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Microleadership - micro conversations, extraordinary ideas, incredible impact

Microleadership - micro conversations, extraordinary ideas, incredible impact

By Haydn Bratt
Microleadership will bring you practical and actionable ideas that you can apply immediately. Each episode will invite a leader to share one topic that they are really passionate about and in 20 mins we will go narrow and deep so that you can use their extraordinary ideas to enhance your own approach and lead like never before.
Short, informal and highly focussed conversations on the future of leadership with those that are shifting the narrative. Oh and we also plan on having some fun too!
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Season 2, Episode 14: Losing yourself in your obligation to others with Chiara Covone

Microleadership - micro conversations, extraordinary ideas, incredible impact

Season 3, Episode 9: Change is a fallacy...
We seem to be obsessed with change. From change initiatives to change management it has become a an accepted part of the language of business and our organisations. Yet, does change even exist? I would argue that change is the wrong term. I believe that what actually happens is a far more natural process called renewal. Rather than being about a change what we are actually doing is constantly recreating the world and always building something new. When looked at through this lens then the opportunities are endless and resistance is lessened.
March 29, 2021
Season 3, Episode 8: Losing control
In this latest episode where I am exploring some of the challenges facing leaders as we create the future of work I am exploring the anxiety many will be feeling about having to give back control over their lives. For years we got accustomed to the fact that a large part of our time was dictated by the organisation we work for and the job we do. We accepted this as the normal. Over the last 12 months we have opened our minds and our eyes to a new way to work and this has led us to have greater control. How many of our teams are ready to give this back? How many of us are ready to go back to the way we worked before the pandemic? Sharing some of my own thoughts on the way that I am now working verses a year ago I am certainly making different choices and am very resistant to reverting back to a previous mode of work. In this episode I encourage you to start the conversation - to discover just what people have loved and what they have missed so that we can design our business in a way that helps people be their brilliant best.
March 22, 2021
Season 3 Episode 7 : A better way to lead...
Recently I have been reviewing the aims of this podcast - to discover a better way to add value to you, the people who listen in. My WHY is to find a Better Way and Share it - this is what drives me every day. As my friends at the WHY institute say, when you know your WHY WHAT you do has more impact. We are approaching one of the most challenging periods for leaders the world over. The pandemic has created a dramatic shift in our expectations for life and work, and navigating our way through the aftermath is going to test leaders everywhere. The future of work is here, and we the leaders in business large and small everywhere are designing this future as we go. I believe there is a better future for the way we all work, I am passionate about helping more people to love what they do and design their life so that they can do more, be more and achieve more. In tis episode I am setting the scene for the challenge ahead and over the coming weeks I will helping you as you navigate the new normal, and build the future workplace. My hope is that we together create a future where we can all thrive.
March 15, 2021
Season 3, Episode 6: How confidence and belief can help you succeed with Julie Nichols
After growing up on a farm, and taking responsibility for running the farm from an early age Julie Nichols has always had a strong drive to succeed. After studying Agronomy she has recognised that there are different ways to operate that can help both growers and buyers all achieve more by working together - the Chinese principle of Guang Xi is a guiding ethos for Julie and her business Organzo ( In this wonderful conversation Julie discusses her lessons learnt as a business owner, and how through it all she has never doubted her ability to succeed. This is not born out of arrogance, but an unshaken belief in her ability to create positive outcomes. What is wonderful about Julie is whilst she has belief in herself, she also recognises where she needs help and support. Her Advisor Board is a practice I would encourage all business owners to adopt. If you would like to find out more about Julie and her work then check her out on Linked In - If you have enjoyed this podcast please rate and share so others can get to hear this great advice.
February 22, 2021
Season 3, Episode 5: From doing to being with Sandhya Maheshwari
With a passion for personal growth and development spanning more than 40 years Sandhya Maheshwari is a student who now helps her clients through her own Transformational Life Coaching business, Lotus Life Mastery. Taking her upbringing in India and her spiritiual and religion beliefs and augmenting them through working with great mentors and teachers Sandhya has discovered how important the shift is when we stop focussing on what we do and start to work on who we become. Sharing simple yet powerful questions Sandhya helps us to understand our key drivers that are impacting our life, so that we are open to and embrace personal transformation.  Sandhya Maheshwari is a Transformational Life Coach and her business is LOTUS LIFE MASTERY. She has been in the personal and professional training and development industry for over two decades.  Her clients produce extraordinary results in the area of their health and well being, relationships, their career (vocation / creative expression), and they experience time and money freedom. Sandhya offers free workshops and discovery sessions and those who are ready and willing take action to move beyond where they are to where they would love to be. She empowers her clients with rigor and compassion to create and live a life by design. You can connect with Sandhya at or by visiting her Facebook page:
February 15, 2021
Season 3, Episode 4: Just get on the train with Jacqueline Burton
How can a fear of rollercoasters become the mantra for living a fearless life? In this conversation Jackie Burton shares how, on a holiday to Florida she overcame her fear of the Hulk roller-coaster by taking one step forward and then just going with it. Something she has taken into her life and her business - the attitude of just get on the train! Jackie is a highly successful retail leader and business owner. She leads two Vodafone Franchise stores in the North West of England, as well as launching a new business where she helps fellow entrepreneurs successfully grow and lead their business'. Jackie's passion and belief in what is possible shines through in this conversation - using both her desire for growth and taking unhelpful criticism and using it as the catalyst to challenge herself to prove just how much she can achieve! She has found her own way to successfully deal with the imposter in her own head - a challenge she admits she faces daily! This is a great example of how we can manage our inner chimp and still push ourselves to be all we want in our life! If you want to connect with Jackie she is on Linked In: Her email is:
