ILA Podcast

Practice as a Way of Being

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders

with Dr. Dave Fearon


Podcasts can systematize your learning, introduce you to the next book on your list and introduce you to phrases that stick. Scott and David Fearon discuss David’s podcast with and for Peter Vaill as well as some film and TV with valuable leadership lessons.

Quotes From This Episode

“So imagine now the wonderful journey someone’s making – assuming they’re continuing to get better, no matter what the conditions, the payoff is your practice. And it will take you into a context and land you in a moment in time.”

“I think leadership is summoned…and it’s summoned by genuine question.”

About Dr. Dave Fearon

Practice is Dr. Dave Fearon’s way of being.

His practice?  Irrepressible Teaching. Before, during, and after the 50+ years, he was a professor. His subject?  You; and why your practice matters to him, to everyone, and, of course, to you. His medium?  Wherever and to whomever digital takes him.

Accordingly, his new digital-first book with the late, highly regarded Leadership thinker Peter B. Vaill is titled: Practice as a Way of Being: Peter Vaill’s Conjectures on Why Your Practice Matters.

His long-running podcast that Dave originated with Peter is called Practice?

“Irrepressible” because six years ago, David S. Fearon, Emeritus Professor of Management & Organizational Behavior, Central Connecticut State University, capped off 55 years as a successful Management Educator, practicing leadership in how he taught and how he served colleges and communities as dean and professor.

Retired, Dave tried leisure, taking up golf and offering the occasional workshop, but he could not stop being a teacher. So, when the call came from Peter, his own most revered teacher, inviting a chance to draw attention to Practice as a tantalizingly under-taught but universally important question, Dave gave up the leisure (but not the golf).

Now Practice is Dave’s practice, and it’s all about You.

Host Scott J. Allen

Scott Allen

Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. He is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. He is also a communications coach, consultant, author, podcast host, and entrepreneur. For almost two decades, he’s worked with clients to improve their leadership and communication skills. Learn more about Scott here.

About Phronesis

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live.