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Presented by Emergent, this bi-weekly conversation explores the latest techniques and proven best practices to guide businesses and individuals through complex professional and organizational transformations. Creative leadership development strategies, improved communication techniques, enhanced team performance – on Get Emergent, we’re talking about it and providing critical insights that can help you achieve your goals.

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This episode’s title will be surprising if you know Ralph and Cindy, but they make a strong case that often empathy is overused, misunderstood, and misapplied. And that can adversely affect leadership, team, and organizational performance.

Nov 3

17 min 39 sec

In this episode of our “Driving Leadership” series, Emergent’s Bill Berthel speaks with Mitch Stoller, Chief Philanthropic Officer at the American Association for Cancer Research. Stoller discusses the virtues of servant leadership and the challenges of fundraising, and offers advice about how to inspire and engage team members.

Oct 21

19 min 42 sec

Cindy and Ralph discuss the concept of psychological safety – feeling confident in your ability to speak your mind without fear of retribution – and offer tips to help improve the sense of psychological safety for yourself and your team.

Oct 7

22 min 51 sec

In this episode of our “Driving Leadership” series, Emergent’s Bill Berthel speaks with Sadye Bobbette, a recent Hamilton College graduate and avid outdoors person who discusses her leadership journey, particularly what wilderness adventure experiences have taught her about leadership with others, leadership of others, and importantly, leadership of self.

Sep 16

18 min 33 sec

Ralph and Cindy discuss the importance of saying no, and how to do so strategically and thoughtfully, thereby strengthening your leadership by allowing you to focus on what matters most.

Sep 2

16 min 8 sec

In the conclusion of a two-part episode featuring the leadership of Leashes of Valor, a not-for-profit organization serving wounded veterans, Emergent’s Bill Berthel speaks with Danique Masingill. Danique is a retired veteran, Syracuse University graduate, and Leashes for Valor’s President and co-founder. Daniquediscusses how her past experiences with poor leadership influenced the development of her…

Aug 19

19 min 2 sec

Ralph and Cindy discuss the key characteristics of “selfless leadership” and make six recommendations for how to deal with the paradox of balancing selfless leadership with your own ambition.

Aug 5

19 min 30 sec

In part one of a two-part episode featuring the leadership of Leashes of Valor, a not-for-profit organization serving wounded veterans, Emergent’s Bill Berthel speaks with Matt Masingill, the organization’s co-founder and Director of Canine Operations. As a retired veteran himself, Matt discusses canine and human leadership dynamics.

Jul 15

15 min 41 sec

We get a revealing look at Ralph’s thoughts on his own leadership, as he responds to Cindy’s seven leadership coaching questions in a lightning round format.

Jul 1

18 min 25 sec

In this episode of our “Driving Leadership” series, Emergent’s Bill Berthel speaks with Ross Berntson, President and COO of Indium Corporation. Ross discusses the value of the “leader- leader” concept, the importance of servant leadership, and reducing friction to help people reach their full potential.

Jun 17

22 min 24 sec

Because so many listeners enjoyed last month’s episode, Ralph and Cindy again randomly select fortune cookie messages and discuss how short phrases can contain wisdom that can make a big impact when applied to your leadership.

Jun 3

15 min 31 sec

In this episode of our “Driving Leadership” series, Emergent’s Bill Berthel speaks with Kelley Hester, head women’s golf coach at Clemson University. Kelley discusses her own transformational servant leadership style and the challenges and rewards of working through adversity.

May 20

23 min 50 sec

Sound leadership advice can be found in the most unexpected places. Ralph and Cindy randomly select fortune cookie messages and discuss how short phrases can contain wisdom that can make a big impact when applied to your leadership.

May 6

17 min 43 sec

In this episode of our “Driving Leadership” series, Emergent’s Bill Berthel speaks with Juan “Gonzo” Gonzalez, CEO of Eagle Eye International Protective Services and Kinetic Red. Gonzo discusses the value of failure, the challenges he faces as a leader today, and breaks down his three leadership priorities.

