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Small Things Make A Big Difference

Small Things Make A Big Difference

By spencer holt
Leadership discussions that help each of us realise that small things make a big difference in the lives of the people we interact with and the communities we serve in. Each episode is designed to help you be more intentional in who you are becoming and the impact you can make.
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Diversity is a reality - Inclusion is a choice: Stephen Frost (CEO Frost IncludedLtd.)

Small Things Make A Big Difference

Diversity is a reality - Inclusion is a choice: Stephen Frost (CEO Frost IncludedLtd.)

Small Things Make A Big Difference

Diversity is a reality - Inclusion is a choice: Stephen Frost (CEO Frost IncludedLtd.)

Small Things Make A Big Difference

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Phone Down - Head Up
This week's episode is to help us all be more present as we finish 2021 and start 2022. Research is really clear that when we bring a phone to the dinner table or even use our phone when having a face to face conversation that the experience is less enjoyable.  Let's all embrace the concept of Phone Down - Head Up and be more present. 
09:33
November 1, 2021
IMUA: Mealii Odom (Scholar, Athlete, Valedictorian, Gen Z)
Generation Z has emerged as a population increasingly worthy of attention, especially now as its older members enter the workforce.  This week's episode Mealii  represents Gen Z in sharing her leadership insights and gives us all something all to think about before giving feedback.  PS. How many have you listened to Doja Cat before? Enjoy 😎
20:21
October 27, 2021
Know Your Lemons 🍋: Corrine Ellsworth - Beaumont, PhD (CEO, Know Your Lemons)
October is breast cancer awareness month  and this is a must listen episode Corrine is the founder and CEO of the Know Your Lemons Foundation and the designer behind the global #knowyourlemons campaign, which is in 28+ languages and has been seen by 1 billion people online. More importantly Corrine shares leadership lessons in starting her own company, thriving as a single parent, and you will want to her one small thing that makes a big difference https://knowyourlemons.org/
34:38
October 19, 2021
Does The Audio Match The Video?: Domenick Fanelli, Ph.D (Head of Respiratory Marketing - AstraZeneca)
Does The Audio Match The Video? This week Domenick Fanelli shares invaluable lessons on why great leadership involves constant learning, being humble, and serving others. Take time to learn from a student of leadership and reflect on what small thing you will do in your leadership habits that can make a big difference 😎
30:40
October 12, 2021
Fresh Air: Inspired by Lake Louise, Alberta Canada
This week's episode is a reflection of my weekend trip to visit my parents. There is something magical about Lake Louise, take a listen and ask yourself these three questions: 1. Am I living into my values 2. Do I understand my purpose 3. Am I happy with the legacy I am creating
08:28
October 7, 2021
Make A Difference: Ti Hwei How (VP, International Oncology & Market Access at AstraZeneca)
This week listen to Ti Hwie How describe how each of us can fulfil our leadership purpose by following three simple words: Make a difference! In addition I give 7 small actions that can make a big difference in the helping the world today. Enjoy
30:08
September 27, 2021
What is your Goat on the roof?
