If you're fed up of hearing all the b******t, jargon and cliches around leadership, this podcast series is about getting real.
I talk with top leaders and leadership thinkers as they share their ideas and insights on leading in a world that's radically different from the one still being taught in business schools.
The world needs different thinking and acting right now and leaders, believe it or not, must lead the way. Out with the top-down command-and-control models of the 20th Century, and in with getting out of the way and trusting your people (who know best) to make the decisions.
This series will take you 'on a journey' (OK, so not completely cliche-free!) by looking at the big picture and gradually delving deeper into some of the changes we need to make to be effective and inspiring in this incredible new world that's emerging.
For example, Kevin Ellis, UK Chair of the world's biggest consultancy firm PwC, explains some radical changes he's making to adapt their organisation for an average employee age of just 28.
And I'll be bringing you conversations with a White House advisor, the Chair of the Government's 'Taylor Review' into the Future of Work, and several authors of seminal leadership books and models.
And it'll be fun. How can we make work better if we don't all just lighten up a little?! (Or a lot in some cases!)
Episode 8 - Weaving Leadership
Ross has over 20 years experieince of building organisations across the globe. He has a passion for educaction and learning: creating education environments to nurture the skills our society needs for the future, and building learning organisations that are capable of "Turning the camera back on themsleves" to gain new perspectives and insights.
All of this work led Ross to set up The Weaving Lab focussing on how we can weave all the different strands together to create wellness, to encourage collaboration and to bring about better systems.
For more information on The Weaving Lab, https://weavinglab.org/ (visit their website here).
Episode 7 - Values-Driven Leadership
Richard has an unrivalled pedigree, having spent a significant chunk of his early career with the World Bank which included investigating the Bank's values as part of his work in their Environmentally Sustainable Development programme.
He left the World Bank in 1997 to set up his own consultancy - which subsequently evolved into the Barrett Values Centre - and the following year he published Liberating the Corporate Soul - Building a Visionary Organisation in which he predicted, "In the 21st Century the soft stuff is destined to become the hard stuff." He also outlined his Seven Levels of Consiousness model and how it applies to individuals and organisations.
Richard's many subsequent books have included Building a Values-driven Organisation: A Whole System Approach to Cultural Transformation in 2006 and The New Leadership Paradigm in 2011.
To find out more about the work of Richard and the Barrett Values Centre, https://www.valuescentre.com/ (vist their website here).
And here are links to a selection of Richard's books:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0750670711/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8andcamp=1634andcreative=6738andcreativeASIN=0750670711andlinkCode=as2andtag=ukla2020-21andlinkId=a06c096f5ed369ee3d62020e2fb63203 (Liberating the Corporate Soul - Building a Visionary Organisation) - Routledge, 1998
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1445716720/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8andcamp=1634andcreative=6738andcreativeASIN=1445716720andlinkCode=as2andtag=ukla2020-21andlinkId=631b74a4ffd6f1d1220ee57cf09e7c97 (The New Leadership Paradigm) - Lulu Publishing, 2011
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1471770168/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8andcamp=1634andcreative=6738andcreativeASIN=1471770168andlinkCode=as2andtag=ukla2020-21andlinkId=ad7521f63658ba21457b30bb1bfe7017 (What My Soul Told Me )- Lulu Publishing, 2012
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1483411788/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8andcamp=1634andcreative=6738andcreativeASIN=1483411788andlinkCode=as2andtag=ukla2020-21andlinkId=6e1744dfacacccbe3ebe3d71ef2af1c4 (Evolutionary Coaching: A Values-Based Approach to Unleashing Human Potential )- Lulu Publishing, 2014
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0750679743/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8andcamp=1634andcreative=6738andcreativeASIN=0750679743andlinkCode=as2andtag=ukla2020-21andlinkId=80c3b2a310861ed7d6e0f505c4b732f2 (Building a Values-driven Organisation: A Whole System Approach to Cultural Transformation) - Routledge, 2016
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1684715997/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8andcamp=1634andcreative=6738andcreativeASIN=1684715997andlinkCode=as2andtag=ukla2020-21andlinkId=9181e22603968cc9aa66765a6bc6f19d (Worldview Dynamics and the Well-Being of Nations) - Lulu Publishing, 2020
Episode 6 - What the World Needs Now...