February 08, 2021
Season 3, Episode 3: Creating your future with Ruthann Bowen
What happens when you return after a career break and find your expertise and the thing that you once loved was no longer as relevant or the world has changed so much that you need to start again? This was part of the story of today's guest Ruthann Bowen. Ruthann is the founder of Wix DesignHer ( and the Chief Marketing Officer for EastCamp Creative. Ruthann has dedicated her new found passion for web design to helping entrepreneurs, specifically female business owners, create beautiful websites without having to invest in huge design costs. In fact her brand new book is designed to do just that - it's called "Creating your own website in a weekend" and helps entrepreneurs create DIY websites that are beautifully designed, converting websites. Ruthann is passionate about helping others and the importance of design. In this episode the not only shares what she does but also the journey she has been on as a business owner herself. From leaving a wonderful job, to the concern of her parents through to her work now disrupting the web design market Ruthann has always felt challenged by working inside a "box" as she calls it. Her desire to create and her love of finding new ways to do things means that she is able to forge her own path balancing the courage to take on board feedback, whilst having the inner confidence to trust her instincts - a balancing act she manages with real style. if you want to connect with Ruthann you can visit her website or connect on LinkedIn:
February 01, 2021
Season 3, Episode 2: Finding your brilliance with Alison Tansey
Sometimes a product or service comes to the market and provides a solution that is so obvious and needed that you can't believe it didn't exist before it was created - this is what Alison Tansey and the team at Simply Brilliance have done.  Alison has had a highly successful career in the People Development function with a series of large corporate organisations. Through this she recognised the value of finding brilliant providers to help augment their own internal talent to create truly "dial shifting" solutions. Yet, the process of uncovering these brilliant providers was time consuming and often challenging. There had to be a better way... There was - Alison left the corporate space and with her co-founder created it! In this conversation we discuss not just the great service she has created but also the thinking and the journey she has pursued in stepping into the entrepreneurial space and becoming a business owner and leader in her own right. From training others to now living the theory Alison shares how she is now applying the years of information and knowledge she has gained. Sharing her own thinking around the challenges this creates. You can connect with Alison on Linked In here: You can find out more about Simply Brilliance here:
January 25, 2021
Series 3 Episode 1 - Solving complex problems with Sally A Illingworth
In this episode I am speaking to Sally A Illingworth. Sally is someone who I have admired for a while through the platform Linked In - she was one of the first people to capture my attention by using video as a way to connect. In this conversation we explore how Sally's natural problem solving and curiosity led to her using the Linked In platform to see how she could create content that engaged people, and how this has since taken her career into a completely different space! If ever their is a person for whom the idiom "anything is possible" rings true it is Sally. What runs through all she does though is a love of solving complex problems and a deeply analytical approach to everything she does. Sally is a hardworking, calculative and strategic consultant who thrives in complex adaptive working environments. She loves logical analysis and strategizing to find and curate the most effective solutions. Sally has high standards of operation and embraces her imagination to ensure the most considerate and thorough outcomes for important projects. Sally is truly passionate about sinking her teeth into complex projects and enjoys working behind the scenes on strategically important tasks and immersing herself in her work. If you would like to connect with Sally (you 100% should!) the best place of course is Linked In - here is her profile: Hope you enjoy this episode - if you do then please rate it and share it with your friends
January 18, 2021
Season 2, Episode 20: Happy New Year - the importance of goals with Scott Oliver
It's that time of the year when goal setting and resolutions are front of mind. And yet, why do so many goals remain unfulfilled and so much energy and enthusiasm dissipates? In this conversation I am talking to Scott Oliver. Scott is an Attorney at Lewis Kappes in Indiana, and huge congratulations to him as he has just made partner at his firm.  As a passionate member of the legal profession Scott understand the value of connection and also is a super keen advocate of personal growth and lifelong learning. In this great discussion Scott shares how he has seen the silver lining in the recent challenges and how this has opened him even further to the opportunities that adapting brings to us all. One thing Scott shares is how important it is to focus on the process - it is not just about the outputs but it is how you achieve them that matters. This is an area that has made Scott really stand out in his profession. In this discussion he shares how focussing on the process is a key part of goal achievement. Scott Oliver is an attorney at Lewis Kappes where he practices corporate, banking, and real estate law. Through his practice, he regularly represent state and national banks involved in commercial financing, as well as businesses and individuals in matters involving business/real estate transactions, including: real estate acquisitions/sales, business acquisitions/sales, leases, entity formation and governance, commercial issues, creditor’s rights, contract preparation, contract negotiations, and compliance.  Throughout his career Scott has has closed hundreds of SBA and conventional financing transactions for lenders and worked with businesses of all sizes to start, scale, and thrive. Outside of his legal career, Scott is also an adjunct professor, speaker, and advocate for the “human” side of practicing law. He believes that a lawyer is much more than a billing machine behind a desk – a lawyer is a partner to clients, a mentor to others, and an agent for positive change and leadership within his/her community. Through his unique perspective on the profession, entrepreneurial spirit, and drive to help others, Scott has positioned himself as a leader in his field and beyond.
