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At the Evolved Leadership Podcast, we talk to successful business owners and executives who make the world a better place. David McDermott is the host of the Evolved Leadership podcast. David’s inspiration for the podcast came from a life-changing experience during his involvement in a youth leadership charity in his early twenties that challenged ambitious young leaders to not only achieve personal success as leaders in the world, but to also lead their organisations to give back to humanity in a meaningful way. After that experience David spent two decades coaching and consulting to a wide range of organisations in both the private and social sectors, where it became quickly obvious to him that his most satisfying coaching engagements occurred when he worked with leaders who had a meaningful purpose and mission that they were focused on in the organisations they led. The Evolved Leadership approach combines David's experience of what it takes to lead a successful enterprise, with his deep belief that the definition of a truly effective leader in today's world must include making the world a better place in a meaningful and practical way, at scale. David is also the CEO of Evolved Strategy, a business and executive coaching firm dedicated to empowering leaders to run successful organisations and to demonstrate an Evolved Leadership approach to their work in the world. This includes coaching development work that helps leaders to think strategically, develop a meaningful organisational purpose, and lead high-performing teams. The Evolved Leadership podcast is part of the Evolved Leadership Project, a research study of 100 interviews with successful business owners and executives who contribute positively to the uplift of the planet both as individuals and through the organisations they lead. The study aims to show that leaders and organisations who focus on contribution as well as profit, achieve much more satisfying outcomes for everyone they interact with, both internally and externally. Check out our podcast episodes and enjoy this storehouse of leadership wisdom from successful business owners and executives who are showing the world what it takes live as an Evolved Leader. To browse our wide range of articles and resources, as well as other podcast episodes, go to: https://www.evolvedstrategy.com.au

The Evolved Leadership Podcast David McDermott

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At the Evolved Leadership Podcast, we talk to successful business owners and executives who make the world a better place. David McDermott is the host of the Evolved Leadership podcast. David’s inspiration for the podcast came from a life-changing experience during his involvement in a youth leadership charity in his early twenties that challenged ambitious young leaders to not only achieve personal success as leaders in the world, but to also lead their organisations to give back to humanity in a meaningful way. After that experience David spent two decades coaching and consulting to a wide range of organisations in both the private and social sectors, where it became quickly obvious to him that his most satisfying coaching engagements occurred when he worked with leaders who had a meaningful purpose and mission that they were focused on in the organisations they led. The Evolved Leadership approach combines David's experience of what it takes to lead a successful enterprise, with his deep belief that the definition of a truly effective leader in today's world must include making the world a better place in a meaningful and practical way, at scale. David is also the CEO of Evolved Strategy, a business and executive coaching firm dedicated to empowering leaders to run successful organisations and to demonstrate an Evolved Leadership approach to their work in the world. This includes coaching development work that helps leaders to think strategically, develop a meaningful organisational purpose, and lead high-performing teams. The Evolved Leadership podcast is part of the Evolved Leadership Project, a research study of 100 interviews with successful business owners and executives who contribute positively to the uplift of the planet both as individuals and through the organisations they lead. The study aims to show that leaders and organisations who focus on contribution as well as profit, achieve much more satisfying outcomes for everyone they interact with, both internally and externally. Check out our podcast episodes and enjoy this storehouse of leadership wisdom from successful business owners and executives who are showing the world what it takes live as an Evolved Leader. To browse our wide range of articles and resources, as well as other podcast episodes, go to: https://www.evolvedstrategy.com.au

    #15 How To Make Money That Makes Other People's Lives Better At The Same Time, with Alex Debney, Partner at Conscious Investment Management

    #15 How To Make Money That Makes Other People's Lives Better At The Same Time, with Alex Debney, Partner at Conscious Investment Management

    My guest is Alex Debney. Alex is a partner at Conscious Investment Management, an investment manager focused on making investments that improve lives. 


    Some of the highlights of our conversation include Alex describing that moment where he quit his secure job to start something new and uncertain,  some real-life stories of Conscious Investment Management investments that are making a big positive difference to people's lives, what returns can you expect with a "conscious investment", and the unique challenges of working with high-performing people.


