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In this episode, host Windy and Nicholas Janni, theater director turned coaching and leadership thought leader, discuss his book, “Leader as Healer.” In his book, Janni pushes back against the left-brain dominance in today’s culture and seeks to re-introduce our often dismissed capacities for feeling, sensation, mindfulness and intuition. Their conversation will explore how these qualities are essential in facing the challenges of our times.
Nicholas Janni has devoted his life to the study of human potential. Over the last 20 years he has gained an international reputation for his transformational coaching and leadership development seminars. He works with organisations, NGO’s and senior leaders worldwide and teaches at the IMD Business School in Switzerland. He bridges the worlds of creative, personal, spiritual and professional development in a uniquely powerful, relevant and accessible way.
In his first career he was a theatre director. He taught acting at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and directed his own theatre company. He has spent over 30 years researching the theory and the practice of ‘the zone’ of peak performance in art, life and work, and has studied and practiced multiple mind/body disciplines.
He co-founded the arts-based consultancy Olivier Mythodrama in 2001, and teaches at the IMD Business School in Lausanne, and the University of Oxford Said Business School.
His book “Leader as Healer, a new paradigm for 21st century leadership” was published in March 2022.
Dr Dumi is an Executive Coach, Team Coach and Ubuntu Intelligence Coach based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He works towards rehumanizing organisations and other shared spaces using Ubuntu values and creating safety for everyone to bring their best selves forward. He has just been elected to serve on the ICF Global Board as vice Chair (2022-2023).
In this week’s *Spark Leadership episode, Windy Tshepiso Maledu speaks with Executive Coach & Ubuntu practitioner Dr. Dumi Magadlel, about the concept of Ubuntu Intelligence, a way of seeing the world and each other as interconnected. They will explore how this mindset can benefit coaching practices and how this concept is quickly becoming a global phenomenon.
Judith Mangelsdorf is Germany’s first professor for positive psychology at the German University of Health and Sports. She is founder and director of the German Society of Positive Psychology as well as mentor coach and supervisor.
In this episode, host Windy and Dr. Mangelsdorf discuss positive psychology and coaching as well as how to harness your top strengths. They also take a deep dive into how to utilize positive leadership styles during times of crisis and growth.
Dr. Pennington is a leadership development consultant who focuses on accelerating and elevating the effectiveness of leaders, teams, and organizations. With over 30 years of experience, he has served in internal and external roles in a wide range of companies, organizations, and associations, across industries. My personal and professional missions blend together to keep me focused on “making a difference”.
In this episode, host Windy and Dr. Pennington discuss what it means to have conscious effort and intention behind leadership as well as how to develop your own leadership signature.
Maria Biquet is an experienced management consultant, executive coach and ethics researcher who has worked with senior executives from different countries in the private sector, the public sector and international NGO’s. She is also a lecturer at University of East London – Athens, Researcher on Ethics and President of EMCC Greece.
Maria brings knowledge and experience from various business sectors such as Telecommunications, Automotive, Retail Financing, Insurance, Banking and Consulting. In the last 25 years, she has worked for multinational companies in strategic marketing positions and led start – up projects for setting up new companies. In the latest episode, our host Windy and Maria will discuss Maria’s recent findings from the research she conducted on ethical dilemmas in coaching today.
Dr. Modupe Taylor-Pearce is a scholar and practitioner of organizational development and leadership. Over the past three decades, he has successfully coached and trained leaders in Africa, North America and Europe. His passion for leadership enhancement was born out of his experiences as a cadet in the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) and as a military officer serving in combat in the Sierra Leone Civil War, where he was shot twice. As the only Sierra Leonean with a PhD in Leadership, Modupe was the founding Dean of the African Leadership University School of Business, an institution providing a Pan-African MBA degree to Africa’s mid-career professionals.
He is also the Founder and CEO of Breakfast Club Africa Leadership, an organization that has impacted over 2,000 African leaders with coaching and knowledge-sharing services. In addition, Modupe leads a team of 32 Coaches across Africa and is the curator of The Made in Africa Leadership Conference. A TEDx speaker, Modupe has authored two books on leadership (“Striking Sustainable Success” and “Tough Love”) and a journal article in the International Journal of Leadership in Education. He is an alumnus of Capella University, Cornell University and the United States Military Academy. In this episode he will discuss his work in leadership development across Africa and why coaching is important for leaders who are already successful.
Whitney Johnson is an award winning author, coach and executive advisor whose expertise is focused on helping leaders grow their people to grow their organization. Whitney is the CEO of Disruption Advisors, a tech-enabled talent development company and one of the ten leading business thinkers in the world as named by Thinkers50. In 2017, she was selected from more than 17,000 candidates for the initial cohort of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches and was named as the #1Talent Coach.
Whitney is also world-class key note speaker and frequent lecturer for Harvard Business School’s Corporate Learning and an executive coach and advisors to CEOs. Some of her bestselling books include: Smart Growth, Build an A Team, a Financial Times Book of the Month and the critically acclaimed Disrupt Yourself. In this episode we’ll talk about how organizations can grow their people in a smart and efficient way.
Dr. Kenneth Nowack is a highly accomplished psychologist, neuroscientist, researcher and author. He serves as the President/Chief Research Officer of Envisia Learning, Inc. and also the developer of a new behavior change platform called Talent Accelerator, which designed to help coaches, consultants and trainers more effectively facilitate learning transfer and successful habit/behavior change while providing a feature to measure ROI.
