Ep: 112 Ron Carucci

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Ron CarucciRon Carucci 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, 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. In addition to being a regular contributor to HBR and Forbes, and has been featured in Fortune, CEO Magazine, BusinessInsider, MSNBC, Inc, Business Week, Smart Business, and thought leaders.

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Show Notes:

  • Ron’s biggest habit is one of perseverance and tenacity.
    • When you want something bad enough, you have to keep a picture of it in your mind.
  • It’s so easy to get distracted from a goal.
  • People don’t want to talk about honesty. They want to talk about purpose.
    • You can’t talk about purpose without honesty.
  • Purpose-washing is when corporations engage in lots of good-looking PR, but have not engaged in honesty.
  • Employees won’t feel purpose driven if they don’t believe and trust their company.
    • They have to feel honest.
  • Ron lists 4 areas that predict if a regularly honest person will turn into a dishonest person:
    • Strategic clarity is when you are who you say you are. If what you’re saying and what you’re doing don’t match, you aren’t being honest.
      • If you aren’t strategically clear, people are 3x more likely to lie or withhold the truth.
    • Accountability. The way you count performance must seem fair to your people.
      • Without accountability, people are 4x more likely to lie or withhold the truth.
    • Decision making. The way that a company constructs choices must seem fair and transparent.
      • The employees of a company that lacks decision making are 3.5x more likely to lie or withhold the truth.
    • Rivalries. The classic teams of an organization must be on the same page. Different divisions must not feel there are dueling truths between them or this will cause unresolved conflict.
      • A company with rivalries is 6x more likely to have people lie or withhold the truth.
    • If all 4 of these conditions are present in negative ways within an organization, they compound to create an environment where employees are 12x more likely to lie or withhold the truth.
  • If you’re a leader Ron has a simple standard for you:
    • If at least 2x a week somebody is not in your office telling you something that’s tough to hear, your leadership is inadeqaute.
      • You haven’t created the conditions under which people tell you what you need to hear.
  • If you’re a leader, it’s your job to say the hard things.
  • If you find out someone withheld information about a problem you faced, you should fire them for that.
  • As a leader you must set expectations for your team. Let them be ruthlessly honest.
  • Ask yourself: when’s the last time someone came and got in my face?
    • If it wasn’t recent, you probably have problems.
  • What data are you relying on to tell you if your company is running?
    • If you’re just examining the face value statistics, you’re going to miss information.
  • There are distractions hiding in plain sight.
  • Ask yourself these questions:
    • About what are you saying that’s not a problem?
    • About what conditions are you absolutely certain?
      • This is where you need to check. When you’re absolutely sure is when there’s likely something wrong.
  • If you don’t know what stories your employees are telling, you should assume the worst.
  • If you haven’t created the best working conditions, then people are hiding from you.
  • Start honesty anonymously. Have your employees write what they think on a blank piece of paper.

Ron Carucci’s Recharge Round

  1. Share with us how you believe your mindset affects your life? You have to get control of the voices in your head. Understand what they’re saying. Know the narratives they’re saying, otherwise they’ll negatively influence you.
  2. What do you do daily to bring Energy into your life? Exercise and sleep but also not just being behind a desk. Isolation is a big energy killer.
  3. Share the number one connection that has made the biggest impact on your life? His biggest connection is his mentor of the past 30+ years.
  4. What advice has Influenced you the most in your life? “Nothing in life is irrevocable besides death.”
  5. Recommend a book and share why you love it?  Crossing the Unknown Sea by David Whyte
  6. Define in one sentence or less, what legacy you want to leave on the world?  He wants to leave the world a more honest place.



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