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Issue 18 Interview with Steve Larosiliere, President of STOKED


Every few weeks, I ask one question to a founder, CEO, manager, or business owner I respect…

A chat with Steve Larosiliere

Steve Larosiliere is the Founder & President of STOKED, a national nonprofit that helps at-risk teens stay out of trouble through action spots. Most recently, Steve was featured on the TODAY show for his incredible work. Watch him talk about empathy, self-care, and self-awareness in leadership below…

Transcript of the interview is here.

Latest reads

The Most Common Type of Incompetent Leader
“Absentee leadership rarely comes up in today’s leadership or business literature, but research shows that it is the most common form of incompetent leadership.” Written by Scott Gregory, Harvard Business Review

How to Collaborate When You Don’t Have Consensus
“Often we do not need to have a consensus on or even discuss principles. The most robust agreements are those that different actors support for different reasons.” Written by Adam Kahane, strategy + business

Close Encounters: Leadership And Handwritten Notes
“Conant did something else that’s unusual for a CEO. He hand-wrote up to 20 notes a day to employees celebrating their successes and contributions.” Written by Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes

How to Bring Out the Best in Your People and Company
“Experiences of vulnerability can create belonging or expose misalignment between employee and corporate identities.” Written by Jake Herway, Gallup

Favorite reads

Lead at your best
“Any effort to become better leaders should start with ourselves, by recognizing the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that drive us.” Written by Joanna Barsh and Johanne Lavoie, McKinsey Quarterly

Strategy Is Not A To Do List
“It was trendy, they had read my book, and to them it was just another step on the list of things they had to do. They had no deep understanding of why they were doing it.” Written by Steve Blank

Jody Gerson of Universal Music Publishing Group on Trusting Teams
“Because I was so ambitious, I made the mistake of expecting everybody else to have the same kind of ambition that I did. You also can’t take up all of the air in the room.” Written by Adam Bryant, The New York Times

To give better feedback, you must fully understand the agony of receiving it
“As human beings we’re wired to protect ourselves. In the face of feedback we’re really good at wrong-spotting, because if I can figure out what’s wrong about the feedback when it’s incoming, then I can safely set it aside and relax and go on with my life.” Written by Leah Fessler, Quartz

Just for fun

Carl Sagan on Mystery, Why Common Sense Blinds Us to the Universe, and How to Live with the Unknown
“We are bathing in mystery and confusion on many subjects, and I think that will always be our destiny. The universe will always be much richer than our ability to understand it.”


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