Dr. Mike Patterson

In The Beginning...

In The Beginning...

Episode 1

In this inaugural episode of the Mission First People Always: Great Leaders. Great Teams. podcast, Dr. Mike Patterson introduces himself, describes the purpose of the podcast, and sets the stage for all the episodes that will follow.

Leadership Lessons I Learned in the White House with Darrell Williams

Leadership Lessons I Learned in the White House with Darrell Williams

Episode 2

White House Communications Agency Hall of Famer, Darrell Williams, shares leadership insights gathered while working in the White House during the George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush administrations.

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Rosa Parks with Dr. Angela Sadler

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Rosa Parks with Dr. Angela Sadler

Episode 3

Dr. Mike interviews documentary filmmaker and television personality, Dr. Angela Sadler Williamson, who is a cousin of civil rights icon, Rosa Parks. Through family interactions with "Cousin Rosie" and her deep research in support of her award-winning documentary, Angela offers reflections and insights on Rosa Parks as a leader, supporter of leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a member of the broader team of civil rights workers.

A C.R.A.Z.Y. Approach to Marriage with Ernie Cason

A C.R.A.Z.Y. Approach to Marriage with Ernie Cason

Episode 4

Dr. Mike reconnects with a former team member, Ernie Cason, to discover powerful lessons about creating a healthy marriage even in the face of the most extreme challenges. After meeting on a blind date and quickly becoming engaged, Ernie's heart was pierced...not by Cupid's arrow, but by a serrated steak knife wielded by his fiance, Ronna's, enraged ex-boyfriend after he attacked her.

Mindful Leadership with Dr. Jenn Guignard

Mindful Leadership with Dr. Jenn Guignard

Episode 5

Today, Dr. Mike interviews Dr. Jenn Guignard about the benefits and practices of mindful leadership. During the course of our conversation, Jenn reveals the three key aspects of mindful leadership.

The Antifragile Team with Jodi Orgill Brown

The Antifragile Team with Jodi Orgill Brown

Episode 6

Dr. Mike interviews Jodi Orgill Brown about what it takes to build an antifragile team. "Antifragile" is a term coined by mathematical statistician Nissim Taleb whose work is focused on dealing with randomness, probability, and uncertainty. It suggests a property of systems that increase their capability to thrive amidst stressors, attacks, mistakes, and volatility--something we've all experienced in sometimes overwhelming degrees in the past 2-years.

Purpose Centered Leadership™ with Art Jackson

Purpose Centered Leadership™ with Art Jackson

Episode 7

Dr. Mike here, today I talk with speaker and executive coach, Art Jackson. Join us as we discuss the reason why we have lousy leaders in organizations and what we should do about it when we get one.

Do You Need A Coach? with Dr. Gary Reinecke

Do You Need A Coach? with Dr. Gary Reinecke

Episode 8

On today’s episode, we invite you to carefully consider an important personal and professional question: Do I need a coach? Your answer could change the trajectory of your career and greatly benefit those around you

Developing Soft Skills in Students with Pete Gleason, Ph.D.

Developing Soft Skills in Students with Pete Gleason, Ph.D.

Episode 9

What's the right time to become intentional about developing the relational skills of young people? Today, we discuss how one psychology professor has become very intentional about building interpersonal skills with his students.

Navigating Change with Karen Simmons

Navigating Change with Karen Simmons

Episode 10

Today, we gain a new perspective on organizational change from change expert, Karen Simmons! Karen Simmons is CEO and founder of The Change Executive, an organizational development agency, based out of Sydney, Australia. She is a complex change specialist (and enthusiast!) working across the UK, Europe, USA, Asia Pacific, and Australia for the past 30 years leading and supporting high-impact social and business transformations, including service, programs, operations, and financial performance shifts, organizational restructures, and culture change.

Neuropsychology Basics for Leaders with Dr. Steve Swavely

Neuropsychology Basics for Leaders with Dr. Steve Swavely

Episode 11

Over 100 years ago, Henry Ford was reputed to have said, "You can have a car painted any color you want--as long as it's black." It was the beginning of mass production and the assembly line, and "once-size-fits-all" was necessary to make it all work. For many years, we have treated employees pretty much the same way. We hired people for their hands and their ability to perform certain tasks with consistency, but that is rapidly changing in the knowledge era.

Your Team Needs Rhythm with Dr. Gil Brady

Your Team Needs Rhythm with Dr. Gil Brady

Episode 12

Today’s episode is all about teamwork. Teamwork is a term we initially hear at a very early age. It usually happens at 5-, 6-, or 7-years old, or whenever you step onto a sports field or court for your first attempt at sports.

Mission First, People Always: Great Leaders, Great Teams