August 16, 2022
Join Host Buzz Knight with guest Charlene Li.
She is the Chief Research Officer for the PA Consulting Group, Author and Expert in the field of leadership and disruption.
Be Bold, Open, Transparent, and Authentic for Change as a Leader with Charlene Li
Leaders need to be fearless and take risks to create change. Sometimes it's not a matter of being lucky but rather being bold enough to initiate the change in the first place. If a leader is too scared or cautious about taking risks, they will never be able to implement the needed changes their organization needs. Join another conversation of “Takin’ a Walk Podcast.” This show is about the love of conversations with extraordinary people, people who have extraordinary stories. Leadership is one of the topics I always talk about with the guests when taking a walk. Today’s guest, Charlene Li, is an expert in that area.
Charlene Li has been helping people see the future for the past two decades. She’s the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including her newest release, The Disruption Mindset: Why Some Businesses Transform While Others Fail, and Open Leadership, as well as co-author of the critically-acclaimed book, Groundswell. Charlene is an entrepreneur who founded and ran Altimeter Group, a disruptive industry analyst firm that Prophet acquired in 2015. With over 20 years of experience in tech and business, she has been a respected advisor to Fortune 500 companies on digital transformation and leadership. Charlene also serves on the regional board for YPO, a global network of CEOs.
Charlene is a sought-after public speaker and has appeared at events ranging from TED and the World Business Forum to SXSW. She has appeared on 60 Minutes and PBS NewsHour and is frequently quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Associated Press. She was named one of the Top 50 Leadership Innovators by Inc. and one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company. Charlene graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives in San Francisco and enjoys baking sourdough bread to counter her real-time professional life.
During this episode, you will learn about;
[00:00] Episode intro and today’s guest; Charlene Li
[01:40] Our today’s walk is in San Francisco
[02:37] How it has been as the Chief Research Officer at PA Consulting
[03:47] How can radio and media companies be bolder at a time of shifting their thinking
[05:13] How companies have broken free from the handcuffs of a pandemic
[06:49] Uncomfortable conversations of disruptive change within organizations
[08:15] Mindfulness and leadership
[10:07] Why do most leaders lack enough urgency in the tasks?
[12:39] The future of work
[15:14] How can a leader foster optimism in an organization
[16:21] Ending the show and call to action
- People who are good at growing in distractions have developed a mindset of seeing obstacles as opportunities.
- The people who are able to be bold to experiment are the ones who have healthy relationships with crises.
- The good news is that there’s no bad news…The bad news is that there’s no good news.
- If you are not creating change as a leader, you are just maintaining the status quo.
Charlene’s Books Mentioned
- Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HOXLLG/
- The Disruption Mindset: Why Some Organizations Transform While Others Fail: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07W8W72T4/
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