Inspirational Insights Podcast - Insight To Action


Personal Agility with Maria Matarelli and Peter Stevens

Season 5, Ep. 92
Personal agility is a project inspired by agile philosophy and adapted to how you lead your life. Authors and coaches Maria and Peter talk about the experience people have had working with Personal Agility, and how one simple question opens up reflection, focus and action.Maria Matarelli is an Executive Agile Coach, Consultant to the Fortune 100, and an international best-selling author. Maria and her team consult businesses to reach breakthrough results by applying Agile methodologies from startups reaching $35 Million-dollar valuations to streamlining Millions in cost savings for Billion-dollar organizations. Maria is the founder and President of Formula Ink and co-founder of the Agile Marketing Academy and Personal Agility Institute.Peter B. Stevens is an Executive, Coach, Author, and Certified Scrum Trainer. He most recently served as Chief Agility Officer at Vivior AG, the Swiss digital health startup, and is co-founder of, Personal Agility Institute, and World Agility Forum. He is an instrument-rated pilot, speaks 4 languages, and lives in Zurich, Switzerland with his family and 3 cats.Their book is being published by the Business Agility Institute which also publishes the high-quality Emergence magazine. Subscribe and use the code Dawna to receive 10% off.Personal Agility release date is November 1st, 2022.Contact or Follow Dawna on any one of these channels:Linkedin: EPDawna_JonesInstagram: Uncertainty Newsletter: to Mark Romero Music for the intro track, Alignment.

Reinventing Business Schools with Yorkville U's Julia Christensen-Hughes

Season 5, Ep. 91
In this episode, Julia Christensen Hughes provides an update on the Global Responsible Leadership Initiative's work and speaks to the challenges and the imperative for business schools to reinvent themselves to meet the demands of a changing world and values. The transactional nature of higher education is pivoting to a transformational approach plugged into the context of large global issues like climate change and biodiversity but changing the orientation will take faculty who are fluent in seeing systems and comfortable with being persistently curious.As President of Yorkville University, Dr. Julia Christensen Hughes plays a ground-breaking role in Canadian higher education, leveraging the full potential of the university’s flexible, accessible and exceptionally small class setting to maximize innovation and student success. Previously on faculty with the University of Guelph, Christensen Hughes has 25 years of progressive academic leadership experience, first as a professor, then as the Founding Dean of the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics.   Her published works include the co-edited books: Taking Stock 2.0: Transforming Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; Academic Integrity in Canada: An Enduring and Essential Challenge; Handbook of Human Resource Management in the Tourism and Hospitality Industries; Taking Stock: Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; and Curriculum Development in Higher Education: Faculty-Driven Processes and Practices.     In 2015, Christensen Hughes addressed the United Nations General Assembly on behalf of the 700+ international business school signatories to the UN’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative. She has also received numerous recognitions, including a Graduate Teaching Excellence Award; the Sheffield Award for Excellence in Research from the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education; a YMCA Women of Distinction Award; and the University of Guelph’s John Bell Award for distinguished educational leadership.  Find Julia's book on Amazon: Taking Stock 2.0: Transforming Teaching and Learning in Higher EducationShare this episode with someone you feel will benefit. Special advice for students and faculty is included.Listen in, comment, review, subscribe or send feedback to Dawna on any one of these channels:Linkedin: EPDawna_JonesInstagram: out of 4 of Dawna's books: Decision Making for Dummies, From Hierarchy to High Performance (co-authored with Ozlem Brooke Erol, Doug Kirkpatrick, and others from the Great Work Cultures NetworkIntro music courtesy of Mark Romero Music. Track is called Alignment.Audio: My audio went wonky on this episode so I'm grateful to for the use of their app to help with recovery.

