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Bridging Leadership and Technology (video)

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As the host of the Expert Insight Interview from Sales POP Online Sales Magazine and Pipeline CRM. I had the pleasure of welcoming a distinguished guest on my latest episode, Dr. Anthony Simmons. A retired Navy captain with an illustrious 28-year career and the entrepreneurial spirit behind Six Gear Consulting. Dr. Simmons brought a wealth of knowledge to our discussion on leadership, performance, and the crucial intersection of people and technology.

A Leader’s Journey from the Navy to Consulting

Dr. Simmons’s journey is nothing short of inspiring. His background as a surface warfare officer in the Navy equipped him with a unique perspective on leadership and strategy. With a doctorate in strategic leadership and a master’s in mechanical engineering. He has seamlessly transitioned into the world of business consulting. Where he now helps organizations navigate the complexities of leadership and technology.

During our conversation, Dr. Simmons emphasized the critical role of human intervention in the application of technology. Drawing from his extensive experience in the Navy, he shared how understanding and appreciating different cultures is not only vital for effective leadership but also for communication in a globalized workplace.

The Core of Effective Leadership: Self-Awareness and Empathy

One of the main topics we delved into was the significance of self-awareness, emotional intelligence, empathy, and authenticity in leadership. Dr. Simmons pointed out the shift from traditional mentoring to coaching, advocating for a more personalized approach that empowers individuals and fosters authentic relationships.

He also stressed the importance of cultural appreciation and connection, both domestically and internationally. In his view, organizations should strive to create environments that promote mutual appreciation and understanding among diverse groups of people.

The Human Element in Business Consulting

Dr. Simmons’s passion for bringing the human element back into business consulting was palpable. He spoke about the importance of integrating the five senses and people skills to enhance organizational wellness. His approach is a reminder that, despite the advancements in technology, the human touch remains irreplaceable.

For those interested in learning more about Dr. Simmons’s approach, he invited listeners to visit his website, sixthgearconsulting.com. There, one can find a treasure trove of resources and insights on how to improve organizational health and performance.

Championing Organizational Wellness

Adding to the wealth of knowledge, Dr. Simmons mentioned his book, “Championing Organizational Wellness,” available on his website. The book is a testament to his expertise and dedication to helping organizations thrive. It addresses the critical question of what he can offer to enhance the well-being of any organization.

A Heartfelt Thanks to a Veteran and Leader

I couldn’t end the episode without expressing my gratitude to Dr. Simmons for his service to our country and the valuable contributions he’s making in the field of leadership and organizational wellness. I encouraged my audience to explore his website and delve into his book to gain further insights into championing their organizations’ health.

As we wrapped up the episode, Dr. Simmons extended his thanks, and I was reminded once again of the importance of the topics we’d discussed. In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, leaders like Dr. Simmons remind us that at the heart of every successful organization are the people and the relationships they build.

I hope you, as readers of this blog post, find as much value in these insights as I did during our conversation. Leadership, technology, and cultural appreciation are more than just buzzwords; they are the pillars upon which the modern workplace stands. Let’s continue to learn, grow, and lead with empathy and authenticity.

Our Host

John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist, he has conducted over 1500 video interviews of thought leaders for Sales POP! online sales magazine & YouTube Channel and for audio podcast channels where Sales POP! is rated in the top 2% of most popular shows out of 3,320,580 podcasts globally, ranked by Listen Score. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.

About Author

Dr. Anthony L. Simmons, a retired Navy Captain with 28 years of service, including commanding two AEGIS Destroyers and a Destroyer Squadron, is a seasoned strategic leader and resource planner. With advanced degrees in Strategic Leadership, Mechanical Engineering, and Military Operational Art and Science, his post-service career has focused on maritime defense, small business innovation, and consulting. A valedictorian from Goodwater, AL, and a decorated former college football player, Dr. Simmons founded Sixth Gear Consulting, LLC to fuse leadership principles with technology, drawing on his extensive military and engineering expertise.

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