Insight To Action Leadership Innovation Podcast

Humanity stands at the critical intersection where you can actively participate in designing destiny. Business has an important role to play as does each person. Episodes feature leaders in consciousness and in business who are restoring healthy relationships and regenerating Life's support systems by tapping into deeper levels of human potential. #spiritual literacy #business #consciousness #inspired #innovation Thanks to Mark Romero Music for the music.
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Dec 17, 2016

Once or twice a year companies reach into their tool kit and pull out strategy, then hope that it will hold for the whole year. The volatility of the global environment makes the idea of extrapolation, predicting the future based on the past, dangerously delusional. What do you do instead? Patricia Lustig, author of Strategic Foresight, explains how to move from using one future to using a range of possible futures.

She also describes:

  • How to develop your foresight muscles,
  • How to scan emerging futures on a regular basis,
  • What happens when you combine emerging trends together,
  • What went wrong with the emergency response plan at the nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi and what other companies with emergency response plans can learn,
  • How to work with the unthinkable,
  • Why using foresight strategically gives you the side benefit of seeing patterns so critical for workplace health and decision making accuracy.

Surprisingly most people underestimate the amount and speed of change leaving all companies vulnerable to be caught unprepared. Included in our conversation is mention of a book written by John Petersen called Out of the Blue. You’ll hear other resources mentioned in the interview as well along with Patricia’s book Strategic Foresight. Her website is www. and the non-profit site she mentions is

Patricia Lustig is an internationally recognized practitioner in strategic foresight and strategy development, future thinking and innovation.  She has held senior positions at major blue-chip companies such as BP, Motorola and Logica and is a Fellow of the RSA. She is currently setting up the Unlocking Foresight Know How C.I.C. Patricia’s most recent book, Strategic Foresight: Learning from the Future is published by Triarchy Press.

Dec 9, 2016

In a unique conversation, Dr. Chris Laszlo, Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit joins his father, Dr. Ervin Laszlo, who is internationally recognized as the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory. In this interview we talk about the conversation that took place in Lucca, Italy in the summer of 2016.

The New Paradigm Leadership Retreat and Summit, held in Bagni di Lucca, Italy, on July 12 – 15, 2016, brought together over 40 scholars and practitioners from four domains: (1) the physical and biological sciences, (2) consciousness research, (3) medicine and well-being, and (4) business and management. Chris Laszlo,

The goal was to learn how to create a world that works for 100 percent of humanity and all life on earth, now and for future generations. Questions asked included: What is reality? What is consciousness and why is it the highest leverage point for human survival? What lies at the core of health and wellbeing? How can we strengthen our collective capacity to transform business into an agent of world benefit, one whose purpose is creating prosperity and flourishing for all life on earth!

In this conversation you’ll hear:

  • What if business switched from ‘self-serving’ to higher service?
  • About the shift toward a unified consciousness where we are more coherent in our interactions with each other and Nature
  • Why “consciousness is the determining factor of how you see the world, of who you are, what the world is, and what we can do in the world” as Dr. Laszlo frames it.
  • Rethinking what the bottom line really is.
  • Why higher consciousness is the highest leverage point for transformational leadership in business.
  • What is different?: Moving beyond a strategist perspective to view the macro, meso and micro foundations of leadership
  • Crossing the ontological divide. (the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence or reality.)

You’ll also hear the terms NDE (near death experiences) and OBE (out of body experiences) when we talk about the quantum field.

