On the Radio

With just 24-hour notice, we were asked to be available for an interview by Beijing International Radio’s “Touch Beijing” program. When we arrived, we weren’t sure exactly what they wanted to discuss with us, but it was obvious this wasn’t any ordinary radio station.

Once we got past the armed soldier at the front door (we had to wait for someone to deliver a pass to us), we were escorted to a fairly massive broadcasting area. Apparently, there are about a dozen radio frequencies being broadcast from that location, and that didn’t include all the TV stations.

Once we realized the hosts had read this blog page and checked out my LinkedIn page, they were prepared to discuss leadership development with us. We were very impressed by the host and co-host’s professionalism and friendliness. They made it easy to get past our jitters.

Check out our half-hour interview by clicking here: https://mobile.tingtingfm.com/v3/program/Z3zJ0WpaLN

Once you’re on the site, scroll down to the 20191106 broadcast. We are mentioned briefly in the beginning, then our interview begins at around the 25-minute mark.

Chloe is on our right and Kat is on our left– Excellent hosts

Our Radio Interview

Okay, we look like we’re having just way too much fun. We were honored to be asked to share about our leadership development work with “Touch Beijing” listeners for the drive-time program.
Our interviewers were Chloe (to Chuck’s right), and Kat (right). They did an amazing job.

Our full radio interview can be found at this link: https://mobile.tingtingfm.com/v3/program/Z3zJ0WpaLN

This link puts you on the show’s archive site. Look for the 20191106 interview. That’s ours. It is a drive-time program, so must have tons of listeners. Don’t be intimidated by the Chinese characters. The program is in English. They introduce us in the first couple of minutes, but then our interview starts somewhere around the 25-minute mark.

This Government-owned radio and TV station is massive. They have about a dozen frequencies from which they broadcast, and this is where they monitor everything.

Leadership Development Sessions with Important Gov’t Agency

Under Chamberlain Leadership Group LLC, we held two leadership development sessions at the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.

Session I dealt with self-awareness and the importance of understanding yourself before leading others. In this session, we did some exercises that allowed participants to understand some things about themselves that they had not considered.

Comments from participants after Session I included, “This is great! We’ve never done anything like this before!”

Session II was focused on re-defining leadership to include those activities that are so small they would not be deemed “world-changing.” If leadership is influence (according to John C. Maxwell), then anything we do to influence someone comes under the banner of leadership. This could include something as simple as complimenting someone or smiling at someone. Also, when we simply manifest our internal values, we are being leaders. We looked at four short video clips of orchestra conductors, each with their unique leading style. We then discussed the participants’ top three values and had them put those values into “I Am” statements. It was a powerful experience.

We look forward to further leadership development sessions with this organization as well as with several other corporations outside of the university. It feels very satisfying to take the leadership development curriculum we have developed for our university students and expand it into the non-academic world.