A conversation with Sarah Elkins

I had the pleasure of having a conversation with Sarah Elkins, a podcaster that focuses on storytelling to get your information out. Much of our discussion was about managing people on the UW campus, lifelong learning, and also about the history of the Campus Supervisors Network, a community of practice that I chair at the UW-Madison.

Sarah’s intro to the podcast:

It’s always bittersweet when I get to interview a leader I’d want to have worked for. There have been so few real leaders in my professional life; only two, in all of my years in the working world, ever really mentored me to bring out my best.

When I interview someone like Rich Gassen, I’m inspired and relieved at the same time. Inspired by his humility and curiosity, and relieved to know he’s leading people and building their opportunities and motivation.

My question for you is: Are you the kind of leader people want to follow? Are you the kind of leader who knows you always have something to learn? Are you the kind of leader who grows your employees to reach their potential, even if it means you’re likely to lose them to a promotion?”




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