As we close out summer and head into fall - I share two things for you think about: 1. Leave in on the beach (need to listen to understand this one)  2. Why being intentional in building your personal brand is so important Enjoy 😊 
09:25
September 8, 2021
Heroes Wanted: Rodney Bullard (VP Chick-fil-A , Author, Board Member)
We can all be a Hero to somebody! This week Rodney Bullard shares insights from his book - Heroes Wanted (Why the World Needs You to Live Your Heart Out).  This episode will leave you inspired to make a difference to the person within 3 feet of you and realizing how important everyday heroes like you are needed now more than ever.  Rodney D. Bullard leads Global Corporate Social Responsibility, which includes responsibilities for Community Affairs, Community Engagement and Environmental Sustainability at Chick-fil-A, Inc., and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. A frequent speaker, he previously served in the US Air Force, NASA, and the Department of Justice. He is an alumnus of the Air Force Academy, Duke Law, the University of Georgia's Terry School of Business and the Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. Author of Heroes Wanted - grab your copy today! https://heroeswantedbook.com/
32:23
August 30, 2021
Putting up the basketball hoop
The lesson of putting up the basketball hoop This week's episode is small but will make a big difference in helping you start or finish something in your life.  “You may delay, but time will not.” ― Benjamin Franklin 
03:28
August 23, 2021
Lessons from a MVP: Dale Murphy (2 time MVP Atlanta Braves, and Partner at Global Leader Group)
Dale Murphy was the youngest player in MLB history to win back-to-back MVP Awards (1982 and 1983). In 18 years of playing baseball he was a 7-time ALL-Star, 5 time gold glove winner, 4-time silver slugger winner, Roberto Clemente Award, Atalanta Braves Hall of Fame, and much more.  In this episode of Small Things Make a Big Difference, Dale shares powerful leadership lessons learned during his career. Some of my favorite lessons during our talk: - Power of Mindset - Be coachable  - Trust your people Baseball fan or not you will love this episode!
31:04
August 16, 2021
Samarbete: Martin Tenlen (General Manager Nordic Region)
Samarbete is the Swedish word for collaboration and is the centre of this week's episode. Martin Tenlen (General Manager Nordic Region, CSL Behring) shares three things we can all do to be better leaders.  Listen - make time for it Red Book - write down your leadership moments - cha cha cha Have Fun - find ways to make work fun Share which one you will focus and what small thing you will do in this area that will make a big difference 😉
40:06
August 3, 2021
Anxiety at Work: Chester Elton (Author, Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker)
Chester Elton is co-founder of The Culture Works, a global training company, and author of multiple award winning, #1 New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers. In his recent book "Anxiety at Work" he discuss 8 strategies to help teams build resilience, handle uncertainty, and get stuff done. This episode shows how everyone at all levels can work together to build an environment that fosters understanding, empathy, and productivity. 
36:15
July 19, 2021
PRIDE: Mike Ballas (Executive Vice President, Healthcare, North America at The Creative Engagement Group (TCEG) & Global CEO, Axiom, a division of TCEG)
Did you know that 1 in 6 Gen Z adults identify as being part of the LGBTQIA+ community? We celebrate Pride month to publicly include all members of our families and communities who in the past had to hide who they were.  Mike Ballas (EVP & CEO) shares his story and why inclusion and diversity is vital to the success of any organization. 
30:49
July 1, 2021
Where's Your Anchor? Parth Khanna (CEO, ACTO)
Parth Khanna is ACTO’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Co-founder. He has a undergraduate degree in neuropsychology, two law degrees, and US patents in AI and NLP-based enterprise technologies. Over the past few years, Parth has been selected as a Pharma Marketing 360 ELITE Disrupter, an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and awarded an international 30 Under 30 Honor Award.  How does one do this at such a young age? He is anchored in what is important. This week's episode is full of insights, powerful stories, and practical applications we can all apply. 
37:33
June 20, 2021
Three Steps to Courage: Latrice Abanyie (Head of Insights & Analytics at AstraZeneca)
"You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose site of the shore" - William Faulkner This week Latrice Abanyie shares how at a young age she learned that courage is the key to growth. She shares 3 steps to courage: 1. Awareness 2. Change your Playlist 3. Vision This episode is full on insights, inspiration, and small steps that will make a big difference in the leader you are becoming. 
