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Pamela S. Harper and D. Scott Harper of Business Advancement Inc.

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Join internationally known business performance expert and author, Pamela S. (“Pam”) Harper, Founding Partner and CEO of Business Advancement Inc., and her business partner/husband D. Scott (“Scott”) Harper, an internationally known innovation expert, for thought-provoking conversations with visionary leaders who are transforming the face of business. Each week, a new show focuses on sparking fresh insights, inspiration, and immediately useful ideas to take you and your organization to new heights of success in this rapidly changing world.

Latest Episodes

C-Suite Politics in the age of Zoom [Episode 183]

How does a virtual C-Suiteimpact key alliances and critical decisions? Find out by listening on-the-go to Episode 183. Scott and I speak with Nancy Halpern, Founder of the firm Political IQ. She is a nationally recognized leadership consultant who diagnoses political dysfunction in organizations. She leverages her thought leadership and intellectual capital from over twenty years of client engagements to help companies find solutions to the many challenges of office politics. Nancy’s clients include The World Bank, Disney, and Novartis, among many others. She has been interviewed by a variety of media including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, Inc., and more (read more about Nancy Halpern below) You’ll gain insights on: * The critical impacts of virtual C-Suite politics on relationships and business decisions * How the dynamics of alliances can change in the virtual C-Suite * Immediately actionable ideas fornavigating virtual C-Suite politics in the age o...

33 minOCT 8
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C-Suite Politics in the age of Zoom [Episode 183]

How Top Leadership Can Build Bridges to Promote Racial Equity [Episode 182]

Beyond ethics, what is the compelling business case for promoting racial equity? Find out by listening on-the-go to Episode 182. Scott and I speak with Dr. Gail Hayes, a Race Relations Consultant, Speaker, award-winning book author and media personality who is internationally recognized as a communicator who ignites the atmosphere with contagious enthusiasm and a passion for purpose. She has been called a Conduit and Bridge between Races, genders, generations, and political parties because of her unique ability to paint pictures with words to promote understanding between communities. She currently serves on the Advisory Council of the American Diversity Report and enjoys helping organizations create new ways of doing business in today’s changing culture. (read more about Dr. Gail Hayes below) You’ll gain insights on: * The compelling business case for building bridges to promote racial equity in the constantly shifting business environment * Why we need more than good intentions ...

32 minSEP 9
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How Top Leadership Can Build Bridges to Promote Racial Equity [Episode 182]

The Pressure Is Rising — The Keys To Beating C-Suite Burnout [Episode 181]

How do you stay balanced under conditions of constant crises and extreme ambiguity? Find out by listening on-the-go to Episode 181. Scott and I discuss the difference between leading through “ordinary crises” and the avalanche of major crises happening in today’s environment. We also discuss why the ability to beat burnout in the C-Suite has gone from “important” to “essential” in order to be an effective leader when navigating extreme ambiguity. With this in mind, we revisit a conversation we had with Tina Greenbaum, LCSW, about beating burnout in the C-Suite. She is an optimal performance specialist, holistic psychotherapist, speaker, and author of the book Mastery Under Pressure: How To Achieve An Unstoppable Mindset. (read more about Tina below) Gain insights on: * The differences between healthy and unhealthy stress, and how to distinguish between them * The psychology and physiology behind burnout in the C-Suite * Immediately actionable ideas foranticipating and beating...

30 minAUG 29
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The Pressure Is Rising — The Keys To Beating C-Suite Burnout [Episode 181]

There’s Always More to the Story [Episode 180]

In the middle of a crisis, what is most important to keep in mind? Find out by listening- on-the-go to Episode 180. In this episode, Scott and I share our own experience of Tropical Storm Isaias (we’re OK), and the reminder of an essential principle we keep actively in mind when the stakes are high and time is short: There’s always more to the story of any situation,and it always makes a difference in the outcome of any decision and action. So how can you consider the perspectives of others AND act quickly? You’ll gain insights on * Overcoming the challenge of going beyond “hard wired” perceptions and instincts that exist in a crisis * A handy strategic tool for quickly bringing to mind the less obvious stakeholders whose perceptions could be critical to success * Three immediately actionable ideas from a game-changing CEO (literally) on how communicating with stakeholders can help you discover Silver Linings in a crisis Read our blog post about our “there’s always more to th...

