The Linchpin to Your Company’s Success

Today’s show crackles with energy from the very first minute because my guest, our own Leaguer Irene Becker, is such an Extraordinary Thinker. Here are just a few examples:

Says Irene about being the first female CEO of a near-bankrupt steel company in Canada: “I was a round blonde woman. Wrong look, wrong sex. I’ve always been one to buck trends. I made it work. We turned it around and got into the black quickly.”

“What do I do working with a company that’s in the red? We need a thoughtful, human approach, but we need things that work fast.”

“A lot of theories sit on the shelf. Theories that sit on the shelf are not going to help anybody actualize their potential.”

3Q Edge – IQ, EQ, and SQ working together are what make us a leader.

  1. IQ – Strategic thought. The ability to learn and relearn under pressure.
  2. EQ – Emotional intelligence.
  3. SQ – Spirit in the sense of purpose, values, integrity: leadership at its core.

“The lynchpin to success is to take a stressor and use it to build your ability to learn and relearn faster. The learn/relearn piece is huge.”

“If your CEO doesn’t get employee engagement, you’re heading toward Jurassic Park!”

This is barely the beginning of our fascinating talk! Wait until Irene tells you about her REACH methodology! And just wait until she goes off about her favorite tag line, ‘Leading at the speed of change.’ This is one episode of Switch and Shift that you can’t afford to miss!

To connect with this brilliant leader on her own website, go HERE.

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Ted Coiné is a Forbes Top 10 Social Media Power Influencer and an Inc. Top 100 Leadership and Management Expert. This stance at the crossroads of social and leadership put him in a unique perspective to identify the demise of Industrial Age management and the birth of the Social Age. The result, after five years of trend watching, interviewing and intensive research, is his latest book, A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive, which he co-authored with Mark Babbitt. An inspirational speaker and popular blogger, Ted is a pioneer of the Human Side of Business (#humanbiz) movement. He is also a serial business founder and three-time CEO. When not speaking at conferences and corporate functions, Ted advises CEOs on how to become Truly Social Leaders, or “Blue Unicorns” as they put it in A World Gone Social, in order to bring their companies into the Social Age. Ted’s advice: “Change is only scary if it’s happening to you. Instead, bring the change your competitors dread. That is something only a Social Age business leader can accomplish.”

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