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May 30, 2016

The Director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University joins AQQOLADE's LearnChair Radio host Bob Dragone to discuss Doerr's groundbreaking program to give leadership development to all Rice students.  As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.  Dr. Kolditz explains how the Institute through certified leadership coaches helps develop the leadership potential of all of Rice's students beginning at the sophomore level.  The program has been in existence for one year, and Dr. Kolditz describes what the Institute has learned in that time and where it plans to go in the future.  Finally, Dr. Kolditz gives valuable insights on what it takes to be a leader.

Apr 12, 2016

Joan Stewart, The Publicity Hound, talks to LearnChair Radio host Bob Dragone about the benefits of free publicity. As a former newspaper editor, Joan quickly learned the value of publicity and how best to use it.  She emphasizes the value of free publicity and the importance of adding content to media to spark interest and increase followers. Joan discusses her methods and gives two examples of successful media campaigns based on gaining access to the front page of the Wall Street Journal.  She discusses publicity in terms of the current presidential campaign, particularly to dispel the notion that there is no such thing as bad publicity.  Finally, Joan gives her opinion to the question of what characteristics a good leader should possess.   Her belief that good leaders depend upon their people for advice and expertise is particularly worth noting.

Dec 7, 2015

The founders of the XPrize followed up their monumental successes with a new venture called HeroX, in which innovators from all over the world use HeroX to find challenges in which to compete - to create breakthroughs in technology, health, education, economies and communities, and win prizes up to $1 million.  Listen to HeroX CEO Christian Cotichini explain the HeroX program and how HeroX is changing the face of crowdsourcing while creating new companies that may revolutionize the way we live.

Oct 19, 2015

Leadership and corporate culture expert Sam Silverstein discusses why accountability is a fundamental aspect of good leadership.  Sam explains why leaders must be held accountable to their subordinates, clients and boards, and why "no excuses" are permissible.  He cites examples of both good and poor leadership to bolster his advice. Sam and AQQOLADE's Bob Dragone discuss the status of leadership in the U.S. today, with insights on both corporate and government performance in today's world.

Sep 20, 2015

The top international recruiter for the hospitality industry shares his insights on leadership with AQQOLADE's Bob Dragone.  If any industry demands leadership people skills its hospitality, and Axel explains how he staffs for the world's most famous hotel chains.  Axel is a master of social media for business development, with one of the highest profiles on Twitter and other sites.  Anyone looking for insights on how to build a business using social media will find this podcast a primer on brand, content and contact growth.

Aug 25, 2015

LearnChair Radio host Bob Dragone discusses the elements of style as they relate to a good leadership image with leading style expert Sylvie di Giusto.  Sylvie relates her beginnings in HR as they developed her interest in style and how it is so important to project an image of competence and confidence.  Her comments about the style factors of several of the recent presidential candidates are quite interesting and revealing. Silvie explores the link between style and leadership and why it is so important to create a good first impression.  Her experience with helping to develop the image of many senior executives provides her unique insight as to what characteristics good leaders should have.  

Aug 10, 2015

In this episode one of the most influential people in social media, Ted Rubin, explains the importance of building personal relationships on-line.  Ted tells us about his approach, which he calls ROR - Return on Relationships. Ted re-introduces us to the one-on-one communication skills we’ve forgotten in our rush to new technologies, like social and mobile technologies, and how to manage these relationships productively.  This is a very engaging conversation with one of the truly great masters of social media.  

Jul 27, 2015

Join host Bob Dragone as he discusses leadership in the world today with Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies Dean Vali Nasr.  Dean Nasr tells about developing his career in academia, his government service and his commitment to developing international leadership.  The discussion examines how international leadership is exerted in today's world and how academia is developing leaders to face the myriad of problems in foreign relations.  Dean Nasr also examines the future of relations between the U.S. and Iran in the decade ahead.  Dean Nasr contributes his views on what makes a good leader.Ths podcast is a must for all interested in grappling with the problems of international policy.

