On Monday September 17th, Soul at Work celebrated its 5th anniversary at the Leading Women's "Candid Conversations from the C-Suite" as a Supporting Sponsor. We were there for triple bottom line goals:
- To promote the conversations we were having about Soul at Work;
- Glean insights and tips from featured panelists on advancing change in their executive position; and
- Continue to engage in the goals of Vision 2020 (see more below!).
So how do you make change? Read on and please do comment below!!
Insights and tips from the C-Suite: Deborah Thomas, SVP & CFO, Hasbro; Laura Adams, President/CEO, RI Quality Institute;and Catherine L. Ormerod, Project Director of Vision 2020
Susan Colantuono interviewed and facilitated the conversation, which offered up honest stories about leadership mindset, ratio of strategy time vs. operational time, joy, successor, family and support, and how to get other women to advance--debate of quotas or no quotas to get the conversation going!
Leadership Mindset: Laura Adams was clear that she and her employees had to have an "impenetrable sense of ethics" and power of vision to keep the organization and themselves on course as to why they did daily mattered. We quickly heard from each of the CEO's how they spent 75-80% of their time on strategy and planning, and that it was an imperative to trust their team to implement...and to get out of the way. As Deborah Thomas said, it is about adding relevance to strategy and connecting operations to purpose, and keeping the team on focus. For Catherine, leading as a Director was to activate other's talents. The problem she is trying to move forward with Vision 2020 is too big to do alone, so attaching people to a shared value and a vision to make it "happen" is the main work she does.