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Leading Through Disruption with David Giersdorf

by | Oct 29, 2021 | Courageous Cultures, Podcast |

Is there any industry that’s been disrupted more at a global level over the past twenty years than the cruise lines? In this episode, David Giersdorf, a former senior executive in the global cruise, travel, and marketing services industry, gives the roadmap for leading through disruption. It’s optimistic, encouraging, and full of opportunities to help you navigate your company, career, team, and life through the fog of disruption.

Leading Through Disruption

2:00 – Early leadership lessons being “born” into the global travel industry.

3:40 – THe need to balance results with relationships

5:08 – The challenge of disruption

6:05 – The anxiety of navigating through fog and uncertainty

9:18 – How to find the opportunity in every disruption.

13:45 – The role your values play in leading through disruption

16:00 – Where to look to find opportunities during disruptive times

20:05 – How David keeps growing and learning

21:36 – We take a detour to learn more about David’s Iron Man pursuits

22:33 – The role of training and discipline in helping you lead effectively

23:58 – Finding your waypoints – getting at the truth of a situation as quickly as possible.

24:58 – The range of facts you might have available that you might not consider at first

26:29 – The two most common types of disruptions and how to respond

29:12 – How a clear purpose allows you and your team to respond quickly and keep moving through disruption

33:04 – What’s your strategy for staying afloat and ensuring you can keep moving?

34:10 – Find your “first first” – the thing that you must get right or everything else doesn’t matter. It’s not always what you think.

39:33 – Turning the disruption into the core of your future success

42:49 – What to do when you’re looking ahead, seeing opportunities in the disruption, but having trouble persuading others of your perspective.

45:12 – Why patience and perspective are critical if you want to persuade and influence others.

47:21 – The role of anti-fragility – how to make you, your team, and your organization more resistant to bumps and disruptions.

48:30 – Mitigating risk

56:00 – The power of giving over control (both for surviving storms and leading through disruption)

Connect with David Giersdorf

David’s Website
Global Voyages Group

Get David’s Book

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David Dye helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results.  He’s the President of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. He’s the award-winning authors of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and hosts the popular Leadership without Losing Your Soul podcast. David is a former executive and elected official. David and his wife and business partner, Karin Hurt, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.


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