37:16
June 15, 2021
Leadership 5.0: Marc Howells (VP of Talent & Development at AstraZeneca)
This week Marc Howells breaks down findings from the Korn Ferry Global Leadership 5.0 study. New rules to leadership - Purpose; Ecosystems; Hearts; Inclusive; Hyper Innovation; Nonlinear, and Aspire 10X. Which one will you work on? Also, Marcs favorite song choice is inspiring. Enjoy
39:04
June 7, 2021
Be Where Your Feet Are: Scott O'Neil (CEO of the 76'ers and New Jersey Devils)
This is a must listen episode. Scott O'Neil first time author shares insights from his book "Be Where Your Feet Are" and help us all think about how we can me more present in a world that is only speeding up. Scott's career in leading in the NBA, NHL, and NFL has provided him with unique experiences that have provided him with perspective that we can all benefit from. Let's all be more present. Be Where Your Feet Are can be purchased here:  https://www.amazon.com/Where-Your-Feet-Are-Principles/dp/B08KSJQ3KS/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=be+where+your+feet+are&qid=1622291674&sr=8-1  
29:42
May 30, 2021
A Billion Hours of Good: Chris Field (Author, Entrepreneur, Change Maker)
A shout out to my Mom and an incredible interview with author Chris Field who's new book "A Billion Hours of Good" shows how  - Compassion - Courage - Creativity can help us all be more intentional in who we are becoming and how we can make the world a better place. 
35:48
May 10, 2021
3 Foundational Truths of Leadership: Spencer Holt, PhD
This week I share 3 Foundational Truths of Leadership. What I love about this episode is that the information is derived from all the previous interviews from leaders all over the world. 1. Live Your Values 2. Belonging Matters 3. Soulful Curiosity Which one will you work on this week?
16:50
May 4, 2021
Reflect & Refine: Liz Bodin (Executive Director, Marketing, at AstraZeneca)
Liz Bodin is a energetic and dynamic commercial leader with proven track record of developing winning brand strategies, driving sales performance and cultivating an inclusive culture across US and Global teams. Passion for developing people and delivering outstanding business results for brands across their life cycle. Enjoy this episode where Liz and I discuss the importance of authenticity, feedback, reflection, and most important how we refine as a leader. 
34:02
April 19, 2021
Living Brave: Guy Bloom (Team Effectiveness | Executive Coach | Leadership Development | Author | 2 x Podcast Host)
This week join Guy Bloom in exploring how we can all Live Brave! Guy shares insights from his book "Living Brave Leadership". Three big takeaways for me: 1. Umbrella Beliefs 2. Service of or Service For 3. 15 min a day (invest in it people) Take a listen you won't regret it. 
39:08
April 6, 2021
Fortitude: Charity Lighten (Author, Speaker, Maker of bread)
This week join us in exploring why Fortitude needs to be in your leadership vocabulary. Charity Lighten leads with passion, shares freely, and gives all of us insight on how we can be more intentional in who we are becoming. Through events in her own life, Charity is an expert on fortitude and through good food, faith, and a healthy lifestyle she helps other focus on living a life of purpose and passion.   https://www.charitylighten.com/
28:39
March 29, 2021
Belonging: Jim Massey (Sustainability|Purpose|Action)
Jim Massey is an out loud thinker and this week shares the power of Belonging and why this is so important in today's environment. I love Jim's comment of being unapologetic about doing the right thing.  Jim is a gifted storyteller and I am excited to hear what your insights are after listening.   
32:12
March 22, 2021
Collaboration: Britta Posner (Founder of The Collaboration Practice)
Breaking down silos, getting rid of ego's, and working towards a common goal seems simple enough and yet organizations, teams, and community groups struggle with this everyday. Britta Posner founder of The Collaboration Practice breaks down how we can all be a little better when it comes to collaboration. 
25:33
March 15, 2021
Learn Fast: Josh Bersin (Josh Bersin Academy)
Josh Bersin spends his time studying the world of work - he founded Bersin & Associates which is known now as Bersin by Deloitte. In this episode he shares his insights on why learning is the foundation for leadership and how each of us need to slow down. 
33:47
March 8, 2021
Courageous Listening:William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship (UNC) and Director of Urban Investment Strategies Center
This week Dr. Johnson of University of North Carolina shares why we need to include courageous listening into our leadership development and what role we can play in developing future leaders of tomorrow. Not only is Dr. Johnson inspirational he is really fun to listen to 😊.  Would love to hear what small insight are you taking from this episode and putting into practice. 
