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We’ve had the pleasure of working with Maureen Metcalf and her team this summer, recording podcasts to support leadership development.

We’d like to invite you to listen in and learn from two executives, Jim and Carla, who are in “the fishbowl”. Hear about their journey as they work through their leadership dilemmas.

What Jim and Carla say…

Looking at my peer’s data side-by-side with my self-assessment, I saw a massive opportunity to unlock potential in the relationship. The data gave me the opportunity to dive into the unspoken, and take a fresh look at somebody I had pegged for years.

— Carla Morelli

It’s a potential life-changer for leaders who are willing to take the time to prepare for a conversation. It’s a relationship-builder. I could clearly see the disparities between us, especially the differences in what triggers us.

— Jim Svagerko

In Episode 1, they begin by taking a self-assessment to find out about their leadership styles. Jim said, “The self-assessment helped me to understand myself deeply and be comfortable in my own skin.” Carla observed, “Sense of worth is really important to me, and I can see it’s evolving. I no longer need external validation in the same way as before.”

In Episode 2, they invite peer feedback to find out, “Who’s on my team?” and, “How can I engage more effectively with them?” Their peers take a survey called, LeaderView 360, to give the leader feedback on:

  • The work culture the leader creates.
  • Their preferred work culture.
  • A quality rating on 25 attributes of leadership.
  • The hot buttons that motivate or demotivate them.

In Episode 3, they learn to interpret their peers’ feedback, and prepare for a conversation with each peer. Carla said, “Looking at my peer’s data side-by-side with my self-assessment, I saw a massive opportunity to unlock potential in the relationship. The data gave me the opportunity to dive into the unspoken, and take a fresh look at somebody I had pegged for years.”

Jim said, “It’s a potential life-changer for leaders who are willing to take the time to prepare for a conversation. It’s a relationship-builder. I could clearly see the disparities between us, especially the differences in what triggers us. My peer has a need for safety — yes, that’s her!”

Carla said of her experience so far, “it’s a liberating process that frees you from the shackles that bind you.”


Here’s how you can participate:

  • Listen to all four podcasts on VoiceAmerica, hosted by Maureen Metcalf:

Episode 1

Leaders Building Self-Awareness: Personal Freedom and Flow

Episode 2

Leaders Building Self-Awareness: Spotting the Patterns

Episode 3

Leaders Building Self-Awareness: Hidden Insights the Flow in the Gap

Episode 4

Leaders Building Self-Awareness: Stepping Through the Worldview Membrane: Learning to Engage the Organization

These programmes are especially useful for users of 5 Deep Vital Signs who want to expand their offering to include leadership development.

Happy summer!

Christopher and Sheila Cooke

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