    If you'd like to learn more about Conscious Investment Management, go to: https://www.consciousinvest.com.au


    You can follow Conscious Investment Management on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/company/conscious-investment-management


    To learn more about what it takes to be an evolved leader, and to check out our other podcast episodes, go to:  https://www.evolvedstrategy.com.au

    • 35 min
    #14 Profit Is King But The Multiplier Is Queen, with Marc Johnstone, Global Partner at the Shirlaws Group

    #14 Profit Is King But The Multiplier Is Queen, with Marc Johnstone, Global Partner at the Shirlaws Group

    Profit Is King But The Multiplier Is Queen, with Marc Johnstone, Global Partner at the Shirlaws Group


    My guest today is Marc Johnstone, Global Partner at the Shirlaws Group. Shirlaws helps SME businesses attract growth and succession capital by optimising their businesses with Shirlaws proven growth management systems.


    Some of the highlights of our conversation include Marc talking about when he used to think the secret to leadership was getting other people to agree to his ideas, and what came along that helped his viewpoint evolve, Marc's highlighting that people working a 60 hour week will find only 30 of hose hours are really high value work, describing a tough period for Shirlaws when they hit the "brick wall of disillusion", and the top things Shirlaws help businesses do to increase their multiplier for a higher valuation.  


    To check out the white papers Marc mentioned in the conversation, go to: https://poweredbyshirlaws.com/news-insights


    You can contact Marc directly at: marc.johnstone@shirlawsgroup.com  or find him on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcjohnstone 


    To learn more about what it takes to be an evolved leader, and to check out our other podcast episodes, go to:  https://www.evolvedstrategy.com.au

    • 36 min
    #13 Using Inclusive Design To Improve The Experience of People Of Disadvantage, with Manisha Amin, CEO of the Centre for Inclusive Design

    #13 Using Inclusive Design To Improve The Experience of People Of Disadvantage, with Manisha Amin, CEO of the Centre for Inclusive Design

    My guest in this episode is Dr Manisha Amin. Manisha is the CEO of the Centre for Inclusive Design, a social enterprise that helps companies to build and design products, services and policies that are inclusive, valuable and usable for as many people as possible.
    Some of the highlights of our conversation include how Manisha and her team overcame the early growth challenges at the CFID, some powerful examples of how the CFID is using inclusive design to improve the experience of disadvantaged peoples, the CFID policy of saying no to a job if they don't think they're going to change a life, hearing what it's like to have a "day in the life" of Manisha Amin, and an insight on how art can tell us the stories we need for work.=
    If you'd like to learn more about the Centre For Inclusive Design, go to: https://centreforinclusivedesign.org.au 
    For info on shows playing at the Belvoir Theatre mentioned in the interview, go to: https://belvoir.com.au
    To learn more about what it takes to be an evolved leader, and to check out our other podcast episodes, go to:  https://www.evolvedstrategy.com.au

    • 32 min
    #12 A Ground-Breaking Approach To Biotech Innovation, with Anthony Liveris, CEO of Proto Axiom

    #12 A Ground-Breaking Approach To Biotech Innovation, with Anthony Liveris, CEO of Proto Axiom

    My guest in this episode is Anthony Liveris. Anthony is the CEO of Proto Axiom, Australia's pre-eminent biotechnology incubator.
    Biotechnology, also known as the life sciences, covers a broad spectrum of disciplines and seeks to treat diseases such as cancer, hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS and find ways to feed the world’s growing population, which is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050.
    Some of the highlights of our conversation include learning more about Anthony's entrepreneurship background in Australian and US politics, discussing the unique mission of Proto Axiom to help innovative biotech ideas in Australia get to market, hearing how to create "guardrails" to support a big project that you're leading, and managing the weight of responsibility when other people invest their money in your enterprise.
    If you'd like to learn more about Proto Axiom, go to: https://www.protoaxiom.com
    To get in touch with Anthony, send an email to: info@protoaxiom.com
    To learn more about what it takes to be an evolved leader, and to check out our other podcast episodes, go to:  https://www.evolvedstrategy.com.au

    • 34 min
    #11 Embracing Adversity As A Pathway To Growth, with Natalie Ranki-Goldman, Strategy Manager, Data Reform, at the NSW Department Of Education

