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Living Your Greatness

Nov 29, 2022

Prior to his academic career, Karl Moore worked for 11 years in Canadian sales and marketing management positions with IBM and Hitachi. 

Before McGill, he taught at Oxford University for five years. He recently presented his research on introverts at Harvard Business School, Oxford, IMD, and Stanford Business School. His research on ambiverts was highlighted in The Economist in 2016 and in 2021.

Karl hosts a weekly program, The CEO Series on Montreal radio station CJAD, where he conducts one-on-one interviews with global thought and business leaders. In 2020, Karl and an Indigenous graduate student started a biweekly column for The Globe and Mail titled Indigenous Leaders that features interviews with Indigenous leaders in Canada and elsewhere. 

Karl has interviewed 1,000-plus CEOs, generals, and other senior leaders, among the most in the world. He has blogged weekly for Forbes for over 10 years and has a weekly piece in French for the Quebec business publication Les Affaires

Karl was recently nominated for the 2021 Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards in the Leadership category as a top thinker for his work on introverts/extroverts in the C-suite and millennials. He is the author of 28 refereed journal articles and nine books. 


In this episode, Karl starts by talking about his formative years and what inspired him to become an award-winning teacher, researcher, and world-class thinker in the study of introvert, ambivert, and extrovert leaders. Karl then defines each of these leadership personality types and describes one myth that he would like to debunk.

Karl explains how extroverted CEOs can thrive in effectively managing both introverted and extroverted personality types. Also, he discusses how the everyday CEO can blend a team of introverts and extroverts for the best business results. Lastly, he speaks on how CEOs today can deepen their relationships and work better with millennials/generation Z. 

With over 20 years of research in CEO leadership, Karl explains what separates a good CEO from a great CEO. Karl has had the great honor sit down and interview thousands of incredible CEOs. Some of the names include Pierre Boivin (Former CEO of Montreal Canadians), Daniel Lamarre (Former CEO of Cirque du Soleil), and Mark Shapiro (CEO of The Toronto Blue Jays). Karl talks about what it was like to interview Dick Pound  (VP of The International Olympic Committee) and shares a memorable highlight of how they met. 

Karl then talks about the highlight of having Charles Bronfman come to his CEO insights class at McGill University. He speaks about a lesson that he learned from Charles’ experience in business and investing. Karl then shares one impactful mental model that can help CEOs become great leaders and make more intelligent decisions. Lastly, Karl provides his definition of greatness and what it means to him.


Host: Ben Mumme






Guest: Karl Moore






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