35:22
February 22, 2021
Inclusion is a year round sport: Kimberly Davis (Senior Executive Vice President at National Hockey League (NHL)
Kimberly Davis is a trailblazer and change agent, positively disrupting the financial industry and wide world of sports over her illustrious 30+ year career. Well-regarded as a resilient and visionary leader, Davis brings change to life through sound strategic planning and strong organizational development. She is an inspirational storyteller, an architect of coalitions and a culture builder, with a style that empowers others and a belief that successful business contributes to healthy, vibrant communities. Driven by both data and a passion for progress, she has consistently provided structure and glidepaths for organizations to realize their potential for sustainable business growth. Currently, as Executive Vice President of Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs at the National Hockey League – the premier professional ice hockey league in the world – Davis has set the League on a new course to attract, retain and develop fans, with a specific focus on multi-cultural audiences.
35:41
February 15, 2021
Inclusion - History - Authenticity: EJ Henry (Head of US Inclusion & Diversity at AZ)
EJ Henry shares incredible insight on why Black History Month is so important, why inclusion is key to leadership, and how "my privilege" plays an important role in how we live into our purpose.
34:60
February 8, 2021
Followership: Dean McAlister (President, North America at Stem Healthcare)
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" - Maya Angelou This week Dean McAlister author of Lesson from a Life in Motion shares how capturing heart and minds will be his legacy regardless of his job and what company he works for.  Plus his small thing that makes a big difference is one you will not want to miss.  
29:24
February 1, 2021
Psychological Safety: Susan Hendrich PhD (Director AstraZeneca)
Psychological safety is being able to show and employ one's self without fear of negative consequences of self-image, status or career. This week Susan Hendrich, PhD shares insights from her years of being a clinical psychologist combined with years of practical application in the business world of how to create psychological safety.  Packed with practical tips this is one you will want to both listen and share. 
30:39
January 25, 2021
It's worth the risk! Rodney Gillespie (VP, Janssen Pharmaceutical of J&J)
"If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way"  - Martin Luther King Jr.   Rodney Gillespie shares why being authentic, honest, and loving others is the way to make a difference in the world. His mantra of It's 'worth the risk' will inspire you to be more intentional in who you are and the impact you can make.  
33:33
January 17, 2021
What is your leadership formula? Larry Freedman (Executive Business Director, AstraZeneca)
Ever think of your leadership as a formula? What would the line equation look like? This week we explore the reason why having a leadership formula is so important to building relationships, influencing culture, building skill, and driving performance. 
25:19
January 11, 2021
Leave a Legacy: Biljana Naumovic (VP Janssen Pharmaceutical)
"Ignite the passion and Brilliance in others" is the formula for success to leaving a legacy that matters. This week Biljana Naumovic shares her insights into her leadership journey and how to never give up. 
33:18
January 4, 2021
2020 Reflections - What will you do different?
“Self-reflection is a humbling process. It’s essential to find out why you think, say, and do certain things – then better yourself.” Sonya Teclai This week I join forces with Adam Pacifico creator of the Leadership Enigma and reflect on over 50 episodes of leadership interviews and share what did we learn and what can we do in 2021
33:09
December 14, 2020
Energy - We all need it: Mike Hartman (Executive Business Director)
Personal energy is the amount of effort you are capable of giving, within your mind and body, to things, people, or challenges. It is the power within you to fulfill your priorities. It’s the amount of physical and mental strength you have to do what your mind and body wants you to do.  Mike Hartman (Executive Business Director) for AstraZeneca shares his secret to having consistent energy and making a difference in the lives of people he interacts with. 
