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The Inner Chief | Executive Coaching for a successful career and life with Chief Maker, Greg Layton

If you believe as I do that learning from the masters, coupled with consistent personal growth, is instrumental to a successful career an life then this is your podcast. Every Thursday I’ll bring you a deep diving interview with a CEO or GURU with their best wisdom and advice and every Monday I post a short, sharp minisode with the best tips I can muster to help you in your career.

Interviews with Noel Whittaker, Nicky Sparshott, Jennifer Holland, Jeff Brown, John Lee Dumas, Geoff Lloyd, Hetty Johnston and Damien Price

The Inner Chief Greg Layton

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The Inner Chief | Executive Coaching for a successful career and life with Chief Maker, Greg Layton

If you believe as I do that learning from the masters, coupled with consistent personal growth, is instrumental to a successful career an life then this is your podcast. Every Thursday I’ll bring you a deep diving interview with a CEO or GURU with their best wisdom and advice and every Monday I post a short, sharp minisode with the best tips I can muster to help you in your career.

Interviews with Noel Whittaker, Nicky Sparshott, Jennifer Holland, Jeff Brown, John Lee Dumas, Geoff Lloyd, Hetty Johnston and Damien Price

    Your Questions Answered Minisode: Returning to work after a long break

    Your Questions Answered Minisode: Returning to work after a long break

    “The research says it takes one and a half years for us to really be fully valuable to a mid- to large-sized organisation. But there are ways to cut that period down.”
    In today’s minisode, we have a question from one of our listeners, Louise, who asks about returning to work and how to get back into the swing of things after a long break.
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    We’re going to talk about:
    Understanding how your life has changed since you were last at work; Why the success markers are different in your life and how to be kinder to yourself; and How to craft 30, 60, 90 day plans and weave in continuous learning. Stay epic,
    Greg

    • 9 min
    Dean Salakas, CEO of The Party People, on seeing change as an opportunity, coping with growth, and evolving as a leader

    Dean Salakas, CEO of The Party People, on seeing change as an opportunity, coping with growth, and evolving as a leader

    In this episode of The Inner Chief podcast, you’ll hear from Dean Salakas, CEO of The Party People, on seeing change as an opportunity, coping with growth, and evolving as a leader.
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    Dean is the Chief Party Dude of The Party People, a business he and his brother bought from their mother in 2007.
    Before taking on the ownership, Dean and his brother worked in the business in various positions, from driver to retail assistant to website manager.
    Dean is now an accomplished speaker, a Board member of both eTail Australia and Online Retail Summit. He has also pitched The Party People to the investment TV show, Shark Tank.
    In this episode we talk about:
    The full background to him and his brother buying The Party People from his mother; Being the first Google and Bing customers, and leading the business to triple digit growth, and all the challenges that brought; How he developed a culture that change is an opportunity; and How the business survived the COVID-19 pandemic through innovation, communication and engagement with customers. Connecting with Dean Salakas You can connect with Dean via LinkedIn
    Books and resources The One Minute Manager - by Kenneth Blanchard Ph.D and Spencer Johnson M.D.

    • 52 min
    Best of Series: Greg Steele, Global President of Arcadis Mobility, on the importance of broad experience, bringing people with you and dealing with difficult issues

    Best of Series: Greg Steele, Global President of Arcadis Mobility, on the importance of broad experience, bringing people with you and dealing with difficult issues

    In this Best of Series episode, we hear from Greg Steele, Global President of Arcadis Mobility, on the importance of broad experience, bringing people with you and dealing with difficult issues.
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    We interviewed Greg in late 2017 when he was the CEO of the Asia Pacific business of Arcadis, one of the world's largest professional service consultancy firms with over 28,000 people in 70 countries.
    Greg has nearly 40 years' experience as an engineer and manager, having been involved at a leadership level for some of Australia's largest and most complex infrastructure projects.
    He is also the Chair of Engineering Aid Australia, a not for profit organisation which strives to inspire indigenous Australians to become engineers. He has also been a Board Member of Roads Australia, and an MD of Hyder Consulting.
    Greg has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Queensland and also a PostGrad Diploma in Management from Deakin University.
    In this episode, you’re going to hear Greg talk about:
    The importance of making mistakes, re-charting your course and developing broad experience; His list of three keys to leadership; How to show your staff that you are serious about cultural change, especially around gender diversity; and Dealing with difficult issues by taking them head-on. Connecting with Greg Steele
    You can connect with Greg via LinkedIn.
    Books and resources The Five Dysfunctions of a Team - by Patrick Lencioni The Discipline of Market Leaders – by Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema Kaleidoscope Strategy - building success that lasts

