The Jungle

 

Welcome to THE JUNGLE—the wild and exciting world of business. Thoughtful, yet lighthearted conversations provide an up-close, unvarnished view into the emotions, practices and lived experiences of leading and strategy-making in an uncertain world. Hosted by Dr. Doug Lepisto and Dr. Derrick McIver, co-directors of the Center for Principled Leadership and Business Strategy in the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University.

The first season of THE JUNGLE explores COVID-19 and the inherent leadership challenges and opportunities in times of crisis.

 

 
 

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Video of Welcome to THE JUNGLE
 
Trailer · 1:40

Welcome to THE JUNGLE

Before going into THE JUNGLE, Doug and Derrick give a quick synopsis of where they think they might be going. But who knows where they'll end up.

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Available Episodes

Video of Jane Dutton–Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business| THE JUNGLE #28
 
Episode 28 · 52:37

Jane Dutton

Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business
Recorded December 8, 2020

This episode features a conversation with Jane Dutton – Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Jane is a world expert on processes that build capabilities and strengths of employees in organizations. A founder of the movement in Positive Organizational Scholarship, Jane’s research has demonstrated the importance of relationships, compassion, identity, and meaning to what makes people and organizations flourish.

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Video of Thor Flosason – Senior Director of Global Learning and Development at the Kellogg Company
 
Episode 27 · 47:25

Thor Flosason

Senior Director of Global Learning and Development at the Kellogg Company
Recorded December 3, 2020

This episode features a conversation with Thor Flosason – senior director of global learning and development at Kellogg Company. Thor is responsible for the systems, processes, resources and solutions that help over 30,000 employees across the globe learn and develop. We explore with Thor how a global organization facilitates learning during a global pandemic, the importance of learning to strategize and what the future of learning in organizations looks like.

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Video of Jeff Blashill – Head Coach of the Detroit Red Wings | THE JUNGLE #26
 
Episode 26 · 35:22

Jeff Blashill

Head Coach of the Detroit Red Wings
Recorded November 23, 2020

This episode features a conversation with Jeff Blashill – head coach of the Detroit Red Wings. The Detroit Red Wings are one of the most storied franchises in all of sports. Coach Blashill, a native Michigander and former WMU hockey coach, shares with us his experience on leading the Red Wings through the pandemic, leading across generations and his lessons on leading during a time of change for the organization.

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Video of Bronconess Peach Bubbly Launch with St. Julian Winery – John and Apollo Braganini - THE JUNGLE #25
 
Episode 25 · 41:18

John and Apollo Braganini

 St. Julian Winery
Recorded November 18, 2020

On this episode, our LBS students launch the next evolution of Bronconess – the Bronconess Peach Bubbly in collaboration with St. Julian Winery. St. Julian is the oldest and largest winery in Michigan.

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Video of La June Montgomery Tabron – CEO of W.K. Kellogg Foundation | THE JUNGLE #24
 
Episode 24 · 41:02

La June Montgomery Tabron

CEO of W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Recorded October 26, 2020

This episode features a conversation with La June Montgomery Tabron – CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Based in Southwest Michigan, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the world. La June shares with us how the foundation has pivoted and innovated during the pandemic, the role business plays in solving social problems, and the conditions that facilitate greater opportunity and equity in business ownership. 

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Video of Dean Pohlman – Founder and CEO of Man Flow Yoga | THE JUNGLE #23
 
Episode 23 · 39:31

Dean Pohlman

Founder and CEO of Man Flow Yoga
Recorded October 20, 2020

This episode features a conversation with Dean Pohlman – Founder and CEO of Man Flow Yoga. The pandemic is challenging our mental and physical health. At the same time, it is also disrupting established sectors like the fitness industry, raising questions about how a traditionally in-person experience translates online. Dean shares with us how he founded and grew a successful online fitness brand, how the pandemic is creating opportunity in the fitness space, and his advice on implementing an effective content strategy.

