Just put yourself in the situation where you are enjoying your Sunday and out of nowhere you get a call. You are now, without warning, the leader of a multi-million dollar organization with very high visibility and thousands of stakeholders. The prior CEO died in an accident, and you must step into his shoes. You start now. No transition time. Your new team is in shock and you lost a friend.
That’s what happened to today’s guest. We’re talking about leadership when it’s thrust upon you without warning.
Tyler tells several stories in leadership adventures when charged with a dramatic change in the life of an organization.
She dives deep into practical steps and ideas for assuming sudden leadership roles. This interview is well worth your time.
“Even if you don’t feel certain, your job is to create a safety space and certainty. Even if the certainty is ‘We will get through this. We don’t know how yet, but we will get through this.’”
During Tyler Orion’s career in technology business development, defense conversion, manufacturing process improvement, public policy and business incubation, she has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs to define and launch their companies. In addition, she has enabled several major educational organizations, including the San Diego Regional Technology Alliance and CONNECT, to produce critical program content which has allowed them to serve thousands of new and emerging enterprises.
Tyler holds an MBA in Health Services Management. Having retired in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer of CONNECT, she currently serves on several boards including the CONNECT Foundation and Association Boards, the MIT Enterprise Forum Executive Committee and the CDC Small Business Finance Board and Executive Committee. Tyler has written and spoken extensively on issues relating to technology entrepreneurship.
“He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In!
From the poem ” Outwitted”
― Edwin Markham
“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”
― Stephen R. Covey
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