The Ford Hastings Show

The Ford Hastings Show

By Joe Thomsett
Welcome to The Ford Hastings show, where we talk to entrepreneurs, non-executive directors, business leaders and more.
We dissect their careers, find out about their successes, failures, their habits, routines, tips and tricks and more. These shows are packed with practical wisdom and resources that you can apply to your business and life right away!

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Ep 15. Burnout mini series with Katie Maycock (Part 6) - The Relationship Between Burnout, Anger and Frustration
Ep 15 - The Burnout miniseries with Katie Maycock (part 6)     Today's episode of the Burnout mini series we are talking about anger and frustration. Why does Burnout cause you to be more volatile? Welcome to the Burnout miniseries!   After the success of her first podcast we decided to bring Katie back for a rapid fire break down of the mythical world of Burnout.  Over the course of 10 short episodes, brought to you over the next 10 days, we discuss what exactly is Burnout? The different symptoms and stages of Burnout and ways to keep yourself healthy.   You may be surprised to find out some of the symptoms of Burnout and how common they can be…  We found these fast insights really interesting and fun to record. I hope you will enjoy a few rapid fire podcasts over the next few days as much as our longer form episodes which will continue as normal next week.
05:49
February 20, 2019
Ep 14. Burnout mini series with Katie Maycock (Part 5) - How Burnout Affects Your Immune System?
Ep 14 - The Burnout miniseries with Katie Maycock (part 5)     Today's episode of the Burnout mini series we are talking about focus. How does burnout dissolve the focus of type A individuals? Welcome to the Burnout miniseries!   After the success of her first podcast we decided to bring Katie back for a rapid fire break down of the mythical world of Burnout.  Over the course of 10 short episodes, brought to you over the next 10 days, we discuss what exactly is Burnout? The different symptoms and stages of Burnout and ways to keep yourself healthy.   You may be surprised to find out some of the symptoms of Burnout and how common they can be…  We found these fast insights really interesting and fun to record. I hope you will enjoy a few rapid fire podcasts over the next few days as much as our longer form episodes which will continue as normal next week.
05:28
February 20, 2019
Ep 13. Burnout mini series with Katie Maycock (Part 4) - How Burnout Affects Your Immune System?
Ep 13 - The Burnout miniseries with Katie Maycock (part 4)     Today's episode of the Burnout mini series we are talking about the Immune system. How does burnout and digestion negatively affect your immune system? Welcome to the Burnout miniseries!   After the success of her first podcast we decided to bring Katie back for a rapid fire break down of the mythical world of Burnout.  Over the course of 10 short episodes, brought to you over the next 10 days, we discuss what exactly is Burnout? The different symptoms and stages of Burnout and ways to keep yourself healthy.   You may be surprised to find out some of the symptoms of Burnout and how common they can be…  We found these fast insights really interesting and fun to record. I hope you will enjoy a few rapid fire podcasts over the next few days as much as our longer form episodes which will continue as normal next week.
05:14
February 18, 2019
Ep 12. Burnout mini series with Katie Maycock (Part 3) - The Impact Of Digestive Health In Relation To Burnout
Ep 12 - The Burnout miniseries with Katie Maycock (part 3)     Welcome to the Burnout miniseries!   After the success of her first podcast we decided to bring Katie back for a rapid fire break down of the mythical world of Burnout.  Over the course of 10 short episodes, brought to you over the next 10 days, we discuss what exactly is Burnout? The different symptoms and stages of Burnout and ways to keep yourself healthy.   You may be surprised to find out some of the symptoms of Burnout and how common they can be…  We found these fast insights really interesting and fun to record. I hope you will enjoy a few rapid fire podcasts over the next few days as much as our longer form episodes which will continue as normal next week.
05:30
February 18, 2019
Ep 11. Burnout mini series with Katie Maycock (Part 2) - What are the first signs of Burnout?