    #11 Embracing Adversity As A Pathway To Growth, with Natalie Ranki-Goldman, Strategy Manager, Data Reform, at the NSW Department Of Education

    My guest today is Natalie Ranki-Goldman. At the time of this recording, Natalie had just begun a new role as Strategy Manager at the NSW Department Of Education, in the Data Reform space. She is an experienced Senior Executive Leader with a rich history of experience in various global executive leadership roles, including COO, CEO, CPO, Founder, and Board Advisor positions. 
    Natalie has been leading the way in navigating unchartered waters, redesigning companies to meet new challenges, growing businesses through times of change, reshaping how we work in the new world whilst still maintaining engagement, high performance, redefining culture and attracting and retaining top talent. 
    Natalie is also focused on championing women's economic empowerment, advocating for social justice, and supporting environmental sustainability through her investment work and across her portfolio of board and advisory roles. This includes 100 Women in Finance, Women’s Indigenous Network, #SheStarts Blue Chilli Program, Women as Entrepreneurs, Flexible Working Day, Global Ambassador to UN’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, and Not in My Workplace.
    Natalie also co-hosts a podcast called Out of the Bubble, to find ways for us to be more engaged in the world in which we live through things to read, watch, see and do.
    Some of the highlights of our conversation include addressing the problem of how to commercialise the data we have access to, embracing adversity as a pathway to growth, the particular complexities of managing the multi-stakeholder nature of top-level government leadership, and the benefits of being humbled as a leader.
    If you'd like to learn more about Natalie and her work, you can reach out to her on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nataliegoldman/ 
    To learn more about what it takes to be an evolved leader, and to check out our other podcast episodes, go to:  https://www.evolvedstrategy.com.au

    • 32 min
    #10 How A Startup Business Beat Amazon In Their First Deal, With Noah Verin, CEO & Founder Of Urban Green

    #10 How A Startup Business Beat Amazon In Their First Deal, With Noah Verin, CEO & Founder Of Urban Green

    My guest today is Noah Verin. Noah is a client of mine and is the CEO & Founder of Urban Green, a vertical farm located in the Barangaroo Towers in Sydney that grows and distributing Microgreens to a wide range of top Sydney restaurants, as well as installing vertical farms in the CBD headquarters of large corporates.
    Some of the highlights of our conversation include taking a non-negotiable approach to solving problems, the secret ingredient to good business, why coaching is for those who are ready to take leadership seriously, and how Noah beat Amazon in one of his first major deals. 
    Noah is an ex-chef and environmental science graduate with a passion for flavoursome, healthy, and aesthetically pleasing food as well as a passion for caring for the environment. Over the past two years, Urban Green have been awarded NSW winners of the Harvey Norman NSW Produce Awards, and the farm has also been featured on ABC’s Gardening Australia, on Channel 10’s Taste of Australia, and most recently on Landline. You can check out the show notes for a link to the Landline documentary. 
    While the Macquarie bankers hop in the lift and head skyward, the Urban Green team hit the down button and descend to their subterranean vertical farm to grow their flavoursome range of over 40 micro greens.
    You’ll find Urban Green’s sustainably grown marigold leaf, lemon balm and red-veined sorrel “the Mercedes Benz of microgreens”, popping up on the menus of top Sydney restaurants such as Monopole, Yellow, Woodcut, the Bentley Group, Pilu, and O Bar Restaurant & Dining, as well as smaller cult following eateries such as Bennett St Dairy & Cuckoo Callay.
    Check out the recent Landline documentary on Urban Green at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNg3IOqlCXw 
    If you'd like to learn more about Urban Green, go to: https://www.urbangreensydney.com/ 
    You can contact Noah directly at: noahverin@urbangreensydney.com 
    To learn more about what it takes to be an evolved leader, and to check out our other podcast episodes, go to:  https://www.evolvedstrategy.com.au

    • 36 min

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I’m a really picky listener - sound quality, host’s voice, content and guest speakers all need to be on point - and have to say Dave’s podcast ticks all the boxes! Really enjoyed every episode so far.

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