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Aspects of Growth
Embracing Diversity
and Inclusion in the
Workplace
VOL 10 I ISSUE 11 I 2023
Leading with Purpose
How Transforma onal
Leadership Creates a
Meaningful Impact?
Leadership
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It is about making
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he business world is constantly changing;
Tbusiness leaders are adapting to new challenges
and opportunities. They are flexible and open to
new ideas and are willing to pivot their strategy when
necessary. In the dynamic business arena, an inspiring
leader is true to themselves and their values. They are
honest and transparent with their team and are able to
build trust through their authenticity. A leader who is
empathetic and understands the needs of their team
can create a positive and supportive work environment.
A successful business leader is often the driving force
behind a company's growth and success. A leader
possesses various traits that create a difference from
the rest and can motivate and inspire their team to
reach new heights. An inspiring business leader has a
clear and compelling vision for their company's future.
They are able to articulate this vision in a way that
motivates their team and creates a sense of purpose.
A leader who is passionate about their work can inspire
others to share that passion. They are enthusiastic
about their company's mission and are willing to go
above and beyond to achieve their goals. An excellent
business leader is able to make tough decisions quickly
and confidently. They weigh the pros and cons of each
option and make a choice based on what is best for the
company.
They listen to their employees and are able to address
their concerns in a thoughtful and compassionate way.
Building a successful company is not without its
challenges, and an inspiring leader is able to bounce
back from setbacks and keep moving forward. They are
tenacious and persistent in the face of adversity. A
business leader possesses a combination of vision,
passion, decisiveness, adaptability, authenticity,
empathy, and resilience. These traits enable them to
lead their team to success and create a positive impact
on the world.
Spotlighting these charismas and their odyssey of
excellence, the latest edition of CIOLook, “Most
Influential Business Leaders Revamping The Future
2023,” features the personalities who are making a
positive difference in their respective industries in
2023.
These inspiring leaders are not only successful in their
businesses but also lead with purpose and have a
significant impact on their communities and the world.
Flip through the pages and indulge in this saga of
brilliance.
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About
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An Adept Business Leader:
The Story of Carlos Dew
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ounder of Valuu AI, Ryan Purvis's remarkable
F25-year journey as a business leader has been a
multi-faceted and transformative experience.
Throughout his career, Ryan has navigated the complex
landscape of the industry from various vantage points,
gaining invaluable insights along the way.
Ryan's professional voyage commenced on the vendor
side, where he spent nearly a decade collaborating
closely with partners. During this phase, Ryan also had
the opportunity to work alongside independent
software vendors, broadening his understanding of the
intricate web of business relationships.
A pivotal transition took place when Ryan shifted to the
client side, a move that provided him with a holistic
perspective encompassing all three facets of the
business landscape—vendor, client, and independent
software vendor. This unique viewpoint became a
cornerstone of his approach to leadership.
Central to Ryan's career has been an unwavering
commitment to delivering value. He has consistently
delved into the "why," "how," and "when" behind every
endeavor, striving to drive positive outcomes. While he
may have initially been known for his directness, he has
evolved into a well-rounded, results-oriented leader.
Ryan's dedication to value creation culminated in the
development of Valuu, a venture he nurtured for an
entire year. Valuu's primary mission is to empower
customers to make informed decisions—deciding what
actions to take, when to take them, and the value these
actions yield. Over the years, Ryan and his team have
refined their methodology, rigorously testing it in
diverse projects. This methodology has now evolved
into an adaptable, repeatable system with the potential
to revolutionize the industry.
One enduring challenge that has marked Ryan's career
is the question of scalability. While he has consistently
demonstrated efficiency and effectiveness in getting
things done, the challenge has always been how to scale
these impactful solutions. How can these solutions be
delivered to multiple clients simultaneously without
perpetual personal involvement?
Today, Ryan stands as a seasoned business leader with a
wealth of experience and a transformative methodology
that promises to leave an indelible mark on the industry!
Empowering Individuals
Valuu is guided by a distinct mission and vision that
drives its purpose. The company's mission is centered
on empowering individuals through its unique
methodology and product. Valuu is dedicated to making
this approach accessible and easy to understand,
providing a step-by-step process called ValuuMax to
help individuals achieve maximum value. The
company's vision extends beyond the present, aiming to
enable a diverse range of individuals to effectively
implement its approach in the future.
To ensure a seamless transition across generations
while upholding its values and vision, Valuu prioritizes
comprehensive training. This training equips individuals
with the knowledge and skills needed to precisely
execute the methodology, preserving the core
principles and ensuring a consistent application of the
approach throughout the organization.
A Focus on Capital Efficiency and Tangible Value
Ryan's impact on the market has primarily revolved
around capital efficiency. He has consistently helped
customers save money and mitigate potentially costly
risks. Whether it's optimizing productivity through
strategic hardware and software choices or
streamlining operations by eliminating unnecessary
expenses, his work always centers on tangible value. He
calculates and delivers this value, providing customers
with clear, measurable benefits from start to finish.
Building a Generational Enterprise
Ryan shares that Valuu leverages technological
advancements by utilizing low-code and no-code
development methods alongside various AI
applications. These approaches allow the company to
create more efficient solutions at a lower cost.
Furthermore, they enable Valuu to rapidly adapt its
products to meet customers' evolving needs in a
dynamic environment.
Ryan's long-term vision for Valuu extends beyond
short-term plans. The company is building this business
for the long haul, envisioning a future where Valuu is a
generational enterprise. The foundation laid, from
ValuuExec to training and community building, is meant
to endure over decades, possibly even involving the
next generation, like Ryan's kids working for Valuu.
Most Influential Business Leaders Revamping The Future 2023
Valuu's core mission, providing businesses with insights
into value, sequences, and crucial decision-making, is a
timeless need. Every business seeks to understand
these aspects. Looking ahead, Valuu sees its product
evolving into a vital decision-making tool, deeply
integrated into various processes. Valuu's future goals
remain firmly rooted in helping organizations make
better, informed decisions, ultimately solving their
pressing problems and delivering lasting value.
