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Best Leadership Insights 2023 (Part 1)

HR Technology Conference

HR Technology Conference

21 minutes

May 26, 2024

Best Leadership Insights 2023 (Part 1)
Interview Highlights

In 2023, we've had an amazing journey. As we finish up this busy year, let's take a moment to look back. We've talked a lot about how the role of the Chief People Officer is changing, why it's important to have diversity and fairness at work, and how to create a company culture that's based on strong values.

We've even seen how this kind of culture can attract big companies like Netflix and famous people like Usher.

Today, we want to share some of the best moments from our podcast episodes this year. We'll play clips that show the most important lessons we've learned from talking to Chief People Officers at Credit Karma and Buzzfeed, as well as from experts at Walt Disney and Intuit. We'll also hear from successful executives who have used smart leadership strategies to achieve great things.

And don't forget to mark your calendars for our special holiday and New Year's episodes coming soon on the CPO PLAYBOOK podcast.


Unveiling the Role of Chief People Officers (CPOs):

Kicking off the year with Colleen McCreary's insights, former Chief People & Communications Officer at Credit Karma, set the stage for deep contemplation. She shed light on the challenges faced by HR leaders due to outdated reporting structures, advocating for direct accountability between HR leaders and top executives. Her words echoed the necessity of valuing employees as the most precious asset within organizations, a sentiment crucial for genuine progress.


The Imperative of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Dr. Todd Kashdan's discourse reinforced the significance of DEI beyond mere numbers. He emphasized that DEI initiatives should not be ends in themselves but should be rooted in measurable outcomes and a clear understanding of their purpose. His perspective urged organizations to delve deep into the rationale behind their diversity efforts, ensuring they transcend tokenism and genuinely foster inclusivity and belonging.


Navigating Cultural Transformation

Ann Le Cam’s guidance on cultural transformation illuminated the arduous yet rewarding journey of instilling values within organizational DNA. Her emphasis on understanding problems before rushing to solutions highlighted the importance of patience and thorough analysis. Her advice resonated deeply, urging leaders to cultivate consistency, competency, and confidence in steering cultural change.


Leadership and Values in Action

Stephan LeCam’s narrative on navigating the intricate political landscape in Africa underscored the essence of values-driven leadership. His commitment to ethical engagement with local partners exemplified the fusion of business acumen with integrity. His experience showcased how values can be powerful guiding lights even in the most complex environments.


Building Success through Values

The journey of AKQA’s Co-Global Chief Creative Officers, Hugo Veiga and Diego Machado, encapsulated the transformative power of values-driven leadership. Their emphasis on fostering collaboration, celebrating achievements, and extending their expertise to diverse domains underscored the essence of building success on foundational values.


Summing Up…

In essence, the best moments of 2023 on the CPO PLAYBOOK podcast underscored a common thread: the indispensable role of values in leadership, diversity, and cultural transformation. As we bid adieu to another eventful year, these insights serve as guiding stars, illuminating pathways toward inclusive, ethical, and impactful leadership in the years to come.

Official Transcript

In 2023, our journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. As we wrap up an eventful year, we're taking a moment to look back. We've explored the evolving role of the Chief People Officer, uncovered the competitive value of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and learned how to foster a values-driven culture that attracts big names like Netflix and icons like Usher.

Today, we're sharing some of the best moments from our episodes this year. We'll feature clips that highlight key takeaways from interviews with Chief People Officers at Credit Karma and Buzzfeed, alongside insights from thought leaders at Walt Disney and Intuit, and successful executives whose leadership strategies have been pivotal in sculpting their success stories. 

And, mark your calendars for our upcoming two-part holiday and New Year's special on the CPO PLAYBOOK podcast.

Felicia Shakiba: When we began the show this year, Colleen McCreary, the former Chief People & Communications Officer at Credit Karma, led the charge as our debut guest in Episode 1. Her authenticity and candidness set a real tone for the conversations ahead.

In this clip, she speaks on challenges faced by HR leaders due to legacy, outdated reporting structures, shedding light on an issue that many might hesitate to openly address.

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