The Conversation with Clinton M. Padgett

Clinton M. Padgett

Did you realize the key to business and team success finds its roots deep in conversation? Join Clint Padgett, who’s built his career helping Fortune 100 companies optimize their businesses, as he interviews leaders who encourage employees to learn, challenge, and grow.

If you want to effectively manage people and optimize results, this is the podcast for you. The Conversation with Clinton M. Padgett from ForbesBooks Radio.

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This week, Clint has a conversation with author, L. David Marquet. David is a top graduate of the US Naval Academy, commanded the nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine USS Santa Fe and now works with businesses nationwide as a leadership consultant. Since retiring from the Navy, he’s written two books, “Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Leaders Into Followers” and “Leadership is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say — and What You Don't.” On the podcast, David discusses the importance of teams using resilient language instead of inherently fragile language, the reason leadership styles from the industrial revolution don't work today, and why collaborating effectively results in commitment.

Nov 18

33 min 50 sec

Clint wraps up his conversation with Bob Chapman, the Chairman & CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, a capital equipment and engineering consulting firm with nearly 8,000 team members worldwide. In part two, Bob discusses the power of building teamwork and creating a sense of oneness and why it’s the responsibility of every executive, to know where you’re going, why you want to go there.

Nov 11

29 min 24 sec

This week Clint has a conversation with Bob Chapman, the CEO of manufacturing technology supplier, Barry-Wehmiller, and the author of the bestseller Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. In part one, Bob discusses the privilege of leadership and how he realized that business could be the most powerful force for good in the world.

Nov 4

37 min 55 sec

Find out why the best negotiators are prepared, persistent, and creative as Clint wraps up his conversation with Dr. Joshua N. Weiss.  Joshua is a negotiation expert and the co-founder of the Global Negotiation Initiative at Harvard and in part two of the podcast, he discusses how to say no effectively, the importance of assertiveness in negotiations, and how to achieve success when negotiating cross-culturally.

Jun 10

31 min 14 sec

This week, Clint has a conversation with Dr. Joshua N. Weiss, a negotiation and conflict resolution expert and the co-founder of a negotiation program at Harvard University. Joshua has designed and facilitated customized negotiation and conflict resolution solutions for businesses, organizations, governments, and more. In part one, Joshua shares the positives and negatives of text-based communications, how to set goals while negotiating and why it's so hard to say no.

Jun 3

34 min 9 sec

Clint concludes his conversation with Richard Boyatzis, one of the world's leading experts in leadership development and emotional intelligence. In part two, Richard shares why managers need multiple leadership styles and how people can develop emotional intelligence, build resonance, and renew themselves.

May 27

31 min 58 sec

This week Clint has a conversation with Richard Boyatzis, a Distinguished University Professor of Case Western Reserve University. He is one of the world's leading experts in leadership development and emotional intelligence. Richard's research on human behavior has revolutionized management education and helped create a new industry of consultants, researchers, and coaches. In part one, Richard talks about why leadership and management is so difficult, why we're hardwired to pick up the emotions of others and why people chase the wrong things when they try to reduce the amount of stress in their life.

May 20

37 min 31 sec

Clint concludes his conversation with Dr. Timothy R. Clark, the founder of LeaderFactor. Dr. Clark works with leading organizations across industry, and advises a number executive teams on large-scale change and transformation, building cultures that innovate, high potential programs, and succession planning. In part two, Tim discusses why it's courageous to be vulnerable, why we need to appreciate and protect each other's differences, the importance of rewarding the effort not the answer, and why you should behave until you believe.

May 13

36 min 19 sec

This week, Clint has a conversation with researcher, author and speaker Dr. Timothy R. Clark, the founder of LeaderFactor. In part one, Tim shares how leaders can build psychological safety in their organizations by creating an environment of rewarded vulnerability, why Google’s Project Aristotle is one of the most important team performance studies over the past decade, why half of employees will reduce their productivity when psychological safety is low, and how he defines respect.

