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By Emma Coller
Growing together through curious conversations
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The complexity of obesity with Sarah LeBrocq

Growth Pod - Cast

Kirk Hardwick - The Ultra Runner
In this episode, I get curious with ultra-runner, Kirk Hardwick. Kirk believes that we are all born to run, and argues, you don’t have to be superhuman to be able to run 100 plus miles over 24 hours. All it takes is commitment, determination and drive. He says the word impossible is overused and is done so in a way that limits our capacity to be our best. Kirk says the allure of running is the ability to find ourselves and to re-discover what we are meant to do. He describes how running many miles can be tough, but it’s in those tough moments that bring us the greatest joy and helps us build resilience we all need. Kirk is passionate about health and well-being; he believes that well-being is not one dimensional and that we should all build holistic component parts into our lives. Delayed gratification, seeing his family smile with pride and inspiring others are his greatest motivators. Kirk shares the following two incredible quotes: “We don’t stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing”. George Bernard Shaw We aren’t good at what we do occasionally, were good at what we do consistently (Author unknown) You can find out more about Kirk here: Instagram @kirk_hardwick
November 17, 2020
Phil Jones MBE
In this episode, I get curious with the Managing Director of Brother, Phil Jones MBE, whose personal purpose is to inspire the potential of millions of others. We get curious about how powerful leaders are ones who bring emotional intelligence and compassion to an organisation. We explore; The power of creating meaningful cultures where small things make the biggest difference.  How to use diverse information to create feedback loops to communicate the right content at the correct frequency and in the appropriate tone. Why leaders need to develop situational self-awareness so they can serve their people and develop and embed meaningful wellbeing cultures. The power of understanding your purpose. Why it's important to not just care for those you lead but also their families. Why covid 19 has given us the opportunity to reflect and grow our communication, relationships and organisations. Phil shares the following quote: “Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny."  Mahatma Gandhi You can connect with Phil LinkedIn Twitter 
June 28, 2020
Danielle Brown MBE
Today I get curious with double Olympic gold medal winner, Danielle Brown MBE. Together we get curious about the power that comes with knowing yourself because as Danielle states, your relationship with yourself is the longest.  We discuss the power of positivity and mindset, why saying yes brings amazing opportunities, how kindness overflows into your whole life and why you should never give up, but instead get up! Danielle shares the following quote with us: "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel".  Maya Angelou You can find Danielle at:
June 12, 2020
The complexity of obesity with Sarah LeBrocq
In this episode, we get curious with Sarah LeBrocq. Sarah lost 8 stone in the TV series, fat, fight of my life and now campaigns to raise awareness about the complexity of obesity. We explore those complex issues and links to genetics. We discuss the stigma, assumptions and stereotypes people living with obesity face every day and the importance of changing the narrative.  Sarah explains the role of obesogenic environments and how her view of wellbeing has changed over the years. 
May 13, 2020
Ali Mortimer, Heal Yourself Happy
In this episode, we get curious with Ali Mortimer.   Ali talks us through her very personal journey that led her to uncover the 7 pillars of her heal yourself happy methodology.    Ali shares the 7 pillars, starting with the power and effect of food, the importance of finding physical activities that bring you joy, ensuring we gain enough quality sleep, why we need to go to the mental health gym regularly, finding your authentic self through the happy soul pillar, the importance of creating positive happy connections before bringing it all together to create your own unique health prescription that you can embed in your life to heal yourself happy. Ali also shares a bonus tip of bookending! You can find Ali here: Facebook Instagram Website Book Link Ali shared her favourite passage by Marianne Williamson “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
April 08, 2020
Working from home with Pete Quinn.