During this incredibly wide-ranging conversation Paul gives us his perspectives on trust, technology and transforming society.
He outlines how he believes leadership in the 21st Century will become more diverse and inclusive, leading to better outcomes for all stakeholders. And it all starts with purpose.
Paul founded Ella's Kitchen in 2006 and in just six years built it to a £100m brand. Since selling the business he has been directing his passion into social change, chairing Robert F Kennedy Human Rights UK and the Mayor of London's Obesity Taskforce.
He is also author of the book https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0241977940/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8andcamp=1634andcreative=6738andcreativeASIN=0241977940andlinkCode=as2andtag=ukla2020-21andlinkId=503bd974c90b44d020170642b6022e70 (Little Wins: The Huge Power of Thinking Like a Toddler).
Episode 5 - How to Lead in Ambiguity
David Rooke has been at the forefront of leadership development for over 30 years, and co-wrote (with Bill Torbert) the highly influential Harvard Business Review paper The Seven Transformations of Leadership which outlined the concept of the Leadership Development Framework.
Jennifer's business is called Cultivating Leadership, which 'does what it says on on the tin'. She has authored and co-authored several books, most recently Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps - How to Thrive in Complexity.
In this episode we look at some of the factors that can inhibit us from 'thriving in complexity', and also delve into the idea that Leadership is a journey, not a destination.
Seven Transformations of Leadership by David Rooke and Bill Torbert is available on https://hbr.org/2005/04/seven-transformations-of-leadership (the Harvard Business Review website). And you can find out more about David and his work at https://www.harthill.co.uk/harthill-consultants (Harthill.co.uk).
And here are the links to Jennifer's books:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1503609014/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8andcamp=1634andcreative=6738andcreativeASIN=1503609014andlinkCode=as2andtag=ukla2020-21andlinkId=99d1d59d9ac9a5939db55c0c9c8e6e4d (Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps - How to Thrive in Complexity)
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0804786968/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8andcamp=1634andcreative=6738andcreativeASIN=0804786968andlinkCode=as2andtag=ukla2020-21andlinkId=e7bcedb5052647a65670665968772332 (Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World)
Episode 4 - The Future of Work
Matthew Taylor chaired the Government's review into the Future of Work, so he has a deep understanding of the significance of work in our lives and what it will mean to do 'good work' in the future.
Here he discusses the ideas behind the concept of 'good work'; summarises some of the Report's key recommendations to the Government; and tells what it was like working on the review.
Matthew is CEO of the RSA - short for the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures. It was founded in 1754 by business philanthropists who recognised the importance of enabling people to live a rich and fulfilled life. Their current strap-line is "21st Century Enlightenment."
Episode 3 - Leading Beyond the Ego
In the 21st century we are entering a new stage of human development that needs us to adapt and move on from some of our traditional leadership behaviours.
In a hyper-connected world where our actions can have far-reaching and unintended consequences, we have to be able to set aside our egos and make decisions based on big picture thinking.
John Knights and Danielle Grant are co-authors (along with Greg Young) of the book Leading Beyond the Ego and are both Directors of LeaderShape Global. They have been working to develop transpersonal leadership skills with their clients for more than a decade.
In this podcast I discuss some of these issues with them and get their thoughts on how we can integrate an 'eco-centric' approach into our leadership practice.
You can find out more about their Transpersonal Leadership programmes here: https://www.leadershapeglobal.com/tlc-programme (https://www.leadershapeglobal.com/tlc-programme)
Very insightful and entertaining podcast