Round Peg Podcast

A series of thought provocative, well-curated discussions with thought leaders

*In partnership with 3Sixty Strategic Advisors

Episode 17 - Beyond Generations

Renowned family business expert Dennis Jaffe compares and contrasts early, middle, and late generations as he uncovers the secrets of success of highly functioning family enterprises. Listen now!

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Dennis Jaffe is an emeritus professor of Organizational Systems and Psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco. Over his 40-year career, he has helped families overcome personal, organizational, and governance challenges that hinder the smooth generational transfer of their businesses, wealth, values, and legacies. A faculty advisor to the Cornell Johnson College of Business, Jaffe is one of the original architects of the emerging field of family enterprise consulting. As a founding member of the Family Firm Institute, he has served on their board, written frequently for Family Business Review, and was awarded the Richard Beckhard and International Awards for his contributions. Jaffe is author Borrowed from Your Grandchildren: The Evolution of 100-Year Family EnterprisesCross-Cultures: How Global Families Negotiate Change Across Generations, and Stewardship of Your Family Enterprise: Developing Responsible Leadership Across Generations. In 1984, he founded Changeworks Global, a consulting firm in San Francisco, which works with organizations for long-term change to build competitive advantage by unleashing the power of employees.

Episode 16 - Yes WE can!

In a retrospective glimpse and look to the future, social entrepreneur and WE Charity co-founder Craig Kielburger weighs in on effective methods to eradicate child poverty and measure social impact. Listen now!

Craig Kielburger is a Canadian human rights activist, entrepreneur, and co-founder of WE, an international network of social impact charities. He is a syndicated columnist and author of more than ten books, including the international bestseller WEconomy and the New York Times bestseller Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World. A Member of the Order of Canada, Craig holds 16 honorary doctorates. His work has been featured on 60 Minutes, the Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as in Time Magazine, National Geographic, and The Economist. He currently serves on the advisory board of Canada’s Leaders’ Debates Commission, an independent government agency charged with organizing debates between leaders of political parties during federal elections.


Episode 15 - The Business of Diplomacy

Former British diplomat and active business consultant Sir Graham Boyce dispenses his wisdom on the future of leadership and managing global challenges in a world beset with crises. Listen now!

Senior Advisor at Bank of America, Air Products, and DLA Piper, Sir Graham Boyce is a consultant to businesses with operations in the Middle East and North Africa. A retired British diplomat, Sir Graham served in the Diplomatic Service between 1968 and 2003 as Consul-General to Sweden, Ambassador, and Consul-General to Qatar, Ambassador to Kuwait, and Ambassador to Egypt. He is a member of the International Advisory Council, Kuwait Investment Office, a Global Ambassador for SOAS, a member of the Court of Patrons Thrombosis Research Institute, and a Trustee of the Dakhleh Oasis Trust (Egypt).

Episode 14 - Risks, Crises, and Families

Lansberg ▪ Gersick & Associates’ Devin DeCiantis sets out the benefits of risk-intelligent councils in family enterprises, how they function, and how they fit into risk management programs. A timely talk in our COVID-19 environment. Listen now!

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Devin DeCiantis is a Managing Partner at Lansberg ▪ Gersick & Associates, advisers to some of the world’s largest family-owned businesses. Devin’s expertise in Family Enterprise Risk Management (FERM) programs is particularly relevant to the COVID-19 crisis currently unfolding. His work is focused on the financial, operational, and strategic aspects of family firms. An Adjunct Lecturer of Family Enterprise, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at Kellogg School of Management, Devin has worked with private and public sector leaders throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He holds an MPP from Harvard University and a BBA from York University.

Episode 13Dynamic Dynasties

Some of the family businesses are older than many nations, countries, and governments. Very few have studied them as closely as Prof. Joseph Astrachan Ph.D., the Faculty Scholar with the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell University who has examined the success, succession, and failure of family businesses for more than 35 years. Listen now!

Episode 12 - The Accidental Entrepreneur

In conversation with Tareq Hadhad, the Founder and CEO of Peace By Chocolate. The story of an entrepreneurial company built on the back of hope and perseverance of a Syrian refugee family promoting peace through chocolate and stewardship. Listen to how they managed to not only rebuild their lives and to sell their chocolate on earth, but also take their products and story to the UN, the US House of Representatives, and even all the way to the International Space Agency.

Episode 11 - The Secret Recipe of “The All in All” in One of the Most Successful Global Family Businesses

Disrupt From Within, Reinvent Regularly and Thrive Inclusively or Die Alone. Join our 11th episode in conversation with Antoine Mayaud, the former Board Member of AFM (Association Familiale Mulliez) and former Chairman of CreAdev.

Special Holiday Episode - Perfect Fits: The Best of Round Peg 2019

We’ve distilled the very best bits of 2019’s Round Peg podcasts. All you have to do is get cozy, sit back, and savor the highlights in our special year-end review. Don’t worry, 2020 will be packed with even more thought-provoking topics as we mine the world’s brightest brains. Happy holidays and best wishes for 2020!

Episode 10 - Refugees, Migrants & Us: The Intertwined Destiny of Humanity

Join the 10th episode of Round Peg in conversation with Senator Ratna Omidvar.  Senator Omidvar is an internationally recognized voice on migration, diversity and inclusion.

She is also a Councillor on the World Refugee Council, a Visiting Professor at Ryerson University. In addition, she is a Member of the Order of Ontario and Order of Canada with both honors recognizing her advocacy work on behalf of immigrants and devotion to reducing inequality in Canada and the world at large.

Episode 9 - The Naked Diplomat

Join the 9th episode of the Round Peg podcast with Tom Fletcher! Find out why diplomacy is an indispensable craft and what are the risks of atrophy in diplomacy.

Tom Fletcher is the youngest Ambassador of The United Kingdom in the past 200 years and was an advisor to 3 prime ministers. He is a visiting professor at New York University and the author of The Naked Diplomat. The book is a refreshing take on a new marque of diplomacy in a world of interconnectivity on the net, and yet a dividing, diverging and polarising era.

Episode 8 - The Age of Tech Rich and Poor Leadership

Join our 8th episode of Round Peg in conversation with Kawa Hassan the Vice President of Middle East and North Africa Program at EastWest Institute (EWI).

Kawa is author and co-editor of numerous publications and a frequent commentator on international, regional and national media about Middle East affairs. We discuss the deficit in global leadership and why albeit the rise of renewable energy, the Middle East and African affairs will remain relevant and reverberating across the world.


Episode 7 - The Serious Entrepreneur Turned Passionate Mentor

Join the 7th episode of Round Peg in conversation with Tony Bury. Tony is the founder of Mowgli Mentoring. You could also say he is a living encyclopedia of entrepreneurship. He believes that his life and success is centered on the mentors in his life. 

Join us in listening to the thoughts of a successful serial entrepreneur who believes we are all in our own Hero’s Journeys and why having a mentor is a must-have for any entrepreneur, intrapreneur and family business.

Episode 6 - Family Business: The Key to Success is LQ: Learning Quotient

Join Ali in exploring some of the key influencers in the success of family businesses. Also, explore how families can learn to unlearn, re-learn and to prepare their current and next generations for the exciting, unnerving and rewarding times in which we live in.

He believes family businesses are live performance stages for daily auditions of courage, screenplays of vision, and sheer power. Some scripts lead to generational sequels like a great movie, and some miserably fail. They can be dramas of broken relationships and bonds, or a laboratory in which values and integrities go through constant stress tests.

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