During these times, we are all having to find new ways to connect. Join me every week as I talk with people that inspire me, about love, life, leadership, and silver linings. The hope is that we all leave with something I think we need these days… A Bit of Optimism.
Designing the Future with Brian Collins
Spotify, Target and Twitch are just three of the brands whose identity has been significantly influenced by Brian Collins. He’s a legend in the design world and thinks about the future in ways completely different from everyone else. This is… A Bit of Optimism
Confidence with Sara Blakely
Confidence is this thing we all need… this thing we all want. Some seem to find it easier than others. Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, found it and it worked. This is… A Bit of Optimism.
Vulnerability with Brigadier General Michael “Johnny Bravo” Drowley
If you ask people in the military what makes them willing to sacrifice themselves for each other, the answer may surprise you. It’s not God or country… it's LOVE. In business we have colleagues and co-workers, in the military, they have brothers and sisters. Bonds like that inspire people to do remarkable things for each other. I sat down with Brigadier General Michael “Johnny Bravo” Drowley, to understand what it takes to build a bond of love on a team. This is… A Bit of Optimism.
The One With Brené Brown
People tell me that Brené Brown’s work, more than anyone else, is the perfect companion to my work. So what a treat for me to talk to Brené to further explore… and debate, well, a whole lot of things. This is… A Bit of Optimism
Faith with Quilen Blackwell
Occasionally I get to meet someone whose story absolutely inspires me. Quilen Blackwell is that person. He was on the path set for him - good grades, good college, good job - but he decided to follow his own path and his journey was filled with far more difficulty than he imagined. Only through faith, conviction and the generosity of strangers was he able to rise up and become the successful social entrepreneur he is today - serving the community that took care of him. This is… A Bit of Optimism
A Tension Deficit with James Harding
Where do we find the truth? As the business of news has become, well, a business…it seems to have become more and more difficult to actually find the truth. Even search engines are no help. So I called James Harding, former Director of BBC News and the founder and editor-in-chief of Tortoise, a new news service, to uncover the truth about the truth. This is …A Bit of Optimism.
I can only agree with Bob Chapman on his vision of Leadership
Chapman’s vision and lived leadership resonates totally with my personal experience. Demonstrating right and caring leadership can not be done alone within an organisation, it requires absolute engagement and commitment of the senior leadership and a reference model to function with.
The model institutionalised within one of the previous company I’ve worked for was the Shingo Model, of which the foundation’s principle is « Lead with humility and Respect of every individual ». This is a powerful cultural enabler, and as a leader the first sign of respect is to ensure that the individuals feel safe in the organisation they contribute in (both physically and psychologically safe).
Listening to the individuals under your leadership and engaging them in the success of the team and the organisation day after day, can only lead to excellence in what they do both individually and collectively. Ultimately there will be no room left for cynicism within such organisation, but collective engagement and joy!
This is a long journey, and the society has so much to gain from the shift, but great leaders are there to show the way and inspire others...
Let me be the first to say..
Sinek is not only one of the few who’s advice is on par with famous stoics of Greek and Roman times, with this podcast he shows us how he can get other people with great skills to effectively share their knowledge.
Man, if scientists ever perfect cloning, or if we ever manage to download consciousness and turn it into an A.I. assistant, sign me up for a Sinek model.
But above all, Simon, keep doing what you’re doing. The world needs this stuff now more than ever.