August | 2020 news & updates
Respect and Responsibility
This August issue is focused on two of the most important traits of great leaders- Respect & Responsibility. Making sure that they are in balance is key. Too much or too little of either can result in a leadership style that is off kilter.

There are many examples of people who balance respect and responsibility in a way that inspires others. Hala Moddelmog, former CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and the 2020 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership Character is one of those leaders.

Our goal this month is to share thoughtful content to educate and provoke action as well as provide you with tools and resources to help you balance these two sides of the scale. We hope to answer the question-what can I as one person do to create a positive change in myself?
Respect Responsibility
The Task of a Leader: Balancing Respect and Responsibility

By Bob & Lyn Turknett
Co-founders & co-chairs TLG
Leadership can come from anywhere, but wherever you see leadership emerge, we would argue that you will see what we call the “fundamental balance” - the balance of respect and responsibility. Anyone in Atlanta on Aug. 20, 2013 saw that balance demonstrated for the world to see by a school bookkeeper. We woke up that morning to news of a gunman with an AK-47 in a school. No one knew what would happen, and no one knew that we would learn so much about leadership.

In 1994, we began thinking hard about the core of leadership - what was the essence?
Tino's Corner
The Timeless Turknett Leadership Character Model
By Tino Mantella
President & CEO TLG

In 1995, when Bob and Lyn Turknett finalized the Leadership Character Model, I wonder if they knew it would withstand the test of time? How could they have imagined that the four tenets on the “Respect” side of the scale (empathy, lack of blame, emotional mastery, and humility) would be discussed more broadly today than, I believe, at any time in the history of this country.
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Rank Yourself Respect vs Responsibility
How would rate yourself on your own balance of Respect vs Responsibility
Respect & Responsibility Equal- Pretty Balanced
Higher Respect & Lower Responsibility
Lower Respect & Higher Responsibility
July Poll Results:
Are you more hopeful that positive change will happen regarding race issues?

  • Yes 80%
  • No 10%
  • Same 10%
Join us virtually on Friday, August 21, 2020

Friday August 21, 2020
8am - 10am

Artificial Reality and Artificial Intelligence: Future Impact on the Workplace and Your Life.

featuring Dr. Blair MacIntyre, Principal Research Scientist at Mozilla & Professor in the School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech

If you missed July Women in Leadership, here's a summary too good to miss!

Tricia Dempsey Thrive-Her

Tricia Dempsey inspired us, thrilled us, and challenged us in her presentation last month. Wow!!!

The vulnerability in the discussion as well as succinct usable tips for becoming a better leader and taking risks made this one of the best ever!
Keynote Speakers for 2020 Lifetime Achievement
in Leadership Character Award
Virtual Event
Introducing our keynote speakers for the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Event.

Join us through our virtual event on Oct. 28 as we honor 2020 Lifetime Achievement winner Hala Moddelmog. Register, sponsor, and donate at

Net proceeds from the event will be directed to both the Leadership Character Youth Coalition, and to support the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s education initiatives.
Turknett Buzz
Ikram Omar- Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Ikram Omar has joined Turknett Leadership Group as Marketing & Communication Coordinator. According to TLG President & CEO, Tino Mantella, "We are excited that a woman of Ikram’s passion, talent, and determination has joined our team. As TLG continues to grow, and diversify, it’s of paramount importance that our communication and marketing messaging progresses in lockstep with the opportunities we are providing to our clients".

A little about Ikram- she is an adaptable communicator who has a passion for storytelling and strategic planning. She best describes herself as an optimist and self-starter. Through her studies and professional career, Ikram has developed a versatile set of skills including writing, project management, event planning, research, content curation, design as well as brand management. She utilizes these skills, her servant leadership mindset, and love for innovation to guide all her actions. READ MORE
Thank You to SHRM-Atlanta and all of the attendees we met at SOAHR 2020!

And a Special Thanks to our Panel below- We appreciate your sharing your wisdom with the group!

Optimizing HR's Financial Resources in the New Normal
If you missed the session, click below to enjoy a recording of the panel presentation.
Upcoming TLG Webinars
Tuesday August 25
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Do You Know you have
a Personal Brand?
One’s personal brand is a professional asset that needs to be both developed and safeguarded.  

  • Hiring and career advancement decisions are based on one’s brand. 
  • Influence and credibility are essential to one’s brand.
  • And, our own self-esteem and confidence are a reflection of one’s brand.Text Link
We invite you to revisit and likely tweak how you come across to others both personally and professionally. In addition, you will have the opportunity to appreciate your particular brand assets as a leader. And, you’ll be asked to consider just five words. At Turknett Leadership Group we care about your self-leadership and how to contribute to the leadership of others. We look forward to your participation and ongoing growth—now and for the future.

After the webinar, you will receive additional materials to reinforce the session.
What we are reading?
TLG President & CEO

Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)--to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others.

From Bob Turknett
TLG Co-founder & Co-chair

Some of my favorite Quotes
Emotional Mastery:
"Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
     - Eleanor Roosevelt

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
     -Peter Drucker

We found that for leaders to make something great, their ambition has to be for the greatness of the work and the company, rather than for themselves.
     -Jim Collins

“When people don't respect one another seldom is there honesty.”
           -Shannon L. Alder

You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.    -Christopher Columbus

At the end of the day, because I believe so strongly in leadership, what I look for first, what I try and assess, is integrity.
   -Ken Chennaultext Link
VP Strategic Services TLG

by Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize winner, describes an American caste system where race is a key determinate, and compares it with the caste systems in India and Nazi Germany. Caste is an artificial hierarchy that grants or withholds respect and status, privileges and resources.
I expect this thought-provoking, highly readable book will be on several Top-10 lists this year.
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