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  • Lisa Hurley is a writer, TV host, Podcaster and Activist. We met when both of us were separately featured in Podcaster Inc Magazine. As soon as I heard Lisa's story, this episode became a priority. We are two totally different people who share a passion for trying to add value and positivity in the world. Our curiosity allows us to see our commonality and human spirit for positive change. Lisa explains how she deals with being an introvert, and how she created her podcast, The Introverted Sisters to stay connected to her sister in Barbados during the global pandemic. However, her purpose to speak up at injustice became too strong for her introversion after the murder of George Floyd. That day became a moment in time when we all asked ourselves some profound questions. What do we stand for in the world? How can we be a force for good? How can we be an ally to each other and leverage our collective to lead an inclusive life? How can our innate human curiosity serve our ability to understand what we don't know? This was an episode that was created by chance and served to prove how strangers become friends one conversation at a time.

  • Rob Lilwall is a National Geographic Adventurer and author. Rob's first expedition was a 35,000 mile bike ride from Siberia to London where he had to survive months of minus 40 degree weather and being knocked off his bike twice. He then deiced to walk from Mongolia to Hong Kong followed by his decision to trek across the Taklamakan (desert of death) by himself. Rob is a true example of an ordinary chap completing extraordinary tasks. Rob made the transition from geography school teacher to international adventurer in order to overcome his fears, lack of confidence and desire to grow up. This is a fast paced episode where Rob describes how he overcame his own imposter syndrome, how having a growth mindset allowed him to learn through adversity and when faced with what initially seemed like an insurmountable problem, he would take a step back and just think and reflect in order to reframe and innovate. Rob definitely hasn't finished his adventures yet but he understands the power of also saying no and how grit, determination and resilience live inside all of us waiting to be unleashed with the right motivation.

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  • Simon Leslie is the CEO of Ink Global, the world's largest publisher of in-flight magazines..........that was until the global pandemic arrived. Simon is also the author of a number of books including 'Equanimity - Diary of a CEO in Crisis' which he wrote during the challenges of the pandemic. Simon has been a serial entrepreneur all his life striving to do things better, differently and in a culture that rewards behaviours as well as results. The pandemic almost destroyed the company that Simon had spent 27 years building and developing. His recent experiences were a deeply personal voyage of discovery, courage, vulnerability and reflection. Simon describes how he 'kept feeding his positive dog' and how the pandemic years proved to be the most valuable learning experience of his career to date. We talk about recognising weak signals, the power of culture, what 50 global speakers did to help a CEO in crisis and how the fact that having a leadership title does not make any of us leaders, just as if standing in a car park doesn't mean we are a car!! Enjoy this deeply personal, heart warming and insightful episode.

  • Welcome to Episode 100. Renée Elliott is the founder and CEO of Planet Organic and co-founder of Beluga Bean. Renée has devoted her working life to offering and supporting a life of wellbeing. She built Planet Organic on the basis of being able to offer healthy food to create healthy lifestyles. Her passion is laser focused on helping entrepreneurs and business owners understand their 'Whole Self Leadership' potential. We chat about the need to KNOW yourself, BE yourself and MANAGE yourself. Renée explains three important lessons in relation to our wellbeing. Firstly wellbeing is individual, secondly that our wellbeing is made up of our physical, occupational, psychological, economic, social and spiritual spheres. Thirdly that our wellbeing is constantly in flux. This episode is a wonderful example of a strong successful leader who manages to balance and promote self awareness and vulnerability combined with a strong human centred approach to all that she does. Renée even asks me some questions and it becomes very obvious I need to go on her course! Enjoy.

  • Tony O'Driscoll is a Professor at Duke University and author of his recent book "Everyday Superhero." Tony's work is at the cutting edge of modern day leadership as we discuss the challenge for organisations to transform in perpetuity and the absolute need to understand that people make an organisation stop or go. We also discuss the necessity for leaders to create clear and compelling narratives for change to engender followership and mitigate the status quo.
    Tony chats thorough his People Centric Transformation Model so leaders understand how they can nudge the culture towards the 4A's of Aspiration, Autonomy, Accountability and Alignment.
    In a world of constant change, Tony explains how the hierarchy no longer works and leaders need to embrace and catalyse the network to create resilient and captive organisations.
    We also talk through Tony's Centre Leader Model which demonstrates the power and effectiveness of the inside- out approach to change by harnessing the 'dynamo' centre of any organisation that sits at the interface between Strategy and Results, Culture and Change.
    You can get the resources we talk about by visiting tonyodriscoll.com
    Enjoy this valuable episode.