Simplicity and Action
Ryan's advice to aspiring entrepreneurs looking to
venture into the technology sector centers on
simplicity and action. First and foremost, they should
aim to keep their ideas simple. Even if the initial
concept appears complex, challenging oneself to distill
it down to its core essence is crucial. Simplicity often
paves the way for success in the tech industry. If an idea
feels overly complicated, it likely is, and simplification
can be a key to success.
One practical piece of advice often shared is inspired by
a book called "Hundred Dollar Startup." If someone has
an idea, even if it's just a seed of one, they should take
action. Investing a mere hundred dollars into creating a
basic website and launching it can go a long way in
testing the idea's viability. Putting the idea out there,
along with marketing efforts, is essential. Taking this
initial step allows for testing the waters, refining the
marketing strategy, and, most importantly, finding that
elusive "product-market fit.”
In the journey of entrepreneurship, there's always more
to be done. However, this initial step allows for testing
the waters, refining the marketing strategy, and, most
importantly, finding that elusive "product-market fit."
It's crucial to remain open to shifting the target
audience based on the feedback received.
Additionally, entrepreneurs should remember that
building a successful product or service often involves
iterations. Perfection is not expected on the first try, so
embracing an iterative approach and continually
refining and adapting the offering based on real-world
feedback is essential.
To end, when embarking on building a technology
product, ensuring that the team comprehends the
vision is vital. Surrounding oneself with individuals who
understand what they're building will greatly expedite
the development process.
Fueling Valuu's Success
Innovation lies at the heart of Valuu's culture. The
company thrives on challenging the status quo and
continuously seeks improved ways to address clients'
problems. Valuu's dedication to innovation has played a
pivotal role in its ongoing growth and success. By
reimagining and enhancing how businesses approach
decision-making and value assessment, Valuu has
established itself as an industry leader in delivering
valuable solutions that can adapt to the swiftly evolving
market landscape. For Valuu, innovation is not merely a
buzzword–it's a driving force that shapes its approach
and maintains its position at the forefront of the field.
Leadership Challenges
One of the significant challenges Ryan consistently
encounters as a leader is the battle against time
management and delegation. Time is a finite resource,
and managing it effectively is often a significant
obstacle. Delegation, while crucial, can be equally
daunting. It's not necessarily about the difficulty of the
task but the challenge of entrusting something that
exists primarily in their head to someone unfamiliar
with the intricacies.
However, Valuu's foundation has always been built on
the concept of leverage. They hire individuals for roles
even before the revenue justifies it. This strategic
approach empowers them to scale efficiently. When
they find themselves stretched thin for time, they can
take solace in knowing that there are capable
individuals already working on various aspects of the
business. It ensures that progress is ongoing, even
when they can't personally oversee every detail. This
approach allows them to be well-prepared when new
clients come on board.
Unlike a solo founder who might juggle everything
independently until securing a client and then rush to
hire, they have a team in place, ready to pick up the
work seamlessly. This approach eliminates the stress of
simultaneously bringing on new employees and clients.
Moreover, they adhere to a fundamental principle: they
use their tools. They never recommend a tool or
strategy to others unless they have firsthand
experience using it themselves. This ensures that they
provide their clients with proven, effective solutions.
While time management and delegation present
formidable challenges, Valuu's proactive approach to
hiring and their dedication to using their own tools have
been instrumental in overcoming these obstacles. It
allows them to maintain a strong sense of resilience and
adaptability as they navigate the dynamic landscape of
leadership and entrepreneurship.
Navigating the Dynamic Business Landscape with
ValuuMax and OKRs
Valuu's commitment to staying aligned with the ever-
changing business landscape while remaining true to
the company's core values is deeply ingrained in the
approach. The company has designed ValuuMax with
adaptability in mind. It is not just a static solution but a
dynamic one that can scale to meet increased demand
and adapt to shifting priorities.
One of the key strategies for achieving this alignment is
the use of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). OKRs
serve as a powerful tool for ensuring that the entire
organization, from top to bottom, remains aligned with
the company's core values and objectives. They provide
a framework for setting clear goals and measurable
outcomes, helping prioritize and adapt to changing
circumstances.
As the company evolves, its commitment to delivering
value and helping businesses make informed decisions
will remain steadfast. The company recognizes that the
business landscape is dynamic, and customer needs
evolve. The approach ensures that the company can
flexibly respond to these changes while remaining true
to its core mission. This dedication to adaptability and
alignment through ValuuMax and OKRs will continue
to be integral to the company's success in meeting the
demands of the ever-changing business landscape.
Don’t worry
about failure;
you only have
to be right
once.
-Drew Houston
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An Adept Business
Leader: The Story
of Carlos Dew
arlos Dew is the Founder and CEO of
CSuperbad Inc., a salubrious cannabis lifestyle
and brand of the culture. Superbad Inc. is
headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA and offers a
collection of proprietary cannabis cultivars,
products, and accessories.
Dew founded a company dedicated to the
manufacture, research, cultivation, processing, and
distribution of the highest quality medical cannabis.
Carlos notes that medical marijuana rebalances you
in the correct way. It puts you back in harmony with
your nervous system and is a natural anti-
inflammatory. He attended Long Beach State, and he
held the position as President of Impact Sports.
As a business mogul and cannabis industry
trailblazer, Carlos has non-stop industry dedication,
from the consumer to the cultivator to lack of
equitable brand representation. Carlos is constantly
innovating, driven by artistry and technology; he is
committed to building the 'superbad' brand here in
the States and internationally. As a cannabis mogul,
he is credited with the creation of multiple
companies, including a 501(c)(3) charitable
organization, ROOTED IN COMMUNITY, and DEW
FARMS LLC, a family-owned Urban Ag Farm, sbi
Media Group, a media component and sbi Angel
Syndicate, a V C firm which specifically was founded
to assist cannabis startups with seed money, all while
actively participating in the cannabis trade market in
multiple states.
It is especially important for Carlos to empower
others who are interested in entrepreneurial
ownership in the cannabis industry; that is why
he also founded a cannabis educational program,
"Cannabizness 101," for returning citizens and
at-risk youths in underserved communities. It
was extremely imperative that he fill a void by
creating the Angel Syndicate for early-stage
minority cannabis companies to invest in them
and work with them to help them succeed. The
'superbad' CEO feels that it is his responsibility
to give back to the community by empowering
men and women with knowledge, resources, and
capital to take their place in an industry that was
built on the pains of Black and Brown
communities.
