Sense & Signal: Leading Through Sensemaking

Daniel Tarker and Jodah Jensen

Tne Sense &; Signal: Leading Through Sensemaking Podcast is hosted by Jodah Jensen and Daniel Tarker. The show explores contemporary issues in organizational leadership through the sense of sensemaking. Find out more at http://Danieltarker.com https://tarker.substack.com read less
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Fallen Binance Founder CZ's Leadership Advice
27-11-2023
Fallen Binance Founder CZ's Leadership Advice
Binance founder Changpeng Zhao (CZ) is going to jail and his cryptocurrency exchange - the largest in the world - is paying 4 billion dollars in fines to the US Justice Department. I’m this episode of the Sense & Signal leadership and sensemaking podcast, Dan explores what leadership lessons we can learn from Changpeng Zhao’s Icarus like fall. Dan reviews the charges against Changpeng Zhao and Binance, assesses Changpeng Zhao’s personality through a dark quadrad lens, and reviews some of the leadership approaches Changpeng Zhao shared on various Binance blog posts. Some of the Binance founders recommendations include keeping meetings short, publicly criticizing employees, shuffling teams at work, not praising employees, and acting ethically - and the irony of the last one isn’t lost. Dan also reviews some of the criminal activities Changpeng Zhao and other Binance management knew was taking place on the Binance exchange including money laundering for criminal and terrorist organizations, dark web transactions, transferring profits from ransomware attacks, and letting individuals and states under US sanctions transfer money. Ultimately, we find ourselves facing a complicated leader in Changpeng Zhao or CZ. Some of his leadership principles were effective in growing the Binance platform into the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world. But Changpeng Zhao clearly should have listened to his own leadership advice on ethics. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/daniel-tarker/message
What the Artificial Intelligence Bill of Rights Means To You
09-11-2023
What the Artificial Intelligence Bill of Rights Means To You
Last week the Biden administration released an Executive Order addressing the safety, security, and trustworthiness of artificial intelligence. In this first of two segments on the Sense & Signal leadership and sensemaking podcast, Dan takes a dive into one of the documents informing this executive order on AI - the proposed AI Bill of Rights. Dan addresses concerns from both sides of the spectrum about this government response to generative artificial intelligence models like ChatGPT, reflects on the damage the tech industry has caused to society due to their handling of social media, and then delves into the five pillars of the Artificial Intelligence Bill of Rights - safety and security, algorithmic protections against discrimination, data privacy, notice & explanations , and human alternatives. This is the first of two segments exploring President Biden’s Executive Order on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence calling for deeper investigations into how all forms of AI - but especially large language models like ChatGPT - will impact society. The AI Bill of Rights is a set of guidelines that outlines five key protections to protect US citizens against AI harms. The document provides an important framework for how government, technology companies, and citizens can work together to ensure more accountable AI. Here’s what’s key to understand about the new guidelines - both what they cover, what they don’t and what other work is being done in for AI accountability. The five principles of the AI Bill of Rights are as follows: People should be protected from systems deemed “unsafe or ineffective.” People shouldn’t be discriminated against via algorithms and that AI-driven systems should be made and used “in an equitable way.” People should be kept safe “from abusive data practices” by safeguards built in to AI systems and have control over how data about them is used. People should be aware when an automated system is in use and be aware of how it could affect them. People should be able to opt out of such systems “where appropriate” and get help from a person instead of a computer 1234. The need to resolve issues around the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become increasingly important for countries, citizens, and businesses over the last eight years. Approximately 60 countries now have National AI Strategies and many have, or are creating, policies which allow for responsible use of a technology which can bring huge benefits but, without adequate governance, can do significant harm to individuals and our society. The AI Bill of Rights is a critical starting point but wish more checks and balances existed to keep AI accountable 1. While technology brings many benefits, without governance it can bring significant harm. The AI Bill of Rights provides an important framework for how government, technology companies, and citizens can work together to ensure more accountable AI. The AI Bill of Rights is a critical starting point but wish more checks and balances existed to keep AI accountable 1. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/daniel-tarker/message
Growth mindset, hybrid work, empathy v. compassion, and vertical leadership
08-10-2023
Growth mindset, hybrid work, empathy v. compassion, and vertical leadership
Latest trends in leadership development In this episode of the sentence signal podcast, Jodah and Dan dive into some of the latest conversations and research about leadership development. They discuss whether growth mindset is a valid theory, strategies to train leaders in hybrid work environments, distinctions between empathy and compassion when thinking about leadership, and the difference between horizontal and vertical leadership. This episode has a lot of different dimensions to it for those wanting to think about some of the latest trends and leadership development.   Articles referenced in this episode:   PROOF POINTS: Does growth mindset matter? The debate heats up https://hechingerreport.org/proof-points-does-growth-mindset-matter-the-debate-heats-up/   What Leadership Development Should Look Like in the Hybrid Era by Julian Birkinshaw, Maya Gudka, and Steve Marshall https://hbr.org/2022/06/what-leadership-development-should-look-like-in-the-hybrid-era   Empathy Is The Most Important Leadership Skill According To Research By Tracy Brower, PhD https://www.forbes.com/sites/tracybrower/2021/09/19/empathy-is-the-most-important-leadership-skill-according-to-research/?sh=194414733dc5   Connect with Empathy, But Lead with Compassion Rasmus Hougaard, https://hbr.org/2021/12/connect-with-empathy-but-lead-with-compassion   Developing Talent? You’re Probably Missing Vertical Development https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/developing-talent-youre-probably-missing-vertical-development/   Vertical Leadership Development–Part 1 Developing Leaders for a Complex World By: Nick Petrie https://static1.squarespace.com/static/539ca55fe4b00a440d97d43a/t/543c7996e4b0f4b200091d97/1413249430380/VerticalLeadersPart1.pdf --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/daniel-tarker/message