    • 59 min
    Brigit Esselmont, Founder & CEO of Biddy Tarot on executive intuition, busting the myths of tarot, and from zero to 7 figures

    Brigit Esselmont, Founder & CEO of Biddy Tarot on executive intuition, busting the myths of tarot, and from zero to 7 figures

    In this episode of The Inner Chief podcast, you’ll hear from Brigit Esselmont, Founder & CEO of Biddy Tarot on executive intuition, busting the myths of tarot, and from zero to 7 figures.
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    Brigit is the Founder & CEO of Biddy Tarot the world’s leading online learning community for people who read Tarot.
    She is the best-selling author of Everyday Tarot and is on a mission to bring Tarot out of the closet and into the mainstream.
    Brigit has been featured in Huffington Post, The Oprah Magazine, and appeared on numerous podcasts including Being Boss and Truth Telling, and has appeared on stage in front of live audiences across the US and Australia.
    Before diving full-time into Biddy Tarot, Brigit was a management consultant and human resource strategist at organisations such as Telstra and ANZ.
    In this episode we talk about:
    Busting the myths around tarot, and what it actually is; Executive intuition and how elite chiefs use its principles to execute their game plans; How she quit her corporate career and developed what is now a multi-million dollar business; and A live tarot reading with me! Connecting with Brigit Esselmont You can connect with Brigit via the Biddy Tarot website
    Books and resources The Big Leap - by Gay Hendricks

    • 48 min
    Your Questions Answered Minisode: Nailing a year

    Your Questions Answered Minisode: Nailing a year

    “People overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in 10.”
    In today’s minisode, we have a question from one of our listeners, Ben, who asks how he can really nail a year and achieve all or most of his goals.
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    We’re going to talk about:
    The visioning process and timing of check-ins; Managing time and energy to fit in with your busy life; The value of structured thinking time. Stay epic,
    Greg

    • 10 min
    Izzy Silva, MD, APAC at Wolters Kluwer, on using EQ to good effect, making the vision visible, and data-led decision-making

    Izzy Silva, MD, APAC at Wolters Kluwer, on using EQ to good effect, making the vision visible, and data-led decision-making

    In this episode of The Inner Chief podcast, you’ll hear from Izzy Silva, MD, APAC at Wolters Kluwer, on using EQ to good effect, making the vision visible, and data-led decision-making.
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    Izzy was born in Sri Lanka, moved to New Zealand when he was 9 but has called Australia home for the last 25 years.
    He is currently the MD in the APAC region of Wolters Kluwer, a global information services and solutions provider focusing on health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors.
    Since graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Information Management & Systems, Izzy’s career has seen him take on roles at well-known organisations such as HP, Deloitte Australia, Telstra and Equifax.
    His first CEO role came at GetCreditScore, a start-up based in Sydney. He has been at Wolters Kluwer APAC for nearly 4 years, having been promoted to MD from Chief Commercial Officer in late 2018.
    In this episode we talk about:
    How his EQ is his secret sauce and how he uses it to lead change; Living and breathing the vision and setting the example; Why data is the key to realising client and company value; and The technological future of privacy, diversity and creativity. Connecting with Izzy Silva You can connect with Izzy via LinkedIn
    Books and resources Homo Deus - by Yuval Noah Harari Principles for Dealing With The Changing World Order - by Ray Dalio Think Again - Adam Grant

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
148 Ratings

148 Ratings

Jamie Kristow ,

Tips from a leadership mastermind

This podcast is a must for any current or future C-Suite leader. Greg has a style that is optimistic and charged full of energy.

Shorty-Short1 ,

Love it !

I find as a leader in an organisation with few role models to benchmark, this podcast a is a fantastic resource for me to get an understanding of the thought process, mindsets and advice of people in the next level role and phase in career. “we stand on the shoulders of giants”.

KTisdellAmbrose ,

Top podcast!

As a LinkedIn Trainer the episodes I’ve enjoyed the most are Ted Prodromou and Natalie Speers - however, I’ve yet to hear a guest on this podcast that I didn’t enjoy! Greg has a fabulous voice that I could listen to all day and he adds his own insights at just the right point in a way that is very real and unassuming. There is no egos here - just great expertise and a curiosity on how to be the best manager and leader. Thanks Greg, Karen Tisdell

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