In Session: Leading the Judiciary
Summary: In Session: Leading the Judiciary is an audio podcast designed to bring cutting-edge thinking about public- and private-sector leadership to the attention of judiciary executives. Each episode includes a conversation with one or more thought leaders whose research and expertise are relevant to the work of executives in the federal courts.
Dr. Michael Siegel, Senior Education Specialist, Federal Judicial Center, created the Leadership Development Program for U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers (LDP) in the mid-1990s. Since that time over 1,000 officers have graduated from the program, many of whom have gone on to lead their districts as chiefs, deputies, and supervisory officers. Through LDP and other programs, Dr. Siegel is, in large part, responsible for creating a culture of leadership in U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services. Over his more than thirty-year career at the Federal Judicial Center, he has conducted leadership seminars with virtually every part of the court family: judges of all kinds, clerks of court, court executives, and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. His portfolio of programs and projects includes many other topics as well. In this episode of Off Paper, Dr. Siegel discusses LDP’s origins, the characteristics of good leaders, and his perspective on leadership generally and within the federal courts.
Michael Lewis, author of New York Times best-selling books The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds, and Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life, explores how what we think we know about rational decision making is wrong, and the positive impact coaches can have on performance. Lewis is also the author of other best-selling books, including The Fifth Risk, The Blind Side, Moneyball, and The Big Short, and is host of the podcast Against the Rules with Michael Lewis.
Julie Zhuo, former Vice President of Product Design at Facebook and author of The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You, shares her experiences transitioning to management and asserts that managers are made, not born. Julie describes a path that includes approaching management with a growth mindset, acknowledging what you don’t know, and seeking input and feedback from those that do.
Angela Duckworth, Professor of Psychology and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance debunks the myth of genius to assert that consistent practice and dedication are the real determinants of individual success. Dr. Duckworth’s research demonstrates that behaviors, rather than innate talent, are what lead to the marked success we want for ourselves, and hope for our employees to achieve.
This special episode discusses actionable strategies for improving mental health, increasing personal and professional productivity and fostering happiness in yourself, and those around you. Judge Jeremy Fogel, former director of the Federal Judicial Center and current Executive Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute, and Dr. Dacher Keltner, founding Director of the Greater Good Science Center, host of the Center's award-winning podcast, "The Science of Happiness," and professor of psychology at the University of California Berkeley, share their personal strategies for managing challenges and suggest manageable steps anyone can take to achieve a better sense of balance during unbalanced times.
Jerry Colonna, author of Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up, asserts that engaging in radical self-inquiry makes us better humans and better leaders. As founder of Reboot.io, Jerry draws on his expertise as an investor, executive, and board member in more than 100 organizations to help others find and lead with humanity, resiliency, and equanimity.
Retired chief U.S. probation and pretrial services officers Tony Anderson, Belinda Alexander-Ashley, Ph.D., and Yador Harrell discuss their personal experiences of racial bias in their lives and careers, their reactions to the killing of George Floyd and other unarmed Black men and women by police officers, and their suggestions for alleviating racial discrimination in the probation and pretrial services workplace.
Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt, professor of psychology at Stanford University and MacArthur “genius” award recipient explains that although our brains are “wired” to see differences, research shows that self-awareness and thoughtful and deliberate decision making can help end the subtle and subjective discrimination we see and experience in our personal lives and workplaces.
Recognizing and valuing tight and loose cultures within organizations enables leaders to find the right balance necessary for an optimal workplace. Cultural psychologist Michele Gelfand, author of Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World, discusses how to find that right balance at the right time.
Recognizing and valuing tight and loose cultures within organizations enables leaders to find the right balance necessary for an optimal workplace. Cultural psychologist Michele Gelfand, author of Rule Makers, Rule Breakers, How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World, discusses how to find that right balance at the right time.
An interview with Harvard professor Amy Edmondson
Research shows that psychological safety in organizations leads to higher productivity and higher morale. Amy Edmondson, professor at the Harvard Business School and author of The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning and Growth talks about how to create and sustain what she calls a “fearless” organization.
An interview with Harvard professor Joseph Nye, author of the widely-acclaimed book The Powers to Lead. Drawing on his broad public service and academic experiences, Nye suggests that leadership is more widely dispersed throughout society and organizations than we often think. He defines three different types of power – hard, soft, and smart – to explain how to best motivate others in today’s judiciary
An interview with Harvard professor Joseph Nye, author of the widely-acclaimed book The Powers to Lead. Drawing on his broad public service and academic experiences, Nye suggests that leadership is more widely dispersed throughout society and organizations than we often think.
An interview with Brian Brandt co-author with Ashley Kutach of Blind Spots: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You, and CEO of Core Insights, a Texas-based company that provides training, strategic guidance and coaching.