January 04, 2021
Season 2, Episode 19: being your own best friend with Izabella Piekarska
What does it take to come back from a life limiting spinal issue to climb the highest mountain in Greece? Well that is exactly what my guest has done. Izabella Piekarska is an inspiration. Izabella is a member of the mastermind group that I am part of and over the past 2 years I have grown to have untold respect for her. Izabella is an executive coach, a leadership developer as well as a psychologist. As a member of the international John Maxwell Team she loves to help people and has a deep compassion for others - wanting to help them in business and in their life. She lives and works in Poland. You can connect with Izabella here: Linked In - Facebook - Instagram -
December 28, 2020
Season 2, Episode 18: Finding balance with Sarah Walters
Sarah Walters is a Director at Aster Commercial Services Ltd. She also happens to be a very valued fellow member of a mastermind group that I am fortunate to be part of. I love spending time with Sarah because really understands people and their energy.  Experienced in procurement and supplier relationship management across Corporates in the OEM, food manufacturing, retail and financial industries, CIPS qualified with over 20 years commercial experience. I have a solid reputation for leading teams to delivery and driving the best value for my clients. Pragmatic, unflappable and with a can-do attitude, I work at pace but not at the expense of quality and necessary due diligence. Well versed in IT systems, software and services Procurement I can also turn my hand to marketing services and digital as well as direct manufacturing. I am also a whizz at category management: analysing spend and supplier data to prioritise and ensure the most efficient approach to driving value. In addition to her professional career Sarah is also  Raki Master - I am not sure how many other procurement professionals have this passion but for Sarah it makes sense as to how she uses this skill to help advance her ability to serve her clients. If you want to connect with sarah then you can find her on Linked in:
December 21, 2020
Season 2, Episode 17: it's not about you with Kimberly Hambrick
In this conversation I am joined by Kimberly Hambrick. Kimberly is someone I have got to know via Linked In - we both have a passion for leadership and naturally were attracted to like one another content. this has formed into a true friendship. Kimberly is an amazing person and inspires so many through her work as a coach and leadership expert. I love her no nonsense down to earth approach and the fact that she is unashamedly her! She works to Equip and empower professionals to escape the everyday nonsense of the corporate grind using a proven system that minimizes risks. Start your journey to the life you want to live personally or career wise. As you continue to grow yourself, you may be faced with looking for a different position, corporation, or to start your own company and follow your passion or calling. You might ask yourself: what might be next, where do I start, how do I minimize risks, and how can I be fulfilled professionally. She  has a successful career of growing individuals, teams, and organizations to reach their greatest potential and to navigate such transition points. And she is living proof that this system works and it will work for you as well. She walked away from almost 30 years in the corporate world to create her own company that is focused on helping others to showcase their strengths, providing them with tools and strategies to create their next step, and building their confidence to achieve their dreams. She is also the host of the The Cannoli Coach podcast which focuses on sharing stories of about how to overcome obstacles, celebrate successes, and create the life you imagine. You can check here out here on Linked In: You can also check out her podcast - The Canoli Coach here:
December 14, 2020
Season 2, Episode 16: You can trust life with Emily Mishler
What do you do when the career that you really want doesn't really exist? Well if you are Emily Mishler (Creative and Managing Director of the Cultivated Group - then you create a business and do it anyway! Emily has a pretty unique and very special take on the world - there she uses her passions for creative communication, business and philanthropy to bring about good - to truly change the world and help more people to realise their dreams. The Cultivated Group believe in asking tough questions, tackling big problems and challenge convention. So much so that Emily's organisation isn't just limited to global operations but are currently working in space too! Now that really is stretching your thinking as to what is possible. Beyond the worthy causes that Emil supports via her business she is also passionate about children's education and has written a series of books under the banner Esme The Curious cat (check out the website at In this discussion we talk about the inner work that is needed to take control of ones choices, to grow the inner belief that you need as you step into uncertainty. Emily's take on life is refreshing and advanced - she has real clarity and is super intentional about the way she lives her life and this shines forth in her choices.
December 07, 2020
Season 2, Episode: 15 It's OK to not be OK with Sam Padmore
When you go to the doctor and they give you 2 options, to wait 12 - 18 months for counselling or the chance to take some "Happy Pills" it gives you a realisation that you need to start taking action - or at least it did for this week's guest Sam Padmore. Sam is the Director or MORE Ltd (Linked In:, a coaching business that is helping use positive psychology and emotional intelligence to help clients who are struggling with their mental health. Sam has faced his own challenges and freely and openly admits that he is managing his own mental health each day. Speaking from his own experiences he has created a science based approach to help his clients develop a range of solutions that can help them. In this conversation Sam talks about how important it is to be open - how important it is to communicate and build self awareness as the first stage towards acceptance.