Why Kindergarteners Need to Know Systems Thinking
02-09-2023
Why Kindergarteners Need to Know Systems Thinking
In this episode of the Sense & Signal podcast, Jodah and Dan welcome systems thinking experts Dr. Derek Cabrera and Dr. Laura Cabrera - founders of the Cabrera Research Lab on Systems Thinking at Cornell University - to talk about leadership, systems thinking, and complexity.  They share their story about how they met and became the dynamic duo of systems thinking research, their work teaching kindergarteners about systems thinking, respond to criticisms made by Cynefin founder David Snowden, delve into the characteristics of complex systems and emergence, describe their DSRP Sensemaking framework, advise leaders how use systems thinking to work in complex environments, and how incorporate systems thinking and complexity into strategic planning. A fascinating conversation with a charming and insightful scientific team, perfect for educators and leaders who want to incorporate systems thinking into their work.   Derek Cabrera and Dr. Laura Cabrera are distinguished Systems Thinking innovators renowned for developing the DSRP theory—Distinctions, Systems, Relationships, Perspectives. Their transformative approach simplifies intricate challenges by dissecting them into fundamental components, fostering insightful problem-solving. The Cabrera’s are authors of Systems Thinking Made SImple: A new hope for solving wicked problems and Flock Not Clock, a book for organizational leaders who want to do systems thinking at the organizational level.  They are also the faculty directors of the Systems thinking, Modeling and Leadership Program at Cornell University and founders of the Cabrera Research Lab in Ithaca, New York.  Their work empowers individuals to navigate complexity, cultivate innovation, and make informed decisions across diverse domains.   MORE ABOUT DAN TARKER https://www.linkedin.com/in/dantarker/ https://www.danieltarker.com   MORE ABOUT JODAH JENSEN From parts unknown.  Possibly not of this earth.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodah/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/daniel-tarker/message
Winning from the Edge -Leadership lessons from tech business entrepreneur Everett Harper
19-08-2023
Winning from the Edge -Leadership lessons from tech business entrepreneur Everett Harper
In today's fast-paced business landscape, startups and teams face a myriad of challenges that demand decisions with far-reaching consequences. From resource allocation and product direction to hiring choices and strategic pivots, each crossroad presents an opportunity to mold the future. But with these opportunities come the inevitable, sleepless nights of contemplation, the debates that stretch the boundaries of innovation, and the moments of bold risk-taking that define industry leaders. Lets pull back the curtain on the decision-making processes that occur behind closed doors in this episode of Sense and Signal. Drawing on the experiences of visionary entrepreneur Everett Harper, a battle-hardened executive and industry thought leader. In this hour aim to illuminate the path to effective decision-making while maintaining your grit through all the rough patches. . Join Dan, Jodah, and Everett harper for this great hour of leadership exploration. MORE ABOUT EVERETT HARPER Everett is the CEO and Co-Founder of Truss, a human-centered software development company. He is the author of the new leadership book Move to the Edge, Declare it Center (Wiley), published March 22, 2022 https://amzn.to/3Hsh2PW Truss was named as an Inc 5000 fastest-growing private company for 2020 and 2021. He is a rare combination of Black entrepreneur, Silicon Valley pedigree, National Champion, sought-after public speaker, and a proven record for solving complex problems with social impact. MORE ABOUT DAN TARKER https://www.linkedin.com/in/dantarker/ https://www.danieltarker.com MORE ABOUT JODA JENSEN From parts unknown. Possibly not of this earth. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodah --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/daniel-tarker/message
An AI Check-In - Were Our Fears Justified?
11-08-2023
An AI Check-In - Were Our Fears Justified?
0In this thought-provoking hour-long podcast episode, we delve deep into the captivating realm of modern-day AI technology and its profound implications on society and the working class. Engaging experts and futurists, we explore the awe-inspiring plusses of AI, from revolutionizing industries to enhancing healthcare. However, we don't shy away from dissecting its potential minuses, including ethical concerns and job displacement. Thoughtful discussions on AI's role in inequality and the future of work make this episode a compelling listen for anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of the promises and challenges that AI brings to our rapidly evolving world. Prepare to be enlightened and challenged. MORE ABOUT JACK WANG Jack Wang, Associate Professor of Microbiology at The University of Queensland in Australia, videographer, and YouTuber. Brings education in IT. In 2020 named Australian university teacher of the year. Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jack-t-wang/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@UCwQSuFEwIzuEq3epknQbBkA Web: https://jackwang.com.au MORE ABOUT CHRISTINA INGE Christina Inge is a best-selling author on digital marketing, digital strategist, and marketing teacher. She has two decades of experience leading digital strategy and managing complex marketing technology projects. She specializes in articulating effective, efficient digital strategies for organizations using the latest channels to drive results. Her areas of specialty include go to market strategy, marketing analytics, SEO, inclusive digital media, and data-driven marketing. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christinainge/ Marketing Metrics by Christina Inge: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0B758YR39/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0 Thoughtlight: https://thoughtlight.net MORE ABOUT DAN TARKER https://www.linkedin.com/in/dantarker/ https://www.danieltarker.com MORE ABOUT JODA JENSEN From parts unknown. Possibly not of this earth. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodah/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/daniel-tarker/message