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71 EpisodesProduced by Maxine AttongWebsite

Welcome to Leadership Unlearned. We we invite you the listener to suspend all that you believe and know about leadership. We will examine and discuss leadership as it occurs in three levels of system1) on an individual level –the self, 2) as it relates to teams that you lead and 3)As it relates to l… read more

71 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Dr Jaja speaks Customer Service

September 30th, 2021


Dr Nsombi Jaja joins me to talk about #customerservice.

She shares that customer service is not about just about training. It needs to start at the very top.  Leaders need to be walk the talk.

Dr Jaja shares all about …

Do you work with Onika?

September 29th, 2021


In her now infamous tweet we learned that Nicki Minaj's cousin's friend suffered with swollen testicles  after being vaccinated. T

At the end of the …

Enabling at work?

September 16th, 2021


The R. Kelly trial is now on. 

I'm not surprised at his behavior or what he did. It has been his pattern for many years.  

What amazes me in the number of people who are complicit In his behavior.  He had a tribe of …

Being an independent Leader

September 9th, 2021


This episode is in commemoration of the 59th year that Trinidad and Tobago is Independent of British rule.

In this episode I encourage leaders to be …

Courtney A. McNish - Can employers mandate vaccinations?

August 27th, 2021


As our economies reopen the discussion continues - Can employers request staff to be vaccinated?

In this episode Courtney A McNish joins me to give his opinion and perspective on this question.

Courtney shares

1. We …

To vax or not to Vax

August 21st, 2021


To vax or not to max has become a real question.

There are strong arguments on both sides for and against the Covid -19 vaccines.

In this episode I reframe cover -19 as a paradigm shift and make some predictions for …

Leaders - Emancipate Yourself

August 5th, 2021


The Emancipation Act was passed and came into effect on 1 August 1834  in the English Parliament. On that day, thousands of enslaved Africans in the British West Indies became free men and women.

One hundred and fifty …

Ashish Uttamchandani - Leading while Young

July 22nd, 2021


Ashish Uttamchandani shares some tips for young adults who want to step into leadership.

He shares that

1. Technical skills are important and people …

5 tips for returning to work

July 17th, 2021


There have been signals that we will return to work.  Some of us want to return to the workplace, others welcome a hybrid model while others are happy to remain working from home.

Whatever the model you choose to adopt …

Lou Lyons - An Examined Life

July 9th, 2021


In this episode we chat with Lou Lyons.  Lou is the founder of Full Disclosure Radio - a project that offers to demystify information and provide …

Don Schmincke Shares about Leadership

July 1st, 2021


Don Schmincke is the founder of Saga Leadership and a best selling author.

In this episode Don shares with us how the ancient ways of the Samurai …

Covid and Dementia - Whats new

June 24th, 2021


The Alzeimher's Association of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates its 21st years of providing services to its members.  Its membership is comprised of  caregivers as well as some of the patients who are in early stages of …

Dealing with Fatigue

June 10th, 2021


ts been 15+ months that we have been in #lockdown and semi-lockdown conditions.  I am #tired,

I realise that I am dealing with #acutefatigue and I maybe dealing with #chronicfatigue. Chronic fatigue means that one is …

Dealing with Loneliness

June 4th, 2021


During the pandemic we are at home, we quarantine and we self isolate.  This language goes against our very nature as humans, it does not allow us to …

Lorraine Currelly shares about Grief

May 27th, 2021


We have all lost during the ongoing pandemic.

In this episode, we chat with Lorraine Currelly- a grief and bereavement specialist and a Poet Laureate.

Lorraine gives a simple and relatable definition of grief and shares …

Patricia A Patton speaks cannabis

May 20th, 2021


Patricia A  Patton is an emerging boomer and the Founder of the Cannabis Business Alliance.

In this episode, Patricia shares how her curiosity led her to explore the  cannabis industry. She learned that cannabis is a …

Moving to Acceptance

May 13th, 2021


What are you resisting? The more we move away from the problem the more we stay further from the solution

We are still dealing with the effects and …

Dr Rama Naidu on Leading with Equity

April 22nd, 2021


Dr Rama Naidu is the keynote speaker for the Gestalt Caribbean Leadership Conference on April 29th 2021.