  • Chester Elton is one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership and culture having spoken in over 45 countries. He is a 7 time Wall Street Journal Best Seller a 5 Times New York Times Best Seller. He is part of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 and the King of Gratitude. Chester shares his personal journey that led to the writing of his recent books, “Anxiety at Work and “Leading with Gratitude”
    One of the key strategies to deal with anxiety at work is to maximise our ability to be grateful as we can’t hold two emotions simultaneously.
    Anxiety is a huge problems for all leaders. Pre pandemic figures recorded 18% of employees stated they were experiencing anxiety issues that prevented them working properly. After the pandemic that figure rose to 30%. And in those employees in their 20’s and 30’s that figure jumps to 42%. The stigma re mental health is still a prevailing issue.
    Chester shares his rule of three in dealing with anxiety: Firstly normalise the conversation, secondly, de-stigmatise the issue and thirdly use empathy not sympathy. Chester shares the powerful difference between sympathy and empathy and the impact each will have.
    We also discuss the question as to whether as humans we are anti-fragile? The answer may surprise you.
    In relation to gratitude Chester explains how top athletes have managed to tame their inner critic and all have positive mantras. We can all re-train our inner critic by asking ourselves what would our best friend say to us in this moment?
    The power of gratitude is very real for all leaders. It is a discipline to be practiced as we engage peoples hearts and minds. As you lead, we must understand that you will say things to people that you will never remember but they will never forget. Be kind, be generous, be grateful. Next time you are with your family at the dinner table ask the following three questions to practice the skill:
    1. What was the best part of your day?
    2. Who are you grateful for who is not at the table?
    3. Who are you grateful for at the table who has not been thanked yet?
    This episode is compelling, enjoy every second.

  • Jay Goldman is the co-founder and CEO of Sensei Labs, a New York Times best-selling author of ’The Decoded Company', HBR contributor and TedX Speaker. Jay chats to me about the need for speed in our organisations and in our leadership especially as the global pandemic was a ‘forcing function’ that delivered 10 years of digital transformation in just 2 years.

    A successful company exists within a virtuous cycle of being able to find and attract the best people which creates an environment that allows them to do their best work, which delivers products and services that are loved by customers, which leads to more revenues and funding to attract more talent.
    We also talk about Minimal Loveable Products and how behaviours of both employees and customers have changed which therefore requires leaders to continue to challenge and rewire norms in the workplace and beyond.
    Jay also provides some great advice as to how a leader can approach decision making in ambiguity by separating decisions that are ‘one way’ doors from those that have ‘two way’ doors.
    Don’t miss this episode.

  • Howard Tiersky is the CEO of From The Digital Transformation Agency and Wall Street Journal best selling author of "Winning Digital Customers The Antidote to Irrelevance."
    In this episode we discuss how leaders and organisations have navigated the accelerated digital environment in order to understand changing customer needs and behaviours in order to avoid becoming irrelevant. Howard explains to me how organisations that are not digital natives such as Starbucks and Taco Bell have thrived and embraced technology and changing customer behaviours.
    We also chat about evolutionary psychology as a primary reason for people being resistant to change and the digital leader super powers such as 'Super Vision' and an ability to 'Speak All Languages" as critical components for success.
    Don't miss this episode.

  • James Pringle runs a venture capital fund and heads up one of the UK’s largest angel investor networks (over 500 members) proactively looking for ambitious and disruptive entrepreneurs to invest in. The reality is that without entrepreneurial founders, investors have nothing.

    The start-up environment may lack resources, but it has an abundance of resourcefulness and large established organisations are always seeking employees with an entrepreneurial spirit and founder’s mindset.

