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The Maverick Show with Matt Bowles

Apr 7, 2019

Dr. Laura Gallaher shares her path to becoming an organizational psychologist, then an entrepreneur, and finally a nomad traveling the world with her executive assistant and running her business remotely. She explains how she got hired by NASA early in her career to help change the cultural influences that were deemed to play a role in the Space Shuttle Colombia explosion. She shares what those 8 years were like behind the scenes at Kennedy Space Station and how she was able to positively influence culture, develop leadership capacity, and improve organizational performance. She explains how she was later hired by Walt Disney and helped manage the radical changes in their performance management process and philosophy. She then talks about founding her own business, Gallaher Edge, which helps business leaders create cultures of accountability and grow from the inside out. She shares actionable tips and advice for business leaders about the importance of open, honest communication, creating cultures of accountability, team cohesion, “radical collaboration” and why there needs to be a serious revamping of “performance management” to re-focus on ‘coaching’ instead of ‘judging’. She also opens up about her personal entrepreneurial journey, the setbacks she experienced, and how she ultimately built a thriving consulting business. She then shares her nomading experiences and explains how she decided to travel the world with her executive assistant. She opens up about the challenges of trying to run her business remotely, but also the unique business developments that the remote work environment inspired her to create, the personal growth she experienced, and the evolution of her concept of “home”. Full Show Notes at