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leadership

Michael Brito - Participant Marketing
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Michael Brito - Participant Marketing

"If you can really focus your attention first on your own employees, all the good…

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Sarah Spain, ESPN -
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Sarah Spain, ESPN - "Sports, Sexism and How We Can Do Better"

"Now there's ways for people to really elevate the voices of people of color or…

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Dr. Leah Weiss -
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Dr. Leah Weiss - "How We Work"

"Failure feels uncomfortable and people need to learn how to deal with that experience emotionally,…

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Charlan Nemeth, UC Berkeley -
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Charlan Nemeth, UC Berkeley - "In Defense of Troublemakers"

“I think that that listening as if you're wrong is an extremely important mindset.”…

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David Cancel, CEO of Drift -
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David Cancel, CEO of Drift - "Helping is the New Selling"

“Somehow we have this false story in entrepreneurship and technology specifically that we are supposed…

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Melissa Shilling, NYU Stern School of Business -
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Melissa Shilling, NYU Stern School of Business - "Quirky"

"People with extremely high self efficacy will try things that other people will see as…

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Ori Brafman, UC Berkeley -
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Ori Brafman, UC Berkeley - "The Chaos Imperative."

“We look at inclusion as not just a nice to have, but as a strategic…

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Daniel Coyle - The Culture Code
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Daniel Coyle - The Culture Code

It's the trust that is built through shared vulnerability. A vulnerability loop. Trust doesn't  just…

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Colin Fisher, University College London - Organizations Improvise
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Colin Fisher, University College London - Organizations Improvise

Kelly dials across the pond to Colin Fisher, who is one of the few academics…

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Brittany Packnett -
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Brittany Packnett - "Activism, Education and Equity."

Kelly talks with Brittany Packnett an activist who has worked with Teach for America and…

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Bob Johansen, “The New Leadership Literacies”
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Bob Johansen, “The New Leadership Literacies”

Kelly welcomes Bob Johansen back to the show to talk about his new…

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Ronald Heifetz, Harvard University - “Leadership is an Improvisational Art”
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Ronald Heifetz, Harvard University - “Leadership is an Improvisational Art”

Kelly talks to Harvard’s Ronald Heifetz about the science behind leadership and how…

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The Cross-Armed Crowd
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The Cross-Armed Crowd

We judge ourselves by our intentions, we judge other people by their actions. Good intentions…

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Wendy Clark, CEO of DDB - Leading By Owning It
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Wendy Clark, CEO of DDB - Leading By Owning It

Kelly sits down with Coca Cola veteran and current CEO of DDB North America, Wendy…

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What’s The Best Way to Collaborate and Connect With Team Members? Throw a Pizza Party, and Here’s Why…
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What’s The Best Way to Collaborate and Connect With Team Members? Throw a Pizza Party, and Here’s Why…

By  TJ Medel – Second City Works Facilitator Let’s be real for a minute. It’s…

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Relinquishing Power: The Hidden Strength of “I Don’t Know”
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Relinquishing Power: The Hidden Strength of “I Don’t Know”

True leadership is about surrounding yourself with people who know what they are doing —and…

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Rodd Wagner, BI Worldwide - People Aren’t Widgets
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Rodd Wagner, BI Worldwide - People Aren’t Widgets

Kelly talks to Rodd Wagner, VP of employment engagement strategies for BI Worldwide…

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Solving Backwards in a 1000 words. Can you picture It?
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Solving Backwards in a 1000 words. Can you picture It?

Do you dare me? Has there ever been a more clearly self-destructive question? Yes. “Is…

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Lead Change
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Lead Change

Leadership decisions can be hardest to execute when your world is less certain.

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Leading In - Christie Hefner
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Leading In - Christie Hefner

Kelly Leonard sits down with Christie Hefner who has surprising and thoughtful ideas on “people”…

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Asking The Manager of Ask A Manager - Alison Green
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Asking The Manager of Ask A Manager - Alison Green

Kelly Leonard gets the best work advice about management from Alison Green who runs the…

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Larry Ellison to Miles Davis: What Makes A Superboss - Sydney Finkelstein
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Larry Ellison to Miles Davis: What Makes A Superboss - Sydney Finkelstein

Dr. Finkelstein has spent decades studying leadership, in his new book “Superbosses,” he finds some…

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Ready for Hillary Clinton, Trump and Dealing with Rats - Tracy Sefl
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Ready for Hillary Clinton, Trump and Dealing with Rats - Tracy Sefl

Kelly Leonard connects with Tracy Sefl, a longtime political consultant who…

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What Improv Can Teach You About Holding Onto New Hires
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What Improv Can Teach You About Holding Onto New Hires

Your onboarding program sucks. Here are tips on keeping your new recruits on their toes,…

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What It's Like to Manage a Bunch of SNL Stars
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What It's Like to Manage a Bunch of SNL Stars

When Second City executive vice president Kelly Leonard gave Tina Fey creative space,…

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How Improv Can Make You a Better Leader
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How Improv Can Make You a Better Leader

Second City, Chicago’s renowned comedy school and theater, shows that the funny business translates to…

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Live From Cigna, It's Improvisation
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Live From Cigna, It's Improvisation

Imagine all of the company executives standing arm in arm pretending to be a six-headed…

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Improv Training is Making Management Throw Away the Script
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Improv Training is Making Management Throw Away the Script

The next consultant to visit your office may not be from McKinsey. Few hard-charging business leaders have…

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Am I a Bad Boss? Seriously, Am I?
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Am I a Bad Boss? Seriously, Am I?

It's incredibly easy to judge our boss, company leaders, and everyone else for not living…

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Adam McKay: Leading Like an Improviser
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Adam McKay: Leading Like an Improviser

Leading by following. It’s a concept that is core to improvisation. The idea is that…

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