Ep 11 - The Burnout miniseries with Katie Maycock (part 2)   Welcome to the Burnout miniseries!  After the success of her first podcast we decided to bring Katie back for a rapid fire break down of the mythical world of Burnout.  Over the course of 10 short episodes, brought to you over the next 10 days, we discuss what exactly is Burnout? The different symptoms and stages of Burnout and ways to keep yourself healthy.  You may be surprised to find out some of the symptoms of Burnout and how common they can be…  We found these fast insights really interesting and fun to record. I hope you will enjoy a few rapid fire podcasts over the next few days as much as our longer form episodes which will continue as normal next week.  
04:52
February 16, 2019
Ep 10. Burnout mini series with Katie Maycock (Part 1)
Ep 10 - The Burnout miniseries with Katie Maycock (part 1) Welcome to the Burnout miniseries with the incredible and delightful Katie Maycock! After the success of her first podcast experience we decided to bring  Katie back for a rapid fire break down of the mythical world of Burnout. If you haven't listened to Katie’s first visit to the podcast, here is a little  bit about who she is and where she comes from... Katie Maycock spent the first eighteen years of her life living with anxiety. She called it various things such as eating disorders, personality traits, digestive issues, fear, and/or life. Not once did she acknowledge she was stressed or might have anxiety. Having spent her early twenties working in corporate sales as a Type A individual that couldn’t get enough of the fast pace industry she worked in. At 25, everything changed. Going from being super productive and an efficient machine, functioning with only 5 - 6 hours of sleep a night, exercising six days a week and routinely working twelve plus hours, to not being able to get out of bed. Katy spent the next few years developing and refining techniques to help break the cycle of stress and anxiety. She created practical tools that, to this day, help keep stress and anxiety to a minimum.  In her words she finally Got Her Sh*t Together.  Now her goal is to give back.  Over the course of 10 short episodes, brought to you over the next 10 days, we discuss what exactly is Burnout? The different symptoms and stages of Burnout and ways to keep yourself healthy. You may be surprised to find out some of the symptoms of Burnout and how common they can be…   We found these fast insights really interesting and fun to record. I hope you will enjoy a few rapid fire podcasts over the next few days as much as our longer form episodes which will continue as normal next week.   In This Episode, We Cover: What is Burnout? A brief introduction to the six stages of burnout The need for sleep Katie touches on anxiety and apathy
05:33
February 14, 2019
Ep 9. Sex-Tech And The Connection Revolution - Soum Rakshit
Get the latest podcast email updates here: bit.ly/FHpod Follow:  Ford Hastings - www.fordhastings.com  FH LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/ford-hastings/  Joe Thomsett LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/joethomsett/  Joe Thomsett Twitter - @mrthomsett  Will Hastings LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/will-hastings-7814abb1/  -----  How The CEO Of World Leading Sex Tech Company Has Created A Connection Revolution – Soum Rakshit OFFER: 30% off all MysteryVibe Products 😜😋🤭 for Ford Hastings listeners with code 'fordhastings30'. Soumyapdip Rakshit is the CEO at MysteryVibe, a world-leading Sex Tech company. The MysteryVibe vision is to create a world where every adult is free to fulfil their sexual health and well-being. They do this by inventing category defining products that elevate the sexual experience. Soum obtained a PHD at The University of Bath, where he created some novel methods for accurate Iris recognition. He then moved into Management Consulting, working for Deloitte, Santander and HSBC; across business process design and financial crime compliance. It’s during this time that he conceived the idea for MysteryVibe. Soum is also a mentor at Octopus Labs, where he helps fintech companies to achieve scale. In This Episode, We Cover: How working on counter terrorism lead to SexTech How the idea for MysteryVibe came about The Mystery Vibe company vision - where every adult is free to fulfil their sexual health and wellbeing - live and let live Different cultural attitudes to sex - The UK, Germany, France, Scandinavian countries.  How to address the conversation about sex with your partner. Why people repeat patterns in different relationships Why you should have collaborators, not competitors to build your brand and spread your message The Mystery Vibe category defining products.  Why raising lots of money in one go can cause you to fail How the sex industry is often the first adopter of technology Books Soum would gift to other people And much more! Enjoy this episode with Soum. -----  This episode is brought to you by Ford Hastings - fordhastings.com - , a board level search firm for startups, scale-ups and SME's (Turnover £2m-£75m pa). Ford Hastings have for over 20 years sourced C-Suite professionals and Non-Executive Directors on behalf of SME's, VC Funds and PE houses. 
