How to Create a Culture that Supports Innovation and Disruption

How do you create a culture that supports innovation and disruption? I think it takes a leader who is compassionate (empathetic + action-oriented) and who creates an environment of trust. The New York Times had a great article, Visionaries With the Courage to Change the World, that focused on courageous leadership. I wholeheartedly agree with its...
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The Power of Listening Sparks The Power of Change

The power of listening can affect powerful change. This is why I realize that I need to spend more time coaching my business students on effective listening skills. Why? Because the most successful leaders that I work with are great listeners. They “seek first to understand” as the late Stephen Covey used to say. They...
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Communicating Your Story: The “Mask of Perfection”

Communicating your story is incredibly important in today’s world — if you aren’t sharing your story, who will? This is why it’s critical that individuals know, understand, and hone their communication preferences. I recently had the pleasure of working with 40 leaders from around the world at the annual conference of the International Association of College Admission...
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Leadership Workshop – Communicating Your Story: The Power of You

There has never been a more important time for leadership and collaboration in education. If you are a mid-level professional (5-7 years’ experience), this Communicating Your Story: The Power of You session created and led by Dr. Michelle K. Johnston, Professor of Management, Loyola University in partnership with the International ACAC Professional Development Committee, represents an exciting...
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The Missing Piece of Leadership

I just had the true pleasure of delivering a keynote presentation to Securities America’s annual conference. I spoke to their team of Super Women on The Missing Piece of Leadership. After watching their faces light up after owning their stories and finding a connection with each other, here is my call to action to all of...
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Leading The Way with Leadership Listening

I worked with an incredible group of leaders last week at Ochsner Health System. We were trying to deconstruct effective leadership listening skills. After much discussion, we realized that the necessary listening skills of organizations today go much further than the old command and control model of just making sure you heard the message correctly...
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