    James talks about the energy, passion, commitment, vision and resilience demonstrated by the start up community. Failure means data, learning, adventure and progress to a founder as opposed to a setback. He explains ‘Founder Market Fit’ which refers to an acute ability to understand the problem that is being solved by someone who has the experience and understanding in the space they are operating. This is combined with oodles of curiosity and great ‘listening systems’ to understand the customer needs in an ever-changing landscape. Bloom and Wild are a great example after their research of red roses for Valentine’s Day boosted sales, by not selling them! James also explains ‘Product Market Fit’ which is when the product or service is working efficiently and now the world needs to know about it.

    The 4th Industrial Revolution has been described as ‘change at the speed of thought’ and modern-day founders understand they can become global in the blink of an eye. As organisations grow, their walls become thicker and so their listening abilities diminish.

    Founders take time to create momentum and confidence so that those around them truly believe that anything is possible. Don’t miss this episode.

  • Scott O’Neil was the CEO of the Philadelphia 76’s (NBA) and the New Jersey Devils (NHL) and former President of Maddison Square Garden, the venue that has hosted some of the most iconic sporting and entertainment events. Scott is also the author of “Be Where Your Feet Are” which he wrote as a purposeful mechanism to heal after tragically losing a close friend.

    Scott grew up in a strong family unit with four siblings and both parents working in the leadership advisory field. Positive role models were all around him from an early age.

    The pandemic has provided a moment in time, magnifying the need for all leaders to be a force for good in a constantly chaotic environment. Each of us must now decide what are we willing to celebrate and what are we willing to tolerate going forward with a ‘palms up’ approach to life.

    Scott has a simple mantra: Do something for your mind, something for your body and something for your soul every day. Work life balance is a concept Scott doesn’t believe in as he finds it impossible to disentangle the two. It is all about our ability to be present in the moment. As a CEO Scott has hired hundreds of people and has noticed that successful people tend to have 3 characteristics that stand out. Firstly, they work unreasonable hard, secondly their intellectual curiosity in an ever-changing world and thirdly, being an extraordinary teammate. Don’t miss this episode.

  • Dan Lewindon is the current Head of Performance, Science & Medicine for the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) and former physio for the England Rugby Team. We chat about the personal journey we are all on in the pursuit of high performance and how progress requires the need to courageously jettison a reliance on our technical and expert capabilities and leverage more of our innate human centred leadership capabilities.
    We all chat about the different mindsets and levels of resilience that Dan experienced in the elite environments of team sport (Rugby) to the individual gladiatorial battle of singles tennis.
    Don't miss this episode.

  • Peter Sursi is an experienced people manager at the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation). All leaders continue to grapple with the ability to live and lead themselves and others through constant change. Law enforcement provides an environment where the scope and requirement to change can literally mean the difference between life and death. Peter discusses a number of projects that he has been involved in where critical lessons have been learned. These include addressing peoples' fear of loss of control or even feelings of grief. How to combine the best of the old with the best of the new so that people feel valued and part of the iterative or even transformational change process. We chat about a leader's ability to focus and prioritise as critical for success and to ensure change initiatives are about evolution not revolution. This episode is essential for all leaders in all size organisations as the world constantly changes around us and we have to adapt or become irrelevant.

  • Dustin Seale is the Regional Managing Partner EMEA, Hedrick Consulting, part of Heidrick & Struggles. Dustin is passionate about taking responsibility for working with as many leaders and organisations as possible in order to foster a world better led and to create positive and sustainable change. This episode is an absolute must for all leaders as we discuss the importance of culture in a post pandemic environment and how leaders must consider meaning, flexibility and focus. Dustin draws insights from Heidrick's global research and highlights one of the biggest detailers for leaders has been an inability to prioritise. This is a packed episode full of great learning, wisdom and storytelling from leader who walks the walk as well as talks the talk. Join the conversation and enjoy this episode.

  • Elliot Evans (aka Elliot the Coach) was a typical teenager trying to impress, achieve, understand life and attract validation. When the going got tough he felt the need to throw himself even further into work and radical self development techniques. This was until he suffered a breakdown at the age of 25 following a series of set backs and failed attempts at finding his authentic self. Mental health is and must be at the centre of all leaders thinking as we navigate our way out of a global pandemic into a world of constant change. This is a courageous, authentic and moving episode from someone who came to understand that being kind to yourself and knowing your personal why is an important first step to finding your authentic self.