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Video of Dan Jefferies and Matt Vollmar – Newmind Group | THE JUNGLE #22
 
Episode 22 · 44:56

Dan Jefferies and Matt Vollmar

Newmind Group
Recorded September 7, 2020

This episode features a conversation with Dan Jefferies, founder and co-owner, and Matt Vollmar, CEO and co-owner, of Newmind Group.

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Video of Peter Jackson – CEO of Bluescape Software | THE JUNGLE #21
 
Episode 21 · 39:37

Peter Jackson

CEO of Bluescape Software
Recorded September 1, 2020

Peter shares with us how to lead and collaborate at a distance, the future of the industry, and how organizations like Ford are increasingly using Bluescape to get work done.

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Video of Psyche Terry – Founder of UI Global Brands | THE JUNGLE #20
 
Episode 20 · 36:40

Psyche Terry

Founder of UI Global Brands
Recorded August 18, 2020

Psyche has grown her socially-responsible skincare and haircare line, Urban Hydration, to a national brand in 7,000+ retailers including CVS, Macy’s, Target, and more.

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Video of Kathy Beauregard - WMU Director of Athletics | THE JUNGLE #19
 
Episode 19 · 30:43

Kathy Beauregard

Director of Athletics, Western Michigan University
Recorded August 11, 2020

On August 8th the Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced the postponement of all fall sports. We go behind the scenes of this decision, the implications, and the broader leadership and strategy dynamics confronting athletic directors.

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Video of Tom Sweet – CFO of Dell Technologies | THE JUNGLE #18
 
Episode 18 · 32:00

Tom Sweet

CFO of Dell Technologies
Recorded June 15, 2020

Tom helped Dell pull off one of the largest buyouts in history with the $67 billion acquisition of EMC. A great Bronco, Tom shares how Dell’s senior leadership team is navigating current events and his thoughts on the future of technology and business.

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Video of Larry Bell – Founder and President of Bell’s Brewery | THE JUNGLE #17
 
Episode 17 · 33:05

Larry Bell

Founder and President of Bell's Brewery
Recorded June 10, 2020

Larry has helped pioneer the craft beer movement. Based in Kalamazoo, and 100% family owned and independent, Bell’s is now the seventh largest craft brewer in the United States. Larry shares how Bell’s is responding to the pandemic and issues of racial equity, his thoughts on the future of craft beer and innovation.

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Video of Franco Bianchi – CEO of Haworth | THE JUNGLE #16
 
Episode 16 · 34:21

Franco Bianchi

CEO of Haworth
Recorded May 19, 2020

Franco shares about leading Haworth through the pandemic, the transition back to the office, and his thoughts on the future of workplace design and furniture solutions.

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Video of Dr. Stephanie Creary – Assistant Professor of Management at The Wharton School | THE JUNGLE #15
 
Episode 15 · 33:55

Dr. Stephanie Creary

Assistant Professor of Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Recorded June 12, 2020

A leading expert on diversity and identity in organizations. Stephanie shares her expertise and experience on how business leaders create conversations and take action to foster racial equity.

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Video of Steve Cahillane – Chairman and CEO of Kellogg’s | THE JUNGLE #14
 
Episode 14 · 33:11

Steve Cahillane

Chairman and CEO of Kellogg's
Recorded May 29, 2020

Steve shares how he is leading Kellogg’s through the COVID-19 pandemic, changing consumer habits and his approach to strategy.

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Video of Birgit Klohs – President and CEO of The Right Place | THE JUNGLE #13
 
Episode 13 · 39:10

Birgit Klohs

President and CEO of The Right Place
Recorded June 3, 2020

Birgit shares her insights about leading through these historic times.

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Video of Kevin Lobo - Chairman and CEO of Stryker | THE JUNGLE #12
 
Episode 12 · 37:29

Kevin Lobo

Chairman and CEO of Stryker
Recorded May 12, 2020

Kevin discusses leading Stryker through the COVID-19 crisis and what is required to bring innovations to market rapidly.

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Video of Fred Upton – United States Congressman Michigan 6th District | THE JUNGLE # 11
 
Episode 11 · 35:50

Fred Upton

United States Congressman Michigan 6th District
Recorded April 29, 2020

Fred shares what it has been like in Congress, how to lead and build consensus amidst competitive perspectives, and offers advice to businesses as they look toward reopening.