17 minAUG 15
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There’s Always More to the Story [Episode 180]

What Will Separate Top CEOs From The Rest in a Post-Pandemic World? [Episode 179]

What are the 3 greatest leadership challenges CEOs face in the years ahead? Find out by listening to Episode 179. Scott and I speak with Adam Bryant, Managing Director of Merryck & Co.He joined them in 2017 after a 30-year career in journalism, including 18 years at The New York Times. In addition to his many roles there as a reporter and editor, he created the weekly “Corner Office” column in 2009, interviewing 525 CEOs and other leaders over a decade. Adam is the author of two books based on themes that emerged from the interviews, Quick and Nimble; Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation, and The Corner Office; Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed. His next book, which he is writing with former Amgen CEO Kevin Sharer, is “THE CEO TEST: Mastering the Challenges that Make or Break All Leaders” (dueto bepublished in early 2021 by Harvard Business Review Press) Read more about Adam Bryant below. You’ll find out abou...

37 minJUL 29
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What Will Separate Top CEOs From The Rest in a Post-Pandemic World? [Episode 179]

Visual Thinking … And Why CEOs Should Care About It [Episode 178]

What is a powerful way to create shared commitment to a vision? Find out by listening to Episode 178. Scott and I speak with Todd Cherches, CEO and Cofounder of BigBlueGumball, a New York City-based consulting firm specializing in leadership development, public speaking, and executive coaching. He is also the author of VisuaLeadership: Leveraging the Power of Visual Thinking in Leadership and in Life. Todd is a three-time award-winning Adjunct Assistant Professor of leadership at the New York University School of Professional Studies, in the Division of Programs in Business, where he had been teaching his popular “Leadership and Team Building” graduate course in their Human Capital Management master’s program for the past 10 years. (read more about Todd Cherches below) You’ll find out: * How visual thinking (“VisuaLeadership”) can help people transform visions into reality * Four approaches to visual thinking, and how to choose the best approach for your particular purpose * T...

30 minJUL 16
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Visual Thinking … And Why CEOs Should Care About It [Episode 178]

The Secret to Living a Life of Meaning – Every Day [Episode 177]

How can you build a more powerful legacy in your business and in your life? Find out by listening to Episode 177. Scott and I speak with “Dr. Jann” Freed.She is a leadership development consultant, author, and speaker who is particularly interested in helping people over 50 find meaning and purpose beyond their careers. She does this through the use of a concept she developed — The Breadcrumb Legacy — in which people create new meaning for themselves and others through small daily actions. Dr. Jann is Professor of Business Management Emerita at Central College, Pella, Iowa, an adjunct professor for the University of Iowa, anda Director for the Bank Iowa Board. She is the author or co-author of five books. In her most recent book, Leading with Wisdom: Sage Advice from 100 Experts, she interviews prominent leadership gurus such as Jim Autry, Marshall Goldsmith, Sally Helgeson, Dan Pink, and Margaret Wheatley. (read more about Jann Freed below) You’ll find out: * The mindset that ...

30 minJUL 1
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The Secret to Living a Life of Meaning – Every Day [Episode 177]

Improvising Through Crisis: Employing Comedy To Make Messages Stick [Episode 176]

How has the Second City Improvisation Theater been improvising through crises? Find out by listening to Episode 176. Scott and I speak with returning guest Kelly Leonard,Executive Director Of Insights And Applied Improvisation at Second City Works, the business arm of the Second City Improvisation Theater. His book, “Yes, And,” received rave reviews in Vanity Fair and The Washington Post. He co-leads a new partnership with Booth School at the University of Chicago that studies behavioral science through the lens of improvisation. (read more about Kelly below) You’ll find out: * How The Second City has flexed its improvisational and comedy muscle to change its business model and increase resilience in the wake of multiple crises * Principles for appropriately using improvisation, humor, and comedy to navigate tough times * Three immediately actionable steps for employing improvisation and comedy to help messages get through and stick – even during a crisis Jump to resource & down...

