New Strategic Minds Podcast on Strategic Leadership
What does it take to lead organizations through change and innovation? Tune in to our latest episode of the Strategic Minds podcast where I chat with Christie Tarantino-Dean, CEO of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) about how she thinks, plans, and leads strategically. With over 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, Christie shares her wisdom on building key relationships and leading with vision.

Key Insights from Christie:
“I’ve actually started blocking a whole week a quarter to be able to think more. I’m always thinking about the future, but really having dedicated uninterrupted time to think.”

“If you’re not upsetting about 20 percent of your membership, you’re probably not doing enough to advance the organization into the future.”

“We’ve worked on constructive dissent, people saying what they really think in the meeting and being comfortable with that so that we don’t have the, “Well, I knew that was going to be a bad idea,” later on. But at the end of the day, someone has to own it and you’re not going to get everybody 100%–maybe you can get 80% of the way there and then you can assess whether it was the right decision and adjust along the way.”

“At the end of the day, it is impossible to make everybody happy. And so, we try to focus on the good of the whole and really understanding how we can have the biggest impact and that is focusing what we do.”

“Reaching our vision and mission as an organization means we need to continually change and evolve in order to serve. And if we really want to make that impact, the status quo is going to move you along that road to irrelevance really quickly.”

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