Learning from leaders whose decisions changed lives and careers, who experienced a situation that took them to the brink and back; that’s the purpose of the newly-launched podcast series, “Resilient,” from Deloitte Advisory.

The bi-weekly podcast series explores the story of real-life executives, board members and government officials who led through crises, navigated through disruptions, managed through significant risk events and came back stronger. Each “Resilient” episode is designed to help today’s leaders embrace risk and improve performance by becoming better prepared to manage confidently in this unpredictable world.  

“Clients routinely tell us that they want to hear the stories and experiences of their peers. But more often than not, those stories are kept quiet or only heard by a few,” said Mike Kearney, national managing partner for Deloitte & Touche, and leader of Deloitte Advisory strategic risk services. “We lay it all out there for the benefit of the listeners, and take them on the executive’s journey. Resilient leaders don't get knocked down by disaster or disruption, they find ways to navigate through it and come back stronger, and that is what you’ll hear in each episode.”

In the first episode, Deloitte Advisory’s Mike Kearney interviews former Verisign CEO Bill Roper about his experience transitioning from a lead independent director to CEO during a volatile crisis. Roper shares the complexity of the short-term decisions that had to be made and frames the crisis with an eye on the long game as well.

In episode two, Eric Pillmore, former corporate governance senior vice president at Tyco International, talks about joining Tyco International in 2002 in the wake of fraud and larceny allegations. Pillmore frames the crisis as an opportunity to dig in, establish controls and make the organization a gold standard in ethics and governance.

In episode three, former Krispy Kreme CEO Daryl Brewster shares his perspective on saving an iconic brand. He discusses how he and his team reversed the company’s financial decline, cleaned up accounting difficulties and expanded internationally to restore the iconic brand to its former glory.

Each leader interviewed shares what it takes to overcome disruption and transform an organization. Together, the guest and the moderator delve into the backstory of critical events and developments to tell the story in a first-person narrative, facilitated in a Q&A format.

The first three episodes are available now for download on iTunes.