ILA Podcast

We Have a Measurement Problem

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders

with Dr. Jimmy Parker


Scott talks with organizational transformation expert, Dr. Jimmy Parker. Scott writes, “Parker is thinking about leader development in very cool ways. You will love his creativity and mindset. His approach to the work is inspiring!”


“We’re ultimately trying to change leadership behavior. And if you want behavior change that sticks, you often have to change the mindsets that drive that behavior: whether those mindsets are outdated leadership paradigms, unrealistic expectations about yourself or others, or just plain false assumptions.”

“The weekly Do-Discuss-Document cycle: Do a bite-sized developmental activity on the job, discuss it in your peer group that week, and document key insights and lessons learned.”

“This ‘knowing-doing gap,’ or the difficulty us humans seem to have in actually doing what we know we should, both frustrated and fascinated me.”

About Dr. Jimmy Parker

Dr. Jimmy Parker advises executives leading unprecedented transformations in large organizations. He has led over 100 transformation initiatives in multiple Fortune 50 companies and several industries (technology, healthcare, energy, retail, and the public sector). In his 30 years of transformation work, his innovative techniques have minimized the time, cost, and effort required to create true transformation that sticks. A lifelong student of the craft, he has studied over 5,000 titles on transforming leaders, teams, and entire organizations. Jimmy is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served 11 years as a Marine Corps pilot, and led agile software teams before earning a masters in organizational development and Ph.D. in developmental psychology applied to org transformation.

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. Phronesis is the official podcast of the International Leadership Association.