A series regarded amongst the most inspiring and honest conversations with elite world class performing men and women across a broad genre covering the issues, opportunities and challenges confronting them.
Gregory Robinson, Managing Partner at Blenheim Partners Executive Search and Board Advisory firm discovers the influences that have shaped their destinies, unlocking crucial insights into each guests core character, their motivation, broader thinking, strategies and approach they have taken to succeed.
In a thought provoking show that breaks with the status quo, the guests and "first among equals", reveal their secrets, triumphs and disappointments with rare personal insight and learnings that you may wish to adopt in today's rapidly changing and competitive global landscape.
Head, Heart and Soul | Emily Chang
In Episode 71, "Head, Heart and Soul", Blenheim Partners' Gregory Robinson speaks to Emily Chang, Chief Executive Officer of McCann Worldgroup China, joining us from Shanghai. In a spirited and compelling conversation, Emily draws open the curtains and allows us a view into the breathtaking scale of consumerism in China and the dynamics at play. Talking through her international career spanning the East and West with some of the world's most iconic brands, including her time looking after the Apple brand in China, Emily brings to our attention the realm of possibilities and relentless focus on creativity and innovation in capturing the hearts of the modern consumer. From mindsets and obstacles to the pace of competition, we are treated to a unique view into the revolution of commerce in China and what it could mean for the rest of the world.
Emily also touches on the concept of social legacy with her recent book, The Spare Room, to inspire us to live and lead with renewed intention and authenticity, to break down walls and do extraordinary things.
Prior to her role at McCann Worldgroup China, Emily held a variety of senior leadership positions at Starbucks, InterContinental Hotels Group, Apple, and Procter & Gamble. Emily is also on the Board of SOS Children's Villages and the author of The Spare Room.
Think Without Barriers | John Rothwell AO
In Episode 70, "Think Without Barriers", Blenheim Partners' Gregory Robinson speaks to John Rothwell AO, Founder and Chairman of Austal Ltd. As the world's largest aluminium shipbuilder, Austal owns and operates industry-leading shipyards in Australia, the United States of America, the Philippines and Vietnam, with a joint venture in China and a global support network. John was also previously Chairman of the Australian Shipbuilders Association and the State Training Board of Western Australia.
From two boats out of a backyard to leading Australia's first ASX-listed shipbuilder, John gives us a view through the lens of an entrepreneur; the tenacity and thinking required to overcome obstacles, expanding and opening new markets offshore, and building a legacy. He also shares his views on the stark contrast between business conditions in Australia and the United States, and making deals in China. Finally, John imparts some advice to the entrepreneurs who see the world's limitations.
Comfort in Change | Ed McManus
In Episode 69, "Comfort in Change", Blenheim Partners' Gregory Robinson speaks to Ed McManus, Chief Executive Officer of Deliveroo Australia. Deliveroo Australia has a network of over 8,000 riders and drivers and works with over 14,000 restaurants across the country. Previously, Ed was Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Energy Australia, the owner-operator of the Powershop retail electricity brand and a number of electricity generation assets. He also held a variety of roles with REA Group and GlaxoSmithKline after beginning his career as a medical research scientist.
In an open conversation, Ed shares with us his fascinating story, one fuelled by curiosity, that has seen him work and lead across different industries. We hear of the COVID-19 experience in the food delivery sector, which provided a lifeline to restaurants all over, and the opportunities ahead. Eager for challenges and comfortable in change, Ed brings to light the real reform required to inspire confidence amidst ambiguity, from small businesses doing it tough to the world as a whole for generations to come.
Never Get Comfortable | Mark Fitzgibbon
In Episode 68, "Never Get Comfortable", Blenheim Partners' Gregory Robinson speaks to Mark Fitzgibbon, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of nib Group. Mark has been CEO of the group for over 18 years and led its demutualisation and listing on the ASX in 2007. He is also a Director of Private Healthcare Australia and previously held CEO positions for both the national and New South Wales peak industry bodies for licensed clubs and in local government.
In an engaging discussion, Mark shares with us his journey that has seen him become one of the longest-serving CEOs in Australia in arguably one of the most complex and important sectors, instilling the ambition and mantra of world domination in teams he has assembled. He presents healthcare in a new light, against a backdrop of historical perceptions, providing us with a glimpse of the future, as we witness some of the most exciting changes in the industry.
Leading from the Heart | Ronni Kahn AO
In Episode 67, "Leading from the Heart", Blenheim Partners' Gregory Robinson speaks to Ronni Kahn AO, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of OzHarvest. Founded in 2004, OzHarvest has gone on to become Australia's leading food rescue organisation, with a model making its way around the globe. Recognised as Australian Local Hero of the Year in 2010, Ronni also serves in an advisory capacity to government, was the subject of the eye-opening feature film Food Fighter and recently published her memoir, A Repurposed Life.
In a riveting discussion, Ronni shares the experiences which ultimately led to the founding and eventual success of OzHarvest; a journey of self-discovery, intrepid entrepreneurship and making a life-changing impact in society. With a mission to halve food wastage in Australia by 2030, especially during a time where food security and availability are continuously being tested, Ronni challenges us to shift our thinking and to take on a greater role in making a difference. Lastly, we are given a peek into OzHarvest's upcoming release of an exciting world-first project.
The Search for Perfection | John Bertrand AO
Episode 66, "The Search for Perfection" In this inspiring conversation, Blenheim Partners' Gregory Robinson speaks again to John Bertrand AO, international sportsman, Olympic medallist and world champion. John famously skippered Australia II to win the 1983 America's Cup, which was voted as the finest team performance in 200 years of Australian sport by The Confederation of Australian Sport. He is currently Chair of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame and previously President of Swimming Australia.
As we all look to leadership to help us navigate past the new normal, John returns to the show to share a glimpse into a world beyond the elastic limitations of the rules, with a particular focus on high performance - both as an individual and as part of a team. We learn what it takes to deliver on the biggest stage, from the thousands of hours of perfect practice to the mentality required to perform in the moment. In this inspiring discussion, Greg and John dig deep and discuss the profound impact of a true leader in lifting their team, their organisation and the country.
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I had the pleasure of hearing David speak once, but never to the extent and depth of such an interview. Well done Greg because this is an absolute must listen to all aspiring and current leaders.
As a senior executive I must say that the infusion with business and high performance makes for outstanding listening. Great interviews. The best podcast in my view in business.
best leadership podcast in australia by a mile. it would be interesting to hear from current CEOs what their plans are as we get the vaccine rolled out. full speed ahead or just cruising?