33 minJUN 17
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Improvising Through Crisis: Employing Comedy To Make Messages Stick [Episode 176]

Leading Your Organization Through Times of Upheaval and Major Change [Episode 31-R]

Help individuals and groups cope with emotions frommajor reorganizations, layoffs & more One of the biggest leadership issues coming from the COVID-19 pandemic combined with the volatile economy is how to help yourself and others cope with the many emotions triggered by major changes such as large-scale reorganizations, layoffs, pay cuts, and much more. How can you best lead yourself and others through feelings of uncertainty and loss while at the same time looking ahead to the future? In revisiting this timeless episode, Scott and I speak with Dr. Leslie Austin about how you can help bring out the best in your organization during major changes. Leslie is an executive coach, organizational consultant, and psychotherapist with the focus of helping companies and individual executives live up to their full potential. Leslie appears frequently in international, national and local radio, television and print media and has an extensive list of media credentials includingfrequent regular a...

31 minMAY 26
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Leading Your Organization Through Times of Upheaval and Major Change [Episode 31-R]

Navigating the Biggest Challenge of Visionary Leadership in the Post-Pandemic World [Episode 174]

What is critical for overcoming stakeholder pushback to your vision? Find out by listening- on-the-go to Episode 174. If you are re-envisioning your company’s future direction to better respond to changing needs and emerging opportunities triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic volatility, this episode falls under the category of “must listen now.” You’ll gain insights on * The most critical principle to remember as your leadership team re-envisions the future * One of the top reasons for mysterious organizational pushback * Three immediately actionable ideas to increase stakeholder commitment to a new direction Jump to resource & download links for this episode * PC download: Right Click, then select “Save file as” * Mac download: Control-Click, then select “Save link as” About Us Pamela S. Harper is Founding Partner and CEO of Business Advancement Inc. (BAI), a strategic growth advisory firm based in Glen Rock, NJ. She is a global expert known for helping visionary...

28 minMAY 22
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Navigating the Biggest Challenge of Visionary Leadership in the Post-Pandemic World [Episode 174]

Latest Episodes

C-Suite Politics in the age of Zoom [Episode 183]

How does a virtual C-Suiteimpact key alliances and critical decisions? Find out by listening on-the-go to Episode 183. Scott and I speak with Nancy Halpern, Founder of the firm Political IQ. She is a nationally recognized leadership consultant who diagnoses political dysfunction in organizations. She leverages her thought leadership and intellectual capital from over twenty years of client engagements to help companies find solutions to the many challenges of office politics. Nancy’s clients include The World Bank, Disney, and Novartis, among many others. She has been interviewed by a variety of media including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, Inc., and more (read more about Nancy Halpern below) You’ll gain insights on: * The critical impacts of virtual C-Suite politics on relationships and business decisions * How the dynamics of alliances can change in the virtual C-Suite * Immediately actionable ideas fornavigating virtual C-Suite politics in the age o...

33 minOCT 8
Comments
C-Suite Politics in the age of Zoom [Episode 183]

How Top Leadership Can Build Bridges to Promote Racial Equity [Episode 182]

Beyond ethics, what is the compelling business case for promoting racial equity? Find out by listening on-the-go to Episode 182. Scott and I speak with Dr. Gail Hayes, a Race Relations Consultant, Speaker, award-winning book author and media personality who is internationally recognized as a communicator who ignites the atmosphere with contagious enthusiasm and a passion for purpose. She has been called a Conduit and Bridge between Races, genders, generations, and political parties because of her unique ability to paint pictures with words to promote understanding between communities. She currently serves on the Advisory Council of the American Diversity Report and enjoys helping organizations create new ways of doing business in today’s changing culture. (read more about Dr. Gail Hayes below) You’ll gain insights on: * The compelling business case for building bridges to promote racial equity in the constantly shifting business environment * Why we need more than good intentions ...