November 30, 2020
Season 2, Episode 14: Losing yourself in your obligation to others with Chiara Covone
What happens when you are achieving success in your career, climbing the corporate ladder and then you start a family and your world is turned upside down?  This is exactly how Chiara Covone felt. Chiara is now an Executive Coach and speaker who helps others to positively impact their negative self talk and rediscover their best self. After the clock rang with 20 years climbing the corporate ladder in large multinational organisations, Chiara knew she was ready to invest the next 20 years in a bigger professional purpose: help corporate professionals and entrepreneurs master their mind to enjoy being the amazing persons they are and start having and achieving big dreams again. In this conversation Chiara gives us some insight into the journey she went on as she learnt to accept and increase the awareness of how she is feeling. Recognising that there are days when you don't feel great and that is OK. Chiara is Italian, she lives with her family in Sweden and coaches people from all over the world. If you are eager to start your journey to a more fulfilling and balanced life, go to  and grab your free morning routine resource. It will get you ready for your best self - every day - in 20 min only!  
November 23, 2020
Season 2 Episode 13: Serendipity with Georgina Kelly
Luck and tenacity are how Georgina Kelly describes how she got to lead the business she runs.  She is the Managing Director of Summit Events ( - an Aussie who left her home to come to Europe firstly to travel, here career has seen her go from working in the travel sector, to the events sector as a sales person. Her natural ability to connect with people have given her a brilliant basis on which to achieve success - coupled with her own naturally competitive streak. However, despite her focus and talents it took a chance conversation with the owner of Summit events - someone who rarely picks up a call. Hence Georgina's love of serendipity - a factor that she has worked hard to keep part of the way she leads the summit team to this day. As a client of the summit team, the passion that Georgina has for her business and her clients (which you can feel in this short discussion) is matched by the whole team. I was interested to find out how she achieves this - and we got some great insight into the learning she has had to go on as a leader. If you want to connect with Georgina you can reach her on Linked In -
November 16, 2020
Season 2 Episode 12: Have a vision with Sasha Krysta
In today's conversation we are talking to Sasha Krysta. Sasha is Founder and CEO of Lionique London Ltd and ThirdEye Tech Ltd - you can connect with her on LinkedIn here: As a consultant and strategist working with Tech start ups Sasha is at the cutting edge of the services that are changing the world around us - a fast paced sector that is flourishing right now. In this conversation Sasha shares her insight into the mental framework she has created that sees her running 3 successful business' and be a mother to her her recently new born baby! As she says she loves a challenge and her focus is on how she can achieve her vision of the difference she wants to make in the world.  Sasha shares how she had th courage to step out of being "employed" and feeling suppressed to taking on running her own organisation - how this was part of her own life plan - the vision she created for herself. yet, as a highly creative person she was also comfortable with allowing the organic process of how this was going to happen to take her on it's course. For Sasha the vision is the start point - and i loved how she helped us to understand that vision isn't a big scary thing tat is the preserve of CEO's and big thinkers - we can all create a vision of how we want to make our own world better.  You can find out more about Sasha and her work by visiting
November 09, 2020
Series 2 Episode 11: How play makes us better with Jeff Harry
How many people tell you their career was inspired by the Tom Hanks film B.I.G? Well that is exactly where Jeff starts his story. Jeff Harry is the founder and Dir of Mischief (is that not the best job title) at Rediscover Your Play ( He is a coach and international speaker and is working with business to help the tackle some really serious challenges using play as the mechanism to unlock creativity and achieve optimal performance. In this brilliant conversation we find out how play is actually linked to "flow" states and how by taking away the pressure of the outcome we allow people the freedom to explore and get curious about how they are feeling. If you would like to find out more about Jeff and his work you can connect with him here...
November 02, 2020
Season 2 Episode 10: The Miracle Morning with Sarah Cooper
How does a film and TV producer go from a successful career in the media space shift to launch and build a highly successful online business around the demands of being a busy mum and having a great family life? The story, as you might imagine has not always been an easy one. Sarah Cooper ( leads an online business for the brand Arbonne International LLC and is on a path to help ambitious women with a burning desire for more, to create a life on their own terms by following simple steps to start their own online wellness business. Sarah is an avid fan of Linked In and more importantly the Miracle Morning concept - currently well over 90 days in she has developed a brilliant morning routine that see's her fired up and full of energy to go after the day. I got to know Sarah through her content - as a female entrepreneur she is passionate about the importance of Mindset and the positive impact this can have on our success. In this wonderful conversation she shares her journey and tells us a bit more about why this matters so much and what it has done for her in her life.
