Present Tense Future Perfect

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Leadership Crash Course

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Let’s begin with the question of why and how does anyone become entrenched in the discipline of leadership development?  For myself, it began with a graduate course on The Presidency and the required reading of a huge tome by James MacGregor Burns on what he considered to be the most significant Presidents in the history of the US.  His was a qualitative, historical, and, at times, psychological account of the leadership vision of those who changed the institution of the American executive.  One could say, in today’s terms, he selected transformational leaders.  In fact, Burns is them academic who coined the phrase, ‘transformational leadership.’ It was fascinating to understand the determination each of these men had to lead and I wanted to be part of that journey for today’s current and future leaders.


Present Tense, Future Perfect is a radio show about leadership.  Not any leadership, but it seeks to inquire into the factors responsible for today’s turning point in history and if those of us engaged in developing leaders are doing it right.  How are organizations, societies, and individuals being impacted by changes in our world?  How do we develop leaders to respond to them?  What changes can we make today to have an impact on tomorrow?  This holds for us on a personal level as much as on organizational and societal levels.

What are the factors which are reshaping our world? I was asked what I saw as the principal challenges facing organizations today.  I responded, Globalization and Innovation.  Then I heard Thomas Friedman talking about his new book, Thank You for Being Late.  He identified the first two and added, Climate Change, and Technology. I could agree with that.  In fact, one could well argue that Technology is the principal driver of the first three.

Developing leaders for a future (and a present) reshaped by these factors is the overall theme of the program.  However, over 16 weeks we intend to explore with experts in their fields,

– The effects of Globalization on our economies and labor markets and how global and international companies are responding

– How Innovation both excites those companies engaged in finding new ways to satisfy their customers, but also challenges them because it requires a dual focus on maintaining the current business while planning for the new.

– What does climate change mean for our agricultural requirements and do rising sea levels mean massive population shifts within and among Continents?

– If Moore’s Law tells us that advances in digital technologies will grow exponentially every 2 years, what does it mean for humans’ ability to maintain control over the machines and devices?

Perhaps organizations today are expecting too much of their leaders.  With that in mind, we’ve invited guests to talk about Mindfulness, stress management, the introduction of yoga into the workplace, and meditation.  If the world is moving at such an incredible pace and our ability to learn how to catch up with the factors responsible for change is challenged, how do we anchor ourselves and keep in touch with our humanity, our souls, our feelings?

Personal development, growth, and fast learning may be our competitive advantage, but at what cost?

We invite you to listen to Present Tense, Future Perfect, and to participate.  The hope is to provoke, stimulate, and inspire.


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    • Marion   On   May 1, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Hello Christine,

      Thanks so much for listening! I appreciate the compliment. My guests have been fantastic. All of them have said how much fun they had on the program. Considering we are discussing some heavy topics, it’s a great compliment.

      If you can, listen to this Wednesday’s show, May 3rd. We are discussing climate change and global warming. It is NOT a Chinese plot. My guest is an expert, Dr. Burton Jaffee, who is passionate about the subject. I think people will enjoy listening.

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