LearnChair Radio host Bob Dragone interviews renewable energy expert Doug Faulkner on his views regarding the current state and future of sustainable energy programs and clean water initiatives. Doug has 30 years experience as a senior federal government sustainability expert who is now active in the private sector. Doug defines sustainability as improving humankind’s quality of life through efficient use of the earth’s resources. Doug notes that we are in the early stage of an historic shift in the state of our environment. He notes that sustainability requires changes at the individual level, in the market place, in trade and takes advantage of developments in science and technology. Doug comments on the Paris Accord and gives his views on the future of sustainable energy programs under the Trump administration. When asked for his view on the requirements for a good leader, Doug lists deep knowledge of one’s field, adaptability, good communication, a good listener, emotional intelligence and strength of character. This is a very timely interview on a subject of great interest to many of our listeners.
Is there a spiritual aspect to leadership? LearnChair Radio host Bob Dragone explores this interesting notion with Kerry Harmanis, one of Australia’s prominent mining developers and philanthropists. Kerry relates his journey from lawyer to fishmonger to mining magnate and how he developed his leadership style based on mindfulness and personal growth. Kerry states how he developed his style through lifelong practice of what her terms, “spiritual endeavors” - meditation, Tai Chi, yoga, stretching and other physical activity. Through his personal growth he developed a sense of compassion which he applies to how well he treats his employees and business associates. His endeavors allow him to see a bigger picture. Kerry notes the importance of giving subordinates responsibility and the freedom to exercise it. Kerry is currently recognized for his philanthropy which he claims to have developed through contact with the Dalai Lama. Kerry gives an extensive list to the question of what characteristics a good leader should have. He lists humility, integrity, practical values, compassion, unconditional giving and the ability to surrender. The latter involves letting go of issues and emotions that hold you back. This is a unique take on leadership and one well worth considering for developing anyone’s leadership style.
LearnChair Radio host Bob Dragone interviews world-renowned bluegrass mandolin artist Mike Compton. Mike relates his early interest in string band music and the influence of music playing relatives as the beginnings of his career in music. But it is the influence of American musical master Bill Monroe that early on caught Mike's devotion. Mike explains how Monroe took the music of the blues, country, Scots-Irish music and other forms to forge his own genre of Bluegrass music. Mike has mastered the Monroe method of mandolin playing and now spends considerable time and effort to preserve Monroe's music and pass it on to new legions of followers. Mike tours extensively as both a solo and ensemble musician as well as holding house concerts and classes. Mike is the host and chief instructor for the Monroe Mandolin Camp held each fall in Nashville. In the discussion with Mike we explore what influences Monroe experienced to form his drive and ambitions as a leader, from a difficult childhood to drive champion of his own music. Mike shares his opinions on leadership in the music business which include an honest relationship with the audience and the value of positive collaboration with other musicians and executives. If you are not familiar with either bluegrass music or Bill Monroe, here's your introduction to a music and man you should know more about.