19 episodes

Each week Ben Morton deconstructs what it takes to be a highly effective leader in the modern world.
Through inspiring interviews with senior leaders he looks at the tactics, tools and philosophies that will enable you and your teams to reach your full potential.
Are you ready to become the very best, most authentic leader that you can be?

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Each week Ben Morton deconstructs what it takes to be a highly effective leader in the modern world.
Through inspiring interviews with senior leaders he looks at the tactics, tools and philosophies that will enable you and your teams to reach your full potential.
Are you ready to become the very best, most authentic leader that you can be?

    Ep #018 – Edwina Dunn, OBE. CEO, The Female Lead

    Ep #018 – Edwina Dunn, OBE. CEO, The Female Lead

    I’m absolutely delighted to be able to bring you this episode and my interview with Edwina Dunn, OBE.



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    Episode Overview – Edwina Dunn

    Edwina is one of the most successful leaders in the data industry, with a career of delivering transformational business change. She founded Dunnhumby with her husband in 1989, a company that revolutionised the world of retail and consumer goods when they pioneered the Tesco Clubcard and other global loyalty programmes.

    Edwina is also the former Chairman at Starcount, a consumer insights and digital consultancy.  More recently, she founded The Female Lead, a foundation celebrating the achievements and diversity of women; donating 18,000 copies of The Female Lead: Women Who Shape Our World to schools and universities across the UK and USA. In 2019 Edwina received an OBE for her services to data and business in the UK and is also on the Boards of both the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation and the Geospatial Commission.

    In this episode Edwina shares her experience of working in a male-dominated industry and her thoughts on how to overcome those. She also speaks about how you need to maintain the essence and culture of a business as it scales rapidly around the globe, and much, much more.

    Please enjoy my interview with Edwina Dunn, OBE.

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    dunnhumby

    https://www.thefemalelead.com/podcast-1

    The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

    The Geospatial Commission

    ‘Mindset’ by Carol S. Dweck

    ‘Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls’ by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

    ‘The Female Lead: Women Who Shape Our World’ by Edwina Dunn

    • 40 min
    Episode #017 – Tim Shoveller. Regional MD, Network Rail

    Episode #017 – Tim Shoveller. Regional MD, Network Rail

    Welcome back to episode 17 of the podcast and my interview with Tim Shoveller.

    Tim is the Managing Director of Network Rail’s North West and Central Region, a role that he started in June 2019 after moving from Stagecoach, where he was MD of the rail division. Previously, as MD of South West Trains, Tim led the development of the Alliance working with Network Rail. Earlier in his career, Tim was MD at East Midlands Trains from the start of the franchise in 2007.



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    Episode Overview

    I’m so pleased to be able to bring you this interview with Tim, as I’ve had the genuine pleasure of supporting him over the past year to build and develop his executive team, and personally, I rate him very highly as a leader… he’s also a genuinely lovely bloke.

    In this episode we explore his approach to winning the hearts and minds of everyone in the organisation and how to harness the knowledge, passions and energy of everyone in the business, regardless of whether they are a train guard or in the exec team.

    We also touch on trust, leading remote, unsupervised workers – which has always been the norm for network Rail, and much, much more.

    So, without any further delay, please enjoy my conversations with Tim Shoveller.

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    • 35 min
    Ep #016 – Sarah Walker-Smith. CEO, Shakespeare Martineau

    Ep #016 – Sarah Walker-Smith. CEO, Shakespeare Martineau

    Sarah Walker-Smith is the CEO of Shakespeare Martineau. She is the only female, non-lawyer CEO in the legal top 55 and was recently named as the UK’s most influential legal CEO on social media.



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    Episode Overview - Sarah Walker-Smith

    Sarah is a trained accountant having worked for PWC and Deloitte. She puts people at the core of everything she does, as well as the marketing and branding experience gained at Boots plc.

    Sarah looks to challenge the norm in the legal sector and wider business world. She is passionate about levelling the playing field, encouraging everyone to bring their authentic selves to work.

    A self-professed ‘geek’, Sarah loves learning and is currently exploring the relationship between leadership, purpose and trust. Sarah strongly believes that ‘good business’ is both purposeful and profitable, often with one leading to the other.

    Recognising the importance of life beyond work, she enjoys writing, directing and performing in musical theatre productions, which she believes develops many skills that help in her role as a CEO.

    I absolutely loved my conversation with Sarah for the energy, authenticity and leadership insights that she brought to the interview. Please enjoy my interview with Sarah Walker Smith, CEO of Shakespeare Martineau.

