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Author: Jean-Philippe Courtois

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Positive Leadership has the power to change the world. By focusing on trust, empathy and wellbeing, leaders can energize their teams to achieve success for individuals, their organization, and society overall. But it is still something that is relatively unknown outside academic circles. Join Jean-Philippe Courtois, a member of the Microsoft executive senior leadership team, as he brings Positive Leadership to life for anyone who acts in a leadership capacity, both personally and professionally. With help from his guests, Jean-Philippe will show you how purpose-led leaders can generate a positive energy that achieves commercial success, individual happiness and societal impact across a range of situations and sectors – from technology and social enterprise to sports and coffee. And most importantly, you’ll learn practical tips for applying it to your own life – so you can begin making a difference.
53 Episodes
For Ranjay Gulati, the pursuit of profits without purpose is no longer a sustainable business model.But taking purpose beyond a statement and embedding it into teams takes work - and it starts with yourself as a leader.In this episode of Positive Leadership podcast, JP speaks to the Harvard Business School professor dedicated to unlocking purpose at work. 
What are your best strengths and how do you feel when you talk about them?On this episode of the Positive Leadership podcast, JP speaks to one of Europe’s leading practitioners of positive psychology, Dr. Ilona Boniwell, who helps him to understand his core strengths with a set of cards.Listen now - and hit the subscribe button if you haven't already.
La cuisine est bien plus qu'une simple activité fonctionnelle : elle a une valeur culturelle, un pouvoir symbolique et une identité.La vie de Perla Servan-Schreiber, la dernière invitée du podcast Positive Leadership de JP, témoigne à bien des égards du pouvoir de guérison des rituels, tels que la cuisine ou la lecture de poèmes, et de la manière dont ils peuvent nous centrer et nous lier les uns aux autres.Perla a de merveilleuses idées à partager sur la manière dont nous pouvons tous aborder la vie avec un état d'esprit positif. Écoutez l'épisode en français maintenant.
Mellody Hobson’s mother used to tell her she could do anything if she put her mind to it. She taught her that everybody is capable of extraordinary things. In the latest episode of Positive Leadership podcast, JP speaks to the inspiring American businesswoman, Co-CEO and president of Ariel Investments, and chair at Starbucks, about why and how “confident humility” has shaped who she is today.
Can democratizing opportunity uplift an entire continent?Tony O. Elumelu, the brilliant investor and philanthropist, is committed to showing Africa that it can.In the latest episode of the Positive Leadership podcast, JP learns how Tony is shaping Africapitalism as a springboard for wider economic prosperity.
Les êtres humains sont par essence des êtres sociaux. Nous pouvons nous comprendre sans dire un mot et nous sentir transportés et stimulés au sein de communautés soudés.Alors, comment la compréhension de la science des émotions et du cerveau peut-elle nous aider à devenir de meilleurs leaders ? Dans le dernier épisode du podcast Positive Leadership, JP discute avec la Dre Nadia Medjad, une chercheuse extraordinaire qui étudie le rôle des neurosciences dans l'espace de travail pour trouver des réponses. Écoutez-le dès maintenant !  
What gets you up in the morning? For the American educator, Sal Khan, it all starts with a cold shower.Building and maintaining positive energy is important for Sal, who is revolutionizing education with Khan Academy, a free, non-profit platform with more than 145 million users in 190 countries.Listen to JP’s conversation with Sal to hear more about how he turned an idea from a family phone call into a global phenomenon.
Trust is fundamental to a healthy society and thriving teams, so what practical steps can leaders take to build it?To answer this question, JP is joined by Stephen M. R. Covey, a leading authority on trust and the bestselling author of “The Speed of Trust”.Listen to the latest episode of The Positive Leadership podcast to hear why leadership today is defined by those who trust.
Every human has potential. But every human needs trust and confidence to fulfil it.In JP’s latest Positive Leadership podcast, he is joined by Dr. Rana Dajani, a world leading research scientist and founder of We Love Reading, an NGO which has established more than 4,000 libraries across the world.Rana’s mission is to embody what she calls, the “I can” mindset, through the power of reading, to ensure everyone thrives, not just survives.Listen now, and don’t forget to subscribe.
Reshma Saujani builds social movements by telling other people's stories. Because in her mind, when people feel seen, and not alone, they can connect to a bigger goal and work towards it.In the latest episode of the Positive Leadership podcast, JP speaks to the founder of Girls Who Code and the Marshall Plan for Mums about the practical steps you can take to start your own social impact movement.
If innovation is about changing the world, then creativity is about changing how you look at the world.For JP’s latest podcast guest, Luc de Brabandere, clarifying this fundamental difference can unlock positive energy for ourselves and others.Luc is one of the world’s leading corporate philosophers and an expert in using logic, critical thinking, and creativity in business. In this episode, he shares insight from a diverse career and his advice for navigating challenging digital environments.Listen to the podcast now, and don’t forget to let JP know your thoughts on social media.
« Dans un monde où l’information est partout et pas toujours exacte, il est plus important que jamais de pouvoir trouver des sources d’information fiables » et c’est exactement ce que fait Hugo Travers par le biais de sa chaîne YouTube, HugoDécrypte. JP a eu l’occasion de l’interviewer pour son podcast #PositiveLeadership afin d’en apprendre plus sur l’homme lui-même et sur l’importance indéniable du journalisme.
Opportunity gives us power to move forward, live with purpose, and reach our true potential.This is a belief that Baroness Martha Lane Fox and JP share passionately.In this episode, Martha – a pioneering tech entrepreneur, philanthropist, public servant, and Chancellor of the Open University – shares insight on why digital skilling is so important in today's world, as well as the pivotal moments that defined her life's purpose.Stream the full episode now - and don’t forget to let JP know on social media if it resonated with you!
What does it mean to belong to an organization, to a team, to your colleagues?For JP’s latest #PositiveLeadership podcast guest, Amy Hood, belonging is a purpose in itself. Because when you feel like you belong, you feel brave enough to be yourself and do great things.In this episode, Amy focuses on her own personal leadership journey to becoming chief financial officer at Microsoft, how she learned to think like a leader, and ground herself to create bravery and positive energy in others.Listen to the conversation now and don’t forget to subscribe.
Si le #PositiveLeadership est une science, c’est aussi un art. En effet, comme le grand art, le leadership consiste à donner vie à une vision, à susciter la réflexion et à inspirer l'action.Je vous invite à découvrir le Dr Guila Clara Kessous, la toute dernière invitée du podcast #PositiveLeadership de JP. À bien des égards, elle est un lien entre les deux mondes.Nommée comme artiste de l'UNESCO pour la paix en 2012, le Dr Kessous est une militante des droits de l'homme. Elle allie la psychologie positive et des techniques de théâtre pour aider à gagner en charisme et en résilience.Qu’il s’agisse d’aider les victimes de génocide et de déplacement à surmonter les traumatismes ou d’aider les hauts dirigeants d’entreprise à devenir plus accessibles, nous pouvons tous apprendre de son expérience. Écoutez l’épisode complet dès maintenant et n’oubliez pas de vous abonner.
How can you help an entire industry to transform and do more good in the world … especially one as profit-driven as the venture capital industry?In this episode, JP learns the answer to this question from Sir Ronald Cohen, or Ronnie. Known as the “father of impact investment”, Ronnie is a compassionate capitalist dedicated to relentlessly during the transformation of the corporate world, and lives by a simple principle: Do Good. Do well. His ambition, passion, innovative thinking and powerful conviction is something we can all learn from. Listen to the full episode now. 
Join JP and former Netflix CMO, author and entrepreneur Bozoma Saint John for a powerful conversation. In this episode, Boz shares with us the life experiences that shaped her, but also importantly, the lessons she learned, so that we can also learn from them and grow. She also shared many other wonderful stories, like walking into Spike Lee’s office as a 23 year old and fighting to get Beyonce on stage at the Superbowl. This is really an episode you won’t want to miss. Listen now and don’t forget to subscribe.
Season 4 of the Positive Leadership podcast is here! We are getting started with a wonderful guest: Bill George, a former business executive best known for his books about finding your True North as a leader. Listen to the full episode now to hear the incredibly open, personal and insightful conversation between JP and Bill. Feel free to let JP know on social media about which parts resonated with you most, and don’t forget to subscribe. It’s going to be a great season. 
Quand Hubert Joly a pris les rênes de Best Buy en devenant son PDG en 2012, la société traversait une très mauvaise passe.  Mais il savait que quelque chose pouvait renverser la situation : la magie humaine.Dans cet épisode du podcast, Hubert a raconté à JP raconté cette histoire incroyable : comment il avait réussi à transformer Best Buy en s'appuyant sur les collaborateurs de l'entreprise, en les écoutant, en renouant des liens avec eux et en créant un environnement dans lequel ils pouvaient s'épanouir.Il nous a aussi expliqué ses cinq principes de « management avec prise de sens » qui peuvent nous permettre à tous de commencer à libérer cette magie humaine dans nos propres équipes.Si vous voulez en savoir plus, écoutez cet épisode ou lisez le livre d'Hubert « L'entreprise, une affaire de cœur » :
Can we approach self-growth like business growth? Can we ‘climb our mountains’ and achieve growth through personal disruption – in the same way that disruptive innovation transforms industries? And can we grow so much that we become the ‘keystone species’ for those we manage, feeding their own growth and development?  JP's latest #PositiveLeadership guest, best-selling author, leading business thinker and former Wall Street analyst @Whitney Johnson, certainly believes so.  Listen to the full episode to learn all about her seven-step method for achieving this high-growth.  
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Tara Echeverry

