided to dedicate his career to innovation.  Later, Brian shares a practical approach to organizational innovation called the 1-2-3-4 method.  We also discuss the importance of creating a shared understanding of what innovation means for each of his clients.  Listen in for tips on how to instigate innovation both inside and outside the organization.