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once you have made leadership a cognitive exercise it is not leadership any more, leaders don’t learn to lead by talking about leadership - ever

Ron Carucci has a thirty-year track record helping executives tackle challenges of strategy, organization, and leadership — from start-ups to Fortune 10s, non-profits to heads-of-state, turn-arounds to new markets and strategies, overhauling leadership and culture to re-designing for growth. With experience in more than 25 countries on 4 continents, he helps organizations articulate strategies that lead to accelerated growth, and then designs programs to execute those strategies. The best-selling author of eight books, including the recent Amazon #1 Rising to Power, Ron is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, where Navalent’s work on leadership was named one of 2016’s management ideas that mattered most. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes, and a two-time TEDx speaker. Ron is proud to be a member of the Marshall Goldsmith MG100 coaches community. His work’s been featured in Fortune, CEO Magazine, Inc., BusinessInsider, MSNBC, Business Week, and Smart Business.

Ron lives in the Seattle area with his wife and two children. Ron keeps a collection of antique door knobs, door knockers, and skeleton keys. Every day, they remind him that life is about finding and pursuing the open doors in front of you and making sure those doors open for others. In the morning, one of his favorite routines is picking the coffee mug in the conference room from among his collection. Each mug hails from a difference experience and person in his life and helps him begin his day remembering to be grateful for all those in his life who’ve been part of his story.


Talking points with Ed Andrew

  • discussing organisational design - “your organisation is perfectly designed to get the results you are getting” 


  • on behavioural science and entitlement, unpacking his 15 year study with 3,300 leaders about dishonesty (3)


  • on start ups and scaling, how start ups don't like standardisation, they need organisational design tools and they create messy boundaries without knowing - they avoid design at all costs (7)


"leaders have to come out of working in the business to work on the business and work on the organisation and then design the blueprint for growth" 


  • discussing trust and how it is commensurate with complexity - working with pioneering high growth tech, asking what does it take to lose my trust, "the absence of trust is nit the same of mis-trust"


  • on failure and making mistakes "failure is a currency, most people don’t mean fail fast, we need to ask, what is our tolerance for risk and failure" on getting the neural pathways formed in advance of the inevitable screw up to manage it and the reaction - leaving the organisation better than you found it 


“start up CEO's should be required to go to therapy at all times” (21)


  • discussing enormously successful leaders and their relationship to trauma  - "many leaders escape their trauma and have thriving careers or meteoric rise because of the pain" - “addictive and abuse behaviour is not random” (28.40)


  • discussing self managing and self regulation and the ten year study on executive transition and why people fail in the first 18 months  


  • discussing winning and failing organisational design, building a global business 


  • what is leadership coaching - "once you have made leadership a cognitive exercise its not leadership any more"​


  • discussing taking content to the leaders, you cannot take them out of their context


  • discussing how to shape a leader, there is no better mechanism to form a leader than the future 


  • discussing stress management, look at the origins at the stress, look at your health data, plastering over stress behaviours you will look hypocritical and duplicitous  

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Ron Carucci's TEDx talk - How to be more Powerful than Powerless,

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