The Culture of Things

This is a podcast where we talk about all things culture, leadership and teamwork across business and sport.

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November 09, 2020 00:52:38
32. How To Deal With Life’s Stresses

32. How To Deal With Life’s Stresses

  Luke Sullivan and Shaun Sullivan are brothers and together, run Teams Challenge Australia, along with Luke’s wife Emily. Teams Challenge Australia (TCA) is a team building, leadership and wellbeing company based on the Central Coast. Luke and Shaun are both Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Teachers delivering the Outdoor Recreation and Well-being Programs at Girrakool Education Training Unit. Girrakool ETU is a unique NSW Dept of Education & Communities School located within Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre. With over 11 years' experience working with some of NSW most at risk and challenging 16-21 year old Juvenile offenders, they have a passion for getting the best out of individuals and bringing them together as a Team in nature.  The focus of our conversation is ‘How to reduce & deal with life’s stresses’.     If you have any questions for Brendan around this episode or generally around culture, leadership or teamwork, feel free to contact him here. ...

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November 02, 2020 00:45:33
31. Leadership Through The Lens Of Execution

31. Leadership Through The Lens Of Execution

  Monte Pedersen is the Principal of The CDA Group which is a leadership training firm that specialises in strategy execution management. A completely operations-based system and process that helps leaders achieve their strategic initiatives and get better at it every year. Monte believes that most businesses excel at creating the plan for what they want to achieve, and that nobody understands or carries those aspirations better than CEO's, Senior Leaders and Business Owners. Monte says, where problems arise is when the business fails to execute on the plan and team members don't understand what is expected of them. That's why he created the CDA Group to help leaders execute on the plan and ensure team members know exactly what is expected of them. He is dedicated to the concept of "Execution Mastery" or the process of Clarifying, Deploying and Achieving organisational initiatives. Monte is also a regular contributor in the LinkedIn community and writes regular thoughtful posts covering culture, leadership, teamwork all wrapped into managing execution. His posts have fantastic engagement levels. The focus of our conversation is ‘Leadership through the lens of execution’.     If you have any questions for Brendan around this episode or generally around culture, leadership or teamwork, feel free to contact him here. ...

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October 26, 2020 00:52:37
30. A Leader in Breast Cancer Care

30. A Leader in Breast Cancer Care

  If you didn’t already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With this in mind, there is nobody better to have on today's episode than one of the leading breast cancer surgeons in Australia, Dr Lucia Saliba. Luci, as she prefers to be called, is trained and accredited in Australia as a General Surgeon with a broad expertise in breast and general surgery including breast reconstruction. She graduated from the University of NSW in 1995 and went on to complete her General Surgery Fellowship in 2003. In 2005, Luci completed her Breast and Endocrine Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She has trained extensively, both locally and overseas in areas related to Breast Reconstruction, Breast Oncoplastics and Breast Cancer Therapy. She has also recently completed her Master of Surgery (Breast Cancer). Luci has a passion for education, teaching and supervising junior medical staff and surgical registrars in the fields of Breast and General Surgery. She is committed to excellence in surgery and providing holistic and compassionate care to patients in a timely fashion, endeavouring to ensure minimal wait times. Luci provides end to end care for patients, meaning a patient is able to stay with her from oncological surgery, through to re-construction. Many other surgeons do not offer the ‘before and after’ of looking after a patient; they only perform the surgery. Luci will look after the patient from beginning to end, from testing to rehabilitation. The focus of ...

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October 19, 2020 00:41:20
29. Why You Should Have A Smarketing Team

29. Why You Should Have A Smarketing Team

  Peter Strohkorb is the Owner and Director of Peter Strohkorb Advisory. After 20+ years in the corporate sector working for companies like Sony, 3M, Canon, Computer Sciences Corporation and Dell, Peter wanted a change. He had experienced a number of mistakes that small, medium and large businesses make when trying to accelerate their sales results. So, he set himself the task to develop and offer solutions to remedy these mistakes. Hence, he founded his advisory service specialising in sales acceleration and Smarketing™  for the tech, IT and Services sectors in Australia, USA, Asia Pacific and Europe. Peter has developed a structured Sales & Marketing productivity framework to help your sales and marketing resources work together more effectively. This approach drives sales revenue growth, enhances your customer experience and lifts employee engagement.  Peter is the author of two books: The One Team Method - How to Boost Big Business & Smarketing™   - Sell Smarter, Not Harder. He is a Non-Executive Director sitting on several company advisory boards and is a graduate from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and Australian Institute of Company Directors. The focus of our conversation is Smarketing™  - how sales and marketing must collaborate and work as a team to achieve success.   ...

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October 12, 2020 00:38:29
28. Creating a Culture To Be Proud Of

28. Creating a Culture To Be Proud Of

  Creating a Culture to be Proud Of - that's what Bill Clifton has worked hard to achieve at Banlaw. Bill is the Group Managing Director of Banlaw based in the Hunter Valley, about an hour north of our beautiful Central Coast. The Hunter Valley location is Banlaw’s main manufacturing and research and development facility. Banlaw is leading the way in the innovation of unified fuel management solutions and services globally. They design and manage these systems for mining, container handling ports, rail and transport industries. Their fuel systems can be found throughout Australia, Europe, the US, Asia and the Americas. I heard Bill talk about the Banlaw culture through an industry event and made contact with him to learn some more. When we spoke, there was some great ‘real life culture building’ experience that needed to be shared. Thankfully Bill has agreed to do that today. The focus of our conversation is to share Bill’s experience in creating a culture at Banlaw that he is proud of.     If you have any questions for Brendan around this episode or generally around culture, leadership or teamwork, feel free to contact him here. ...

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October 05, 2020 00:45:11
27. The Key To Unlocking Potential

27. The Key To Unlocking Potential

  What is the key to unlocking potential? Mark Bragg is a Performance and Leadership Coach who has been coaching in one form or another for 40 years. In his early career, Mark played and coached basketball professionally, in Australia’s National Basketball League. Over the past two decades, Mark has worked as an Executive Coach in multiple business disciplines and industries in 23 countries. In recent years, he has been working in San Francisco, Hong Kong, Dublin and Sydney with Emerging Australian entrepreneurs. Mark works with Martin West as co-founders of X-Gap, which focuses on helping create healthy and successful Leaders and Teams. They work together extensively and also co-authored Hard Road: A Leader's Journey Begins, which we spoke about way back on Episode 4. Mark has a specific emphasis on providing personalised coaching for Leaders and their Teams. With the focus being on personal growth and improved work performance. His programs are specifically designed for each client, based on 3 fundamental principles: It’s about you Live Coaching Connected to Results The focus of our conversation today is Coaching, and how Coaching is the key to unlock potential.     If you have any questions for Brendan around this episode or generally around culture, leadership or teamwork, feel free to  ...

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