2:04:51
February 7, 2019
Ep 8. Building And Selling A £175m Logistics Business - Mark Bigley
Get the latest podcast email updates here: bit.ly/FHpod Follow:  Ford Hastings - www.fordhastings.com  FH LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/ford-hastings/  Joe Thomsett LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/joethomsett/  Joe Thomsett Twitter - @mrthomsett  Will Hastings LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/will-hastings-7814abb1/  --------- Mark Bigley founded Secured Mail in 2006 with a £500,000 loan from the UK SME loan guarantee scheme. Secured Mail is  a nationwide mail delivery logistics company that at its peak delivered over 500m items per year, with a turnover of £175m and 300 staff.  Mark was responsible for delivering the business plan and successfully negotiated two venture capital fund raisings and the acquisition of DHL’s DSA business.  Mark and the management team successfully negotiated the sale of Secured Mail in 2018 In This Episode, We Cover: Mark starting his career by working for free to demonstrate value, and taking this attitude with him for the rest of his career. On being the custodian of a company. Mark’s small dabble in politics and what it taught him about people. Raising £500,000 through the small business loan guarantee scheme to start Secured Mail. Growing Secured Mail through funding, organic growth and acquisition. Why you should consider your PE partners to be your friends. How to prepare for investment effectively. And much more! Enjoy this episode with Mark! -------- This episode is brought to you by Ford Hastings - fordhastings.com, a board level search firm for startups, scale-ups and SME's (Turnover £2m-£75m pa). Ford Hastings have for over 20 years sourced C-Suite professionals and Non-Executive Directors on behalf of SME's, VC Funds and PE houses. 
1:29:07
January 31, 2019
Ep 7. The Mindset Manifesto - Daniel Kirby
Get the latest podcast email updates here: bit.ly/FHpod Follow:  Ford Hastings - www.fordhastings.com  FH LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/ford-hastings/  Joe Thomsett LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/joethomsett/  Joe Thomsett Twitter - @mrthomsett  Will Hastings LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/will-hastings-7814abb1/  -----  The Mindset Manifesto With Dan Kirby Dan Kirby is the CEO of TechDept, a Tech strategy and counsel company. He was listed as one of the most innovative people in MENA for 2018 by the Holmes Report. In 2017 he was named by the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) In the UK's "Hot 100" as a Digital Ambassador. Dan is also the co-founder of Getahead Festival, a 24 hour festival promoting good mental health. Getahead has a mission to positively impact a billion people over the next 25 years. We Cover: *The blueprint method to cultivate confidence *Being your biggest critic, radical candour and compassionate enquiry *The two forms of denial *Is Gary Vaynerchuk's outlook toxic? *Creating versions of reality - using narrative to create purpose *Strategy + Technology = Happy; technology is only useful if it's hidden (Taleb) *Advice to someone starting out on the entrepreneurial journey *Dan's Morning Routine *And much more! Dan is incredibly knowledgeable with incredible practical life experience. This episode was a pleasure to record and I'm sure you'll take away tonnes of practical tips and lessons that you can apply right away. Enjoy this episode with Dan. -----  This episode is brought to you by Ford Hastings - fordhastings.com - , a board level search firm for startups, scale-ups and SME's (Turnover £2m-£75m pa). Ford Hastings have for over 20 years sourced C-Suite professionals and Non-Executive Directors on behalf of SME's, VC Funds and PE houses. 