October 26, 2020
Series 2 Episode 9: Bloom where you plant yourself with Marissa Nehlsen
To book a place on the next 66DayChallenge - click here... Our grandparents always seem to give us the best advice and for Marissa Nehlsen her grandma shared "you are not a tree - you are free to move and plant yourself wherever you want to be, and then bloom where you plant yourself" Marissa Nehlsen is the founder and CEO of Freedom Financial Group. From humble beginnings as a rural farm girl to running a  multi million dollar financial organisation Marissa certainly knows a thing or two about the choices we make. In this delightful podcast I have the awesome opportunity to hear more about the thinking and mindset of one of the most inspiring women I know. I have the fortune to call Marissa a friend and to hear some of her insights into how she has created the life she now leads is a genuine honour. Marissa delivers results by connecting with people and sharing her practical tools and techniques to help them achieve their goals and transform their lives in 5 core areas; financial, emotional, relational, spiritual and physical. Beyond her financial organisation she is currently leading two new start ups to increase her reach and sow more seeds, in her own worlds she wants to help as many people as she can to transform their lives through the help she can provide. Marissa lives by the ethos of working out what you have in your pantry and using this to do good and serving others. As if that is not enough she also has created a charitable organisation called Foundation Latin America that is funding sewing schools all over the world If you want to discover more about Marissa and the work she does you can connect with her here: Facebook: Linked In: web:
October 19, 2020
Series 2 Episode 8: The importance of persistence with Solange Semedo
Persistence is everything. When your self belief fails you then you need to fall back on your persistence to see you through. If ever a person lived out her advice it is Solange Semedo. Solange is the Group CEO of ETZ Group PLC - ETZ offers a full stack of software for recruitment agencies. With back office at its core, ETZ saves recruitment agency processing costs by up to 85%. Back office, payroll and CRM software that saves money and helps recruitment agencies grow. A Portuguese national who was brought to the UK by her mother as a young child Solange has had a challenging journey to where she now finds herself leading her organisation. As she shares in this wonderful discussion hard work and perseverance have been two of the hall marks of her career. From packing goods in a factory, through working for large international law firms to investigating white collar crime Solange has had a very varied history. As a black female non UK national she has faced bias and discrimination, and it feels has always had to fight to have a voice.  Her personal story has led her to genuinely wanting to lead with humanity and a caring approach - to ensure that the company she leads does not negatively impact the lives of teams in the way that she has had to suffer in her career.  Listen in as she shares her wisdom and advice that she has gained from her life so far. You can connect with Solange on Linked In: Solange is a UK commercial solicitor with over 10+ years’ experience in white collar crime, EU/Competition law investigations, and Compliance. Solange has worked in private-practice  at New York law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, and UK heavyweight Clyde & Co; and in-house at Oil & Gas company BP, US eDiscovery leader KrollDiscovery; and in the public sector at the Office of Fair Trading (now the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)). Solange has substantial knowledge in the Technology industry, speaks 5 languages fluently (Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, Italian), has an LLB (Hons) in English and European Laws and an LLM in EU Law from the University of Essex. Websites
October 12, 2020
Series 2 Episode 7: Discover your WHY with Dr Gary Sanchez
How has a dentist helped over 50,000 people globally to discover their purpose in life?  Dr Gary Sanchez is the leader of the WHY Institute ( - an organisation that he formed to help people all around the world discover their WHY. In this fabulous conversation Gary shares his own story as to how he discovered his own WHY and what it meant to him, and how he has since discovered a Better Way that he has Shared with people everywhere. From working with one of the coaches of "The Secret" fame to jumping on the phone with Simon Sinek (author of start with WHY) Gary's story is pretty incredible - he has transformed his world all because of a need to figure out for himself why he does what he does. What he uncovered was a system that can allow you to discover your why too in just minutes. Once you know your why we can have a really great conversation. Having invested time in discovering my own why (and realising that Gary and I share the same WHY) i have been impressed by the work Gary is doing and how easy and yet powerful this tool is. In this conversation you can simply hear the passion with which Gary operates - as he says when what you do is aligned with why you do it - this is what fuels our passion. If you want to find out more about Gary and the work he is doing then follow him on Linked In (
October 05, 2020
Series 2 Episode 6 The importance of staying curious with Toby Newman
How does staying curious help us to stay ahead of the curve? Toby Newman is passionate about helping others to learn and grow and is working, both inside his organisation and through his social collaborations to help inspire people to become life long learners. In this episode Toby shares his background story that has led him to having delivered his own TedEx talk, created a You tube channel and formed the 'nevereandinglearner'. In this honest and thoughtful discussion he shares that where he is now was not necessarily part of a plan and how he took inspiration from the Bar Luhrmann song "wear sunscreen" from 1997 (for those younger listeners to this podcast you can check it out here - worth a listen Toby is the Internal Talent Development Lead for TedEx Eindhovenas well as being an L&D Manager at HERE technologies. You can connect with him on Linked In here: His TEDx Talk: – this playlist includes the talk with his post thoughts and journey to TEDx. He also has YouTube channel - In the podcast Toby shares a number of resources - here are the links: Freakonomics: Self-awareness great resource: The counselling course:
September 28, 2020
Season 2 Episode 5: Being the nicest person you can be with Debbie Halls-Evans
Throughout her very successful career Debbie Halls-Evans has been drawn to helping people to grow, develop and overcome their personal challenges so it is no surprise that she now leads a global people development organisation with her husband. In this brilliant conversation Debbie shares her story - the journey she has taken that has seen her have a successful corporate career, through winning a TV cooking show, to now leading RLC Consult. Debbie shares how her work ethic and her belief in what she can do has been a constant thread throughout her life. Like many she has doubts but she has learnt to overcome them and take action. Throughout all of this her one overriding piece of advice is to "be the kindest person you know".  Debbie is the partner at RLC Global ( - you can also follow her on Linked In (
September 21, 2020
Season 2 Episode 4: Don't fight it, follow it with Karen Turner
Your instinct knows the way. When sharing her single biggest piece of advice Karen Turner, Founder and Consultant at 22 Coaching & Consulting ( tells us to stop fighting it and start to follow it. This has led her from a successful career in the healthcare industry to set up her own consultancy where she helps healthcare clinicians and practitioners to build their business' and achieve even higher levels of patient care and practice performance. In this wonderful episode we discover how Karen overcame here own inner critic to set up her own business and pursue the things that matter most in her life - some people call it selfish but as we discover Karen has recognised that this is just about following your dreams.