32 minSEP 9
Comments
How Top Leadership Can Build Bridges to Promote Racial Equity [Episode 182]

The Pressure Is Rising — The Keys To Beating C-Suite Burnout [Episode 181]

How do you stay balanced under conditions of constant crises and extreme ambiguity? Find out by listening on-the-go to Episode 181. Scott and I discuss the difference between leading through “ordinary crises” and the avalanche of major crises happening in today’s environment. We also discuss why the ability to beat burnout in the C-Suite has gone from “important” to “essential” in order to be an effective leader when navigating extreme ambiguity. With this in mind, we revisit a conversation we had with Tina Greenbaum, LCSW, about beating burnout in the C-Suite. She is an optimal performance specialist, holistic psychotherapist, speaker, and author of the book Mastery Under Pressure: How To Achieve An Unstoppable Mindset. (read more about Tina below) Gain insights on: * The differences between healthy and unhealthy stress, and how to distinguish between them * The psychology and physiology behind burnout in the C-Suite * Immediately actionable ideas foranticipating and beating...

30 minAUG 29
Comments
The Pressure Is Rising — The Keys To Beating C-Suite Burnout [Episode 181]

There’s Always More to the Story [Episode 180]

In the middle of a crisis, what is most important to keep in mind? Find out by listening- on-the-go to Episode 180. In this episode, Scott and I share our own experience of Tropical Storm Isaias (we’re OK), and the reminder of an essential principle we keep actively in mind when the stakes are high and time is short: There’s always more to the story of any situation,and it always makes a difference in the outcome of any decision and action. So how can you consider the perspectives of others AND act quickly? You’ll gain insights on * Overcoming the challenge of going beyond “hard wired” perceptions and instincts that exist in a crisis * A handy strategic tool for quickly bringing to mind the less obvious stakeholders whose perceptions could be critical to success * Three immediately actionable ideas from a game-changing CEO (literally) on how communicating with stakeholders can help you discover Silver Linings in a crisis Read our blog post about our “there’s always more to th...

17 minAUG 15
Comments
There’s Always More to the Story [Episode 180]

What Will Separate Top CEOs From The Rest in a Post-Pandemic World? [Episode 179]

What are the 3 greatest leadership challenges CEOs face in the years ahead? Find out by listening to Episode 179. Scott and I speak with Adam Bryant, Managing Director of Merryck & Co.He joined them in 2017 after a 30-year career in journalism, including 18 years at The New York Times. In addition to his many roles there as a reporter and editor, he created the weekly “Corner Office” column in 2009, interviewing 525 CEOs and other leaders over a decade. Adam is the author of two books based on themes that emerged from the interviews, Quick and Nimble; Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation, and The Corner Office; Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed. His next book, which he is writing with former Amgen CEO Kevin Sharer, is “THE CEO TEST: Mastering the Challenges that Make or Break All Leaders” (dueto bepublished in early 2021 by Harvard Business Review Press) Read more about Adam Bryant below. You’ll find out abou...

37 minJUL 29
Comments
What Will Separate Top CEOs From The Rest in a Post-Pandemic World? [Episode 179]

Visual Thinking … And Why CEOs Should Care About It [Episode 178]

What is a powerful way to create shared commitment to a vision? Find out by listening to Episode 178. Scott and I speak with Todd Cherches, CEO and Cofounder of BigBlueGumball, a New York City-based consulting firm specializing in leadership development, public speaking, and executive coaching. He is also the author of VisuaLeadership: Leveraging the Power of Visual Thinking in Leadership and in Life. Todd is a three-time award-winning Adjunct Assistant Professor of leadership at the New York University School of Professional Studies, in the Division of Programs in Business, where he had been teaching his popular “Leadership and Team Building” graduate course in their Human Capital Management master’s program for the past 10 years. (read more about Todd Cherches below) You’ll find out: * How visual thinking (“VisuaLeadership”) can help people transform visions into reality * Four approaches to visual thinking, and how to choose the best approach for your particular purpose * T...