Pete talks us through some ideas for enhancing and maintaining our wellbeing whilst working at home.  We discuss how to build healthy routines, faking our commute to work, starting and finishing our day well, the importance of connections, how we can use this time to learn from our family members and what resilience really means.  "Pete is also a Consultant for Goss Consultancy Ltd ( with whom he worked on the Tower of London and Wellcome projects mentioned in the show." Find out more about Pete: Website: LinkedIn: Twitter: Pete recommends:
March 25, 2020
Finding your authentic self with Gina Battye
Today I get curious about wellbeing with Gina Battye; Gina is a world-renowned LGBT+ & Authenticity Advisor, trainer, speaker, author and coach.  She advises for TV, Film, Radio, Theatre, Global Press, multinational companies, Fortune 500s and Leading Global Organisations. She has experienced a unique but sadly all too familiar journey, surviving workplace bullying which impacted her health and triggered her having to hide her authentic self. This, however, led Gina to creating the authentic self process, which helps people release the past to enable full growth and development. Gina's work has been featured widely in the media, including Sky News, BBC, Forbes, The Telegraph, BBC Three, The Times, Metro, The Sun, Psychologies, Cosmopolitan, Pink News, Vice, Gay Star News, Diva and Curve. Connect with Gina Website: LinkedIn: Gina's recommendations: Deepak Chopra, Perfect Health; Oprah Winfrey, What I know for sure;
March 08, 2020
Mark Gilroy - TMSDI Wellbeing
In this podcast, we get curious with Mark Gilroy about workplace wellbeing that isn't simply a box-ticking exercise but a meaningful journey, balancing our life - work time, and the power of journaling. Mark is the managing director of TMSDI, a company which distributes a unique set of profiling tools which facilitates curious conversations about personal, team and organisational performance. Mark is a sought after speaker at leadership, personal development conferences and for other podcasts, he is fascinated by human behaviour and is a self-confessed psychology geek, is an awesome photographer as well as having a pretty awesome singing voice.
February 23, 2020
Paul Parkinson
Today we get curious with Paul Parkinson, Paul is the founder of one of the Uk’s largest vehicle brokers, Synergy, who have won several awards for being the best at what they do. Paul is an entrepreneur and his interests sit within sports, high performance, being team focused and creating a growth and investment mindset.
February 16, 2020
Coaching and Mentoring with Charlie Beech
Charlie Beech hung up his boots as a professional rugby player in December 2019 following a successful 15-year career. Having played for Northampton Saints, London Wasps, Bath, Yorkshire Carnegie, and Coventry, he is now growing a new career as an Action Coach. During this podcast Charlie provides some insightful information to our curious questions: What does coaching mean to you? · Coaching is how well you can coach not how much you know in that area · Transfer your knowledge and allow them to grow enough to take it · Help them see it for themself · Helping people find their skills · Seeing what skills people have and helping them understand how to transfer it · Coaching is helping people · We’ve all lived as long as we’ve lived, we’ve all learned a lot of things and we may discount it because we know it, but it has value and it's just seeing where that fits in the world · You think I’ve got nothing to give but you take a step out and realise you have so much to give · Coaching is being ready to accept that lesson · I think the world is finally waking up to the fact that we need mental health wellbeing as well as physical well being · People need to be coachable – At action coaching, we don’t like it when people say I know, it means you are closed off so we like to change it to; isn’t that interesting · You have to invest your time in coaching · Lyric from Wayward Son by Kansas, “if I claim to be a wise man It surely means I don’t know” What skills are required? · Patience · Resilience · Believe in what you are doing · Business should not be stressful it should be fun · Empathy · Strong communication · Good coaches try different angles · Adaptable Why do you do what you do? · I like helping people · Helping Each other makes the world a better place · Any lessons from the rugby field · You can learn from bad things as well as good ones · You need to be prescriptive with what you expect Finishing round: planting the final seeds for growth……. what one thing can our listeners do today to activate a piece of knowledge you have shared with us? Change your perception, don’t sink into BED, Blame, Excuses and Denial. Take responsibility. Could you share one practice that you engage in, that enhances or maintains your wellbeing? Exercise because it helps your physical and mental health, they are tied together Do you have a poem or inspiring quote that you can share with us? Taken from Rudyard Kipling, If... If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
February 08, 2020