As a mom of 4 daughters, this podcast had me so excited and so let down, all at once... Excited, for the possibilities my daughters have as they grow and the decisions they will have to make in their lives. There are many more options available to them than there were to me, thanks to programs that Reshma, for example, has created for girls! That's awesome. Let down, because of the focus on our culture needing to allow women to do everything at once and viewing child-bearing is a financial decision. No person can, nor should, do everything at once. This is especially true for women, who are many times taught this is the expectation. If a woman decides to get pregnant, I feel it should be with the expectation of raising up an awesome, successful, innovative, and joyful human being; not with the thought, 'Can I/we afford this?' (Don't worry, I know that's a thought, but it should not be the focus). If finances are our main focus, then Reshma's outlook stands: The government should give every woman paid daycare, because we are then, just baby makers, and the expectation is to have babysitters/nannies raise our next generation. (Bless all the babysitters and nannies, no slack to you at all!). On the other hand, if our focus is actually on the babies we are birthing - the families we are starting - then this is the outlook we need: Government funded (preferably 4-6mos) maternity leave so families can decide which parent will work to raise the children, and which one will work to raise money. If both parents prefer to work to raise money, then childcare funds should not need to be subsidized or government-funded. I realize there are single-parent families, for whom this model may not work, but hear me out...if our focus is on raising up our families with loving care and kindness, and actually taking the time to do that, then it will be second nature to help and encourage each other in tough situations instead of shun and shame. For now, for single-parent families, educational programs, therapy (for them and their extended families), and temporary childcare assistance to get them financially stable and independent would be priceless.

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