From Operational Excellence Expert to Transformational Change Leader
What if you could have a new superpower that would unlock your leadership potential?
One that is so simple yet will amplify your impact, open doors to the C-suite, and accelerate engagement across your organization so that you deliver more business results while realizing your vision for a people-focused learning culture…
This episode of Chain of Learning unveils your superhero cape so that you can unleash your leadership superpowers today to lead organizational change.
Tune in to go beyond leadership theory to actual practice of how to pair your technical expertise with the power, influence and relational skills to become a transformational change leader.
My guest, Shawn Carner, describes how he moved from an operational excellence practitioner to a senior transformation leader at a global biotechnology company – and gives you real examples of how you can too.
What you offer when you move from a process improvement specialist to a transformational change leader isn’t just a “nice to have” for your company – it’s mission critical for your organization to survive and thrive.
By making intentional shifts from focusing on technical expertise to embodying the relational skills described in the Change KATALYST™ Model, just like Shawn, you too can amplify your impact.
Discover how you can activate this simple superpower and become a Transformational Change Katalyst™. Get ready to be inspired and equipped to step into leadership potential today!
In this episode of Chain of Learning you will learn:
✅ The importance of a leader’s purpose in Leading to Learn®: set direction, provide support, and develop yourself
✅ The power of daily intention setting, reflection, and journaling to unlock your leadership superpowers
✅ How to Break the Telling Habit® and the impact of asking coaching questions
✅ What Shawn learned with me on the Japan Study Trip and how he’s applied lean concepts at Genentech
✅ The value of intentional leadership behaviors to positively influence organizational culture
Dive into this episode now to discover the transformative superpowers that will amplify your impact and drive success in your organization!
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About Shawn Carner
Shawn is an accomplished change agent with a proven ability to develop and implement business process transformations. He is a certified ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt and has worked for Genentech since 2005.
He has a degree in Marine Biology and an MBA. Prior to Genentech Shawn worked in fisheries research and scuba equipment manufacturing. He is also a certified Master Scuba Instructor.
He is accomplished at leading people and teams and has consistently demonstrated an ability to deliver business results. He specializes in Value Stream Mapping, kaizen, 5S, statistics and Visual Factory.
Shawn is a longtime client and friend. I’ve been partnering with Shawn and his organization for over seven years through my coaching programs and custom leadership workshops – and Shawn was a past participant on my executive Japan Study Trip in 2019.
He is also very talented with his Graphic Design skills and he created a visual summary of my May 2019 Japan Study Trip. Learn more about my Japan Study Trips here.
Reflect and Take Action
1 – Assess Your Transformational Change Leadership Skills
Go through the self-assessment identity for yourself your areas of strength and where you need growth and support.
Choose one area that you want to focus on and then leverage the practice that Shawn shared that has been transformational for him – set a daily intention then reflect and journal it.
2 – Set A Daily Intention and Reflect
Put Shawn’s advice for setting a daily intention, reflecting, and journaling into action.
You’ll be amazed at how much this simple practice of setting daily intentions for practice and reflecting can have on shifting behavior, deepening learning, and accelerating desired impact.
3 – Draw Your Purpose and Who You Want to Be
One of the practices that I introduced in the leadership workshops that I led for 100s of Genentech leaders and in the coaching program that Shawn participated in is doing a “purpose drawing”.
When we can draw and share our purpose – what is most important to us – we re-humanize ourselves – and re-humanize our teams and companies. It helps us stay grounded in how we want to be as we work together to do.
To learn more about this practice, listen to Episode 4 – Leading for Impact: The Power of Being Over Doing.
After many iterations of doing my drawing over several years, I’ve distilled my purpose down to this simple sketch.
Through multiple iterations of drawing and sharing it with people around the world, I have come to understand my purpose with clarity.
My purpose is to connect the hearts and minds of people so that we can help make the world better. What’s yours?
- Follow Shawn Carner on LinkedIn
- Visit Shawn’s Website: visualgemba.com
- Download my KATALYST Self-Assessment
- Learn About My Japan Study Trips
- Download my Break the Telling Habit® Guide
- Read How to Ask Effective Questions
- Read Leading to Learn: Intentional Leadership Practices for a Learning Organization
- Read Kata: A Practice Routine For Scientific Thinking & Reflection
- Read Be a KATAlyst: Accelerate Learning by Leading with Intention
- Read When to A3
- Listen to Additional Chain of Learning Episodes:
- My book: LearningToLeadLeadingToLearn.com
- Work with me: KBJAnderson.com
- Follow me on LinkedIn
Listen now on your favorite podcast players such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Audible. You can also listen to the audio of this episode on YouTube.
2:40: Shawn’s professional journey from technical, tool-based operational excellence practitioner to change “katalyst”
5:56: Coaching “kata” and its challenges
9:28: The power of reflection and journaling
15:26: Breaking the Telling Habit and the power of asking questions
21:16: Shawn’s leadership superpower
22:54:The impact of Shawn’s superpower on his team and organization
33:30: The power of attending Katie’s Executive Japan Study Trip and the importance of aligning lean principles with organizational culture
40:33: Advice for shifting from operational excellence doer to transformational change leader
41:55: The need for leaders to show up in a different way to impact the culture positively
43:16: The importance of intentionally building capabilities, growing people, and getting them to think
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