Summary: Executive Edge 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.
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.
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 Amy Edmondson
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.
Episode 10: An Interview with Rohit Bhargava, a leading authority on marketing, trends and innovation. He is the Wall Street Journal best selling author of six business books, and teaches a popular course on marketing and storytelling at Georgetown University. Rohit Bhargava is widely considered one of the most entertaining and original speakers on marketing disruption and innovation in the world. In this episode, we will focus our conversation on his book Non-Obvious: How to Think Differently, Create Ideas, and Predict the Future.
Episode 9: An interview with Ambassador Wendy Sherman, author of Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence, and known as the lead negotiator for the United States State Department on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Ambassador Sherman served as a special adviser on North Korea to President Bill Clinton, and became the first female undersecretary of state for political affairs in 2011. In this episode, Ambassador Sherman shares what it takes for leaders to find common ground even amid deep and long-standing differences, and why courage, power, and persistence are among the necessary ingredients for leaders to negotiate lasting solutions to thorny issues.
Episode 8: An interview with Annie Duke, author of Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts. Ms. Duke has devoted her career to the study of decision making under pressure, combining her academic studies in cognitive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania with real-life decision making at the poker table. She is the only woman to have won both the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions and the NBC National Poker Heads-Up Championship. She is also the cofounder of the Alliance for Decision Education, an organization dedicated to improving lives by empowering students to be better decision makers in the modern world.
An interview with Ira Chaleff, author of The Courageous Follower: Standing Up to and for Our Leaders and Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You’re Told to Do Is Wrong, and founder and president of Executive Coaching & Consulting Associates in Washington, DC.
An interview with Kristi Hedges, author of The Inspiration Code: How the Best Leaders Energize People Every Day, and a leadership coach specializing in executive communications.
An interview with Daniel Pink, best-selling author, contributing editor at Fast Company and Wired, and business columnist for The Sunday Telegraph.