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UP NOW – BARRY RELLAFORD – INSPIRED DECISIONS

BARRY RELLAFORD

MAKING INSPIRED DECISIONS IS A
CAPACITY WITHIN US ALL

Culture & Growth Coach

Barry is a Culture and Growth Coach. He is also a strategic advisor to Mark.

Barry and Mark talk about a practical method for nurturing and harvesting inspired decision making within us. It's more than intellect, creativity, or wisdom. It's at the center of the human experience. And it can have bottom-line impact.

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MY LEADERSHIP JOURNEY

BRINGING THE JUICE - EVERY DAY

Dave Canales

Coach, Seattle Seahawks

Mark and Dave breakdown Dave's leadership journey. Come for some exclusive Seahawks stories, stay for the tips on how leadership growth can help excel at the highest level.

KVON TUCKER

WORK FIRST ON YOU

Head of Leadership at Google Staffing
CEO/Founder of Consciously

Kvon is known by colleagues as the leader whisperer, a fitting title given his gift for helping leaders see and become the best version of themselves – the leaders their world needs them to be.

PAUL TASNER

YOUR AGE MATTERS
– PERHAPS DIFFERENTLY THAN YOU THINK

Entrepreneur, Ted Talk Presenter, Advocate for the Environment, Agism, and Other Good Causes

After working continuously for other people for 40 years, Paul was abruptly fired at age 64 ... mostly because he was ... 64. So, he did the obvious and started his own business. Paul's inspiring story brings agism, activism, and ingenuity into focus.

ROD WALKER

PRESIDENT of KOTTER CONSULTING

Let's Talk Change

Rod Walker is the president of Kotter Consulting, a world leader in strategic and systemic change. Rod will talk with Mark about some of the key realities and opportunities facing us right now to make meaningful change, and what true leadership needs to look like in that effort.

LET'S TALK FRESH START

David Berry

VP People & Culture, Municipal

David and Mark discuss the importance of organizational culture, and why right now is the best time for a fresh start – as a business, team, and individual.

LET'S TALK MUNICIPAL

Culture First – Cool Product Next

Harry Arnett

Founder/CEO of Municipal

David Berry

VP People & Culture, Municipal

MUNICIPAL makes very cool product. But that's not the whole story. What's also very cool is how they are creating culture first. MUNICIPAL.COM Join us and learn what they have learned.

LET'S TALK TRANSFORMATION

Molly Davis

Leadership Coach, Author, Advisor

Mark and Molly have an unscripted and spontaneous conversation about what "transformation" really means – beyond the buzzword and below the surface. Today is not just an ideal time to engage in transformation, it is essential for survival and continued success.

DR. ERIKA FIGGE

STEP IN & STEP UP

World class athlete. Doctor. Leader. Mother. Wellness Expert.

Mark holds a candid conversation with Dr. Figge and learns about how she discovered who she is and what she is capable of – primarily through her choices to step in and step up.

ENGAGE. EDUCATE. EMPOWER.

It's Who I Am. It's What I Do.

Barbara Bell, Ed.D.

Pilot. Naval Officer. Executive. Author. Educator. Leader.

Barbara Bell is all about engaging, educating, and empowering. As one of the first women to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy and as an aviator, Barbara knows what it means to be in the minority, and she knows how significantly education can change a life.

Barbara shares with Mark some of her most cherished lessons and insights from her multifaceted career - still in the making.

QCHANGE

ACCELERATING THE LEADER EXPERIENCE

James Kelley, Ph.D.
Rob Buckingham
John Howes, Ph.D.

The founders of qChange talk about their promising tool that helps leaders learn right within the context of their every day role as a leader.

LEAD with HEART. MOVE with CAUSE.

G Cody QJ Goldberg

Father. Leader. Founder of Harper's Playground.

Cody shares with Mark his amazing life story, how he went from playing drums in Mexico to an amazing career at adidas and RedBull.

Then how he and his wife, April, led a movement that designed, funded and built the first totally inclusive playground in Portland, OR. Their passion project, Harper’s Playground, was featured on NBC’s the TODAY Show and their family had a day named for them by the mayor of Portland for their efforts.

EVERYDAY LEADERS

Who they are. Why they are essential.
How to grow them.

Frank Boudreau

Author. Leadership Coach. Advisor.

Mark and Frank will discuss the bottom-line value of the "everyday leader." Frank will share several of his insights after years of direct experience coaching leaders in the aerospace, logistics, and technology industries. Many of his greatest successes have been in helping engineers and technology professionals discover their own leadership capabilities and focus them toward absolute workplace needs. Frank will also point out that the everyday leader is needed - not only in the workplace - but also in the community, the ball field, the home, and the congregation.

MANAGING GROWTH, CONFLICT, AND INNOVATION

The Dame Brothers

Founders of Proof Eyewear

Taylor, Brooks and Tanner Dame are brothers and founders of Proof Eyewear. Together, they transformed an existing family business into multiple successful ventures, and learned many valuable lessons along the way.

LET'S TALK SUCCESS MINDSETS

Keys to Unlocking Your Greater Success

Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D.

Leadership Professor. Best Selling Author. Researcher.

Mark explores with Ryan the powerful and practical influence our mindsets have on our beliefs, thinking, behavior, and ultimate success.

A leader that doesn't know the power of mindsets is like a chef that doesn't know the magic of butter.

LEADING IN A VIRTUAL WORLD

John Hester

Sr. Consulting Partner, The Blanchard Companies

John and Mark discuss the realities, challenges, and opportunities associated with leading in a virtual work environment.

YOUR LEARNING STRATEGY: HOW'S THAT WORKING?

Paul Swan, Ph.D.

Learning Strategist.

Dr. Paul Swan has been actively involved in designing and developing corporate management, customer service, and product training for Fortune 500 companies for the past twenty years.

Paul shares what he has learned on what works well ... and not so well ... when it comes to strategic learning initiatives.

BOOST YOUR ROI ON LEARNING

Rob Matzkin

Entrepreneur, Co-Founder at MyQuest

Mark and Rob explore the challenges and pitfalls of workplace learning, and how many leaders and organizations are frustrated by the lack of return on learning. They also discuss how to fix that.

LEARNING & LEADING IN HEALTHCARE

Larry Hancock

Healthcare Executive & Professor

Mark and Larry examine some of the current realities and opportunities associated with learning and leading in the essential field of healthcare.

MESSAGE MATTERS

Tanya Sullivan

President, Plus One Strategic Communications

Mark and Tanya discuss why leadership messaging matters and how to get the words right.


OWNERSHIP SPIRIT

Dennis Deaton

CEO, Quma Learning

Mark and Dennis discuss the powerful affect of "owner" thinking over "victim" thinking on individual leaders, particularly on leadership teams.

INFORM, INVOLVE, INSPIRE

Barry Rellaford

Culture & Growth Coach

Mark and Barry discuss the contrast between the "Three C's: Control, Command, and Constrict," and the "Three I's: Inform, Involve, and Inspire."

LEAD STRONG THROUGH CRISIS

Panel Discussion

Mark Christensen leads a discussion with Tanya Sullivan, Joe Vance, and Brad Hammer about how to lead your team through the crisis brought on by the COVID 19 pandemic.