30 minJUL 16
Comments
Visual Thinking … And Why CEOs Should Care About It [Episode 178]

The Secret to Living a Life of Meaning – Every Day [Episode 177]

How can you build a more powerful legacy in your business and in your life? Find out by listening to Episode 177. Scott and I speak with “Dr. Jann” Freed.She is a leadership development consultant, author, and speaker who is particularly interested in helping people over 50 find meaning and purpose beyond their careers. She does this through the use of a concept she developed — The Breadcrumb Legacy — in which people create new meaning for themselves and others through small daily actions. Dr. Jann is Professor of Business Management Emerita at Central College, Pella, Iowa, an adjunct professor for the University of Iowa, anda Director for the Bank Iowa Board. She is the author or co-author of five books. In her most recent book, Leading with Wisdom: Sage Advice from 100 Experts, she interviews prominent leadership gurus such as Jim Autry, Marshall Goldsmith, Sally Helgeson, Dan Pink, and Margaret Wheatley. (read more about Jann Freed below) You’ll find out: * The mindset that ...

30 minJUL 1
Comments
The Secret to Living a Life of Meaning – Every Day [Episode 177]

Improvising Through Crisis: Employing Comedy To Make Messages Stick [Episode 176]

How has the Second City Improvisation Theater been improvising through crises? Find out by listening to Episode 176. Scott and I speak with returning guest Kelly Leonard,Executive Director Of Insights And Applied Improvisation at Second City Works, the business arm of the Second City Improvisation Theater. His book, “Yes, And,” received rave reviews in Vanity Fair and The Washington Post. He co-leads a new partnership with Booth School at the University of Chicago that studies behavioral science through the lens of improvisation. (read more about Kelly below) You’ll find out: * How The Second City has flexed its improvisational and comedy muscle to change its business model and increase resilience in the wake of multiple crises * Principles for appropriately using improvisation, humor, and comedy to navigate tough times * Three immediately actionable steps for employing improvisation and comedy to help messages get through and stick – even during a crisis Jump to resource & down...

33 minJUN 17
Comments
Improvising Through Crisis: Employing Comedy To Make Messages Stick [Episode 176]

Leading Your Organization Through Times of Upheaval and Major Change [Episode 31-R]

Help individuals and groups cope with emotions frommajor reorganizations, layoffs & more One of the biggest leadership issues coming from the COVID-19 pandemic combined with the volatile economy is how to help yourself and others cope with the many emotions triggered by major changes such as large-scale reorganizations, layoffs, pay cuts, and much more. How can you best lead yourself and others through feelings of uncertainty and loss while at the same time looking ahead to the future? In revisiting this timeless episode, Scott and I speak with Dr. Leslie Austin about how you can help bring out the best in your organization during major changes. Leslie is an executive coach, organizational consultant, and psychotherapist with the focus of helping companies and individual executives live up to their full potential. Leslie appears frequently in international, national and local radio, television and print media and has an extensive list of media credentials includingfrequent regular a...

31 minMAY 26
Comments
Leading Your Organization Through Times of Upheaval and Major Change [Episode 31-R]

Navigating the Biggest Challenge of Visionary Leadership in the Post-Pandemic World [Episode 174]

What is critical for overcoming stakeholder pushback to your vision? Find out by listening- on-the-go to Episode 174. If you are re-envisioning your company’s future direction to better respond to changing needs and emerging opportunities triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic volatility, this episode falls under the category of “must listen now.” You’ll gain insights on * The most critical principle to remember as your leadership team re-envisions the future * One of the top reasons for mysterious organizational pushback * Three immediately actionable ideas to increase stakeholder commitment to a new direction Jump to resource & download links for this episode * PC download: Right Click, then select “Save file as” * Mac download: Control-Click, then select “Save link as” About Us Pamela S. Harper is Founding Partner and CEO of Business Advancement Inc. (BAI), a strategic growth advisory firm based in Glen Rock, NJ. She is a global expert known for helping visionary...

28 minMAY 22
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Navigating the Biggest Challenge of Visionary Leadership in the Post-Pandemic World [Episode 174]

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