InnovaBuzz #106 – Ron Carucci, Navalent

Ron Carucci, Navalent

Ron Carucci, Navalent

Our guest in this episode is Ron Carucci, co-founder and managing partner at Navalent. He is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Forbes, a TED speaker and a bestselling author of 8 books.

Navalent work with CEOs and executives pursuing transformational change for their organizations, leaders, and industries.  Their list of clients is very impressive, and include Microsoft, Citibank, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Johnson&Johnson and even the CIA – just to name a few.

Ron has an endless passion for, and a 30-year track record, helping executives tackle challenges of strategy, organization, and leadership.  We talk with him today about some of those challenges, the key attributes of great leaders, including the mindset of leadership and also about the irrelevance of the year you were born to what you will contribute!

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Show Notes from this episode with Ron Carucci of Navalent

Key points and takeaways from this episode include:

  • It’s important to publish a lot of helpful content to your target audience and to be consistent – you can’t just dabble.  It takes a lot of effort to maintain your digital footprint.  However, the payoff is dramatic.
  • About half the leaders fail in their first leadership assignment – a large reason for this was the abandonment of power.  This is where people feel as though they don’t have the power to influence others.  Yet we all have resources within us, that gives us the power to help others.
  • Leadership is about those you serve.  It’s not about you!
  • Some characteristics of great leaders –
    • they prepare others for the future;
    • they know the big picture of the organization;
    • they can read the context, they ask questions, they are curious and they are adaptable;
    • they can make hard choices, they can say no, they can narrow the focus of the organisation;
    • they build great relationships, with their peers, those they lead and their bosses;
    • focus especially on making other people successful, find ways to put the needs and priorities of others on their agenda.
  • Stakeholders must include people who rely on you.
  • The generalisations about the millennial generation and the negative pre-suppositions often mentioned, are really problems of relationship. In the 1960’s, people had the same perceptions about baby-boomers.  The millennial generations are the ones we’ve told: “You can change the world.” And they will, so it’s in everyone’s interest to help them do that!
  • Gratitude is a very important value to most people – there is great power in genuine expressions of gratitude.  One of the most effective ways to genuinely express gratitude is to ask people about their work. You can say, “Tell me how you did that?”
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The Buzz – Our Innovation Round

Here are Ron’s answers to the questions of our Innovation round. Listen to the interview to get the full scoop.

  • #1 thing to be more innovative – Train your eyes to see what you don’t expect to see, but might be right in front of you – be really curious and ask different questions.
  • Best thing for new ideas – Get help – we hired a coach.  The friction of provocative ideas and sparked thoughts and challenging assumptions in a supportive relationship has made a huge difference. Creativity is a social experience!
  • Favourite tool for innovation – Zoom, to have face-to-face connections with our remotely located team.  Also MS Outlook, for a complete management system.
  • Keep project / client on track – Feedback – ask how are we doing.  Have metrics and data sourcing to show if you are on track.
  • Differentiate – Consistency and clarity – know what sets you apart and what contribution you can make.

To Be a Leader

Nothing in life is irrevocable, except death! In virtually all other situations, you get more chances, more opportunities.  Worry much less about what other people think!  Reach further, reach high!

Reach Out

You can reach out and thank Ron at Their Website, on Twitter – @RonCarucci, and on Linkedin.

Suggested Guest

Ron suggested I interview Kim Scott of Radical Candor, on a future InnovaBuzz podcast.

So Kim, keep an eye on your inbox, for an invitation from us to the InnovaBuzz podcast, courtesy of Ron Carucci of Navalent.

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Links and Books


Cool things about Ron:

  • He was always interested in organizing human endeavor – games as a child, fundraising, field trips and so on.
  • Ron worked in the Arts in Europe when he realized that his passion lay in transforming leaders and helping them navigate through change.
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