Ervin Laszlo, Doctorat d’Etat Sorbonne (1970) is Director of the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research (Italy), Founder and President of The Club of Budapest, Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member of the Hungarian Academy of Science, the International Academy of Philosophy of Science, Senator of the International Medici Academy, and Editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research. He is the recipient of the Goi Peace Prize (2002), the International Mandir of Peace Prize (2005), the Conacreis Holistic Culture Prize (2009), the Ethics Prize of Milano (2014) and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and 2005. Laszlo has Honorary PhD’s from the United States, Canada, Finland, and Hungary and is the author or co-author of fifty-four books translated into twenty-four languages. He lives in Tuscany. Ervin Laszlo’s most recent book, What is Reality? Is now on Amazon

His son, Professor Chris Laszlo, provides advisory services to senior leaders in some of the world’s largest companies on sustainability for competitive advantage. He is an Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and has taught at INSEAD, CEDEP, Darden, Cornell, and many other leading business schools. He was an executive at Lafarge, a world leader in building materials. Prior to that he spent five years with Deloitte consulting.

Chris is the co-author of Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business (2014) Stanford Business Press, Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage (2011), Greenleaf Publishing and Stanford University Press, and Sustainable Value: How the World’s Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good (2008), Greenleaf Publishing and Stanford University Press, and The Sustainable Company (2003, paperback 2005), Island Press.  


Dec 3, 2016

In Episode 8, you met Rich Sheridan, author of Joy, Inc. and CEO of Menlo Innovations which is well known for it's great workplace. Agile Enterprise coach David Grabel and the HR Director for Vistaprint also met Rich at the Agile for Executives Forum. Several site visits later and a visit from Rich, and Vistaprint was on it's way to transformation. In this episode you'll hear David explain what they've learned and how they've moved forward. 


Why self management and self organization aren't synonymous.

In the conversation David mentions Doug Kirkpatrick. I interviewed Doug from MorningStar on my other podcast. You'll find the program on the Evolutionary Provocateur on iTunes. Tomatoes and Self-Management

Then I talk to Steve Denning, founder and facilitator (and Forbes Contributor) for the Learning Consortium, a peer to peer learning community engaging in site visits. You'll hear the 2016 report results and a reflection on the Drucker Forum recently held in Vienna, Austria. 

Steve talks about the threads that tie all these companies together. Why Spotify can learn from Riot Games and why logistics company CH Robinson also learned from Riot Games. 

Learn why bosses still exist in big companies and what makes them different from the traditional command and control role. You can find out more information on the Learning Consortium report from 

Finally, the music track for today's program (artist owned) is from Jamie Schnetzler who lives in Santa Cruz, CA. Jamie provided a track called Still Frame. Jamie's music is on Soundcloud. 

Nov 26, 2016


Rich Sheridan hated work. He was one of those guys who took the long way to work, found a way to beam out during the day and was one of the top recognized performers. Seventeen years ago he realized he couldn’t keep working that way so along with a few partners he founded Menlo Innovations and created the workplace he wanted to work at. Today, as companies realize their workplace culture is a strategic advantage to business, companies come to Menlo to find out how to do what Menlo does every day of the week.

Menlo Innovations designs and builds custom software. That sounds pretty ordinary until you hear their purpose.

“Our mission as an organization is to end human suffering in the world as it relates to technology.”TM

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How to create an intentionally joyful culture.
  • The difference between joy and happiness and why joy includes conflict and diverse views.
  • Why having absolute clarity on who you serve as a company is critical.
  • What he had to learn and unlearn as a leader.
  • The difference between an intrinsic and extrinsic reward system.
  • Why high paid team members become bitter.
  • Why he has the title: Chief Storyteller
  • Tips for creating an intentionally joyful culture.
  • Why the Menlo Ways isn’t the Toyota Way and why you need to find your own way.
  • An invitation from Rich to visit Menlo and learn.

