March 10, 2022

#64: Rick Simmons (the telos institute)

Rick Simmons — Co-Founder & CEO of the telos institute — on leadership, personal betterment, liminal spaces, embracing disruption, ultramarathons, and building a leading organizational performance & consulting firm that offers expertise and guidan

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Our guest today is Rick Simmons — CEO of the telos institute, a firm he co-founded in 2006 which offers specialized expertise to leaders and leadership teams around the world in the areas of business strategy, leadership development, and change management. 

In his role, Rick is responsible for shaping the vision and guiding the strategic direction of the firm, while inspiring a growing cohort of world-class practitioners to deliver insight, growth, and transformational experiences for telos clients. Prior to founding telos, Rick spent ten years in various senior strategy and sales leadership positions within the financial services industry. Most notably, he led several organizations through periods of transition, which afforded him the opportunity to share his experience and insight in the best practices of managing personal and organizational change.

More recently, he was named a Founding Fellow at The Harvard Institute of Coaching at the MacLean Medical School where he contributes insights and best practices to the growing field of executive coaching. Rick is a sought-after speaker on the topics of resilience, achievement, and personal and organizational performance and recently published a book "Unleashed" that helps readers launch their own liminal spaces.

Personally, Rick tests his beliefs around achievement by running ultra marathons. His recent tests include the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 US Track and Field 24 Hour Run National Championships. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and telos co-founder Amy, and their four children. 

We go quite deep in this conversation on topics spanning leadership, personal betterment, liminal spaces, embracing disruption, ultramarathoning, and much more — please enjoy my conversation with Rick Simmons.


Learn more about the telos institute
Connect with Rick on LinkedIn
Learn more about "Unleashed" — Rick's most recent book
Follow the telos institute on twitter