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Leadership Roundtable (Dr. John Austin and Pam Fox Rollin)

  • Episode #34

In this special episode, Sharon talks with two top executive coaches — Pam Fox Rollin and Dr. John Austin — about the most common challenges they hear from executives. The three likewise share their respective solutions to these obstacles.

Welcome to To Lead Is Human. This show helps listeners envision how they can uplevel their leadership and shape cultures of accountability, respect, and candor.

Dr. John Austin is an internationally recognized coach to business leaders on safety and human performance and a former professor of psychology. Pam Fox Rollin, MBA coaches executives and top teams in Silicon Valley and globally.

“So much of leadership happens in that moment when the person is right in front of you, whether it’s on Zoom or in real life.”

— Pam Fox Rollin
“The more we think in a calm space, the better we perform, the better we act, and the happier we are. And your outcomes will dramatically improve.”

— Dr. John Austin

Dr. John Austin is an internationally recognized coach to business leaders on safety and human performance. He was a professor of psychology for 15 years at Western Michigan University, where he trained masters and doctoral students, many of whom are professors themselves now.

He and his teams have coached university students and leaders in hundreds of companies in a dozen countries to deliver more than 10,000 safety, operations, and quality improvement projects that have generated millions of dollars in improvements.

Dr. Austin has consulted with organizations for 25 years to improve productivity and safety in a wide range of industries. Based on his desire to help as many people at work as possible, he founded Reaching Results in 2008. Reaching Results is a company designed to help people improve safety, leadership, and management.

Pam Fox Rollin, MBA coaches executives and top teams in Silicon Valley and globally. She also facilitates technology and healthcare organizations to succeed in strategic transformation, executive development, and culture change. Her bestselling books — Growing Groups into Teams and 42 Rules for Your New Leadership Role — are described as indispensable for leaders at all levels. Pam and her team at Altus Growth Partners work with highly capable people to take on their next round of leadership and strategic growth.

For more than 30 years, Sharon Richmond has partnered with C-level executives from mid-size and small, fast-growing companies who want to up-level their leadership and build companies they are proud of. Clients accelerate their leadership by embracing mindset and behavior changes, building self-awareness and self-management skills, and focusing on the three things all leaders must ensure: focus, energy and delivery.

Sharon’s purpose as an executive coach is to help leaders 10X their impact by leveraging the power afforded by their roles to build organizations that are forces for good, both economically and socially. She also advises CEOs on shaping organization culture and leading change.

Sharon has also taught leaders at Stanford GSB, Stanford School of Medicine, and the University of San Francisco to increase their influence, better manage conflict, and build aligned,  high-performing teams.

To see a list of Sharon’s clients, please visit

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Sharon’s website:
Pam’s website:
Pam’s LinkedIn:
Dr. Austin’s website:
Dr. Austin’s LinkedIn:

Host: Sharon Richmond
Producer: Cynthia Lamb
Assembled by: Melissa Deal
Audio Editor: Marvin del Rosario
Executive Producer: Danny Iny
Music Soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

Music credits:
Track Title: Escaping Light
Artist: Aaron Sprinkle
Writer: Aaron Sprinkle

Track Title: Bright Future
Artist: Be Still The Earth
Writer: Marshall Usinger

Special effects credits:
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To Lead Is Human

Every business leader has a huge impact on their organization. In this podcast, Sharon Richmond interviews successful leaders who have turned personal growth into tangible business outcomes. They discuss overcoming challenges, lessons learned and what helps them make a positive impact in their organization. Sharon offers insight and advice to help listeners envision how they can supercharge their own leadership by blending the art and science of leading with intention.