Bee-Brilliant People Podcast
By Mike Bedford
The Bee-Brilliant Podcast, hosted by Mike Bedford, is a platform for a conversation with brilliant leaders who are exemplars in the people space, be that through Coaching, L&D, Well-being, D&I or the HR and Leadership space. In each Podcast, we speak to authentic leaders who support a human-centred leadership approach and who are helping people and organisations Bee-Brilliant. We hope you get a real buzz from listening to our Podcast and if you enjoy what you hear then please subscribe and share with others.
Bee-Brilliant People Podcast #17 Rob Moors & The Leadership Untitled Mash-UP
In a first for the Bee-Brilliant People Podcast (always seeking out new ways to innovate) we mashed it up with Rob Moors and the Leadership Untitled Podcast. We had an absolute blast recording this show in a totally free-flowing and unscripted way. We got into talking about work, hybrid work, ways of working, coaching, leadership and lots more besides. We joked this could have been the two blokes in a pub podcast, but let's face it, the best type of conversations are authentic ones. We hope you enjoy the mash-up as much as we enjoyed recording it.
June 14, 2022
Bee-Brilliant People Podcast #16 Katy Baggott
In Episode #16 of the Bee-Brilliant People Podcast🎙🎧, we were delighted to 'Bee' joined by the absolutely 💯% authentically authentic quirky coaching and people development sensation that is Katherine (Katy) Baggott 🙌. Katy is proud to be weird and different and embraces this to the max, she's sung with flashmobs, rock choir and volunteered as a speaker coach with Ted X. We have joking but not joking played with the idea of creating a new Podcast "Embracing the Weirdness", watch this space on that one. Katy is a person-centred coach and believes that all these experiences have helped shape her as a person and how she experiences the World. She also is a generous, kind and wonderful person. "who you are is how you coach" This week marked International Neurodiversity Celebration Week, which is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences. "coaching with Neurodivergent clients keeps my coaching skills as stretchy as their timeline" We covered a diverse range of topics ranging from: Coaching - beyond neuro normative approaches Working with marginalised voices The value of labels - the paradox between helpful v destructive Feedback - constructive approaches Strengths-based feedback "feedback is a gift" Psychological safety Creating squishy environments for great conversations Visual tools in coaching Authenticity and masking "Every entrepreneur I know who has gone on to great success has capitalised on their strengths" The timing of the Podcast was perfect as other golden thread running throughout the show was difference and different ways of thinking, which led us to talk about Neurodiversity. Katy is an ally in this space and relates to ND people given some of her own experiences. I hope you enjoy the podcast as much as we enjoyed recording it. If you do enjoy please don't forget to rate the show in your player of choice so others can find us and share the podcast with your network - thanks for listening and tune in again soon for more bee-rilliant guests and content. Useful links: Katy's LinkedIn profile https://www.3-degrees.uk https://www.tedxbrayfordpool.com https://lcrlincoln.com/how-to-listen.html
March 23, 2022
Bee-Brilliant People Podcast #15 Shakil Butt
In Episode #15 of the Bee-Brilliant People Podcast, we were delighted to be joined by HR Hero Shakil Butt. We've been trying to bring Shakil to the Bee-Brilliant Podcast for some time but he is in very high demand, so when we nailed this date down we were over the moon. In the Podcast Shakil shares his thoughts about: His journey from senior corporate HRD to working as a freelancer and why the 'free' of freelancer matters to him What working flexible means and why he values this The HR profession and some of the challenges of the modern HR professional How HR practitioners can operate in a way that is aligned to their values and ethics - what to do when this isn't happening Avoiding stagnation in your career and how to own your journey His ABC USP Breaking down barriers The evolution of D&I in the workplace and the work still to do How HR practitioners can play an active role in creating a more diverse workforce Authenticity and how that helped him create his business 'HR Hero', despite the pushback and naysayers To quote Shakil "it's not about the number of breaths you take, it's about the number of breaths you takeaway". Make a difference! We hope you enjoy the Podcast🎙🎧 and don't forget to share, like and comment through your Podcast player of choice. Thanks for listening. If you'd like to find out more about how Bee-Brilliant People Development LTD can help you then visit our website and get in touch.
February 21, 2022
Bee-Brilliant People Podcast #14 Tim Roberts
In today's podcast, we are joined by Leadership Coach, Inspirational Speaker and now Author Tim Roberts. Tim has a reputation for calling out corporate bullshit and is passionate about helping leaders, teams and individuals be their authentic selves and breaking the mould. Tim's slogan is #italwaysstartswithyou. In the Podcast, Tim shares his story We talk about what brought Tim to where he is now We talk about why being authentic matters Why is storytelling so important Tim talks about his new tour and book "Break the Mould" We talk about the Circle of Nobheads (C.O.N) We had a great conversation and I hope that comes across in the Podcast. You can connect with Tim on LinkedIn and find out more about his business ENTHUSE Coaching & Training by visiting his website. Don't forget, if you're enjoying listening to the Podcast, be sure to subscribe and share with others. Thanks for listening!
February 04, 2022
Bee-Brilliant People Podcast #13 Michelle Parry-Slater
Unlucky for some, not us, for episode #13 of the Podcast we were joined by the amazing Michelle Parry-Slater FCIPD FRSA FLPI and we had a fantastic conversation. Michelle is the Founder and Director of Kairos Modern Learning. Author of 'The Learning & Development Handbook', a Fellow of the CIPD and LPI, not to mention an award-winning forward-thinking Learning & Development Professional. In her spare time, Michelle is a busy Wife, Mum and volunteer Girlguiding Leader who is instrumental in supporting Girlguiding to modernise their own L&D offer. Michelle is such a wonderful and authentic human being and is a human-centred, kind, compassionate and generous leader. It was an absolute privilege and pleasure to welcome Michelle to the Podcast.
December 17, 2021
Bee-Brilliant People Podcast #12 Jo Wright & Amie Nazaruk-Wheeler
Joining the Podcast for episode 12 are two of my Coaching fave's Jo Wright and Amie Nazaruk-Wheeler. Jo is the co-founder and CEO of Coaching Culture LTD. Amie is the Founder and Managing Director of GROW Development Solutions. Both Jo and Amie are highly skilled and very experienced coaches in their own right and it was an absolute pleasure to get them in the same space to discuss coaching more broadly, why it matters and the transformational impact coaching can have on people and business. I can honestly say I was transfixed in the conversation between these two giants of coaching, the chemistry was awesome and I was privileged to facilitate. I think new friendships were formed today - the Bee-Brilliant People Podcast, bringing people together! I hope you enjoy the show as much as I enjoyed facilitating and being part of the conversation. If you're enjoying the show, don't forget to subscribe and give us a five-star rating on your Podcast player of choice and share the Podcast with others. The Bee-Brilliant People Podcast, thanks for listening.
November 15, 2021
Bee-Brilliant People Podcast #11 Ruth Gawthorpe
Welcome to season 2 episode 1 of the Podcast. In this episode, we're joined by Ruth Gawthorpe. Ruth is a people-focused leader in the world of smart working and is the CEO of the Smart Working Revolution. Ruth has years of people experience as a respected senior leader and driver of change. Ruth is at the forefront of enabling smart ways of working that unlocks talent and helps create a more sustainable, inclusive and diverse workforce. In this episode, we explore smart working, discuss the new World Order of work as a result of the Pandemic and how people's expectations have changed as many have re-evaluated their purpose. We talk about the "great resignation" and how smart leaders are already ahead of the curve on this. We touch on Climate Change and the impact of "going back" to how we just did things before. It was a fascinating conversation and I'm sure you will enjoy it as much as we did.
November 05, 2021
Bee-Brilliant People Podcast #10 Perry Timms
HR legend and all-around good guy Perry Timms joins the Podcast for the final episode of Season 1. Perry is the Founder & Chief Energy Officer of PTHR, with 30+ yrs of experience in people, learning, technology, organisation change & transformation. Global and TEDx Speaker, Adviser and Conference Chair on the Future of Work and HR, and member of the Be The Ripple movement to promote kindness and eradicate bullying in workplaces. He is a visiting Fellow at Cranfield Management School and Sheffield Hallam University, a Fellow of the RSA, was a Guest Professor at GEA College in Slovenia, and am part of the Adjunct Faculty at Ashridge Executive Education and Guest Professor at Hult International Business School – as well as an Associate at the Work Foundation – helping create the principles of Good Work in an uncertain world. In the Podcast, we talk about human-centred leadership, trust and the future of work. We delve into some of the hot topics of conversation right now including the “return to the office”, empowering people to be able to do their best work and how a Culture of Trust underpins that. We also discuss the importance of Well-being with the context of the emerging Mental Health crisis that’s been talked about as we emerge from the Pandemic and begin to look ahead to a forever changing world of work.
August 19, 2021
Bee-Brilliant People Podcast #9 Nigel Paine & Dr Hannah Gore
In today's podcast I am delighted to be joined by two of the foremost experts in the world of Learning & Development - Nigel Paine and Dr Hannah Gore. I particularly sought out both Nigel and Hannah to appear on the Podcast to talk about one of their joint specialist subject areas - Learning Cultures. The subject divides the profession and I wanted to bring some expert views in on this conversation and share the results with you the listener. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I enjoyed having it and I hope it provides you with some useful context and food for thought on the subject of Learning Cultures.
July 02, 2021
Bee-Brilliant People Podcast #8 Paul Matthews
In today's podcast I'm joined by Paul Matthews. Paul is considered a leader in the people development world. He is an L&D expert, international speaker, accomplished author and strategist. Paul knows his stuff and it was a pleasure to talk to him from a professional and personal perspective and share some of his fascinating insights, knowledge and expertise and get to explore a little the person behind the professional as Paul has had quite a squiggly journey around the globe to the people development profession. I hope you enjoy the show as much as I enjoyed the conversation.
May 23, 2021
Bee-Brilliant People Podcast #7 Kevin M. Yates
In today's podcast, we're joined from the US by the L&D Detective - Kevin M. Yates. Kevin has been around in the world of L&D for over 25 years and held down senior roles at huge global organisations such as McDonalds and Facebook. He is a active and very generous member of the global L&D community, openly sharing his knowledge, insights and experience. In the Podcast we discuss amongst many topics of conversation: some of the personal challenges Kevin has faced during the global pandemic, how that's impacted his outlook on life, career journey highs and lows measuring the impact of L&D what L&D professionals should be focusing on right now and why we discuss the thorny issue of 'learning styles' we close out on gratitude I really enjoyed the conversation and I'm sure you will too. You can visit Kevin's website for a complimentary copy of the his L&D Detective Kit and start solving impact mysteries yourself like a pro.
April 14, 2021
Bee-Brilliant People Podcast #6 Guy W. Wallace
In today's podcast I am delighted to be joined by industry leader and expert in the field of people development Guy W. Wallace. In a first for the Podcast, we go stateside and bring an international perspective. Guy is the President of Enterprise Process Performance Improvement Consultancy (EPPIC), a seasoned professional, he's been there, seen it and got the t-shirt in a career that spans over 40 years in the industry. It's a real privilege to be able to tap into such a wealth of experience and knowledge and to share this with you the listener. Guy is a passionate champion of L&D as a performance consultant and using data and analysis to drive performance improvements. We get into this and a whole lot more in the conversation. You can connect with Guy on LinkedIn and find out more by visiting the EPPIC website. Thanks for tuning in and don't forget to rate the show on your Podcast of choice so others can find us and share through your Social Media platforms.
March 21, 2021
Bee-Brilliant People Podcast #5 Team 'Be The Ripple'
In today's podcast we welcome to the show Team 'Be The Ripple' who are Joanna Suvarna, Asli Derya, Debbie Watt and Jennifer Sullivan. In a what is a first for the Podcast, we have a multiple guestlist. In the show we get into the founding philosophy of 'Be The Ripple', which is of course kindness and embedding kindness into the workplace. We unpack what 'Be The Ripple' is all about, why it matters and how each of the team focuses on kindness to themselves. We get into human centred leadership and kindness etiquette, particularly now more than ever as we all "struggle with the juggle" of life and work. It's a fascinating and insightful conversation. I enjoyed it and I'm sure you will too. You can find out more about the 'Be The Ripple' movement on their Website and as mentioned in the show by Joanna, there is a new book from the Ripplers called "The Little Book of Kindness" available for free as a digital download on the Website or you buy a hard copy of the book online from all good online delivery services.
March 05, 2021
Bee-Brilliant People Podcast #4 Lisa Tomlinson
In this edition of the show we welcome HR superstar Lisa Tomlinson. Lisa shares her personal journey and some of her fantastic previous roles including 'cake making' and how her journey led to HR and what the learning journey looked like. After five and half years leading HR at Fircroft College, Lisa has taken the bold step of setting up a business in the middle of a pandemic. Whilst not an academic by nature, Lisa has really demonstrated the value of personal development and what that has meant to her. We get into a real wide range of people related issues from authentic conversations, running a business, taking care of yourself, D&I, organisational L&D, Learning Culture and of course Well-being to name just a few things. We also discuss the 'Corona Coaster' and what that means to people. Enjoy the conversation. "Education is the most powerful weapon we have to change the World" - Nelson Mandela.
February 20, 2021
Bee-Brilliant People Podcast #3 Paul Lockwood
In today's podcast we welcome Paul Lockwood from Bellingham IT services. Paul is a passionate people person and an enthusiastic champion of developing people to reach their true potential. He is a leader in his industry, an IT specialist, coach, mentor and black belt martial arts instructor at Sengoku Martial Arts Academy. Paul is a values driven leader who sees the opportunities rather than the barriers and his positive attitude to work, life and helping others is infectious and he is a pleasure to be around. We get into a whole raft of topics ranging from IT, Cyber Security, Coaching, L&D to Well-being, Values and much more besides. It's a fascinating conversation. In true 2021 Pandemic style we're also joined later in the show by my 2 year old boy who decided to crash the party. I hope you enjoy the conversation. You can connect with Paul on LinkedIn and I'd recommend having him as part of your network.
February 12, 2021
Bee-Brilliant People Podcast #2 Liggy Webb
In today's podcast, I am joined by Liggy Webb. Liggy is an award-winning and bestselling author, presenter and international consultant specialising in life skills. Liggy is the founding director and CEO of The Learning Architect, an international consortium of life skills specialists. We get into organisational Well-being, good practice, challenges, resilience and of course the Pandemic and it's impact. We talk about the synergies between L&D and Well-being (Well&D) and much more besides. You can find out more about Liggy and her amazing work by click here Liggy Webb – Award-winning presenter and author. There's a free resources section on Liggy's website which I'd highly recommend signing up to join Free resources for members (liggywebb.com) You can follow or connect with Liggy on LinkedIn Liggy Webb | LinkedIn or Twitter Liggy Webb (@liggyw) / Twitter I hope you enjoy the conversation and if you're liking the show, don't forget to subscribe through your favourite podcast streaming service and spread the word - The Bee-Brilliant People Podcast. Thanks for listening and stay tuned for more great conversations!
January 20, 2021
Bee-Brilliant People Podcast #1 David James
Welcome to the pilot episode of the Bee-Brilliant People Podcast in which I'm joined by none other than David James, L&D guru, Speaker, Podcaster and CLO of Looop. In the episode we talk about the challenges people development professionals face right now, the synergies between L&D and Well-being and amongst other conversation points, David shared openly and candidly how the pandemic has affected him personally. If you're easily offended by the odd swear word you have been warned. It's a fascinating, insightful and real conversation. Here's the link to David's L&D Podcast and a link to his company Looop. Stay tuned for future episodes and if you like what you hear, like, comment and share the Podcast. If you'd like to connect, I can be reached on LinkedIn. Thanks for listening!
January 12, 2021