2:43:30
January 24, 2019
Ep 5. Get your sh*t together - Katie Maycock
Get the latest podcast email updates here: bit.ly/FHpod Follow: Ford Hastings - www.fordhastings.com FH LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/ford-hastings/ Joe Thomsett LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/joethomsett/ Joe Thomsett Twitter - @mrthomsett Will Hastings LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/will-hastings-7814abb1/ ----- Katie Maycock ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/katie-maycock-901a6430/ ) spent the first eighteen years of her life living with anxiety. She called it various things such as eating disorders, personality traits, digestive issues, fear, and/or life. Not once did she acknowledge she was stressed or might have anxiety; having spent her early twenties working in corporate sales as a Type A individual that couldn’t get enough of the fast pace industry she worked in. At 25, everything changed. Going from being super productive and an efficient machine, functioning with only 5 – 6 hours of sleep a night, exercising six days a week and routinely working twelve plus hours, to not being able to get out of bed. Katie spent the next few years developing and refining techniques to help break the cycle of stress and anxiety. She created practical tools that, to this day, help keep stress and anxiety to a minimum. In her words she finally Got Her Sh*t Together. Now her goal is to give back. In this Episode, we cover: - The difference between stress and anxiety - The link between the gut and the brain - Foods to cut out and include for good gut health - On the importance of sleep - Practical tools to combat stress and anxiety - morning routines, meditation, free writing, reading - How to deal with successes and failures - On short and long term goal setting and much more! Listening to Katie and her journey will give you practical tools to combat stress and anxiety. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ----- This episode is brought to you by Ford Hastings - fordhastings.com - , a board level search firm for startups, scale-ups and SME's. Ford Hastings have for over 20 years sourced C-Suite professionals and Non-Executive Directors on behalf of SME's, VC Funds and PE houses. As a listener of this episode, you can get up to £2,000 off a board search by quoting 'Podcast-Maycock' when enquiring.
59:30
December 19, 2018
Ep 4. The importance of having and communicating a vision in your business - Mark Kirby
Get the latest podcast email updates here: bit.ly/FHpod Follow: Ford Hastings - www.fordhastings.com FH LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/ford-hastings/ Joe Thomsett LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/joethomsett/ Joe Thomsett Twitter - @mrthomsett Will Hastings LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/will-hastings-7814abb1/ ----- Mark Kirby ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/markrkirby/ ) is an enthusiastic individual who loves creating and developing successful Customer Experience based businesses. His successes have included Go Response and Cart Assist. Mark Founded Go Response in October 2003 and sold to Direct Response Call Centre Group in September 2016. GoResponse provides high quality 24/7 outsourced sales and customer services. Providing traditional inbound and outbound telephone support social media & live chat services, ensuring that businesses have key touch points that their customers demand. Mark remains a shareholder and Board Member of the DRCCG. He is also the founder of Sus4 Sessions, a live musics events companies that supports independent artists and helps them showcase their art at enchanting and interesting locations. In this episode we cover: - The importance of beginner's mind - The franchise business model and learning negotiation skills - Dealing with nepotism and people 20 years older than you - The importance of continuous learning - The importance of having and communicating a vision in your business - And much, much more Listening to Mark and his journey will give you practical tips on the importance of having and communicating a vision in your business. ----- This episode is brought to you by Ford Hastings - fordhastings.com - , a board level search firm for startups, scale-ups and SME's. Ford Hastings have for over 20 years sourced C-Suite professionals and Non-Executive Directors on behalf of SME's, VC Funds and PE houses. As a listener of this episode, you can get up to £2,000 off a board search by quoting 'Podcast-Kirby' when enquiring.