Jul 9, 2015

LearnChair Radio host Bob Dragone interviews Siskin Children's Institute CEO John Farrimond on issues affecting non-profit organizations.  While the main topic is leadership, John describes major non-profit challenges involving funding as well as hiring, training and retaining people.  John talks about filling boards and what non-profit organizations need to do to develop the careers of their personnel.  John's candid and insightful remarks give us an expert's view into the non-profit world.  His thoughts on leadership are particularly worth listening to.

Jul 7, 2015

This episode is a re-issue of Part Two of our series on preparing for a TED talk. Bob Dragone and Jon Moss welcome Tamsen Webster to our program. Tamsen is Sr VP of Executive Communications at Oratium, and the Executive Producer of TEDx Cambridge, Massachusetts. As producer,  she finalizes the roster and is charged with preparing the speakers before they take the TEDx stage. In this episode Tamsen explains how a TED talk is organized, how speakers are selected and gives great advice on delivering a quality TED talk.

Jun 30, 2015

Many companies reach the point where they need outside advice and guidance to help their companies grow.  Join host Bob Dragone in an interview of the SK Group's CEO, Stan Krejci, as he explains why Boards Of Advisors or Directors are necessary and how he goes about building one for a company.  Stan takes great pains in matching prospective directors with a company, and he explains in detail how he forms the alliance between board and management.  Stan and Bob also explore the subject of leadership, particularly the central role of good communication.  Stan describes what he believes are the most important characteristics of a good leader and why they are important.  This podcast has a wealth of information on how to help a new company grow.

Jun 29, 2015

Bob and Jon welcome Polished Style and Image expert Robin FisherRobin believes that any individual, regardless of their size, shape or age can have amazing style that makes them feel confident and look fabulous. Listen as the conversation flows into how personal style impacts the way others perceive, how you’re treated in the workplace and what to do about it. So sit back or keep moving, but do an honest assessment of your physical appearance and prepare to be transformed by the conversation

Jun 23, 2015

Stephen Shedletzky is Head Engagement Officer with Sinek Partners.  A noted speaker and facilitator, Stephen espouses the dictum that to succeed in business you have to Start With Why.  Learn why this concept is so relevant to business today as well as the pitfalls of over-reliance on technology.  There is a lot of good, informative content on business and leadership packed into this discussion between Stephen and AQQOLADE's Bob Dragone.

Jun 14, 2015

AQQOLADE's Bob Dragone talks with brand and identity designer D.J. Trischler.  D.J. is a highly innovative graphic designer who takes an in-depth look at a client's work, self and reputation to come with a defining brand design.  D.J. talks about his background, influences and design concepts in this interesting discussion on why good design is so important for a company.  Are you satisfied with your company's design?  if not, find out how you can make it better.

Jun 8, 2015

Are you a first-time manager or about to become one?  What do you know about managing people or what it takes to succeed in a leadership position?  Chances are no one has taken the time to help you develop your new and necessary skills.  Your technical skills may be top-notch but you will soon be expected to build teams, handle conflict and communicate effectively.  Let this podcast be your first step in learning the skills you need for success.  AQQOLADE's Bob Dragone interviews Bill Gentry of the Center for Creative Leadership.  Bill has done extensive research in finding out what skills a new manager needs to develop and the best ways to do it.  This is a very fact-filled and comprehensive discussion on what it means to be a leader.

May 25, 2015

In commemoration of Memorial Day, AQQOLADE invited Two Marines Moving CEO Nick Baucom to join us.  Chief of one of the fastest growing companies in America, Nick has an interesting story of how he started as a Marine sergeant, opened his own business, expanded and was invited to become a contributor for INC magazine.  Did Nick learn anything in the Marines that he applied to his business?  You bet. Listen in and find out how he did it, and how other veterans can benefit from Nick's example.

