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Cookbooks to Corporates: Rebecca Seal

The Connected Leadership Podcast

Release Date: 03/11/2021

Professional Relationships with Dr Lynda Shaw show art Professional Relationships with Dr Lynda Shaw

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Dr Lynda Shaw tells Andy Lopata about the two inspirational teachers who impacted her career. The first, the Biology teacher in school who through using stories of the body set her on the path of a love of science. The professor who mentored her during her PHD studies. They cared enough to give Lynda their time, focus and passion which helped to map out her career. She believes that where relationships fail it is usually caused by misunderstanding intentions, poor communications and assumptions made.

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The Neuroscience of Connected Leadership with Lynda Shaw show art The Neuroscience of Connected Leadership with Lynda Shaw

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Andy Lopata's guest this week is Dr Lynda Shaw, a cognitive neuroscientist. Andy was interested in how neuroscience helps us to understand our relationships with other people and manage them more effectively. Lynda emphasised that we can never know how someone else feels and that empathy is important in building relationships. Leaders need to understand the impact of their decisions on other people. Neuroscience helps to understand people; understand what motivates people and how to build relationships.

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Professional Relationships: Dr Beam Maue show art Professional Relationships: Dr Beam Maue

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Andy Lopata and Beam Maue follow up their earlier conversation by looking at professional relationships both positive and negative, that impacted the experiment. The US Airforce General who gave him the opportunity to lead the mission and a leader and role model who had vision and belief in him. Beam and his team did initially encounter negativity from people who did not fully understand what he was trying to achieve, but by connecting with people the situation did improve. Beam shares his resources

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Managing Bureaucracy at Scale: Dr Beam Maue show art Managing Bureaucracy at Scale: Dr Beam Maue

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Dr Beam Maue is the co-founder of AFWERX, an innovation mission within the US Airforce. He and his team created an innovative and forward thinking community within a military hierarchy and bureaucracy. AFWERX now collaborates with hundreds of tech groups and small businesses. Andy and Beam discuss the ideas of democracy versus dictatorships that formed the mission, overcoming problems and the importance of teams and relationships. The mission was based on centralised leadership and decentralised action.

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Professional Relationships with Laura Ash and Kul Muhay show art Professional Relationships with Laura Ash and Kul Muhay

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Laura Ash and Kul Muhay talk to Andy Lopata about the professional relationships that impacted their careers. Kul, an introvert found he has a tendency to develop deep relationships based on a values first perspective. For Laura relationships are the core of business and listening is paramount in developing those connections. People who are judgemental cannot form good relationships.  Kul found that any kind of relationship will fail when there is a lack of trust, communication or understanding.

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The Role of Strong Relationships in Managing Conflict show art The Role of Strong Relationships in Managing Conflict

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In an inspiring discussion with Laura Ash and Kul Muhay, both former police officers, Andy Lopata looks at the role of strong relationships in managing conflict situations.  Emotional intelligence is about understanding the social context of the environment you're in and building relationships, important in diffusing conflict situations. Andy, Laura and Kul talk about trust, leadership, police response and gathering intelligence. They also examine inclusion, culture and conflict within the police force.

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Navigating the Gotiansphere with Ruth Gotian show art Navigating the Gotiansphere with Ruth Gotian

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Andy Lopata and Ruth Gotian talk about the levels of trust that enable you to open up your network to other people. The 'Gotiansphere' is Andy's description of a world created by Ruth where her networks overlap with many becoming close friends who she knows, likes and trusts. These three steps in a relationship are discussed in detail. Covid has made us comfortable with forming virtual relationships. But, networks also have to be protected and you  share your network when it is appropriate.

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Professional Relationships: Mark Herschberg show art Professional Relationships: Mark Herschberg

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In this discussion about the impact of professional relationships on his career, Mark Herschberg is certain that all the relationships he has had have influenced him in some way. Different relationships both positive and negative helped form the people skills critical in management. For Mark, ethics really matter and he did come across unethical managers. He recognised that there may be no right or wrong but there is a line that must not be crossed. He shares some of his favourite books.

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Building Careers Through Relationships: Mark Herschberg show art Building Careers Through Relationships: Mark Herschberg

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Mark Herschberg the author of The Career Toolkit, has had a varied career from cyber security to creating marketplaces and new authentication systems and teaching at MIT. Andy and Mark take a practical view of how relationships play a key role in a successful career, including both internal relationships in an organisation and widening your network with a diverse external network. Career growth and promotion prospects are linked to how you are perceived and how you sell yourself.

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Professional Relationships: Neil Wilkie show art Professional Relationships: Neil Wilkie

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Successful but unhappy, Neil Wilkie gave up his business where he had never felt comfortable with the ultimate goal of profit. He moved to Vistage acting as a mentor in mastermind groups. For the first time he felt equal in the community of Vistage Chairs, the collegiate nature which emphasised a shared purpose, openness and support. The desire for approval from his father and family problems were among the negative relationships impacting his career

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Following his first interview with journalist, television presenter,food writer and critic, Rebecca Seal, Andy Lopata asks Rebecca about the impact of professional relationships on her career. Rebecca talks specifically about three people; the editor who taught her in the early stage of her journalistic career; the PR for restaurants who was a silent mentor, gently pushing her when she was a freelance writer to gain her first regular client. Her agent for many years who always believed in her.  Looking at professional relationships that have gone wrong, Rebecca talks about projecting very high expectations on people and putting them under too much pressure. Creating stress leads to letting people down.

Finally they discuss resources and particularly books.  A full list can be found in the show notes but three books were most notable; Mindset by Carol Dweck, Grit by Angela Duckworth and Gulp by Mary Roach