June 2001, Rich Sheridan and three others took lessons learned from experimenting with creating joy and applied them to Menlo Innovations, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. That was fifteen years ago. Today Rich is the CEO and Chief Storyteller of Menlo. Menlo has won the Alfred Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for eight straight years. The author of Joy, Inc. Rich mentors entrepreneurs and companies bold enough to embark on creating a customer-centric workplace. For more information go to:

This episode features the music of business innovation/Academy of Rock wizard Peter Cook. You'll find more of his music and his business cross over work at


Nov 18, 2016

You hear a lot about autism today. Seen through a pathological lens, autism is a brain disorder. Seen as a specialized form of intelligence, it is a huge pool of untapped talent for companies seeking talent particularly in the IT sector. SAP, Microsoft have launched programs to fill all kinds of roles including software testing, data analysis, quality assurance to IT project management, graphic design, finance administration and human resources. Most of Silicon Valley is on the autistic spectrum. Neuro-diversity adds to the workplace extraordinary ability in pattern recognition, attention to detail, sequencing and logic and, by adding training and support, the required social and communication skills.But you don’t have to be a big company to benefit from this pool of intelligence.

In this episode Carol Simpson, CEO of Focus Professional Services explains why adding neuro-diversity makes your workplace better in terms of communication and productivity outcomes while being socially responsible . Focus provides software testing and data quality services to organizations in the Vancouver, Canada area.

The solution that Carol’s company offers is one that recognizes the unique advantage of neuro-specialized intelligence. Carol’s company hires and trains people on the autistic spectrum, provides training, and then delivers software development services to companies ready to up their performance through adding diversity.

You’ll hear:

  • A story of one person on the spectrum who’d been ‘failed’ by many workplaces, who finally found one where he was accepted and could contribute (after training).
  • Why communication in the workplace dramatically improves thanks to the presence of neuro-specialized individuals on the team who don’t need social approval.
  • The personal reason why Carol started Focus Point Pro and what she’s learned from her sons.
  • How neuro-specialized individuals benefit client outcomes plus how a sense of contribution and belonging benefits the social and resilience skills of Focus employees.
  • How Carol finds overlooked talent.
  • About the adjustments team members make to fit into the workplace and what clients learn through the process of adding neuro-specialized individuals to their teams
  • How Carol deals with unconscious bias, fear of diversity/difference when marketing
  • Tips for employers who claim they can’t find talent?
  • Tips for neuro-specialized individuals who have experienced discrimination or abuse in the workplace by insensitive management or co-workers?
  • A personal story about a high school teacher’s advice to her autistic son and what happened afterward.

To find out more about Carol Simpson’s company go to her website and watch the video featuring staff and clients): 


Twitter @focus_ps

Connect to Focus on LinkedIn:

This episode features the music of business innovation/Academy of Rock wizard Peter Cook. You'll find more of his music and his business cross over work at


Nov 12, 2016

Nearsoft is a software development company with a distinct advantage in attracting and retaining talented developers. In 2007 it all started with 8 staff that is now 240 and growing world-wide. Co-founder Matt Perez is viewed as a pioneer in workplace innovation by my colleague Doug Kirkpatrick and in this interview you'll find out why. 

We talk about:

  • How the company began - the inspiration for starting up as a self-managed company
  • How staff initiated leadership teams function as a dynamic hierarchy
  • The role of transparency in replacing assumptions with real information and in reinforcing fairness
  • Why there's more structure in self-managed companies than where power is centralized
  • The inspiration and benefits to a healthy workplace environment
  • The connection between playfulness and creativity
  • How to scale freedom to contribute
  • How decisions are made in an intentional and structured way

Matt credits the role of Ricardo Semler's book The 7-day Work Week and mentions participation in WorldBlu for freedom-centric companies. At the end, uou'll receive an offer you can't refuse from Matt who is committed and serious about helping other companies both make the transition to workplaces that work for people (including clients). Learn more at 

The episode closes with a track provided by business innovation maestro Peter Cook. You'll find more of his music and his business cross over work at

Much thanks to Doug Kirkpatrick for continuing to steer me to companies leading the way in future workplace design happening today. 

Nov 4, 2016

Companies that mimic life are an emerging genre that operate on radically different principles than traditionally managed companies. The leading exemplars share four distinctive advantages over traditionally managed firms.

