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7 Questions on Leadership with Mike Rochelle

Name: Mike Rochelle

Title: Chief Learning Officer

Organisation: Mike Rochelle and Associates, LLC.

I’ve dedicated my life to helping leaders at all levels result in life at work, at school, and in their community, through human and digital transformation services and solutions. Below are my services and brands! How can I help you grow?

Mike Rochelle and Associates, www.MRAA.Solutions, helps leaders insert human and digital transformation processes, technology, culture, and leadership capabilities into their companies through management consulting, learning experiences, and systems development designed to maximize value and results.

Leadership, an MRAA digital / broadcast service, helps individuals and customer teams enjoy online, self-directed agile growth and results by becoming strong, purpose-led, trustworthy, harmonious, and results-oriented players in work and life, literally Growing the Next Version of You daily! Dozens of Fortune 100 – Mid-sized firms and over 3,800 souls served!

The Leadership Growing the Next Version of You Show, premiering in broadcasts on YouTube, Spotify, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and every other Thursday highlights dialogue among leaders as a public service. These leaders demonstrate the fruit of classical virtues, a Rosetta Stone for culture, shared by all people groups. These conversations replace Leadership Forum guest speakers from Mike’s legacy learning forums for online students and highlight leadership super (super) skills.

Joyfully Yours, Mike


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Mike’s Gallup Strengths Statement --

I’m a strategic influencer who collects meaningful relationships, actionable philosophies, and methods to help people and organizations refine their purpose through people and process for exponential results growth! My core belief in people and their potential helps me excite others to use their strengths, learning, and experiences to improve their work and life results.”

Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!

I hope Mike's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Jonno White

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

To lead others authentically while integrating the eight arenas of the “Good Life” internally and externally while not falling back to my own drum beat of maximization at all speed and all costs.

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

Because of my strengths and unbound energy, passion and desire to help, I inadvertently lead by influence and am typically asked into leadership formally by friends, coworkers, bosses and community groups. As a connector I easily see gaps and step into them courageously. At my first corporate role at CBRE I was a systems manager for an office in Southern California, quickly modeled an approach for the regional and became Director of Systems for the National Corporate Services President, Heisman Trophy Winner Gary Beban within 6 months.

I was the youngest corporate VP at 32 and my systems and product services helped us grow that business from $40m to $400m in five years before I left to go into CRM Strategy Consulting. In another story within that story, I attended a 9 month leadership program by the Dick Dooley Group. Within 3 months I found I had, ‘come home,’ and was asked by the facilitator to assist him the following year.

I have been providing leadership development programs for the past 24 years, having served nearly 4,000 individuals in mid to Fortune 100 companies, including Microsoft, Time Warner Cable, AT&T, DirecTV, Jacobs Engineering, Carollo Engineering and many others.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

I’m up prior to the sunrise each day and meditate/pray during sunrise and workout in those formative hours of the day. I fast until noon, eat a sensible Palio diet and schedule the remainder of the time until 5 or 6 and eat with my family or clients, depending if I’m facilitating or home. I’m likely in bed at sunset though I may catch a show before sleeping 6-8 hours. This keeps me in peak fitness / mental acuity and spiritually joyful!

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

Your perspective is one of many. Before you hit send, make sure you consider your partners (business of life) perspective and adjust your actions appropriately.

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankle taught me that mindset is everything. Nieche is quoted as saying ‘He who has a reason why, can live with any how.’ and Frankle goes on to throw that it is true and that his meaning therapy, logo therapy, is a valid tool for whatever ails a person. I extend that to organizations and help people find meaning in themselves, their work, their family, company and community!

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

As Covey taught us, seek first to understand rather than be understood!

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

I once facilitated a cross functional group of product managers and development managers. Two of the VPs from those seperate organizations hadn’t spoken kindly to one another in years. Having some 1:1 interviews with each privately, I understood their positions all to well. In the middle of a session with about 20 executives and the sponsors of the workshop, I saw a path forward. I called a break and asked the execs to join me on a walk.

I told them what I panned to do and both my repeat customer, the CTO, and his peer over Product said it was doomed to fail. I pressed on. I had developed a deep reservoir of trust with both individuals and asked them both, in session with all the other execs, wether they trusted me to share some of the insights I’d gained from both their private interviews in order to build a bridge we could go over together to resolve the impasse.

She and He both slowly agreed.I no longer remember the particulars, but then and there, they courageously buried the hatchet and agreed to work together, they then shook hands or hugged, I don’t remember, but the individual then the group dynamic was healed and the rest of the group settled into problem solving!

Due to travel and budget issues the remained of the program fizzled, so I never knew if it had really taken. Ten years later, I met with one of those execs for lunch to catch up. Not only did it work, but those two are still friends to this day, even though they moved on to new companies and challenges. Trust is the most necessary, and least available of virtues. Earning it is hard, losing it is instant! Great leaders who can help others trust each other and their organizations will win in any industry in any culture! 🤠❤️🙏🏼

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