This San Bernardino native is at the head of the game
in this booming industry. "I am going to make sure,"
states Dew, "that I continue to remain ahead of the
game technically and with the research we are doing
while making sure that I am more advanced than
everyone else." I intend to produce the Almas Caviar of
medical cannabis. There are so many variables to the
business it will continue to be a budding industry with
growing competition, but competition is healthy.
One of Carlos's favorite quotes reads: "If your
actions inspire others to dream more, learn
more, do more and become more, you are a
LEADER.”
· John Quincy Adams
CXO
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Embracing
Diversity and
Inclusion
inthe
Workplace
Aspects of Growth
n today's globalized world, diversity and inclusion have become
Imore than just buzzwords; they are essential components of a
thriving workplace. Embracing diversity means acknowledging
and valuing the differences that employees bring to the table,
including race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion,
and abilities. Inclusion, on the other hand, involves creating an
environment where everyone feels welcome, respected, and
empowered to contribute their unique perspectives and ideas.
This article explores the significance of diversity and inclusion in the
workplace and highlights the numerous benefits they bring to both
employees and organizations.
Fostering Creativity and Innovation
A diverse and inclusive workplace cultivates an environment
where employees from different backgrounds and experiences can
collaborate and exchange ideas freely. This diversity of thought
sparks creativity and innovation, as individuals bring unique
problem-solving approaches and perspectives to the table. When
people feel valued and heard, they are more likely to share their
creative insights, leading to breakthroughs and enhanced business
strategies.
Attracting and Retaining Top Talent
Companies that prioritize diversity and inclusion attract a broader
talent pool of skilled individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Talented candidates are more likely to choose an organization that
embraces inclusivity, as it signals a supportive and progressive
work environment. Moreover, once hired, employees are more
likely to stay with a company that values their contributions,
leading to increased employee retention and reduced turnover
costs.
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Improving Decision-Making
Diverse teams offer a range of perspectives and experiences, leading to more informed and comprehensive
decision-making processes. When individuals with varied backgrounds come together, they bring a wide
array of insights, reducing the risk of groupthink and promoting critical analysis. Inclusive decision-making
ensures that all voices are heard, and decisions are more reflective of the organization's diverse
stakeholders.
Enhancing Employee Engagement and Productivity
Inclusive workplaces foster a sense of belonging and psychological safety among employees. When
individuals feel accepted and valued for who they are, they are more likely to be engaged and committed to
their work. Engaged employees are more productive, collaborate better with their colleagues, and
demonstrate higher levels of loyalty to the organization.
Connecting with a Diverse Customer Base
Diverse teams are better equipped to understand and connect with a diverse customer base. Customers
from different backgrounds are more likely to resonate with companies that prioritize diversity and
inclusion. As businesses become more representative of their customers, they can tailor their products and
services to meet diverse needs effectively.
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biases that may exist within their workforce. Training
and education on unconscious bias can create a more
inclusive workplace where all employees are treated
fairly and respectfully, regardless of their background.
Embracing diversity and inclusion in the workplace is
not just a moral imperative; it is a strategic advantage
that drives innovation, fosters creativity, and improves
overall business performance. A diverse and inclusive
workforce promotes employee engagement, enhances
decision-making, and strengthens an organization's
brand reputation. By creating an environment where
all employees feel valued and empowered to
contribute, businesses can unlock the full potential of
their workforce and build a sustainable, competitive
advantage in today's diverse and interconnected
world.
Strengthening Brand Reputation
A commitment to diversity and inclusion enhances a
company's brand reputation. In today's socially
conscious world, consumers and stakeholders value
organizations that actively promote fairness and
inclusivity. A positive reputation as an inclusive
employer can lead to increased customer loyalty, brand
trust, and positive media coverage.
Promoting Global Competence
For companies with a global presence, embracing
diversity and inclusion is crucial for success in
international markets. Cultural competency is essential
for navigating diverse market landscapes and building
strong relationships with customers, partners, and
employees worldwide. An inclusive workplace fosters
an understanding and appreciation of different
cultures, making businesses more adaptable and
responsive to global challenges.
Mitigating Unconscious Bias
Promoting diversity and inclusion helps
organizations identify and address unconscious
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About
Suzie Yorke
uzie Yorke is on a mission to bring healthy foods
Sand good fats back. At 50, this Quebec-born,
Ontario-based mom of four kids saw a need for a
good-fat grab-and-go bar for fitness enthusiasts such as
herself. An eleven-time Ironman competitor and yoga
practitioner, Suzie spent years adhering to a low-fat
diet only for her health to hit a wall in her mid-40s.
After reading Nina Teicholz's best seller, Big Fat Surprise,
she immediately shifted to a high-fat, low-carb diet, and
her health improved within months.
While she loved the benefits of her new lifestyle, Suzie
found it challenging to find convenient and tasty low
sugar snacks. Seeing a gap in the marketplace and a
huge opportunity to help others through food, she
borrowed money from her daughter's university fund
and, within 12 months developed and launched Love
Good Fats, a family of delicious, low-sugar foods and
snacks loaded with good fats.
Starting in 2017, Suzie led the launch and expansion of
Love Good Fats to exceed $100million in Gross
Revenues in a little over 3 years with sales in the largest
retailers across Canada and the US. Love Good Fats
quickly became one of the fastest-growing bar brands
in North America. As a 25-year veteran of the CPG
industry, Suzie has worked at brand building companies
such as Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Kraft, Heinz and
Weight Watchers.
She also worked at two hyper growth Start-ups prior to
creating her own rocket ship success story brand, at age
50. She is moreso a unique, later blooming
entrepreneur, who utilized her accomplished marketing
background, personal journey, and deep devotion and
passion for health, to drive towards her Mission to
spread the word that fat is back, and sugar is out!
Suzie is now on her second Start-up and launching
FourX Better ChocolateTM
, This new brand is about to
change how we think about chocolate: it's the world's
TM TM
first Bean-to-Bar , Fair-Trade functional chocolate
Bite, with 0g of Sugar added, that is also providing your
daily dose of vitamins, minerals, adaptogens and
supplements.