28:58
December 8, 2020
Sparking Curiosity: Lee Bryant (CEO at Post Shift)
This week I pay tribute to Tony Hsieh through defining core values and have an outstanding conversation with CEO Lee Bryant who shares how we need to be more curious, amplify knowledge, and as leaders we need to be able to  pause and make sense out of the noise. Plus Lee shares what small leader habit he does that make a big difference - it is really good. 
36:13
November 30, 2020
Lead with Heart: Katherine Keller
Katherine Keller shares why it is so important to create clarity and lead with heart in today's environment.  I love her small thing that makes a big difference - close the loop - it takes listening to a whole new level. 
32:12
November 23, 2020
Meet People Where They Are: Scott O'neil (CEO, 76'ers & New Jersey Devile) & Jessica Phaup (Executive Business Director, AZ)
This week is unique - two for one!  Scott O'Neil shares a way we can all help make a difference in stopping homelessness for young people and support them on their journey to independence.  Jessica Phaup shares with us how as leaders we need to think different, meet people where they are, and give the gift of time.  Please donate to Covenant House - join team Holt in making a big difference 😎 https://www.sleepout.org/team/9081
30:07
November 10, 2020
Influencing Culture: Richard Burns (EBD - Head of Sales REspiratory Biologics)
This episode Rich Burns describes his formula for influencing culture and how it has paid off in driving performance for the teams he has been a part of. Everyone has a role in culture, take a listen and ask yourself what small thing you will  do to help influence the cultures you are apart of. 
27:02
November 2, 2020
5 Lessons from my sister: Spencer Holt (Small Things Make a Big Difference)
This episode I share 5 Lessons from my sister who passed away 10 years ago on Oct 15th from cancer.  I also share my small leadership habit that makes a big difference - enjoy 😊
20:59
October 13, 2020
Connect and be Vulnerable: Tony Silfani (VP, Marketing - Renal US & Global Head of Anemia - AstraZeneca)
The best part of being human is being able to connect with other humans. We’re hardwired for it.  We live in families, work and play in teams, and thrive in friendships. The drive to connect is in all of us whether we acknowledge it or not. Tony Silfani, helps us understand why vulnerability is an important component to making valuable connections.
27:44
October 6, 2020
Empathy - Do you Have It? Sudhanshu Palsule (Philosopher, Author, Speaker, CEO Advisor
Sudhanshu is the co-author of "Rehumanizing Leadership - Putting Purpose Back into Business". He is an award winning educator, speaker, and CEO advisor. He shares amazing insights on why having empathy is so important, what leaders need to be successful in the future, and you will love his small leadership habit that make a big difference.
35:49
September 29, 2020
Thriving with Mental Illness: Mequell Buck (Author, Speaker, Suicide Survivor)
September is National Suicide Awareness Month and we all have a role to play in helping create awareness in how we can help people that struggle with mental illness.  Mequell Buck is an Author, public speaker, wife, mother of three, triathlete, and suicide survivor. She gives tremendous insight into her journey to thriving with mental illness and what we all can do to help those around us. 
33:43
September 14, 2020
Diversity is a reality - Inclusion is a choice: Stephen Frost (CEO Frost IncludedLtd.)
Want to escape your bubble and learn from others? This episode Stephen Frost shares great ways to overcome biases, tips to be more inclusive, and shares two small things that make a big difference. Take a listen - it will totally make your day Would love to hear what you will do to be more inclusive
29:14
September 8, 2020
It's all about People: Dale Woodson (Executive Business Director) AstraZeneca
This week Dale Woodson (Executive Business Director) shares why Engagement is the key accountability, culture, and ultimately performance. You will love his simple yet powerful small thing that makes a big difference in the lives of the people he interacts with. 
31:43
August 31, 2020
Living into your Values: Anne Holt, COO of Small Things Make a Big Difference
This week you will get insight into how Small Things Make a Big Difference really works, and gain some valuable insight from Anne Holt, a 16 year old teenager who is making a difference in world by living into her values and learning from others. 