They are:

  1. More adaptive
  2. More profitable,
  3. More sustainable,
  4. Longer lived.

As clear profit leaders in their global industries, all receive top grades for sustainability and ethical leadership from independent resources. In addition, their average and median ages exceed a century. 

What is it that these companies do differently? None are tech firms. T

he research index Joseph Bragdon assembled in 1996 includes companies that are in sectors known for being eco-and social risk laden. In this episode, we talk about what Jay's research reveals about companies that see themselves as part of the living system that supports all life on the planet and why these companies lead a return to better business. For more information see For the book head over to Amazon. Companies That Mimic Life

The episode ends with a track courtesy of Mark Romero: Track is called Alignment. Mark's music has been verified by a physicist to restore balance and harmony (coherence) to your physical state. 

Oct 27, 2016

When you swipe your card at your local coffee shop it takes 3-5 business days for the transaction to take place. Will blockchain change that? Blockchain tech refers to mutually distributed ledgers that underpins cryto-currencies like Bitcoin. 

Michael Mainelli started designing shared distributed ledgers 20 years ago . He’s a leading thinker in fintech and Emeritus Professor of Commerce at Gresham College, London. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading commercial think-tank established in 1994 to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. 

In this episode you'll learn:

What blockchain is and isn't and what it means to you.

How blockchain will impact you and other possible applications. 

How disruptive will blockchain tech be and how are financial institutions responding.

What applications are emerging out of mutual distributed ledgers.

Will blockchain change the transaction fees charged by banks? 

What difference will blockchain make to the 2.5 million people who don't have official identity?

How blockchain tech can be a force for good. 

BLOCKCHAIN DEFINED A mutual distributed ledger – more simply referred to as a blockchain is a computer data structure with the following capabilities: n Mutual – blockchains are shared across organizations, owned equally by all and dominated by no-one; n Distributed – blockchains are inherently multi-locational data structures and any user can keep his or her own copy, thus providing resilience and robustness; n Ledger – blockchains are immutable, once a transaction is written it cannot be erased and, along with multiple copies, this means that the ledger’s integrity can easily be proven. Another way to think of blockchains is as permanent time-stamping engines for computer records. Timestamps can be used to prove that data elements were entered at or before a certain time and have not been altered. - M. Mainelli from 

To learn more about the movement toward long term economics go to

Dawna interviewed Bernard Lietaer on complementary currencies as a way to stablize the monetary system. How about Reinventing it... on the Evolutionary Provocateur on iTunes. 


Oct 21, 2016

Liz Alexander is a futurist with a mission to help people be in charge of change through realizing their potential. Similarly companies gain the edge when they become future smart rather than feeling like victims of changing market conditions or circumstances outside of their control.

Liz and Dawna talk about how you can prepare for the future when nothing is predictable and everything is complex. 


The episode ends with a track courtesy of Mark Romero: Track is called Alignment. Mark's music has been verified by a physicist to restore balance and harmony (coherence) to your physical state. 

Oct 14, 2016

Dr. Ervin Laszlo and Dawna talk about the evolution of human consciousness and business.

Humanity has arrived at what science terms a bifurcation- a radical change in the trajectory of a system. Linear evolution is at a transition point: collapse or transform into a holistic view consistent with the laws of complex systems. They discuss:

Supercoherence: the state where personal coherence internally (heart and mind) is in a harmonic state with the outer world. 

Reconnection to the wider system so that the intelligence that holds things together vibrationally is fully appreciated. 

The new reality and map of consciousness. 

Will we collectively take the path of transformation rather than that of extinction?

Dr.Ervin Laszlo is generally recognized as the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory. His work in recent years has centered on the formulation and development of the new conception of cosmos, life and consciousness emerging at the forefront of the contemporary sciences. 

The episode ends with a track courtesy of Mark Romero: Track is called Alignment. Mark's music has been verified by a physicist to restore balance and harmony (coherence) to your physical state.