May 6

36 min 36 sec

Clint concludes his conversation with the author of “The Miracle Manager: Why True Leaders Rarely Make Great Managers”, Kevin G. Armstrong.  Kevin leads a group of advisors at the Interdependent Training Group which advises business leaders on creating clear vision and implementing strategies to hold their management teams accountable. In part two, Kevin explains the two key rules of attitude, why you can't be powerful without being vulnerable, the major drawbacks of electronic communications, and why it's not good enough to be efficient you have to be effective.

Apr 29

38 min 54 sec

This week Clint has a conversation with speaker and business advisor Kevin G. Armstrong, the author of “The Miracle Manager: Why True Leaders Rarely Make Great Managers.” For the past 20+ years, Kevin has studied the important differences between the roles of ‘leader’ and ‘manager’ in business. In part one, Kevin talks about why leaders and top sales people typically do not make good managers, why he's so obsessed in challenging the definitions of the words we use on a daily basis and why successful managers connect with people. We also discuss why it’s so hard to describe “culture” and the reason the greatest professional athletes make the worst coaches.

Apr 23

39 min 55 sec

Clint wraps up his conversation with Chester Elton, the co-founder of The Culture Works professional training and coaching and co-author of The Best Team Wins: The New Science of High Performance. In part two, Chester talks about the importance of ongoing communication and gratitude, how aspirational conversations can cut turnover and enhance engagement and why highly engaged employees have a best friend at work.

Apr 15

24 min 47 sec

This week, Clint has a conversation with Chester Elton, the bestselling leadership author and co-founder of The Culture Works professional training and coaching. In part one, Chester talks about the ways to improve your company’s collaboration in the workplace, the importance of ‘soft skills’, why the best team leaders ‘manage to the one’ to increase employee engagement, and how job sculpting can increase your chances of retaining and engaging talented people.

Apr 9

27 min 59 sec

Clint concludes his conversation with Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres, the co-authors of Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement. In part two, Jackie and Cheri rundown the five principles that govern our conversations, the science behind using powerful questions and appreciative inquiry, and why they're on a mission to change our world of conversations.

Apr 1

26 min 40 sec

This week, Clint has a conversation with Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres, the co-authors of Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement. Jackie and Cheri have a combined 50 years of experience in practicing and teaching Appreciative Inquiry. In part one, Jackie and Cheri explain the meaning of Appreciative Inquiry, how generative questions open the door to allow space for new possibilities, and how we can tell we're having a conversation worth having.

Mar 25

28 min 16 sec

Clint concludes his conversation with Sherry Turkle, the New York Times bestselling author and professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT. In part two, Clint and Sherry talk about some of the wrong lessons that could be learned from the pandemic, the impact of emotions expressed via text versus in person, and the difference between being pro-conversation as opposed to being anti-technology.

Mar 11

26 min 41 sec

This week, Clint is pleased to have a conversation with Sherry Turkle. The New York Times called Sherry's new memoir The Empathy Diaries "a beautiful memoir about the life of the mind and the life of the senses." Sherry is also a professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and the author of the best seller, Reclaiming Conversation. In part one, Clint and Sherry discuss the reasons we truly can't connect on a Zoom call, how she defines empathy, and why the "capacity to be alone is the capacity to know enough about yourself and who you are, and be comfortable enough with that."

Mar 4

29 min 40 sec

Clint wraps up his conversation with Cliff Oxford, a New York Times blogger, Forbes columnist, founder of the CliffCo. Think Tank. In part two, Cliff discusses why he thinks management by commitment is more important than BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals), the problem he has with politics, and why he loves Zoom video chats but thinks water-cooler conversations are underrated.

Feb 25

21 min 33 sec

This week Clint has a conversation with Cliff Oxford, a New York Times blogger, Forbes columnist, founder of the CliffCo. Think Tank and author of “A Redneck Reverie: The Rationale for the Trump Phenomenon.” In part one, Cliff discusses how his career as a visionary entrepreneur began by loading trucks at UPS, how he discovered the importance of customer relationship management (CRM), and why he thinks Jim Casey is one of the few company founders who made the right decision every time.