19:34
August 19, 2020
Culture is so Important - Tarek Rabah VP Renal AstraZeneca
Tarek Rabah gives great insight on the importance of understanding culture and how as leaders it is about asking questions and connecting. 
21:25
August 10, 2020
Authenticity - Marylouise Fitzgibbon
Listen to some powerful insights from Marylouise Fitzgibbon (Disney Executive) on the importance of authenticity, balance, and serving others. 
22:59
August 3, 2020
Be a Friend: Joris Silon, SVP, Global CVRM (AstraZeneca)
Like friendship, true leadership involves selflessness and concern for the well-being of another. It may mean putting your people ahead of yourself, looking out for the other person, or acting in a way that benefits another. It comes down to bringing out the best in those you lead and befriend. Joris Silon shares why friendship, courage, and speaking up is so important in leadership. 
14:47
July 28, 2020
Let's all communicate a little better: Kamala Katbamna, Director of CHIRP
Kamala Katbamna, MAC. Kamala is a coach, facilitator and learning consultant who works with senior leaders across the private, public and third sectors. She specialises in helping clients develop self-awareness, challenge assumptions and lead change in themselves and their organisations. This week she gives great insight on being more intentional in how we communicate. 
25:26
July 20, 2020
Have you set a goal lately? Iskra Reic EVP, Europe and Canada at AstraZeneca
The power of setting goals....let's be honest we have all failed and succeeded in achieving goals. This podcast is about tips we can do to lead our teams and help others set and achieve their goals. 
20:26
July 6, 2020
Let's all Pause: Adam Pacifico
Adam Pacifico is the Chief Learning Officer at PCA, a barrister, author, opinion columnist and host of the The Leadership Enigma podcast. Adam shares insights from his book The Leader's Secret Code and stresses the importance of sense making in a really fast paced world. 
25:13
June 29, 2020
Agility - Do you have it? Rachele Berria, VP US medical
Perhaps at no other time in recent history has adaptability been more important than it is now. Adaptability – the ability to change (or be changed) to fit new circumstances – is a crucial skill for leaders, and an important competency in emotional intelligence. Rachele Berria shares how agility has helped her in her leadership. 
16:14
June 22, 2020
Be a Multiplier: Liz Wiseman CEO, Author, Adviser
Liz Wiseman is the author of New York Times bestseller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools, and Wall Street Journal bestseller Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work. In this episode Liz shares amazing insights from her book Multipliers and what small thing makes a big difference for her. 
34:12
June 15, 2020
The Power of Diversity: Rick Suarez, Country President Spain for AstraZeneca
Rick Suarez shares why diversity is so important in building teams and shares practical tips on how to start now. 
23:02
June 8, 2020
Initiating a conversation: Terrance Powell shares how small things make a big difference.
This was a hard week for humanity and highlighted that racism, social injustice, and violence is growing not declining.  I struggle to think what can I do and how do I help. This episode is my way of trying to start a conversation and help each of recognise that there are small things each of us can do to make a big difference. 
24:57
June 1, 2020
Learn from your mistakes: Scott O'Neil CEO, Philadelphia 76'ers & New Jersey Devils
This week Scott O'Neil, CEO of the Philadelphia 76'ers and the New Jersey Devils shares why learning from mistakes and having a mentor/peer feedback group is so important to your development.  Scott shares what small leadership habit makes a big difference in his life and the many people he interacts with. 
30:43
May 24, 2020
The Power of Trust: Kiersten Combs US VP CVMD
"Without trust we don't truly collaborate; we merely coordinate or at best cooperate. It is trust that transforms a group of people into a team" Stephen M.R. Covey.  This week I explore the power of trust with VP Kiersten Combs 
20:15
May 18, 2020
The Power of Purpose: Michael Chavez, CEO Duke CE
This week's episode is all about purpose. Be prepared to think about your personal purpose and how it can help you, the people you lead, and the organization you work for be more impactful. 
23:40
May 7, 2020