Partnering Leadership

Partnering Leadership

Learn from the leadership journey of Greater Washington DC region changemakers and global thought leaders so you can align better with your purpose, grow professionally with meaning, and have a greater impact. Each week Mahan Tavakoli sits down for an intimate conversation with diverse leaders to learn from their leadership journeys so we can all improve, grow, and have a greater impact. PartneringLeadership.com... Show More

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February 25, 2021 29 min

In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jim Kerr, Founder of Indispensable Consulting and Author of the book INDISPENSABLE: Build and Lead A Company Customers Can’t Live Without, and shares his thoughts and insights on how being indispensable is a very important aspect of leading and creating a great culture.


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  • Why Jim Kerr wrote his book INDISPENSABLE
  • Jim Kerr shares his thoughts on how to ...
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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Cary Hatch, CEO of MDB Communications. Cary Hatch discusses what it took for her to succeed as a female business owner and how difficulties can build up resilience, and the joy of having an impact on people and the entire Greater Washington DC DMV region.


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  • Cary Hatch shares how to use fear of failure as a driving force to move forward and achieve goal...
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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Jonathan Littman, co-author of The Entrepreneurs Faces: How Makers, Visionaries and Outsiders Succeed, and several other best-selling books. Jonathan Littman talks about the importance of innovation in business and how business leaders can learn to create an entrepreneurial spirit in their teams and organizations.


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  • The importance of creating an intrap...
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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Howard Stone, Chair of the Board of Trustees for Prince George's Community College.  Howard shares the source of his passion for education, love for Leadership Greater Washington and commitment over the years to Prince George’s County, MD.


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  • Howard Stone’s focus on public service
  • How Howard Stone supported Wayne Curry and helped transform Prince Ge...
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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dr. Michelle McQuaid, a best-selling author, workplace wellbeing teacher, and playful change activator. Michelle McQuaid talks about how positive psychology has influenced her perspective on leadership and shares lessons for effectively leading teams and organizations.


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  • How Dr. Michelle McQuaid came to positive psychology and the science of behavior ...
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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Linda Rabbitt, the founder and chairman of Rand Construction, who is recognized as Washingtonian of the Year, and is in Washington's Business Hall of Fame. Linda shares her experiences overcoming breakage and setbacks, and how she used adversity as a motivator to achieve success.


    Highlights:

  • Why and how  Linda Rabbitt started all over again at age 32 
  • Linda Rabbi...
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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks about the importance of leading with love and why genuine love is critical to leadership and a core essence of leading as a partner-leader. 


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  • Mahan Tavakoli builds on the defenition of love and its connection to leadership
  • Four essential factors for leading with love
  • Mahan Tavakoli shares examples of leaders who have shown genuine care and love for their tea...
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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Steve Harlan, Founder of Harlan Enterprises. LLC, as he shares how he rose through the ranks at KPMG, the role he played on the DC Financial Control Board in turning around Washington DC’s finances and his commitment to the community.  


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  • Steve Harlan shares the story of his army days and how he ended up becoming an accountant
  • Steve Harlan talks about t...
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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Henna Inam, CEO of Transformational Leadership,  talks about her journey to discovering her authentic self, her book Wired for Disruption and on how to be agile through times of disruption.


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  • Henna Inam shared her story of rediscovering her purpose in life
  • Henna Inam talks about how to be your most authentic self and how to use that to be a force for good
  • The story behind writing...
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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Howard Ross, Author of Reinventing Diversity, Everyday Bias, and Our Search for Belonging, talks about his background, how he started his own consulting firm, and his work on unconscious bias.

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  • The story of Howard Ross’ journey of reinventing himself
  • The influence of his Jewish heritage and the value of his parents in shaping his life and leadership
  • What inspired Howard Ross to ...
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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Chuck Swoboda, former Chief Executive Officer of Cree, author of Innovator Spirit, and podcast host of Innovators on Tap. Chuck Swoboda speaks in-depth about innovation and how to cultivate it as part of an organization’s culture.


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  • Chuck Swoboda talks about his upbringing and how that influenced the kind of leader he came to be
  • Chuck Swoboda shares wh...
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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Dr. Mark Bergel, Co-founder of Shared Humanity Project, talks about his incredible life experiences and shares his profound love for humanity and how it molded his character to be the kind of leader he is now along with his vision to eradicate poverty. 

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  • Mark Bergel’s upbringing and impact on his service mindset
  • How morality created a foundation for successful leadership
  • Mark Be...
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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Bettina Stern, co-founder of Chaia Tacos. Bettina shares her experience leading a business through crisis and her plans for growing Chaia Tacos nationally.

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  •  Bettina Stern shares how she and Suzanne Simon started Chaia Tacos through a mutual love for food
  • Bettina Stern talks about the local food business scene and getting support from the Washington D...
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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Ximena Hartsock, Co-founder of Phone2action and builder of tech for social good talks about how growing up in Chile and her father gave birth to her activism at an early age, how she battled injustice and hardship in Chile and as an immigrant to the United States and became successful while pursuing her advocacy as a way of life.


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  • Ximena Hartsock on how building a great cultur...
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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks about how to think about goals differently and encourages leaders to think about their impact and legacy.

    Some highlights:

  • The story behind Alfred Nobel’s legacy
  • Mahan Tavakoli shares insights on Bronnie Ware’s article about regrets
  • Setting goals for impact and leaving a meaningful legacy

  • Also mentioned in this episode:

    Alfred Nobel, Inventor

    Bronnie Ware, Author

    Connect with M...

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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Rosie-Allen Herring, President and CEO of the United Way NCA and Board Chair of  the Greater Washington Board of Trade, talks about leading with purpose, leading the transformation of United Way NCA  and reflects on the future leadership of the Greater Washington DC / DMV region.


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  • Rosie Allen-Herring shares how her brothers and sisters inspire her to become a better leader
  • Rosi...
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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dr. Elia Gourgouris, founder of Happiness Center and author of 7 Paths to Lasting Happiness and co-author of 7 Keys to Navigating a Crisis, A Practical Guide to Emotionally Dealing with Pandemics & Other Disasters.  Dr. Elia Gourgouris shares some of his thoughts and perspectives on how we can nurture happiness in ourselves, and use happiness to become better ...

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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Shannon Huffman Polson, author of The Grit Factor and CEO of the Grit Institute, talks about her experiences as an Apache attack helicopter pilot, and the lessons learned on grit from women leaders in the US military.


    Some highlights:

    The story behind Shannon Huffman Polson being one of the first women to fly an Apache attack helicopter

    The inspiration behind the book “The Grit Factor”

    How owni...

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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, David Fagiano, former Chief Operating Officer of Dale Carnegie Training and former CEO of American Management Association, talks about his career, leadership lessons learned, and how he led organizations to achieve significant growth. 


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    How David Fagiano started out his career in the mail order business and ended up in a career in the training industry

    How Davi...

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    In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Patricia McGuire, the president of Trinity Washington University,  talks about how she led the transformation of Trinity, the leadership principles that she has learned, and advice she has for other leaders, as they're looking to lead their organizations through transformation. 


    Some highlights:

    Pat McGuire shares the story of her early years of activism

    How Pat McGuire transitioned from l...

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