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Video of Patti Poppe – President and CEO of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy | THE JUNGLE #5
 
Episode 10 · 37:11

Patti Poppe

President and CEO of Consumers Energy
Recorded May 4, 2020

Patti announces a partnership with Consumers Energy, Google and Uplight, and shares the importance of purpose, values, and leadership in bringing this innovation to market.

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Video of John Green – Chairman and CEO of Revolution Farms and Chairman of Cirkul and Odyssey | THE JUNGLE #9
 
Episode 9 · 33:26

John Green

Chairman and CEO of Revolution Farms and Chairman of Cirkul and Odyssey
Recorded April 27, 2020

John speaks to managing cash, how this crisis is impacting indoor agriculture, and how he leads multiple companies through this crisis.

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Video of Fred Minturn – Group CEO and Executive Chairman at MSX International
 
Episode 8 · 31:52

Fred Minturn

Group CEO and Executive Chairman at MSX International
Recorded April 21, 2020

Fred discusses how the automotive sector is responding to the crisis and his thoughts on the future.

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Video of Todd Sanford – CEO and President of Sanford Financial Services | THE JUNGLE #7
 
Episode 7 · 31:29

Todd Sanford

CEO and President of Sanford Financial Services
Recorded April 17, 2020

What are the implications of the COVID-19 crisis for financial planning?

Todd Sanford, CEO and President of Sanford Financial Services, and founding donor of the Sanford Center for Financial Planning and Wellness in the Haworth College of Business, shares his insights in Episode 7.

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Video of Kevin Carmody – Senior Partner at McKinsey | THE JUNGLE #6
 
Episode 6 · 33:52

Kevin Carmody

Senior Partner at McKinsey
Recorded April 9, 2020

Kevin shares his insights on how senior management teams are reacting and his advice on managing risk, cash, and innovation during this crisis.

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Video of Brian Calley – President of the Small Business Association of Michigan | THE JUNGLE #5
 
Episode 5 · 37:10

Brian Calley

President of the Small Business Association of Michigan
Recorded April 24, 2020

Brian shares his advice to small businesses and outlines what role his office is playing to help others.

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Video of Gordie Kosch – CEO, President, and Owner of Kosch Dining Solutions | THE JUNGLE #4
 
Episode 4 · 34:57

Gordie Kosch

CEO, President and Owner of Kosch Dining Solutions
Recorded April 16, 2020

The pandemic has hit food services and hospitality exceptionally hard. Gordie shares the rapidly unfolding trials and tribulations of leading an organization in the bullseye of the crisis.

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Video of Alessandro (Sandro) DiNello – President, CEO, and a Director of Flagstar Bank | THE JUNGLE #3
 
Episode 3 · 33:10

Alessandro (Sandro) DiNello

President, CEO and a Director of Flagstar Bank and Flagstar Bancorp
Recorded April 17, 2020

Banks are playing a vital role to help individuals and businesses manage this unprecedented time. Sandro shares his experience remaining calm while guiding a publicly traded bank through crisis.

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Video of John Bryant – Former Chairman and CEO of Kellogg’s | THE JUNGLE #2
 
Episode 2 · 38:54

John Bryant

Former Chairman and CEO of Kellogg's
Recorded April 7, 2020

John Bryant is the former Chairman and CEO of Kellogg's, and a current board member of Macy's, Godiva, Ball Corporation and Compass Group. Doug and Derrick hear how a current board member is experiencing and advising during this unprecedented time.

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Video of Dr. Edward Montgomery - President of Western Michigan University | THE JUNGLE #1
 
Episode 1 · 45:43

Dr. Edward Montgomery

President of Western Michigan University
Recorded March 26, 2020

Doug and Derrick kick off the podcast with a series of episodes exploring leadership and strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic. We begin in higher education with our very own, Dr. Edward Montgomery, President of Western Michigan University, former "car czar" in the Obama administration and nationally known labor economist.

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