1:39:00
December 19, 2018
Ep 6. Building a Global Engineering Company - Jan Ward
Get the latest podcast email updates here: bit.ly/FHpod Follow: Ford Hastings - www.fordhastings.com  FH LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/ford-hastings/  Joe Thomsett LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/joethomsett/  Joe Thomsett Twitter - @mrthomsett  Will Hastings LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/will-hastings-7814abb1/  -----  Jan Ward ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/jan-ward-cbe-8788b39/ ) is the Founder and CEO of Corrotherm International Ltd, a leading supplier of nickel alloys to the energy sector, with offices in UK, UAE, India, South Africa , Saudi Arabia , Australia, China and S Korea. She is a Non-Executive Director at a number of companies, including The Energy Industries Council and Red Penguin Associates Ltd. She is a Director at the Saudi Joint British Business Council. Jan has won a number of awards over the years for her contributions to business, including a CBE for services to business in 2015, Natwest Business woman of the year 2009, and the IOD and South East Global Director of the year 2014.  In this episode we cover:  - Jan's first venture into business (a sandwich shop)  - The stigma towards women in engineering in the 1980's - Developing a skill set in an existing business before setting up  - Setting up Corrotherm, a global specialised steel manufacturer  - Doing business in the Middle East in the 90's and 00's  - The importance of continuous innovation and value engineering  - Collaborative leadership  - The role of Non-Executive Directors in Business  - And much more! ---------- We hope you enjoy the episode with Jan as much as we did recording it. This episode is brought to you by Ford Hastings - fordhastings.com - , a board level search firm for startups, scale-ups and SME's. Ford Hastings have for over 20 years sourced C-Suite professionals and Non-Executive Directors on behalf of SME's, VC Funds and PE houses. As a listener of this episode, you can get up to £2,000 off a board search by quoting 'Podcast-Ward' when enquiring.
1:35:30
December 19, 2018
Ep 3. How To Build A Community With Authenticity - Alexandra Galviz - Founder of #LinkedInLocal
Get the latest podcast email updates here: bit.ly/FHpod Follow: Ford Hastings - www.fordhastings.com FH LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/ford-hastings/ Joe Thomsett LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/joethomsett/ Joe Thomsett Twitter - @mrthomsett Will Hastings LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/will-hastings-7814abb1/ ----- Alexandra Galviz (Authentic Alex) ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/authenticalex/ )is LinkedIn’s Top Voice in the UK for both 2017 and 2018. She developed a platform on LinkedIn by being one of the first people to talk openly and honestly about the effects that chasing corporate and material success can cause on our mental health. She created LinkedIn Local to encourage LinkedIn connections to meet offline through hosted events. It grew from 4 people in 4 countries in 4 cities into 80 countries, 600 cities and 1,000 hosts in under 18 months. She has subsequently launched and is the CMO of LocalX, a Community Consulting, Accelerator and Technology Company. From Alex: “A little about me… In 2016 I had a quarter life crisis (yes that’s an actual thing and if it’s not I’m officially making it one). So after 4.5 years of climbing my way furiously up the career ladder into a management position by the time I was 24, I decided to take a short break from the corporate underworld that turned into full-blown retirement at the ripe old age of 25. I swiftly proceeded to backpack solo through Sri Lanka, Nepal and India for 6 weeks, some say to find myself (Eat, Pray, Love style), I’d say just for the Eat part. By day I teach people and businesses how to get noticed on LinkedIn, grow their brand and leverage the platform to achieve their goals. In between I work with students and graduates, upskilling them via workshops, public speaking gigs and mentoring them into the workforce. By night I turn into a LinkedIn blogger posting my thoughts on my successes and setbacks I’ve overcome as a student, graduate, young professional, self-confessed introvert and now as a solopreneur in all its raw glory under the hashtag #AuthenticAlex.” In this Episode, we cover: *Living an authentic life *What makes a person coachable? *Growing online communities to worldwide movements *Courage and impostor syndrome *The contributing factors to the workplace mental health epidemic *The misconception regarding introverts and extroverts *And much more! Listening to Alex will give you practical insights into how to build an online and offline community effectively; using honesty, integrity and authenticity. ----- This episode is brought to you by Ford Hastings - fordhastings.com - , a board level search firm for startups, scale-ups and SME's. Ford Hastings have for over 20 years sourced C-Suite professionals and Non-Executive Directors on behalf of SME's, VC Funds and PE houses. As a listener of this episode, you can get up to £2,000 off a board search by quoting 'Podcast-Galviz' when enquiring.
