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Seth Cothrun

Seth Cothrun

Aspen Institute Fellow
The Aspen Institute

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick M. Lencioni

Recommended to me by Lynne Brown, one of the great Executive Coaches at AMEX ASU Lodestar. Even if your team is dialed-in, you can use this to help them (and yourself) identify and overcome dysfunction in your org.


Pull the Goalie! (inspired by Malcom Gladwell's Revisionist History podcast, S3 EP7)

You have to listen to the podcast to set the context. Once you have, challenge your team to think of a way to "Pull the Goalie" to overcome a seemingly unsolvable problem or unmovable barrier. Sometimes it requires unconventional thinking.



Some of our best ideas come from things that are creative. Take a break from self-help/leadership formula books (even the one I recommended!) and immerse yourself in a different medium. Kamasi's message in this album goes back to why many of us work in this sector.

About Seth Cothrun

Seth Cothrun consults nonprofit and private sector clients on marketing & communications, executive management, and strategic planning. He is a 2018 Aspen Institute Fellow; a member of Class IV of the American Express Leadership Academy at ASU Lodestar Center; serves on the Board of Directors of High Country News; and, currently serves as Chair of the AMEX global alumni network’s Committee on Innovation & Communications. Prior to consulting, Seth was a senior executive at Sonoran Institute, playing a leadership role in refocusing the organization’s mission while rebuilding brand, marketing and development strategies in the U.S. and México. Previously, he managed business development and marketing initiatives throughout the Americas in the institutional asset management space, working with some of the largest public and private funds in the world. The early part of his career was spent as a program manager in the U.S. Forest Service throughout the West, in addition to serving nationally on Type 1 Incident Management and Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation teams tasked with managing high complexity wildland fire incidents and post-fire effects. He has also lived and worked in México as a photographer. He holds an M.A. from University of Chicago in Anthropology & Latin American Studies and a B.A. from the University of Arizona in Anthropology & Latin American History.

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