This year's theme is Leading with Equity. 

Dr Naidu is perfect for this topic. He grew up in South Africa under …

Nanci E. Luna Jiménez shares why she Leads with Equity

April 15th, 2021


Nanci E. Luna Jiménez is a panelist at the Caribbean Gestalt Leadership Conference - Leading with Equity on April 29 2021.   

In this podcast Nanci shares about the work that she does and why she said yes to the …

HOTT 93 Interviews Maxine Attong about Leading with Equity

April 12th, 2021


Amanda Elliot and Warren Perreira of HOTT 93 chat with me about the Annual Gestalt Caribbean Leadership Conference.

She calls me Ms Trinidad in this clip.  We laughed and spoke about the need for Equity.


Jamie Philbert shares the Power of Kalinda

April 9th, 2021


Jamie Philbert is a dancer, an activist and a Kalinda woman.

In this episode she shares how this ancient traditional cultural martial art can be used …

Leading with Equity on TAJ Radio

April 4th, 2021


In this episode I share an interview on TAJ radio with host Kristie Marie Kanhai.

We spoke about the Gestalt Caribbean Leadership Conference - Leading with Equity.

Conference proceeds are to extend our Youth Leadership …

Interview with Eric Dye

March 28th, 2021


In this episode Eric Dye interviews me - Maxine Attong

I am sharing the why's of what I do as well as about our upcoming Gestalt Leadership Conference on April 29th 2021.

Its all about Leading with Equity. What we are …

Carmel Haynes of Barbados International Business Association shares her brand of leadership

March 11th, 2021


Carmel Haynes is the Executive Director of Barbados International Business Association ( BIBA),

In this episode she shares a bit of BIBA, which is a NGO that promotes international business. 

Carmel also shares her …

NINA Program - Enabling Young Women

March 11th, 2021


In this episode we cant with Akosua Dardaine Edwards about the NINA Program for your Women.

Nina is a Leadership Program for Young Women that focuses …

Melissa Senhouse Shares Tips for Leaders

March 1st, 2021


Melissa Senhouse is the CEO of Pat and Max Limited and the President of the Greater Tunapuna Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

She shares how the Chamber is taking leadership in ensuring the safety of the traveling …

Are Women missing in your organization?

February 18th, 2021


In Trinidad and Tobago we have a problem. Our young women go missing. Unfortunately some turn up dead.

Whatever is happening in the larger system is …

Annual Gestalt Caribbean Leadership Conference - Teri Leigh Bovell

February 4th, 2021


In this episode I introduce the host and moderator of the 4th Annual Gestalt Caribbean Leadership Conference - Teri Leigh Bovell

Bovell is a regional personality who combines her love for the arts with her …

Decision making with the Duke

January 25th, 2021


So many of us have watched at swooned over the Duke of Hastings form the show Bridgerton. ( Bridgerton is the name of a Netflix fictional drama set in  early 19th century England) 

While I myself admired the Duke's …

When Leaders Go Unchecked

January 14th, 2021


We all witnessed the storming of the US Capitol. 

I've seen this scenario play out albeit on smaller scales in organizations that I have worked …

Lessons from a MAGA Loss

December 5th, 2020


Whenever something is the wider #system attracts a lot of attention I ask myself what lessons does it hold for the smaller system,

In this episode I …

Nirmala Maharaj chats Leadership with Maxine Attong

November 28th, 2020


Nirmala Maharaj is the Chief Social Justice Champion at the Social Progress Institute, 

In this episode she explains how leadership principles are used to serve NGOs and Faith based orgnaisatins.

She shares how as the …


November 19th, 2020


Whatever is happening in the larger system is reflected in the smaller system.

The issues that play out on the public domain is a call for us to examine what is happening in our organizations.

As a leader when you see …

Nigel Romano chats Leadership with Maxine

November 1st, 2020


I always enjoy chatting with Nigel Romano.  

I have enjoyed our many conversations and I  also enjoyed this one.

Nigel shares his leadership experiences, how leadership has changed over his journey.  He also makes no …

Leadership Promotes Change

November 1st, 2020


If you want to change someone understand them first and then they may change - Obrien.

