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The Grit Factor with Shannon Huffman Polson

Season 3, Ep. 68

Raised in Alaska, Shannon Huffman Polson climbed Denali at age 19 then went on to become one of the US Army's first female attack helicopter pilots. In this episode, she talks about what grit is, decision making leading an Apache flight platoon on deployment to Bosnia-Herzegovina, the difference between purpose in the military and purpose in the corporate world and why we need everyone's capacity to contribute at the table. Now. 

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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: