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!
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 (linkedIn.com/in/sarah-cooper-78815442) 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.
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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: https://www.facebook.com/marissa.nehlsen Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marissa-nehlsen-33095516a/ web: www.marissanehlsen.com
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: https://www.linkedin.com/in/solangesemedolawyer1/
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.
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 (www.whyinstitute.com) - 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 (https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-sanchez-dds-9118bb4/)
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 https://youtu.be/sTJ7AzBIJoI).
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: https://www.linkedin.com/in/theneverendinglearner/
His TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hHrXGDqNzc&list=PLDoXrtJe8hy4EJ2PswlFy-zSTmv1LEddn – this playlist includes the talk with his post thoughts and journey to TEDx. He also has YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoUEYHTCDPcdwXMsQNkb1Qg?view_as=subscriber
In the podcast Toby shares a number of resources - here are the links:
Self-awareness great resource: https://lifeskillsthatmatter.com/podcast/how-to-practice-self-awareness/
The counselling course: https://www.bluetivity.com/
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 (www.rlcglobal.com) - you can also follow her on Linked In (https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbiehallsevans/)
Your instinct knows the way. When sharing her single biggest piece of advice Karen Turner, Founder and Consultant at 22 Coaching & Consulting (https://22coaching-consulting.co.uk) 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.
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 https://www.hrheroforhire.co.uk
You can also connect with him on Linked in here - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shakil-butt-hr-hero-for-hire/
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 https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-davies-390b4231/
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 www.ancorarenovate.co.uk
You can also connect with Ishtar here:
@ancorarenovate on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest
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: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-edwards-ned/
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.
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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 (https://iqeqtq.com) 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.
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 www.rlcglobal.group and on social @rlcglobal.
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 https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-dowie-24a16816/
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 email@example.com and on linkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/homydayanifard
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.
www.Bournesmoves.com operate in a number of moving markets, including support many large multinational organisations relocate people globally.
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 - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rhysthomastruself/
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 (https://www.ocallaghancollection.com), one of the leading privately owned hotel groups in Ireland.
"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 (https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/everyday-leaders-50-in-50-podcast/id1337241631) 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 https://www.everydayleaders.com or connect with her on Linked In (linkedin.com/in/melahni-ake-everydayleaders)
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 (hrdept.co.uk/licensees/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.
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 (www.andyhallcoaching.com) 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.
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.
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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.
In this micro conversation I talk to David Liversage about the importance of culture. David is the co-founder of Human4 (www.human4.co.uk) 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.
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 (www.rjeassociates.com). 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.
In this episode I talk to Danielle Johnson, UK Director of Partnerships at Tote Group (www.uktotegroup.co.uk) 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.
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 - https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidmcglennen/
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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 linkedin.com/in/ollie-humphries-93b467a
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.