Leadership & Innovation: An Interview

Leave the first response January 22, 2008 / Posted in Mindful Leadership

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Andrew Papageorge. Below is a summary on the Vistage View website

Chair News and Updates

San Diego Chair Featured in GoInnovate!

(Jan. 18) San Diego Chair Ozzie Gontang is featured in the January 2008 issue of the e-zine GoInnovate! produced by consultant and corporate innovator Andrew Papageorge.

Andrew interviewed the award-winning Vistage Chair at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, Calif., where Ozzie is also leads a group comprised primarily of heart patients. The two talked about the Vistage experience and why the model works for so many executives. Among Ozzie’s responses: “One of the most important factors in our success is the emphasis we place on clarification, which comes from asking good questions. Over 50 percent of the time, when someone brings an issue and we have done a good enough job listening, what we find out is the issue as it was at first presented is not the issue at all. Once we clarify the real issue we can focus on viable solutions.”

Ozzie described the most innovative CEOs he’s worked with over the years as having “the ability to listen, question and use the insights and collective wisdom of their people. They are clear on their purpose and recognize there are a thousand different ways to accomplish their goals. They are willing to listen to how others would get there.”

The Q&A also makes mention of Ozzie’s outstanding running record, which includes completing almost 90 marathons (26.2 miles) and two ultramarathons (50-milers). As Ozzie explains, “Long distance running is a wonderful metaphor. It is about practice. It is about consistency. It is about being responsible and accountable for one’s life and that the outcomes are the results of the mind, body and spirit working together. It’s about taking it one step at a time. So we’re back to if you want to know the future, create it. Life, like the marathon, has a beginning, middle, and an end. It’s about the journey, not the destination. It’s about the process that creates the results.”

The Interview

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