The Connected Leadership Podcast






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Sabra Horne, former chief of the Innovation Hub at the US Government CISA agency is Andy Lopata's guest this week. The professional relationships that had most impact on Sabra's life and career were mainly centred around 9/11. Involved in academic research at the start of her career, she saw the power of research to make a difference in a positive way. After 9/11 she moved into government to work to make the world a better place. She was influenced by a CIA Chief of Station who used her leadership role to care for her staff and taught how to interact and work with teams. In terms of negative relationships, Sabra's view is to have the courage in the moment, to have the difficult conversation that might solve the situation.  Andy and Sabra finish the podcast by talking about her favourite resources.

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In this week's Connected Leadership Podcast, Andy Lopata talks about cyber security and changes in technology with Sabra Horne, sometime Chief of Innovation Hub at CISA, Cyber Security Infrastructure and Security Agency in the US government. The view of the world shifted after 9/11 as criminals are able to utilise simple ways to affect us all at a very dramatic level. The need for collaboration, partnerships and innovation was recognised globally and Sabra was involved in agencies in the US taking up the challenge. She discusses hacking (for good), and how we work together to achieve common goals.  Andy and Sabra also look at how businesses and individuals can protect themselves and the innovation and use of AI.

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Joe Hirsch, author of 'The Feedback Fix' talks to Andy Lopata about the professional relationships that have had the most impact on his career and how he deals with negative relationships. Joe remembers the 'mirror holder' who challenged him with a mindset changing question during a personal career crisis and the question 'Why do you think that?' which was asked often forcing him to stop and think before acting. It made him be reflective rather than reflexive and to have the confidence to rely on his principles and beliefs. Finally, he shares his favourite resources.

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In this fascinating discussion on giving and receiving feedback with columnist and author Joe Hirsch, Joe and Andy explore a wide range of issues of interest to leaders who look for a successful process that builds rather than damages relationships. Feedback should help participants to evolve rather than provoking fear, resistance and retreat. There needs to be a change of mindset, creating a constructive partnership between the 'giver' and the 'receiver'. Joe suggests specific ways of achieving productive feedback both formal and informal. He emphasises the importance of care, caution and collaboration in a trusted relationship. Andy suggests a followup podcast to cover particularly the problem of how to receive feedback.

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The importance of serving to lead in professional relationships is discussed by Andy Lopata with his guest Devon Harris member of the first Jamaican bobsled team at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Devon found that the army do this well. You need to work with people who value you as an equal.  Without this, there is no trust. Devon suggests moving away from a relationship if your principles don't align. Finally , Devon recommends his favourite book and podcast.

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From the slums of Kingston, Jamaica to Sandhurst Military Academy. That was the massive culture change for Devon Harris. He had to prove his ability to himself and believe in himself. Devon was a member of the first Jamaican bobsled team at the 1988 Winter Olympics, a story made into the film 'Cool Running'.  The training for the Olympics was similar to the intensive training at Sandhurst. The team had to learn to be supportive, despite the fierce competition to be the leader. The team had to learn to be good followers if they wanted to be good leaders. They also had to manage conflict and develop trust.

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In this month's 'Ask Andy', Andy Lopata answers three questions from recent presentations. First, he looks at how to deal with toxic work relationships that could create mental health issues. The second question relates to personality issues with leaders. And finally, an unusual question: 'I am anti-social, I don't like people. I can be charismatic and know that relationships are important'.  Difficult but interesting topics to reflect on.

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In the first of Andy Lopata's new regular conversations with Ruth Gotian, contributor to Forbes Magazine and Psychology Today, they discuss high achievers and how to encourage and develop their talent. Topics covered include an organisation's role in investing in and recognising their potential stars. The framework that will instill curiosity and creativity and give opportunities to learn and progress. Andy and Ruth also look at the role of mentoring and the importance of rotating through departments and divisions to establish relationships. Mentoring will be discussed more fully in future podcasts.

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In a fascinating second discussion with Caterina Kostoula, Andy Lopata asks Caterina about the professional relationships that have had the most impact on her career. They then talk about what happens when a relationship goes wrong. Caterina remembers early important relationships and learning how to manage the ending of those work relationships while retaining the connection. They also discuss struggles with authority, avoidance and establishing common ground before meetings. The resources that have had the most influence on her, including the work of Michael Meade.

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