13. March 2020 - 16:00

EVOLVE: Thought Leadership for Oklahoma & Arkansas, Online, Friday, 13. March 2020

As a Human Resources professional, part of your job is always be learning and improving. You may not always have money in the budget, the time to take a class or attend a conference.  That makes it extremely difficult to stay on top of new trends and topics!  

I believe that everyone should read a book or two a year to expand their knowledge and hone their craft.  I want to help you develop your skills by sending you 4 of the most popular books that fall under HR Leadership.  This will be an exclusive group that will contain some of the best leaders across Oklahoma and Arkansas.

The Rules

Only one person from a company can sign up!  You must be in a current Leadership Role within your organization.  The key to promoting new ideas across the group is cross pollinating new ideas.

Your company must have between 500 and 2,500 employees based in Oklahoma or Arkansas to sign up.  

Each quarter I will send out a book on the list below to registered Thought Leaders.  

I will coordinate a book debrief session at the end of each month to share ideas and thoughts across the group.  You do not have to participate each quarter in the book debriefs, but you will miss great ideas and thought sharing if you do!

Being a part of my Thought Leadership Group does not mean we have to work together.  

This is an exclusive group, so sign up quickly!

Depending on the results, I might set a few more ground rules, but the goal is for me to invest in your career.  I am a big believer in paying it forward, so I hope everyone takes this chance to sign up for a great program sponsored by Ultimate Software!

The Brains!

With nearly two decades of experience in strategic human resources and operations leadership, Linda is the principal behind a dynamic organizational development and human resources consulting practice. Skilled in creating and sustaining innovative cultures using effective feedback and strategic people operations, Linda combines peak performance, authenticity and personal presence to maximize success for individuals and organizations. Linda offers an exceptional reputation of radical operational focus centering respect and empathy at all levels.

Today, Linda is an in-demand professional speaker fluent in topics of group and team dynamics, feedback, communication competency, and coaching. Her signature charismatic and engaging presentations are driven by her passion for service, offering unparalleled learner-centered environments punctuated by storytelling and humor. 

Speaking at more than 80 events in 2019, Linda speaks in front of thousands of people each year including executives and senior leadership, professional and industry conferences and organizations, and teams in a variety of industries. Her topics range from building and leading effective teams, leadership and organizational development, the art and competency of giving and receiving feedback, adapting and thriving with change, and the power of our individual brand and voice as we contribute to collaborative environments.

The Goods!

1. The Infinite Game - Simon Sinek

From the New York Times best-selling author of Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last, a bold framework for leadership in today's ever-changing world.

How do we win a game that has no end? Finite games, like football or chess, have known players, fixed rules, and a clear endpoint. The winners and losers are easily identified. Infinite games, games with no finish line, like business or politics, or life itself, have players who come and go. The rules of an infinite game are changeable, while infinite games have no defined endpoint. There are no winners or losers - only ahead and behind.

The question is, how do we play to succeed in the game we're in?

In this revelatory new audiobook, Simon Sinek offers a framework for leading with an infinite mindset. On one hand, none of us can resist the fleeting thrills of a promotion earned or a tournament won, yet these rewards fade quickly. In pursuit of a just cause, we will commit to a vision of a future world so appealing that we will build it week after week, month after month, year after year. Although we do not know the exact form this world will take, working toward it gives our work and our life meaning.

Leaders who embrace an infinite mindset build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. Ultimately, they are the ones who lead us into the future.

2. Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth - Richard Boyatzis, Melvin Smith, & Ellen Van Oosten

You're trying to help - but is it working?

Helping others is a good thing. Often, as a leader, manager, doctor, teacher, or coach, it's central to your job. But even the most well-intentioned efforts to help others can be undermined by a simple truth: We almost always focus on trying to "fix" people, correcting problems or filling the gaps between where they are and where we think they should be. Unfortunately, this doesn't work well, if at all, to inspire sustained learning or positive change.

There's a better way. In this powerful, practical book, emotional intelligence expert Richard Boyatzis and Weatherhead School of Management colleagues Melvin Smith and Ellen Van Oosten present a clear and hopeful message. The way to help someone learn and change, they say, cannot be focused primarily on fixing problems, but instead must connect to that person's positive vision of themselves or an inspiring dream or goal they've long held. This is what great coaches do - they know that people draw energy from their visions and dreams, and that same energy sustains their efforts to change, even through difficult times. In contrast, problem-centered approaches trigger physiological responses that make a person defensive and less open to new ideas.

3. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. - Brené Brown

Number-one New York Times best-seller.

Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, she's showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead. 

Don't miss the hour-long Netflix special Brené Brown: The Call to Courage.

Named one of the best books of the year by Bloomberg.

Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas and has the courage to develop that potential.  

When we dare to lead, we don't pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don't see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don't avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it's necessary to do good work.  

But daring leadership in a culture that's defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human. The irony is that we're choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the exact same time as we're scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines and AI can't do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection, and courage, to start.  

Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question:  

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? 

In this new book, Brown uses research, stories, and examples to answer these questions in the no-BS style that millions have come to expect and love. Brown writes, "One of the most important findings of my career is that daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It's learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. Easy? No. Because choosing courage over comfort is not always our default. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and our work. It's why we're here."

Whether you've read Daring Greatly and Rising Strong or you're new to Brené Brown's work, this audiobook is for anyone who wants to step up and into brave leadership.

4. Use Your Difference to Make a Difference: How to Connect and Communicate in a Cross-Cultural World - Tayo Rockson

Become more culturally competent in an increasingly diverse world

Recent years have seen dramatic changes to several institutions worldwide. Our increasingly interconnected, digitized, and globalized world presents immense opportunities and unique challenges. Modern businesses and schools interact with individuals and organizations from a diverse range of cultural and national backgrounds—increasing the likelihood for miscommunication, errors in strategy, and unintended consequences in the process. This has also spilled into our daily lives and the way we consume information today. Understanding how to navigate these and other pitfalls requires adaptability, nuanced cross-cultural communication, and effective conflict resolution. Use Your Difference to Make a Difference provides readers with a skills-based, actionable plan that transforms differences into agents of inclusiveness, connection, and mutual understanding.

This innovative and timely guide illustrates how to leverage differences to move beyond unconscious biases, manage a culturally-diverse workplace, create an environment for more tolerant schooling environments, more trusted media, communicate across borders, find and retain diverse talent, and bridge the gap between working locally and expanding globally. Expert guidance on a comprehensive range of topics—teamwork, leadership styles, information sharing, delegation, supervision, giving and receiving feedback, coaching and motivation, recruiting, managing suppliers and customers, and more—helps you manage the essential aspects of international relationships and cultural awareness. This valuable resource contains the indispensable knowledge required to:

Develop self-awareness needed to be a cross-cultural communicator

Develop content, messaging techniques, marketing plans, and business strategies that translate across cultural borders

Help your employees to better understand and collaborate with clients and colleagues from different backgrounds

Help teachers build safe environments for students to be themselves

Strengthen cross-cultural competencies in yourself, your team, and your entire organization

Understand the cultural, economic, and political factors surrounding our world

Use Your Difference to Make a Difference is a must-have resource for any educator, parent, leader, manager, or team member of an organization that interacts with co-workers and customers from diverse cultural backgrounds. 

Happy Holidays,


Friday, 13. March 2020, Online, EVOLVE: Thought Leadership for Oklahoma & Arkansas

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