1:20:31
December 13, 2018
Ep 2. Growing a Business, Leadership, Mental Models and Building Knowledge - Mike Lander
Get the latest podcast email updates here: bit.ly/FHpod Follow: Ford Hastings - www.fordhastings.com FH LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/ford-hastings/ Joe Thomsett LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/joethomsett/ Joe Thomsett Twitter - @mrthomsett Will Hastings LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/will-hastings-7814abb1/ ----- Mike Lander ( www.linkedin.com/in/mikelander/ ) is a successful entrepreneur with a proven track record of buying, growing and selling businesses with a particular sector focus on Digital Marketing Agencies, Consulting, Architecture/Interior Design and Education. From Mike: “Whenever I tell my story to people, there are two common themes they talk about: “you’ve been very successful at buying/building/selling businesses, what’s the secret sauce” “you’ve had an interesting and very eclectic career, how does that tie in with your focus, focus, focus advice?” The reality is, there is no “secret sauce”. Each journey was unique with a few common approaches. The question about focus is an important one that has taken many years of personal learning to get right. I like to think of it as “focused sprinting”. Some people do one thing exceptionally well all their lives. For me, variety is the spice of life, I have to focus on specific things for short periods and then repeat. I hope you find one or two insights that help you with your entrepreneurial journey and that the learning never stops”. In this Episode, we cover: *Engineering and making things *Visual and experimentation learning *The current state and future of education *The impact of AI and machine learning on society *The grounding consulting gives in understanding businesses *What Business Transformation is and how to go about it *Overcoming business failure *Building knowledge and decision-making tools *The role of leadership in business *Advice given to the younger generation *And much more! Listening to Mike and his journey will give you practical tips on building businesses, business transformation, leadership, decision-making tools and more. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ----- This episode is brought to you by Ford Hastings - fordhastings.com - , a board level search firm for startups, scale-ups and SME's. Ford Hastings have for over 20 years sourced C-Suite professionals and Non-Executive Directors on behalf of SME's, VC Funds and PE houses. As a listener of this episode, you can get up to £2,000 off a board search by quoting 'Podcast-Lander' when enquiring.
1:40:58
December 6, 2018
EP.1 How to Bootstrap Your Business to Success - Rory Curnock Cook
Get the latest podcast email updates here: bit.ly/FHpod Follow: Ford Hastings - www.fordhastings.com FH LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/ford-hastings/ Joe Thomsett LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/joethomsett/ Joe Thomsett Twitter - @mrthomsett Will Hastings LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/will-hastings-7814abb1/ ----- Rory-Curnock Cook (@RoryCurnockCook) is an education entrepreneur, speaker, and mentor. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Profs (theprofs.co.uk) an award-winning educational consultancy focusing on higher and professional education, and leaders in online education and e-learning. Enjoying a year-on-year growth rate of >100% three years in a row, The Profs is now branching out into EdTech, Global Online Tuition and Professional Consultancy. In this Episode, we cover: *Building The Profs as a bootstrapped start-up *Start-Up Marketing, testing and Guerilla Marketing *Building a world-class EdTech Product (bitpaper.io) *Addressing poor student mental health through The Profs and partnering with universities *How Rory stays balanced whilst building a company *Advice Rory would give himself 5 years ago *Future hopes and dreams *And much more! Listening to Rory and his journey will give you practical tips on how to bootstrap a business to 7 figure revenues. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ----- This episode is brought to you by Ford Hastings - fordhastings.com - , a board level search firm for start-ups, scale-ups and SME's. Ford Hastings have for over 20 years sourced C-Suite professionals and Non-Executive Directors on behalf of SME's, VC Funds and PE houses. As a listener of this episode, you can get up to £2,000 off a board search by quoting 'Podcast-Profs' when enquiring.
59:17
November 25, 2018
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