The Culture of Leadership

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April 19, 2021 00:55:59
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48. The Culture of The Living Organisation

Brendan’s guest on this episode is Norman Wolfe - founder and CEO of Quantum Leaders and author of the book “The Living Organisation”. Norman is a veteran in the business world when it comes to leadership and he is a thought-leader in the world of business transformation because of the way he goes about helping leaders do things differently when they’re looking for a culture-change in their organisation. In this episode, Brendan delves into more detail on the specific theories behind Norman’s book “The Living Organization”.  Norman Wolfe has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share and he does so with no holds bar in this episode. He shares tips that can make an impact in any industry and he has a way with words that make it easy to understand the reasoning behind his theories.  Achieving the results that you as a leader are aiming for - according to Norman - could be so much easier than it often ends up being because of his “flow” vs “control” theory. Brendan and Norman discuss this and other major ideas from Norman’s book and they actually get some truly valuable insights thanks to great examples from Norman’s wealth of experience as a business consultant. Leaders can change their organisations by focusing on the context rather than the people -and then the people who you want in your business will automatically fall in line and flourish. Brendan delves deeper into this with Norman, finding out why and how that is possible.  An interesting discussion about a powerful theme that has the potential to change the way leaders lead.  Discussion Points: The Mystical ...

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April 05, 2021 00:54:35
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47. Attracting, Selecting & Retaining High Performers

What factors go into the recruitment process? What makes a good leader? Why does treating candidates with respect matter? These are some of the questions that we’ll explore in today’s episode.  Today’s guest is Mark Purbrick. Mark is the Managing Director of Peoplogica. He has over 35 years of management experience, including 23 years at the General Manager or Chief Executive Officer level, as well as more than 30 years of board director experience for both private enterprise and government-controlled entities. Mark assists clients to make the right business and people capital decisions. Mark has designed Innovative People Capital Solutions and has ensured that Peoplogica is at the forefront of people tests, assessments, and surveys. He specializes in the attraction, selection, and retention of high-performing talent. Listen to today’s episode to hear what Mark has to say about what high-performing talent looks like, how businesses can attract them, and what leaders need to be doing through the selection process. Discussion Points: Mark’s passions for attracting talent and for winemaking An overview of Peoplogica The types of business or leaders that seek Mark’s help What a high-performing talent looks like Consistency or inconsistency in the behaviors that high performers have How a business can attract high-performing talent What leaders need to do throughout the selection process Treating candidates with courtesy Tools that offer the best value in the interview process The costs of getting the ...

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March 22, 2021 00:51:19
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46. The Culture of Thought Leadership

What is thought leadership? What is it that thought leaders are doing, and who decides who is and isn’t a thought leader, anyway? According to today’s guest, a lot of people are doing it wrong by calling themselves thought leaders – instead, it should be a title that others bestow on you. It’s up to your audience to decide whether or not you’re actually leading.  Peter Winick is the Founder and CEO of Thought Leadership Leverage. He has helped individuals and organizations build and grow revenue through designing and growing their thought leadership platforms for two decades. He has also guided and advised for the increasing business-to-business sales of Thought Leadership products. Listen to today’s episode to hear Peter talk about how he got into the thought leadership space in the first place and what the term means to him. He discusses both what’s leading the thought leadership field now as well as what’s coming in the future. If you’re interested in how to become a thought leader and what you might do to get started in the thought leadership space, this episode is for you.  Discussion Points: The term “thought leadership” and what it means Where thought leadership comes from  Whether people should call themselves thought leaders What got Peter into the space he’s in now What’s leading the field in thought leadership and what’s coming in the future How you become a thought leader Whether thought leadership needs to be around an individual ...

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March 08, 2021 00:43:50
45. How to Create Magic at Work

45. How to Create Magic at Work

In today’s episode, Brendan and his guest Amy Lynn Durham explore the factors that allow business leaders and CEOs - to create a magical, happy work environment for themselves and their employees.  Amy calls herself a “Corporate Mystic” and she is the author of the book “Create Magic at Work”. In it, she shares some profound ideas around how spiritual intelligence (SQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ) in business leaders are incredibly influential forces in how their employees feel at work. This, in turn, means that as a leader,  you have a powerful influence on your company’s employee morale, directly affecting their productivity and thus, profit margins. Attracting and retaining the best employees will also become a natural outflow of this result.  Amy has spent years working with top corporates to help them find better ways to deal with their anxiety and emotions at work - including practical guidance to improve their public speaking and how to deal with anger and stressors at work. This has helped thousands of CEOs become better leaders. Some of her clients have seen so much value in their work with Amy, that they often call her up for support and advice - long after they have completed their course.  Spiritual intelligence opens up a multitude of new ways in which CEOs and leaders can take control of their own health, wealth and happiness along with that of the people who work for them. Not only does Amy help in the “experience” of a better work environment, but she also backs up these “feelings” with actual measured data making it easier for the practical-minded CEOs to justify putting in ...

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February 22, 2021 00:54:54
44. Is a Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Important?

44. Is a Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Important?

Often, the impression of a company’s Human Resources department and the people who work there is on the negative side. However, Erica Johnson is trying to change that through her work as Head of Diversity, Equity and Belonging at Chime. After personally experiencing moments in her career that made her feel alienated, Erica understands how important it is to stop that from happening with others. She now lives and breathes the idea of making sure that all the different voices in the company are heard and all the same opportunities are available to everyone in the workplace regardless of their race, gender or ethnicity. She explains why it’s worthwhile for companies to do the hard work from the moment they hire their very first employee. Also pointing out that this process is not a “once-off” project to implement and “be done with”, but rather an ongoing culture that needs to be instilled in the business. Continuing to do the hard work on an ongoing basis will ensure that all employees feel included even as the company grows. Erica believes that this mindset boosts the potential of - and holds endless benefits for companies who get it right. While inclusion and diversity in the workplace may be a trending topic at the moment - Erica makes it clear that it is not just a passing fad. DEI is here to stay and it needs to be seen as an important part of success in businesses - and why not? It means you actually care about the people who dedicate their time towards building your business!  It is always inspiring to listen to someone who is ...

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February 08, 2021 00:48:13
43. How to Overcome The Fear of Public Speaking

43. How to Overcome The Fear of Public Speaking

    In today’s episode, Brendan has an inspirational chat with his very own Toastmasters club president Kate Purcell. She shares her story of, from a young age, always finding herself getting tripped up by her debilitating fear of public speaking (or, in fact, even the slightest possibility of public embarrassment). So much so, that she often avoided doing things she enjoyed, for fear of being put in a position that would put her in the spotlight. However, she has made it her goal to overcome this fear and enjoy the freedom that comes with it. She admits that she is still not 100% “cured” of this fear of speaking impromptu and she is working on speaking without her notes in front of her, but, since joining Toastmasters, Kate has learned the importance of having a “just do it” attitude – which she now tries to apply whenever she feels apprehension creeping in. She even went as far as saying “just do it” to becoming her Toastmasters’ Club President – a role that would stretch her in many ways – including of course being “forced” to speak in front of others on a more regular basis. However, she has found her passion in this role and she is able to apply her incredible leadership skills behind the scenes as well, and helping the club organise and set up processes that they are really benefiting from.   Discussion Points: A bit about Kate What is Toastmasters? Going to her first Toastmasters meeting Joining Toastmasters Enjoying the support of her husband Benefits of toastmasters Improving ...

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