In this episode I share the reasons why team members may not want to change and the four E's that leaders can ue to help team …

Leaders Promote Mental Health

October 16th, 2020


2020 has been a difficult year.

#Covid19 has thrown us all into a state of #uncertainty.  No doubt our #mentalhealth has been compromised.

In this …

Leading Millennials and Gen Z - A conversation with Paul Ashby

October 5th, 2020


Paul AShby - CEO of SigniaGlobe Financial shares the how he keeps the young and restless folks at his office engaged and motivated.

This is an …

Can only Older People be Leaders?

September 24th, 2020


My nephew asked me , "Can only older people be Leaders?"

It's a great question since his observation is accurate. The C-Suite is mostly  occupied by …

A Leadership Tale from Current Events

September 17th, 2020


Current events offer loads of lessons for leaders.

We being to look at the world around us and glean the alternate reality of the situations as well as the possible remedies to serve the wider purpose.

This week I ask, …

Leadership Lessons from The KIng

September 12th, 2020


In this episode I pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman as I share the  Leadership Lessons that I gleaned from his life.

Thanks you Chad.  We will never yield.

Leadership is Strategic Planning

September 8th, 2020


Covid 19 has changed the way that we do things.  Things should Include our strategic planning process.

In this episode I share some thoughts about …

Leadership is Promoting racial Tolerance

August 20th, 2020


It seems that elections are the time to divide and conquer.  The masses are pit against each other along the lines of race, politics, ethnicity or …

Leadership is Promoting Work Life Balance

August 13th, 2020


As I host  group coaching sessions with leaders and teams, most teams are concerned with their work life balance and ask how to maintain this,

As …

Leadership is Helping Teams Dealing with Stress

August 6th, 2020


I  have been chatting with various teams and they all share the same sentiment. We are stressed and we are burnt out.

Leaders I know that the stress for you is also magnified.  We have 5 more months to complete all the …

Derron Sandy discusses Transparency and Accountability with Maxine Attong

August 3rd, 2020


Derron Sandy is the Artistic Director of 2 cents Movement- a youth based NGO.

In June 2020 the Movement suffered fall out from allegations of sexusl misconduct.  

Since then the leaders of the organisation had to …

Leadership is Transparency

July 23rd, 2020


Transparency leads to #accountability and accountability promotes #transparency.

Leaders cannot be 100% transparent at all times.  Tis would be …

Leadership is Accountability

July 17th, 2020


In this episode I share the 4 levels of #accountability. and provide some tips for leaders who want to promote accountability in the workplace.

Leaders called  to be accountable especially when things go wrong..

Leader ship is Zero Tolerance for Harassment

July 9th, 2020


Leaders have a responsibility for the tone of the organisation and do this via code of ethics and standards. Sadly the behaviours and actions that are allowed in the organisation do not always reflect the intention of …

Racquel Moses and Maxine chat about Leaders as Change Agents

June 28th, 2020


Ever heard of the Caribbean Climate -Smart Accelerator? If not, then you just did.

This not for profit organisation is helping transform #Caribbean economies by fast-tracking sound public and private investment …

Leaders as Change Agents

June 19th, 2020


Change often comes with the dissatisfaction of the status quo. Leader what do you want to change in your organisation?

Post COVID most of us were forced to review our business models and ask ourselves what is the way …

8 Leadership Tips from BLM Protests

June 12th, 2020


This last week was even more difficult that the previous week I cried I was hurt, I was angry and I was hopeful

Whenever I am overwhelmed by multiple …

8 Leadership Lessons from Minnesota - RIP George Floyd

June 4th, 2020


Today I am sharing the 8 tips from the Protests in Minnesota.

  1. Leaders let teams breathe
  2. Leaders take your knee of team members throats.
  3. Leaders …

Amoy Van Lowe shares her leadership style with Maxine Attong

June 2nd, 2020


Amoy van Lowe is the CEO of the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange Company Limited. 

In this chat she shares her thoughts on leadership.  She shares how she builds greater connections with teams and how she stays …

Create the Best Possible Future for your Organisation

May 25th, 2020


We will answer the questions – What is the best possible future for our organisations?