Suzie became enamored with chocolate from Ecuador
given it's so delicious with cacao that is 100% Single
TM TM
Origin, Bean-to-Bar and Fair Trade , grown in small
family gardens with cacao beans being infused with the
scents of fruits and flowers, which is their secret to the
claim of "World's best cacao beans". Suzie partnered with
a small craft chocolate facility in Quito, Ecuador, that
had spent five years of R&D on how to infuse the
chocolate with Adaptogens, Vitamins, Minerals and
Supplements and also adding MCT oil and coconut oil
to bring health back to chocolate.
Suzie's astounding success has been recognized with
many business awards since launching Love Good Fats,
including the 2019 WXN Top 100 BMO Entrepreneur
Award, 2020 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur
Awards Ones to Watch Award, The Women of
Inspiration 2021 Special Recognition Entrepreneur
Award, The 2021 RevolutionHer Entrepreneur Role
Model Award, the 2021 Globe & Mail Report on
Business Top Growing Companies in Canada, placing in
the coveted top #1 spot for 2017-2020 Revenues
Growth, the Women of Influence Top 25 Women in
Canada 2023 Award, the 2022 LGBT+ Business
Advocate of the Year Award.
Suzie currently mentors other founders and supports
many women-owned businesses, as well as LGBTQ+
and BIPOC founders.
www.thebetterchocolates.com
www.thebetterchocolates.ca
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eadership plays a crucial role in shaping the success and progress of
Lorganizations, communities, and societies. Among various leadership
styles, transformational leadership has garnered significant attention for
its ability to create a meaningful impact. Rooted in inspiring and empowering
followers, transformational leaders strive to bring about positive change, foster
innovation, and elevate the overall well-being of their teams and the people they
serve. This article explores the key characteristics of transformational
leadership and its profound impact on individuals and organizations.
Vision and Inspiration
Transformational leaders possess a clear and compelling vision for the future.
They are skilled communicators, adept at conveying this vision to their followers
in a way that instills enthusiasm and commitment. By painting a vivid picture of
what can be achieved, they create a sense of purpose that resonates with their
team members. This shared vision acts as a guiding force, inspiring individuals to
go beyond their limitations and embrace challenges with a renewed sense of
determination.
Empowering and Developing Followers
One of the most distinguishing traits of transformational leadership is the
emphasis on empowering and developing followers. These leaders recognize the
potential in each team member and actively work to enhance their skills and
capabilities. By fostering a culture of trust and encouragement, they create an
environment where individuals feel safe to experiment, learn from failures, and
grow both personally and professionally. As a result, employees become more
engaged, confident, and committed to the organization's success.
Transformational
Leadership Creates a
Meaningful
How
Impact?
Leading with Purpose
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Emotional Intelligence and Support
Transformational leaders exhibit a high
level of emotional intelligence, allowing
them to understand and connect with the
emotions of their team members. They
demonstrate empathy, actively listen to
concerns, and provide support when
needed. By acknowledging and addressing
the emotional needs of their followers,
they create a positive and inclusive work
environment where people feel valued
and understood. This sense of belonging
fosters stronger relationships and
enhances team cohesion.
Promoting Innovation and Creativity
Transformational leaders are not afraid to
challenge the status quo. They encourage
creativity and innovation by fostering a
culture that welcomes new ideas and
alternative perspectives. These leaders
are open-minded, promoting an
environment where team members feel
comfortable sharing their unique insights
without fear of judgment. Through this
approach, transformational leaders unlock
the full creative potential of their teams,
leading to breakthroughs and
advancements that drive the organization
forward.
Building a Culture of Trust and Integrity
Integrity is at the core of transformational
leadership. These leaders lead by example,
adhering to a strong set of values and
ethics. Their actions consistently align
with their words, reinforcing trust among
their followers. In a climate of trust and
honesty, employees are more likely to take
risks, collaborate openly, and share
information freely. This leads to higher
levels of accountability and commitment
throughout the organization.
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Long-term Organizational Success
The meaningful impact of transformational leadership
extends beyond short-term gains. By developing a
shared vision and empowering followers,
transformational leaders cultivate a legacy of
sustainability and long-term success. Their focus on
employee development and well-being not only
improves job satisfaction and retention but also
attracts top talent to the organization.
Encouraging Personal Growth and Fulfillment
Transformational leaders understand that true growth
and fulfillment come from aligning personal values with
organizational objectives. They invest time in getting to
know their team members on a deeper level, identifying
their aspirations, strengths, and areas for improvement.
By providing personalized development opportunities
and support, these leaders help individuals realize their
potential and achieve personal goals within the context
of the larger organizational mission. As employees
experience personal growth and fulfillment, their
dedication to the organization's success becomes even
more profound.
Cultivating a Culture of Collaboration and Diversity
Transformational leaders actively promote
collaboration and diversity within their teams. They
recognize that diverse perspectives lead to more
creative solutions and better decision-making. By
fostering an inclusive environment, they encourage
team members to share their unique viewpoints and
respect one another's differences. This culture of
collaboration and diversity not only enhances creativity
but also strengthens team cohesion and drives
innovation.
