1. Kris Burkhardt - CISO Accenture: Complex Topics and Micromanagement Dr. Laura Sicola 34:50

Understanding cyber security technology can be difficult outside of the tech industry, but according to Kris Burkhardt, “healthy paranoia” can be a good thing. This week Kris and Laura discuss the complexities of communicating to businesses about the importance of cyber security, as well as how he empowers his team to make mistakes and solve problems together.


Here are a few things you’ll learn during this conversation:

  • How to encourage questions when presenting to an audience
  • How to use body language to gauge understanding of complex topics
  • Why it’s important to let your team make mistakes
  • How to communicate expectations clearly
  • The importance of managing miscommunications early


During the 24-Hour Influence Challenge, Kris encourages you to choose 1-3 team members and give them a single piece of Coaching advice to improve their performance, then follow up on a regular basis. This regular check in will improve your communication and your relationship.


About Kris Burkhardt:

As global chief information security officer for Accenture, Kris is accountable for securing the enterprise against threats such as ransomware and data theft. Infrastructure hygiene, advanced security tooling and operations, behavioral programs and systematic client data protection processes work together to secure Accenture, our employees and entrusted client data in more than 120 countries. In this role, Kris stays close to the current threat landscape, sets tactical and strategic priorities to monitor and minimize security risk, and maintains a 24/7 response capability.


You can learn more about Accenture here: https://www.accenture.com


To learn more about Dr. Laura Sicola and how mastering influence can impact your success go to https://www.speakingtoinfluence.com/quickstart and download the quick start guide for mastering the three C’s of influence.


You can connect with Laura in the following ways:


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlaurasicola

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Facebook: Vocal Impact Productions

@Laura Sicola 

Instagram: @VocalImpactProductions

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Laura Sicola Leadership Communication & Influence Expert, Speaker, Author, Podcaster

Dr. Laura Sicola is a leadership communication and influence expert, speaker, author of Speaking to Influence: Mastering Your Leadership Voice, and host of the podcast, Speaking to Influence: Communication Secrets of the C-Suite. Her mission is to transform executives into confident, inspiring leaders whether live or virtually in order to get the results they want and turn their vision into their legacy. As the founder of Vocal Impact Productions, she has trained and coached executives at Comcast, IBM, the US Department of Commerce and Women Against Abuse along with politicians, business owners and non-profit leaders from around the world.

Laura’s TEDx talk, “Want to Sound Like a Leader? Start by Saying Your Name Right,” has nearly 7 million views, and she has been featured on programs such as Fox & Friends First, NBC10 @Issue and PHL 17. She has also spoken to thousands at conferences such as the Professional BusinessWomen of California Conference and the PA Conference for Women.

Laura received her PhD in educational linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also taught from 2001-2013.