Interview with April Blackburn, fmr. Florida Dept. of Transportation, CTO & Infra Advisor at Rawlins
Let’s jump into this week’s podcast with April Blackburn, fmr. Florida Dept. of Transportation, CTO & Infra Advisor at Rawlins
This episode is dedicated to the mamas that have shaped generations of leaders and continue to inspire us to lead with empathy. A special thank you to April and April's mom :)
Connect with April: https://www.linkedin.com/in/april-blackburn-a2104b144/
02:29 April's multi-generational FDOT history
03:52 The mission of FDOT
04:49 Learnings & Lessons
07:39 Goal setting and breaking the status quo
10:59 April's motto career advice
13:37 How leaders overcome the friction of change
19:07 The power of visualization in leadership
20:00 "Mama's Castle Analogy"
21:25 How to create a desired future when you are naturally risk-averse
23:43 How to determine the right time to leave
27:36 How leadership teams miss out by focusing on technology rather than people
35:39 Insights for leaders struggling to improve team communication
41:21 How to navigate when things go wrong
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