Like everyone the space between holiday celebrations and New Years brings a moment to reflect with gratitude on what transpired, what was accomplished and what lies ahead in the world of evolving human consciousness in business. A glance at the kinds of decisions made, the division and polarization that conceals areas where business are transforming, albeit often reluctantly, and leaders who are buried beneath the ranks of management shine light on the path.

The Inspirational Insights podcast that I started in October of 2016 benefited from insights emanating from agile, leadership, global challenges, complexity, the nature of wicked problems, self-management, business sustainability, human potential, organizational design and decision-making.

Quite a mixed bag I know but it reflects how my mind works and how serendipitous events present interesting people doing interesting things to help restore human to human connection in all contexts while benefiting customers, society and the wider world. I arranged these by theme and did not include the ones I did which cover global challenges, wicked problems and expanding human consciousness through homelessness/adversity.

The Inspirational Insights Podcast
The Inspirational Insights #podcast is found here:

The 2018 episodes come from:
Agile, Agile Leadership – Agility
Counterintuitive Insights into Why Agile Reduces Risk with Nancy Van Schoederwert and Brian Shoemaker

Increasing Quality Skills and Collaboration Through Mob Programming- The Clearlink Experience (recorded when I was in Boston delivering a workshop at the Mob Programming Conference. With Torrey Powell, Nate Wixom and Charlie King of Clearlink.

Steps CEOs can take to boost agility with Dave West:

Participatory Governance and Self-Management
Making the shift from the expensive, slow to respond traditional centralized decision-making to an approach that provides more agility also requires greater awareness, consciousness skills and depth perception plus vision.
Beyond Budgeting with Franz Roosli: Beyond Budgeting Round Table

It All Starts with Autonomy with Laurent Ledoux

Implementing Holocracy with Dennis Wittrock

The Importance of Paying Attention to Culture with Josh Levine

Business Being Better: Humans Being Better for and in the World
BusinessInnovators from Aim2Flourish and Claire Sommers

The Imaginal Cells with Kim Polman

What can Pigeons Teach Us about Human Networking with Andras Viscek [Note: with the abundance of disengaged employees there are people leading internally who are capable of supporting larger scale initiatives. In this episode we learn what we can learn from how networks function so that we can do it better in companies.]

The Purpose of Inner Work to Scale Startups with Susan Basterfield

Wicked Problems, Youth Initiative and Social Entrepreneurship
Wicked Problems and Conscious DecisionMaking

AI, Ethics and Governance with Robbie Stamp [Note: Robbie and I had a chance to talk about the critically important conversation around how AI is adapted, what it means to decision makers. This episode points to the demand for evolving human consciousness to meet up with the challenges in order to see with clarity what decisions and dialogue are required.]

Global Challenges with Dawna Jones
Yes, it is me. Working to contribute to bringing a shift in perspective and in strategy for how we collectively inspire and solve complex issues globally.

This is where I met impACT, Saji Prelis and Battle4Humanity coming up next.

The Power of Startups
Social Entrepreneurship Driving Social Change on Complex Issues – Conflict and Post Conflict with Nicole Bogott, Tobias Straube and Matiullah Rahmaty

How Young Entrepreneurs are Rebuilding Afganistan’s Economy

Startup Innovation in Challenging Conditions with Anurag Maloo

Something I care about a LOT and see much potential in.. the intersection between hope, youth and creative initiative that shows up in these two episodes.
Flipping Stories about Young People, Violence into the Truth with Saji Prelis

I truly believe technology can help us be better at being human and in solving big problems using play. Battle4Humanity with Jessica Murrey

From Hierarchy to High Performance
hierarchy to high performance
With co-authors Doug Kirkpatrick, Josh Levine, Bill Sanders, Ozlem Brooke Erol, Anna McGrath, Sue Bingham we published From Hierarchy to High Performance in August, 2018. Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble. Naturally.

It’s been a great year of speaking and workshopping in Boston, Vancouver, and Stockholm. Personally, I’ve had the opportunity to remember how comfortable I am with thorny issues that run from the grassroots to surface as a global risk/challenge. I’ve been reminded of the limits of linear thinking in solving those wicked problems which inspired me to refocus on my tech-based solutions to replacing stigma with empathy and for reigniting and expanding self-efficacy in a world where unethical decisions are rewarded with fear and relinquishing control. That leads me to 2019.

Looking Ahead to 2019
If 2018 was the year of sharpening contrast between humans stepping up or resorting to violence then 2019 is a defining year for business and true leaders to step forward and make the leap into a deeper level of human potential. One that uses adversity to advantage. I hinted at that in my two episodes on 9 Years of Homelessness and Sticking True to Purpose on the podcast.

The blog and podcast went on hiatus while I filled out more spreadsheets than my brain can handle in an effort to secure pre-seed funding for one out of two tech prototypes. Going forward I commit to more regular communication. Wishing each and every reader the very best for 2019. It is time for us all to step forward and stand for ethical, caring connection to all people. Civilization depends on it. So does life on our planet.

Business leadership is critically important to recognize and accept responsibility for doing things differently, seeing reality through diverse lenses in order to make better decisions and realize profit for all.

Dawna Jones
Chief Provocateur
Provocateur Leadership


The global and business issues we face today require full employee engagement and a different thinking. Dawna loves to work collaboratively to evolve and transform workplaces to be more ‘fit’, agile and inspiring. By shifting perspective to expose the invisible elements creating routine results, clients gain the strength and clarity needed to remove barriers to growth. Intelligent and intuitive insights strengthen leadership capacity to use complexity fluently and grow beyond the limitations of profit to achieve greater prosperity and value. To activate a quantum leap in leadership, Dawna started the Evolutionary Provocateur podcast in 2008. Author of Decision Making for Dummies, a speaker and a tad nomadic, Dawna is currently working on using Virtual and Augmented Reality to accelerate business culture change and human potential. An original thinker, she brings personal experience with resilience and transformation to her leadership.


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