Returning to the Heart of Business with Marilijn Boumeester

Season 5, Ep. 89
Driving value through clarity on who you are, what truly matters is what differentiates a company from the crowd. Brand strategist and author Marilijn Boumeester talks to Dawna about integrity, values, leadership, and other soft concepts hard to bring to a meaningful level of experience. The character of leaders, stewardship management, and the value of reflection for insight and clarity are a few of the topics discussed. Marilijn is a brand strategist and change strategist based in Amsterdam. Her work and the conversation touch on what you do as an entrepreneur or company in a new era with your values and the role change plays in dealing with complexity.We had a lot of fun collaborating on a complexity quiz published in her freshly published book Van hoofdkantoor naar hartszaak. Yes, it is in Dutch but the conversation isn't. Join us for a bit of a fun fireside type of conversation.Contact Marilijn Boumeester at or on LinkedIn Marilijn mentions Rajeev Peshawaria and Joseph (Jay) Bragdon and his latest book Economies that Mimic Life. Jay is also interviewed in EP4 of this podcast and in the early part of the Evolutionary Provocateur podcast on iTunes.Follow the Inspirational Insights podcast on Spotify or on iTunes.Connect with Dawna on LinkedInConnect on InstagramSubscribe to the monthly newsletterBook a conversation here to discuss decision-making and leadership adaptations during interruptions like a pandemic.

Deeper Leadership to Restore Humanity to Workplaces with Nico Petit

Season 5, Ep. 88
Recently Global Senior Director of Culture Transformation in a Fortune 500 corporation, Nicolas or Nico Petit has pioneered innovative approaches to culture change, applying peer-to-peer behavioral science principles, and orchestrating a community of 1200 influencers worldwide. Passionate about people and data, he led a culture transformation program for GSK, a science-led global health company. Working with Maven7, Nico led a team handling that transformation using the powerful tool Organizational Network Analysis. If the times do not demand it, using organizational network analysis to leverage the accuracy of decision-making definitely raises the leadership bar to a deeper level. Bringing the practical experience of working with the GSK vaccine division to launch a culture transformation program, Nico explains the shift in leadership needed to work cooperatively with 1000 influencers identified through peer-to-peer nomination. The complexity of the world and organizations offers an opportunity to move past leadership as a position of authority or knowing the right answer. It is about listening and observing through a deeper level of leadership to bring the whole person to work, impacting wellbeing, innovation, diffusion, and delivery. In 2021, Nico launched Humanize, a consultancy boutique aimed at reshaping company cultures and leveraging the power of data to help organizations put humanity back at the center of their operating models.In this episode, I mention the interview done with Hilton Barbour. Find that here; More links to resources will be provided in an upcoming Substack Navigating Uncertainty newsletter. Also, check for more information. Intro Music was provided by Mark Romero Music. Track is called Alignment.Connect with Dawna JonesLinkedIn: dawnahjonesT: EPDawna_JonesInstagram: to Substack Newsletter:

Networks Beneath the Surface with Michael Arena, Amazon Web Services

Season 5, Ep. 87
Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) is a critically important tool for understanding how to use data for better workplace relationships, culture, and decisions. Michael Arena, VP of Talent and Development for Amazon Web Services turns data into a bridge for connecting humanity to better ways of working, deciding, and relating to one another. A keynote speaker at the Organizational Network Analysis Summit hosted by OrgMapper and the team led by Andras Viscek, Michael's passion for data and desire to make optimal decisions benefiting talent and connection stood out. Jump into the conversation where we look at the ways in which understanding networks help leaders move past snap judgments when the environment is complex, to arrive at a more enlightened view. Author of Adaptive Space and a big fan of ONA, Michael brings a passion and engineer's mind to understanding data and how it can connect people and their collective strength. Michael Arena is the vice president of talent and development at Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he is responsible for global talent practices, leadership development, learning, organizational effectiveness, new employee success strategies conducting organizational research to facilitate growth and innovation of AWS. Before that, he was chief talent officer for General Motors Corporation (GM) responsible for enterprise talent management, cultural transformation, leadership development, talent acquisition, and people analytics. His book Adaptive Space: How GM and Other Companies Are Positively Disrupting Themselves and Transforming into Agile Organizations, shares how employees can disrupt their workplaces to increase flexibility and adaptive capacity. The Sloan article Michael refers to in this interview is located here: ONA Summit was put on by is referenced in the podcast. Contact the OrgMapper folks at .com.Two other episodes to fill in more details are the ones with Maya Townsend and Andras Viscek. Maya's is EP77 and Andras's is EP38. Dawna Jones is found at: EPDawna_JonesInstagram: the Podcast through Acast: