Hello, and welcome to the Leadership Done Right Podcast, Episode 26: Learning the Human Side of Organizations with Duke Okes.
Get to Know Duke
Our guest today is a knowledge architect specializing in quality management. He has been in private practice since 1985 working with organizations in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, Asia and the EU. He was formerly a quality professional in TRW’s automotive sector.
He was elected Fellow of the American Society for Quality and holds degrees in technology, business, and education, and completed doctoral coursework in applied management and decision sciences.
Duke has served as an adjunct university faculty member teaching statistics and management research. He is also a graduate of the international program in the Gestalt approach to organization and system development.
Duke the Author
He is the author of three books and more than 60 articles on quality management topics, and is a frequent speaker for professional and trade audiences.
He conducts seminars for a variety of professional societies, training organizations and universities, and has served as an examiner for the Tennessee Performance Excellence award. He has also worked as a volunteer SCORE counselor to small business.
My Connection To Duke
I had the privilege of attending one of his classes on root cause analysis and it was evident that he is very talented, knowledgeable, and a leader in his field. Our guest today is Duke Okes. Duke, welcome to the show!
Leadership is Influence
Duke’s lifelong desire has always been to find out how things work. He accomplishes that by studying, reading, and learning. “I am always fascinated with learning. Always doing this since I was a kid. I’ve been taking things apart, trying to figure out how things work. Obviously when you get into leadership it’s more complex, because people are not nearly as predictable as the laws of physics.”
His desire to learn how things work transitioned into learning more about leadership to influence others. He had to learn leadership skills to effectively influence others with his technical skills. [Read more…] about Podcast Episode #26 — Learning the Human Side of Organizations with Duke Okes