Managing Change and Adversity
In an ever-changing business landscape,
transformational leaders are adept at navigating
uncertainty and managing adversity. They possess a
high level of adaptability and resilience, serving as a
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  • 5. he business world is constantly changing; Tbusiness leaders are adapting to new challenges and opportunities. They are flexible and open to new ideas and are willing to pivot their strategy when necessary. In the dynamic business arena, an inspiring leader is true to themselves and their values. They are honest and transparent with their team and are able to build trust through their authenticity. A leader who is empathetic and understands the needs of their team can create a positive and supportive work environment. A successful business leader is often the driving force behind a company's growth and success. A leader possesses various traits that create a difference from the rest and can motivate and inspire their team to reach new heights. An inspiring business leader has a clear and compelling vision for their company's future. They are able to articulate this vision in a way that motivates their team and creates a sense of purpose. A leader who is passionate about their work can inspire others to share that passion. They are enthusiastic about their company's mission and are willing to go above and beyond to achieve their goals. An excellent business leader is able to make tough decisions quickly and confidently. They weigh the pros and cons of each option and make a choice based on what is best for the company. They listen to their employees and are able to address their concerns in a thoughtful and compassionate way. Building a successful company is not without its challenges, and an inspiring leader is able to bounce back from setbacks and keep moving forward. They are tenacious and persistent in the face of adversity. A business leader possesses a combination of vision, passion, decisiveness, adaptability, authenticity, empathy, and resilience. These traits enable them to lead their team to success and create a positive impact on the world. Spotlighting these charismas and their odyssey of excellence, the latest edition of CIOLook, “Most Influential Business Leaders Revamping The Future 2023,” features the personalities who are making a positive difference in their respective industries in 2023. These inspiring leaders are not only successful in their businesses but also lead with purpose and have a significant impact on their communities and the world. Flip through the pages and indulge in this saga of brilliance. Have a delightful read! Shining Icons of Inspiration AbhishekJoshi
  • 7. C o n t e n t s A r t i c l e s C X O Leading with Purpose How Transformational Leadership Creates a Meaningful Impact? 24 About Suzie Yorke 22 An Adept Business Leader: The Story of Carlos Dew 16 Aspects of Growth Embracing Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace 18
  • 8. CONTENT Abhishek Joshi Deputy Editor Muskan Kapoor Managing Editor DESIGN Visualizer Dave Bates Ankita Pandharpure Art & Design Director Revati Badkas Associate Designer SALES Senior Sales Manager Sihanee M., Rouniyar A. Simon Taylor Customer Success Manager Mane. S, Gurav. G Sales Executives TECHNICAL Technical Head Prachi Mokashi Victor Collins Technical Consultant October, 2023 Copyright © 2023 CIOLOOK, All rights reserved. The content and images used in this magazine should not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission from CIOLOOK. Reprint rights remain solely with CIOLOOK. FOLLOW US ON www.facebook.com/ciolook www.twitter.com/ciolook WE ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ON Email info@ciolook.com For Subscription www.ciolook.com CONTACT US ON Pooja M Bansal Editor-in-Chief sales@ciolook.com SME-SMO Research Analyst Eric Smith Ravindra Kadam SEO Executive
  • 9. Brief Company Name Kara Redman CEO Over the last 15 years Kara has been helping founders and marketing professionals launch startups, raise up to $9M in funding, build brand equity, merge, acquire, go public, exit, and win multiple awards. Jonathan Gessert CEO Jonathan is the CEO of a digital marketing firm that performs AMAZING digital marketing campaigns with a specialty in website development, content marketing, and linkbuilding. 321 Web Marketing 321webmarketing.com Backroom backroom.io Under Dong's leadership, I-Tech develops and distributes Automotive parts, Acoustic parts, Small appliance, Industrial parts, and Fitness equipment. I-Tech USA i-techusainc.com Layla helps and assists leaders make the right changes in the business stategies. TechPassport techpassport.io Ryan has navigated the complex landscape of the industry from various vantage points, gaining invaluable insights along the way. Valuu getvaluu.com Featured Person Dong Kim President and CEO Layla White CEO & Founder Ryan Purvis Founder
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  • 11. Ryan The company's vision extends beyond the present, aiming to enable a diverse range of individuals to effectively implement its approach in the future.”
  • 12. ounder of Valuu AI, Ryan Purvis's remarkable F25-year journey as a business leader has been a multi-faceted and transformative experience. Throughout his career, Ryan has navigated the complex landscape of the industry from various vantage points, gaining invaluable insights along the way. Ryan's professional voyage commenced on the vendor side, where he spent nearly a decade collaborating closely with partners. During this phase, Ryan also had the opportunity to work alongside independent software vendors, broadening his understanding of the intricate web of business relationships. A pivotal transition took place when Ryan shifted to the client side, a move that provided him with a holistic perspective encompassing all three facets of the business landscape—vendor, client, and independent software vendor. This unique viewpoint became a cornerstone of his approach to leadership. Central to Ryan's career has been an unwavering commitment to delivering value. He has consistently delved into the "why," "how," and "when" behind every endeavor, striving to drive positive outcomes. While he may have initially been known for his directness, he has evolved into a well-rounded, results-oriented leader. Ryan's dedication to value creation culminated in the development of Valuu, a venture he nurtured for an entire year. Valuu's primary mission is to empower customers to make informed decisions—deciding what actions to take, when to take them, and the value these actions yield. Over the years, Ryan and his team have refined their methodology, rigorously testing it in diverse projects. This methodology has now evolved into an adaptable, repeatable system with the potential to revolutionize the industry. One enduring challenge that has marked Ryan's career is the question of scalability. While he has consistently demonstrated efficiency and effectiveness in getting things done, the challenge has always been how to scale these impactful solutions. How can these solutions be delivered to multiple clients simultaneously without perpetual personal involvement? Today, Ryan stands as a seasoned business leader with a wealth of experience and a transformative methodology that promises to leave an indelible mark on the industry! Empowering Individuals Valuu is guided by a distinct mission and vision that drives its purpose. The company's mission is centered on empowering individuals through its unique methodology and product. Valuu is dedicated to making this approach accessible and easy to understand, providing a step-by-step process called ValuuMax to help individuals achieve maximum value. The company's vision extends beyond the present, aiming to enable a diverse range of individuals to effectively implement its approach in the future. To ensure a seamless transition across