Obed Louissaint

There's one leadership skill that determines how focused and motivated you and your team become. Without it, teams get distracted, off task, and burnout.

I host Obed Louissaint, SVP of Transformation and Culture at IBMwhere he defines this ledership skill and shares a powerful strategy for how to define success.

Obed leads the areas of Leadership, Learning, Diversity & Inclusion and Transformation for IBM. He is responsible for reinventing people systems and culture to enable innovations to the marketplace, ensure IBM clients succeed, and identify new areas for growth.

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  • Why he chose to transition from investment banking into HR.
  • His personal process for defining success and the impact it’s made.
  • Two moments he needed to redefine success.
  • The worst leadership advice he’s heard.
  • The one trait he’d instill in every employee.
  • How you craft the business case for diversity.
  • The moment he decided to take on a newly created role at IBM.
  • Three principles and six words that guide his career.


Chapter Five: Define Sucess for Yourself from DO-IT

How Do You Define Success? article on Psychology Today

Success is Subjective: Here's How to Define it for Yourself article on Minutes


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