Apr 14

15 min 1 sec

This spring is a great time to rejuvenate your leadership. Ralph and Cindy share six critical skills to raise the bar on your leadership.

Mar 31

11 min 17 sec

In this episode of our “Driving Leadership” series, Emergent’s Bill Berthel speaks with Aubrey Hait, Director of Employee Experience at Equitable. Aubrey describes herself as a mobilizer of people, with a passion for body combat instruction. She discusses how her diverse interests coalesce to enhance her leadership, and how her drive to succeed as an…

Mar 18

20 min 10 sec

Ralph and Cindy share a memorable acronym that reminds leaders about what it takes to build and extend trust, leading to stronger relationships and higher performance.

Mar 4

11 min 4 sec

In this episode of our “Driving Leadership” series, Emergent’s Bill Berthel speaks with Matt Wilson, Founding Partner at MPW Marketing. Matt discusses the challenges of being a “player-manager,” and striving toward a culture that provides opportunities for professional excellence, a great working environment, and excellent compensation.

Feb 18

18 min 51 sec

Ralph and Cindy discuss the importance of staying grounded in five leadership fundamentals that will strengthen your leadership impact.

Feb 3

21 min 46 sec

In this episode of our “Driving Leadership” series, Emergent’s Bill Berthel speaks with Robert Hack, President, and CEO of HealtheConnections. Robert discusses his path in leadership from large corporate organizations through his transition to the leader of a unique relationship-based service organization. Roberts says that his leadership success, in organizations of all sizes, is due…

Jan 21

19 min 30 sec

Ralph and Cindy share their experience of working with hundreds of corporate teams and offer their assessment of the mindset and behavior characteristics common to the best team players.

Dec 2020

16 min 8 sec

In this episode of our “Driving Leadership” series, Emergent’s Bill Berthel speaks with Dr. Johanna Rogers, Vice President for Racial Equity and Social Impact at Center State CEO. Dr. Rogers talks about how her current leadership opportunities were built upon the sacrifices of those who came before her. She also discussed her leadership in her…

Dec 2020

28 min 47 sec

Cindy shares with Ralph the transformation she experienced in 2020, the strategies that helped her succeed, and invites you to use the same tactics to transform your leadership.

Dec 2020

21 min 16 sec

In this episode of our “Driving Leadership” series, Emergent’s Bill Berthel speaks with Jeff Knauss, CEO and co-founder of Digital Hyve in Syracuse and Rochester, NY. Jeff shares that to lead well, you have to love people, communicate to the point that you feel like it may be too much, and serve others to no…

Nov 2020

36 min 26 sec

Ralph and Cindy define the challenges and give recommendations on how you can address each.

Nov 2020

16 min 41 sec

In the newest episode of our “Driving Leadership” series, Emergent’s Bill Berthel speaks with Meg Tidd, COO at VIP Structures in Syracuse, New York. Meg has combined her upbringing in the arts and the not-for-profit world with her passion for corporate strategy, and takes us on her journey of being an empathetic leader and being…

Oct 2020

28 min 47 sec

Are you creating what you want through the language you use? Ralph and Cindy share their favorite pet peeves of what not to say.

Oct 2020

12 min 4 sec

In the latest installment of our “Driving Leadership” series, Emergent’s Bill Berthel speaks with Binaifer Dabu, Senior HR Manager of Learning and Organizational Development at Community Bank in Syracuse, New York. An educator and storyteller, Dabu traces her leadership journey and discusses, among other things, the value of story, the importance of continued learning, and…

Sep 2020

37 min 36 sec

Ralph and Cindy define the term “scaling leadership” and share the five actions you can take to build organizational capability.

Sep 2020

20 min 13 sec

In the first episode of our “Driving Leadership” series, Emergent’s Bill Berthel speaks with Professor James Rolling, who discusses the impact of creativity on leadership and the influence of “swarm intelligence” in developing effective leaders.