May 19, 2015

Once again, we open the vault to retrieve two episodes regarding the very popular TED talks.  This first episode is a discussion with the man who wrote the definitive book on how to deliver a TED talk, Jeremey Donovan.  Everything you need to know and do is in the book, and much of it is covered in our discussion.  Interested in delivering a TED talk?  Listen to this podcast and you'll know exactly what to do.

May 12, 2015

Phil Romano's story of success after success in the restaurant business is shared with AQQOLADE's Bob Dragone.  The founder of Fuddrucker's, Romano's Macaroni Grill and a host of other famous restaurants shares his principles and vision for long-term business success.  Phil explains his dedication to service and why he is now helping young food professionals get a start in the tough but exciting restaurant business.  Phil's story is inspiring for all business professionals regardless of sector.  

May 1, 2015

AQQOLADE's Bob Dragone interviews Stewart Ross of the Southeast Business Forum. The topic is networking, not social networking, but face-to-face to build business relationships.  Stew has a process called the "Mindset of Networking."  He explains how it works and why it works.  For anyone building a business and looking to grow a network of beneficial relationships, this episode is a guide on doing networking right.

Apr 27, 2015

Join AQQOLADE's host, Bob Dragone, as he interviews Upper New York State's Ballston Central Spa School Superintendent Joseph Dragone.  It's an honor to have such a distinguished educator in the family.  Joe is an award-winning, innovative educator, with both local and national recognition.  Joe and Bob discuss several vital issues in education today including STEM, the 4C's (critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity), public/private partnerships, and building an educated workforce.  Joe's comments on what it takes to be a leader are some of the most thoughtful we have heard.

Apr 21, 2015

This episode is another from the LearnChair Radio vault of our earlier podcast called Leadership Matters.  Bob Dragone and Jon Moss welcome Christian Hoeferle to the podcast. Christian has a unique background which gives him insight and experience in working with companies (both foreign and domestic) and the cultural challenges they face. Whether you’re working out in the gym, kicking back with your favorite beverage or driving to/from the office we hope you enjoy this episode.

Apr 8, 2015

Our visual sense is our strongest, and this is particularly true when it comes to social media.  What visuals have the most impact and how do they fit into an effective social media campaign?  What is the current status of social media and what can we look forward to in the near future?  These questions are addressed in this episode with noted social media expert and author Ekaterina Walter.  Ekaterina's reputation is built on vast experience in social media marketing, having worked for some of the nation's largest corporations and banks.  Among her insights is, not the least, the power of generosity.

Mar 29, 2015

Etiquette and protocol are much more than knowing which fork to use.  They are useful tools for developing your personal brand.  Join Bob and Devie Dragone as they discuss protocol and etiquette in a business setting with Jacqueline Whitmore, a world reknowned expert, speaker and instructor on these issues.  This was one of our more fun and entertaining podcasts and we think you will enjoy Jacqueline's stories and advice on how to polish your etiquette skills.

Mar 23, 2015

A re-issue of a podcast originally done by AQQOLADE under the Leadership Matters title.  Bob Dragone and Jon Moss welcome cyber security expert Hans Holmer to the show. Recent events involving Hollywood actors losing control of their personal data (compromising photos and whatnot) have brought the topic of data protection back to the forefront. Hans brings some interesting ideas to the table in terms of who should be held responsible for security breaches, and what can be done to avoid such mishaps in the future. We hope you enjoy the content as much as we did producing it.

Mar 10, 2015

Learnchair Radio originally launched as Leadership Matters.  We are re-issuing episodes 1-5 of the original series under the Learnchair Radio banner.  Listen as hosts Bob Dragone and Jon Moss set the tone for the AQQOLADE sponsored podcast with discussions on the skills needed for effective leadership and communication. Who better to have as our first guest than social media / mobile technology specialist Terry Brock? We asked Terry to share his thoughts on social media for leaders, the tools they should use and how to get started.

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