This is a real important question for me since it can make a huge impact on how we move forward as a country.

The truth is that most …

Creating the Best Possible Future with our teams

May 17th, 2020


Leaders, I am inviting you to extend the open heart, open minds and open will to the teams that you lead.

No one knows the future and nobody is …

Open Heart, Open Mind, Open Will - Creating the Best Possible future

May 8th, 2020


THis episode is inspired by the work of Otto Scharmer.

We examine what the leader needs to create her/his best possible future for herself and himself.

we ask leaders to integrate their personal and professional selves …

Surren Maharaj and Maxine Attong - Working through Uncertainty

May 1st, 2020


Surren Maharaj - Chief Coach and Consultant chats with maxine Attong on what they share in common.

These two coaches share about uncertainty in the …

Lessons from Jouvert - Leading in times of Uncertainty

April 23rd, 2020


J'ouvert is a wee early morning street party that herald the beginning of Trinidad Carnival.

It is a time of darkness and uncertainty, that offers the perfect metaphor for the VUA world/

We take lessons from the …

Optimism in the VUCA World

April 16th, 2020


We need to accept that in this time of Corona virus we exist in a limbo where we know where we came from and we are not sure where we are going. Our past is irrelevant to the present and to the future.

This is a tough …

Leadership in the VUCA World

April 9th, 2020


Coronavirus has ushered in the reality of the VUCA world.

The world is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.  

Leaders are now being asked to …

Health and Safety during COVID-19. Maxine chats with Jason Maitland - Chair of Caribbean IOSH

April 3rd, 2020


Jason Maitland offers suggestions from a Health and safety perspective on dealing with COVID - 19.  He shares about

- Physical distancing vs. social distancing

- Eating habits

- Implications for after COVID - office …

Leadership Failure: Maxine Attong chats with Elson James

March 26th, 2020


Elson James CEO of JMMB Express Finance chats with host Maxine Attong about the obvious and insidious failure that he has witnessed and experienced during his career.

He also shares the challenges, shortcomings and the …

Complacency / Ego Disease and Leadership Failure

March 24th, 2020


Complacency is a dis-ease of the Ego. Complacency is a disease of the ego

Some leaders fail because they assume that past success guarantees the present success and sometimes they do not work as smartly or as …

Obvious and Insidious Leadership Failure

March 24th, 2020


 I conclude that there are two ways in which leaders fail:

1) Obvious failures

2) Insidious failures.

Obvious failure occurs when the leader does not deliver on the expectation of the organisation.

Insidious failure …

Leadership Intention and Impact - Maxine Attong & Bernard Mitchell c

March 19th, 2020


Bernard Mitchell has held leadership positions in various organisations.  

We chat about the HOW and WHAT and the WHY of his leadership journey.

Leadership in the Time of Corona

March 19th, 2020


We explore the unique opportunities that the CONVID-19 pandemic brings for leaders and there organisations.

#leadership #leadershipUnlearned …

4 tips to make an Impact with your Leadership

March 14th, 2020


Four tips to be impactful with your leadership.

  1.  Awareness
  2. Being in the here and now
  3.  Hold the space

#leadership #leadershipconsulting …

Make an Impact with Your Leadership

March 14th, 2020


Why is your leadership important?  

Your leadership can make positive impact on your self, your family, your community, your organisation  and the country that you live in.  

Have you ever considered this?

Leading with Intention

March 14th, 2020


Four steps for leaders who want to lead from their intention.  Learn how to set your leadership intention and to lead with this intention.

One of the biggest enemies of our intentions is our ego.  Learn how to minimise …

Life + X = Death

March 10th, 2020


It is a mathematical way to look at our life. There are two constants Life and Death. =In between that time there is a variable that you get to make a lot of choices about.

What is your x? What does it stand for and …

Promo for Leadership Unlearned

March 10th, 2020


This is the Leadership Unlearned Radio Program.  We invite our listeners to suspend all that they believe and know about leadership.

Every Wednesday on I95.5FM at approximately 6.35 p.m you can tune in to the program. …

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