generations while upholding its values and vision, Valuu prioritizes comprehensive training. This training equips individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to precisely execute the methodology, preserving the core principles and ensuring a consistent application of the approach throughout the organization. A Focus on Capital Efficiency and Tangible Value Ryan's impact on the market has primarily revolved around capital efficiency. He has consistently helped customers save money and mitigate potentially costly risks. Whether it's optimizing productivity through strategic hardware and software choices or streamlining operations by eliminating unnecessary expenses, his work always centers on tangible value. He calculates and delivers this value, providing customers with clear, measurable benefits from start to finish. Building a Generational Enterprise Ryan shares that Valuu leverages technological advancements by utilizing low-code and no-code development methods alongside various AI applications. These approaches allow the company to create more efficient solutions at a lower cost. Furthermore, they enable Valuu to rapidly adapt its products to meet customers' evolving needs in a dynamic environment. Ryan's long-term vision for Valuu extends beyond short-term plans. The company is building this business for the long haul, envisioning a future where Valuu is a generational enterprise. The foundation laid, from ValuuExec to training and community building, is meant to endure over decades, possibly even involving the next generation, like Ryan's kids working for Valuu. Most Influential Business Leaders Revamping The Future 2023
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  • 14. Valuu's core mission, providing businesses with insights into value, sequences, and crucial decision-making, is a timeless need. Every business seeks to understand these aspects. Looking ahead, Valuu sees its product evolving into a vital decision-making tool, deeply integrated into various processes. Valuu's future goals remain firmly rooted in helping organizations make better, informed decisions, ultimately solving their pressing problems and delivering lasting value. Simplicity and Action Ryan's advice to aspiring entrepreneurs looking to venture into the technology sector centers on simplicity and action. First and foremost, they should aim to keep their ideas simple. Even if the initial concept appears complex, challenging oneself to distill it down to its core essence is crucial. Simplicity often paves the way for success in the tech industry. If an idea feels overly complicated, it likely is, and simplification can be a key to success. One practical piece of advice often shared is inspired by a book called "Hundred Dollar Startup." If someone has an idea, even if it's just a seed of one, they should take action. Investing a mere hundred dollars into creating a basic website and launching it can go a long way in testing the idea's viability. Putting the idea out there, along with marketing efforts, is essential. Taking this initial step allows for testing the waters, refining the marketing strategy, and, most importantly, finding that elusive "product-market fit.” In the journey of entrepreneurship, there's always more to be done. However, this initial step allows for testing the waters, refining the marketing strategy, and, most importantly, finding that elusive "product-market fit." It's crucial to remain open to shifting the target audience based on the feedback received. Additionally, entrepreneurs should remember that building a successful product or service often involves iterations. Perfection is not expected on the first try, so embracing an iterative approach and continually
  • 15. refining and adapting the offering based on real-world feedback is essential. To end, when embarking on building a technology product, ensuring that the team comprehends the vision is vital. Surrounding oneself with individuals who understand what they're building will greatly expedite the development process. Fueling Valuu's Success Innovation lies at the heart of Valuu's culture. The company thrives on challenging the status quo and continuously seeks improved ways to address clients' problems. Valuu's dedication to innovation has played a pivotal role in its ongoing growth and success. By reimagining and enhancing how businesses approach decision-making and value assessment, Valuu has established itself as an industry leader in delivering valuable solutions that can adapt to the swiftly evolving market landscape. For Valuu, innovation is not merely a buzzword–it's a driving force that shapes its approach and maintains its position at the forefront of the field. Leadership Challenges One of the significant challenges Ryan consistently encounters as a leader is the battle against time management and delegation. Time is a finite resource, and managing it effectively is often a significant obstacle. Delegation, while crucial, can be equally daunting. It's not necessarily about the difficulty of the task but the challenge of entrusting something that exists primarily in their head to someone unfamiliar with the intricacies. However, Valuu's foundation has always been built on the concept of leverage. They hire individuals for roles even before the revenue justifies it. This strategic approach empowers them to scale efficiently. When they find themselves stretched thin for time, they can take solace in knowing that there are capable individuals already working on various aspects of the business. It ensures that progress is ongoing, even when they can't personally oversee every detail. This approach allows them to be well-prepared when new clients come on board. Unlike a solo founder who might juggle everything independently until securing a client and then rush to hire, they have a team in place, ready to pick up the work seamlessly. This approach eliminates the stress of simultaneously bringing on new employees and clients. Moreover, they adhere to a fundamental principle: they use their tools. They never recommend a tool or strategy to others unless they have firsthand experience using it themselves. This ensures that they provide their clients with proven, effective solutions. While time management and delegation present formidable challenges, Valuu's proactive approach to hiring and their dedication to using their own tools have been instrumental in overcoming these obstacles. It allows them to maintain a strong sense of resilience and adaptability as they navigate the dynamic landscape of leadership and entrepreneurship. Navigating the Dynamic Business Landscape with ValuuMax and OKRs Valuu's commitment to staying aligned with the ever- changing business landscape while remaining true to the company's core values is deeply ingrained in the approach. The company has designed ValuuMax with adaptability in mind. It is not just a static solution but a dynamic one that can scale to meet increased demand and adapt to shifting priorities. One of the key strategies for achieving this alignment is the use of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). OKRs serve as a powerful tool for ensuring that the entire organization, from top to bottom, remains aligned with the company's core values and objectives. They provide a framework for setting clear goals and measurable outcomes, helping prioritize and adapt to changing circumstances. As the company evolves, its commitment to delivering value and helping businesses make informed decisions will remain steadfast. The company recognizes that the business landscape is dynamic, and customer needs evolve. The approach ensures that the company can flexibly respond to these changes while remaining true to its core mission. This dedication to adaptability and alignment through ValuuMax and OKRs will continue to be integral to the company's success in meeting the demands of the ever-changing business landscape.
