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117: Ron Carucci: I don’t know if I’m helpable or beyond help

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117: Ron Carucci: I don’t know if I’m helpable or beyond help

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Ron Carucci Show Notes

Ron Carucci was at a place in his career where he was very discouraged and scared. He never thought he would be able to build a brand new set of muscles at a very seasoned part of his career. But that’s when he got a dose of his own medicine. Listen to how he got over the hump so you can move onward and upward faster too.

Ron was born in NY, the youngest of five in a classic New York Italian family.

Ron has been fortunate to be in a field he loves and is passionate about for the last 30 years.  Although his career began in the arts as an actor and singer in New York and toured around the world, he was blessed to discover relatively early that just “telling” stories wasn’t going to sustain his interest; but helping others change their stories and write new chapters of stories was thrilling and he’s never looked back.

Ron is co-founder and managing partner at Navalent, working with CEOs and executives pursuing transformational change for their organizations, leaders, and industries.

He has a thirty year track record helping some of the world’s most influential executives tackle challenges of strategy, organization and leadership.  From start-ups to Fortune 10’s, non-profits to heads-of-state, turn-arounds to new markets and strategies, overhauling leadership and culture to re-designing for growth, He has worked in more than 25 countries on 4 continents.

He is the best-selling author of 8 books, including the recent Amazon #1 Rising to Power.  He is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, where his work on leadership was named one of the management ideas that mattered most in 2016.

He is also a regular contributor to Forbes. His work’s been featured in Fortune, CEO Magazine, Inc., BusinessInsider, MSNBC, Business Week, Smart Business, and Thought Leaders.

Ron currently lives in the Seattle area with his wife Barbara and two amazing kids, Matthew and Rebecca, who are growing up and finding ways to make the world a better place.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

Listen to @RonCarucci to get over the hump on the @FastLeaderShow Click to Tweet 

“What’s our part in making the world a better place?” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“Take four walls and a roof, fill it with people and it’s going to be ugly.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“Human beings when united in a force for good are inspiringly beautiful.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“People are darkly dysfunctional when under led and left to their own devices.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“When you unify and coalesce people into an endeavor they all want to share.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“We all have that inner struggle of me and we.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“When my need for me combats your need for we, we got a little problem.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“Company cultures are predisposed to be collaborative or individualistic.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“We have both innate desires to distinguish ourselves and community.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“People who are introverted suffer in very collaborative environments.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“People who are extroverted don’t want to work on their own.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“There are four reoccurring patterns among leaders that distinguish themselves.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“The most value of an organization is at the seams.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“Exceptional executives balance intuition and instinct with data and voice.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“Exceptional executives know how to narrow priorities to a vital few.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“The unnecessary excess of caution we apply when considering precedent is wasted.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“Asking for help is a great thing.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“Change is hard enough as it is, but without help I don’t know how you do it.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“We’re made to be in relationship.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“It’s not about what you do to or for people, it’s what you do with them.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“The only transformational experience we have in life is in relationship.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“The idea of self-improvement is an oxymoron.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“Connection and relationship was one of the things that made people fail fastest.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“What used to be the pinnacle of employment is now the employer of last resort.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“I want to redeem organizations.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“Organizations can do things with reach that other mechanisms can’t.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“All of the time you had angst over what people thought of you was wasted.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

“Folks that are obsessed about what people think about them, rest assured they’re not.” -Ron Carucci Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

Ron Carucci was at a place in his career where he was very discouraged and scared. He never thought he would be able to build a brand new set of muscles at a very seasoned part of his career. But that’s when he got a dose of his own medicine. Listen to how he got over the hump so you can move onward and upward faster too.

Advice for others

Don’t worry about what other people think about, you. Because they’re not.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

Figuring out how to bring cohesion and connection to a virtual firm.

Best Leadership Advice Received

Leadership is a relationship. It’s about what you do with people, not to them or for them.

Secret to Success

I think it’s important to get people laughing. My clients never wonder how much I care about them. They know that I put their success first.

Best tools that helps in Business or Life

The fact that I spend my life being a human being outside of my work.

Recommended Reading

Rising to Power: The Journey of Exceptional Executives

Leadership Jazz – Revised Edition: The Essential Elements of a Great Leader

Contacting Ron

Website: http://www.navalent.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/navalent/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonCarucci

Resources and Show Mentions

Dorie Clark: coming 6/21/17 to the Fast Leader Show

54 Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Competencies List: Emotional Intelligence has proven to be the right kind of intelligence to have if you want to move onward and upward faster. Get your free list today.


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About the Author:

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Your Fast Leader Show host is Jim Rembach. Jim is a panel expert with the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and spent many years in contact center operations and leverages this to help others. He is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) practitioner, Certified Employee Retention Specialist, Certified Better Place to Work Expert, and frequently quoted industry expert.
  • Ron Carucci

    Thanks for a great conversation Jim – hope your listeners enjoy our spirited exchange!

    • Ron, it was fun and very informative. It was an honor having you on the show.