September 14, 2020
Season 2 Episode 3: Being a professional "oddity" with Shakil Butt
What role does the HR profession play in changing the world of work today? In this amazing conversation Shakil Butt, HR Hero for Hire, shares his own background and journey through the worlds of finance and HR to become one of the leading voices in changing the landscape for work in Britain today. On the back of the recent global movements around diversity and inclusion Shakil shares his own passion for the role leaders play in creating fully inclusive spaces where people feel safe to perform at their best. He also shares how some personal development he undertook allowed him to really focus on what matters most in his life and how this has helped him shift his focus.  What does success mean? Shakil is really clear on what it means for him. To find out more about Shakil and his work visit You can also connect with him on Linked in here -
September 07, 2020
Series 2 Episode 2: The power of tolerance with Rob Davies
What does political philosophy have to do with leading customer contact centres and creatng great customer experiences? This was a questions that today's guest Rob Davies has been asking himself recently. The answer? The love of solving complex problems and the importance of tolerance. As a PHD academic Rob wrote his thesis on the power of tolerance. Then in his own words he fell into the gambling sector and his career has since taken him around the globe helping business to build amazing customer experience. However, what has stayed true is that that Rob loves working on complex issues and identifying solutions. In this wonderful conversation he will share with you the 3 foundations of tolerance and how this have become the fundamental building blocks on which he has built his leadership - and the basis for many of the career choices he makes. If you would like to connect with Rob his linkedIn profile is
August 31, 2020
Series 2: Episode 1 - Breaking new ground with Ishtar Ali
In this episode we are speaking to Ishtar Ali from Ancora renovate. Ishtar is an inspirational leader who has taken a brave decision to be a female leader in the male dominated world of construction and renovation. In this episode we will find out what made her take this path and what she has learnt along the way.  Ishtar shares the inspiration she has taken from her mum - another lady who had a career where she broke with societal norms and did things that perhaps the stereotypical view not expect of an Asian Lady living in the UK. From this inspiration Ishtar has repeatedly chosen to challenge herself and take risks, all from a framework of hope and refuge. To find out more about Ishtar and her work then please visit  You can also connect with Ishtar here: @ancorarenovate on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest
August 24, 2020
Episode 20: "Your people are watching" with Andrea Edwards
Why doing the right thing is so critical for leaders - because our teams are always watching how we act and behave and this, more than anything will impact the way they respond to us. In this wonderful episode I speak to Andrea Edwards. Andrea owns a number of cafe's, bars and bistros as well as running a leading business coaching consultancy and has a wealth of experience leading large teams from a successful career in hospitality. Given the challenges facing the hospitality sector right now Andrea shares how her genuine care and love for people has helped her to stay true to her values even when the environment has been really tough. Andrea is a Coach : Mentor ; NED @ Andrea Edwards Ltd. She specialises in systems and processes, helping business owners achieve sustainable profitability through her People to Profit chain If you would like to connect with Andrea you can follow her on Linked In:
August 10, 2020
Episode 19: It's time to change the rules with Haydn Bratt
In this episode I am taking a slightly different approach. Normally I invite a guest to share what they care most about when it comes to people leadership. This week however I wanted to take 20 mins to share with you some of the reasons why I believe we are at a point where we have to re-write the rules of leadership. Why we need to discover a new way to be. In this session I am going to give you insight into why I wrote Microleadership - the book that was behind this podcast and in particular tell you why now, more than ever, the ideas within are super valid. The world is crying out for change and the current global health and geo-political landscape is showing us that many, many people want to see a shift.  To join the next 66 Day Challenge just click here:
August 03, 2020
Episode 18: The certainty of change with Teresa Quinlan
The recent global pandemic has bought into focus for many the fact that change is constant - and that certainty is a something that few really have. In this great conversation Teresa Quinlan shares her insight into change, how emotional intelligence (EQ) can help us to thrive through change and what it means for us as leaders. Teresa is the founder of IQ+EQ=TQ ( working to build emotionally intelligent companies. She is an Executive Coach as well a a Leadership consultant and is the co-host of the wonderful podcast TNT ESQ.  From her own background as a child feeling like the "you should" and "you must' restrictions that she found suffocating she shares how she moved towards discovering EQ as a way to challenge these restrictions without causing further control measure responses. Here she shares how we all can use curiosity as a great framework to be willing to learn and grow.
July 27, 2020
Episode 17: Being an ENERGIST with Dave Evans
What happens when in the middle of an online event you create a brand new word that just seems to explain something that has previously required a paragraph to make sense of? This is what happened when Dave Evans was online at an event and suddenly created the word ENERGIST. In this podcast i am joined by Dave Evans, Founder and Chief Learning Officer at RLC Consult, a global business that has as it's mission to "Disrupt the global leadership deficit in the global business community" Dave is a man who absolutely embodies the word he created - to be an ENERGIST. in this wonderful conversation Dave shares his backstory and tells us how he has come to believe so strongly in the opportunity we all have to change the world around us. Drawing on some of the traumas that have impacted his personal life, from illness and near death experiences Dave shares how he has "marinated" in the wisdom of the very best teachers to learn the mental frameworks that we need to help us to live an intentional life and apply energy to the day you are in. You can connect with Dave and the team at RLC by visiting their website and on social @rlcglobal. 
