Enhancing Collaboration Between Leaders & Direct Reports – Featuring Dr. George Graen, Dr. Robert Roncska, and Mike Graen


Join Steve Blair for another conversation in his series, focusing on the roles of leadership and culture in transforming organizational performance.

For this conversation, Steve will host Dr. George Graen, Dr. Robert Roncska, and Mike Graen for a discussion about enhancing collaboration between leaders and direct reports.


About Dr. George Graen
Dr. George Graen received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1967.  Since then he has led research and taught at the Universities of Cincinnati, Illinois, and Louisiana.   Organizational leadership is his passion and his life’s work.


About Robert Roncska
Leading with more than 27 years of experience in driving large-scale clinical, government, and military operations, Dr. Roncksa is a visionary executive with a proven track record of implementing leadership methodologies and research-based approaches to improve organizational quality practices and a culture of safety for patients and employees.

With a combination of proven day-to-day production, tested leadership ability, and complex decision-making experience, he is skilled in fostering a culture of excellence, overseeing all aspects of safety, quality, and efficiency while ensuring profitability and customer value.

Dr. Roncksa is certified in high reliability processes and professional patient safety, and committed to driving positive change and producing quantifiable, impactful results.


About Mike Graen
With 40 years of experience working for Procter & Gamble, Walmart, and CROSSMARK, Mike Graen has seen the retail industry from every conceivable angle. From helping develop what would become Retail Link to investigating and leveraging the potential of shelf-scanning robots and RFID tech in stores, Graen has made a career out of using technology to solve business problems.


About Steve Blair
Steve is a proven people and culture leader with a unique combination of commercial, entrepreneurial, organizational, and talent development skills and experiences across the spectrum from a global Fortune 50 company to a hyper growth mid-market start up, and a few in-between.

Among his many accomplishments is stewarding the culture at The Harvest Group, recognized as Entrepreneur magazine’s Top Company Culture and Forbes magazine’s Small Giants, while spending multiple years on Inc. magazine’s Best Places to Work list.

Steve currently serves as Chief People Officer for Island Ventures supporting their portfolio of companies.


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