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    Sarah’s LinkedIn

    Society of Leadership Fellows

    Article: As business leaders, now is the time to hold our nerve…

    Article: Leading through crisis - do we now need to ‘END with Why’?

    ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen Covey

    ‘Start With Why’ by Simon Sinek

    ‘The Infinite Game’ by Simon Sinek

    ‘Corporate Rebels’ by Joost Minnaar and Pim de Morree

    ‘Humanocracy’ by Gary Hamel

    • 32 min
    Episode #015 – Lesley Everett. Founder and CEO, Walking Tall

    Episode #015 – Lesley Everett. Founder and CEO, Walking Tall

    Welcome to episode 15. In amongst the interviews with MDs and CEOs, I’m also working hard to bring you interviews with subject matter experts who can help us all be even better leaders for the organisations and individuals that we lead.

    In season one we heard from my good friend and physiologist Professor Greg Wells, and my team and I are working hard to bring you a Professor of Applied Neuroscience. In another episode we’ll have an excellent nutritionist, and in today’s episode we have Lesley Everett.



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    Episode Overview

    Lesley is an internationally recognized professional keynote speaker and specialist on Leadership Branding and The Personality of the Brand, known for her content-rich, engaging and practical advice and delivery.

    Lesley has presented her Walking TALL System in 28 countries across 5 continents.

    She is a published author of 3 books including her latest one, ‘Corporate Brand Personality’. She is an Executive Brand and Brand Management Coach with a client list that  includes Salesforce, Deloitte, ASDA/Walmart and JetBlue.

    Lesley is also the founder and CEO of Walking TALL Training & Consulting, Inc., with offices in the US and UK. She has created a methodology for Personal Branding that has inspired audiences for the past 16+ years.

    In this episode we explore what we actually mean by Personal or Leadership Brand, some of the key things we need to be thinking about, and the particular nuances we need to be considering whilst working from home on endless Zoom and Teams calls.

    So without any further delay, please enjoy my interview with Lesley Everett.

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    As listeners of the show, get 15% off her her online Walking TALL programme here: https://walkingtall.lpages.co/public-programs-partners/

    • 37 min
    Episode #014 – Dan Hawley. MD, PLB Group

    Episode #014 – Dan Hawley. MD, PLB Group

    Welcome to Season Two of my podcast!

    I’ve been blown away by the overwhelmingly positive response that we got to the first season. Thank you so much for your kind words support, feedback and all of the social media shares.

    And most importantly, thanks for listening to the show.

    I’m so excited about Season Two as we have some incredible guests already confirmed for the show. I know that you’re going to love listening to them, you’re going to learn loads from them and I think you’ll be pretty inspired too.

    But that’s enough about the future…

    In this episode, I’m joined by Dan Hawley, MD of PLB Group.



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    Episode Overview

    Dan joined PLB in 2000 after starting his career as a Futures Trader, and began running the business as Managing Director in 2007. Dan leads an established yet entrepreneurial company who specialise in innovation within the retail sector. He works with some of the world's most loved brands, has a committed team and works relentlessly hard to encourages a positive, inspirational working environment

    As always, we covered so much ground in our 30 minute conversations including things such as the human element of leadership, creating your own luck in business, as well as what it takes to make some bold, strategic decisions early on in your tenure as MD that will stand you in good stead.

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    • 29 min
    Episode #013 - Ben Morton 0n the Greg Wells Podcast

    Episode #013 - Ben Morton 0n the Greg Wells Podcast

    Welcome

    ... to episode number 13 which is a recording of my interview with Professor Greg Wells on his podcast, which you should definitely add to your podcast play list. Greg is my go-to guy for all things human performance and regularly has some very cool and incredibly inspiring guests in his show. You can check it out here as well as listening to Greg on episode 010 of my show.

    Episode Overview

    This interview came about after Greg and I spent a cold January morning walking across London together talking about leadership, personal introspection and human performance. As a result, we decided to interview each other on our respective podcasts in a hope that you would learn and benefit from the conversations that we had.

    In this episode Greg asks me about my take on Servant Leadership, draws out some stories about leading under extreme pressure in Iraq and how as a leaders we know when to lead from the front and when to lead from behind.  We also dig into personal values, the power of a simple check-list and lots, lots more.

    So without any further delay, please enjoy my interview on the Professor Greg Wells Podcast

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    • 46 min

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