Friday, January 22, 2016, 1PM-2 PM ET
What do Leaders Read? Literary Inspirations
Guests: Martha Johnson and Judah Pollack
Most leaders keep up with news in their fields and the latest theories of business and organizational scholars. Many also find inspiration in literature and the fictional lives of heroes, protagonists, villains, and those who cope creatively.
Martha Johnson is leadership writer, consultant, and coach who draws on the lessons learned as an executive from a 35-year career in public and private organizations.
She was nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the US Senate to be the Administrator of the General Services Administration, a position she held from 2010-2012. She also served eight years with the Clinton Administration and was appointed to two commissions with the British Government. Her private sector career has spanned the information technology, architecture, strategic consulting, and automotive industries including Cummins Engine Company, Computer Sciences Corporation, Ellenzweig and Moore, Architects, and SRA International.
Johnson's interests range across leadership, organizational transformation, sustainability, and government innovation. She has been featured repeatedly in the press and has testified multiple times before the US Congress. Her writing credits include On My Watch: Leadership, Innovation, and Personal Resilience, a best selling book on Amazon published in October 2013. Along with co-author, Harry Hutson, she is publishing Navigating an Organizational Crisis: When Leadership Matters Most (Praeger), scheduled for release in January. Johnson blogs at www.MarthaJohnson.com.
Johnson was graduated with a BA from Oberlin College and earned an MBA from the Yale University School of Management.
Judah Pollack is a writer, speaker and coach specializing in the art of leadership in a rapidly changing world. He has been working with Jungian psychology and the concepts of type, archetype and soul to create more self aware leaders. He has worked with the US Army, Google, The New York Times, and Startx of Stanford University and is a regular lecturer at Haas School of Business. He is the co-author of The Chaos Imperative, a book about how the complexity in disorder can help with innovation. His latest book, scheduled for January release by Penguin, is Wiring the Breakthrough Brain. His co-author is Olivia Fox Cabane, author of The Charisma Myth. In the new book Pollack and Cabane explore how systems and organizations can be more innovative. After studying the insight machinery of the brain we are looking to see if it is possible to biomimic the brains design in our organizations both formally and informally.