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132: Lorna Davis, part 1: C-suites and B-corps

on February 7, 2019 in Blog

This episode is longer, but full of inside views at a leverage point of leadership and the environment. Consulting firms and business schools wish they had access to global corporate leaders at the frontier of change like Lorna. We spoke in-person about multinationals she’s led across the globe. And she takes on one of the longest personal challenges of any guest so far. Lest you think the conversation was all[…] Keep reading →

131: Dawn Riley, part 1: After winning the Americas Cup, revitalizing sailing

on February 6, 2019 in Podcast

Dawn Riley has sailed in 3 Americas cups, won around the world races, and led other teams. I wish you could see the context for our conversation. We’re at the sailing center she runs to restart the elite level of American sailing. Before this conversation she sent me out to see Olympic medalists competing on the Long Island sound. Shortly after, they all came in for a barbecue — Olympic[…] Keep reading →

My first rowing half-marathon

on February 5, 2019 in Blog

I recently interviewed Olympic gold medalist and Crossfit Games champion Anna Tunnicliffe Tobias, whom I met through America’s Cup winner and podcast guest Dawn Riley. Given Anna’s achievements, she’s remarkably down to Earth (as is Dawn). In researching her, I found that last year’s Crossfit Games included a rowing marathon—that is, rowing 42,195 meters. The athletes learn what events they’ll do only hours before competing, so they just had to[…] Keep reading →

130: John Lee Dumas, part 3: One year picking up beach garbage

on February 4, 2019 in Podcast

I’m trying something new for my third conversation with John: releasing the conversation unedited. While no editing means the sound is raw, you also hear everything. Why? Because you can hear how our relationship is developing into a friendship. in contrast to most conversations about the environment that I hear. They’re about facts, doom, gloom, what the government should do, how nothing matters, and other analytic, academic, abstract, philosophical stuff.[…] Keep reading →

The Ethicist: I Quit Watching Football Because It Harms Players. Can I Still Keep Up With My Team?

on February 3, 2019 in Ethicist

My series answering the New York Times’ Ethicist column with an active, leadership approach instead of an analytical, philosophical perspective continues with “I Quit Watching Football Because It Harms Players. Can I Still Keep Up With My Team?”. I have decided to stop watching football given the recent findings about the frequency with which concussions occur and the long-term effects of those concussions on the players. I am not trying[…] Keep reading →

Sheepship: the opposite of leadership

on February 2, 2019 in Blog

I met another NYU professor and talked to her about leadership. I told her how many people tell me they want to lead, but when opportunities arrive, they see risk, not opportunity, and fold. Leadership opportunities almost always mean doing what hasn’t been done before, or what people don’t know how to do. If they did, they wouldn’t need a leader. In the abstract, people want to lead. They want[…] Keep reading →

129: Dave Gardner, part 2: “Came to relieve the burden, stayed for the joy”

on February 1, 2019 in Blog

David and I could have talked about growth and how many people think growth is sustainable and non-growth isn’t, which seems based on a system hurtling toward collapse, whereas a steady-state economy and population can be sustainable. Instead we just talked about the fun of riding more and getting outside. He lives in Colorado with hills. What looked like a challenge before starting became part of the joy. The natural[…] Keep reading →

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