2013 Conscious Capitalism Conference

April 5episode

Want a better business? Shayne Hughes says build a better workplace


Shayne Hughes is CEO and Lead Culture Change Partner at Learning as Leadership, a Northern California company that is committed to helping individuals and organizations bring their deepest aspirations to fruition.

“Through experience and theoretical knowledge, you possess most of what it takes to be an inspiring, collaborative, and effective leader,” Hughes explains. “And yet sometimes you can be defensive, confused, angry, and often checked out.

What’s the problem?

“This situation is caused by your ‘egosystem,’” Hughes insists. “It is constant, unconscious preoccupation with your self-worth. It has led each of us to accumulate limiting mental models, engrained dysfunctions, and knee-jerk reactions.”

Learning as Leadership (LaL)has helped to shift the paradigm by creating cultures of open communication and collaboration at Fairchild Semiconductor, NASA, Sandia National Laboratories, Shell Oil, and Encore Capital.

In this podcast interview we learn:

  • How Hughes has been instrumental in creating the We Lead and LaL’s culture-change framework.
  • How the program works.
  • How a French couple with a big problem started the company—and how their strategy helped the woman cure herself of a life-threatening disease.
  • How you can use this strategy to be a change agent in your organization.

That’s not all.

Hughes has been a featured speaker at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club and taught leadership at the University of California Haas School of Business, the University of Michigan’s Executive MBA Program, and the Darden School of Business.

And, he was recognized in 2009 as one of the Forty Under 40 most remarkable up-and-coming leaders in Northern California.

Hughes also co-authored an article on, “Ecosystem Leadership” in Harvard’s Du Bois Review, was profiled in Psychology Today, and has been published in Diversity Executive Magazine, Forbes.com, and the Huffington Post.

Fluent in French, he earned his BA from the University of California at Berkeley and completed graduate studies in group facilitation at the University of Tours in France. Hughes is completing his first book, a memoir exploring how the pains of his past became infused with the coping strategies of his ego, and what it took to grow beyond it.

Don’t miss this podcast interview!

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