Feb 19

21 min 11 sec

In the conclusion of Clint's conversation with Susan Scott, the best selling author of Fierce Conversations, Clint and Susan do a deep dive into her critically acclaimed Ted talk, “The Case for Radical Transparency". They also discuss why a difficult conversation requires a true presence and the inspiration for her latest book, Fierce Love: Making Love, One Conversation at a Time.

Feb 11

32 min 7 sec

This week Clint has a conversation with Susan Scott, a master teacher of positive change through powerful communication, the award winning author of Fierce Conversations and CEO of the international consulting company, Fierce Inc. In part one, Clint and Susan discuss the meaning of a fierce conversation, why our most valuable currency is relationship, and the importance of connecting with others.

Feb 4

36 min 35 sec

Clint concludes his conversation David Hutchens, the storytelling leader and author of the upcoming book, “Story Sprint”. In part two, David shares the three stories that leaders should be telling during times of uncertainty, what it means to build a story bank, and what the ROI is on storytelling.

Jan 28

29 min 34 sec

On our first episode of 2021, Clint speaks to David Hutchens. David helps leaders in organizations find, craft, and tell their most urgent stories for the purpose of creating shared meaning, preserving culture, disseminating learning, and speeding change in organizations. In part one, David shares how he became a storyteller and why he believes his work creates engagement and belief so people will act.

Jan 21

27 min 41 sec

Clint concludes his conversation with the author of "The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders", Daniel Harkavy.  In part two, Clint and Daniel discuss the value of placing 'strategic bets', why you need to celebrate people finding the problems in things, and why great leaders should want to lead an organization that wants them but doesn't need them.

Dec 2020

30 min 41 sec

This week, Clint is having a conversation with Daniel Harkavy. In part one, Daniel discusses how coaching some of the world’s most prominent business executives inspired his best selling book, "The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders."

Dec 2020

31 min 1 sec

Clint concludes his conversation with Craig LeMasters, the author of "Unstuck: How to Unlock and Activate the Wisdom of Others." In part two, Clint and Craig discuss why people are afraid to ask for help and why listening has becoming a lost art.

Nov 2020

27 min 45 sec

This week Clint has a conversation with entrepreneur, investor, and the author of "Unstuck: How to Unlock and Activate the Wisdom of Others", Craig LeMasters. In part one Clint and Craig discuss what it means to be 'stuck' and why the lack of prioritization today is crushing people.

Nov 2020

31 min 32 sec

Clint concludes his conversation with James Williams, Coca-Cola's Vice President of Olympic Marketing and Assets.  In part two, James discusses how Coke is preparing itself for two major events in less than 6 months and how Japan is handling the pandemic in the lead up to the Olympics.

Nov 2020

32 min 12 sec

On Episode 10 of The Conversation with Clinton M. Padgett, Clint talks to Coca-Cola's Vice President of Olympic Marketing and Assets, James Williams. In part one, James shares stories of the challenges and triumphs from past Olympiads and what it takes to plan and execute the iconic Olympic Torch Relay.

Nov 2020

32 min 33 sec

This week on "The Conversation with Clinton M. Padgett”, Clint wraps up his chat with Douglas Stone, the co-author of “Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most”. In part two, they discuss the difference between blame and contribution.

Oct 2020

28 min 1 sec

This week, Clint has a conversation with Douglas Stone, the Founder of Triad Consulting and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches negotiation. He’s also the co-author of “Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well” and “Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most”.

Oct 2020

30 min 42 sec

Clint concludes his conversation with Jim Karrh the author of "The Science of Customer Connections: Manage Your Message to Grow Your Business." In part two, Clint and Jim talk about why 'Zoom meetings' aren't as beneficial as face to face chats and why you should listen twice as much as talk.

Oct 2020

37 min 11 sec

This week Clint has a conversation with Jim Karrh, author of "The Science of Customer Connections: Manage Your Message to Grow Your Business." In part one, Clint and Jim discuss why the word 'you' can improve your messaging, the value of authenticity and the importance of eye contact during a conversation.

Oct 2020

39 min 21 sec

Clint wraps up his conversation with author, consultant, and the Founder of the Katzenbach Center at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jon Katzenbach. Over the course of his career, he has become a recognized leader in counseling high-profile CEOs and corporate leaders. In part two, Clint and Jon discuss how to maintain emotional connections in virtual workplaces.

