LearnChair Radio host Bob Dragone interviews Danielle DiMartino Booth, the founder of Money Strong LLC and the former advisor to Richard W. Fisher of the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas. Danielle is the author of, FED UP, An Insider’s Take on Why the Federal Reserve is Bad for America. Danielle explains what prompted her to write the book and why she is critical of the Fed’s broken policies. The interview focuses on Danielle’s views of leadership at the Fed beginning with the Fed’s mishandling of the subprime mortgage crisis a decade ago. She looks at the role politics plays in the Fed’s policies and the critical role played by the current Fed chairman. The Fed has been criticized for a lack of diversity, which Danielle explains both in terms of race and gender as well as a lack of diverse backgrounds among Fed leaders. Danielle looks at the technical challenges the Fed now faces to modernize the organization’s cybersecurity procedures and information management systems. Her list of important characteristics of a good leader highlight integrity as a primary one for all worthy leaders. Danielle’s interview sheds light on a host of current issues affecting the Federal Reserve and why we should care.
LearnChair Radio host Bob Dragone interviews one of the nation’s top thinkers on leadership, Mike Mears. Mike’s leadership expertise is based on practical experience in the military, business and government fields. A West Point graduate, Mike worked with Jack Welch at GE and was the founder of the CIA Leadership Academy. Bob and Mike explore why with all the experts involved in leadership development there remains a dearth of truly affective leaders. They surmise that while principles are taught they are often soon forgotten for institutional and personal reasons. Mike states his view on the best characteristics of a good leader based on his experience. Mike is known for his advocacy of “stamping out bad bosses,” but he prefers to accent positive features of good leadership development. In this regard, Mike gives his observations on what are the best leadership lessons any one should learn. Finally, when asked about who comes to mind when he is asked about great leaders, Mike relates his relationship with the late Secretary of Commerce, Malcolm Baldridge. Mike emphasizes the personal relationships a good leader develops that leave a legacy. This interview is a thoughtful guide on what you should do to improve your leadership skills.