July 20, 2020
Episode 16 - Creating a place to thrive with Paul Dowie
What does it take for people to thrive? What does it even mean to thrive. In this Micro conversation Paul Dowie, HR Director - Architectural Coatings for PPG Industries shares his passion for how the role of HR can play a significant part in creating cultures that enable others to thrive. From his own experiences, cutting his own teeth in leadership roles Paul has identified the importance of organisational culture in helping people to love their jobs. However, what Paul really brings to life in this conversation is the way that the culture comes to life through the actions and interactions that individuals have with the business - and the power of leadership to make a real difference.  Paul can be contacted via Linked In - here is the link to connect with him
July 13, 2020
Episode 15: Exploring the lower case in leadership with Homy Dayani-Fard
In this wonderful conversation Homy unpacks why looking at life through the lens of lower case, and avoiding placing labels on characteristics, can help us stay true to who we are. Sharing his background in engineering and applying it to his work now coaching and consulting Homy talks passionately about integrity, leadership and his own triad of values that shine through everything he does. Homy is passionate about helping individuals grow personally and professionally to have a larger impact on the lives of those around them.  He provides coaching, mentoring and consulting for professionals and organisations that are purposeful and committed to growth! Over a 25 year career, Homy has worked as an executive coach, a business consultant, a technology R&D manager, and an academic professor.  He has an international perspective and has lived in three continents and worked in over 25 countries across the globe.  He can be reached at and on linkedIn at
July 06, 2020
Episode 14: Connecting learning to strategy to delivering amazing service with Wesley Bourne
Learning cultures are often spoken about, mainly in theoretical or conceptual terms. In this micro conversation Wesley Bourne, Managing Director of Bournes Relocation Services shares how he has created a learning organisation and how this is helping shape the strategy for growth. Bournes are a family run business that has been operating for over 100 years. Wesley, as the latest generation of the family took over a business that needed to change to continue to survive. Through his own passion for self growth and self awareness he recognised very quickly that he needed to get the right people around him to help transform the business.  By gathering people who had a similar view of the importance of personal growth, and a willingness to share and inspire one another Wesley has gathered a team together who truly epitomise a learning culture. One where people invest in and desire personal growth and through this are able to support the delivery of the company strategy. The why for the business is Because People Matter and this purpose helps them not only navigate challenging times but also ensure that they deliver the very best service to their clients. operate in a number of moving markets, including support many large multinational organisations relocate people globally.
June 29, 2020
Episode 13: Conscious Leadership with Rhys Thomas
What is Conscious Leadership?  In this episode Rhys Thomas, founder of TruSELF coaching and co-host of #TNTESQ Podcast shares his insights into Conscious Leadership. Why works with leaders and business to make a meaningful difference to them and their lives. Through his own journey of self discovery Rhys has become a real advocate of emotional intelligence and it's benefits. Yet, Rhys has gone further to explore Spiritual Intelligence - which he unpacks for us as part of this great micro conversation. You can connect with Rhys on Linked in -
June 22, 2020
Episode 12: The importance of people development with Sam Shepard
Watching others progress and develop has been a cornerstone of Sam Shepherd's career. With a background in hospitality and retail Sam has always focussed on how to help others grow. In this insightful conversation she talks about why this matters and how, her own experiences with leaders she has worked for has helped shape her own passion for being a leader who helps others to grow. She also has a wonderful piece of advice for us all, either setting out on our career or in our current roles. Sam Shepherd is the Group Director of Human Resources at O'Callaghan Collection (, one of the leading privately owned hotel groups in Ireland.
June 15, 2020
Episode 11: The power of influence with Melahni Ake
"Leadership is Influence" John Maxwell.  This is the start of this micro conversation with Melahni Ake. Melahni shares her own influences that have shaped the way she leads today and how she has come to create the Everyday Leaders Platform. Throughout her life and career Melahni has been striving to show up and add value to others, and she lives out her purpose by supporting leaders to grow and develop. Her Podcast ( Everyday Leaders 50 in 50 was set up to showcase those people who are making a difference through their leadership. This discussion starts with influence and explores how the absence of ego has been a critical part of Melahni's success - how her desire to add value and make things better for others outweighs the need for personal glory or congratulations. her humility underlies a real passion for success and a drive to achieve and this makes her an inspiration and for sure, a true influencer. If leadership is influence then Melahni is 100% a leader! Find out more about Melahni's work by visiting or connect with her on Linked In (
June 08, 2020
Episode 10: The importance of integrity with Joanna Charles
How do you balance the drive and need for results with creating an environment that actively engages, creates inclusivity and promotes positive team dynamics? One of the answers is through integrity. In this insightful conversation Joanna Charles, Managing Director of HR Department Bradford, shares her insight and passion for delivering outcomes and results. What becomes really clear is the importance and value that integrity has played in jo's own career and how she uses her own values as the "moral compass" as she navigates the challenge of producing an output through her teams.  The conversation touches on concepts of emotional intelligence, communication, and the importance of inclusivity and humility as a leader. The HR Dept Bradford ( provide cost-effective employment law and human resources support, tailored exclusively to the individual needs of you and your business, delivered at a local and personal level.
