Wouldn’t you like to become a world traveler with audiences gathering to hear your every thought? How about if you ran a few large industrial companies at the same time? All while building a leading world-wide consulting practice? Today’s guest is all that and he’s here to tell his story on how leadership in thought and action makes the difference.
“An employee who thinks his education is finished is finished.”
About our Guest
Chris Mason founded the Mindshop Network in 1994 and over the last 20 years has seen it continue to grow and attract around 1,000 of the world’s leading consultants, business advisors, and business leaders to its ever expanding global network. As Chairman of the Mindshop Group of Companies, Chris’ role involves coaching the senior people within the Mindshop Network, co-ordinating Mindshop’s strategic direction and the development of business improvement tools and processes. Chris is a Director of a number of companies covering the HVAC, consulting and IT industry sectors and these organizations range from 12 to 600 employees in size.
In the early days of running his own consulting business Chris provided consulting services to a wide range of organisations such as AMCOR, Pilkington, Robert Bosch, Hella, Nissan and the BBC. As a strategic planner he was licensed by the Australian Government to deliver their various Export Development and Business Improvement programs. In July 1996 he expanded the Mindshop Group into the United Kingdom and North America through his strong relationships with many of the middle tier global Accounting Networks.
“Intentions has nothing to do with change success.
There’s three things that do.
– The change readiness
– The capability of the organization and the people
– And the belief system of the people.”
Chris has worked in large corporations as well as founding his own business. His background in human resources and high technology industries has assisted in developing his skills and interest in areas such as strategy and international trade. He has a PhD in Organizational and Industrial Psychology, a Bachelor of Business degree, is a member of the American Psychological Association, and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants.
Chris is also very active in developing and running programs for Mindshop’s Charitable Trust, Mindshop Excellence and he is currently a board member and past Chairman of the Trust. The Trust’s programs coach young people in the Mindshop tools and processes and enable them to apply this knowledge in a business environment.
“As a global business person we need to develop more empathy and do more listening than talking.”
About our Co-Host
Wayne R. Pinnell assumed the role of managing partner at Haskell & White LLP in 2004, following eight years as a partner in the Firm’s Audit and Business Advisory Services Group. As managing partner, Wayne oversees the overall strategic direction and operations of the Firm, while continuing to serve clients in his role as an audit partner.
Before joining Haskell & White in 1995, Wayne spent more than 10 years at BDO Seidman, LLP, rising to the level of partner prior to his departure. He has experience in a wide variety of industries, including technology, life science, manufacturing, wholesale distribution, retail, real estate, nonprofit and specialized services.
Wayne’s clients have included both publicly traded and privately held firms, ranging in size from small, family-owned businesses to corporations with revenues in excess of $400 million annually. He has assisted clients with initial public offerings and the periodic reporting requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission; private finance and merger/acquisition transactions; and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Wayne has also consulted with a number of companies on their general business operations including workflow, waste reduction, strategy, and growth/profit initiatives.
Wayne is a part-time faculty member at California State University, Fullerton, where he also has served periodically as an officer of the Accounting Advisory Association and is a member of the board of directors of the Center for Corporate Reporting & Governance. He is a member of the Professional Services Reserve of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and serves as a director on the boards of directors for the Orange County Sheriff’s Advisory Council, the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana, and Laura’s House.
Wayne graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.
His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA), as well as the Corporate Directors Forum (San Diego), the Forum for Corporate Directors (Orange County), San Diego Venture Group, and the Association for Corporate Growth (San Diego). Wayne also serves on the Board of Directors for our firm’s international association, The Leading Edge Alliance.
When you’re talking to a person you have to an assumption there is something interesting about that person and your job in the conversation is to find that out.
Leadership Quote: the quotes which inspire our guest
“An employee who thinks his education is finished is finished.” HR manager from a 6,000 employee firm in Adelaide, Australia
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