In addition, Ken is a member of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations and has conducted research and published extensively in the areas of 360° feedback, leadership, health psychology, survey research, assessment and coaching. We’ll talk about the intersection of science and leadership, and how understanding the neuroscience behind psychological safety and trust can help retain talent and sustain high performance within organizations.
Dr. Oleg Konovalov is an acclaimed global thought leader, author, business educator, consultant, and C-suite coach. He is named among the top eight global experts in leadership and shortlisted for the Distinguished Award in Leadership by Thinkers50. Dr. Konovalov is also on Global Gurus Top 30 in Leadership, has been recognized as #1 Global Thought Leader on Culture by Thinkers 360.
Having been named as ‘the da Vinci of Visionary Leadership’ by many leading authorities of our time, Dr. Oleg Konovalov is helping companies to create and execute their vision, maintain a strong productive corporate culture and achieve superior business performance.
Most recently, his book, ‘The Vision Code: How to Create and Execute a Compelling Vision for your Business’ reveals the secrets of building and executing a strong vision within any organization.
Thomas A. Kolditz is a highly accomplished leadership expert, educator, author, consultant and a retired Brigadier General. He has been ranked among the top 25 coaches globally for the past five years and is the founder of five leader development startups, including Executive Director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. His latest book Leadership Reckoning has kicked off a movement in higher education to improve the quantity and quality of leader development for students.
Moreover, Thomas A. Kolditz has held various leadership roles on four continents and has been named a top leadership Thought Leader by the Leader to Leader Institute. In his 12 years at the U.S. Military Academy West Point, Kolditz led the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and was responsible for teaching, research, and outreach activities in Management, Leader Development Science, Psychology and Sociology.
Ben Renshaw is a world renowned leadership coach, speaker and author. His focus on authentic leadership and high performance is under-pinned by his inspirational ‘purpose’ approach which has been utilized by world-class companies. Ben’s innovative work with leading organizations, senior executives and entrepreneurs has helped in the development of leadership capability, high performing teams and transforming organizational cultures.
Ben’s work focuses on helping people think beyond what they first thought was possible and inspires them to be the best version of themselves. Some of his popular books include Being, Purpose, LEAD, SuperCoaching and his latest book LoveWork.
Charmaine Roche is an accredited executive coach, coach supervisor, PhD researcher, writer and podcaster. Her approach builds on a 29-year career as an educator and advisor, as well as being a contributor to thought leadership in the field of executive coaching through her focus on the ethics of coaching for social change.
Charmaine has been developing thinking around coaching for social justice and enjoys convening spaces for challenging conversations. Moreover, she is the founder The Philosopher’s Stone Collective, a global community of practice that supports and encourages freedom of thought, expression and action for those in education. The Philosopher’s Stone Collective also helps establish a social justice eco-system that supports professionals explore social equity and decoloniality. Her latest research paper Racial Justice, Equity and Belonging with Jonathan Passmore, explores the question of whether coaching is an inclusive and diverse industry? Also, can and should coaching contribute towards racial justice and equity?
Sally Helgesen is an international best-selling author, speaker and leadership coach. She is cited in Forbes as the world’s premier expert on women’s leadership and was named by Thinker’s 50 as one of the world’s top 20 coaches and ranked number 6 among the world’s thought leaders by Global Gurus. Sally’s contribution has helped companies understand what women offer to organizations rather than how they need to change and adapt.
For over 30 years, Sally has delivered leadership workshops and keynotes for companies, partnership firms and associations around the world. Her most recent book, How Women Rise, co-authored with coaching legend Marshall Goldsmith, explores specific habits that hinder women as they seek to advancement and offers powerful practices to help women realize their full potential.
Cary L. Cooper is the 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. He is also a founding President of the British Academy of Management, President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), has been an advisor to the World Health Organization, ILO, and EU in the field of occupational health and well-being.
Professor Cooper is an author/editor of over 250 books in the field of occupational health psychology, workplace well-being, women at work and occupational stress. He is also currently the Chair of the National Forum for Health & Wellbeing at Work and was awarded Knighthood from the Queen of the United Kingdom for his contribution to the Social Sciences.
Brenda Bence is passionate about two things – leadership and branding, and how the two work together to help leaders achieve greater success in the workplace. Sought after across six continents as an executive leadership coach and motivational keynote speaker, Brenda is known for her “inside-out” leadership system. Recognized by Thinkers50 as a World Leader in Coaching, she is also consistently ranked by GlobalGurus as a Top-10 coach worldwide. Brenda earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and is the author of 11 award-winning books on leadership, coaching, and branding.
Brenda’s latest book titled, The Forgotten Choice: Shift Your Inner Mindset, Shape Your Outer World.
Terrence Taylor, was born in Sierra Leone and grew up in Maryland, USA. He began his career working on Wall Street, was a VP at CitiBank and served as CFO for startup Africa.com In the past 20 years he has created and built impactful leadership development programs across leadership pipelines.
He now works at Google as the Regional Talent & organizational Development Consultant for the Americas at Google. In this episode he shares insights on African and American leadership and the importance of bringing a voice to those who are being led.
Jonathan Passmore is an international respected coaching psychologist, Chair of the The British Psychological Society Coaching Division, researcher, author, executive coach, Professor of Coaching and Behavioral Change and Senior VP of Coaching at Coachhub.
Jonathan has dedicated his career to helping leaders, managers and organizations improve performance and well-being, which includes many years of experience working at international businesses such as PwC, IBM and OPM. He is also written 100 scientific articles and an author of over 30 books, including his latest titled, Excellence in Coaching.