June 01, 2020
Episode 9: Find someone who believes in you with Andy Hall
Leadership is about discovering the greatness that exists in the people we lead and finding ways to help our teams to maximise their potential. In this Episode I talk with Andy Hall, Founder of Andy Hall Coaching ( about how to identify and maximise potential in others. He shares his passion for helping other people grow that has taken him from a successful corporate career to running his own leadership and coaching business. In particular he talks about the critical role mentors have had in his own career, and how having someone who believes in you can be critical for your personal growth. Over the past 7 years Andy has been able to pursue his passion for development of himself and others.  
May 25, 2020
Episode 8: From "imposter" to exceptional leader with Lucy Dennis
So many female leaders struggle with this concept called Imposter Syndrome - an emotional reaction that impacts confidence, self image and creates performance anxiety for many. When leaders are helped to overcome this feeling they can often go on and their results dramatically increase - but how can you overcome the feeling? In this episode I talk to Lucy Dennis, founder of 3LD Consulting. Lucy is a coach, leadership specialist and team development expert focussing on the tech sector. Lucy's real passion is helping female leaders as they make career transitions. She supports these leaders through the challenges that imposter syndrome create to help them become exceptional. We kick off this conversation by looking at how many of our global female leaders are really leading the way in response to the current pandemic. MicroLeadership(TM) Online 66 Day Challenge starts on Tuesday 26th May - to take part simply click this link:
May 18, 2020
Episode 7: How leadership can change lives with Loiza Tallon
In this episode I talk to Loiza Tallon, a multi-award winning Learning and Organisational Development Professional. Loiza was recognised as the Learning Leader of the year by the Learning & Performance Institute - an accolade she wholeheartedly deserves. In this Micro conversation Loiza shares some truly inspiring stories of how leadership, and learning can have genuine impacts on the lives of others. She shares with us how one delegate on one of the programmes she created, genuinely changed their life on the back of having someone help them to think differently. It sometimes seems like the word life-changing can be a cliche and yet, in this story was Loiza did genuinely improved the life of this person. When we as leaders recognise the awesome influence we have on others, and step into this responsibility with the intent to inspire those we lead then magic can happen, and we can change the lives of others. 
May 11, 2020
Episode 6: Being seen, heard and valued with David Liversage
In this micro conversation I talk to David Liversage about the importance of culture. David is the co-founder of Human4 ( and is a People and Culture Consultant. With over 30 years experience of working in corporate and consulting roles David has a real depth of understanding about the importance that culture can have on our success in business. In this conversation David shares both his own experiences and his insight to help us understand just how important culture can be. he shares the link between culture, leadership and the enjoyment people get from the work that they do. David doesn't just talk conceptually about culture but he gives it a raw, granularity so that you can see, hear and feel the difference it makes in our workplaces.
May 04, 2020
Episode 5: Building your employee experience around your customer experience with Richard Elsey
In this conversation I talk to Richard Elsey about the importance of the employee experience. Richard is passionate about service and the importance of really getting to know your customer. This passion then runs through his approach to leadership. In this micro conversation Richard shares why this matters and what difference it makes to the success of your organisation. He also shares some simple and yet practical tips that can really make a difference. Richard is Director or RJE associates, a boutique training and learning consultancy based in London ( His business is awakening and inspiring the learning mindset. After a highly successful career in high end service environments Richard brings this passion for excellence to the work he now does supporting luxury brands.
April 27, 2020
Episode 4: Moving from I to we with Danielle Johnson
In this episode I talk to Danielle Johnson, UK Director of Partnerships at Tote Group ( Danielle is a brilliant leader who shows a real depth of caring the importance of teams and the people in them. Over the years she has developed a reputation for creating teams that are famously loyal to her - in this conversation we unpack what she does that creates such unwavering support in her teams. Danielle shares that as a leader your team are your results and that to be effective you have to help them grow and become better. By helping grow the team you help to grow yourself and as a result the business grows too! Danielle shares insight and tips about exactly how you too can create strong teams that love working together to achieve outstanding results.
April 20, 2020
Episode 3: The importance of Self Awareness with David McGlennon
In this third Episode David McGlennon shares his story of how his own journey of self awareness has helped him become a better leader, both in his business and in his family. In this deeply insightful conversation David shares how working on knowing yourself leads to greater confidence and how this then has positive impacts on both the results you deliver and how you are able to face into challenges.  David is a High Performance Culture Coach, and helps companies in a variety of industries create a sustainable advantage. His work helps business to increase profits, employee engagement and competitive advantage. You can connect with David on Linked In - David also leads a virtual leadership community called Emerging Leaders - if you would like to find out more about how David can help your leaders grow then click here:
April 13, 2020
Episode 2: Creating a learning eco-system with Ollie Humphries
In this episode Ollie shares his insight and wisdom from over 20 years of leading large teams at senior levels. In tis conversation Ollie's passion for helping the people around him become brilliant shines through. Listen in to find out why "humility" is the foundation on which Ollie has build successful executive teams Ollie Humphries is the former Managing Director or Frankie & Benny's restaurant group, recognised for turning around the fortunes of the brand. Ollie can be found on Linked In
April 06, 2020
Episode 1: The value of feedback with Paul Iredale
In this first ever episode of MicroLeadership I talk to Paul Iredale about the importance of Feedback, as he calls it the secret sauce! Paul is the Group Head of Talent and Leadership Development at William Hill. Paul is always looking for ways to help people develop as leaders by creating simple, yet effective ways to improve relationships. In this podcast he shares his own experiences around feedback and what you can do to improve your ability to both give and receive feedback.
March 30, 2020