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Jacqueline Carter & Rasmus Hougaard on "The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results"

4:15-4:59pm check-in; 5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm book talk; 6:00-6:10pm book sale

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Date: Wednesday May 23, 2018 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Speaker(s): Jacqueline Carter, International Partner and North America Director, Potential Project; Co-Author

Rasmus Hougaard, Founder and Managing Director, Potential Project; Co-Author
Topic: "The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results" (HBR Press, Mar. 13, 2018 by J. Carter & R. Hougaard)
Venue: Desautels Hall (Second floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $38.99 plus HST per person (includes 1 seat for their talk and 1 hardcover copy of "The Mind of the Leader")
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Book Synopsis: Join the global movement that's making corporations more people-centric to achieve great results. The world is facing a global leadership crisis. Seventy-seven percent of leaders think they do a good job of engaging their people, yet 88 percent of employees say their leaders don't engage enough. There is also a high level of suffering in the workplace: 35 percent of employees would forgo a pay raise to see their leaders fired. This is an enormous waste of human talent--despite the fact that $46 billion is spent each year on leadership development. Based on extensive research, including assessments of more than 35,000 leaders and interviews with 250 C-level executives, The Mind of the Leader concludes that organizations and leaders aren't meeting employees' basic human needs of finding meaning, purpose, connection, and genuine happiness in their work. But more than a description of the problem, The Mind of the Leader offers a radical, yet practical, solution. To solve the leadership crisis, organizations need to put people at the center of their strategy. They need to develop managers and executives who lead with three core mental qualities: mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion. Using real-world inspirational examples from Marriott, Accenture, McKinsey & Company, LinkedIn, and many more, The Mind of the Leader shows how this new kind of leadership turns conventional leadership thinking upside down. It represents a radical redefinition of what it takes to be an effective leader--and a practical, hard-nosed solution to every organization's engagement and execution problems.


Rasmus Hougaard is the Founder and Managing Director of Potential Project, the global leader in customized leadership and organizational training programs based on mindfulness. With a proven track record of enhancing individual and collective performance, resilience and creativity, Potential Project works with Fortune 500 companies such as Accenture, Microsoft, Lego, Nike, EY and KPMG among others across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Rasmus has led more than 1,500 workshops and programs and is recognized as a leading international authority on training the mind to be more focused, effective and clear in an organizational context.

Rasmus is a regular contributor to renowned publications such as Business Insider and Harvard Business Review for his thought leadership and knowledge. He was selected for the 2018 Thinkers50 Radar list of 30 up-and-coming management thinkers most likely to shape how organizations are managed and led in the years ahead.”

Jacqueline Carter is an International Partner and the North American Director for Potential Project. She has over twenty years of experience working with organizations around the globe to enhance effectiveness and improve performance. Her clients include: Cisco, Accenture, Marriott, Google, RBC and KPMG to name a few.

Jacqueline has spoken at numerous conferences and has appeared on television as well as radio talk shows. Jacqueline is a regular contributor to business publications including Harvard Business Review and is a sought-after speaker for her thought leadership, knowledge, and engaging facilitation skills. She holds a master’s degree in organizational behavior and undergraduate degrees in labor management relations and mathematics. Before joining Potential Project, Jacqueline held a number of senior leadership roles. She also worked for Deloitte in the US, Canada and Australia in their Change Leadership practice.

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