  • Tom Lyas is the Talent Acquisition Manager for the law firm Browne Jacobson. He is passionate about inclusivity and has championed social mobility in a number of organisations culminating in Browne Jacobson being voted the No.1 Social Mobility Employer in the UK. Would you consider scrapping the academic criteria from your hiring process? Tom did. The results were staggering. The firm moved from having 100% of trainee lawyers from Russell Group Universities and 7% BAME candidates to now having 50/50 Russell Group with other institutions and 45% BAME hires. Tom is passionate about their F.A.I.R.E. system (Fairer Access into Real Experiences) as the firm continues to break boundaries and push for increased inclusively into the legal profession. This is an inspirational episode and all leaders are responsible for driving a culture of inclusivity and seeking to be a force for good.

  • Richard Newman is the founder and CEO of Body Talk, award winning writer and keynote speaker. He has featured on TV and radio and assisted one client generate an additional $1bn in revenues using his communication techniques. Richard is passionate about the subject of communication. He is an introvert and high functioning autistic whereby much of his early life was spent trying to discover why he struggled to connect with people. He even decided to live with Tibetan monks at the age of 18 in order to further his thinking. This episode is all about a leader's ability to 'lift' their audience by focusing on being the mentor and not the hero. By focusing on human centred leadership and not tried and tested technical skills. Listen to Richard's three point plan for any leader that requires you to prime your mind, intrinsically validate and lastly always focus outwards.
    Don't miss this high paced episode packed full of learning.

  • Reg Rix is the co-founder and co-CEO of Car Finance 24/7 with his brother Louis. He was passionate, driven and determined to have his own business from the age of 17. Failure, administration, a credit crunch and a pandemic could not stop the brothers building a business that is disrupting the market place and now has over 600 people employed. This is a no nonsense episode from a CEO who is young, straight talking, robust and passionate about his people. He closed the entire business for a month when an employee fell seriously ill with Covid and ended up in a coma simply because it was the right thing to do. It was a demonstration of his human centred approach to leadership and the 'stillness' of not trading provided him a unique insight into the future of his business.
    People buy people and Reg has worked hard to create and live a culture that supports all those who work within Car Finance and all those customers who benefit from its services.
    Don't miss this episode.

  • Brad Berwick grew up in a family with a rich and proud military heritage. His life and career are testimony that leaders are made not born. He was originally asked to leave college as a 'C' grade student which prompted him to join the military during the Gulf War before becoming a Secret Service Agent and finding himself protecting multiple US Presidents. He is currently Head of Investigations (EMEA) for BP and during his journey, Brad has reflected deeply on how and why he has chosen to become a leader. Brad places huge importance on human centred leadership and ensuring he lives and leads in support of the words spoken by his father that 'rules without relationships equals rebellion.'
    Don't miss this deeply personal, funny an inspiring episode.

  • James Lisica is a Strategist, Futurist and international speaker in relation to global supply chains. Do you take for granted the complexity and importance of how items reach their customer base? As a leader the issue of global supply chains has never been more important. Complex considerations include the use of intelligent data, sustaining profits by profiting sustainably, winning tomorrow's customers, mastering the digital world, creating compelling value for stakeholders and disrupting the disruptors.
    As we enter 2022 leaders will be keen to balance ethical and sustainable practices with profit and growth and therefore will need to consider investing in innovation, technology and a fail fast culture. Enjoy this episode.

  • Anil Santhapuri is a multi award winning learning leader at CGI in India. Before we lead others and our organisations we must take the time to deeply think about our own leadership.
    Anil discusses three key categories.
    Human Being: Who we are at each moment, or rather who we want to be at each moment. It's your inner essence and core of existence.
    Human Doing: What you are doing now whilst being who you are. Your external exploits are aligned to your internal anchors.
    Human Becoming: This points to the path we are all travelling on to become a better version of ourselves.
    You can also find a copy of Anil's 22 Questions to Reflect on in 2022 on his Linkedin page Anil Santhapuri.
    Enjoy the first episode of 2022.