Toughest Call with Chaz Thorne

Toughest Call with Chaz Thorne

Hosted by: Chaz Thorne

On Toughest Call, leaders tell entertaining 20-minute stories about their most difficult career challenge. How did they make the 'tough call'? What would they do differently if faced with the same decision...

Episodes

The north star approach to impactful leadership

Season #1

The “North Star” approach to impactful leadership follows the same path that elite athletes take to perform at a world-class level. In this episode of the Toughest Call podcast, Alan Stein Jr., keynote speaker and...
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An emerging brand’s strategy for achieving rapid growth

Season #1

A challenging decision organizational leaders can face is when to grow, and by how much. In this episode of the Toughest Call podcast, Suzie Yorke, Founder of Love Good Fats, talks about her decision to “go big” in...
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Making a successful career change during the great resignation

Season #1 Episode #10

In this episode of Toughest Call, Rishad Tobaccowala, futurist, and author of “Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in the Age of Data” talks about how he prepared for an exit from an already successful...
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Doing the impossible

Season #1 Episode #9

In this episode, I’m talking with Lori Nikkel about her decision to hasten the pace of a national expansion to meet the growing demand for food during the pandemic.   Lori is the CEO of Second Harvest, a charity...
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Finding harmony between personal and professional ambitions

Season #1 Episode #8

In this episode, we’re talking with Heather Byrne about a tough call she faced deciding to leave an organization she cared deeply for to relocate closer to her extended family. Heather is the Executive Director of...
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Breaking with tradition and forging your own path

Season #1 Episode #7

In this episode, I’m talking with Jonathan Torrens about his decision to take control of his career and work by striking out on his own and leaving behind the suffocating notion of “that’s just the way things are done...
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How you choose to do the work IS the work

Season #1 Episode #6

In this episode, we’re talking with Jewell Mitchell about a challenge she faced when she felt the process for a large capital campaign was becoming disconnected from the organization’s vision and values.   Jewell is...
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I should have just stuck to the plan

Season #1 Episode #5

In this episode, I’m talking with Zach Selch about a tough call that he made and regretted around the firing of a non-performing employee.   Zach has been an international sales executive for over 30 years and is...
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Making the Hollywood blockbuster Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Season #1 Episode #4

In this episode, I’m talking with John Watson about a tough call he faced in the making of his movie, Robin Hood, starring Kevin Costner. John is a Hollywood producer and writer with credits including Backdraft,...
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Reinvigorating a 30-year-old business model

Season #1 Episode #3

In this episode I’m talking with Dave Reeve about a tough call he made transitioning his 28-year-old business from a service model to software. Dave is the CEO of InvestorCOM, a leading compliance technology...
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To go forward or retreat while 2,000 meters above certain death

Season #1 Episode #2

In this episode, I’m talking with John Bourke about a tough call he faced when climbing a literal mountain and what he learned from it as a leader. John is the President of the Business Excellence Institute, a...
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Going into the first pandemic lockdown

Season #1 Episode #1

In this episode, I’m talking with Dr. Robert Strang about the decision-making that resulted in Nova Scotia entering its first lockdown at the beginning of the Covid pandemic. Rob is the Chief Medical Officer of...
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