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Leadership podcast: Barry Jentz talks about discrepancies

Reflecting on 50 years of helping leaders see the blind spots that hold them back

Last June, as it became clear that 2020 would be a year like no other, Kenning Partner Mark Ledden started a conversation with his friend and mentor Barry Jentz. Barry, the founder of Learning & Leadership, Inc., is a coach, leadership consultant, and author of the book Talk Sense.

Over the course of his 50-year career, Barry has explored the way our brains are hardwired to treat people as if they are problems. As a result, even seasoned, talented people can become locked into simplistic black-and-white thinking when under stress.

The good news is that it is possible to cultivate a more complex mindset, and the transformation begins with recognizing discrepancies. In this ten-minute excerpt, Barry talks about what discrepant moments are, how he became interested in them, and how they can serve as a gateway for growth. He also explains why he insists on video recording the people he works with.

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