Aug 2020

25 min 10 sec

Ralph and Cindy discuss our natural tendencies to tell ourselves stories based on the assumptions we make, and how those stories can get in the way of effective leadership, clear communication, and inspiring team performance.

Aug 2020

15 min 37 sec

How are other people experiencing you in your leadership? That’s your leadership brand. Is your behavior aligned with your vision of yourself as a leader? It’s essential for effective leaders to be aware of their brand and refine it as needed.

Jul 2020

18 min 51 sec

Embracing a new definition of the military acronym can give you the ability to lead effectively through times of change.

Jun 2020

8 min 54 sec

Self-leadership and self-reflection are critical during this time. Today’s “driven” leader has an opportunity to expand thinking by noticing their default behaviors in three specific areas.

Jun 2020

17 min 27 sec

During a March 2020 Emergent webinar, Ralph Simone reflects on the importance of slowing down during times of uncertainty.

May 2020

7 min 6 sec

Challenging times call for our best leadership, the kind of leadership that recognizes and embraces negativity while holding faith that good will prevail.

Apr 2020

18 min 30 sec

Learn how to prepare for bouncing back from these uncertain times by strengthening your resilience, self-compassion, and creative connection skills.

Apr 2020

14 min 52 sec

Discover the three essential things leaders can do to thrive during challenging times and emerge stronger on the other side.

Mar 2020

24 min 31 sec

Today, the entire Emergent team explains how our unique approach to strategic planning can lead to transformational breakthroughs in individual, team and organizational leadership.

Jan 2020

9 min 53 sec

Leading organizational change requires agility, and being agile means focusing on four key areas. In this episode, Ralph and Cindy discuss those four areas, what they mean, and why they’re important.

Nov 2019

16 min 49 sec

A past LeadFORWARD participant shares his experiences and how the program impacted his team, his organization, and his individual leadership effectiveness.

Oct 2019

11 min 58 sec

Often what’s most overlooked in building teams is taking the time to create operational ground rules that define how a team engages. Creating these important ground rules ensures that we mitigate “stupid conflict,” and improve accountability to get things done smarter, faster, and better together.

Sep 2019

13 min 53 sec

Learn how to turn a “group of individuals working together” into a high performing team that is focused on an aligned strategy.

Aug 2019

11 min 17 sec

Do you want to improve the quality of your meetings? Start strong. Ralph and Cindy discuss how checking in with team members in four key areas at the beginning of a meeting will improve engagement, participation and the quality of the discussion.

Jul 2019

12 min 11 sec

A strong team must have a model for what success looks like in terms of performance, relationships, and culture. The team vision paints the picture for what that can look like. We’ll explain.

Jun 2019

10 min 28 sec

Ralph and Cindy answer questions from the audience. Topics include strategies for keeping team members engaged during meetings, dealing with individuals who routinely resist opposing viewpoints, what to do when one team member consistently dominates meetings, and how to handle high performers who habitually miss deadlines.

Jun 2019

44 min 45 sec

Often leaders unconsciously create conditions under which their team members are afraid to speak up. This can kill creativity, innovation, problem solving and team performance. We’ll offer ideas about how to create a more psychologically safe environment in which everyone on the team can thrive.

Apr 2019

19 min 59 sec

According to the Harvard Business Review, 71% of people feel that most meetings they participate in are a waste of time. We’ll outline the four essential types of meetings and give you five tips to make those meetings more productive.

Apr 2019

19 min 23 sec

Once you’ve determined a team is necessary, there are five essential elements that are vital to that team’s success. Cindy Masingill and Ralph Simone describe the five elements and why they’re critical to building a high-performing team.

Feb 2018

10 min 15 sec

We hear a lot about teams in business today. But do you really need a team? And if you do, who are the right players? Ralph Simone and Cindy Masingill offer valuable insights to guide you in making these critical decisions.

Jan 2018

15 min 19 sec