Doing work that matters always has a hard part. A point when our aspirations for achievement get challenged, and we either find a way or lose our way. The Messy Middle is a podcast designed for leaders who need to deliver results in a demanding context. Subscribe below and receive insights and ideas about how to amplify your impact within your life, organisation and community.
Episode 31 - Rob Mason - Feedback
If you’re a parent trying to encourage your kids, a leader trying to drive progress, or just a curious person committed to continual improvement, feedback is one of the foundational tools you will turn to…
…but how do we do it well?
To answer that question, you could turn to Google to source an endlessly array of models and approaches, but for a deeper perspective and opinion, I decided to turn to Rob Mason. Rob is a coach developer who, apart from completing his PhD Thesis on the effectiveness of feedback, is a sought- after advisor to elite coaches, athletes and educators, helping them convey messages more effectively and deeply.
This conversation will help anyone who wants to communicate effectively, collaborate more constructively, or build the capability and capacity of people in their care. Please enjoy this deeper, and slightly different conversation around feedback with the very knowledgeable, Rob Mason.
Episode 30 - Lisa Lahey - Immunity to change
My guest this month is Lisa Lahey. Faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, co-founder of consulting practice Minds at Work, and author of an incredible book Immunity to Change. A really insightful book that tackles an all too familiar problem: why do so many change efforts fail?
In this conversation, Lisa draws on her 20+ years of research and consulting practice to share why change can be hard and offers a practical framework to help you unlock the potential in yourself, and the people you lead. This is not a conversation where you will find the five steps or seven secrets for creating change. It’s a considered exploration for how you can advance by overcoming your own natural, and very powerful, immunity to change.
Something that will make more sense as you listen and learn from the practical, relatable, and very reputable, Lisa Lahey.
Episode 29 - Andrew May - Optimal performance
This month I am talking with Andrew May, the Founder of Strive Stronger. A digital consultancy designed to inspire people to wake up to a better way of living, working and leading. With dual degrees in Physiology and Psychology, Andrew has the rare ability to understand how the body and brain work together to help people optimize their performance in pressure moments.
Andrew is a coach and confidante to executives, elite athletes and performing artists, as well as an author, regular media commentator, and is the current mental skills coach for the Parramatta Eels NRL Club. Andrew’s deep commitment to his craft allows us to cover a lot of ground in this conversation. You will want to grab a pen and paper for this one to capture the inspiration, ideas and wisdom that Andrew shares throughout our conversation together.
I hope you enjoy this conversation with performance expert, Andrew May.
Episode 28 - David Marquet - Intent based leadership
David Marquet is a powerful leader because he doesn’t just know how to lead, he also knows how to build other leaders. As Commander of the USS Santa Fe, he transformed the Navy’s worst performing submarine into a ship that won awards and was considered best in Class.
During this conversation we discuss the principles that helped David create such a significant transformation. He shares a host of practical ideas that reinforce how making a few small changes to your intention and language, can make a significant impact to leadership and team performance.
The author of two books, Turn the Ship Around and Leadership is Language, David is a widely respected author and speaker who believes communicating intention, rather than giving instruction, is an essential skill for modern-day leadership. It’s time to listen and learn from leadership expert, David Marquet.
Episode 27 - Ronni Kahn - Founder of OzHarvest
When I found out Ronni had written her autobiography I immediately went down to my local bookstore and bought a copy. And you should too.
Ronni is a social entrepreneur who’s on a mission to reduce our food waste and feed hungry people. Her book A Repurposed Life is an authentic read that is littered with powerful and thought-provoking insights and life lessons.
In this conversation, Ronni and I talk about doing purposeful work, the power of self-perception, overcoming the inevitable obstacles that come with doing work that matters; and a powerful call to action she discovered, that drives her work and life every day.
I found our conversation incredibly meaningful, and motivating, and hope you too, enjoy this episode with the Founder of Oz Harvest, Ronni Kahn.
Episode 26 - Andrew Barnes - The 4 Day Week
This month I have a ripping conversation with Pioneer of the 4-day week, Andrew Barnes. A leader who recognised the way we currently work isn’t conducive for people, or performance; and courageously empowered his employees to design and deliver better ways to work.
The result of which was the 4-day week. A new approach to work governed by three core principles: the business targets need to be achieved, with people only working four days per week, while still being paid their equivalent full-time salary.
In this conversation I talk with Andrew about what a 4-day week really means, what he did to make it work; and some of the different methods people used to become more productive. In a world where we sadly, still wear busyness as a badge of honour, this conversation will really resonate for individuals and organisations who are looking for better ways to work.
I hope you enjoy this conversation with pioneer of the 4-day work week, Andrew Barnes. The kind of courageous leader the world needs more of.
Curious and curiouser!
I am constantly surprised by this podcast. Each episode is genuinely thought provoking. I love that it’s not delivered in a 10 second soundbite. But the conversations are more in-depth and meaty.
I recently listend to ep 22 with Hannah Huesman... Great listen for anyone in the coaching/service realm. While the techniques and ideas discussed aren't specific to coaching/service they are very applicable. I garnered some of her ideas and am excited to use them with my clients.
I love to run but to run I need to be distracted. Listening to The Messy Middle allows me to be distracted, to learn and hopefully improve. Every episode is enjoyable but more importantly gives immediate useable pieces of inspiration for my own life and “I’m just a PE teacher!”