  • 16. Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. -Drew Houston
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  • 18. An Adept Business Leader: The Story of Carlos Dew arlos Dew is the Founder and CEO of CSuperbad Inc., a salubrious cannabis lifestyle and brand of the culture. Superbad Inc. is headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA and offers a collection of proprietary cannabis cultivars, products, and accessories. Dew founded a company dedicated to the manufacture, research, cultivation, processing, and distribution of the highest quality medical cannabis. Carlos notes that medical marijuana rebalances you in the correct way. It puts you back in harmony with your nervous system and is a natural anti- inflammatory. He attended Long Beach State, and he held the position as President of Impact Sports. As a business mogul and cannabis industry trailblazer, Carlos has non-stop industry dedication, from the consumer to the cultivator to lack of equitable brand representation. Carlos is constantly innovating, driven by artistry and technology; he is committed to building the 'superbad' brand here in the States and internationally. As a cannabis mogul, he is credited with the creation of multiple companies, including a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, ROOTED IN COMMUNITY, and DEW FARMS LLC, a family-owned Urban Ag Farm, sbi Media Group, a media component and sbi Angel Syndicate, a V C firm which specifically was founded to assist cannabis startups with seed money, all while actively participating in the cannabis trade market in multiple states. It is especially important for Carlos to empower others who are interested in entrepreneurial ownership in the cannabis industry; that is why he also founded a cannabis educational program, "Cannabizness 101," for returning citizens and at-risk youths in underserved communities. It was extremely imperative that he fill a void by creating the Angel Syndicate for early-stage minority cannabis companies to invest in them and work with them to help them succeed. The 'superbad' CEO feels that it is his responsibility to give back to the community by empowering men and women with knowledge, resources, and capital to take their place in an industry that was built on the pains of Black and Brown communities. This San Bernardino native is at the head of the game in this booming industry. "I am going to make sure," states Dew, "that I continue to remain ahead of the game technically and with the research we are doing while making sure that I am more advanced than everyone else." I intend to produce the Almas Caviar of medical cannabis. There are so many variables to the business it will continue to be a budding industry with growing competition, but competition is healthy. One of Carlos's favorite quotes reads: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a LEADER.” · John Quincy Adams CXO www.ciolook.com | October 2023 | 16
  • 20. Embracing Diversity and Inclusion inthe Workplace Aspects of Growth n today's globalized world, diversity and inclusion have become Imore than just buzzwords; they are essential components of a thriving workplace. Embracing diversity means acknowledging and valuing the differences that employees bring to the table, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, and abilities. Inclusion, on the other hand, involves creating an environment where everyone feels welcome, respected, and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives and ideas. This article explores the significance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and highlights the numerous benefits they bring to both employees and organizations. Fostering Creativity and Innovation A diverse and inclusive workplace cultivates an environment where employees from different backgrounds and experiences can collaborate and exchange ideas freely. This diversity of thought sparks creativity and innovation, as individuals bring unique problem-solving approaches and perspectives to the table. When people feel valued and heard, they are more likely to share their creative insights, leading to breakthroughs and enhanced business strategies. Attracting and Retaining Top Talent Companies that prioritize diversity and inclusion attract a broader talent pool of skilled individuals from diverse backgrounds. Talented candidates are more likely to choose an organization that embraces inclusivity, as it signals a supportive and progressive work environment. Moreover, once hired, employees are more likely to stay with a company that values their contributions, leading to increased employee retention and reduced turnover costs. www.ciolook.com | October 2023 | 18
  • 21. Improving Decision-Making Diverse teams offer a range of perspectives and experiences, leading to more informed and comprehensive decision-making processes. When individuals with varied backgrounds come together, they bring a wide array of insights, reducing the risk of groupthink and promoting critical analysis. Inclusive decision-making ensures that all voices are heard, and decisions are more reflective of the organization's diverse stakeholders. Enhancing Employee Engagement and Productivity Inclusive workplaces foster a sense of belonging and psychological safety among employees. When individuals feel accepted and valued for who they are, they are more likely to be engaged and committed to their work. Engaged employees are more productive, collaborate better with their colleagues, and demonstrate higher levels of loyalty to the organization. Connecting with a Diverse Customer Base Diverse teams are better equipped to understand and connect with a diverse customer base. Customers from different backgrounds are more likely to resonate with companies that prioritize diversity and inclusion. As businesses become more representative of their customers, they can tailor their products and services to meet diverse needs effectively. www.ciolook.com | October 2023 | 19
  • 22. biases that may exist within their workforce. Training and education on unconscious bias can create a more inclusive workplace where all employees are treated fairly and respectfully, regardless of their background. Embracing diversity and inclusion in the workplace is not just a moral imperative; it is a strategic advantage that drives innovation, fosters creativity, and improves overall business performance. A diverse and inclusive workforce promotes employee engagement, enhances decision-making, and strengthens an organization's brand reputation. By creating an environment where all employees feel valued and empowered to contribute, businesses can unlock the full potential of their workforce and build a sustainable, competitive advantage in today's diverse and interconnected world. Strengthening Brand Reputation A commitment to diversity and inclusion enhances a company's brand reputation. In today's socially conscious world, consumers and stakeholders value organizations that actively promote fairness and inclusivity. A positive reputation as an inclusive employer can lead to increased customer loyalty, brand trust, and positive media coverage. Promoting Global Competence For companies with a global presence, embracing diversity and inclusion is crucial for success in international markets. Cultural competency is essential for navigating diverse market landscapes and building strong relationships with customers, partners, and employees worldwide. An inclusive workplace fosters an understanding and appreciation of different cultures, making businesses more adaptable and responsive to global challenges. Mitigating Unconscious Bias Promoting diversity and inclusion helps organizations identify and address unconscious www.ciolook.com | October 2023 | 20
