Leading Through Chaos


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“Of all of the leaders out there in all of our industries a full 85% don’t get beyond the self authoring stage.” – Ron West

Episode 81: Leading Through Chaos

Sean Murray, Founder and CEO of RealTime Performance, helps some of the largest organizations in the world unleash the human factors that bring business success.  In this episode, Sean sits down with Jeff Ton to talk about how he is counseling the leaders of these organizations as they navigate the chaos that is 2020.  In short, the answer is… by finding meaning and purpose.  Easy, right?  Have no fear, Sean and Jeff break it all down, discussing everything from what “Brand” means and how it guides your business,  to finding the right balance of reflection and action,  to the benefits of aligning the organizational mission with those you find personally compelling.

Suggested Resources:

Essay: Solitude and Leadership by William Deresiewicz

Book: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl


Time Stamped Table of Contents

1:52 Re: Leadership development: what has and hasn’t changed in 2020

4:45 How Sean councils hi clients through the disruption of 2020

7:12 Carving out time for reflection

10:06 Balancing reflection and action

11:47 What is “Brand”?

15:37 A leader’s personal brand

18:05 Aligning personal goals and purpose with that of the company’s

21:26 IT Professionals: leading in chaos

23:55 Staying focused on the company mission

26:10 Surprise Question: How would you define the brand of the Lewis & Clark Expedition (you’ll have to listen for this context!)

28:09 Action items


Sean P. Murray is the founder and CEO of RealTime Performance, providing leadership and organization development services to clients including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, State Farm, Johnson & Johnson, FedEx & Nordstrom. Prior to founding RealTime Performance in 1999, Sean worked for GE Capital at the Center for Learning & Organizational Excellence.

RealTime Performance helps organizations unleash the human factors that drive business success.  Our services include facilitating programs in leadership, strategic planning, decision making, team-building, and innovation.

Sean Murray co-authored the book Getting More from Your Investment in Training: The 5A’s Framework, on the cultural and organizational factors that impact learning and development initiatives.  Sean also:

Sean has an undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound in Mathematics and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oregon.


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