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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.

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Podcast | December 13, 2022

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Gail Taylor & Matt Taylor about their decades of experience creating environments, tools, and processes for facilitating Group Genius with large complex organizations. They begin with how they became facilitators and how they came to the same conclusion from two totally different backgrounds.  Later, they explain how working across many industries helps them bring competitors together to solve complex problems.  We also discuss language and how verbs better describe who we are.  Listen in for many more tips from these two of two giants of facilitation.

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Podcast | December 6, 2022

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Peggy Holman about her work supporting diverse groups to face complex issues.  She begins with how and why she transitioned from software systems to people systems.  Later, Peggy shares her three keys for creating space that holds compassion and complexity.  We also discuss the importance of setting clear intentions.  Listen in for tips on how to create hubs to help navigate complexity.

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Podcast | November 29, 2022

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dethra Giles about her decades of experience working in Human Resources with a focus on Diversity and Inclusion.  She begins with reflections on how ‘playing teacher’ as a child influenced her career.  Later, Dethra explores cultures of connection and how they transcended the transition to virtual workforces.  We also discuss how diversity initiatives need to set new leaders up for success.  Listen in for tips on how to think about unconscious bias.

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Podcast | November 22, 2022

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Matthew Skelton about his journey in organization dynamics.  He starts with reflections on people and cohesion.  Later, Matthew shares how he applied software principles to teams.   We also discuss simple tips for balancing cognitive load when considering the big picture and getting stuff done.  Listen in for thoughts on how to be more intentional in doing organizational work.

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Podcast | November 15, 2022

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Tom Geraghty about his journey helping make the world of work a safer, higher performing, more inclusive and equitable place. He starts with reflections on microaggressions in the workplace. Later, Tom shares why he helps organizations embrace emergence and experimentation. We also discuss simple tips for finding the sweet spot between productivity and exploring. Listen in for thoughts on how and why embracing discomfort and disagreement lead to higher performing teams.

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Podcast | November 8, 2022

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Mika Cross about her journey helping both private and public sectors transform the workplace. She starts with reflections on how her time in the military helped shape her perspective on workplace transformation. Later, Mika shares why she fell in love with people, process, culture, and performance consulting. We also discuss simple tips for improving psychological safety in large bureaucratic organizations. Listen in for thoughts on how and why companies need to invest in workplace culture.

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Podcast | November 1, 2022

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Kelly Leonard about his three-plus decades managing the legendary sketch comedy group The Second City.  He begins with reflections on the shared origins of team improvisation and social work.  Later, Kelly explores self-verification theory and how it can lead to stronger relationships faster.   We also discuss group brainstorming and breaking down silos.  Listen in for a plan to save the world by improving listening skills.

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Podcast | October 25, 2022

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Alla Weinberg about her career as a UX Designer turned Culture Designer and thought leader.  She starts with reflections on why she became a Culture Designer.  Later, Alla discusses the differences of safety and trust.  We also discuss the relationship between psychological safety and the state of the nervous system.  Listen in for insights into how to build better relationships and connection at work.  

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Podcast | October 18, 2022

In this episode of Control the Room, I had the pleasure of speaking with Melanie Parish about her long career as a Leadership Coach.  She starts with reflections on her approach to coaching which prioritizes experimentation.  Later, Melanie talks about radical inclusion and the reframe she uses to help others broaden the range of topics they can discuss.  We also discuss the importance of feedback cultures and personal wellness.  Listen in for insights into leadership essentials.