Oct 2020

20 min

This week Clint has a conversation with author, consultant, and the Founder of the Katzenbach Center at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jon Katzenbach. Over the course of his career, he has become a recognized leader in counseling high-profile CEOs and corporate leaders. In part one, Clint and Jon talk about the importance of accountability and emotional commitment in teamwork.

Sep 2020

17 min 42 sec

Clint concludes his conversation with Craig Dowden. Craig is a Peak Performance Coach, a speaker that helps organizations assess, develop and engage their talent and the author of the book, "Do Good to Lead Well." In part two, Clint and Craig talk about the best ways to give and receive feedback and the importance of self-awareness.

Sep 2020

34 min 42 sec

This week Clint has a conversation with Craig Dowden. Craig is a Peak Performance Coach, a speaker that helps organizations assess, develop and engage their talent and the author of the book, "Do Good to Lead Well." In part one, Clint and Craig discuss the perils of conformity and the importance of self awareness.

Sep 2020

33 min

Clint wraps up his conversation with Joseph Grenny, the bestselling author of "Crucial Conversations". In part two, Clint and Joseph discuss what "emotional illiteracy" means, how to better communicate in pandemic induced silos, and the importance of crucial conversations in teamwork and project work.

Sep 2020

18 min 37 sec

This week Clint has a conversation with Joseph Grenny. Joseph is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, and a social scientist for business performance. His works have been translated into 28 languages and is available in 36 countries. Plus, he’s the co-author of one of Clint's all time favorite books, Crucial Conversations.

Aug 2020

23 min 45 sec

Clint concludes his conversation with Dr. Libby Sander, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Bond University in Australia. Clint and Libby talk about how our work environment affects our stress level and blood pressure.

Aug 2020

33 min 52 sec

Is “Zoom fatigue" real? This week Clint has a conversation with Dr. Libby Sander, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Bond University in Australia. Clint and Libby talk about "Zoom fatigue" and why online meetings are so tiring.

Aug 2020

29 min 14 sec

Clint concludes his conversation with Alison Wood Brooks, the award-winning professor at Harvard Business School that created an experiential course designed to help students hone conversational skills. In Part Two, Alison talks about how having a good sense of humor can elevate your status.

Jul 2020

35 min 59 sec

This week on The Conversation with Clinton M. Padgett, Clint talks to Alison Wood Brooks, the award-winning professor at Harvard Business School. In Part One, Alison shares why the psychology of conversation became a focal point in her career and how she developed a cutting-edge MBA course called "How to talk gooder in business and life.”

Jul 2020

19 min 19 sec

Clint concludes his conversation with Jenny Blake, the founder of the Pivot Method.  In part two, Clint and Jenny discuss the importance of clarity in conversations,  whether introverts are better at introspection than extroverts, and tips on how to strengthen your mind.

Jun 2020

24 min 55 sec

On the second episode of The Conversation with Clinton M. Padgett, Clint talks to Jenny Blake, the founder of the Pivot Method, a growth strategy company that helps individuals and organizations map what’s next through scalable Pivot programs.  In part one Clint and Jenny discuss how the world has been forced to pivot during the pandemic and how young people can handle entering the job market in a post-COVID world.

Jun 2020

28 min 19 sec

In part two of this episode of The Conversation with Clinton M. Padgett, Clint continues his discussion with Keith Ferrazzi, the founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight.  He has spent over thirty years coaching executive teams and is the author of the #1 bestsellers Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back. Keith's new book “Leading Without Authority: How the New Power of Co-Elevation Can Break Down Silos, Transform Teams, and Reinvent Collaboration” is available on May 26th.

May 2020

15 min 59 sec

On the premiere of The Conversation with Clinton M. Padgett, Clint talks to Keith Ferrazzi, the founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight.  He has spent over thirty years coaching executive teams and is the author of the #1 bestsellers Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back. Keith's new book “Leading Without Authority: How the New Power of Co-Elevation Can Break Down Silos, Transform Teams, and Reinvent Collaboration” is available on May 26th.

May 2020

27 min 32 sec