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  • 24. About Suzie Yorke uzie Yorke is on a mission to bring healthy foods Sand good fats back. At 50, this Quebec-born, Ontario-based mom of four kids saw a need for a good-fat grab-and-go bar for fitness enthusiasts such as herself. An eleven-time Ironman competitor and yoga practitioner, Suzie spent years adhering to a low-fat diet only for her health to hit a wall in her mid-40s. After reading Nina Teicholz's best seller, Big Fat Surprise, she immediately shifted to a high-fat, low-carb diet, and her health improved within months. While she loved the benefits of her new lifestyle, Suzie found it challenging to find convenient and tasty low sugar snacks. Seeing a gap in the marketplace and a huge opportunity to help others through food, she borrowed money from her daughter's university fund and, within 12 months developed and launched Love Good Fats, a family of delicious, low-sugar foods and snacks loaded with good fats. Starting in 2017, Suzie led the launch and expansion of Love Good Fats to exceed $100million in Gross Revenues in a little over 3 years with sales in the largest retailers across Canada and the US. Love Good Fats quickly became one of the fastest-growing bar brands in North America. As a 25-year veteran of the CPG industry, Suzie has worked at brand building companies such as Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Kraft, Heinz and Weight Watchers. She also worked at two hyper growth Start-ups prior to creating her own rocket ship success story brand, at age 50. She is moreso a unique, later blooming entrepreneur, who utilized her accomplished marketing background, personal journey, and deep devotion and passion for health, to drive towards her Mission to spread the word that fat is back, and sugar is out! Suzie is now on her second Start-up and launching FourX Better ChocolateTM , This new brand is about to change how we think about chocolate: it's the world's TM TM first Bean-to-Bar , Fair-Trade functional chocolate Bite, with 0g of Sugar added, that is also providing your daily dose of vitamins, minerals, adaptogens and supplements. Suzie became enamored with chocolate from Ecuador given it's so delicious with cacao that is 100% Single TM TM Origin, Bean-to-Bar and Fair Trade , grown in small family gardens with cacao beans being infused with the scents of fruits and flowers, which is their secret to the claim of "World's best cacao beans". Suzie partnered with a small craft chocolate facility in Quito, Ecuador, that had spent five years of R&D on how to infuse the chocolate with Adaptogens, Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements and also adding MCT oil and coconut oil to bring health back to chocolate. Suzie's astounding success has been recognized with many business awards since launching Love Good Fats, including the 2019 WXN Top 100 BMO Entrepreneur Award, 2020 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Ones to Watch Award, The Women of Inspiration 2021 Special Recognition Entrepreneur Award, The 2021 RevolutionHer Entrepreneur Role Model Award, the 2021 Globe & Mail Report on Business Top Growing Companies in Canada, placing in the coveted top #1 spot for 2017-2020 Revenues Growth, the Women of Influence Top 25 Women in Canada 2023 Award, the 2022 LGBT+ Business Advocate of the Year Award. Suzie currently mentors other founders and supports many women-owned businesses, as well as LGBTQ+ and BIPOC founders. www.thebetterchocolates.com www.thebetterchocolates.ca www.ciolook.com | October 2023 | 22
  • 26. eadership plays a crucial role in shaping the success and progress of Lorganizations, communities, and societies. Among various leadership styles, transformational leadership has garnered significant attention for its ability to create a meaningful impact. Rooted in inspiring and empowering followers, transformational leaders strive to bring about positive change, foster innovation, and elevate the overall well-being of their teams and the people they serve. This article explores the key characteristics of transformational leadership and its profound impact on individuals and organizations. Vision and Inspiration Transformational leaders possess a clear and compelling vision for the future. They are skilled communicators, adept at conveying this vision to their followers in a way that instills enthusiasm and commitment. By painting a vivid picture of what can be achieved, they create a sense of purpose that resonates with their team members. This shared vision acts as a guiding force, inspiring individuals to go beyond their limitations and embrace challenges with a renewed sense of determination. Empowering and Developing Followers One of the most distinguishing traits of transformational leadership is the emphasis on empowering and developing followers. These leaders recognize the potential in each team member and actively work to enhance their skills and capabilities. By fostering a culture of trust and encouragement, they create an environment where individuals feel safe to experiment, learn from failures, and grow both personally and professionally. As a result, employees become more engaged, confident, and committed to the organization's success. Transformational Leadership Creates a Meaningful How Impact? Leading with Purpose www.ciolook.com | October 2023 | 24
  • 27. Emotional Intelligence and Support Transformational leaders exhibit a high level of emotional intelligence, allowing them to understand and connect with the emotions of their team members. They demonstrate empathy, actively listen to concerns, and provide support when needed. By acknowledging and addressing the emotional needs of their followers, they create a positive and inclusive work environment where people feel valued and understood. This sense of belonging fosters stronger relationships and enhances team cohesion. Promoting Innovation and Creativity Transformational leaders are not afraid to challenge the status quo. They encourage creativity and innovation by fostering a culture that welcomes new ideas and alternative perspectives. These leaders are open-minded, promoting an environment where team members feel comfortable sharing their unique insights without fear of judgment. Through this approach, transformational leaders unlock the full creative potential of their teams, leading to breakthroughs and advancements that drive the organization forward. Building a Culture of Trust and Integrity Integrity is at the core of transformational leadership. These leaders lead by example, adhering to a strong set of values and ethics. Their actions consistently align with their words, reinforcing trust among their followers. In a climate of trust and honesty, employees are more likely to take risks, collaborate openly, and share information freely. This leads to higher levels of accountability and commitment throughout the organization. www.ciolook.com | October 2023 | 25
  • 28. Long-term Organizational Success The meaningful impact of transformational leadership extends beyond short-term gains. By developing a shared vision and empowering followers, transformational leaders cultivate a legacy of sustainability and long-term success. Their focus on employee development and well-being not only improves job satisfaction and retention but also attracts top talent to the organization. Encouraging Personal Growth and Fulfillment Transformational leaders understand that true growth and fulfillment come from aligning personal values with organizational objectives. They invest time in getting to know their team members on a deeper level, identifying their aspirations, strengths, and areas for improvement. By providing personalized development opportunities and support, these leaders help individuals realize their potential and achieve personal goals within the context of the larger organizational mission. As employees experience personal growth and fulfillment, their dedication to the organization's success becomes even more profound. Cultivating a Culture of Collaboration and Diversity Transformational leaders actively promote collaboration and diversity within their teams. They recognize that diverse perspectives lead to more creative solutions and better decision-making. By fostering an inclusive environment, they encourage team members to share their unique viewpoints and respect one another's differences. This culture of collaboration and diversity not only enhances creativity but also strengthens team cohesion and drives innovation. Managing Change and Adversity In an ever-changing business landscape, transformational leaders are adept at navigating uncertainty and managing adversity. They possess a high level of adaptability and resilience, serving as a stabilizing force during times of crisis. By remaining composed and optimistic, they inspire confidence and motivate their teams to overcome challenges collectively. This ability to effectively manage change enables organizations to evolve and stay ahead in a dynamic and competitive environment. Transformational leadership has proven to be a powerful approach that creates a meaningful impact on individuals and organizations alike. Through their inspiring vision, support, and empowerment, transformational leaders create engaged and motivated teams that drive innovation and foster a culture of trust. By prioritizing the growth and well- being of their followers, these leaders lay the foundation for sustained success, leaving a lasting and positive mark on the people and organizations they lead. As businesses and communities continue to evolve, the principles of transformational leadership remain as relevant and essential as ever. www.ciolook.com | October 2023 | 26