The Remarkable Leadership Podcast

The Remarkable Leadership Podcast with Kevin Eikenberry is dedicated to all things leadership. Each week Kevin shares his thoughts about leadership development and ideas to help you see the world differently, lead more confidently and make a bigger difference for those you lead. He also has weekly conversations with leadership experts discussing a wide range of topics including teamwork, organizational culture, facilitating change, personal and organizational development, human potential and more.


Creating Deliberate Calm with Aaron De Smet

Some people are better at adapting to changing circumstances, yet this is a skill we can learn. Our brains want to revert to that which is familiar and comfortable, yet what is already known may not be what is necessary to move forward. Aaron De Smet and Kevin talk about Deliberate Calm, a practice developed to give leaders new skills to learn and lead. This doesn’t mean less change. It means we are better prepared for change, and the training we have is relevant to the situation.

Key Points
  •   Aaron discusses the adaptability paradox. 
  • He shares the elements of deliberate calm.
  • He talks about radical accountability and shares advice to create calm teams.
Meet Aaron
  • Name: Aaron de Smet 
  • His Story: Aaron De Smet is the co-author of DELIBERATE CALM: How to Learn and Lead in a Volatile World with Jacqueline Brassey and Michiel Kruyt. He counsels leadership teams as they transform their organizations to improve performance, organizational health, speed, and agility. He is also an expert on organizational design, corporate culture, leadership development, team effectiveness, capability building, and transformational change. He serves clients across several industries, including agriculture, biotechnology, chemicals, energy, financial services, and healthcare.
  • Worth Mentioning: Aaron, who writes frequently about organizational topics, has published many articles in McKinsey Quarterly and elsewhere. He is a member of the master faculty of the Change Leaders Forum and of the Organizational Agility Forum, which he helped establish. He has also led McKinsey’s thinking on organizational health and was on the teams that developed the Organizational Health Index (OHI), OrgLab, and Influencer. He has a Ph.D. in social and organizational psychology from Columbia University, where he specialized in organizational dynamics, culture, human resource management, leadership effectiveness, and strategic change.
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Book Recommendations
  • Deliberate Calm: How to Learn and Lead in a Volatile World by Jacqueline Brassey, Aaron De Smet, Michiel Kruyt 
  • The Hedgehog Effect: The Secrets of Building High Performance Teams by Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
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 2023-02-22  38m